SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00069
ISSUANCE DATE: June 29, 2020
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: August 7, 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 a Private Sector 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.
(d) U.S. Citizenship
(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, 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:
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]
Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the information provided above.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Private Sector Advisor is part of the team that builds and strengthens partnerships with the private sector. To accomplish this mission, the Private Sector Advisor will collaborate with colleagues throughout OFDA, primarily in Washington, but also with field colleagues as needed. The Private Sector Advisor will also build strong relationships within USAID, engaging with Bureaus which house initiatives focused on driving innovation through public-private sector engagement. In addition, the Private Sector Advisor must build relationships across the broader USG interagency, to include the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, particularly the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Private Sector Advisor will also collaborate regularly with the USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI), which is a critical liaison between USAID/OFDA and those wishing to assist in the wake of a disaster.
The Private Sector Advisor supports public-private partnerships with local and international companies, as well as businesses and other private sector entities in the realm of disaster response and disaster risk reduction. He or she will provide input on private sector engagement with USAID/OFDA’s work, and will serve as a source of information on issues related to interactions with the business community.
In addition to the core duties described above, the Private Sector Advisor may serve in coordination roles on RMTs in Washington, or be asked to deploy overseas to DARTs. The Private Sector Advisor will report through the DART/RMT chain of command, but will also coordinate closely with HPGE. When not on a DART or RMT, the Private Sector Advisor will report directly to the Public Private Engagement Team Leader.
The position requires experience with and an understanding of the international humanitarian assistance environment, operations, related policies, regulations, and inter-relationships between the USG, donor, private sector, and other international organizations.
The Private Sector Advisor’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:
Provide information to the private sector on partnering with USAID in humanitarian response, and disaster risk reduction efforts. Evaluate innovative and new approaches from all levels of the private sector network (including large corporations, small businesses, trade associates, etc.) with the aim of providing high quality services and products that can contribute to USAID/OFDA’s humanitarian goals.
Promote best practices in private sector engagement in the field of humanitarian assistance through compilation and sharing of lessons learned; and improve decision-making based on these lessons learned.
Develop guidance for those in the private sector seeking business opportunities with USAID in response to crises.
Develop protocols and standard operating procedures to increase RMT and DART ability to effectively engage with the private sector.
Establish and maintain strong relationships and formal partnership agreements (where valuable and appropriate) with private sector entities.
Liaise closely with other USAID bureaus to access private sector engagement tools and resources and customize them, when possible, for a humanitarian response context. Provide input in USAID annual and special reporting and lessons learned on Agency private sector projects.
Work with other USAID stakeholders to ensure complementarity, including participation in sector or geographic focused partnership communities of practice as is timely and appropriate.
Develop strong understanding of and facility with USAID’s partnership and private sector engagement authorities and approaches.
Maintain working relationships with the UN and other donor countries in order to coordinate disaster response activities in the area of private sector engagement. In close coordination with other teams within HPGE, work with counterparts in other donor organizations to exchange information, establish meetings on specific issues, and contribute to publications. Collaborate to jointly advance the humanitarian sector’s effectiveness in engaging private sector stakeholders and collect information on training opportunities. Coordinate these activities with relevant USAID officers.
Sustain a cooperative working relationship with relevant USG interagency offices and serve as an expert point of contact for these groups in the area of public-private partnerships related to humanitarian response and outreach.
Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in humanitarian private sector engagement, and prepare analyses, briefings, documents, and meetings as required.
Organize and/or attend various meetings with private sector stakeholders, NGO, UN, other donors, and members of various diaspora communities, to provide authoritative information and views related to public-private partnership opportunities, and strategic planning for disaster response and risk reduction.
Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with private sector stakeholders in order to promote understanding of humanitarian principles and best practices and coordinate disaster response activities.
Represent USAID at meetings with the private sector, UN, international organizations, and other donors, and at other conferences sponsored by members of the international community. Provide guidance and advice on USG positions related to the private sector. Make recommendations to the appropriate officials in USAID.
In collaboration with other parts of USAID and as part of a senior team working in HPGE, interact with State Department colleagues on developing strategies related to the private sector on humanitarian assistance issues. Provide senior leadership with analysis and guidance on these issues as required.
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.
Serve as the USAID/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 (possibly lasting up to 90 days, or up to 30% of the year.
As needed, may serve on temporary detail 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.
The USPSC will take direction from and report to the Public Private Engagement Team Leader or his/her designee, which is part of the HPGE Division.
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.
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 study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, business management) plus a minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience, of which four (4) have been in, or working with, the private sector, and of which two (2) years have been working in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness or international development.
Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, or business management) plus a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience, of which four (4) have been in, or working with, the private sector, and of which two (2) years have been working in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness or international development.
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. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. 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) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.
(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.
(e) U.S. Citizenship.
(f) 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. 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.
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.
Via email: [email protected]
NOTE: If the full security application package is not submitted within 30 days after the Office of Security determines eligibility, the offer may be rescinded. If a Secret security clearance is not obtained within nine months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If Top Secret is required, and clearance is not obtained within nine months after award, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government. If Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access is not obtained within nine months after Top Secret clearance is granted, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government.
NOTE: If the full medical clearance package is not submitted within two months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If a Department of State medical clearance is not obtained within six months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded.