USPSC Regional Director

USPSC Regional Director

USPSC Regional Director

USPSC Regional Director

February 13, 2024
Worldwide, D.C.
Position type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Not specified
Base salary (minimum)
$120,000 - 130,000


ISSUANCE DATE: January 30, 2024
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: March 15, 2024, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor
Dear Prospective Offerors:
The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID) is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described
in this solicitation.
Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1 of this solicitation. Incomplete or unsigned offers will
not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records.
USAID will evaluate all offerors based on stated evaluation criteria. USAID encourages all individuals,
including those from disadvantaged and under-represented groups, to respond to the solicitation.
This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any
cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offer.
Any questions must be directed in writing to the Point of Contact specified in Attachment 1.
Ousay Wahaj
Supervisory Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisition & Assistance

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 7200AA24R00019
2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 30, 2024
3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: March 15, 2024, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
4. POINT OF CONTACT: MENAE Recruitment Team,
5. POSITION TITLE: Regional Director
6. MARKET VALUE: $123,041 - $159,950 equivalent to GS-15 (not eligible for Locality Pay)
Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value and will include Locality Pay for
domestic USPSCs based on the location of the Official USAID Worksite, or the approved alternative
worksite if approved for remote work. USPSCs performing overseas are not entitled to Locality Pay.
Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.
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 initial training, the Regional Director will be assigned to Budapest, Hungary.
Offerors for the Regional Director (RD) position must be willing to be posted for long-term periods
(minimum one year, with periods of four to five years more likely) at any location in the Middle East
or Europe region, including posts throughout the regions undertaking Middle East, North Africa and
Europe (MENAE)-focused work. At the discretion of BHA/Washington, during the contract period the
RD may be reassigned/relocated to a geographical location where the individual’s services are
needed; post-specific allowances would be adjusted accordingly for any change in place of
Overseas USPSCs may be authorized to telework or remote work only from a location within the
country of performance, in accordance with Mission policy. Telework or remote work from outside
the country of performance may only be authorized in certain situations in accordance with the terms
and conditions of the contract.
8. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Five (5) years, tentatively 145 day estimated start date from closing
9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S. Citizens Only

If there is a change in circumstances requiring access to National Security information classified at the
Top-Secret level, the offeror may be asked to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive
Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance
(BHA) works to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the impact of disasters by helping
people in need become more self-reliant. BHA is responsible for planning, coordinating, developing,
achieving, monitoring, and evaluating international humanitarian assistance falling into two conceptual
areas: 1) Humanitarian Response during emergencies and 2) Early Recovery, Risk Reduction, and
Resilience activities to address longer-term recovery after emergencies. You can learn more about BHA
on our website.
The Office of Middle East, North Africa, and Europe (MENAE) assesses, designs, and provides
humanitarian assistance with our partners, 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. MENAE retains humanitarian experts based overseas, who coordinate
with local authorities, USAID Missions, United States (U.S.) Embassies, humanitarian donor groups, and
regional and country level humanitarian architectures. Field experts also provide oversight of the BHA’s
humanitarian partners and programs and monitor contextual developments to inform BHA country
strategies. MENAE humanitarian experts in Washington coordinate with USAID Regional and Pillar
Bureaus, as well as manage funding and programmatic activities implemented by non-governmental
organizations (NGOs); international organizations (IOs), including the United Nations (UN) agencies; and
other partners in the region for natural disasters and complex emergencies. The MENAE Office
represents humanitarian programs and interests within the U.S. Government (USG) interagency, as well
as in interactions with beneficiary populations, host governments, implementing partners, UN agencies,
and other donors.
MENAE consists of three geographic divisions: Europe, Middle East and Levant, and North Africa and
Arabian Peninsula. The MENAE Field structure comprises a Regional Office based in Budapest, Hungary.
MENAE also maintains a staff presence in bilateral Missions and other platforms throughout the region.
BHA regional offices are headed by Regional Directors (RDs) who lead disaster response, preparedness,
early recovery, disaster risk reduction, and resilience activities for countries in their region not directly
supported by country-based staff. They are principally responsible for managing the regional offices,
monitoring grants and humanitarian assistance program implementation, overseeing sub-regional
offices, as applicable, supporting country offices, supervising regional office staff, and developing, in
consultation with their respective Division Chief and Office leadership in Washington, the annual and
multi-year strategies for their respective regions. In coordination with BHA/Washington and USAID

