USPSC Public Sector and Diaspora Team Lead

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jun-03-2022
  • Posted
    May 13

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA22R00011  

ISSUANCE DATE: May 13, 2022  

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: June 3, 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, and Communications (G3PC) is  seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as a Public Sector and  Diaspora Team Lead (PSDT) 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.  

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, 

Sonja Stroud-Gooden 

Contracting Officer

I. GENERAL INFORMATION  

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720BHA22R00011 

2. ISSUANCE DATE: May 13, 2022 

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: June 3, 2022, 12:00 P.M.  Eastern Time 

4. POINT OF CONTACT: G3PC Recruitment Team, [email protected] 5. POSITION TITLE: Public Sector and Diaspora Team Lead 

6. MARKET VALUE: $126,233-$164,102 equivalent to GS-14 (eligible for locality pay) Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated. 

If the position is for a Washington based PSC, offerors who live outside the Washington, D.C.  area will be considered for employment, but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.  

7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Five (5) years 

8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, D.C.  

9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S. Citizens 

10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top  Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID. 

11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES  

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

BACKGROUND 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Humanitarian  Assistance (BHA) is responsible for facilitating and coordinating U.S. Government (USG)  humanitarian assistance overseas in response to all types of international disasters, including slow onset disasters such as droughts or famine, natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods, or man made disasters such as conflict or war. BHA is responsible for planning, coordinating, developing,  achieving, monitoring, and evaluating international humanitarian assistance falling into two  conceptual areas: 

● Humanitarian Response activities comprise needs-based humanitarian assistance provided  to save lives, alleviate suffering, and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of  emergencies. Humanitarian assistance is grounded in humanitarian principles and is  directed toward the most vulnerable populations. 

● Early Recovery, Risk Reduction, and Resilience (ER4) activities will set the initial  foundations for longer-term recovery as appropriate and will work in close conjunction  with humanitarian assistance. Early recovery is an approach that supports communities  impacted by crises to protect and restore basic systems and service delivery. Early recovery  builds on humanitarian response efforts and establishes the initial foundations of long-term  recovery. Early recovery activities are implemented for a specified, appropriate timeframe  that assists populations recovering from an identifiable shock. Risk reduction is the  prevention of new and reduction of existing disaster risk and management of residual risk,  which contributes to strengthening resilience and to the achievement of sustainable  development. Resilience is the ability of people, households, communities, countries, and  systems to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces  chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.  

BHA has seven offices, as follows:  

The Bureau’s three geographic offices are: (1) Office of Africa; (2) Office of Asia, Latin America  and the Caribbean; and (3) the Office of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Each  geographic office designs, provides, and assesses humanitarian assistance for their respective  regions, including assistance related to responding to, recovering from, and reducing the risk of  man-made and natural disasters, while linking with other USAID investments that build resilience. 

The Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communications (G3PC) shapes and  influences USAID’s role within the international humanitarian system; leads engagement on a  range of policy, programmatic, and operational issues; and positions the Agency to influence  collective response to emergency needs across the globe. 

The Office of Technical and Program Quality (TPQ) leads the Bureau's efforts to provide high quality programmatic and technical leadership, oversight, and guidance. In addition, TPQ leads  the Bureau’s external engagement with academia and coordinates research to advance the  effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of humanitarian and multi-year programming. 

The Office of Humanitarian Business and Management Operations (HBMO) is responsible for  maintaining 24/7 operability by providing leadership, planning, quality assurance, technical  expertise, and process management. HBMO ensures effective stewardship of the Bureau’s support  services, including workforce planning, staffing, financial management, internal controls, facilities  operations and infrastructure. 

The Office of Field and Response Operations (FARO) leads and manages operational assistance  and the purchase and delivery of goods and services in response to declared foreign disasters and  international humanitarian needs in key functional areas, including supply-chain management,  procurement, logistics, oversight, and operational coordination with the U.S. military. 

