USPSC Interagency Specialist (Multiple Positions)

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Aug-14-2020
  • Posted
    Jul 16

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:          720FDA20B00014                         

ISSUANCE DATE:                          December 27, 2019               

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:       August 14, 2020, 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 U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as an Interagency Specialist 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.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOpps, OFDA 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

3. 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 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,                                                                                         

/s/

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Interagency Specialist will provide critical analysis on humanitarian and coordination issues, works closely with officials within the USG disaster response and humanitarian assistance community, organize high-level events, initiate creative new approaches to partnerships, and serve as a key source of information on humanitarian issues pertaining to the interagency for the office. He/She will provide strategic insights to organizational strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, actively work with other members of the office, and anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for key meetings and events. 

The Interagency Specialist will manage critical issues within the interagency community on behalf of OFDA and must have the ability to both multi-task and be detail oriented and results oriented.  The assignment requires providing expert analytical and advisory support on a wide range of humanitarian issues for the planning, development and execution of U.S. foreign policy objectives within a broad and complex environment.  The work requires rigorous analytical and strategic thinking.

The Interagency Specialist will develop and maintain relationships within OFDA and throughout the USG interagency, to advance OFDA’s interests.  The role requires the ability to work within a team structure with significant interaction with U.S. interagency representatives, demanding strong diplomatic and communication skills to accurately represent OFDA’s position and perspectives from the humanitarian community. Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings and conferences, where the Interagency Team may be called upon to explain and defend U.S. positions on humanitarian issues.

Specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Assist in fostering and advancing strategic interagency engagements and partnerships for OFDA.
  • Serve as a resource to federal agencies about the USG’s approach to international humanitarian assistance, and work with federal agencies to determine what capabilities they can provide for international disaster response efforts.
  • Negotiate mechanisms for partnerships, including Memorandums of Understanding and Interagency Agreements.
  • Provide OFDA briefings to interagency partners, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate with other federal agencies to provide OFDA staff with briefings on federal capabilities.
  • Convene interagency partners on key humanitarian policy issues and dialogues, including conceptualizing agendas and content for high-level events. Draft briefing materials for USAID principals.
  • Support office planning efforts, in coordination with other teams and divisions.
  • Support information exchange with interagency partners, including supporting Disaster Response Divisions in facilitating interagency coordination meetings and calls, as needed.
  • Attend and represent OFDA at external interagency meetings, as requested.
  • Maintain understanding of the political and institutional environment in which decisions are made and implemented in humanitarian situations and provide guidance to other teams and divisions for how to navigate political landscapes.
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.  The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • Serve as the OFDA 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 as well as directly related to the scope of work provided.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the Strategic Interagency Team Leader and HPGE Division Director, Deputy Director or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available. The USPSC consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done.  The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments.  The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

12. 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).

13. 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.

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

Qualifications

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, international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus seven (7) years of experience working on interagency coordination, partnerships and/or policy engagement; domestic disaster response; and/or international humanitarian assistance.

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 five (5) years of experience on interagency coordination, partnerships and/or policy engagement; domestic disaster response; and/or international humanitarian assistance

Application instructions

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.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOpps, OFDA 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

3. 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: [email protected]