USPSC Program Officer (Multiple Positions)

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USAID / OFDA
Published
May 2, 2019
Location
Budapest, Hungary
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
2-5 Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Occasionally
Base Salary
$60,000 - 70,000

Description

Position Title: Program Officer (Multiple Positions)
Solicitation Number: 720FDA19B00032
Salary Level: GS-12 Equivalent: $64,490 - $83,840
Issuance Date: May 1, 2019
Closing Date: Open and continuous through September 11, 2019 with Three (3) Review Periods closing on:
May 22, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
July 17, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
September 11, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Closing Time: 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

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 applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as Program Officer (PO) under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the attached 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 application, 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? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should 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 Application 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.

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

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

Offerors can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Offerors should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Your complete resume 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,

Renee Newton
Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Program Officer (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA19B00032

2. ISSUANCE DATE: May 1, 2019

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS:
This solicitation is open and continuous until September 11, 2019. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

May 22, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
July 17, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
September 11, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Candidates not selected during a previous review period must reapply in order to be considered for positions available in subsequent review periods. A review period may be cancelled at OFDA’s discretion.

4. POSITION TITLE: Program Officer

5. MARKET VALUE:
GS-12 equivalent ($64,490 - $83,840: not eligible for locality pay). Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate’s established salary history. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One (1) year, with four (4) one-year options

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Budapest, Hungary

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 Program Officer will be assigned to the place of performance.

8. STATEMENT OF WORK

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

Yemen has long been one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, with social and economic indicators among the worst in the world. Political instability, civil unrest, environmental degradation, and lack of capacity within the national government created a context where even moderate hazards have significant negative impact on the Yemeni populace. OFDA, along with DCHA/Office of Food for Peace (FFP), have been responding to crises in Yemen since 2011. In March of 2015, civil war broke out and, for conflict-affected populations in Yemen, conditions within the country deteriorated even further. OFDA is responsible for facilitating humanitarian coordination, information management and security support to ensure relief agencies are able to provide a rapid and strategic response to identify needs on behalf of the USG.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA’s EMCA regional team requires the services of a Program Officer (PO) in order to meet its objectives of programming, monitoring, coordinating, and evaluating USG humanitarian assistance to Yemen.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This position requires an individual who is able to reside in Budapest, Hungary. It also requires willingness to travel outside of Hungary on short notice for possibly extended periods of time.

This position requires effective daily coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the U.S. Embassy, other USG agencies, U.S. military representatives, relevant U.N. agencies, NGOs, as well as with relevant donor representatives. The PO must be prepared to function effectively in a challenging and restrictive work environment and be willing to strictly adhere to U.S. Embassy security guidelines.

Under the guidance of the Program Coordinator (PC) for Yemen or his/her designee, and in coordination with the Regional Advisor (RA) for Yemen, the PO will monitor OFDA-funded programs, liaise with the NGO community, provide assessments when appropriate, and make program recommendations. The PO will work to increase the capability of host governments, public international organizations, and NGOs to respond and prepare for disasters in Yemen. The PO will be responsible for disaster analysis, program monitoring, overseeing NGO partner implementation, reporting to OFDA regional and Washington, D.C.-based staff, and liaising with the Department of Defense, USAID Mission, and U.S. Embassy staff as needed.

Duties and responsibilities of the PO are:

Contextual Specialty
• Develop and maintain specialized understanding of humanitarian developments within Yemen to include political, social, and operational issues impacting humanitarian efforts.
• Develop and maintain knowledge of USAID, USG, and U.S. humanitarian priorities and strategies within Yemen and of OFDA’s and FFP’s contributions to those efforts.
• Provide regular reporting, through official cables and other means, on issues related to the humanitarian situation. Provide overviews of patterns and trends in the humanitarian situation and keep the PC and other team members current on response issues. Provide regular reports on site visits, meetings, general atmospherics, and other issues that impact humanitarian relief efforts.
• Prepare briefing papers, notes and presentations on OFDA programming for official USG visitors interested in humanitarian issues.
• As needed, may serve on temporary details 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.