INTRODUCTION 

The Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communication (G3PC) shapes and  influences USAID’s role within the international humanitarian system; leads engagement on a range of policy, programmatic, and operational issues; and positions the Agency to influence  collective response to emergency needs across the globe. The office is organized into seven  divisions, namely: Humanitarian Policy and International Systems; Humanitarian Multilateral;  Humanitarian Organizations and Partnerships; Private Sector Engagement, Diaspora, and,  Innovation (PSEDI); Global Capacity and Leadership Development; U.S. Engagement, Strategy,  and Programs; and Strategic Communications and Humanitarian Information.  

The Public Sector and Diaspora Team (PSDT) Leader will manage USAID/BHA’s PSDT. The  Team Leader will coordinate with PSEDI and BHA leadership regarding BHA’s strategic goals  and objectives related to diaspora issues, donations outreach, and private sector relationships. The  Team Leader will act in a representational role for BHA on private sector, diaspora, and donations  outreach issues and will coordinate with interagency partners on establishing relationships relevant  to these sectors. 

OBJECTIVE 

BHA requires the services of a PSDT Leader in order to meet its objectives of guiding and  informing the USG, the general public including religious and community groups, diaspora  communities, non-profits, corporations, and businesses about the most effective ways for the  general public to support international disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

The PSDT Leader is an integral part of BHA who supports efforts on diaspora and public sector  outreach for the office. This role requires significant interaction with the general public and USG  offices, demanding strong diplomatic, facilitation, and communication skills to accurately  represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting. The PSDT Leader will be required to be  available for extended deployments.  

The PSDT Leader’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:  

● Manage, supervise, and lead PSDT. 

● Serves as a subject matter expert and key contributor to strengthening the capacity of BHA  Response Management System, providing senior-level technical guidance to BHA leaders,  the broader USAID leaders, implementing partners involved in public sector and diaspora  engagement programming for response and ER4 interventions. 

● Oversee PSDT 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 PSDT. 

● Engage with USAID senior leadership and staff, the USG’s interagency, and the public on  matters pertaining to the private sector, diaspora engagement, and donation management.

● Serve as a subject matter reference on donation management, sharing information about  USAID/BHA and its mission, mandate, and relationships with non-governmental  organizations (NGOs) and donor communities. 

● Serve as a subject matter reference on the private sector including sharing information  about private sector engagement on humanitarian assistance and disaster risk reduction  with USAID, BHA, and the NGO and donor communities. 

● Assist in message development and delivery around USAID/BHA’s key messages about  donating responsibly and diaspora engagement. 

● Maintain awareness of the private sector on partnering with USAID in humanitarian  response and disaster risk reduction efforts.  

● Oversee guidance development on business opportunities with USAID in response to crises  for the private sector. 

● Support the establishment and maintenance of strong relationships and formal partnership  agreements, where appropriate, with private sector entities. 

● Liaise closely with the USAID’s Global Development Lab, to access private sector  engagement tools and resources and customize them, when possible, for a humanitarian  response context.  

● Coordinate with USAID’s Communities of Practice focused on private sector engagement  and diaspora engagement pertaining to humanitarian issues. 

● Develop strong understanding of USAID’s partnership and private sector engagement  authorities and approaches. 

● Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with the United Nations (UN) and other donor countries in order to coordinate on private sector and diaspora engagement for  disaster response. 

● Lead the management of BHA’s hotline responses during specific disasters, including the  training of volunteers, the maintenance of training materials and trainings, and serving  shifts on the hotline, answering calls and emails. 

● Work effectively as a team member with other members of the PSEDI Division and BHA. ● Work in rapidly changing, high-pressure situations that often exceed normal business  hours. 

● 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 cultivate a harassment free work environment at all times.

● 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. 

● Sign-up for and serve as needed multiple times throughout the year on Washington-based  Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provides services and support to Disaster  Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) deployed in response to disasters. Serve as the BHA  after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months. 

