USPSC Team Lead (Multiple Positions)

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jul-27-2021
  • Posted
    Jul 07

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:             720BHA21R00056                        

ISSUANCE DATE:                           July 6, 2021                 

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:       July 27, 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 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. 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

The Team Leader provides critical analysis on BHA’s relationships with PIOs, international NGOs, local partners, local NGOs, and humanitarian policy issues. The Team Leader serves as a Bureau-wide resource on strategic partner engagement, the international humanitarian system, and humanitarian policy. The Team Leader could be asked to do a combination of any of the duties and responsibilities outlined below, depending on the Team assignment.

The Team Leader may interface regularly with BHA’s Geographic Offices regarding BHA’s funding and policies related to PIO, NGO, and local partners. S/he will assist and support the G3PC Division Chiefs and other Team Leaders in planning, organizing, and overseeing the Office’s grants management and policy coordination functions. S/he will also work with other parts of BHA and the Agency, including the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Acquisition and Assistance to ensure G3PC Office grant-making processes and programs are functioning in an effective manner. The Team Leader may support BHA’s policy and positions on PIO oversight, ensuring a strategic and consistent approach by the Bureau to PIO related oversight and performance issues including reviewing and analyzing audits of BHA’s multilateral institution partners. S/he may coordinate closely with the HBMO Office’s Audit, Risk, and Performance Management Division and work with the Office of the Inspector General on all issues pertaining to PIOs, particularly with respect to the Office’s oversight role as Agency PIO Coordinator for numerous multilateral organizations.

The Team Leader will also be a principal source of information and advice to BHA staff on BHA’s engagement with PIOs, NGOs, and local partners and will assist the G3PC Office in developing and maintaining a broad portfolio of institutional relationships with these stakeholder communities. The Team Leader ensures that BHA’s strategic engagement with PIOs supports and is well-informed by the operational, technical, and programmatic engagement with the rest of USAID.

S/he may be asked to represent BHA’s equities in humanitarian and food security policy, programs, and partnerships with PIOs; provide institutional oversight and strategic direction, including in executive boards and other oversight bodies to ensure that the agencies are operating efficiently, effectively, and strategically; and enhance the overall impact of emergency programming through core strengthening and performance monitoring.

The Team Leader may help plan organizational strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, work closely with high-ranking officials within the international community and with members of the United Nations (UN) delegations on U.S. positions on humanitarian issues, provide effective liaison with the UN offices in Geneva, Rome, and New York City, as necessary, and anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for important meetings and events.  S/he serves as a key source of information on humanitarian issues and humanitarian policy for the office.  The Team Lead raises critical issues with the UN on behalf of G3PC and BHA and other USG agencies. 

The position involves providing expert analytical and advisory support on humanitarian issues for the planning, development, and execution of U.S. foreign policy within a broad and complex functional specialty area.  The work requires applying a rigorous analytical approach to data and the Team Lead will receive general guidance but will be expected to execute independent judgment and analysis.

The Team Lead will effectively organize and prioritize work and lead staff in achieving the objectives of the Division, Office, and Bureau. The Team Leader could be required to be available for deployments to the field for limited periods of time.

The Team Leader will:

  • Supervise and manage the assigned G3PC Team. Delegate responsibility, prioritize and plan the work of the team, and help ensure that staff are supported and have the resources necessary to perform.
  • Work effectively as a member of the assigned division and G3PC. Build solid cross-functional relationships and assist with development of G3PC strategic plans and cultivate and maintain internal and external BHA relationships.
  • Maintain strong understanding of Agency priorities and processes, USG policies, broader humanitarian architecture, PIO and NGO partner engagement best practices, and challenges related to partner engagement. 
  • Lead the identification, research, analysis, and development of recommendations on all issues and matters relating to humanitarian affairs, and particularly the international humanitarian system, as well as issues relating to engaging with PIO and NGO partners in humanitarian contexts and anticipate the need for such policy analysis.
  • Represent USAID at donor meetings covering a broad range of humanitarian issues and provide G3PC and BHA with analysis and guidance on relations with PIO and NGO partners and the UN system.
  • Attend various NGO, UN, and other meetings and provide authoritative information and views to formulate humanitarian policies and coordinate strategies on partner and policy issues.
  • Represent the assigned division on specific humanitarian issues of concern regarding PIOs, NGO, and the broader humanitarian system. 
  • Represent BHA at Agency meetings covering a broad range of PIO, NGO, and broader humanitarian issues and provide the Office and Bureau with analysis and guidance on relationship with Agency goals and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with other relevant USG offices and serve as a leading point of contact for these groups in the area of humanitarian affairs.
  • Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in the areas of humanitarian policy and humanitarian partner engagement in humanitarian affairs and prepare analyses, briefings, documents, and meetings as required.
  • Design/oversee awards, in collaboration with other divisions in the office and offices in the Bureau, from inception to polished final product, taking overall responsibility for shepherding awards to completion.
  • Represent USAID at meetings with the UN, international organizations, NGOs, and other donors on specific humanitarian issues, including at conferences sponsored by members of the international community.
  • Provide guidance and advice on USG positions, negotiating strategies, and, in consultation with USAID/Washington, conduct negotiations with the donor community and make recommendations to the appropriate officials in USAID.
  • Advise USAID/BHA staff on issues regarding PIO or NGO policy and program initiatives and other critical humanitarian issues.
  • Advise G3PC leadership on Responsible Unit matters and concerns including providing recommendations for changes and adjustments in structure and staffing.
  • Oversee the development and revision of support materials for the G3PC response positions such as handbooks, templates, and guidance.
  • Serve as the BHA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis for approximately one week every six months.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 respective G3PC Division Chief or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resources available. The USPSC consults with the supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments, and for planning approaches or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

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, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus a minimum of nine (9) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, and/or humanitarian policy issues, of which at least three (3) years were spent working directly on response issues and at least one (1) year leading a diverse team.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to: international relations, human rights, economics, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, and/or humanitarian policy issues, of which at least three (3) years were spent working directly on response issues and at least one (1) year leading a diverse team.

Application instructions

IV. 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. 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 for each grade level(s) for

which you are applying. 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.

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]