Portfolio Management
• Work with OFDA’s program staff based in Washington, D.C. and in regional countries in the development of OFDA’s programming for humanitarian assistance in Yemen and the region.
• Support team efforts to continually assess emergency response needs in order to ensure that OFDA’s programs are appropriately responsive.
• In close coordination with the RA for Yemen, the PC for Yemen, and the EMCA Programming/Planning Team, works with NGOs, IOs, and U.N. agencies that are developing proposals for OFDA (including grant amendments and extensions). Ensure that draft proposals are in compliance with “OFDA's Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting.”
• Review concept papers and proposals, and provide recommendations/comments to OFDA for final funding determination.
• Assist designated Agreement Officer’s Representatives in managing humanitarian awards by providing field-based insights, knowledge, and perspectives.
• Travel to the region, as permitted and needed, to meet with implementing partners, humanitarian donors, and other relevant actors and stakeholders; support team efforts to assess, evaluate, and monitor humanitarian conditions; and make strategic recommendations for appropriate interventions.

Representation
• Support the PC for Yemen and RA for Yemen in maintaining relations with the humanitarian community working on Yemen’s response in representing USAID and OFDA on humanitarian issues. This will include, but is not limited to, U.N. agencies, IOs, NGOs, USG personnel, donors, and host government authorities.
• Participate in and report on joint donor humanitarian evaluations and U.N.-led assessments, and actively participate in the international community response structures.
• With guidance from the PC for Yemen and the RA for Yemen, coordinate with the donor community on policy issues affecting humanitarian operations, and develop integrated, non-duplicative programs.
• Maintain regular contact with OFDA grantees, as well as with other U.N. agencies, IOs, and, in consultation with the PC for Yemen, meet regularly with donors, host government officials, USG agencies, and others on humanitarian issues in order to explain, advocate for, and advance OFDA’s priorities and to help coordinate USG and international humanitarian activities.

Leadership
• Participate, as assigned, in office-wide discussions on initiatives that impact program implementation to provide field-based perspectives.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The USPSC will take direction from and report to the PC for Yemen or his/her designee.

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

10. 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).

11. 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.

12. START DATE: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.

13. POINT OF CONTACT: See Cover Letter.

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, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy, or a related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance or international development, which must include at least one (1) year of international experience working in humanitarian assistance. This experience must include one or more of the following: emergency relief operations, monitoring and evaluating humanitarian programs, or needs assessment and analysis.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy, or a related field, and four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance or international development, which must include at least one (1) year of international experience working in humanitarian assistance. This experience must include one or more of the following: emergency relief operations, monitoring and evaluating humanitarian programs, or needs assessment and analysis.

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 Application 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 monitoring and reporting on rapidly evolving humanitarian crises in an international disaster context.
• Experience working across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.
• Specific experience implementing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development and reporting.

Skills and Abilities (10 points):
• Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief, transition or disaster risk reduction activities with host governments in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
• Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief, transition or disaster risk reduction activities with other donors and diplomatic missions in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.
• Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief, transition or disaster risk reduction activities with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
• Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief, transition or disaster risk reduction activities within the USG.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate complex humanitarian issues to a range of audiences through written products.
Program Management (10 points):
• Demonstrated knowledge of USG acquisition and assistance regulations.
• Demonstrated experience developing, designing, or evaluating proposed humanitarian interventions against response or disaster risk reduction strategies and identified need.
• Demonstrated experience managing USG acquisition and assistance awards to include post-award administration and regulation compliance.
• Demonstrated experience coordinating with multiple country representatives to develop, track, and maintain a large budget.

Interview Performance (45 points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (25 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 candidates 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 candidates if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

APPLYING:

Applications 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 application, 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? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should 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 Application 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.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your application materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the application to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your application 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 applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

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