United States of America: USPSC Humanitarian Protection Advisor

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 22 Aug 2017

Position Title: Humanitarian Protection Advisor

Solicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-SOL-OFDA-17-000073

Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent: $94,796- $123,234

Issuance Date: August 1, 2017

Closing Date: August 22, 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 Humanitarian Protection Advisor 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. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

(f) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

2. 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. 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 and the supplemental document addressing the QRFs 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Humanitarian Protection Advisor

1. SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-17-000073

2. ISSUANCE DATE: August 1, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: August 22, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Humanitarian Protection Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-13 equivalent ($94,796 – $123,234 – 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) one-year options

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

USAID has prioritized protection in all of its programming. The Humanitarian Protection Advisor will play a central role in the development and implementation of strategies for the protection of disaster-affected populations including women, children, and other designated vulnerable groups for OFDA, with a particular focus on cross-cutting protection issues in humanitarian settings. Additionally, the Humanitarian Protection Advisor will support OFDA on program issues and implementation regarding protection, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on child protection in humanitarian settings.

The Humanitarian Protection Advisor will be a member of the Protection, Gender and Disability (PGD) Team located within the Cross Cutting Team of the PSPM Division. PSPM was created in order to provide OFDA with a skilled cadre of technical experts in a variety of fields relevant to its disaster relief mandate. PSPM is sub-divided into various groups that address Food Security, Shelter and Settlements, Health, Most Vulnerable Populations, and Natural Hazards groups.

Working as part of the PGD Team, and receiving technical guidance from the Senior Lead Protection Advisor, the Advisor will provide technical assistance for the analysis and appropriate integration of child protection, gender-based violence, psychosocial support and other protection considerations into all phases of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The Advisor will have substantial knowledge of current development and disaster theory and research regarding humanitarian protection, particularly child protection, and practical experience in the field, working with private voluntary organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or international organizations in humanitarian action.

OBJECTIVE

The Humanitarian Protection Advisor will be assigned to the PSPM Division and will work closely with other members of the Protection, Gender and Disability Team. The USPSC will be an advisor to OFDA on program issues and implementation regarding protection, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations and will support day to day coordination and communication within USAID and with other USG departments and agencies on the practical development, implementation, and monitoring of policies and response strategies in key contexts. The USPSC will also support the development, implementation, and monitoring of special projects for the PGD Team. Finally, the USPSC will lead, manage, and support the Protection, Gender and Disability Team’s portfolio which require significant USG policy engagement and humanitarian program management.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The position involves providing expert analytical and advisory support for the planning, development, and execution of USAID policy and programs relating to protection. The work includes providing expert advice and guidance to the decisions and actions of senior policy officials as well as quickly, accurately, and decisively determining the significance of information to USAID/OFDA’s protection work. As part of this effort, the advisor must be able to rapidly identify and anticipate problems and issues, help formulate strategic and programming priorities, and write and create products that represent assessments of complex issues under tight deadlines. The work requires extremely strong writing and verbal skills.

The position will involve extensive collaboration and coordination with other offices, bureaus, and agencies within and outside of the USG, in order to anchor inter/intra agency work streams in solid technical analysis and best practice; communicate and advance USAID/OFDA’s position on policy, thematic, or context specific discussions; and track issues and discussions of strategic interest to OFDA. Primary contacts will be with the Department of State and USAID employees at all levels, including other USAID/DCHA offices; the Office of the Senior Coordinator for Gender within USAID; the Bureau of Populations, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) at the Department of State; and US Missions to the UN. The position will also require collaboration with UN staff, representatives of other donor governments, consultants, researchers, educators, and officials of non-governmental organizations. Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned formal and informal settings in Washington, foreign capitals, and in the field. The position will also involve development and management of special projects and initiatives intended to advance learning, address capacity gaps, or further policy priorities on behalf of the PGD Team and often in close coordination with the HPGE Division, staff of other Offices, Bureaus, Departments or external partners.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The PSPM Humanitarian Protection Advisor duties and responsibilities are as follows:

Technical Specialty:

· Serve as an expert source of information on and analysis of humanitarian protection issues for OFDA. Provide expertise for the identification, research, analysis, and development of recommendations on all issues and matters relating to humanitarian protection, particularly cross-cutting protection issues, gender-based violence, child protection, and/or psychosocial support;

· Help coordinate with OFDA/HPGE and regional teams on development and implementation of clear and articulate policies, positions, and communications materials on protection issues for OFDA and USAID in general. Assist with decisions and guidance that significantly affect OFDA and Agency protection policies, particularly as they relate to cross-cutting protection issues such as age, disability inclusion, and gender;

· Prepare OFDA senior management and DCHA senior leadership, when necessary, to speak on protection issues before UN bodies, NGOs, Congress, other parts of the USG, and media;

· Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with UN agencies, NGOs, coordination bodies, and relevant USG offices;

