Jordan: USPSC Food for Peace Officer for Syria Crisis

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Jordan, Turkey
Closing date: 10 Jul 2017

BACKGROUND

The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is the office within the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) of U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is the largest provider of food assistance in the world. FFP annually provides close to $2 billion of food assistance, including some 1.5 million tons or more of in-kind Title II food assistance valued at more than $1.6 billion and reaching 46 million beneficiaries in 48 countries. Since 2010, FFP has complemented its provision of Title II in-kind food assistance with an Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) utilizing at least $300 million in International Disaster Assistance (IDA) funds annually, which allows for local and regional purchase of food outside of the United States and closer to the emergency setting, as well as market based approaches such as cash transfer or food voucher programs that facilitate access to food.

In addition to emergency response, FFP provides support for development food assistance programs which aim to address the underlying causes of food security. Taken together, the in-kind and cash based programs provide an impressive array of tools to combat hunger and malnutrition overseas. Programming is facilitated by state of the art early warning systems, a changing in-kind food assistance basket that includes more nutritious products, and a modern supply chain management system that allows for rapid movement of commodities. Programming approaches are evolving to focus increasingly on building the resilience of chronically vulnerable populations, especially those in arid lands who face increasing cycles of drought, and improving nutrition with a special focus on women and children under two.

Food for Peace works closely with many other parts of USAID, especially the Bureau for Food Security, which plays a key role in implementing the President’s Feed the Future initiative, and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, which leads on disaster response around the world. Food for Peace employs a staff of over 100 in Washington and also has officers posted abroad.

More Information on FFP is available at:

https://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/bureaus/bureau-democracy-conflict-and-humanitarian-assistance/office-food

INTRODUCTION

The United States Government (USG) has allocated significant resources in humanitarian assistance to Syria since the conflict began in early 2011, including more than $5 billion in humanitarian assistance to support conflict-affected Syrians, both those within Syria and refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.

FFP, the lead USG office for international food assistance, has been responding to emergency food needs in Syria and neighboring countries since February 2012, providing approximately $1.9 billion in emergency food assistance for conflict-affected Syrians to date through the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). To support these efforts, USAID has Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) in three locations in the field – in Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq – and a Response Management Team in Washington, DC.

During 2017, FFP will continue to play a major role in supporting emergency food programs in response to the Syria crisis, in Syria and in neighboring countries, including Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt. This position, a FFP officer (FFPO) serving as an emergency food assistance officer on the USAID DART, will be based in Jordan (Amman) or Turkey (Adana or Ankara).

CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

The FFPO will manage and monitor FFP’s food assistance programs for the Syria crisis, which are based not only in Turkey and Jordan but also elsewhere in the region. The FFPO may thus be required to travel to neighboring countries, including Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt, to attend to FFP-funded activities, subject to approvals from U.S. embassies and USAID missions, and in coordination with the DART. Currently, there are no plans for travel in Syria, given the security situation.

The FFPO will ensure the effective management of FFP resources provided for the Syria response. The primary responsibility of the FFPO, working as a member of the DART, is to coordinate and monitor ongoing FFP-funded emergency food assistance programs and report on their implementation to FFP/Washington, the U.S. embassy in Turkey or Jordan, and USAID missions and embassies in neighboring countries as appropriate. FFP-funded food assistance programs devoted to the Syria crisis in the region are primarily implemented by WFP and NGOs. The full range of specific duties, some of which are in direct support of FFP-funded programs and some in support of general FFP office responsibilities, will include the following:

GS-13 Level:

· Serve as FFPO within the OFDA-led DART insofar as a DART continues to be present in-country (Jordan/Turkey);

· Serve as point of contact for all issues pertaining to FFP food assistance for implementing partners (WFP and NGOs and other international organizations), USAID missions, embassies, USAID/Washington, other parts of the USG, host nation government ministries and agencies (as determined appropriate by USAID missions and embassies), and other relevant stakeholders;

· Monitor and report on implementation of ongoing FFP programs, including progress and problems encountered by implementing partners;

· Report on all food security issues, including changes in the food security situation and food assistance requirements inside Syria and in neighboring countries for Syrian refugees, government policies and actions affecting food assistance programs, and donor pledges and programs;

· Coordinate with the country team (U.S. embassy, DART, and/or other USG in-country staff), host government, implementing partners, donors, and others to address issues impacting FFP-funded food assistance;

· Undertake and report on assessments to inform FFP-funded food assistance funding decisions or modifications to ongoing programs;

· Work with other parts of the USG and other donors to promote integration of food assistance with other programs, to increase the effectiveness of the programs overall; and

· Provide information and guidance to FFP assistance award recipients on related regulations, policies, and procedures.

