Cameroon: USPSC Food for Peace Officer – Cameroon

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Cameroon
Closing date: 18 May 2017

United States Agency for International Development

Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance

Office of Food for Peace (FFP)

Position Title: Food for Peace Officer – Cameroon

Duty Office: DCHA/FFP

Solicitation Number: SOL-FFP-17-000007

Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent ($74,584 – $96,958)

GS-14 Equivalent ($88,136 – $114,578)

Issuance Date: April 27, 2017

Closing Date: May 18, 2017

Closing Time: 4:00 P.M. EST

Dear Prospective Applicants:

The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Food for Peace Officer – Cameroon 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. Applicants 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:

(see sample resume on www.ffpjobs.com website)

(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

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. Responses to the Quality Ranking Factors: Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

3. USPSC Application form AID 302-3: Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

NOTE ABOUT THE DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM/SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS

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 offer. 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.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. FFP reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants 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:

FFP PSC Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: ffprecruitmentteam@usaid.gov

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to FFP PSC Recruitment Team via the information provided above. Further guidance on applying, including a sample resume, can be found at www.ffpjobs.com.

This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the application.

Sincerely,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

INTRODUCTION

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) provides grants for food assistance to private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) under Title II of Public Law 480. In FY 2016, FFP allocated $234 million in Title II and International Disaster Assistance resources to West Africa. Of this total, Cameroon received close to $24 million in emergency resources for the support of displaced populations and vulnerable host communities in Cameroon’s Far North, East and Adamaoua Regions.

Given the significant resources invested by FFP in Cameroon, USAID requires the services of a Food for Peace Officer (FFPO), based in Yaounde, Cameroon, to improve, monitor, and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of food assistance programs; coordinate with UN Agencies, NGOs, and the international humanitarian assistance community; conduct and provide assessments on food security issues; coordinate with and provide guidance to other U.S. government units engaged with food assistance efforts; and make program recommendations to FFP/West Africa Regional Office and FFP/Washington for food assistance funding.

The incumbent will serve as the primary point of contact for all issues pertaining to FFP humanitarian assistance in Cameroon. Although directly managed by USAID’s Regional Office of FFP, located in Dakar, Senegal, the position will also promote information-sharing on emergency food security issues for the broader USG humanitarian community, including USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). The position will support FFP’s ability to respond to major emergencies, including refugee and IDP crises, in Cameroon and ensure effective responses.

It is expected that approximately 25% of the FFPO’s time will be spent traveling both in Cameroon and other Lake Chad Basin-affected countries – including Chad and Nigeria – to monitor program activities and assess food security conditions and food assistance needs. This may also include travel to Washington to inform programming, engage in technical exchanges, and coordinate and share information and best practices.

11. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

The full range of specific duties may include the following:

At the GS-13 level:

  • Serve as primary point of contact for all issues pertaining to emergency food security programs in Cameroon for USAID’s Regional Office of FFP, located in Dakar, Senegal;

  • Monitor and report on the implementation of on-going emergency FFP investments in Cameroon;

  • Identify challenges and opportunities to coordinate programs both within the USG and with other stakeholders, provide technical guidance to implementing partners, and recommend actions to improve program performance and maximize impact;

  • Attend UN, host government, donor, and other stakeholder meetings that discuss humanitarian needs and coordination in Cameroon, and report on all issues to FFP Regional Office. This includes reporting on contextual issues such as changes in security, evolving host government policy, donor pledges and others that may have an impact on USG assistance;

  • As necessary, write cables and develop other communication tools in order to showcase and request additional USAID bilateral humanitarian assistance to Cameroon;

  • Provide logistical, administrative, and program support for FFP TDY’s to Cameroon;

  • Provide policy recommendations related to implementation of emergency programs carried out by PIOs and non-governmental organizations.

  • Analyze and assess data from a variety of sources – including field assessments, technical data, early warning information, and reporting from USAID field staff, NGOs, and PIOs– to recommend appropriate food assistance programs.

  • Monitor and report on implementation of ongoing FFP-funded programs, including progress and problems encountered by grantees, as well as commodity management, including following up with cooperating sponsors on the status of loss claims.

