USPSC Press and Strategic Communications Team Lead

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    May-31-2022
  • Posted
    May 11

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:          720BHA22R00035                        

ISSUANCE DATE:                          May 10, 2022           

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:       May 31, 2022, 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 Press & Strategic Communications 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? (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 ENSURING ADEQUATE COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS

The contractor will be required to show proof that the contractor is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before the first date of onboarding, or submit an approved reasonable accommodation to the CO. If the contractor does not meet this requirement the contract may be terminated.

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 Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an offer. 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 Press and Strategic Communications Team Leader will manage critical public outreach and messaging issues pertaining to BHA’s lead role in international disaster response and humanitarian assistance. The Team Leader will oversee a team to develop and implement communications strategies and provide advisory support on humanitarian messaging to USAID and key USG stakeholders, especially during BHA-led responses.  Specific responsibilities include:

Emergency and Regional Response

  • During BHA disaster responses, lead provision of communications guidance and support to BHA staff and regional teams, working with team members to generate talking points and press releases, field media requests, draft social media, and engage in proactive press outreach or mentor other staff as they complete these tasks.
  • Oversee BHA’s relationship with the LPA Press Team to pitch BHA stories to the media, in coordination with relevant BHA staff. Draft talking points for interviews and prepare BHA staff or other USAID principals for media Q&A.
  • Coordinate closely with LPA, USAID regional bureaus, and other USG entities to ensure that BHA’s activities and messages are clearly communicated to the public and other key stakeholders.
  • Keep up to date on current events and humanitarian matters, especially those pertaining to ongoing BHA responses. 
  • 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.
  • Make staffing decisions to ensure that appropriate staff are serving as Press Officers on DARTs and RMTs. Mentor staff through responses and conduct team after action reviews to capture new ideas and strengthen processes.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary detail within the bureau 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.

Strategic Communications

  • In collaboration with SCHI Division Chief and other Team Leads: 
  • Implement communications plans and campaigns that reflect changing messaging priorities and highlight BHA’s impact, expertise, and value. Identify key outreach opportunities to advance strategic BHA messages. Feed in appropriate BHA messaging and content for relevant USAID and USG messaging campaigns.
  • Develop and execute new ways to communicate BHA’s investments in risk reduction and resilience, which save lives by preventing or reducing the impacts of shocks.
  • Engage with BHA regional teams and relevant staff to best tell BHA’s story through the production of external messaging products, including social media, blogs, infographics, talking points, press releases, and other materials.
  • Liaise with BHA partners to obtain strong content on how BHA’s programs are making a difference on the ground and use materials for strategic public messaging on BHA’s life-saving efforts.  
  • Oversee editorial input for materials generated by the Press and Strategic Communications Team and BHA staff.
  • Develop ways for BHA to effectively convey or tailor messages in a clear, concise manner, avoiding jargon and technical language.
  • Anticipate communications/messaging needs and prepare talking points and other external messaging products, as required.
  • Engage with the Content Development and Online Communications Team to conceptualize and create multi-media content to tell BHA’s story across various platforms.
  • Analyze communications-related strategies and recommend solutions during crisis communications situations.
  • Monitor and track implementation of public outreach efforts to determine impact of targeted strategies.
  • Foster strong working relationships with strategic interagency partners, including communications staff at the Department of Defense, Department of State, and others.
  • Provide guidance and training on BHA’s communications work to USG public affairs staff, as well as partner communications points of contacts.

Management and Other Duties

  • Supervise and manage the Press and Strategic Communications 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 leadership team and G3PC. Build solid cross-functional relationships, assist with development of G3PC strategic plans, and cultivate and maintain internal and external BHA relationships.
  • Represent the Press and Strategic Communications Team at senior-level meetings with USAID or USG meetings pertaining to messaging and public outreach.
  • Create, contribute to, and maintain a collaborative and effective team environment while setting the tone and example for open communication and regular coordination; a work environment conducive to mutual respect; clear expectations for performance; and clear delegations of roles, responsibilities, and authority.
  • Train and mentor team members to build technical and other professional skills which meet the professional goals of staff and the needs of BHA.
  • Oversee efforts to hone the media interviewing skills of key BHA staff so they can effectively represent the bureau.
  • Create a culture of civility and respect whereby both managers and employees are expected to behave professionally and always cultivate a harassment free work environment.
  • Work with division and G3PC leadership to identify and address structural barriers to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in and across teams and divisions in the G3PC Office.  Practice equitable supervision, task/project assignment, and leadership growth potential to all staff.
  • 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.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the Strategic Communications and Humanitarian Information Division Chief or his/her/their 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.)

High School Diploma and at least nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working on press or communications issues.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in any field plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working on press or communications issues.

OR

Master’s degree in any field plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working on press or communications issues.

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:
    1. 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.
    1. Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.
    2. 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.
    3. U.S. Citizenship
    4. Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (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]