USPSC Public-Private Engagement Team Leader

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Aug-09-2019
  • Posted
    Jul 01

Position description

Position Title:              Public-Private Engagement Team Leader

Solicitation Number:   720FDA19B00055

Salary Level:               GS-14 Equivalent: $117,191 - $152,352

Issuance Date:             June 28, 2019

Closing Date:              August 9, 2019 (Deadline Extended)

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 Public-Private Engagement (PPE) Team Leader 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. 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. 

  1. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.
  2. 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: [email protected]

            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

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The PPET Team Leader is an integral part of OFDA who supports efforts on diaspora and private sector outreach for the office. This role requires significant interaction with the general public and USG offices, demanding strong diplomatic, facilitation and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting. The PPET Team Leader will be required to be available for deployments possibly lasting up to 90 days or 30% of the year.

 

The PPET Team Leader’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

 

  • Manage, supervise and lead PPET.
  • Oversee PPET staff by assigning/balancing workloads, reviewing work products, addressing personnel issues and any other management tasks as needed.
  • Develop detailed strategic plans for the PPET.
  • Engage with USAID senior leadership and staff, the USG’s interagency and the public on matters pertaining to the private sector, diaspora engagement and donation management.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on donation management, sharing information about USAID/OFDA and its mission, mandate, and relationships with NGO and donor communities.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on the private sector including sharing information about private sector engagement on humanitarian assistance and disaster risk reduction with USAID, OFDA and the NGO and donor communities.
  • Assist in message development and delivery around USAID/OFDA’s key messages about donating responsibly and diaspora engagement.
  • Maintain awareness of the private sector on partnering with USAID in humanitarian response, and disaster risk reduction efforts. 
  • Oversee guidance development on business opportunities with USAID in response to crises for the private sector.
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of strong relationships and formal partnership agreements, where appropriate, with private sector entities.
  • Liaise closely with the USAID’s Global Development Lab, to access private sector engagement tools and resources and customize them, when possible, for a humanitarian response context. 
  • Coordinate with USAID’s Communities of Practice focused on private sector engagement and diaspora engagement pertaining to humanitarian issues.
  • Develop strong understanding of USAID’s partnership and private sector engagement authorities and approaches.
  • Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with the UN and other donor countries in order to coordinate on private sector and diaspora engagement for disaster response.
  • Lead the management of OFDA’s hotline responses during specific disasters, including the training of volunteers, the maintenance of training materials and trainings, and serving shifts on the hotline, answering calls and emails.
  • Work effectively as a team member with other members of the HPGE Division and OFDA.
  • Work in rapidly changing, high-pressure situations that often exceed normal business hours.
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed multiple times throughout the year on Washington-based RMT, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.  Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.
  • As needed, serve on DART which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas.
  • 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 HPGE Division Director or his/her designee.

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions.  USPSC works in partnership to plan, design and implement programs, projects, training 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.

Qualifications

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 the private sector, diaspora engagement, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief or a related field) plus minimum of nine (9) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience. 

 

OR

 

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to the private sector, diaspora engagement, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief or a related field) plus minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience. 

 

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 are listed in priority order from highest to least. The evaluation of QRF responses 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.)

 

QRF #1           Demonstrate your experience in providing expert guidance in the area of private sector engagement, in the humanitarian assistance context. Detail how your hands-on experience in the field of humanitarian action and your thorough knowledge of the international humanitarian system qualifies you to provide such guidance.

 

QRF #2           Proven experience in engaging with executive or senior leadership in the area of humanitarian assistance, and an understanding of approaches utilized by public international organizations and non-governmental organizations to work with the private sector in a humanitarian context. 

 

QRF #3           Demonstrated knowledge and experience with U.S. policy and regulations for responses to natural disasters and complex emergencies. Describe your understanding of U.S. humanitarian assistance approaches.

 

QRF #4           Demonstrated ability to multi-task and consistently and independently perform in a high visibility, high-pressure environment and accurately represent USG, or organizational, policy positions. Strong work ethic and ability to initiate, develop and manage multiple projects and staff members simultaneously. Proven diplomatic and leadership skills. 

 

QRF #5           Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication, preparing and presenting analysis, providing guidance, soliciting sensitive information, reviewing proposals, and negotiating agreements.

 

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 – 15 points

QRF #2 – 10 points

QRF #3 – 10 points

QRF #4 – 10 points

QRF #5 – 5 points

 

Interview Performance – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

 

Total Possible Points: 100

Application instructions

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. 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. 

  1. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.
  1. 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: [email protected]

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