USPSC Risk Management Advisor

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USAID / OFDA
Published
May 29, 2020
Location
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
$110,000 - 120,000

Description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00040

ISSUANCE DATE: April 17, 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 Risk Management Advisor (RIMA) 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 for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

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:

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

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA20B00040

2. ISSUANCE DATE: April 17, 2020

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: This solicitation is open and continuous until August 7, 2020. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

June 22, 2020, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time (Deadline Extended)

August 7, 2020, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

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

5. POSITION TITLE: Risk Management Advisor (Multiple Positions)

6. MARKET VALUE:

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

$121,316 - $157,709 equivalent to GS-14 (includes locality pay).

Depending on the qualifications of the offeror, this position can be filled at either the GS-13 ($102,663 - $133,465) or GS-14 ($121,316 - $157,709) equivalent level, including Washington, D.C. locality pay. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value of the GS-13 or GS-14 level based upon the offeror’s established salary history.

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

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.

II. 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.

The Office of Food for Peace (FFP), also part of DCHA, is the largest provider of food assistance in the world and works together with its partners to reduce hunger and malnutrition and assure that adequate, safe and nutritious food is available, accessible to and well-utilized by all individuals at all times to support a healthy and productive life.

FFP works in both emergency and development contexts, with emergency and recovery activities comprising 80 percent of total spending. Through its emergency activities, FFP strives to provide

food assistance to save lives, reduce suffering and support the early recovery of populations affected by both conflict and natural disasters.

FFP also recognizes that repeatedly responding to emergencies is not sufficient to end hunger and increase food security. FFP development activities help chronically food insecure populations reduce their long-term need for food assistance through improved capacities and systems strengthening to ensure access to food for their most vulnerable communities and individuals, especially women and children. FFP also helps individuals and communities better withstand future shocks through resilience-building activities.

FFP’s geographic team members are engaged in food security needs assessments and identifying priority programmatic needs. They monitor program implementation through field visits and review of financial and performance reports, as well as ensure that programs are implemented in a manner consistent with policy and legislative guidelines and that program effectiveness is maximized. Program and policy staff members are engaged in budget development and oversight, developing recommendations on a wide range of policy questions, and explaining FFP food program guidance and policy positions in formal and informal interactions with staff of public international organizations (PIOs), NGOs, Agency Bureaus, and others. They also review/analyze PIO policy and operational issues, participate in strategy development, and are engaged in risk mitigation and internal control initiatives for the Office.

Technical Sector Specialists provide technical leadership on food security issues, educate and promote linkages between a wide array of sectors, and work to increase the impact of FFP programming. They also promote and support capacity building and evidence-based learning. Program Operation Specialists conduct financial analyses of food aid programming, recommend appropriate levels of commodity and review budgets. They conduct supply chain management and conduct inter- and intra-agency coordination for procurement of food aid and serve as experts on commodity standards, regulations and policies. Award Process and Management Specialists ensure adherence to regulations and policies through award documents and guidance materials with all functions of FFP supported by personnel and operations management staff.

FFP works closely with other parts of USAID, including OFDA as well as the Bureau for Food Security, which plays a key role in implementing the USG’s Feed the Future initiative. FFP shares office space with OFDA in Washington, D.C., working in close coordination and collaboration to address humanitarian assistance needs around the world.

INTRODUCTION

Risk Management Advisors (RIMAs) play a central role in the USG’s disaster response, humanitarian assistance, and disaster risk reduction programs. The RIMA assists program teams in assessing and mitigating programmatic risk; liaises with auditors and coordinates audit responses; and ensures that USAID-funded humanitarian response programs adhere to policy guidelines and USG regulations. The RIMA focuses on developing, assessing, and strengthening risk assessments, managing audit responses, and ensuring compliance with USG policies, procedures, and standards at headquarters, and in field operations. The RIMA develops and maintains tracking and record-keeping systems on audit, risk, and compliance issues and advises of potential violations of laws and regulations. The RIMA ensures program integrity by advising program teams on USG’s grant regulations and procedures, and supporting FFP and OFDA program staff on monitoring and responding to issues of concern regarding misuse, divergence, fraud, investigations and audits, as applicable to humanitarian programs.

This position will be part of OFDA’s Award, Audit, and Risk Management (AARM) Team within the PS Division, assigned to support humanitarian programs and operations of one or multiple FFP and OFDA divisions and/or teams. The position will also work closely with FFP’s policy team, which regularly coordinates with the AARM team in OFDA. The position’s portfolio assignment may change based on needs. The position is based in D.C., with travel to the field to support monitoring and oversight of programs, operations, and audit management.

