USPSC Private Sector Advisor

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USAID / OFDA
Published
June 29, 2020
Location
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified

Description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00069

ISSUANCE DATE: June 29, 2020
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: August 7, 2020, 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 U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Private Sector Advisor 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, OFDA 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

3. 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 and the supplemental document addressing the QRFs must be emailed to:

OFDA Recruitment Team
E-Mail Address: recruiter@ofda.gov
Website: www.OFDAjobs.net

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

Sincerely,

/s/

Renee Newton
Contracting Officer

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA20B00069

2. ISSUANCE DATE: June 29, 2020

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: August 7, 2020, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POINT OF CONTACT: OFDA Recruitment Team, recruiter@ofda.gov

5. POSITION TITLE: Private Sector Advisor

6. MARKET VALUE: $102,663 - $133,465 equivalent to GS-13 (includes locality pay)

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value and based upon the candidate’s established salary history. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.

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

7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One (1) year, with four (4) 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 Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the office within USAID that is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. OFDA is part of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and is organized into six divisions.

The Africa (AFD) Response Division and the Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Middle East (ALE) Response Division are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through a grants mechanism to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations including United Nations (UN) agencies and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. These divisions also oversee OFDA’s non-response efforts in disaster risk reduction and resilience. AFD and ALE Response Divisions also coordinate with other organizations for the provision of relief supplies and assistance. They devise, coordinate and implement program strategies for a variety of natural and complex disaster situations. Both Divisions encompass groups of operations specialists who provide technical expert capability in assessing the quality and strategic function of disaster response and risk reduction activities. The AFD Response Division is divided into two teams: East and Central Africa (ECA), and Southern, West, and North Africa (SWAN). The ALE Response Division is divided into four teams: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and South Asia (SA).

The Operations (OPS) Division develops and manages operations for OFDA’s disaster responses by readying people and systems; projecting U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian capacity quickly into the field; and delivering material and technical assistance. The OPS Division maintains readiness to respond to emergencies through several mechanisms, including managing Urban Search and Rescue Teams, coordinating, staffing, training, and equipping Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), and Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), and stockpiling emergency relief commodities in key locations around the globe to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division provides technical guidance and expertise in Disaster Logistics, Urban Search and Rescue, Operations Center management, activation/readiness, Civil-Military Liaison, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Consequence Management. It also provides overseas support to OFDA offices and personnel and to other sectors necessary to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division is divided into four teams: the Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP), Military Liaison Team (MLT), Operations Support Team (OST), and Overseas Administration Team (OAT).

The Program Support (PS) Division provides operational management support, including general administration, budget and financial services, procurement planning, information technology, human resources management including staff care, and contract and grant administration support to OFDA. The PS Division supports OFDA's mandate by providing innovative solutions in the areas of Information Technology, staffing, funds control, budgeting, human resource management, and procurement to facilitate timely disaster responses. The PS Division is divided into four teams: the Award, Audit, and Risk Management (AARM) Team, Human Resources Management (HRM) Team, Budget, Finance, and Information Technology (BFIT) Team, and the Acquisition and Management (ACQ) Team.

The Preparation, Strategic Planning and Mitigation (PSPM) Division is responsible for the technical oversight of all OFDA response and mitigation programs, as well as preparation for response, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction activities. The PSPM Division houses technical experts in all sectors potentially affected by disasters, and leads the Agency in developing and promoting best practices for programming in these specific sectors. In addition, PSPM will be the focal point for technological innovations for humanitarian assistance in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, assessment, and information management. The PSPM Division is divided into four teams: Cross-Cutting Sectors Team, Natural Hazards Team, Health Team, and the Food Security and Livelihoods Team.
The Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement (HPGE) Division assists the DCHA front office, the OFDA Director and OFDA Deputy Director with tracking trends and policy developments in the humanitarian assistance field. It engages in policy dialogue with other parts of USAID, the USG interagency, other donors, multilateral agencies, and NGO partners; recommends strategies for action to DCHA; initiates development of policy and internal guidance for OFDA; maintains global relationships with implementing partners, other donors, and the broader humanitarian architecture; and engages with the UN to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally. The HPGE Division leads OFDA's communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences. It serves as the office’s primary interlocutor on strategic issues with other federal partners to provide guidance to OFDA on policy issues pertaining to the interagency, and to improve USG humanitarian coordination and response during large-scale crises. The HPGE Division staff manages global programs, policy and outreach, strategic communications, and interagency training and engagement. HPGE is divided into seven teams: Policy Team, Global Programs Team, Strategic Interagency Team, Strategic Communications Team, Global Capacity and Leadership Development Team, Public-Private Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN) in New York, Geneva, and Rome.
INTRODUCTION

The Private Sector Advisor serves as an integral part of the HPGE Division and will closely coordinate with other USAID Bureaus and Offices on private sector engagement. The position assists with implementing Agency private sector engagement policy. The Private Sector Advisor will report directly to the Public Private Engagement Team Leader.

OBJECTIVE

USAID/OFDA requires the services of a Private Sector Advisor to lead USAID/OFDA’s efforts in strengthening relationships with the private sector community in humanitarian response efforts.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Private Sector Advisor is part of the team that builds and strengthens partnerships with the private sector. To accomplish this mission, the Private Sector Advisor will collaborate with colleagues throughout OFDA, primarily in Washington, but also with field colleagues as needed. The Private Sector Advisor will also build strong relationships within USAID, engaging with Bureaus which house initiatives focused on driving innovation through public-private sector engagement. In addition, the Private Sector Advisor must build relationships across the broader USG interagency, to include the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, particularly the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Private Sector Advisor will also collaborate regularly with the USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI), which is a critical liaison between USAID/OFDA and those wishing to assist in the wake of a disaster.
The Private Sector Advisor supports public-private partnerships with local and international companies, as well as businesses and other private sector entities in the realm of disaster response and disaster risk reduction. He or she will provide input on private sector engagement with USAID/OFDA’s work, and will serve as a source of information on issues related to interactions with the business community.

