USPSC Humanitarian Policy Deputy Team Leader

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Worldwide, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jul-24-2019
  • Posted
    Jul 03

Position description

Position Title: Humanitarian Policy Deputy Team Leader
Solicitation Number: 720FDA19B00064
Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $117,191 - $152,352
Issuance Date: July 3, 2019
Closing Date: July 24, 2019
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 Humanitarian Policy Deputy 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.


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: [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 Humanitarian Policy Deputy Team Leader is part of the Humanitarian Policy Team that provides critical analysis on humanitarian policy issues, works closely with high-ranking officials within the international community, and serves as a key source of information on humanitarian issues and policy for the office. The Deputy Team Leader will help plan organizational strategies and responses to humanitarian crises; actively work with members of UN delegations on U.S. positions on humanitarian issues; effectively liaise with the UN offices in Geneva, Rome and New York; and anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for important meetings and events. The Deputy Team Leader will also raise critical issues with the UN on behalf of OFDA, DCHA offices and other USG agencies and must have the ability to multi-task. The assignment involves providing expert analytical and advisory support on humanitarian issues for the planning, development and execution of U.S. foreign policy within a broad and complex geographic or functional specialty area. The work requires applying a rigorous analytical approach to data.
The Deputy Team Leader will receive general guidance but will be expected to execute independent judgment and analysis. Contacts will be within the USG, as well as personnel at U.S. posts worldwide, senior analysts and officials in UN and other agencies, as well as experts, and representatives of NGOs. The role requires significant interaction with foreign delegates, demanding strong diplomatic and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting. Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings, conferences, and negotiating sessions, where the Humanitarian Policy Deputy Team Leader may be called upon to explain and defend U.S. positions on humanitarian issues.

The position requires extensive experience with, and a thorough understanding of, the international humanitarian assistance environment, operations, related policies, regulations, and inter-relationships between the USG, donors and other international organizations. The position requires the ability to translate field experience into policy recommendations. Detailed knowledge of humanitarian policy issues such as internal displacement, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian principles and other related topics is required.

The Humanitarian Policy Deputy Team Leader is part of the Humanitarian Policy Team and reports directly to the Humanitarian Policy Team Leader. The Humanitarian Policy Deputy Team Leader will assist in managing the Humanitarian Policy Team. The Humanitarian Policy Deputy Team Leader will be required to be available for deployments possibly lasting up to 90 days or 30% of the year.

The Humanitarian Policy Deputy Team Leader’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:


• In collaboration with the Policy Team Leader, supervise and mentor members of the policy team by assigning/balancing workloads, reviewing work products, addressing personnel issues and any other management tasks as needed.
• Act as Policy Team Leader when the Team Leader is out of the office on leave, a detail assignment or temporary duty.
• Provide leadership for the identification, research, analysis and development of recommendations on all issues and matters relating to humanitarian affairs, and anticipate the need for such policy analysis.
• Represent USAID at donor meetings covering a broad range of humanitarian issues and provide DCHA Bureau with analysis and guidance on relations with the UN system.
• Interact with State Department colleagues on developing strategies and policies toward UN agencies and humanitarian issues.
• Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in the areas of humanitarian affairs and prepare analyses, briefings, documents and meetings as required.
• Attend various UN, USUN, UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) Donor Support Group (ODSG), Humanitarian Liaison Working Group (HLWG) and other meetings and provide authoritative information and views to formulate humanitarian policies and coordinate strategies on policy issues.
• Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with other donor countries in order to promote humanitarian principles and coordinate disaster response activities.
• Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with other relevant USG offices and serve as an expert point of contact for these groups in the area of humanitarian affairs. This position will influence policy.
• Represent DCHA on specific humanitarian issues of concern with international organizations and NGOs, and convey demarche messages as needed.
• Represent USAID at meetings with the UN, international organizations, and other donors, as well as at other conferences sponsored by members of the international community. Provide guidance and advice on USG positions, negotiate strategies, and, in consultation with USAID/Washington, conduct negotiations with the donor community and make recommendations to the appropriate officials in USAID.
• Work with counterparts in other donor organizations at the most senior levels to exchange information, establish meetings on specific donor issues, solicit publications, and collect information on training opportunities. Coordinate these activities with relevant USAID officers.
• Advise USAID/OFDA staff on issues regarding requests for USG support and information sharing from private and public interest groups, including those formed on an ad hoc basis during disaster assistance operations.
• The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work.
• Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.
• Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
• 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 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 Humanitarian Policy Team Leader or his/her designee, with guidance from the Division Director or a designee of the HPGE Division.


SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:


Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. Employee 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.

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 international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus minimum of nine (9) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance, development, or post-conflict settings with a minimum of two (2) years on humanitarian policy issues. A minimum of one (1) year of working directly on response issues required.


OR


Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience working on emergency relief and humanitarian assistance, development, or post-conflict settings with a minimum of two (2) years on humanitarian policy issues. A minimum of one (1) year of working directly on response issues required.

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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