OBJECTIVE

FFP and OFDA require the services of RIMAs to ensure that USAID’s humanitarian response programs incorporate risk assessment and mitigation processes, and adhere to policy guidelines and USG regulations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

At the GS-13 Equivalent Level:

Internal systems:

  • Support program teams in developing and/or strengthening internal controls, ensuring compliance with USG rules and regulations, and advising on the implications of audits, criminal investigations, and any policy or regulatory changes.
  • Support the risk assessment and risk management process to ensure consistent compliance with USAID and USG requirements.
  • Maintain program tracking and record-keeping systems on audit, risk, and compliance issues.
  • Provide regular updates, resources, and information on compliance requirements and ensure that relevant staff members at headquarters and in the field are well-versed in these requirements.
  • Upon request, brief senior management on USG regulations relevant to misuse, diversion, or fraud as applicable to humanitarian programs.
  • Review program reports and advise staff and office management on the potential for violations of laws and regulations.
  • As requested, support USAID’s corporate internal controls assessments and management processes.
  • As requested, support FFP and OFDA’s efforts to assess and manage risk(s) in humanitarian programs through USAID’s enterprise risk management process.

Portfolio Management:

  • Support and advise program staff and management on monitoring and responding to issues of concern regarding misuse, diversions, fraud, investigations, and audits of awards.
  • Liaise with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and support the program team on audits and/or investigations within the assigned portfolio.
  • Support the program teams in identifying and assessing programmatic risks, and design programs to manage and/or mitigate identified risks in humanitarian programs.
  • Review applications for USAID funding to determine whether the proposed program incorporates an assessment of risk(s) and appropriate risk management measures, and is in compliance with USG rules and regulations.
  • Implement and strengthen compliance monitoring and evaluation procedures for the portfolio.
  • Support the development of appropriate strategies to identify and react to any findings, allegations of deviations from the intended purpose of USAID-funded awards, or other issues identified.
  • Support program staff in reviewing and monitoring partner operational compliance with USG laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, accounting, procurement and hiring standards as well as overall financial and administrative management of USAID funds.
  • Maintain and track standardized office files for principal assigned activities.
  • Provide recommendations to program staff and office management on policy options to reduce the risks of the misuse of funding, diversions, and/or fraud.
  • Develop, as necessary, proposals for special risk assessment and compliance activities and reviews.

Agency and USG Liaison and Representation:

  • Coordinate and liaise with USAID’s Office of General Counsel (GC), OIG, and the Department of Treasury on legal and audit matters.
  • Act as the primary coordinator for queries and data calls related to risk, compliance, audits, and investigations from GC, OIG, Congress or senior USAID staff and ensure a timely and appropriate response.
  • Help support and respond to requests for information on USAID’s risk management activities in the area of responsibility, to include drafting briefing papers, memorandum and talking points, and developing and/or facilitating formal presentations and briefings.
  • Participate in subject matter meetings as requested by program staff and/or office management.
  • Serve as the portfolio focal point in USAID and USG interagency meetings related to risk, compliance, audit, or investigations.

General Duties:

  • Attend regular AARM team meetings and program team meetings.
    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 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.
  • 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.

At the GS-14 Equivalent Level:

At this grade level, the RIMA will demonstrate expert competence in the duties and responsibilities described below. He/She will perform these duties and responsibilities with little to no guidance and minimal supervisory direction from the AARM Team Leader or his/her designee. Additionally, he/she will have a high level of responsibility for management and coordination in his/her area of responsibility. He/She will also have a high level of responsibility for contributing to policy decisions and representing the office and its interests to other parties.

Internal systems:

  • Demonstrate an expert understanding of internal controls, risk assessments, risk management and compliance issues, advising on the implications of audits, criminal investigations, and USAID and USG policy or regulatory changes.
  • Conduct and lead risk assessments of humanitarian programs adhering to USAID and USG risk mitigation policies and guidance, and recommend appropriate corrective or risk mitigation measures.
  • Exercise independent judgment and decision-making related to risk mitigation and internal control policies and best practices.
    Manage tracking and record-keeping systems on audit, risk, and compliance issues.
  • Provide expert advice to senior management on the USG regulations related to the misuse, divergence and/or fraud, as applicable to programs funded by FFP and OFDA.
  • Provide expert guidance to program staff and office management on the potential for violations of USG laws and regulations.
  • Serve as an expert in supporting USAID’s internal controls assessment and management processes.
  • As requested, support FFP and OFDA’s efforts to assess and manage risk(s) in humanitarian programs through USAID’s enterprise risk management process.

