USPSC Humanitarian Advisor/Senior Humanitarian Advisor

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USAID / BHA
Published
February 12, 2021
Location
Mogadishu, Somalia
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified

Description

 

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00013

ISSUANCE DATE: February 11, 2021
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: March 9, 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 Africa (OA), is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as a Humanitarian Advisor/Senior Humanitarian Advisor (HA/SHA) 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. 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.
(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 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.

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:

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

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

Sincerely,

Sonja Stroud-Gooden
Contracting Officer

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720BHA21R00013

2. ISSUANCE DATE: February 10, 2021

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: March 9, 2021, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POINT OF CONTACT: Africa Recruitment Team, BHA.AfricaRecruitment@usaid.gov

5. POSITION TITLE: Humanitarian Advisor/Senior Humanitarian Advisor

6. MARKET VALUE:
Depending on the qualifications of the offeror, this position can be filled at either the GS-13 ($79,468 - $103,309) or GS-14 ($93,907 - $122,077) equivalent level, not including locality pay.

Offerors who meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-13 will be considered for the GS-13 level positions. Offerors who meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-14 will be considered for the GS-14 level only.

Candidates selected at the GS-13 may have an opportunity for advancement to the GS-14 equivalent after at least two years at the GS-13 level, if the individual receives a recommendation from the supervisor for advancement along with an Exceeds Fully Successful performance evaluation. Advancement to the GS-14 level is not guaranteed.

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

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

8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Mogadishu, Somalia

There may be an initial training program in Washington, D.C. for three months, which will include formal classroom training and on-the-job training; and may include security training. After completion of Washington training, the Humanitarian Advisor/Senior Humanitarian Advisor will be assigned to the place of performance.

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 human-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, 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 human-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 Africa designs, provides, and assesses humanitarian assistance, 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. To achieve these objectives, humanitarian experts based overseas coordinate with local authorities and USAID Missions, while humanitarian experts based in Washington coordinate with USAID Regional and Pillar Bureaus. The Office of Africa consists of five (5) geographic divisions: East Africa; Central Africa; Sudans; West Africa; and Southern Africa. These divisions are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through grants and cooperative agreements to non-governmental organizations (NGOs); international organizations (IOs) including United Nations (UN) agencies; and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. These divisions also oversee BHA Office of Africa’s nonresponse efforts in disaster risk reduction, resilience, and humanitarian transition.

To fulfill its mandate, and to effectively respond to disasters worldwide, BHA has established six regional offices in the following locations: San Jose, Costa Rica; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Pretoria, South Africa; Budapest, Hungary and Bangkok, Thailand. BHA also has other, smaller sub-regional and program offices around the world.

OBJECTIVE

USAID/BHA requires the services of a Humanitarian Advisor/Senior Humanitarian Advisor (HA/SHA), based in Mogadishu, Somalia, to ensure that BHA’s objectives for disaster assistance, risk reduction, strategic reporting, interagency coordination, and situational analysis are met in Somalia and surrounding countries in the region.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

With strong coordination and collaboration with the Somalia humanitarian team based in Nairobi, Kenya, the HA/SHA will lead efforts to identify and assess new humanitarian assistance requirements, target beneficiary groups and locations, oversee the general direction of existing relief and transition and resilience-oriented programs, and broadly recommend the types of interventions and budget levels required in Somalia. The HA/SHA will serve as a point of contact in-country for BHA for humanitarian issues and serve as a liaison on program issues among USAID mission staff, the U.S. Embassy and other U.S. Government (USG) agencies, U.S. military representatives, BHA/Washington and the overall humanitarian community.

Under the supervision of the BHA Somalia Team Lead in Nairobi, Kenya Team Leader in Nairobi with oversight from the Mission Director in Mogadishu, the individual will perform the following duties:

At the GS-13 Equivalent Level

Contextual Specialty
● Develop and maintain knowledge of the key humanitarian, resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) issues within Somalia.
● Maintain an in-depth understanding of political, humanitarian, organizational, and stakeholder interests specific to Somalia.
● Monitor incipient disasters, international disaster response plans and efforts, and major humanitarian issues and challenges in the area of responsibility through a wide range of USG and international sources.
● Identify humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities within and relevant to Somalia and apply those to program strategy development and implementation.
● Provide substantive assistance in the preparation of regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on Somalia, under the direction of the BHA Somalia Team Lead in Nairobi.