In addition to the core duties described above, the Private Sector Advisor may serve in coordination roles on RMTs in Washington, or be asked to deploy overseas to DARTs. The Private Sector Advisor will report through the DART/RMT chain of command, but will also coordinate closely with HPGE. When not on a DART or RMT, the Private Sector Advisor will report directly to the Public Private Engagement Team Leader.

The position requires experience with and an understanding of the international humanitarian assistance environment, operations, related policies, regulations, and inter-relationships between the USG, donor, private sector, and other international organizations.

The Private Sector Advisor’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

• Provide information to the private sector on partnering with USAID in humanitarian response, and disaster risk reduction efforts. Evaluate innovative and new approaches from all levels of the private sector network (including large corporations, small businesses, trade associates, etc.) with the aim of providing high quality services and products that can contribute to USAID/OFDA’s humanitarian goals.
• Promote best practices in private sector engagement in the field of humanitarian assistance through compilation and sharing of lessons learned; and improve decision-making based on these lessons learned.
• Develop guidance for those in the private sector seeking business opportunities with USAID in response to crises.
• Develop protocols and standard operating procedures to increase RMT and DART ability to effectively engage with the private sector.
• Establish and maintain strong relationships and formal partnership agreements (where valuable and appropriate) with private sector entities.
• Liaise closely with other USAID bureaus to access private sector engagement tools and resources and customize them, when possible, for a humanitarian response context. Provide input in USAID annual and special reporting and lessons learned on Agency private sector projects.
• Work with other USAID stakeholders to ensure complementarity, including participation in sector or geographic focused partnership communities of practice as is timely and appropriate.
• Develop strong understanding of and facility with USAID’s partnership and private sector engagement authorities and approaches.
• Maintain working relationships with the UN and other donor countries in order to coordinate disaster response activities in the area of private sector engagement. In close coordination with other teams within HPGE, work with counterparts in other donor organizations to exchange information, establish meetings on specific issues, and contribute to publications. Collaborate to jointly advance the humanitarian sector’s effectiveness in engaging private sector stakeholders and collect information on training opportunities. Coordinate these activities with relevant USAID officers.
• Sustain a cooperative working relationship with relevant USG interagency offices and serve as an expert point of contact for these groups in the area of public-private partnerships related to humanitarian response and outreach.
• Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in humanitarian private sector engagement, and prepare analyses, briefings, documents, and meetings as required.
• Organize and/or attend various meetings with private sector stakeholders, NGO, UN, other donors, and members of various diaspora communities, to provide authoritative information and views related to public-private partnership opportunities, and strategic planning for disaster response and risk reduction.
• Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with private sector stakeholders in order to promote understanding of humanitarian principles and best practices and coordinate disaster response activities.
• Represent USAID at meetings with the private sector, UN, international organizations, and other donors, and at other conferences sponsored by members of the international community. Provide guidance and advice on USG positions related to the private sector. Make recommendations to the appropriate officials in USAID.
• In collaboration with other parts of USAID and as part of a senior team working in HPGE, interact with State Department colleagues on developing strategies related to the private sector on humanitarian assistance issues. Provide senior leadership with analysis and guidance on these issues as required.
• 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 be varied.
• Serve as the USAID/OFDA 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 (possibly lasting up to 90 days, or up to 30% of the year.
• As needed, may serve on temporary detail within the office not to exceed six months. 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.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The USPSC will take direction from and report to the Public Private Engagement Team Leader or his/her designee, which is part of the HPGE Division.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:
Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available. The USPSC consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

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.)

Bachelor’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, business management) plus a minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience, of which four (4) have been in, or working with, the private sector, and of which two (2) years have been working in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness or international development.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, or business management) plus a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience, of which four (4) have been in, or working with, the private sector, and of which two (2) years have been working in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness or international development.

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.
• Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) submitted.
• 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.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (QRFs)
(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. The factors below are of equal value. The evaluation of QRF responses 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.)

QRF #1 Describe your experience in the private sector and demonstrate your knowledge of private sector engagement in humanitarian response efforts.

QRF #2 Describe your written communication skills as demonstrated through the preparation of concise, clear, compelling, and grammatically sound documents using a position or situation as an example.

QRF# 3 Describe your demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with senior representatives from private sector, other donors, and the USG interagency.

QRF #4 Provide examples of your ability to multi-task and perform in a high visibility, high-pressure environment, while accurately representing USG or organizational policy positions.

QRF #5 Describe your demonstrated understanding of humanitarian principles and international humanitarian system concepts and issues.

BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the QRF responses. 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 of the QRFs in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, and/or education 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 Quality Ranking 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. OFDA 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. OFDA reserves the right to select additional offerors if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

The Offeror Rating System is as Follows:
QRFs have been assigned the following points:
QRF #1 – 10 points
QRF #2 – 10 points
QRF #3 – 10 points
QRF #4 – 10 points
QRF #5 – 10 points

Interview Performance – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100

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, OFDA 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

3. 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: recruiter@ofda.gov

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