Democracy & Governance Advisor

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Country: Iraq
Organization: US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 22 Feb 2021

SOLICITATIONNUMBER: 72026721R00001
ISSUANCE DATE: January 25, 2021 CLOSING DATE/TIME: February 22, 2021
17:00 Baghdad time SUBJECT: SolicitationforU.S./ThirdCountryNationalPersonalServiceContractors
Dear Prospective Offerors:
The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation.
Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1 of this solicitation. Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records.
This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offer.
Any questions must be directed in writing to the Point of Contact specified in Attachment 1. Sincerely,
Sean Hofmann Contracting Officer
USAID/Iraq
US Embassy Compound International Zone Baghdad-Iraq
USAID MISSION/IRAQ
ATTACHMENT 1
SOL 72026721R00001
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  3. 1. GENERAL INFORMATION
    SOLICITATION NO.: 72026721R00001 ISSUANCE DATE: January 25, 2021.
    CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS:
    than 17:00 Baghdad time.
    February 22, 2021 no later
    POINT OF CONTACT: Mohammad Ibrahim, Human Resources and Support Services Specialist, USAID/Iraq, mibrahim@usaid.gov or Sean Hofmann, Contracting Officer, shofmann@usaid.gov (inquiries only). Applications will NOT be accepted to these email addresses. Please see item IV for instructions on how and where to submit applications.
    POSITION TITLE: Governance Advisor.
    MARKET VALUE: USD 93,907 – USD 122,077 equivalent to GS-14. Final compensation will
    be negotiated within the listed market value.
    PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The period of performance is one year, with the possibility of extensions. The base contract and extensions cannot exceed 5 years.
    PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Baghdad, Iraq.
    ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Third Country (non-US,
    non-Iraqi) Nationals.
  4. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Secret Clearance (if U.S. Citizen), or Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) access authorization (if U.S. Permanent Resident or Third Country National).
  5. STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
    The Governance Advisor will serve under the supervision of the Governance and Economic Opportunity Office (GEO) Director, USAID/Iraq, or his/her designate as USAID’s lead on governance programs. The overall GEO portfolio includes programs that focus on 1) improving Iraqi public sector capacity development and performance improvement; 2) enabling Iraqi civil society; and 3) strengthening Iraqi electoral processes. The Governance Advisor will serve as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) for programs within the GEO office and may be called on to provide mentorship and/or functional supervision of Foreign Service National (FSN) staff.
    The Governance Advisor will work with GEO leadership to ensure that Mission activities in his/her areas of responsibility are coordinated with, complementary to, and supportive of the governance, stabilization and economic growth assistance activities of other US Government agencies and the US Embassy. The Governance Advisor will also support GEO leadership to ensure that the design and implementation of all USAID governance activities are fully coordinated with international
    organizations and donors active in these areas, as well as relevant Government of Iraq (GoI) institutions.
    A. BACKGROUND
    USAID/Iraq’s GEO Office has been at the forefront in providing critical technical and capacity building assistance to Iraqi governmental and civil society institutions. GEO’s portfolio currently includes two significant implementing mechanisms focused on key governance priorities, with at least one additional mechanism planned. These priorities and corresponding mechanisms include:
    Public sector performance improvement & civil society enabling:
    ● The Iraq Government Performance and Accountability (IGPA) Activity is a 7-year, 172M development program which supports the GoI’s efforts to strengthen public sector management and tangibly improve the delivery of essential services through Iraqi-led reform initiatives. IGPA concurrently seeks to establish collaborative processes between the GoI and civil society actors to ensure greater accountability, transparency, and citizen buy-in of reform initiatives. IGPA’s support is focused on four key areas – improving service delivery, economic reform, and public financial management, monitoring and oversight, and supporting emerging Iraqi leadership.
    Electoral Processes:
    ● The 5-year, $26M Iraq Provincial Elections Activity (IPEA) activity provides technical support to Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) while supporting focused civic education initiatives for the Iraqi people. IPEA provides the IHEC with technical support on election operations, including voter registration, public information, and election-related technologies. IPEA also works with several Iraqi civil society organizations to carry out civic education initiatives focused on building understanding of the electoral process, increasing participation, and countering disinformation.
    ● USAID/Iraq is also in the process of procuring an additional elections support activity in advance of projected Iraqi parliamentary elections in 2021.
    To ensure proper oversight of the portfolio of programs the GEO office will have a blended cadre of U.S. Foreign Service Officers, US and/or Third Country National Personal Services Contractors, and Iraqi FSNs. The field based FSN staff will assist GEO to monitor and measure the results USAID is achieving through the programs outlined above. The Governance Advisor will support this team.
    B. DUTIESANDRESPONSIBILITIES
    The Advisor’s major duties and responsibilities include:
  6. Program Management
    a. Managing designated USAID governance programs by ensuring alignment with USG
    policy priorities and responsiveness to GoI needs, developing work plans, overseeing activity implementation, identifying, and resolving routine program issues, assuring that all activities are carried out in a technically sound and cost-effective manner; and assuring that activities are carried out in accordance with all applicable Mission and Agency directives and requirements.
    b. Planning, implementing, participating in, commenting upon, or otherwise contributing to Mission views on evaluations, assessments, or audits of Mission governance activities in relevant areas of responsibility.
    c. Providing technical advice and recommendations to USAID and its implementing partners regarding the design and implementation of governance activities planned or carried out in Iraq.
