USPSC Training Specialist

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Dec-23-2022
  • Posted
    Nov 08

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:   720BHA22R00066

ISSUANCE DATE:         November 8, 2022
CLOSING DATE AND TIME:   December 23, 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) is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as 
described in this solicitation.

Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1 of this solicitation. Incomplete or unsigned offers 
will not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records.

USAID will evaluate all offerors based on stated evaluation criteria. USAID encourages all 
individuals, including those from disadvantaged and under-represented groups, to respond to the 
solicitation.

This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to 
pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offer.

Any questions must be directed in writing to the Point of Contact specified in Attachment 1.

Sincerely,

Sonja Stroud-Gooden
Contracting Officer

 

I. GENERAL INFORMATION


1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720BHA22R00066

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 8, 2022

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: December 23, 2022, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POINT OF CONTACT: G3PC Recruitment Team, [email protected]

5. POSITION TITLE: Training Specialist

6. MARKET VALUE: $106,823 - $138,868 equivalent to GS-13 (includes locality pay)

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value and will include Locality Pay 
for domestic USPSCs based on the location of the Official USAID Worksite, or the approved 
alternative worksite if approved for remote work. USPSCs performing overseas are not entitled to 
Locality Pay.

Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: USAID/Washington
Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed for U.S.-based positions.


8. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Five (5) years, tentatively 145 day estimated start date from closing

9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S. Citizens Only

10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Secret
If there is a change in circumstances requiring access to National Security information classified 
at the Top-Secret level, the offeror may be asked to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top 
Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.

11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES

GENERAL STATEMENT OF PURPOSE OF THE CONTRACT

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 is organized into seven divisions, namely, 
Humanitarian Policy and International Systems; Humanitarian Multilateral Engagement;  Humanitarian  
Organizations  and  Partnerships;  Private  Sector  Engagement, Diaspora, and, Innovation; Global 
Capacity and Leadership Development (GCLD); U.S.


Engagement, Strategy, and Programs; and Strategic Communications and Humanitarian
Information.

The GCLD Division within G3PC works to improve knowledge and capability in international disaster 
response coordination within the U.S. Government (USG) and the broader humanitarian system. GCLD 
leads external education and training of the intra- and interagency on disaster response, 
humanitarian assistance, and the linkages to development. The division also manages training and 
capacity building programming on the international humanitarian system and leadership for the 
broader humanitarian community. GCLD also manages the Bureau for Humanitarian Response (BHA) 
Response Management System Coordination Section including maintaining response readiness for the 
Section, supporting the G3PC Office in coordinating and staffing relevant response positions and 
providing education to BHA staff on effective coordination and external engagement during a 
disaster response.

The Learning and Development Team provides training on international humanitarian assistance and 
disaster relief for external USG employees, and USAID and BHA staff.  The Training Specialist will 
provide dedicated support to the Team Leader on course management services including needs 
assessments, development, design, implementation, and evaluation.

USAID/BHA requires the services of a Training Specialist in order to meet its objectives of 
capacity development, intergovernmental training, education, and coordination within the USG.
 

Qualifications

STATEMENT OF DUTIES TO BE PERFORMED


●  Support the G3PC strategy for internal and external education and training courses on 
humanitarian assistance, international humanitarian architecture, and disaster response issues.
●  Maintain a strong understanding of the USG interagency, humanitarian policy issues, BHA’s 
coordination responsibilities, and response operations that contribute to BHA’s training strategy 
for external partners.
●  Support the development of detailed strategic plans for external training for the intra- and 
inter- agency.
●  Analyze training needs and requirements to develop new training programs or modify and improve 
existing programs as needed.
●  Assist in the design and implementation of courses, often taking overall responsibility for 
training courses, specifically applying the principles of adult learning design to both synchronous 
and asynchronous (e.g., online courses) learning, in a yearly schedule of courses.
●  Deliver approved content on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief related topics as part 
of the courses, both virtually and in-person
●  Coordinate subject matter expert expertise and work closely with other teams within G3PC, 
particularly the Humanitarian Policy Team and the U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Interagency 
Coordination Team.
●  Support capacity and leadership development programming with external partners.
●  Plan, develop, and facilitate training using knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as 
classroom training, demonstrations, meetings, conferences, simulations, and workshops.

