USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor for Venezuela

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USAID / OFDA
Published
August 13, 2019
Location
Worldwide, United States
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Occasionally
Base Salary
$90,000 - 100,000

Description

Position Title: Senior Humanitarian Advisor for Venezuela
Solicitation Number: 720FDA19B00029
Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $90,621 - $117,810
Issuance Date: July 22, 2019
Closing Date: Open and continuous through November 4, 2019 with 2 (Two) Review Periods closing on:

September 12, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time (Deadline Extended)
November 4, 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 a Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) for Venezuela 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

3. 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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Renee Newton
Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor for Venezuela

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA19B00029

2. ISSUANCE DATE: July 22, 2019

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: This solicitation is open and continuous until November 4, 2019. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

September 12, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
November 4, 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: Senior Humanitarian Advisor for Venezuela

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($90,621 - $117,810: additional locality pay adjustments may apply depending on assignment location). 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: Worldwide

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 Senior Humanitarian Advisor for Venezuela will be assigned to the place of performance.

Offerors for this position must be willing to be posted at any location. The potential posts are listed as follows, but the location of service could be ultimately determined by the location of future unknown operational requirements. OFDA currently has established positions in Venezuela, Colombia, and Costa Rica. OFDA also has staff assigned to Washington, D.C. to support the Venezuela response. Travel for this position may include Washington, D.C., Miami, Florida, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica locations as needed, to coordinate with the Venezuela Response Team in Washington, Venezuela DART, and other entities involved in the ongoing humanitarian responses in Venezuela. Initial post assignments will be based on each offeror's understanding of OFDA and the region, each offeror's background (i.e., language, regional experience, etc.), and available post vacancies at the time of award.

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 (globalCLD) Team, Public-Private Engagement (PPE) Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN) in New York, Geneva, and Rome.

INTRODUCTION

Venezuela continues to experience a slow-onset crisis, characterized by extreme hyperinflation, a widespread lack of access to affordable medicines, medical supplies, and food, and increasing humanitarian needs throughout the country.

In order to address this crisis, USAID/OFDA stood up a regional DART headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, as well as a RMT headquartered in Washington, DC. The Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) will report to the DART Leader in San Jose, Costa Rica while the DART and RMT remain active. Should the DART/RMT stand down, the SHA will remain in place and report to the Sr. Regional Advisor (SRA) based in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The SHA will serve as OFDA’s principal humanitarian representative for Venezuela. He/She will ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster response and assistance, strategic reporting, and analysis are met. The position assists in planning OFDA strategies and responses to humanitarian needs; advocates and educates on humanitarian issues; provides guidance on policy issues and prepares key briefings and guidance.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a SHA for Venezuela to ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster assistance, risk reduction, strategic reporting, interagency coordination, and situational analysis are met in the ongoing response.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position requires an individual to represent the U.S. government on humanitarian issues for Venezuela. The SHA will work closely with USAID/Office of Food For Peace’s (FFP) Senior Food Security Advisor (SFSA), USAID/Venezuela Mission staff, the U.S. Embassy, other U.S. Agencies as appropriate, as well as other humanitarian actors, to respond to humanitarian needs and sudden onset disasters. The SHA will be responsible for strategy development and coordination with relief agencies, other donors, and USG interagency partners, as well as reporting to OFDA DART Leader/SRA in San Jose, Costa Rica, and OFDA Washington, and collaborating with USAID/Venezuela and U.S. Embassy/Venezuela staff, as required.

This position requires substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the U.S. Embassy, other USG agencies, as well as with relevant donor representatives and UN and NGO agencies, therefore requiring a highly collaborative work style. The SHA 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.

Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the OFDA DART Leader/SRA for the Venezuela Response, with regular interaction with the designated Deputy DART Leader covering Colombia, FFP FSA, and in consultation with USAID/Venezuela, the SHA will:

Contextual Specialty
• Develop and maintain knowledge of the key humanitarian and disaster response issues within Venezuela.
• Maintain an in-depth understanding of political, humanitarian, organizational, and stakeholder interests specific to Venezuela.
• Monitor the ongoing crisis and potential future hazards, international response plans and efforts, and major humanitarian issues and challenges in the area of responsibility through a wide range of USG and international sources.

