USPSC Gender, Age and Social Inclusion (GASI) Team Lead

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USAID / BHA
Published
February 2, 2021
Location
Washington, D.C.
Category
Gender  
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
$120,000 - 130,000

Description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00085

ISSUANCE DATE: January 26, 2021
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: February 23, 2021, 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 Technical and Program Quality (TPQ), is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Gender, Age and Social Inclusion (GASI) 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.
(d) U.S. Citizenship
(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.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. 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 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:

TPQ Recruitment Team
E-Mail Address: BHA.TPQRecruitment@usaid.gov
Website: www.BHAjobs.net

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to the TPQ Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

Sincerely,

Sonja Stroud-Gooden
Contracting Officer

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA20B00085

2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 26, 2021

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: February 23, 2021, 12:00P.M. Eastern Time

4. POINT OF CONTACT: TPQ Recruitment Team, BHA.TPQRecruitment@usaid.gov

5. POSITION TITLE: Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead

6. MARKET VALUE: $121,316 - $157,709 equivalent to GS-14 (includes 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, DC. area will be considered for employment, but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

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 focusing on the following three pillars:

Early Response and Disaster Relief programs are committed to responding early, protecting lives and livelihoods, reducing the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations, and helping households and communities to maintain their assets and their capacities for self-recovery.
Early Recovery programs consist of activities that capitalize upon and protect
opportunities for communities to restore and improve systems impacted by disasters, and maintaining markets, service delivery and supportive social networks after a crisis has occurred.
Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Transition programs build resilience at household, community, and national levels, catalyze and sustain development efforts, and support the advances gained on the Journey to Self-Reliance. In addition, BHA will seek to link its life-saving emergency interventions to longer-term programs that move targeted communities forward.

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 Technical and Program Quality (TPQ) leads the Bureau for Humanitarian
Assistance's (BHA) efforts to ensure high quality programmatic and technical leadership,
oversight, and guidance. TPQ captures, applies, and strengthens capacity in technical best practices and contextually appropriate programmatic approaches focused on all dimensions of
BHA programming from humanitarian response and transition into longer-term resilience
programming, as well as risk analysis and early warning. TPQ is responsible for providing
policy, normative guidance, tools, facilitation, and capacity building to assist the Bureau in
achieving optimal humanitarian outcomes through strategic design, consistent and effective
performance monitoring, comprehensive and appropriate evaluation, and purposeful learning
across the full spectrum of BHA responses and programming. The Office promotes USAID’s
humanitarian voice through active participation and technical leadership in interagency and
global fora, including leading the Bureau’s technical engagement with academia and thought
leaders. TPQ designs, supports, and coordinates research to advance the effectiveness, efficiency,
and impact of BHA programming. TPQ leads BHA in meeting the increasing demand for
technical support and guidance in all facets of the Bureau’s work as the geographic and topical
areas of coverage expand, and as the Bureau seeks increased technical and programmatic
standardization, integration, and oversight to meet Agency, Congressional, and other demands.

The Protection and Community Capacities Division (PCC) Division ensures that protection,
gender, youth, age, and social dynamics are effectively and sustainably regarded and applied to
all dimensions of BHA programming. The combined approaches of PCC will make certain that
the protection of vulnerable populations affected by crises is central to BHA strategies,
responses, and programs through systematic provision of life-saving services. PCC ensures the
application of humanitarian protection principles and the promotion of age, gender, and diversity
inclusion to ensure meaningful access, safety, and dignity to the most vulnerable groups. PCC
promotes gender equality and Positive Youth Development (PYD) to elevate, integrate and
transform the rights of women, men, girls and boys in all stages of a response. For example, PCC
provides evidence-based technical leadership, policy, guidance, tools, and capacity building
services, including related to child protection (CP), psychosocial support (PSS), prevention of
and response to gender-based violence (GBV), protection from sexual exploitation and abuse
(PSEA), and accountability to affected populations (APP). The policy, guidance, and tools
provided by PCC support BHA in its mission to save lives, alleviate suffering, and build
self-reliance and resilience among the most vulnerable of disaster-affected populations.

The Gender, Age and Social Inclusion Team Lead will be located within the Protection and
Community Capacities (PCC) Division within the Office of Technical Program Quality Office
(TPQ). USAID has prioritized gender, age and social inclusion in all of its programming. The
Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead will play a central role in promotion of gender
equality and women’s empowerment, and integrating gender, age, diversity and social inclusion
in BHA programming. The Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead will have substantial
knowledge of current development and disaster theory and research regarding gender, age,
disability, and social inclusion, particularly in a humanitarian emergency context, and practical
experience in the field, and working with PVOs, NGOs, or IOs in humanitarian action. The
USPSC will also have substantial experience working across and between agencies on gender,
age, disability, and social inclusion in order to establish common priorities and advance shared or
complementary objectives.

OBJECTIVE

The Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead will lead the Bureau’s efforts to elevate and
integrate the diverse needs and priorities of women, youth, persons with disabilities, older
persons, and marginalized populations throughout the Program Cycle. BHA requires the services
of a Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead to provide the overall management and
technical leadership across the range of interventions in BHA’s emergency and development
programming; to ensure that the interplay of gender, age, disability, and other social dynamics
are considered in design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programming; and to
make certain that women, youth, and other marginalized groups are intentionally engaged in all
interventions. The Gender, Age and Social Dynamics Team Lead will also support day to day
coordination and communication within USAID and with other USG departments and agencies
on the practical development, implementation, and monitoring of policies and response strategies
related to gender, age and social inclusion.

The Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead will be assigned to the PCC Division and will work closely with other members of the PCC Division and TPQ Office.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead’s main role will be to supervise the Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team and coordinate the teams’ work on gender, age, diversity, and social inclusion. The position involves providing expert analytical and advisory support for the planning, development, and execution of USAID programs and policies relating to gender, age, disability, and social inclusion, in humanitarian and transition contexts. As part of this effort, the Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead must be able to rapidly identify and anticipate problem issues, help formulate strategic and programming approaches, and write under tight deadlines to produce products that represent assessments of complex issues. The work requires extremely strong writing and verbal communication skills. The position will involve extensive collaboration and coordination with other Teams/Offices/Bureaus and agencies within and outside of the USG for the purposes of integrating technical rigor into program planning and policy implementation efforts.

Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the Protection and Community Capacities Division Chief, the Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead will:

● Supervise and manage the Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team.
● Coordinate proposal reviews for humanitarian programming, lead team engagement throughout the Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) program cycle, coordinate technical support and monitoring through field deployments, operational research, and budgetary oversight over the project budget.
● Provide direction for BHA on new and cutting-edge methodologies and coordinate team engagement on gender, empowerment, and inclusion across BHA’s programming mandate - in humanitarian crises through development contexts.
● Serve as a senior, expert source of information on and analysis of gender, age, disability, and social inclusion issues as they relate to humanitarian and transition planning and programming for BHA.
● Provide technical advice for country portfolios, regional portfolios, global initiatives, or for specific awards.
● Advise regional teams and BHA partners on appropriate strategies and activities to ensure gender, empowerment, and inclusion principles and best practices are elevated and mainstreamed in emergency response, early recovery, and disaster risk reduction programming (including integration of positive youth development, age, and disability considerations).
● Support assessment and monitoring of activities through technical data review, the development of monitoring tools, field visits, and communication with field staff and implementing partners.
● Lead the development of new systems, guidelines, tools, and staff resources to frame the design and implementation of programming in regards to gender, age, disability, and social inclusion.
● Coordinate with other PCC teams, TPQ and G3PC on the development and
implementation of clear and concise policies, positions, and communications materials on gender, age and social inclusion issues for BHA and USAID in general.
● Prepare TPQ senior management and BHA senior leadership, when necessary, to speak on gender, age, disability and social inclusion issues before UN bodies, NGOs, Congress, the interagency, media, and academic institutions.
● Represent BHA at donor and coordination meetings covering a broad range of
humanitarian gender and inclusion issues.
● Coordinate with the various USAID bureaus, including the Bureau for Conflict
Prevention and Stabilization, and the future Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation on gender, age, disability, and social inclusion issues.
● Respond to relevant congressional and public inquiries and speak to various visiting groups about gender, age, disability, and social inclusion considerations among disaster affected populations.
● 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 (CPARS/APARS). 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 set forth in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.
● 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.

● Serve as the 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 detail within the office to meet operational needs during staff shortages, not to exceed six months. 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.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The Gender, Age, and Social Inclusion Team Lead will take direction from and will report to the
Protection and Community Capacities Division Chief in BHA/TPQ/PCC or their designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

The supervisor will set the overall work objectives and the USPSC will consult with the Division Chief to develop deadlines, projects, and work to be performed. The USPSC carries out assignments and consults with the supervisor as needed. The USPSC carries out assignments and keeps their supervisor informed of progress in the achievement of objectives. The supervisor will evaluate work for technical soundness and effectiveness in advancing the USAID Protection
from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy, USAID Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy, the USAID Disability Policy, and BHA’s mandate and strategic vision.

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.)

A Bachelor’s degree with significant study in, but not limited to, sociology, international law, disaster management, social work, anthropology, public health, education, conflict, humanitarian affairs, gender, international studies, or a related field plus a minimum of nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which three (3) years must be related to international gender, age, disability, and
social inclusion in humanitarian or transition settings.

OR

A Master’s degree with significant study in, but not limited to, sociology, international law, disaster management, social work, anthropology, public health, education, conflict, humanitarian affairs, gender, international studies, or a related field plus even (7) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which
three (3) years must be related to international gender, age, disability, and social inclusion in humanitarian or transition settings.

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 a Department of State medical clearance.
● 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 evaluation of writing tests will also take into consideration the quality of written responses.
Aspects of written responses including, but not limited to typos, grammatical errors, spelling errors, and incomplete sentences will be factored into the evaluation process.

The rating factors are as follows:

Professional Experience (10 points)
● Demonstrated professional experience directly related to advising, assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, or evaluating programs or efforts related to gender, age, disability, and/or social inclusion in transition settings or humanitarian response in fragile or disaster-affected contexts with non-governmental organizations, United Nations, U.S. Government, private firms, or foundations.
● Demonstrated professional experience in policy or advocacy related to gender, age, disability, and/or social inclusion issues.
● Demonstrated professional field experience overseas in a humanitarian response.

Skills and Abilities (10 points)

● Demonstrated technical skill in providing technical guidance related to gender, age, disability, and/or social inclusion in a transition setting or humanitarian response.
● Demonstrated experience representing in humanitarian coordinating units or bodies and/or at meetings with high ranking officials at national and international levels,
including host nations, USG, and/or UN entities on gender, age, disability, or social inclusion issues.
● Demonstrated oral and written communication skills regarding gender, age, disability, and/or social inclusion issues in a humanitarian context.

Leading Teams Experience (10 points)

● Demonstrated success in leading diverse teams in various settings.
● Ability to interact and solve problems successfully with peers and managers.
● Ability to manage projects and budgets.

Interview Performance (40 points)

Timed Writing Test (10 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. 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 phases 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.
(d) U.S. Citizenship
(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.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 309-2is 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: BHA.TPQRecruitment@usaid.gov

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