Missions where they exist, RDs manage disaster response activities and identify and formulate disaster
preparedness, mitigation, and training programs across their respective regions.
MENAE requires the services of an RD at its regional office in Budapest, Hungary, to ensure that BHA’s
mandate is met and to enhance its capability to manage complex portfolios, effectively respond to
international crises and disasters, and manage a preparedness and disaster risk reduction portfolio
across the region.
Your Uniqueness is Welcome Here!
It takes talented people with unique experiences to provide the best humanitarian aid possible. We are
committed to having a workforce that reflects the global communities we serve. We strive to create an
inclusive workplace, where everyone brings their authentic selves to work. We invite you to join us in
providing humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate the suffering around the world.
The RD will be responsible for a complex portfolio—requiring oversight of multiple, concurrent
humanitarian crises throughout the disaster cycle. The RD will manage a team of field-based staff
responsible for the monitoring and assessment of humanitarian needs in the region of responsibility and
developing, implementing, and monitoring humanitarian response, early recovery, disaster risk
reduction, and resilience efforts. The RD will serve as the lead humanitarian advisor in the field and
ensure BHA field-based perspectives are incorporated into BHA’s internal and external policy efforts and
office-wide initiatives. The RD will be expected to travel throughout the assigned region and BHA’s
The RD’s responsibilities will include the following:
Contextual Specialty:
● Serve as an authoritative expert on humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and
opportunities in the region of responsibility.
● Use extensive experience and knowledge to guide BHA's Regional Humanitarian Advisors and
support Country Leads in analyzing and determining the scale and scope of a wide range of
challenges when information is limited or lacking, and provide support to continued efforts to
establish creative solutions.
● Provide expert guidance on political, humanitarian, organizational, structural, and stakeholder
interests specific to the region of responsibility.
● Prepare, or supervise the preparation of, regular strategic and analytical reports on current or
anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on assigned

Portfolio Management:
● Lead, conduct, or oversee initial assessments to identify humanitarian needs or early recovery,
disaster risk reduction, or resilience opportunities in current disaster sites or locations with high
● Ensure ongoing humanitarian response, early recovery, disaster risk reduction, and resilience
activities are monitored to validate that objectives are met and beneficiaries are served.
● Lead 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.
● Make authoritative recommendations on difficult resource and programmatic trade-offs within
the region and provide expert advice to inform global prioritization.
● Ensure interventions within the region of responsibility align with appropriate strategies.
● Serve a primary role in the management of the approved annual budget for the region to include
timely identification of the need for additional resources or the availability of surplus.
● Serve as the Regional Office’s lead representative and the primary point of contact on
humanitarian issues in the area of responsibility.
● Serve as an expert advisor on humanitarian and disaster risk reduction issues to senior U.S.
Government (USG) personnel in the region, including Ambassadors, Mission Directors, and other
heads of agencies.
● Develop and maintain relationships with representatives of host governments, emergency or
humanitarian government donors (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; European
Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations; etc.), international emergency and
humanitarian organizations (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs;
International Committee of the Red Cross; International Organization for Migration; etc.),
emergency or humanitarian divisions of NGOs, and 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
interventions with local governments, donor, partner, 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 management and disaster risk reduction plans.
● Work with local and regional institutions and private or public sector organizations to
incorporate disaster risk reduction into appropriate programs.
● Manage and prioritize daily activities of BHA’s Regional Office and support country offices in the
● Supervise emergency/humanitarian staff within the region (except staff in BHA country offices)
to include provision of technical guidance and oversight, administrative approvals, and staff
development and evaluation.