Portfolio Management
• Lead efforts to identify and assess humanitarian assistance requirements, target beneficiary groups and locations, and recommend the types of interventions and budget levels required in Venezuela.
• Closely collaborate with USAID, Embassy, and other USAID Bureaus and State Department colleagues on program coordination to share information, avoid overlap, and explore opportunities for synergies and transition efforts. Maintain ongoing dialogue with the DART, OFDA/LAC Regional Office and OFDA/Washington on these efforts.
• Liaise with partners and other donors as directed by the DART Leader/SRA; coordinate with OFDA/LAC Regional Office on issues of mutual interest, and provide coordinated field feedback to the partners.
• Provide updates and recommendations through written reports on issues related to the humanitarian situation, including the following:
o Capacity and ability of UN, IOs, NGOs, and local institutions to carry out programs;
o Capacity of the logistics infrastructure to support programs;
o Security situation of beneficiaries, personnel, convoys, and relief operations in general;
o Role of regional UN leadership in facilitating humanitarian assistance;
o Contributions by other donors, problems arising from implementation of relief programs, and any other issues that require the attention of OFDA; and
o Humanitarian coordination issues and any recommendations for change.
• Provide guidance to organizations that are developing proposals for OFDA, based on OFDA’s Proposal Guidelines.
• Review of concept papers and proposals and provide timely recommendations/comments to DART Leader/SRA and OFDA/Washington.
• Ensure reporting on a timely basis to DART Leader/SRA, OFDA LAC Regional Office, and OFDA/Washington on the quality of grantees’ work, noting deficiencies, attributes, and evolving operational conditions.
• The USPSC is expected to act independently with minimal direction and will have wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment.

Representation
• Represent OFDA in-country at senior levels within the USG and to humanitarian stakeholders.
• Represent humanitarian concerns and priorities from the OFDA perspective through oral and written briefings, as well as coordination and policy development meetings to include the following:
o Meetings with individual and groups of implementing partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;
o Discussions, meetings, and papers informing USG foreign policy in areas with humanitarian concerns or impacts;
o Donor and implementing partner coordination forums.
• Serve as the principal point of contact in-country for the DART and RMT for humanitarian issues, and serve as a liaison on program issues among USAID mission staff, the U.S. Embassy and other U.S Agencies, military representatives, OFDA/Washington and the overall humanitarian community.
• Present OFDA perspectives to NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies relating to humanitarian assistance strategies and priorities, including OFDA’s approach to sustainable humanitarian programs.
• Work closely with the DART Leader/SRA, other Deputy DART Leaders, and OFDA’s technical advisors to discuss and understand sectoral priorities.
• Represent USG humanitarian interests at national and international meetings and conferences, and facilitate, as requested, travel and briefings for official USG visitors interested in humanitarian issues.
• Maintain regular liaison with UN, NGOs, IOs, regional groups, and other organizations regarding humanitarian activities.
• Engage as the humanitarian specialist in U.S. Embassy policy conversations, remaining available to provide timely reporting and clearances in response to high-level USG queries originating in the region or from Washington, DC.

General Duties
• Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on response teams, assessment teams within and outside the region.
• 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.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The USPSC will take direction from and report to the DART Leader/SRA or his/her designee.

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.

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, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, South American studies, or a related field or country; and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including, but not limited to, overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations.

OR

Master's degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, South American studies or a related field or country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including but not limited to overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations.

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.
• Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) submitted.
• Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.
• Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance.
• Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
• Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

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

QRFs are limited to a maximum of 450 words per response.

QRF #1 Proven experience in providing expert guidance in the area of humanitarian assistance with regard to the policy implications of issues and developments, based on hands-on experience in the field of humanitarian assistance and a thorough knowledge of the international humanitarian system concepts and issues. Demonstrated knowledge of and engagement with the structures, mandates, and policies of the actors within the international humanitarian architecture. Please provide specific examples;

QRF #2 Experience with the role of liaison in inter-agency relationships (i.e. USG, UN) at all levels, including in field locations, throughout the humanitarian and foreign policy communities; demonstrated ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and organizations involved in disaster response/ preparedness/ mitigation and humanitarian assistance, including USG agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other governments. Provide specific examples;

QRF #3 Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication to senior leaders, preparing and presenting analysis, providing guidance, soliciting sensitive information, and negotiating agreement on humanitarian issues. Provide specific examples;

QRF #4 Demonstrated ability and experience to multi-task and consistently and independently perform in a high visibility, high-pressure environment and accurately represent USG policy positions. Examples demonstrating strong work ethic and ability to initiate, develop and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Proven diplomatic and leadership skills. Provide specific examples; and

QRF #5 Direct experience with U.S. policy and regulations (i.e. awards, policy development) for responses to natural disasters and complex emergencies, as well as experience in engaging with USG systems and structure. Provide specific examples.

BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the QRF responses. Those offerors determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks.

Offerors are required to address each of the QRFs in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, and/or education they have received as it pertains to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to address the selection factors and/or Quality Ranking Factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, and/or training.

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.
The Offeror Rating System is as Follows:
QRFs have been assigned the following points:
QRF #1 – 12 points
QRF #2 – 12 points
QRF #3 – 12 points
QRF #4 – 12 points
QRF #5 – 12 points

Interview Performance – 20 points

Writing Test – 10 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 10 points

Total Possible Points: 100

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

3. 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

Via email: recruiter@ofda.gov

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