USPSC Training Specialist

USPSC Training Specialist

USPSC Training Specialist

USPSC Training Specialist

USAID / BHA
Published
November 8, 2022
Location
Washington, D.C.
Position type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
High School
Travel required?
Not specified
Base salary (minimum)
$100,000 - 110,000

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, BHA.G3PCRecruitment@usaid.gov

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.

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.

 

SUBMITTING AN OFFER
1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 309-2,
“Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals,” available at
http://www.usaid.gov/forms.
2. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and
submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I.
3. Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number on all offeror submitted
documents.
4. 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

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.

5. Ensure Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors - Please be advised that upon
award, 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.* USPSCs/TCNPSCs performing overseas must follow the Mission policies and/or directives
from the U.S. Department of State regarding COVID-19 requirements.
*See Notice Regarding Any Court Order Affecting the Implementation of E.O. 14042 in Section VIII
below.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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