● As needed, serve on DART which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment  overseas. 

● Serve as the BHA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis for approximately one week  every six months. 

● 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 Public Sector and  Diaspora Engagement 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 the 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 PSEDI Division Director 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. 

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.) 

High School Diploma. Must have thirteen (13) years of professional work experience working  with the USG, private voluntary organizations (PVOSs), NGOs, public international organizations  (PIOs), or UN Agencies, with direct experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian  assistance, or a related field of which two (2) years have been working directly on diaspora issues. 

OR 

Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Must have nine (9) years of professional work experience  working with the USG, PVOSs, NGOs, PIOS, or UN Agencies, with direct experience working in  emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, or a related field of which two (2) years have been  working directly on diaspora issues. 

OR 

Master’s degree in any discipline. Must have seven (7) years of professional work experience  working with the USG, PVOs, NGOs, PIOs, or UN Agencies, with direct experience working in  emergency relief, humanitarian assistance or a related field of which two (2) years have been  working directly on diaspora issues. 

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS 

The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR  52.215-1. The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In  accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would  otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can  be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest  number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. FAR  provisions of this solicitation are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.  

SELECTION FACTORS 

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the selection factors  are considered NOT qualified for the position.) 

● Offeror is a U.S. Citizen. 

● Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that  cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

● 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.

● Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented  Information level clearance as provided by USAID. 

● Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of State medical clearance throughout the  contract.  

● Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).

● Satisfactory verification of academic credentials. 

OFFEROR RATING SYSTEM 

The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified  offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors must demonstrate the rating factors outlined  below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The rating  factors are as follows:  

Professional Experience: (30 points) 

● Experience developing priorities or solutions or strategies to address issues and gaps

● Experience leading or overseeing a team 

● Experience working on public-private partnerships or private sector development or  entrepreneurship or economic development or impact investing or innovation; in the  context of emergency relief or humanitarian assistance. 

● Experience forming or working in partnership with a range of stakeholders in the  diaspora community This can include diaspora-focused international or local  organizations (i.e. NGOs or PIOs) that engage in diaspora-led initiatives or donor organizations who support diaspora-focused programs.  

● Experience developing business opportunities in response to crises for the private sector.  This can include leading or managing diaspora engagement or disaster donations  outreach initiatives, including budget management experience.

● Demonstrated experience working with PIOs/NGOs on oversight or humanitarian  programming interventions related to diaspora engagement or disaster donations. 

Interview Performance (50 points) 

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (20 points) 

Total Possible Points: 100 

BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection  Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Offeror Rating System. Those offerors  determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and  satisfactory professional reference checks. 

Offerors are required to address each factor of the Offeror Rating System in their resume,  describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they  have received as it pertains to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement  number at the top of each additional page. Failure to address the selection factors and/or Offeror  Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education,  training and/or awards.  

The most qualified offerors may be interviewed and required to provide a writing sample. BHA  will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Professional references and  academic credentials will be evaluated for offerors being considered for selection package. 

Note: Please be advised that references may be obtained independently from other sources in  addition to the ones provided by an offeror. BHA reserves the right to select additional offerors if  vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process. 

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? (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. 

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] 

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. Must have thirteen (13) years of professional work experience working  with the USG, private voluntary organizations (PVOSs), NGOs, public international organizations  (PIOs), or UN Agencies, with direct experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian  assistance, or a related field of which two (2) years have been working directly on diaspora issues. 

OR 

Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Must have nine (9) years of professional work experience  working with the USG, PVOSs, NGOs, PIOS, or UN Agencies, with direct experience working in  emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, or a related field of which two (2) years have been  working directly on diaspora issues. 

OR 

Master’s degree in any discipline. Must have seven (7) years of professional work experience  working with the USG, PVOs, NGOs, PIOs, or UN Agencies, with direct experience working in  emergency relief, humanitarian assistance or a related field of which two (2) years have been  working directly on diaspora 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]