    d. Serving as a COR/AOR for at least one of GEO’s governance strengthening implementing mechanisms and alternate COR/AOR or activity manager of other GEO activities.
  7. Program Design
    a. Supporting the design and procurement of activities within the Democracy and Governance field in a fast-paced programming environment, as deemed necessary and appropriate.
  8. Strategy Development
    a. Providing analysis, advice and recommendations to GEO leadership, senior Mission management and staff regarding the formulation of Mission strategy for democratic development and on the management and implementation of activities that strengthen democracy and governance within Iraq.
    b. Supporting the development of Mission strategic plans, updates to the Operational Plan, Portfolio Review, Quarterly Financial Review, the Performance Planning Report, and other regular or ad hoc planning and reporting requirements.
    c. Supporting additional analyses, assessments, or reviews as required for the development of Mission strategy or activities in governance strengthening; designing and overseeing the implementation of such analyses or assessments; and following up as necessary.
  9. Coordination and Technical Advice
    a. Participating on program design teams to ensure that new governance program is results- focused, data-driven, and reflect USG policy priorities, GoI needs, and USAID’s standard practices and lessons learned.
    b. Contributing to governance-related assessments, and other data collection conducted by USAID or in conjunction with other USG agencies, international organizations, or other donors.
    c. Supporting GEO team interface with US Embassy offices and sections, local and
    II.
  10. Supervision and Management
    a. Mentoring FSN staff on program management, due diligence, results measurement, and program oversight techniques.
    b. Providing functional supervision of FSN staff.
    c. Ensuring information management systems are updated and utilized on a regular basis.
    d. Ensuring promotion of a diverse, inclusive, and respectful GEO team.
    e. Potential, intermittent supervisory duties as Acting DG/EG Team leader and potentially Acting GEO Office Director
    C. SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP
    The Advisor will work under the general supervision and policy guidance of USAID-Iraq’s GEO Office Director or designate. The Office Director or designate will review and approve the Advisor’s work plan and performance measures. Supervision will include weekly staff meetings and regular informal consultations.
    D. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS
    The Advisor may be responsible for providing functional supervision of FSN professionals and/or administrative staff. The Advisor may be responsible for onboarding and ongoing mentorship of FSN and PSC staff.
    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The Advisor will live and work inside the Embassy Compound. The selected applicant must meet new fitness for duty standards for Iraq (stated in 15 State 11055) which includes: (1) a full medical evaluation, and (2) must obtain medical clearance from State/MED prior to his/her arrival to post.
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
    In order to be considered for the position, a candidate must meet the Minimum Qualifications. Applications will be pre-screened and only those that meet the Minimum Qualifications will be considered. These are the minimum qualifications necessary to be considered for the position:
    Education: A Master’s graduate degree in international development/affairs, public administration/public policy, political science, Middle East regional studies, or a related field.
    OR
    international organizations, and donors.
    III.
    A BA degree in the same fields above plus five additional years of directly relevant work experience is required.
    Prior Work Experience:
    A minimum of seven years of relevant international/non-US experience in international development, public administration, public policy, or civil society development is required. First- hand experience working for international donor organizations or international non-governmental organizations is required. Demonstrated experience working in intense, high pressure environments (to include conflict zones, areas under intense policy scrutiny, and synergetic, multi-stakeholder coordination) is also required. Experience working in multi-lateral development programs, and particularly with officials and technical experts from other countries is required.
    Only offerors clearly meeting the above minimum qualifications will be considered for further evaluation.
    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. The FAR provisions referenced above are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.
    Applicants must submit a summary statement of no more than one letter-size page, which describes how their relevant professional experience and education has prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described above. The Contracting Officer will establish a competitive range and only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for interview.
    Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on the following selection criteria:
    Education (25 points): A Master’s graduate degree in international development/affairs, public administration/public policy, political science, Middle East regional studies, or a related field.
    OR
    A BA degree in the same fields above plus five additional years of directly relevant work experience is required.
    Prior Work Experience (30 points): A minimum of seven years of relevant international/non-US experience in international development, public administration, public policy, or civil society development is required. First-hand experience working for international donor organizations or international non-governmental organizations is required. Demonstrated experience working in intense, high pressure environments (to include conflict zones, areas under intense policy scrutiny, and synergetic, multi-stakeholder coordination) is also required. Experience working in multi-
    IV.
    lateral development programs, and particularly with officials and technical experts from other countries is required.
    Knowledge and Abilities (35 points): A thorough knowledge and understanding of economic, political, social, and cultural structures as they relate to democratic development specifically in the following: representative governance, civil society support, and organizational development are required. Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team and build consensus around decisions required.
    Understanding of U.S. foreign/national security policy implications for development assistance, especially in post-conflict settings is preferred. Knowledge of development prospects and priorities in the Middle East and Iraq is preferred. Knowledge of Iraqi culture, work environment, and government protocol is preferred. Secret-level security clearance eligibility is preferred.
