USPSC Innovation Team Lead

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jun-06-2022
  • Posted
    May 12

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA22R00010
ISSUANCE DATE: May 09, 2022
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: June 06, 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 Communication
(G3PC) is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as an
Innovation Team Lead 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.


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 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 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,
Christie Savage
Contracting Officer

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Innovation Team Lead leads the team that builds, strengthens, or disrupts existing methods
and modalities for humanitarian assistance interventions, including response and ER4
programming. This includes, but is not limited to, addressing incomplete and siloed datasets,
enhancing knowledge of the movement of goods and products, process innovation such as
identifying innovative approaches to the delivery of humanitarian aid, and the assessment of
needs in pre-, post-, and immediate disaster recovery phases. To accomplish this mission, the
Innovation Team Lead will collaborate with colleagues throughout BHA in Washington D.C. and in regional and country offices. The Innovation Team Lead will also build strong relationships within USAID, engaging with relevant bureaus and offices which house initiatives focused on driving innovation. In addition, the incumbent must coordinate with other teams, divisions, offices, and bureaus, to build relationships across the broader USG interagency, to include the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, particularly the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other relevant agencies. The incumbent will engage externally with the humanitarian donor community, including, but not limited to, donors, public international organizations, international finance institutions, the private sector, foundations, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Innovation Team Lead supports innovation with all humanitarian actors, exploring new approaches to preparedness and more effective post-event response. He or she will provide input on innovative programming with USAID/BHA’s work. 

The Innovation Team Lead’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:


● Manage, supervise, and lead the Innovation Team.
● Oversee Innovation staff by assigning/balancing workloads, reviewing work products,
addressing personnel issues, and any other management tasks as needed.
● Develop detailed strategic and operational plans for the Innovation Team.
● Serve as the lead coordinator for humanitarian innovation at USAID/BHA.
● Communicate and share best practices on innovation in the field of humanitarian assistance
through compilation and sharing of lessons learned.
● Create innovation strategy and lead implementation planning that translates strategies into
coherent portfolio level bodies of work. Collaborate with the BHA sector and geographic
teams to design the process for strategy implementation planning; oversee development of
materials to strengthen the strategy implementation planning process – e.g., analyses, project
plans, meeting materials, ultimate implementation plan outputs; guide the strategy
implementation planning process that is focused on enabling teams to uptake and staff
program strategies and achieve impact.
● Design analytical work in support of strategy development and implementation planning;
identify and design required analytical work; develop analytical methodology and analyze
data to support decision-making - collating information required from literature and existing
public databases on humanitarian assistance sectors.
● Identify and maintain awareness of internal prioritized innovation areas, external innovation
trends, and potential partnerships.
● Develop sector-specific innovation platforms and strategies to encourage the integration of
innovative approaches to humanitarian response across USAID’s global humanitarian
portfolio.
● Conduct analyses in various humanitarian sectors to identify the evidence of gaps, priorities,
and opportunities for innovation and research, including digital integration. Work in close
collaboration with TPQ.
● Develop and conduct innovation training for USAID and BHA Washington and regionally
and country-based humanitarian staff to become Humanitarian Innovation Champions.
● Serve as the lead coordinator for the Humanitarian Innovation Champions Network, holding
quarterly convening calls, disseminating new findings, research, and thought pieces, and
serving as the technical point of contact for fostering innovation at BHA.
● Liaise closely with other USAID bureaus to access innovation tools and resources and
customize them, when possible, for a humanitarian response context. Provide input in USAID annual and special reporting and lessons learned on Agency humanitarian innovation
projects.
● Work with other USAID stakeholders to ensure complementarity, including participation in
sector or geographic focused innovation programs and projects as is timely and appropriate.
● Maintain working relationships with the United Nations (UN) and other donor countries to
coordinate innovative disaster response activities. In close coordination with other teams
within BHA, work with counterparts in other donor organizations to exchange information,
establish meetings on specific issues, and contribute to publications. Collaborate to jointly
advance the humanitarian sector’s effectiveness through innovation. Coordinate these
activities with relevant USAID officers.
● Sustain a cooperative working relationship with relevant USG interagency offices and serve
as a professional point of contact for these groups in the area of innovation, specifically
related to humanitarian response and outreach.
● Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in humanitarian innovation
and prepare analyses, briefings, documents, and meetings as required.
● Organize and/or attend various meetings with innovative partners, NGOs, UN, other donors,
and members of various diaspora communities, to provide authoritative information and
views related to innovation opportunities.
● Represent USAID at meetings with the private sector, UN, international organizations, and
other donors, and at other conferences sponsored by members of the international
community. Provide guidance and advice on USG positions related to humanitarian
innovation. Make recommendations to the appropriate officials in USAID.
● Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provide services and
support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
● Serve as the USAID/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 details within the bureau. Duties performed while on
detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly
related to the statement of duties provided.
● Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s
Representative (AOR/COR), and/or Activity Manager for Innovation
programs/projects/activities awarded through the G3PC Office, or other activities as
assigned, providing financial and programmatic oversight to ensure contracts and grants
achieve anticipated results, and are linked to and enhance attainment of BHA and USG
objectives. 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.
● 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.
● Mentor team members to build technical and other professional skills which meet the
professional goals of staff and the needs of BHA.
● 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 report to the PSEDI Division Chief 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.


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).


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.


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, plus a minimum of eleven (11) years of progressively responsible
professional experience, of which two (2) have been in, or working with, the innovation sector,
and of which (1) year has been working in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, disaster
preparedness, or international development.


OR


Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively
responsible professional experience, of which two (2) have been in, or working with, the
innovation sector, and of which one (1) year has been working in emergency relief, disaster risk
reduction, disaster preparedness, or international development.


OR


Master’s degree in any discipline, plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience, of which two (2) have been in, or working with, the innovation sector, and of which one (1) year has been working in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness, or international development.

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]