United States of America: USPSC Human Resource Specialist

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 29 Aug 2017

Position Title: Human Resource Specialist

Solicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-17-000067

Salary Level: GS-12 Equivalent: $79,720- $103,639

Issuance Date: August 1, 2017

Closing Date: August 29, 2017

Closing Time: 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Dear Prospective Applicants:

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 applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Human Resource Specialist 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:

(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) 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 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. OFDA 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 must be emailed to:

OFDA Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: recruiter@ofda.gov

Website: www.OFDAjobs.net

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

Sincerely,

Artaveya J. Carter

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Human Resource Specialist

1. SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-17-000067

2. ISSUANCE DATE: August 1, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: August 29, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Human Resource Specialist

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-12 equivalent ($79,720 – $103,639 – includes locality pay). Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate’s past salary, work history and educational background. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated. Candidates who live outside the Washington, D.C. area will be considered for employment but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with three (3) option years

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, D.C.

8. STATEMENT OF WORK

POSITION DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the office within USAID that is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. OFDA is part of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and is organized into six divisions.

The Africa (AFD) Response Division and the Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Middle East (ALE) Response Division are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through a grants mechanism to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations including United Nations (UN) agencies and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. These divisions also oversee OFDA’s non-response efforts in disaster risk reduction and resilience. AFD and ALE Response Divisions also coordinate with other organizations for the provision of relief supplies and assistance. They devise, coordinate and implement program strategies for a variety of natural and complex disaster situations. Both Divisions encompass groups of operations specialists who provide technical expert capability in assessing the quality and strategic function of disaster response and risk reduction activities. The AFD Response Division is divided into two teams: East and Central Africa (ECA), and Southern, West, and North Africa (SWAN). The ALE Response Division is divided into four teams: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and South Asia.

The Operations (OPS) Division develops and manages operations for OFDA’s disaster responses by readying people and systems; projecting U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian capacity quickly into the field; and delivering material and technical assistance. The OPS Division maintains readiness to respond to emergencies through several mechanisms, including managing Urban Search and Rescue Teams, coordinating, staffing, training, and equipping Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), and Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), and stockpiling emergency relief commodities in key locations around the globe to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division provides technical guidance and expertise in Disaster Logistics, Urban Search and Rescue, Operations Center management, activation/readiness, Civil-Military Liaison, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Consequence Management. It also provides overseas support to OFDA offices and personnel and to other sectors necessary to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division is divided into four teams: the Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP), Military Liaison Team (MLT), Operations Support Team (OST), and Overseas Administration Team (OAT).

The Program Support (PS) Division provides operational management support, including general administration, budget and financial services, procurement planning, information technology, human resources management including staff care, and contract and grant administration support to OFDA. The PS Division supports OFDA’s mandate by providing innovative solutions in the areas of Information Technology, staffing, funds control, budgeting, human resource management, and procurement to facilitate timely disaster responses. The PS Division is divided into four teams: the Award Change Control Group (ACCG), Human Resources Management Team (HRM), Budget, Finance, and Information Technology (BFIT) Team, and the Acquisition and Management (ACQ) Team.

The Preparation, Strategic Planning and Mitigation (PSPM) Division is responsible for the technical oversight of all OFDA response and mitigation programs, as well as preparation for response, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction activities. The PSPM Division houses technical experts in all sectors potentially affected by disasters, and leads the Agency in developing and promoting best practices for programming in these specific sectors. In addition, PSPM will be the focal point for technological innovations for humanitarian assistance in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, assessment, and information management. The PSPM Division is divided into four teams: Cross-Cutting Sectors Team, Natural Hazards Team, Health Team, and Livelihoods Team.

The Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement (HPGE) Division assists the DCHA front office, the OFDA Director and OFDA Deputy Director with tracking trends and policy developments in the humanitarian assistance field. It engages in policy dialogue with other parts of USAID, the USG interagency, other donors, multilateral agencies, and NGO partners; recommends strategies for action to DCHA; initiates development of policy and internal guidance for OFDA; maintains global relationships with implementing partners, other donors, and the broader humanitarian architecture; and engages with the UN to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally. The HPGE Division leads OFDA’s communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences. It serves as the office’s primary interlocutor on strategic issues with other federal partners to provide guidance to OFDA on policy issues pertaining to the interagency, and to improve USG humanitarian coordination and response during large-scale crises. The HPGE Division staff manages global programs, policy and outreach, strategic communications, and interagency training and engagement. HPGE is divided into seven teams: Policy Team, Global Programs Team, Strategic Interagency Team, Strategic Communications Team, Interagency Training Team, Public-Private Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN).

INTRODUCTION

OFDA has a complex and evolving human resources landscape. The office has approximately 450 staff members around the world through a variety of hiring mechanisms including but, not limited to: direct hires (both civil and foreign service), Personal Services Contractors (PSCs), Fellows, Institutional Contractors, Participating Agency Services Agreements (PASAs) employees and interns. Each mechanism operates under its own authorities complete with a unique set of benefits and governing Human Resources (HR) policies. In addition, during the last year, OFDA has been operating at an unprecedented level both in terms of the number and complexity of simultaneous responses (currently three RMTs and four DARTs) and its operating budget (Fiscal Year 15 estimate of $2.2B, a $1B increase from Fiscal Year 14). This has created both a significant HR challenge for the office in terms of staffing to these high requirements as well as a unique opportunity to increase staffing levels and develop new positions and evolve the nature of other positions. As such, OFDA is undergoing significant growth across all Divisions.

OFDA has established an HR Team within the PS Division to provide comprehensive HR support across all OFDA hiring mechanisms. The complexity and diversity of its hiring mechanisms coupled with the current staffing increases has highlighted the need to dedicate appropriately skilled resources to the management of OFDA’s unique HR requirements.

The HR Team support includes but is not limited to the following tasks: providing a full range of comprehensive management advisory/consultative services and assistance for the various OFDA divisions; performing personnel management functions; advising on legal, regulatory and procedural issues related to position management and classification, staffing, recruitment, benefits, performance management, employee relations, workforce planning, staff development and other HR activities; assisting in the recruitment and retention of all OFDA PSC’s and other hiring mechanisms; advising OFDA management on personnel issues; assisting in the interpretation and application of USAID Automated Directive System (ADS) policies relating to all HR, human capital, and talent management issues; supporting OFDA’s compliance with annual performance evaluations requirements across all hiring mechanisms; maintaining the OFDA Staff Development SharePoint portal and all related efforts including seminars, brown bags, and other educational opportunities; supporting the agencies automated time and attendance process, Transit Benefits Program and Telework Program; planning and implementing HR outreach activities designed to strengthen the OFDA community; gathering and capturing HR statistical and performance tracking data; conducting research and analysis on a variety of HR related topics and service offerings; participating in HR related projects and managing a specified work stream of activities; assisting with and supporting the HR Document Retention Program; supporting the Workman’s Compensation Program; as needed, assisting in drafting OFDA specific tools, templates and processes for applicable Agency HR policies; providing OFDA’s in-house expertise on best practices in the field of HR, capital and talent management; performing and assisting with workforce planning for steady state operations and response surges; developing training materials and facilitating knowledge transfer to broad audiences; responding to data calls on staffing and general personnel inquiries; performing and assisting with employee on-boarding and exit activities; liaison with OFDA hiring managers on recruitment and hiring activities and provide status reporting; writing HR policies, procedures and guidelines in line with USG requirements; and as needed, liaison with USAID’s Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM), USAID Staff Care Center, and the Office of Human Diversity, Program, Policy and Management (PPM) and Administrative Management Staff (AMS).

