USPSC Regional Advisor

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USAID / BHA
Published
May 20, 2021
Location
Khartoum, Sudan
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified

Description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00044
ISSUANCE DATE: May 4, 2021
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: June 15, 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 Regional Advisor (RA) 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. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.
(d) U.S. Citizenship
(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

2. USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I.

This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted. AID 309-2 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.: 720BHA21R00044
2. ISSUANCE DATE: May 4, 2021
3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: June 15, 2021, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
4. POINT OF CONTACT: Africa Recruitment Team, BHA.AfricaRecruitment@usaid.gov
5. POSITION TITLE: Regional Advisor
6. MARKET VALUE: $93,907 - $122,077 equivalent to GS-14 (not eligible for locality pay).
Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.
7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One (1) year, with four (4) one-year options.
8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Khartoum, Sudan
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 Regional 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 man-made disasters such as conflict or war. BHA is responsible for planning, coordinating,
developing, achieving, monitoring, and evaluating international humanitarian assistance falling
into two conceptual areas:
Humanitarian Response activities comprise needs-based humanitarian assistance
provided to save lives, alleviate suffering, and protect human dignity during and in the
aftermath of emergencies. Humanitarian assistance is grounded in humanitarian
principles and is directed toward the most vulnerable populations.
● Early Recovery, Risk Reduction, and Resilience (ER4) activities will set the initial
foundations for longer-term recovery as appropriate, and will work in close conjunction
with humanitarian assistance. Early recovery is an approach that supports communities
impacted by crises to protect and restore basic systems and service delivery. Early
recovery builds on humanitarian response efforts and establishes the initial foundations of
long-term recovery. Early recovery activities are implemented for a specified, appropriate
timeframe that assists populations recovering from an identifiable shock. Risk reduction
is the prevention of new and reduction of existing disaster risk and management of
residual risk, which contributes to strengthening resilience and to the achievement of
sustainable development. Resilience is the ability of people, households, communities,
countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a
manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.
BHA has seven offices, as follows:
The Bureau’s three geographic offices are: (1) Office of Africa; (2) Office of Asia, Latin
America and the Caribbean; and (3) the Office of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
Each geographic office designs, provides, and assesses humanitarian assistance for their
respective regions, including assistance related to responding to, recovering from, and reducing
the risk of man-made and natural disasters, while linking with other USAID investments that
build resilience.
The Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communications (G3PC) shapes and
influences USAID’s role within the international humanitarian system; leads engagement on a
range of policy, programmatic, and operational issues; and positions the Agency to influence
collective response to emergency needs across the globe.
The Office of Technical and Program Quality (TPQ) leads the Bureau's efforts to provide
high-quality programmatic and technical leadership, oversight, and guidance. In addition, TPQ
leads the Bureau’s external engagement with academia and coordinates research to advance the
effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of humanitarian and multi-year programming.
The Office of Humanitarian Business and Management Operations (HBMO) is responsible for
maintaining 24/7 operability by providing leadership, planning, quality assurance, technical
expertise, and process management. HBMO ensures effective stewardship of the Bureau’s
support services, including workforce planning, staffing, financial management, internal
controls, facilities operations and infrastructure.
The Office of Field and Response Operations (FARO) leads and manages operational assistance
and the purchase and delivery of goods and services in response to declared foreign disasters and
international humanitarian needs in key functional areas, including supply-chain management,
procurement, logistics, oversight, and operational coordination with the U.S. military.