Portfolio Management:

  • Provide expert advice to program staff and management on monitoring and responding to issues of concern concerning the misuse of funds, alleged diversions, fraudulent activities, and/or external investigations and audits of humanitarian awards.
  • Lead and serve as a technical advisor for risk management, internal controls and compliance issues on the assigned portfolio.
  • Draft, maintain, update, and revise written technical guidance based on new regulations and/or changes to existing USG and Agency risk management initiatives and policies.
  • Provide expert guidance to program staff and management on audits and/or investigations of the assigned portfolio.
  • Review applications for USAID humanitarian funding and provide expertise to determine whether risk management and compliance were appropriately integrated into the proposed program design, particularly in high-risk and non-permissive operating environments.
  • Lead the compliance monitoring and evaluation process for the portfolio.
    Lead the development of appropriate strategies to identify and react to findings, allegations of deviations from the intended purpose(s) of grants, or other issues identified.
  • Draft recommendations to program staff and office management for policy options to reduce risk of partner misuse, diversions, and fraud.
  • Manage day-to-day assignments and workload for risk management specialist(s) assigned to the portfolio, and review their work products for quality and accuracy, as applicable.

Agency and USG Liaison and Representation:

  • Serve as a primary point of contact in the area of responsibility for FFP and OFDA Senior Management Teams.
  • Manage interactions and communications with GC, OIG, and the Department of Treasury that are related to risk and audit matters on the portfolio.
  • Lead on responding to any data calls related to risk, compliance, audits, and/or investigations from GC, IG, Congress or senior USAID staff, and ensure a timely and appropriate response.
  • Draft written and oral responses to requests for information on FFP and OFDA’s risk mitigation activities in the area of responsibility, to include briefing papers, memorandum talking points, formal presentations, and informal briefings.
  • Serve as a risk mitigation and assessment subject matter expert in meetings with the USG interagency and external stakeholders, as requested by office management.
  • Independently serve as the team’s risk management representative in bureau and agency meetings related to risk, compliance, audit, or investigations.

General Duties:

  • Attend regular AARM team meetings and program team meetings.
    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 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.
  • 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 AARM Team Lead or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The USPSC independently plans, design and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work. Results are considered technically 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.)

GS-13 Level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, public or business administration, law, project management, or financial management) plus seven (7) years of relevant experience in program management, legal, internal audit, internal controls, compliance or risk management, including three (3) years of experience in international development, humanitarian assistance programs, or management and oversight of USG-funded grants and/or contracts.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, public or business administration, law, project management, or financial management) plus five (5) years of relevant experience in program management, legal, internal audit, internal controls, compliance or risk management, including two (2) years of experience in international development, humanitarian assistance programs, or management and oversight of USG-funded grants and/or contracts.

GS-14 Level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, public or business administration, law, project management, or financial management) plus nine (9) years of relevant experience in program management, legal, internal audit, internal controls, compliance or risk management, including three (3) years of experience in international development, humanitarian assistance programs, or management and oversight of USG-funded grants and/or contracts.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, public or business administration, law, project management, or financial management) plus seven (7) years of relevant experience in program management, legal, internal audit, internal controls, compliance or risk management, including two (2) years of experience in international development, humanitarian assistance programs, or management and oversight of USG-funded grants and/or contracts.

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.
  • 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 evaluation of writing tests 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. The rating factors are as follows:

Professional Experience (20 points):

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with USG regulations relating to assistance, acquisition, and internal controls, including the ability to apply that knowledge and reach conclusions about compliance matters related to the following:
  1. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  2. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  3. Automated Directive Systems (ADS)
  4. Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) Green Book
  5. OMB Circular A-123
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing and interpreting reporting data, performing risk assessments and analyses, and identifying risk management and mitigation solutions to address any issues related the misuse of funds, alleged diversions, fraudulent activities, and/or external investigations and audits.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the operations and practices of non-governmental organizations, public international organizations, or private sector entities implementing USG-funded international development or humanitarian assistance programs.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills (10 points):

  • Proven experience in negotiating, collaborating and/or coordinating on a variety of programmatic risk and/or compliance issues across different parts of an organization and different stakeholders to come up with effective risk management solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and present analyses, based on the interpretation and practical application of legal sources, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Experience communicating and transferring knowledge on complex policy and programmatic issues to a multitude of non-specialist audiences at a variety of levels including junior staff, peers, and senior leadership.
  • Proven experience in establishing and maintaining relationships across different parts of an organization and different stakeholders.

Interview Performance (40 points)

Timed Writing Test (15 points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (15 points)

Total Possible Points: 100

BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection

Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Offeror Rating System. Those offerors determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks.

Offerors are required to address each factor of the Offeror Rating System in their resume, describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received as it pertains to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to address the selection factors and/or Offeror Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

The most qualified offerors may be interviewed and required to provide a writing sample. 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.

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 for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

2. USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted. AID 309-2 is available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your offer materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the offer is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the offer to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your offer may result in you being eliminated from consideration for this position, or being terminated after award, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your offer, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: recruiter@ofda.gov

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