USPSC Senior Interagency Advisor

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Sep-22-2021
  • Posted
    Sep 01

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:          720BHA21R00075                         

ISSUANCE DATE:                          September 1, 2021                 

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:       September 22, 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 Interagency 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

The Senior Interagency Advisor will provide critical leadership and outreach to interagency partners on BHA disaster and coordination issues, work closely with USG officials within the USG disaster response and humanitarian assistance community, assist with the organize of quarterly policy coordination forums, initiate creative new approaches to partnership, and serve as a key source of information on humanitarian issues pertaining to the interagency for the office.  He/She will help lead the planning of organizational strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, actively work with other members of the office, and anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for key meetings and events. 

The Senior Interagency Advisor will manage critical issues within the interagency community on behalf of BHA and G3PC as tasked.  He/She must have the ability to both multitask and be very detail oriented and results oriented.  The assignment requires providing expert analytical and advisory support on a wide range of humanitarian issues for the planning, development, and execution of U.S. foreign policy disaster response and humanitarian assistance objectives within a broad and complex interagency environment. 

The role requires the ability to work within a team structure with significant interaction with U.S. and foreign delegates, demanding strong diplomatic and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting, based on guidance from Washington D.C.  Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings and conferences, where the interagency team may be called upon to explain and defend U.S. positions on humanitarian issues. Contacts will be primarily within the USG, other teams within the G3PC or BHA, analysts and officials in international organizations and other agencies, and representatives of NGOs in partnership with the Humanitarian Organizations and Partnerships Division.

The Senior Interagency Advisor will be required to be available for deployments for extended periods of time.

Specific areas of responsibility include:

Strengthening/Building Interagency Relationships:

  • Serve as the U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Interagency Coordination Team’s skilled advisor in USG institutional cooperation and contribute to policy and programming guidance for strategic planning for interagency planning, preparation, and deployment of interagency partners.
  • Analyze, design, implement, and evaluate policies for interagency partners focusing on key agency priority areas within the international disaster response area.
  • Represent the USESP Division and G3PC interests to interagency counterparts in partnership with BHA on planning and implementation policies as required.
  • Monitor and analyze interagency institutional arrangements and structures. Formulate agenda of research and analytic needs leading to training and other formalized agreements for improving and bolstering BHA’s interagency cooperation and communications.
  • Review and analyze interagency relationships and response scenarios in collaboration with various analytic units.
  • Coordinate the development of long-range planning for interagency partnerships and engagement within G3PC. Establish short- and long-range goals of the organization, develop detailed plans for implementing them, and oversee implementation of the goals. Determine if adjustments or changes in objectives or emphasis are needed in organization functions. Recommend and/or put into action organizational or process changes.
  • Design and participate in broad interagency disaster response and assistance assessments. Supports G3PC teams’ intra-office in planning and strategizing interagency engagement on non-disaster response status as well as response status.
  • Provide guidance to response teams regarding capacities and authorities of interagency colleagues in a disaster response environment.
  • Coordinate information and build consensus from various offices, bureaus, and interagency organizations involved in the preparation and approval of various documents with divisional teams.
  • Assist in developing and implementing the G3PC strategy for interagency engagement.
  • Coordinate with other federal agencies to provide BHA staff with briefings on federal capabilities.
  • Support the development of agenda and convening of the BHA quarterly International Disaster Forum.
  • Work with other G3PC divisions to identify and support pre-identified interagency agreements.
  • Support the U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Interagency Coordination Team with interagency coordination meetings and calls as needed in support of the BHA Regional Offices.
  • Attend external interagency meetings as requested.
  • Understand the political and institutional environment in which decisions are made and implemented in humanitarian situations.
  • Provide support in preparation for Congressional briefings and draft responses to congressional inquiries.
  • Provide G3PC briefings as appropriate.
  • Consistently model behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to fostering a non-hostile work environment free of discrimination, bias, unfairness, exclusion, offensive behaviors and harassment of any kind.
  • Contribute to a collaborative, respectful, and professional work environment by demonstrating partnership and teamwork to accomplish team, office, and Bureau objectives.
  • Participate in G3PC office-wide efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility , including those related to Bureau programs, partners, staffing, professional development, and other key areas.
  • 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, 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 will report to the U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Interagency Coordination Team Leader 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

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

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, public health, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance. Experience working on government relations, interagency coordination or policy engagement related to international humanitarian and disaster issues, domestic disaster assistance and with USG agencies required. Offerors must demonstrate work experience with a humanitarian organization or with a USG federal agency.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to: international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance. Experience working on government relations, interagency coordination or policy engagement related to international humanitarian and disaster issues, domestic disaster assistance and/or with USG agencies required. Offerors must demonstrate work experience with a humanitarian organization or with a USG federal agency.

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. 

  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]