INTRODUCTION
BHA is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace with a diverse workforce.
BHA encourages qualified candidates of all races/ethnicities, genders, cultural backgrounds,
abilities, and socioeconomic statuses to apply.
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 (DRR), 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
BHA requires the services of a Regional Advisor for the East and Central Africa Region (ECA),
based in Khartoum, Sudan to ensure that BHA’s objectives for disaster assistance, disaster risk
reduction, resilience programming, strategic reporting, and interagency coordination for the
region are met.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Regional Advisor will be responsible for program analysis, strategy development, and
coordination with relief agencies, other donors, and other U.S. government agencies, as well as
reporting to BHA’s ECA Regional Office (ECARO) in Nairobi, Kenya and BHA/Washington.
Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the Regional Office Director or Deputy
Regional Director, the Regional Advisor will work in close collaboration with a program team
that may include other Regional Advisors, Senior Humanitarian Advisors, Program Officers,
Field Monitors, Regional Team Leaders, Humanitarian Assistance Officers, and/or Program
Assistants. The Regional Advisor will maintain close coordination and collaboration with
USAID and Embassy staff across the affected region and in the relevant regional offices,
therefore must have a highly collaborative work style. The Regional Advisor 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.
Specifically, the Regional Advisor will be responsible for the following:
Contextual Specialty:
● Serve as an expert on humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities in
the region of responsibility.
● Provide guidance on political, humanitarian, organizational, structural and stakeholder
interests specific to the region of responsibility.
● Prepare and/or provide substantive guidance in the preparation of regular strategic and
analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive
preparedness documentation on assigned countries.
Portfolio Management:
● Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of BHA’s strategy and the implementation
of the resulting grants and contracts in geographic or thematic areas of responsibility.
● Guide regional team efforts to develop appropriate programmatic strategies for disaster
responses and disaster risk reduction efforts in the area of responsibility.
● Review grant applications for conceptual soundness, technical feasibility, and alignment
with budget constraints for disaster assistance/ emergency activities.
● Conduct initial assessments to identify humanitarian needs and/or disaster risk reduction
opportunities in current disaster sites or locations with high vulnerability.
● Monitor ongoing humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction activities to validate
that objectives are met and beneficiaries are served.
● Manage the development of country, issue, or disaster specific strategies across the region
of responsibility, as well as timely revision of these strategies as contextual realities shift.
● Re-assess implementation approaches and strategies on an ongoing basis and make
recommendations for appropriate shifts approach or resource allocation.
● Participate in the development of field-based recommendations on difficult resource and
programmatic trade-offs within the region.
Representation:
● Develop and maintain relationships with representatives of host governments, donor
governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S.
embassies and USAID missions to ensure efficient and coordinated humanitarian
response and disaster risk reduction activities.
● Represent USAID in joint efforts to design, develop, and implement humanitarian
strategies and intervention with local governments, donors, partners, and UN
organizations, as appropriate.
● Advise regional officials, including host country authorities and other USAID officials on
disaster response, mitigation and risk reduction efforts, including the review of sector
disaster response and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) plans.
● Work with local and regional institutions and private/public sector organizations to
incorporate disaster risk reduction into appropriate programs.
Leadership:

● Support regional team efforts to develop current and future strategic direction for the
regional office to include programmatic, liaison and representational prioritization, and
human and financial resource requirements.
● Participate in a leadership role in office-wide policy initiatives to ensure field
perspectives are well-represented.
● Mentor staff to increase exposure and experience in field-based humanitarian operations.
General Duties:
● Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting
Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR), as assigned. The AOR/COR provides financial
and programmatic oversight of all aspects of managing the agreement or contract; this
includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, requests for approvals, program/project
deliverables (i.e. work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key
personnel requests, and financial/budget reports. They are responsible for drafting and
submitting the annual contractor performance evaluation in Contract/Assistance
Performance Assessment Review System. They prepare and review contract/assistance
modifications documentation and assist the Contracting/Agreement Officer to ensure
performance is compliant with the terms and conditions of the contract/agreement, the
Federal Acquisition Regulation, and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible for all
related requirements in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.
● May serve, as needed, on teams which may require immediate (within 24 hours)
deployment in a different country for an extended period of time; and
● As needed, may serve on temporary detail within the office. Duties performed while on
detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities and will be
directly related to the scope of work provided.
SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the BHA Regional Office Director or
Deputy Regional Director for ECARO.
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.)
Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Must have a minimum of nine (9) years of demonstrated
experience with increasing responsibility in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or
disaster preparedness programming and management, which should include five (5) years of
international experience.
OR
Master’s degree in any discipline. Must have a minimum of seven (7) years of demonstrated
experience with increasing responsibility in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or
disaster preparedness programming and management, which should include five (5) years of
international 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 needs assessments, strategy development, budget management,
resource prioritization, program development, and/or program management in a
humanitarian context.
● Experience managing emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk
reduction, and/or resilience interventions.
Skills and Abilities (10 points)
● Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work
effectively with host governments 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 the
Department of Defense, 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 crisis.
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

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. Failure to identify an academic
discipline will result in disqualification.
(d) U.S. Citizenship
(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA Jobs, Career
Fair, etc.).
Your resume must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully
meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information must be
clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your
qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.
2. USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I.
This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted. AID 309-2
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 beingterminated after award, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your offer, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS
Via email: BHA.AfricaRecruitment@usaid.gov

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