USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services’ CDC

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USAID / BHA
Published
April 19, 2021
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
$130,000 - 140,000

Description

 

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00033 

ISSUANCE DATE: April 20, 2021 

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: May 11, 2021, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time 

SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC)

Dear Prospective Offerors:

The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communication (G3PC), is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as a Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS/CDC) 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. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

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

  1. 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/fsdgov/answer.dosysparm_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:

G3PC Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: BHA.G3PCRecruitment@usaid.gov

Website: www.BHAjobs.net

 

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to the G3PC Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sonja Stroud-Gooden

Contracting Officer

 

 

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION

 

  1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720BHA21R00033

 

  1. ISSUANCE DATE: April 20, 2021

 

  1. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: May 11, 2021, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

 

  1. POINT OF CONTACT: G3PC Recruitment Team, BHA.G3PCRecruitment@usaid.gov

 

  1. POSITION TITLE: Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

  1. MARKET VALUE: $114,717 - $149,129 equivalent to GS-14 (includes locality pay)

 

Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.

 

  1. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

 

  1. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Atlanta, Georgia

 

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 to HHS/CDC will be assigned to the place of performance.

 

  1. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S. Citizens

 

  1. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.

 

  1. STATEMENT OF DUTIES

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

BACKGROUND

 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) is responsible for facilitating and coordinating U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian assistance overseas in response to all types of international disasters, including slow-onset disasters such as droughts or famine, natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods, or man-made disasters such as conflict or war. BHA is responsible for planning, coordinating, developing, achieving, monitoring, and evaluating international humanitarian assistance falling into two conceptual areas:

  • Humanitarian Response activities comprise needs-based humanitarian assistance provided to save lives, alleviate suffering, and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies. Humanitarian assistance is grounded in humanitarian principles and is directed toward the most vulnerable populations.
  • Early Recovery, Risk Reduction, and Resilience (ER4) activities will set the initial foundations for longer-term recovery as appropriate, and will work in close conjunction with humanitarian assistance. Early recovery is an approach that supports communities impacted by crises to protect and restore basic systems and service delivery. Early recovery builds on humanitarian response efforts and establishes the initial foundations of long-term recovery. Early recovery activities are implemented for a specified, appropriate timeframe that assists populations recovering from an identifiable shock. Risk reduction is the prevention of new and reduction of existing disaster risk and management of residual risk, which contributes to strengthening resilience and to the achievement of sustainable development. Resilience is the ability of people, households, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.

BHA has seven offices, as follows:

The Bureau’s three geographic offices are: (1) Office of Africa; (2) Office of Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean; and (3) the Office of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.  Each geographic office designs, provides, and assesses humanitarian assistance for their respective regions, including assistance related to responding to, recovering from, and reducing the risk of man-made and natural disasters, while linking with other USAID investments that build resilience.

The Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communications (G3PC) shapes and influences USAID’s role within the international humanitarian system; leads engagement on a range of policy, programmatic, and operational issues; and positions the Agency to influence collective response to emergency needs across the globe.

The Office of Technical and Program Quality (TPQ) leads the Bureau's efforts to provide high-quality programmatic and technical leadership, oversight, and guidance. In addition, TPQ leads the Bureau’s external engagement with academia and coordinates research to advance the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of humanitarian and multi-year programming.

The Office of Humanitarian Business and Management Operations (HBMO) is responsible for maintaining 24/7 operability by providing leadership, planning, quality assurance, technical expertise, and process management.  HBMO ensures effective stewardship of the Bureau’s support services, including workforce planning, staffing, financial management, internal controls, facilities operations and infrastructure.

The Office of Field and Response Operations (FARO) leads and manages operational assistance and the purchase and delivery of goods and services in response to declared foreign disasters and international humanitarian needs in key functional areas, including supply-chain management, procurement, logistics, oversight, and operational coordination with the U.S. military.