Portfolio Management
● Primary focus is to provide full time in-country coordination and management of USAID humanitarian emergency and resilience programming. This will be achieved through regular coordination and consultation with several BHA Somalia teams in Nairobi and the East and Central Africa (ECA) Regional Office.
● Serve as the primary point of contact for BHA programming in Somalia.
● With strong coordination and collaboration with the Somalia humanitarian team based in Nairobi, the incumbent will support efforts to identify and assess new humanitarian assistance requirements, target beneficiary groups and locations, oversee the general direction of existing relief and transition and resilience oriented programs, and broadly recommend the types of interventions and budget levels required in Somalia.
● Closely collaborate with Mission colleagues on program coordination to share information, avoid overlap, and explore opportunities for synergies and resilience efforts, ensuring the BHA Somalia Team in Kenya is consulted throughout. Maintain ongoing dialogue with BHA ECA Regional Office and Washington Team Leads for Somalia on these efforts.
● Monitor ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts in Somalia. Liaise with partners and other donors, coordinate closely with ECA Regional Office, and provide coordinated field feedback to the partners.
● In consultation and collaboration with the BHA Somalia Team in Kenya, coordinate collection of information and provide updates and recommendations through written reports on issues related to the humanitarian situation, including the following:
o Capacity and ability of UN, IOs, NGOs, and local institutions to carry out programs;
o Capacity of the logistics infrastructure to support programs;
o Security situation of beneficiaries, personnel, convoys, and relief operations in general;
o Role of in-country UN leadership and the UN Mission in Somalia in facilitating humanitarian assistance;
o Contributions by other donors, problems arising from implementation of relief and reintegration programs, and any other issues that require the attention of BHA and USAID/Somalia; and
o Humanitarian coordination issues and any recommendations for change.
● In consultation and collaboration with the Nairobi-based humanitarian team, provide guidance to organizations that are developing proposals for BHA, based on “BHA’s Emergency Application Guidelines, as appropriate.
● In collaboration with the Nairobi-based humanitarian team, review concept papers and proposals and provide timely recommendations/comments to BHA/Washington and the ECA Regional Office.
● In collaboration with the Nairobi-based humanitarian team, ensure reporting on a timely basis to BHA Washington and ECA Regional Office on the quality of grantees’ work, noting deficiencies, attributes, and evolving operational conditions.
● Along with the Nairobi-based humanitarian team, maintain regular, close coordination and communication with the ECA Regional Office and BHA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
● Participate in discussions on the current and future directions of BHA’s Somalia portfolio to include programmatic, budgetary, and human resource requirements.

Representation
● Work closely with the ECA Regional Office on developing BHA Somalia’s policy and program positions, seeking BHA Somalia Team Lead guidance, input, and clearance wherever possible.
● Provide regular situation updates to the USAID Mission Front Office, and ensure the Front Office remains abreast of any major changes, shocks, or challenges with the humanitarian programming in Somalia.
● Consult with the ECA Regional Office prior to senior level meetings with USG and other humanitarian stakeholders. Based on these consultations, represent USAID’s humanitarian portfolio in-country at senior level meetings within the USG and with humanitarian stakeholders, and convey humanitarian concerns and priorities from the BHA perspective through oral and written briefings.
● Participate in policy development meetings such as:
o Meetings with individual and groups of implementing partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;
o Discussions, meetings, and papers informing USG foreign policy in areas with humanitarian concerns or impacts; and
o Donor and implementing partner coordination forums.
● Serve as a point of contact in-country for BHA for humanitarian issues, and serve as a liaison on program issues among USAID mission staff, the U.S. Embassy and other USG agencies, military representatives, BHA/Washington and the overall humanitarian community.
● Present USAID’s humanitarian perspectives to NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies relating to humanitarian assistance strategies and priorities, including USAID’s approach to sustainable, resilience-oriented humanitarian programs. Work closely with the Regional Advisor and BHA’s technical advisors to consult on and understand sectoral priorities.
● Coordinate the representation of USG humanitarian interests at national and international meetings and conferences with the ECA Regional Office.
● Facilitate travel and briefings for official USG visitors to Somalia interested in humanitarian issues.

General Duties
● Serve in planning or program positions on response teams and assessment teams within and outside the region.
● 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.
● 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.

At the GS-14 Equivalent Level

Offeror’s selected at the HA (GS-13) may have an opportunity for advancement to the SHA (GS-14) equivalent after at least two years at the GS-13 level if the individual receives a recommendation from the supervisor for advancement along with an Exceeds Fully Successful
performance evaluation. Advancement to the GS-14 level is not guaranteed.

Contextual Specialty
● Develop and maintain knowledge of the key humanitarian, resilience, and DRR issues within Somalia.
● Maintain an in-depth understanding of political, humanitarian, organizational, and stakeholder interests specific to Somalia.
● Monitor incipient disasters, international disaster response plans and efforts, and major humanitarian issues and challenges in the area of responsibility through a wide range of USG and international sources.
● Identify humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities within and relevant to Somalia and apply those to program strategy development and implementation.
● Prepare and/or provide substantive assistance in the preparation of regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on Somalia.