● Provide current and future strategic direction to the regional office to include programmatic,
liaison, and representational prioritization, and human and financial resource requirements
● Participate in a leadership role in office- and Bureau-wide policy initiatives to ensure field
perspectives are well-represented.
● Actively and constructively engages in policy, process, and management issues relevant to the
office and portfolio; drives change during development and implementation of solutions and
improvement to policy, process, and management issues.
General Duties:
● Ensure timely reporting of BHA’s activities in the region through written cables, analyses,
strategies, and other requests for written information or oral briefings.
● This position is expected to be able to qualify, train for and routinely serve on
disaster/humanitarian responses in Washington DC or in the disaster area for 4 to 6 week (or
more) intervals. These can either be Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) and/or
Response Management Teams (RMTs). DARTs are deployed to the field in response to disasters
and operate in the field, providing staff an opportunity to deploy overseas for an extended
period of time (e.g., 6-8 weeks). RMTs are based in Washington, DC and provide services to
support DARTs, such as coordination and external engagement, communications, planning,
logistics, travel coordination, or other similar duties (depending on the RMT role).
● In times of emergency humanitarian assistance, the PSC will serve on temporary details within
the bureau. Duties performed while on detail will correspond to the level and market value for
the position and the work specified to be performed in the Statement of Duties.
● As needed, staff is expected to support BHA’s hiring efforts and serve on PSC hiring committees.
Training will be provided.
● The PSC may be expected to obtain an Agreement Officer's Representative (AOR) or Contracting
Officer's Representative (COR) certification. The AOR/COR oversees agreements and/or
contracts. This includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, approvals, program/project
deliverables (i.e. work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key
personnel requests, financial/budget reports, contractor performance evaluations, and
compliance. More information about the AOR/COR responsibilities and related requirements
can be found in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter. In the event that this
role requires an AOR/COR certification, mandatory training will be provided.
The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the MENAE Office Director or their designee.
The supervisor provides administrative direction in terms of broadly defined missions or functions.
USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out projects, studies, and programs. Results of the work
are considered technically authoritative. There is no higher level official technically responsible for
administering the program/project.

The work requested is primarily sedentary and does not involve undue physical demands. Work is
primarily performed in an office setting.
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). 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.
(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the education and
experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)
A High School Diploma or its equivalent with at least eleven (11) years of experience in any combination
of general experience working in emergency relief, international humanitarian assistance, or disaster
A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with at least seven (7) years of experience in any combination of
general experience working in emergency relief, international humanitarian assistance, or disaster
A Master's in any discipline with at least five (5) years of experience in any combination of general
experience working in emergency relief, international humanitarian assistance, or disaster response.
A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in any discipline with at least three (3) years of experience in any
combination of general experience working in emergency relief, international humanitarian assistance,
or disaster response.
Specialized experience:
● International-focused experience managing, supporting, or directly implementing humanitarian
assistance, emergency management, relief, Disaster Risk Reduction, post-emergency
rehabilitation, recovery, or resilience.
● Experience managing humanitarian interventions, including needs assessment, strategy
development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, or program
● Experience managing and providing strategic direction to a diverse team of program, technical,
and administrative staff working on a complex international humanitarian crisis.
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
The technical evaluation committee may conduct reference checks, including references from individuals
who have not been specifically identified by the offeror, and may do so before or after a candidate is
(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 section IV 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 may be accepted.
● Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance. If there is a change in circumstances requiring
access to National Security information classified at the Top-Secret level, the offeror may be
asked to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information
level clearance as provided by USAID.
● Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of State medical clearance throughout the contract.
More information on medical clearance classifications can be found in 16 FAM 211.2 Clearance
Classifications or the Department of State webpage on medical clearances.
● Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (
● Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

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:
Education and General
Required years of general experience and education
Pass or Fail
Specialized Experience Experience in required specialized skills, industry
knowledge to complete the duties/tasks
30 points
Offeror Interview Validation of required skills and knowledge for
suitability for the position.
60 points
Professional Reference
Written confirmation of current or previous
professional colleagues or supervisor.
10 points
Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (10 points)
Offerors must provide their references to BHA upon request no later than seven (7) days from the initial
request. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the offeror being removed from consideration for
this solicitation. In addition, the Agency has the right to seek any additional feedback on the offeror as
Specialized Experience: 30 points
Interview: 50 points
References: 10 points
TOTAL: 100 points
Offerors are required to complete the Specialized Experience Requirement Verification form in order to
be considered. Please download, complete, and submit the application package.

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
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.
1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 309-2, “Offeror
Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals,” available at
2. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and
submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I.
3. Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number on all offeror submitted
4. 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? (, 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.
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.
5. NOTE: If the full security application package is not submitted within 30 days after the Office of
Security determines eligibility, the offer may be rescinded. If a Secret security clearance is not
obtained within nine months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If Top Secret is
required, and clearance is not obtained within nine months after award, USAID may terminate
the contract at the convenience of the government. If Sensitive Compartmented Information
(SCI) access is not obtained within nine months after Top Secret clearance is granted, USAID may
terminate the contract at the convenience of the government.
6. NOTE: If the full medical clearance package is not submitted within two months after offer
acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If a Department of State medical clearance is not
obtained; the offer may be rescinded.
way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred
in the preparation and submission of the offer


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