    Language (10 points):
    A minimum Level 3/3 (fluent) English written and spoken is required. Knowledge of Arabic language is preferred.
    Total possible points: 100
    Candidates meeting the above required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented within the application. The Contracting Officer reserves the right to establish a competitive range. Those applicants determined to be competitively ranked will be invited to participate in an interview. Only those applicants in competitive range, if established, will be contacted. The interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.
    Reference checks will be conducted with the highest-ranked offeror at the conclusion of evaluations and prior to negotiations to assess the applicant’s technical knowledge, work performance, communication skills, and group dynamics, using the above criteria.
    USAID policy specifies that U.S. citizens or resident aliens (USNs) are preferred over third country nationals (TCNs). Therefore, USN and TCN offers will not be evaluated together. USAID will evaluate USN offers first and if the CO determines that there are no qualified USNs, only then will USAID evaluate TCN offers.
    SUBMITTING AN OFFER
    A. Eligible offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 309-2, (https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-309-2) “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals,” available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms.
    B. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted by email to IraqUSPSCjobs@usaid.gov
    C. Offeror submissions must clearly reference the solicitation number on all offeror submitted documents and in the subject line of the application email.
    V.
    D. Three professional references, which could be your current and former supervisors and be able to comment on your suitability for employment, with telephones and e-mail contacts to be provided on a separate sheet;
    E. Brief appendix of no more than one letter-size page to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training have prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described in the solicitation.
    LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES
    Once the Contracting Officer (CO) informs the successful Applicant about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful Applicant instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms.
  11. Medical History and Examination Form (Department of State Forms)
  12. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions for National Security (SF-86), or
  13. Questionnaire for non-Sensitive Positions for National Security (SF-85),
  14. Finger Print Card (FD-258)
  15. OF-306
    VI. BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES
    As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a Personal Service Contracting (PSC) employee is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
  16. BENEFITS:
    (a) Employer's FICA Contribution
    (b) Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance
    (c) Pay Comparability Adjustment
    (d) Annual Increase (pending a satisfactory performance evaluation) (e) Eligibility for Worker's Compensation
    (f) Annual and Sick Leave
  17. ALLOWANCES:
    Section numbers refer to rules from the Department of State Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas)
    (a) Post Differential (Chapter 500)
    (b) Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600) (c) Danger Pay Allowance (Section 650)
    (d) Sunday Differential
    VII. TAXES
    USPSCs are required to pay Federal income taxes, FICA, Medicare and applicable State Income taxes.
    VIII. USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs
    USAID regulations and policies governing USPSC awards are available at these sources:
  18. USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix D, “Direct USAID Contracts with a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Resident Alien for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf.
    Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms . Pricing by line item is to be determined upon contract award as described below:
    Item SUPPLIES/SERVICES No (DESCRIPTION) (A) (B)
    QUANTITY (C)
    UNIT UNIT AMOUNT (D) PRICE (F)
    (E)
    0001
    Base Period – Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other Direct Costs (ODCs)
    -Award Type: Cost
    -Product Service Code: R497
    -Accounting Info: 72211000 -Funds code: OE/2021
    1
    LOT
    $ TBD
    $ TBD at award after negotiations with contractor
    1001
    Option Period 1 – Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other Direct Costs (ODCs) -Award Type: Cost
    -Product Service Code: R497 -Accounting Info: TBD
    1
    LOT
    $ TBD
    $ TBD at award after negotiations with contractor
    2001
    Option Period 2 – Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other Direct Costs (ODCs) -Award Type: Cost
    -Product Service Code: R497 -Accounting Info: TBD
    1
    LOT
    $ TBD
    $ TBD at award after negotiations with contractor
    3001
    Option Period 3 – Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other Direct Costs (ODCs) -Award Type: Cost
    -Product Service Code: R497 -Accounting Info: TBD
    1
    LOT
    $ TBD
    $ TBD at award after negotiations with contractor
    4001
    Option Period 1 – Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other Direct Costs (ODCs) -Award Type: Cost
    -Product Service Code: R497 -Accounting Info: TBD
    1
    LOT
    $ TBD
    $ TBD at award after negotiations with contractor
  19. Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs .
    Ethical Conduct. By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635.See https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations .

How to apply:

SUBMITTING AN OFFER
A. Eligible offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 309-2, (https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-309-2) “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals,” available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms.
B. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted by email to IraqUSPSCjobs@usaid.gov
C. Offeror submissions must clearly reference the solicitation number on all offeror submitted documents and in the subject line of the application email.
V.
D. Three professional references, which could be your current and former supervisors and be able to comment on your suitability for employment, with telephones and e-mail contacts to be provided on a separate sheet;
E. Brief appendix of no more than one letter-size page to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training have prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described in the solicitation.



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