The HR Team will be comprised of one USPSC Team Lead GS-14 equivalent, one USPSC Technical Advisor GS-14 equivalent, and up to five additional supporting staff at the GS-12 and GS-13 equivalent levels. The team will reside within the PS Division, with the HR Specialists reporting directly to the Human Resource (HR) Team Lead.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of one HR Specialist at the GS-12 equivalent level in order to operate the daily delivery of HR services and talent management support across all of OFDA’s various hiring mechanisms; including, but not limited to, civil and foreign service, PSCs, PASAs, fellows, interns, and administratively determined (AD) personnel.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

OFDA GS-12 Equivalent, HR Specialist will perform the following:

RECRUITMENT & HIRING

· Advise management on a wide range of staffing issues such as position classification, recruitment and staffing strategies, prohibited personnel practices, the use of valid selection criteria, and other approaches that help in filling vacancies and staffing the organization for various hiring mechanisms.

· Provide position management and classification support to assigned organizations, including collaborating with divisions to compose vacancy solicitations for various hiring mechanisms, auditing existing position descriptions and communicating grade distinctions to management with supporting criteria and justification.

· Counsel on recruitment and hiring; advise management on processes related to rating and ranking applicants; participate on recruitment panels as needed.

· Liaison with hiring managers on recruitment and hiring activities and provide related status reporting for all hiring mechanisms.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

· Provide guidance to management and employees on career development principles, practices, and opportunities; including, preparing correspondence to formal and information inquiries.

· Conduct research and provide advisory opinions on broad HR topics such as staff development, training, performance improvement, and organizational effectiveness.

· Research and identify training opportunities to enrich skills, performance and competencies.

· Research, analyze, and develop reports on training return on investment (ROI).

· Assess strategies for learning and development solutions to ensure OFDA offers a balanced portfolio of cost-effective learning opportunities tailored to meet specific career goals and development needs.

· Assist with maintaining the OFDA Staff Development SharePoint portal and all related efforts including coordinating seminars, brown bags, and other educational opportunities.

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

· Serve as an employee counselor for any or all areas of performance management, employee relations, performance improvement planning and monitoring, terminations, employee awards, teleworking, comp time, leave and other related services.

· Support OFDA’s compliance with annual performance evaluations requirements across all hiring mechanisms. Collect and review annual Evaluation Forms for completeness and compliance, providing recommendations when necessary.

· Collect and review Individual Development Plans and advise employees/supervisors accordingly.

· Partner with managers to design human capital performance enhancement solutions for employee growth aligned with OFDA’s needs.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

· Assist in interpreting and applying Human Resource laws, regulations, policies, and practices across various hiring mechanisms.

· Assist in the interpretation and application of USAID Automated Directive System (ADS) policies relating to all human resource, human capital, and talent management issues.

· Assist in writing a wide variety of technical documents including drafting policies, standard operating procedures, correspondence, reports, and project implementation documents. Support the development of an OFDA Employee Handbook.

· Conduct evaluations of new or revised HR related policies, procedures and regulations.

· Provide guidance to OFDA employees and supervisors regarding practical application of HR procedures.

· Evaluate HR business processes, employment policies, and historical practices.

· Ensure that management and employees are kept informed of new changes in HR policies, procedures, and programs for various hiring mechanisms.

WORKFORCE PLANNING

· Recommend strategies to resolve routine problems related to recruitment, job turnover, potential inequities across all hiring mechanisms, long and short-term workforce planning with occasional guidance, and reinvention while ensuring the legality and propriety of actions taken.

· Assist with workforce planning for steady state operations and response surges.

· Update and maintain library of OFDA organizational charts and staffing patterns with Divisions.

· Apply skills in position classification and management principles to assist management with the establishment of efficient and effective organizational structures, workforce analysis and position descriptions for various hiring mechanisms.

· Assist with identifying HR related operational issues and provide recommendations with some guidance, review or revision.

· Collect and assemble HR data from various sources for status and demographic reporting as well as statistical tracking to internal clients.

· Conduct fact-finding analysis of issues surrounding the matter at hand to identify and clarify problems or relevant issues.

EMPLOYEE OUTREACH

· Plan, coordinate and support a variety of employee outreach events and initiatives aimed at improving employee productivity, morale, and retention.

· Actively participate and/or lead a variety of HR outreach activities for the OFDA community.

· Design and distribute HR related outreach materials, including writing regular blogs on workforce issues and posting HR related resources/readings on OFDA Staff Development SharePoint portal.