INTRODUCTION

The Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communication (G3PC) directs the Bureau’s leadership in global humanitarian policy, showcases BHA’s life-saving work through strategic communication and information, and manages collaboration with external stakeholders, including public and private partners, international and multilateral organizations, NGOs and academic institutions, and the U.S. Interagency. The office is organized into seven divisions, namely, Humanitarian Policy and International Systems; Humanitarian Multilateral; Humanitarian Organizations and Partnerships; Private Sector Engagement, Diaspora, and, Innovation; Global Capacity and Leadership Development; U.S. Engagement, Strategy, and Programs; and Strategic Communications and Humanitarian Information.

Since the establishment of the Senior Humanitarian Advisor position in 2016 following the West Africa Ebola Outbreak, BHA and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS/CDC) have worked closely together on two significant Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as the COVID-19 crisis. Going forward, BHA requires the continued services of a Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the HHS/CDC to meet its objectives of coordinating and collaborating with HHS/CDC on international humanitarian efforts, including policy, planning, programming, and operations; and developing and strengthening key relationships and partnerships with HHS/CDC offices. The Senior Humanitarian Advisor will provide leadership to HHS/CDC on BHA humanitarian and coordination issues; manage critical issues with HHS/CDC on behalf of BHA as tasked; and serve as the focal point for institutional engagements between USAID/BHA and HHS/CDC.

The Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS/CDC) position is part of the U.S. Engagement, Strategy, and Programs Division, serving as an integral part of the U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Interagency Coordination Team and closely coordinates with the team to strengthen strategic institutional relationships between USAID/BHA and HHS/CDC.

OBJECTIVE

USAID/BHA requires the services of a Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to meet its objectives of coordinating and collaborating with HHS/CDC on international humanitarian efforts, including policy, planning, programming, and operations; and developing and strengthening key relationships and partnerships with HHS/CDC offices.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Humanitarian Advisor to HHS/CDC will provide guidance and direction to HHS/CDC leadership on BHA humanitarian and coordination issues; manage critical issues with HHS/CDC on behalf of BHA, as tasked; and serve as a focal point for institutional engagements between BHA and HHS/CDC. He/She will initiate creative new approaches to partnership and serve as a key source of information to HHS/CDC on BHA policies and programs.

The Senior Humanitarian Advisor to HHS/CDC must have the ability to both multi-task and be very detail oriented and results oriented. The assignment requires providing expert analytical and advisory support to HHS/CDC on a wide range of humanitarian issues for planning, programming, operations and policy discussions.