  • Advise and guide FFP-funded implementing partners on interpretation and execution of FFP-funded food assistance regulations, policies, and procedures.

  • Report on all food security issues, to include changes in the food security situation and food assistance requirements, government policies and actions affecting food assistance programs, government food assistance programs, and donor pledges and programs.

  • As the FFP expert, coordinate with the country team (consisting of the USAID mission, U.S. embassy, and/or other USG in-country staff), host government, NGOs, PIOs, donors, and other issues that may directly impact on food assistance funding decisions.

  • Undertake and report on assessments to inform FFP food assistance funding decisions or modifications to ongoing programs.

  • Provide direction to NGOs on requirements for preparation of work-plans and program modifications, and with PIOs on new appeals or revisions to existing ones.

  • Serve as the food assistance expert, working with other U.S. Government agencies and other donors to promote integration of food assistance with other programs to increase the effectiveness of the programs overall.

  • As needed, conduct short-term monitoring and support missions to other Lake Chad Basin conflict affected countries – including Chad and Nigeria – to support FFP programs. Assignments outside of Cameroon should not exceed 25% LOE.

At the GS-14 level:

  • Serve as primary point of contact for all issues pertaining to emergency food security programs in Cameroon for USAID’s Regional Office of FFP, located in Dakar, Senegal;

  • Monitor and report on the implementation of on-going emergency FFP investments in Cameroon;

  • Identify challenges and opportunities to coordinate programs both within the USG and with other stakeholders, provide technical guidance to implementing partners, and recommend actions to improve program performance and maximize impact;

  • Attend UN, host government, donor, and other stakeholder meetings that discuss humanitarian needs and coordination in Cameroon, and report on all issues to FFP Regional Office. This includes reporting on contextual issues such as changes in security, evolving host government policy, donor pledges and others that may have an impact on USG assistance;

  • As necessary, write cables and develop other communication tools in order to showcase and request additional USAID bilateral humanitarian assistance to Cameroon;

  • Provide logistical, administrative, and program support for FFP TDY’s to Cameroon;

  • Provide policy recommendations related to implementation of emergency programs carried out by PIOs and non-governmental organizations.

  • Analyze and assess data from a variety of sources – including field assessments, technical data, early warning information, and reporting from USAID field staff, NGOs, and PIOs– to recommend appropriate food assistance programs.

  • Monitor and report on implementation of ongoing FFP-funded programs, including progress and problems encountered by grantees, as well as commodity management, including following up with cooperating sponsors on the status of loss claims.

  • Advise and guide FFP-funded implementing partners on interpretation and execution of FFP-funded food assistance regulations, policies, and procedures.

  • Report on all food security issues, to include changes in the food security situation and food assistance requirements, government policies and actions affecting food assistance programs, government food assistance programs, and donor pledges and programs.

  • As the FFP expert, coordinate with the country team (consisting of the USAID mission, U.S. embassy, and/or other USG in-country staff), host government, NGOs, PIOs, donors, and other issues that may directly impact on food assistance funding decisions.

  • Undertake and report on assessments to inform FFP food assistance funding decisions or modifications to ongoing programs.

  • Provide direction to NGOs on requirements for preparation of work-plans and program modifications, and with PIOs on new appeals or revisions to existing ones.

  • Serve as the food assistance expert, working with other U.S. Government agencies and other donors to promote integration of food assistance with other programs to increase the effectiveness of the programs overall.

· An employee meeting the qualifications for GS-14 and hired at that level, however, is expected to exercise a higher level of autonomy and require less supervision.

As needed, conduct short-term monitoring and support missions to other Lake Chad Basin conflict affected countries – including Chad and Nigeria – to support FFP programs. Assignments outside of Cameroon should not exceed 25% LOE.

Guidelines:

Pertinent sources of information consist of the FFP authorizing and appropriating laws and legislative initiatives, FFP issued guidelines and information bulletins, and USAID Agency and Bureau rules and regulations that govern the use of the U.S. food assistance programs. The incumbent must exercise considerable judgment in determining the application of current legislative provisions and executive policies to assigned responsibilities. The incumbent is expected to be innovative and original in formulating new or improved approaches to problem resolution.

