USPSC Congressional Liaison Advisor

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    May-18-2021
  • Posted
    Apr 27

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00043                         

ISSUANCE DATE: April 27, 2021                 

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:  May 18, 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 Congressional Liaison Advisor 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) NUMBERS AND 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

Under the direction of LPA and BHA, the Congressional Liaison Advisor will:

  • Serve as the primary working level point of contact on BHA and maintain continuous personal contact with selected members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs, and with Agency oversight committees, for the purpose of gaining their acceptance of legislation proposed by USAID and assessing their interest in and attitudes towards these legislative requests.
  • Prepare responses to frequent requests from members of the U.S. Congress and their constituents for information or assistance relating to BHA programs and respond in a timely fashion, and as necessary, refer the requests to others to research and prepare responses, follow through to see that accurate and responsive information is relayed to the congressional office or committee without delay.
  • Convey to members of the U.S. Congress the Agency's policy, stance, reaction or other official position with respect to any of a wide variety of matters that may be under discussion or proposed.
  • Through ongoing relationships with members of the U.S. Congress, will understand, analyze, and evaluate the views of BHA programs and work by U.S. Congress and individual members to report and recommend to leadership of BHA and LPA and other senior agency officers new directions and approaches.
  • Serve on or coordinate input for internal committees and task forces for emerging priorities affecting BHA's mission.
  • Coordinate BHA input to help determine the themes and develop the guidance for the production of budget documents, including materials for testimony on the annual Congressional Budget Justification.
  • Prepare reports on congressional hearings, briefings, markups, and floor action as necessary and make recommendations on appropriate strategy and action.
  • Prepare BHA senior leadership for congressional hearings and briefings by participating in reviews of formal Agency notifications and presentations to Congress. 
  • Design, develop, and recommend congressional outreach efforts to promote the Agency’s and BHA’s mission, as appropriate.
  • Identify, track, and summarize proposed legislative actions having a direct impact on BHA program activities and keep BHA and appropriate agency staff as well as non-USAID stakeholders informed on legislative actions as needed.
  • Attend relevant BHA meetings and report on congressional meetings, share materials and material requests, and assist in ensuring that BHA’s communications efforts are in line with broader legislative issues and efforts before the U.S. Congress.
  • Work closely with relevant BHA staff to ensure consistency of message with BHA outreach to U.S. Congress and external groups.
  • Sign up for and serve as needed on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provide services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) 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.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary detail within the office to meet operational needs during staff shortages. 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 report to the LPA’s Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs. The Congressional Liaison Advisor will work closely with BHA’s Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs and Communications, US Engagement, Strategy, and Programs Division.

 

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, human rights, economics, food policy, public health, disaster management, or public policy or a related field) plus nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working on humanitarian assistance and legislative issues. 

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, human rights, economics, food policy, public health, disaster management, or public policy or a related field) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working on humanitarian assistance and legislative 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]