USPSC Civil Society and Localization Team Leader

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jun-29-2021
  • Posted
    Jun 09

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00048
ISSUANCE DATE: June 8, 2021
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: June 29, 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 Communication
(G3PC), is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as a Civil
Society and Localization (CSL) Team Leader 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. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience
must also be detailed. 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.
2. 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
The CSL Team Leader will provide critical analysis on BHA’s relationships with local partners
and local NGOs, manage a complex portfolio of grants, serve as a Bureau-wide resource on local
partner engagement, and interface regularly with the Geographical Disaster Response Offices
regarding BHA’s funding and policies related to local partners. The CSL Team Leader will also
work with other parts of BHA and the Agency, including the Grants Unit, the Office of General
Counsel (GC), and the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) to ensure HOP division
grant-making processes and programs are functioning in an effective manner. S/he will also
anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for important
meetings and events. S/he will assist and support the HOP Division Director and other Team
Leaders in planning, organizing, and overseeing the HOP Division’s grants management
functions. The CSL Team Leader will also be a principal source of information and advice to
BHA staff on BHA’s engagement with local partners and will assist the HOP Division in
developing and maintaining a broad portfolio of institutional relationships with these stakeholder
communities.
The CSL Team Leader will administer a diverse portfolio of globally-funded BHA programs. In
addition to managing a discrete portfolio, the CSL Team Leader will work with the HOP
Division Director and other Team Leaders to provide critical guidance on BHA’s relationship
with local partners, as well as guidance on internal USAID regulations and policies impacting
these relationships. Under the guidance of the HOP Division Director, the CSL Team Leader will
also manage critical issues on local engagement on behalf of BHA offices and other USG
agencies. The CSL Team Leader will be required to be available for deployments possibly
lasting up to 90 days or 30% of the year.


The Team Leader will:
● Supervise and manage the CSL Team.
● 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. 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
Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR), and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible
for all related requirements set forth in the COR designation letter and the AOR
designation letter.
● Develop detailed strategic plans for local partner engagement, foster capacity building of
local staff, as well as propose strategies and programs to address capacity and leadership
gaps for local partners within the broader humanitarian system.
● Design/oversee awards, in collaboration with other offices in the Bureau, from inception
to polished final product, taking overall responsibility of shepherding them through the
process.
● Maintain strong understanding of Agency priorities and processes, USG policies, broader
humanitarian architecture, and local engagement best practices and challenges related to
localization.
● As part of the HOP Division, lead the identification, research, analysis, and development
of recommendations on all issues and matters relating to local engagement, partners, and
civil society in humanitarian contexts.
● Represent BHA at Agency meetings covering a broad range of localization issues and
provide the office and Bureau with analysis and guidance on relations with Agency goals
and objectives.
● Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in the areas of local
engagement in humanitarian affairs and prepare analyses, briefings, documents, and
meetings as required.
● Attend various NGOs, United Nations (UN), and other meetings and provide
authoritative information and views to formulate humanitarian policies and coordinate
strategies on localization issues.
● Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with other Bureau contacts in order to
promote local engagement and coordinate disaster response activities and serve as a
skilled point of contact in the area of local engagement, partners, and civil society in
humanitarian contexts to carryout and influence program policies.
● Represent the Division on specific humanitarian issues of concern with international
organizations (IOs) and NGOs and convey demarche messages as needed.
● Advise USAID/BHA staff on issues regarding local capacity initiatives and the journey to
self-reliance.
● Help create new local engagement and fellowship initiatives and monitor programs.
● 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 and program analysis.
● Work effectively as a team member with other members of the Division and G3PC.
● Build solid cross-functional relationships and assist with development of G3PC and HOP
strategic plans and maintain internal and external BHA relationships.
● 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.


SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the HOP Division Director or his/her
designee.


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 in any discipline. A bachelor’s degree with a concentration in the fields of (but
not limited to) international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster
management, public policy or a related field is highly encouraged. Must have a minimum of nine
(9) years of experience working with local NGOs or civil society organizations in emergency
relief and humanitarian assistance and on grant management, two (2) years of which were
obtained overseas.
OR
Master’s degree in any discipline. A master’s degree with a concentration in the fields of (but not
limited to) international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management,
public policy or a related field is highly encouraged. Must have a minimum of seven (7) years of
experience working with local NGOs or civil society organizations in emergency relief and
humanitarian assistance and on grant management, two (2) years of which were obtained
overseas.

Application instructions

SUBMITTING AN OFFER

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. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. 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]

 

NOTE:  If the full security application package is not submitted within 30 days after the Office of Security determines eligibility, the offer may be rescinded. If a Secret security clearance is not obtained within nine months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If Top Secret is required, and clearance is not obtained within nine months after award, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government. If Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access is not obtained within nine months after Top Secret clearance is granted, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government.


NOTE:  If the full medical clearance package is not submitted within two months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If a Department of State medical clearance is not obtained within six months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded.

 

NOTE REGARDING GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR THIS SOLICITATION

This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offer.