USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor (Multiple Positions)

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Aug-03-2021
  • Posted
    Jul 13

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:          720BHA21R00064                          

ISSUANCE DATE:                           July 13, 2021

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:       August 03, 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 Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) 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 Senior Humanitarian Advisor is part of the HPIS Division, which provides critical analysis on humanitarian policy issues, works closely with high-ranking officials within the international community, manages humanitarian policy awards, and serves as a key source of information on humanitarian issues and humanitarian policy for the office. He/She will help plan organizational strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, actively work with members of UN delegations on USG positions on humanitarian issues, act as an effective liaison with the UN offices in Geneva, Rome, and New York, and anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for important meetings and events.  The Senior Humanitarian Advisor will also raise critical issues with the UN on behalf of BHA and must have the ability to prioritize, adapt to shifting priorities, and multi-task.  The assignment 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 geographic or functional specialty areas.  The work requires applying a rigorous analytical approach to data and the Senior Humanitarian Advisor will receive general guidance but will be expected to execute independent judgment and analysis. He/She will assist and support the HPIS Division in planning, organizing, and overseeing the division's priorities, as well as programs, including grants management functions.

The Senior Humanitarian Advisor will be required to be available for overseas travel for a limited period of time

The Senior Humanitarian Advisor will:

  • Assist in 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.
  • Represent USAID at donor meetings covering a broad range of humanitarian issues and provide BHA with analysis and guidance on relations with the UN system.
  • Interact with Department of State colleagues on developing strategies and policies toward UN agencies and humanitarian issues.
  • Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in the areas of humanitarian affairs and prepare analyses, briefings, documents, and meetings as required.
  • Attend various NGO, UN, and other meetings and provide authoritative information and views to formulate humanitarian policies and coordinate strategies on policy issues.
  • Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with other donor countries in order to promote humanitarian principles and coordinate humanitarian response activities.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with other relevant USG offices and serve as an expert point of contact for these groups in the area of humanitarian affairs. The USPSC may influence USG policy.
  • Represent BHA on specific humanitarian issues of concern with international organizations (IOs), NGOs and other donor governments and convey demarche messages as needed.
  • Represent USAID at meetings with the UN, IOs, and other donors and other conferences sponsored by members of the international community, provide guidance and advice on USG positions, negotiate strategies, and in consultation with USAID/Washington conduct negotiations with the donor community and make recommendations to the appropriate officials in USAID.
  • Work with counterparts in other donor organizations at the most senior levels to exchange information, establish meetings on specific donor issues, solicit publications, and collect information on training opportunities; coordinate these activities with relevant USAID officers.
  • Advise USAID/BHA staff on issues regarding donations and requests for USG support and information sharing from private and public interest groups, including those formed on an ad hoc basis during disaster assistance operations.
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed multiple times throughout the year 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 be varied.
  • 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 details within the Office or Bureau not to exceed six months.  Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Division’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as 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 set forth in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and report to the HPIS Division Director or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resources available. The USPSC consults with 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.

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.

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]