The Senior Humanitarian Advisor to HHS/CDC’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Build working level relationships across HHS/CDC to strengthen USAID/BHA’s overall partnership with HHS/CDC.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for HHS/CDC tasks/actions related to USAID/BHA and HHS/CDC inquiries regarding USAID/BHA response and preparedness activities.
  • Participate in HHS/CDC meetings and provide reports and readouts for USAID/BHA leadership’s situational awareness. Reports should focus on USAID/BHA and HHS/CDC interactions and potential collaboration opportunities.
  • Provide briefings on USAID/BHA to HHS/CDC, as appropriate, and facilitate HHS/CDC briefings to USAID/BHA.
  • Provide input on behalf of USAID/BHA to HHS/CDC for training and planning related to international humanitarian assistance efforts and provide USAID/BHA input when requested by HHS/CDC.
  • Serve as a resource to USAID/BHA on HHS/CDC-related development.
  • Identify training needs and facilitate training opportunities for USAID/BHA and HHS/CDC staff, in accordance with the USAID/BHA Memorandum of Understanding and consultation with USAID/BHA training teams and technical teams.
  • In consultation with various USAID/BHA offices, facilitate regular meetings between USAID/BHA and HHS/CDC staff on policies, planning, and programming related to international humanitarian preparedness and response.
  • Initiate and maintain strong working relationships across HHS/CDC to coordinate USAID/BHA and HHS/CDC international humanitarian assistance efforts.
  • Provide expertise on international humanitarian assistance, including best practices and USG policy positions, to HHS/CDC.
  • Represent USAID/BHA at meetings with HHS/CDC centers and provide guidance and advice on how USAID/BHA may work with HHS/CDC, in consultation with USAID/BHA headquarters.
  • Coordinate with USAID/BHA Offices to provide HHS/CDC with clear guidance on USAID/BHA policies, planning, programs and operational processes, as well as USAID/BHA policy positions and engagements with other humanitarian donors.
  • Provide USAID/BHA input to HHS/CDC after action reports, as relevant to interagency engagements. Facilitate inclusion of HHS/CDC input and participation in USAID/BHA after action reviews and reports, when relevant.
  • Develop recommendations for USAID/BHA leadership regarding coordination and collaboration with HHS/CDC.
  • Upon activation of a Response Management Team (RMT), serve as a liaison to HHS/CDC as deemed appropriate by RMT leaderships.
  • Upon transition from RMT to augmented response structure, remain the liaison to HHS/CDC role as deemed appropriate by USAID/BHA leadership and geographic office;
  • Participate in relevant CDC response operation centers and teams, providing USAID/BHA perspective and position as needed; sharing humanitarian information for HHS/CDC audience.
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed multiple times throughout the year on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) deployed in response to international disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • Sign up for and serve as needed on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provide services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will vary.
  • 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 to meet operational needs during staff shortages. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities and will be directly related to the scope of work provided.
  • Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR), as assigned. The AOR/COR provides financial and programmatic oversight of all aspects of managing the agreement or contract; this includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, requests for approvals, program/project deliverables (i.e. work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key personnel requests, and financial/budget reports. They are responsible for drafting and submitting the annual contractor performance evaluation in Contract/Assistance Performance Assessment Review System (CPARS/APARS). They prepare and review contract/assistance modifications documentation and assist the Contracting/Agreement Officer to ensure performance is compliant with the terms and conditions of the contract/agreement, the FAR, and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible for all related requirements in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.

 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and report to the Team Leader, U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Interagency Coordination Team 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.

  1. 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).

  1. 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.

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

 

  1. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, public health, international relations, disaster management, or a related field) plus minimum of nine (9) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and on humanitarian policy and/or operational issues, with a focus on public health. Offerors must demonstrate work experience with a humanitarian organization, such as a USG foreign assistance agency, UN, IO, or international humanitarian NGO.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, public health, international relations, disaster management, or a related field) plus minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and on humanitarian policy and/or operational issues, with a focus on public health. Offerors must demonstrate work experience with a humanitarian organization, such as a USG foreign assistance agency, UN, IO, or international humanitarian NGO.

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. FAR provisions of this solicitation are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.

SELECTION FACTORS

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

  • Offeror is a U.S. Citizen.
  • Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
  • USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.
  • Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance.
  • Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
  • Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

OFFEROR RATING SYSTEM

The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors must demonstrate the rating factors outlined below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The 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 (10 points)

  • Direct donor-based experience with US Government international humanitarian agencies such as USAID, Health and Human Services and Department of State or other international disaster response organizations.
  • Experience managing pandemic/health related humanitarian interventions in an international disaster context across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response; early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.
  • Specific experience managing aspects of humanitarian policy interventions including coordination efforts, strategy development, representing a humanitarian organization, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

Diversity / Teamwork (5 points)

  • Demonstrated experience working as part of a diverse team with members located in different countries.

Skills and Abilities (10 points)

  • Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments and the interagency at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with the other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including the Department of Health and Human Services, Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

Timed Writing Test (5 points)

Interview Performance (55 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. BHA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for offerors being considered for selection. Note: Please be advised that references may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an offeror. BHA reserves the right to select additional offerors if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

 

  1. 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. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

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

  1. 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: BHA.G3PCRecruitment@usaid.gov

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