USPSC Safe and Accountable Programming Advisor

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Country: United States of America
Organization: US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 9 Apr 2021

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00019

ISSUANCE DATE: March 10, 2021
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: April 9, 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 Technical and Program Quality (TPQ), is seeking offers from
qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as a Safe and Accountable Programming
Advisor 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.

  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.

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:

TPQ Recruitment Team
E-Mail Address: BHA.TPQRecruitment@usaid.gov
Website: www.BHAjobs.net


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

Sincerely,
Sonja Stroud-Gooden
Contracting Officer

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

● Serve as an expert source of information on and analysis of safe and accountable programming (SAP) issues for BHA. Provide expert technical recommendations on all issues relating to SAP, particularly protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, accountability to affected populations, community engagement, and safe programming/protection mainstreaming.

● Assisting in making recommendations on the formulation of TPQ’s Safe and Accountable Programming technical and policy position and communicating the outcome through interactions with non-governmental organizations (NGO) partners, other donor agencies, the international humanitarian community, and other USAID staff.

● In collaboration with the Team, conducting humanitarian programming assessments of affected populations and recommending appropriate relief activities that adhere to cross-cutting protection requirements, while facilitating and coordinating USG emergency technical response activities with USAID Missions, other donor agencies, and the U.S. Embassy.

● Work with regional teams to develop and implement appropriate and comprehensive SAP strategies, including programming and advocacy recommendations, tailored to their regional context and protection needs.

● Provide technical feedback to BHA partners on the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of their programs, particularly as they relate to beneficiary safety and accountability.

● Monitoring all BHA funded activities and assisting in making recommendations on the proper use of BHA program funds.

● Provide technical advice for country portfolios, regional portfolios, global initiatives, or for specific awards.

● Advise regional teams and BHA partners on appropriate strategies and activities to ensure protection principles and best practices are mainstreamed in emergency response, early recovery, resilience, and disaster risk reduction programming.

● Review and encourage inclusion of protection principles and best practices in response strategies, project designs, implementation plans, and other BHA documents.

● Provide technical feedback on the SAP aspects of applications submitted to BHA.

● Travel to the field; sometimes at short notice and for extended periods of time, to advise regional teams on safe and accountable programming issues. It is expected that this position will require travel up to 25 percent of the time; providing support on safe programming, beneficiary safety, and community engagement interventions during a disaster response to USAID and BHA staff based in Washington, DC or in field offices.

● Coordinate with policy, global engagement, and regional teams on the development and implementation of clear and concise policies, positions, and communications materials on safe and accountable programming issues for BHA and USAID in general. Assist with decisions and guidance that significantly affect BHA and USAID protection policies.

● Prepare BHA senior management and senior leadership, when necessary, to speak on safe and accountable programming issues before UN bodies, NGOs, Congress, the interagency, media, and academic institutions.

● Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with UN agencies, NGOs, coordination bodies, and relevant USG offices.

● Coordinate with the various BHA and key USAID offices, including the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization, and the future Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation, on SAP issues.

● Coordinate with the State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration regarding the development of strategies addressing protection of disaster-affected populations, particularly on PSEA and AAP.

● Respond to relevant congressional and public inquiries and speak to various visiting groups about protection of disaster affected populations.

● Coordinate with TPQ and PCC colleagues to develop internal protection policies, strategies, and program standards.

● Articulate relevant protection policies to personnel within TPQ and BHA, USAID Missions and other USAID Bureaus, and to other USG agencies, donors, and implementing partners by participating in conferences, speaking engagements, and field visits.

● Increase the capacity of BHA staff to understand protection principles and best practices, international humanitarian law related to; safe programming, protection from sexual exploitation, abuse, other cross cutting issues, and appropriate humanitarian protection interventions through contributing to the TPQ humanitarian protection training.

● Deliver portions of the humanitarian protection training.

● Contribute to the periodic revision of the training curriculum.

● Participating in assessment teams, Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), Response Management Teams, and other office duties as requested.

● In collaboration with the Team providing “in-service” brownbag presentations to USAID and BHA staff on current and agency-specific PSEA, AAP, and safe programming policies and priorities.

● As appropriate, for cross-training purposes to enhance operational awareness; may serve on temporary details, not to exceed three months, within the office. Duties performed, while on-detail, will be directly related to the duties and responsibilities outlined in the scope of work.

● Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.

● Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.

● Sign up for and serve as needed on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will vary.

● Serve as the BHA 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 to meet operational needs during staff shortages, not to exceed six months. 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 set forth in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation 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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, social work, public health, social justice, and international humanitarian law), plus 7 years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance. Two (2) years of the relevant experience must be directly related to advising, assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, or evaluating protection, accountability to affected populations, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, and/or safe programming approaches in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, including but not limited to social work, public health, social justice, and international humanitarian law), plus 5 years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance. One (1) year of the relevant experience must be directly related to advising, assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, or evaluating protection, accountability to affected populations, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, and/or safe programming approaches in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

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.**

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.

How to apply:

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.

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: BHA.TPQRecruitment@usaid.gov



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