· Respond to relevant congressional and public inquiries and speak to various visiting groups about cross-cutting protection issues impacting disaster-affected populations;

· Improve awareness and expertise of OFDA staff on protection issues. Assist OFDA with better integration of protection issues into normal humanitarian programs;

· Coordinate with other members of the PSPM’s PGD Team and OFDA/HPGE staff in the development of internal protection policies, strategies, and program standards;

· Based on analysis and research, advise and communicate about USAID’s leadership role within the USG in relation to protection issues, particularly cross-cutting protection issues, gender-based violence, and child protection, including providing country-specific recommendations on how to address protection needs;

· Coordinate with the various DCHA offices, including the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI); the Office of Food for Peace (FFP); the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG); the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM); and the Office of Program, Policy, and Management (PPM) on cross-cutting protection issues;

· Work with counterparts in other donor organizations to exchange information, establish meetings, solicit publications, and collect information on training opportunities regarding protection;

· Articulate relevant protection policies to personnel within OFDA, the DCHA Bureau, USAID Missions, and other USAID Bureaus as well as to other U.S. Government agencies, other donors, and implementing partners through participation in conferences, speaking engagements, and field visits;

· Assist OFDA staff to translate policies and strategies into effective programming as needed;

Portfolio Management:

· Work with implementing organizations regarding project proposals submitted for OFDA funding to ensure proposals meet OFDA’s program objectives and grant guidelines:

o Prepare all documentation to obtain timely grant project approval;

o Input appropriate award data into Office and Agency administrative and financial tracking systems;

o Track program reports from grantees and ensure reports are received in a timely manner; review program reports to ensure that program objectives have been achieved; collate input from report for feedback to grantee, and share reports with regional team member, as appropriate;

o Upon completion of programs, close out awards according to Agency policies, identifying funds for de-obligation and/or equipment for disposition;

o Expedite the flow of programmatic and other documents through the clearance process.

· Serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR) for all global protection awards;

· Review the conceptual soundness, technical feasibility, and budget for disaster assistance activities and emergency projects;

· Participate in OFDA grant review process, including reviewing partner proposals and providing technical recommendations;

· Review and process all award documentation according to OFDA’s Grant Guidelines, USAID Automated Directives Systems (ADS), and Federal Regulation including coordinating multi-unit participation and ensuring timely proposal review and processing;

· Participate actively in the program strategy development process for the cross cutting issues and broader protection portfolio, which may include coordinating input and editing;

· Assist the team in the coordination, development, and drafting of written program planning documents that may include event and scenario based contingency planning, staff planning analysis, and budget options.

· USPSC independently plans, designs, and carries out project, studies, and programs.

General Duties:

· Travel should be expected at 10-20 percent to monitor the program portfolio, to participate in strategy development, and to assist in office coverage;

· 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 needed, serve on Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time;

  • 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; and

· 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 Humanitarian Protection Advisor will take direction from and report directly to the Cross Cutting Sector Team Leader or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

At the GS-13 level, the PSC’s supervisor sets overall objectives. USPSC and supervisor together develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. USPSC independently plans, designs, and carries out project, studies, and programs.

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.)

A Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field or region (including but not limited to: international law, economics, international relations and anthropology) and a minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in USG foreign affairs agencies, international organizations or NGOs specializing in one or more of the following: human rights protection, internally displaced persons and refugee issues, humanitarian relief, transitional justice/rule of law, conflict resolution or a closely related field, two (2) years of which must include assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, and/or evaluating protection programming in disaster-affected or fragile contexts overseas. Experience must include at least one (1) year of working within the USG on directly managing assistance awards.

OR
A Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field or region (including but not limited to: international law, economics, international relations and anthropology) and a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in USG foreign affairs agencies, international organizations or NGOs specializing in one or more of the following: human rights protection, internally displaced persons and refugee issues, humanitarian relief, transitional justice/rule of law, conflict resolution or a closely related field, two (2) years of which must include assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, and/or evaluating protection programming in disaster-affected or fragile contexts overseas. Experience must include at least one (1) year of working within the USG on directly managing assistance awards.

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.

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

· 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.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (QRFs)

(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. The factors are listed in priority order from highest to least.)

QRF #1 Describe your relevant training, skills and experience specific to either child protection, gender-based violence (GBV) or psychosocial support (PSS) as they relate to disaster planning, response and mitigation, particularly in support of or direct field-level experience; and

QRF #2 Describe your direct USG grant-related experience in detail. Please detail your knowledge of USG regulation.

BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the QRF responses. 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 in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, and/or education 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 Quality Ranking Factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, and/or training.

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.

The Applicant Rating System is as Follows:

QRFs have been assigned the following points:

QRF #1 – 20 points

QRF #2 – 20 points

Interview Performance – 40 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100

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.

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. 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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