· Plan and conduct Brown Bags on various HR and workforce related topics.

· Participate in off-site Job Fairs with the Recruitment Team, as needed.

· Prepare on-boarding package and documentation. Conduct New Hire on-boarding activities and schedule employees’ New Hire Orientation.

MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES

· Independently plan, design, deliver, and evaluate major HR development programs.

· Respond to general to moderately difficult HR data calls and personnel inquiries.

· Work on and lead a segment of work for a variety of short and long-term human capital projects spanning the HR life cycle: strategic human capital management, workforce analysis and planning, recruitment and outreach, career track development, employee development, performance management, coaching and mentoring, awards and compensation practices, and incentive programs.

· Gather information and prepare documents in response to data calls or internal audit requests.

· Maintain OFDA’s HR Document Retention Program and Filing System.

· Manage access requests to HR related systems.

· Support the Agency’s automated time and attendance process, Transit Program and Telework Program.

· Support the Workman’s Compensation Program by ensuring all incident reports are fully completed accurately and conducting follow-up as needed with all stakeholders.

· Serve as a liaison with program administrative staff to deliver advisory services and complete the organizations HR requests. Upon request, liaison with USAID’s Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM), USAID Staff Care Center, and the Office of Human Diversity.

· As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.

· 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 OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.

· As appropriate, for cross-training purposes to enhance operational awareness, may serve on temporary details, not to exceed six months, within the office. Duties performed, while on detail, will be directly related to the duties and responsibilities outlined in the scope of work.

· As needed, may serve on temporary details 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 HR Specialist will take direction from and report to the HRM Team Lead 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, designing and carrying out assignments, projects, studies or other work. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

10. 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).

11. 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.

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

13. POINT OF CONTACT: See Cover Letter.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

Bachelor’s degree in HR limited to one of the following: BA or BS in Human Resource Management (HRM), BA or BS in Management with a concentration in HR, BA or BS in Business Administration with a concentration in HRM, Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis in HR, Organizational Behavior, Labor Relations, Industrial Relations, Organizational Development, or Human Capital Development.

PLUS

Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in the HR field, organization development, and/or human capital and talent management.

AND

HR experience must include at least four (4) years performing at least six of the following duties:

  • Knowledge and skill to counsel on recruitment and placement;
  • Advise management on processes related to rating and ranking applicants;
  • Advise management on performance management, staff development, employee relations with applicable EEO laws or regulations, general employment laws or regulations, and policy changes for various hiring mechanisms;
  • Recommend strategies to resolve problems related to recruitment, employee turnover, long and short-term workforce planning, terminations, awards, work life balance, and reinvention while ensuring the legality and propriety of actions taken;
  • Skill in applying position classification and management principles to assist management with the establishment of efficient and effective organizational structures and position descriptions;
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing to broad audiences, including developing a broad variety of HR documents and facilitating employee trainings;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective and positive working relationships; and
  • Knowledge and skill in applying federal civilian HR principles, practices, concepts, and legal regulatory requirements.

In addition, experience in working with a variety of personnel mechanisms such as PSCs and USG direct hires is desired.

OR

Master’s degree in HR limited to one of the following: MA in Human Resource Management, MS in Human Resources (HR), MA or MS in Industrial and Organizational Behavior, MA in Management (MAM) with HR concentration, MBA with concentration in HRM, Organizational Leadership or Leadership Development with HR concentration, Human Capital Development, Organizational Behavior, Labor Relations, or Industrial Relations.

PLUS

Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working in the HR field, organization development, and/or human capital and talent management.

AND

HR experience must include at least three (3) years performing at least six of the following duties:

  • Knowledge and skill to counsel on recruitment and placement;
  • Advise management on processes related to rating and ranking applicants;
  • Advise management on performance management, staff development, employee relations with applicable EEO laws or regulations, general employment laws or regulations, and policy changes for various hiring mechanisms;
  • Recommend strategies to resolve problems related to recruitment, employee turnover, long and short-term workforce planning, terminations, awards, work life balance, and reinvention while ensuring the legality and propriety of actions taken;
  • Skill in applying position classification and management principles to assist management with the establishment of efficient and effective organizational structures and position descriptions;
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing to broad audiences, including developing a broad variety of HR documents and facilitating employee trainings;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective and positive working relationships; and
  • Knowledge and skill in in applying federal civilian HR principles, practices, concepts, and legal regulatory requirements.