GS-14 Level:

· Serve as FFPO within the OFDA-led DART insofar as a DART continues to be present in-country (Jordan/Turkey);

· Serve as point of contact for all issues pertaining to FFP food assistance for implementing partners (WFP and NGOs and other international organizations), USAID missions, embassies, USAID/Washington, other parts of the USG, host nation government ministries and agencies (as determined appropriate by USAID missions and embassies), and other relevant stakeholders;

· Monitor and report on implementation of ongoing FFP programs, including progress and problems encountered by implementing partners;

· Report on all food security issues, including changes in the food security situation and food assistance requirements inside Syria and in neighboring countries for Syrian refugees, government policies and actions affecting food assistance programs, and donor pledges and programs;

· Coordinate with the country team (U.S. embassy, DART, and/or other USG in-country staff), host government, implementing partners, donors, and others to address issues impacting FFP-funded food assistance;

· Undertake and report on assessments to inform FFP-funded food assistance funding decisions or modifications to ongoing programs;

· Work with other parts of the USG and other donors to promote integration of food assistance with other programs, to increase the effectiveness of the programs overall; and · Provide information and guidance to FFP assistance award recipients on related regulations, policies, and procedures.

· As requested by the DART and (where relevant) USAID mission, provide support for the execution of programs that support the overall USG humanitarian assistance objectives responding to the Syrian crises; and

· Supervise other FFP staff on the DARTs as needed.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POSITION

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

A. Minimum Qualifications:

At the GS-13 Level:

(1) A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution with significant study in, but not limited to, public health, agriculture, nutrition, food and agricultural economics, international development, humanitarian assistance, or other related field. The incumbent will have a total of at least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which three (3) years’ experience must be related to food security programs. Two (2) years of overseas professional experience is required.

OR

(2) A Master’s Degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution with significant study in, but not limited to, public health, agriculture, nutrition, food and agricultural economics, international development, humanitarian assistance, or other related field. The successful candidate will have a total of at least six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which three (3) years’ experience must be related to food security programs. Two (2) years of overseas professional experience is required.

At the GS-14 Level:

(1) A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution with significant study in, but not limited to, public health, agriculture, nutrition, food and agricultural economics, international development, humanitarian assistance, or other related field. The successful candidate will have a total of at least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which four (4) years’ experience must be related to food security programs. Three (3) years of overseas professional experience is required.

OR

(2) A Master’s Degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution with significant study in, but not limited to, public health, agriculture, nutrition, food and agricultural economics, international development, humanitarian assistance, or other related field. The successful candidate will have a total of at least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which three (3) years’ experience must be related to food security programs. Three (3) years of overseas professional experience is required.

B. Selection Factors:

· Applicant is a U.S. citizen;

· Submission of a recent and complete resume. See cover page for resume requirements;

· Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs);

· 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;

· Ability to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance within six-months following job offer acceptance;

· Ability to obtain a U.S. Department of State medical clearance;

· Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).

Applicants not meeting minimum qualifications will not be evaluated further.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (QRFs)

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and selective factors will be further evaluated based on the Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) listed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the factors on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately the experience, training, and/or education they have that is relevant to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page.

· Knowledge of the various PVOs, UN agencies, host governments and U.S. Government agencies involved in humanitarian assistance, the humanitarian architecture under which these actors operate, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with personnel from these organizations on highly sensitive issues. (35 points)

· Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working on the key policy and technical issues related to humanitarian programming in developing countries and/or conflict settings. (25 points)

· Demonstrated ability to review proposals, analyze budgets, manage U.S. Government or other agency financial agreements, and work through the USAID grant award process. (20 points)

· Ability to communicate complex technical issues effectively to non-specialists both orally and in writing. (20 points)

Total Possible Points: 100

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – Pass/Fail

BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) response. Those applicants determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks. Applicants are required to address each of the QRFs on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards you have received that are relevant 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 and/or quality ranking factors may result in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience, education, training, and/or awards.

FFP reserves the right to make additional selections from this solicitation to fill possible future vacant positions.

The most qualified candidates may be interviewed and may be required to provide a writing sample and/or take a writing test. FFP will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Professional references and academic credentials may be evaluated for applicants 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 applicant.

How to apply:

http://www.ffpjobs.com

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Where and How to Apply

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

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

1. A complete, current 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. 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 or used for references.

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.

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.

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.

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