USPSC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Specialist

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SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00086

ISSUANCE DATE: January 8, 2021

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: February 8, 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 services as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 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. 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) 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, 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 for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. 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

NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT

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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 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

The DRR Specialist will be based in Washington, D.C. The duties and responsibilities are as follow:

At the GS- 12 equivalent level:

● Provide assistance to BHA offices to assess gaps and needs, support planning, implementing, and monitoring of DRR interventions at national, local and community levels.

● Review DRR proposals for appropriateness for BHA’s mandate, guidelines, technical merits and effectiveness as well as identify areas where DRR can build upon ongoing disaster response and/or development programming.

● Provide advice on various DRR activities within the following areas: local risk management and preparedness, community-based DRR activities, capacity building/training, community awareness/mobilization, public/private partnerships; DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy as well as integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and other forms of risk management.

● Coordinate with and assist USAID/BHA’s technical experts in integrating cross-cutting issues related to DRR into activities under each sector, where appropriate.

● Work with BHA Senior DRR Advisor to manage the production and dissemination of both regular and occasional reports on USAID/BHA activities in DRR; to prepare evidence and studies illustrating impact of DRR to support increased investment in DRR programming; and to produce talking points and other related products and documents.

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

● As needed, serve as the BHA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis.

● 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.

● 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.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities outlined above, the GS-13 level position will perform the following (if the PSC is promoted during contract performance):

● Manage the production and dissemination of both regular and occasional reports on USAID/BHA activities in DRR.

● Prepare evidence and studies illustrating impact of DRR to support increased investment in DRR programming.

● Prepare talking points and other related products and documents.

  1. ● Work with BHA Senior DRR Advisor to: o Develop increased awareness of DRR plans and activities within USAID/BHA and other offices and bureaus, including through training; and assist in internal advocacy efforts related to mainstreaming disaster reduction into USAID-supported development initiatives.
  2. ● 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.
  3. ● Serve as the BHA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis for approximately one week every six months.

● As needed, serve on Disaster Assistance Response Teams (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.

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.)

GS-12 Equivalent Level

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, disaster management, humanitarian assistance, social science, or a related field on disaster risk reduction), plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian assistance in direct disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to:

● Local disaster risk management and preparedness;

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● Community-based DRR activities such as capacity building/training and community awareness/mobilization;

● Private Sector Engagement in DRR;

● DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy at national, local or community levels; and/or

● Integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and other forms of disaster risk management.

At least three (3) years of experience must be obtained overseas, working in multiple countries.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, disaster management, humanitarian assistance, social science, or a related field on disaster risk reduction), plus four (4) years of relevant work experience on humanitarian assistance, in direct disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to:

● Local disaster risk management and preparedness.

● Community-based DRR activities such as capacity building/training and community awareness/mobilization.

● Private Sector Engagement in DRR.

● DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy at national, local or community levels.

● Integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and other forms of disaster risk management.

At least three (3) years of experience must be obtained overseas, working in multiple countries.

GS-13 Equivalent Level

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, disaster management, humanitarian assistance, social sciences, or a related field on disaster risk reduction), plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian assistance in direct disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to:

● Local disaster risk management and preparedness.

● Community-based DRR activities such as capacity building/training and community awareness/mobilization.

● Private Sector Engagement in DRR.

● DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy at national, local or community levels.

● Integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and other forms of disaster risk management.

At least three (3) years of experience must be obtained overseas, working in multiple countries.

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Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, disaster management, humanitarian assistance, social science, or a related field on disaster risk reduction), and six (6) years of relevant work experience on humanitarian assistance in direct disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to:

● Local disaster risk management and preparedness.

● Community-based DRR activities such as capacity building/training and community awareness/mobilization.

● Private Sector Engagement in DRR.

● DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy at national, local or community levels.

● Integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and other forms of disaster risk management.

At least three (3) years of experience must be obtained overseas, working in multiple countries.

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.

OFFEROR RATING SYSTEM

The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors must demonstrate the rating factors outlined below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The rating factors are as follows:

Professional Experience (15 points)

  1. ● Demonstrated experience as a DRR advisor/implementer in humanitarian assistance and in direct disaster risk reduction including but not limited to: o Local disaster risk management and preparedness interventions;
  2. o Community-based DRR activities such as capacity building/training and community awareness/mobilization;
  3. o DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy at national, local and/or community levels; and/or
  4. o Integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and/or other forms of disaster risk management.
  5. ● Demonstrated experience in assessing, designing and/or reviewing DRR programs in multiple countries
  6. ● Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity working with Humanitarian organizations, NGOs, Public International Organizations, UN, US Government, private sector or/and others.

Skills and Abilities (15 points)

● Demonstrated experience in coordinating with and assisting technical experts from DRR-related sectors such as shelter, food security, and WASH as well as geographical offices both in the field and headquarters.

● Demonstrated ability to conduct monitoring of DRR programs

● Demonstrated ability to interact with national and local governments (host governments), US Government and UN entities.

● Ability to develop and/or design evidence and studies illustrating impact of DRR to support increased investment in DRR programming

● Ability to develop regular and occasional reports, documents, journal articles, presentations, social media, talking points and other products on DRR activities.

Interview Performance (50 points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (20 points)

Total Possible Points: 100

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 phases of the selection process.

 

Source: https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257...


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