Supervisory Controls:

At the GS-13 and GS-14 levels, the incumbent consults with his/her supervisor to develop deadlines, projects, and work to be completed. Incumbent is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments.

The incumbent is expected to take initiative and act independently with little direction, but will have no authority to make financial commitments on behalf of the U.S. government. The incumbent will not supervise direct hire personnel, but will supervise one or more locally engaged staff.

The FFP Officer will be supervised by the FFP West Africa Regional Director or designee based in Dakar, Senegal but will have dual reporting responsibilities to the Chief of Mission in Cameroon and the FFP Regional Team Leader in Washington. The incumbent will report any information to them on issues pertaining to ongoing FFP-funded food assistance programs.

Complexity:

At the GS-13 level, duties vary and require different process, methods, and substantial depth of analysis. The incumbent must work with a range of people from USAID/FFP’s Regional Office for West Africa, the Geographic Division in FFP/Washington, the Program Operations and Policy and Technical divisions, field staff, other bureaus within USAID, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, host country government representatives, international organizations, and with the State Department and the Department of Agriculture.

At the GS-14 level, the incumbent applies his/her depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to the policy recommendations related to implementation of emergency programs carried out by Public International Organizations (PIOs) such as WFP and non-governmental organizations. The recommended changes will be consistent with existing legislative, regulatory, and policy guidelines but may require the formulation and application of new approaches and methodologies.

Scope and Effect:

At the GS-13 and GS-14 levels, work typically includes planning, organizing, directing, designing, and coordinating programs and/or projects, requiring creativity and support from others; work entails conducting extensive field monitoring to determine the feasibility of various and advanced approaches to define concepts and criteria for future programs. The incumbent will report on all food security issues, to include changes in the food security situation and food assistance requirements, government policies and actions affecting food assistance programs, government food assistance programs, and donor pledges and programs.

At the GS-14 level, the incumbent works to resolve critical problems or developing new theories affecting the work of other experts or the well-being of substantial numbers of people. The work of the incumbent directly affects the development of major aspects of food assistance and nutrition programs. Formal responsibility for leading teams and guiding the work of other staff is required.

Additionally at the GS-14 level, the incumbent will monitor and report on implementation of ongoing FFP-funded programs, including progress and problems encountered by grantees, as well as commodity management, including following up with cooperating sponsors on the status of loss claims.

Personal Contacts:

At the GS-13 level, contacts are with individuals or groups outside of USAID in highly unstructured settings. Contacts may include members of Congress, representatives of foreign governments, and local stakeholders in country. The incumbent will interact with colleagues from U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Agriculture providing program briefings and/or technical guidance on matters related to food security and nutrition related activities.

At the GS-14 level, contacts are with high-ranking officials outside USAID at national or international levels in highly unstructured settings. The incumbent is responsible for the coordination of food security related activities with awardees and other donors to ensure clear understanding of USAID/FFP programs and priorities.

The incumbent is responsible for the coordination of food security and nutrition related activities with awardees and other donors to ensure clear understanding of USAID/FFP programs and priorities.

Purpose of Contacts:

At the GS-13 and GS-14 levels, the incumbent must justify, defend, negotiate and settle matters involving controversial issues among decision makers involved in making changes ongoing FFP programs. The people contacted by the incumbent typically have diverse viewpoints, goals and objectives including U.S Government agencies (State Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture, PIOs, etc.). The incumbent is required to achieve a common understanding among the various parties and propose satisfactory solutions that address their various objectives to interpretations of existing policy or the provision of recommendation to change policy to better aid execution of emergency and nutrition food assistance programs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Work is primarily performed in an office setting. The requirement for field trip assignments to consult with implementing partners and program beneficiaries may however expose the incumbent to difficult working surroundings and security risks during the course of travel.

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).

START DATE: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.

POINT OF CONTACT: See Cover Letter.

* Application Process: Applicants must indicate in their application the solicitation number to which they are applying and the salary grade to be considered for in their initial one-year base contract.

How to apply:

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Where and How to Apply

Applications must be received by the closing date and time as specified in the cover letter via e-mail: ffprecruitmentteam@usaid.gov.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

1. Complete resume. See cover page for resume requirements.

2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

3. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed and scanned. 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.

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