In addition, experience in working with a variety of personnel mechanisms such as PSCs and USG direct hires is desired.

SELECTION FACTORS

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

● Applicant 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 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.

● Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.

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

● Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

APPLICANT RATING SYSTEM

The applicant rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. Applicants 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:

Human Resources Professional Experience (25 points)

  • Experience working with a variety of personnel hiring mechanisms, including but not limited to: USG Direct Hires and Foreign Service, U.S. Personal Service Contractors (USPSCs), contractors, consultants, fellows/interns, Participating Agency Services Agreements (PASAs), other Interagency Agreements (IAAs), short term contract or temporary employees, private sector personnel, and state and local government personnel. Experience must include but is not limited to the following: employee relations, recruitment/hiring, position classification, performance management, staff development, training development and facilitation, employee rewards and recognition, employee outreach, workforce planning, policy development, benefits coordination, and HR generalist support.
  • Experience in the following elements of human resources/human capital and talent management: workforce analysis/development, policy evaluation/interpretation/application, individual development planning, work-life balance/wellness programs, organizational design/development/effectiveness, change management, HR data analysis/metrics/quantitative reporting and employee outreach/ morale.
  • Familiarity with OPM guidelines, Equal Employment Opportunity Act, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) pertaining to USPSCs.
  • Experience representing an organization’s human resource interests at operational level forums, such as working groups, planning committees, task forces and other similar venues.
  • Experience researching/reviewing/evaluating/analyzing work processes and administrative operations of an organization in order to provide management with recommendations for improving organizational effectiveness as well as ensuring adherence to compliance requirements.
  • Experience in developing HR intervention strategies/solutions and implementing best practices that appropriately meet the customers’ needs and are supported by both ethical and legal standards.

Oral and Written Communications (10 points)

  • Experience must include but is not limited to the following: writing a wide variety of HR documents for various and vast audiences to include drafting or revising policies or written policy guidance on HR issues; writing vacancy announcements, statements of work or position descriptions; writing comprehensive materials for trainings, briefings, meetings, or conferences; written products to explain general to moderately complex and non-controversial agency policies and programs; reports, memoranda, and correspondence for signature by higher-level officials; operational guidelines or standard operating procedures; gathering information and preparing summary reports on organizational data, which includes analysis and recommendations.
  • Experience must include but is not limited to the following: verbally providing technical advice to broad audiences; providing counseling to employees and managers on regulations, procedures and eligibility determinations; delivering effective presentations or trainings; influencing, motivating, persuading or negotiating with others pertaining to HR related matters; communicating, explaining, or defending ideas or information clearly and adapting to the audience’s level of knowledge or understanding; and actively engaging in a variety of outreach events and activities.

Team Work/Interpersonal Skills (10 points)

  • Experience participating in and responding to collaborative efforts across an organization; serving on a cross-functional team to achieve organizational results; working as part of a team in a dynamic, fast-paced, and demanding environment; contributes to teambuilding and team results.
  • Experience working on human resources issues in a matrixed organization where staff might be temporarily reassigned to focus on organizational priorities or where the workforce must regularly expand/contract to meet emergent requirements.
  • Experience working in human resources for a decentralized organization with a field/headquarters component and/or an organization with international operational requirements.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining positive working relationships; facilitating amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed to meet an objective; interacting effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments; persuading and/or inspiring others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations; and developing trusting, productive working relationships with key stakeholders, subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.

Interview Performance (45 points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (10 points)

Total Possible Points: 100

BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Applicant Rating System. 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 factor of the Applicant 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 Applicant Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

The most qualified candidates may be interviewed and required to provide a writing sample. OFDA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Professional references and academic credentials will 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. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

How to apply:

APPLYING:

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.

  1. 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. 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.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: recruiter@ofda.gov

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