●  Assist in producing trainer development programs and coaching others involved in training 
efforts.
●  Work effectively as a team member with other members of the GCLD Division and G3PC.
●  Develop course evaluation procedures and conduct follow-up review of all completed training to 
evaluate and measure results.
●  Develop and organize effective training manuals, multimedia visual aids, and other educational 
materials using a variety of media.
●  Build solid cross-functional relationships and assist with development of G3PC strategic plans 
and maintain internal and external BHA relationships.
●  Ensure appropriate scheduling and coordination of training, including logistical support.
●  Provide support on the registration process and support all administrative and logistics 
requirements to hold a training course.
●  Work with USAID/BHA Information Technology Unit to make sure that all technical elements of the 
training (e.g., slides, video, video teleconference) are set up for delivery during the training.
●  Assist in coordinating with other BHA training teams and training teams within humanitarian 
agencies including communicating at the Senior Executive level of USG and international 
organizations (IOs).
●  Review and analyze what the United Nations (UN), other IOs, non-governmental organizations and 
other humanitarian entities currently provide on humanitarian assistance and disaster response 
capacity development, leadership development and learning. Incorporate recommendations whether 
USAID/BHA should incorporate any part of the UN training, e.g., videos and simulations.
●  Sign-up for and serve multiple times or as needed 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. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
●  As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas.
●  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 scope of work provided.
●  Create 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 subordinates 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 at all times.
●  Work with division and G3PC leadership to identify and address structural barriers to diversity, 
equity, and inclusion in G3PC.
●  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.
●  In times of emergency humanitarian assistance, the PSC will serve on temporary details within 
the bureau. Duties performed while on detail will correspond to the level and market value for the 
position and the work specified to be performed in the Statement of Duties.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the Learning and Development Team Lead with 
guidance from the GCLD Division Chief, or 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 requested does not involve undue physical demands.

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 plus must have a minimum of nine (9) years of experience working on emergency 
relief and humanitarian assistance issues including training and curriculum development.

Bachelor’s degree in any field plus must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience working on 
emergency relief and humanitarian assistance issues including training and curriculum development.

OR


Master’s degree in any field plus must have a minimum of four (4) years of experience working
emergency relief and humanitarian assistance issues including training and curriculum
development.
 

Application instructions

  1. 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. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
    2. Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.
    3. 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.
    4. U.S. Citizenship
    5. 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.

 

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]

 

NOTE: If the full security application package is not submitted within 30 days after the Office of Security determines eligibility, the offer may be rescinded. If a Secret security clearance is not obtained within nine months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If Top Secret is required, and clearance is not obtained within nine months after award, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government. If Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access is not obtained within nine months after Top Secret clearance is granted, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government.

 

NOTE: If the full medical clearance package is not submitted within two months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If a Department of State medical clearance is not obtained; the offer may be rescinded.

NOTE REGARDING GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR THIS SOLICITATION

This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offer.

 

NOTE:    REGARDING    ADEQUATE    SAFETY    PROTOCOLS     FOR     FEDERAL CONTRACTORS

 

Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, dated September 9, 2021 (published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2021, 86 FR 50985). (c) Personal Services Contracts with individuals. As a matter of policy, the contractor must comply with the USAID’s guidance applicable to direct-hire federal employees.

 

NOTE REGARDING UNIQUE ENTITY IDENTIFIER (UEI) 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: Registration for a UEI number is FREE.

 

For general information about UEI Numbers, please refer to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Clause 52.204-6, Unique Entity Identifier at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-

 

 

52#FAR_52_204 and FAR 52.204-6, System for Award Management at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-52#FAR_52_204 or www.sam.gov.