USPSC Humanitarian Advisor, United States Mission to the United Nations

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    New York City, New York
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    May-11-2021
  • Posted
    Apr 20

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00035                         

ISSUANCE DATE: April 20, 2021                 

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:  May 11, 2021, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time                              

 

SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC)

Dear Prospective Offerors:

The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communications (G3PC), is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as a Humanitarian Advisor, United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN) under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the solicitation.

Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Offerors interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your offer, your resume must include: 

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration. 

 

  1. USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted. AID 309-2 is available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms. 

NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERSAND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT

All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an award. You will be disqualified if you either fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list.  The selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.

NOTE: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity administrator for the entity associated with the DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link:

 

https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&sysparm_search=kb0013183

Offerors can expect to receive a confirmation email when offer materials have been received. Offerors should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their offers. Your complete resume must be emailed to:

            G3PC Recruitment Team

            E-Mail Address: [email protected]

            Website: www.BHAjobs.net

 

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to the G3PC Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

 

                                                            Sincerely,

                                                        

 

 

 

Sonja Stroud-Gooden

Contracting Officer

 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The HA will provide expert analytical and advisory support for the planning, development and execution of U.S. foreign policy within a broad and complex geographic or functional specialty area.  The work requires applying a rigorous analytical approach to data that is often vague, unsubstantiated or contradicts existing knowledge.  The HA will receive general guidance but will be expected to execute independent judgment and analysis.

The work is complicated by the need to provide expert advice and guidance that influences the decisions and actions of senior policy officials and the need to quickly, accurately and decisively determine the relevance and significance of information to the policy interests of the USG.  It is further complicated by the need to produce widely disseminated analytical products that represent official assessments of complex issues and keep the policy-making and foreign affairs communities continuously informed of new issues and developments.

Contacts will be with the DOS and USAID employees at all levels, both in New York and Washington, as well as personnel at U.S. posts worldwide, senior analysts and officials in UN and other agencies, congressional staff, experts, and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGO).  The role requires significant interaction with foreign delegates, demanding strong diplomatic and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting.  Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings, conferences, and negotiating sessions, where the HA may be called upon to explain and defend U.S. positions.  Although guidance on the U.S. position on specific issues will be provided, the HA may be called upon to handle unexpected inquiries.  The HA post is organizationally located within BHA’s G3PC Office, and with the USUN ECOSOC Section, while physically located at the USUN offices in New York City.

 

  • Serve as the authoritative USUN New York source of all humanitarian policy information for the U.S. Permanent Representative, other USUN Ambassadors and USUN staff.
  • Serve as an active member of the USUN team and advise the U.S. Permanent Representative and Deputy Representative to the ECOSOC on the initiation, formulation and impact of policy positions and developments.
  • Coordinate with the DOS and USAID to obtain detailed guidance on USG positions pertaining to UN resolutions.
  • Anticipate the needs of the Ambassadors regarding developments in the areas of humanitarian affairs and prepare analyses, briefings, documents and meetings.
  • Prepare Ambassadors to speak on critical subjects before the Security Council, UNGA, ECOSOC and in other UN bodies.
  • Analyze and critique UN proposals for the Ambassador and DOS and, as necessary, draft or negotiate alternative proposals.
  • Provide leadership for the identification, research, analysis and development of recommendations on all issues and matters relating to humanitarian affairs and anticipate the need for such policy analysis.
  • Develop recommendations for U.S. action and positions, including specific proposals to the U.S. Representative and other USG representatives for appropriate U.S. positions in the UN.
  • Assist USUN and DOS Officers in the development of appropriate guidance and voting instructions and prepare major policy speeches, briefing/background papers and statements/talking points.
  • Represent the U.S. in meetings of the UNGA, ECOSOC and other UN bodies as directed; actively lobby members of other UN delegations and closely liaise with the UN Secretariat to develop consensus for U.S. positions; and negotiate resolutions, statements and agreements on relevant issues and matters under the guidance of the DOS’ Bureau for International Organizations.
  • Negotiate humanitarian resolutions with other member states in the UN, on behalf of the USG.
  • Attend various UN, USUN, UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) Donor Support Group (ODSG), Humanitarian Liaison Working Group (HLWG) and other meetings to provide authoritative information and views to formulate policies and coordinate strategies on policy issues.
  • Enunciate USUN views and report on decisions taken.
  • Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with other diplomatic missions in order to promote consensus for voting, report on positions of other delegations, negotiate positions and coordinate activities.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with other USUN components and relevant USG offices.
  • Answer relevant congressional and public inquiries and speak to various visiting groups through the USUN’s public affairs program and in consultation with USAID.
  • Provide back-up representation for development and post-conflict issues, including transition from relief to development, during the absence of other USUN officers;
  • Represent BHA on specific humanitarian issues of concern with UN agencies in New York and convey demarche messages as needed.
  • On behalf of BHA, attend key donor forums in New York, including but not limited to, the ODSG, HLWG, and country-specific working groups.
  • Assist other USG agencies on areas of concern.
  • Sign up for and serve as needed on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provide services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will vary.
  • Serve as the BHA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis for approximately one week every six months.
  • As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time; and
  • As needed, may serve on temporary detail within the office to meet operational needs during staff shortages, not to exceed six months. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities and will be directly related to the scope of work provided.
  • Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR), as assigned. The AOR/COR provides financial and programmatic oversight of all aspects of managing the agreement or contract; this includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, requests for approvals, program/project deliverables (i.e. work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key personnel requests, and financial/budget reports. They are responsible for drafting and submitting the annual contractor performance evaluation in Contract/Assistance Performance Assessment Review System (CPARS/APARS). They prepare and review contract/assistance modifications documentation and assist the Contracting/Agreement Officer to ensure performance is compliant with the terms and conditions of the contract/agreement, the FAR, and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible for all related requirements in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.

 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the USUN New York Team Lead/Senior Humanitarian Advisor, with guidance from the G3PC Office Director in USAID/BHA. The Humanitarian Advisor at USUN New York will receive general policy guidance from the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, the U.S. Representative to ECOSOC, the State Department, and USAID.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions.  The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work.  Results are considered authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. 

12. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, there may be some additional physical exertion including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).

13. WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is primarily performed in an office setting. During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, the work may additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.

14. START DATE: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.

 

Qualifications

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics or a related field), and a minimum of nine (9) years implementing programmatic responses in humanitarian emergencies and/or immediate post-conflict environments, of which a minimum of two (2) years must be with a USG agency with coordination and representational responsibilities and a minimum of two (2) years must be working on humanitarian policy related issues.

OR

Master's degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics or a related field), and a minimum of seven (7) years implementing programmatic responses in humanitarian emergencies and/or immediate post-conflict environments, of which a minimum of two (2) years must be with a USG agency with coordination and representational responsibilities, and a minimum of two (2) years must be working on humanitarian policy related issues.

Application instructions

Offers must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your offer, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information must be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration. 

  1. USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted. AID 309-2 is available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms. 

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your offer materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the offer is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the offer to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your offer may result in you being eliminated from consideration for this position, or being terminated after award, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your offer, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: [email protected]