Portfolio Management
● With strong coordination and collaboration with the Somalia humanitarian team based in Nairobi, the incumbent will lead efforts to identify and assess new humanitarian assistance requirements, target beneficiary groups and locations, oversee the general direction of existing relief and transition and resilience oriented programs, and broadly recommend the types of interventions and budget levels required in Somalia.
● Closely collaborate with Mission colleagues on program coordination to share information, avoid overlap, and explore opportunities for synergies and resilience efforts. Maintain ongoing dialogue with BHA ECA Regional Office and Washington Team Leads for Somalia on these efforts.
● Monitor ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts in Somalia. Liaise with partners and other donors, coordinate closely with ECA Regional Office, and provide coordinated field feedback to the partners.
● In consultation and collaboration with the Nairobi-based humanitarian team, coordinate collection of information and provide updates and recommendations through written reports on issues related to the humanitarian situation, including the following:
o Capacity and ability of UN, IOs, NGOs, and local institutions to carry out programs;
o Capacity of the logistics infrastructure to support programs;
o Security situation of beneficiaries, personnel, convoys, and relief operations in general;
o Role of in-country UN leadership and the UN Mission in Somalia in facilitating humanitarian assistance; and
o Contributions by other donors, problems arising from implementation of relief and reintegration programs, and any other issues that require the attention of BHA and USAID/Somalia.
● Humanitarian coordination issues and any recommendations for change.
● In consultation and collaboration with the Nairobi-based humanitarian team, provide guidance to organizations that are developing proposals for BHA, based on U.S Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance’s (“OFDA’s) Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting” and Food for Peace’s (“FFP’s) Annual Program Statement”, as appropriate.
● In collaboration with the Nairobi-based humanitarian team, review concept papers and proposals and provide timely recommendations/comments to OFDA and FFP/Washington and the ECA Regional Office.
● In collaboration with the Nairobi-based humanitarian team, ensure reporting on a timely basis to BHA Washington and ECA Regional Office on the quality of grantees’ work, noting deficiencies, attributes, and evolving operational conditions.
● Along with the Nairobi-based humanitarian team, maintain regular, close coordination and communication with the ECA Regional Office and BHA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Representation
● Represent USAID’s humanitarian portfolio in-country at senior level meetings within the USG and with humanitarian stakeholders, and convey humanitarian concerns and priorities from the BHA perspective through oral and written briefings.
● Coordinate policy development meetings such as:
o Meetings with individual and groups of implementing partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;
o Discussions, meetings, and papers informing USG foreign policy in areas with humanitarian concerns or impacts; and
o Donor and implementing partner coordination forums.
● Serve as the principal point of contact in-country for BHA for humanitarian issues, and serve as a liaison on program issues among USAID mission staff, the U.S. Embassy and other USG agencies, military representatives, BHA/Washington and the overall humanitarian community.
● Present USAID’s humanitarian perspectives to NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies relating to humanitarian assistance strategies and priorities, including USAID’s approach to sustainable, resilience-oriented humanitarian programs. Work closely with the Regional Advisor and BHA’s technical advisors to discuss and understand sectoral priorities.
● Represent USG humanitarian interests at national and international meetings and conferences, and facilitate, as requested, travel and briefings for official USG visitors to Somalia interested in humanitarian issues.
● As the humanitarian specialist in Somalia, engage in U.S. Embassy policy conversations, remaining available to provide timely reporting and clearances in response to high-level USG queries originating from the region or from Washington, D.C.

Leadership
● Provide recommendations on current and future directions of BHA’s Somalia portfolio to include programmatic, budgetary, and human resource requirements.
● Serve in a leadership role within USAID/Somalia, in coordination with Mission senior leadership, to incorporate humanitarian and resilience concerns into Mission activities and identify opportunities to leverage USAID interventions.

General Duties
● Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on response teams and assessment teams within and outside the region.
● Sign up for and serve as needed on Washington-based RMTs, which provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will 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.
● 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.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The USPSC will take direction from and report to the BHA Somalia Team Lead in Nairobi, with oversight from the Mission Director in Mogadishu

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.)

For the GS-13 Equivalent Humanitarian Advisor Level

Bachelor’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country) plus seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated humanitarian and development experience, at least five (5) of which must be in emergency relief, food security, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including two (2) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country) plus five (5) years of progressively demonstrated humanitarian and development experience, at least three (3) of which must be in emergency relief, food security, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including two (2) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.

For the GS-14 Equivalent Senior Humanitarian Advisor Level

Bachelor’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country) plus nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated humanitarian and development experience, at least seven (7) of which must be in emergency relief, food security, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including four (4) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country) plus seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated humanitarian and development experience, at least five (5) of which must be in emergency relief, emergency food security, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including four (4) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.

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 rating factors are as follows:

Professional Experience (10 points):
● Experience managing humanitarian interventions in an international disaster context across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.
● Specific experience managing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

Skills and Abilities (10 points):
● Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at/in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
● Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.
● Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
● Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with DOD, Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

Leading Teams Experience (10 points):
● Demonstrated experience leading teams of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.
● Experience leading a diverse team of program, technical, and administrative staff, working in a constant state of in complex, international humanitarian crises.

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. 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 the 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. 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.
(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 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.

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.

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