United States of America: USPSC Economic Recovery and Market System Technical Advisor

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 08 Mar 2018

Position Title: Economic Recovery and Market System Technical Advisor

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00026

Salary Level: GS-12 Equivalent: $81,548 – $106,012

GS-13 Equivalent: $96,970 – $126,062

Issuance Date: February 8, 2018

Closing Date: March 8, 2018, 2018

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 an Economic Recovery and Market System Technical Advisor (ERMS Technical 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 for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. 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 Economic Recovery and Market System Technical Advisor

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00026

2. ISSUANCE DATE: February 8, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: March 8, 2018 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Economic Recovery and Market System Technical Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

Depending on the qualifications of the candidate, this position can be filled at either the GS-12 ($81,548 – $106,012) or GS-13 ($96,970 – $126,062) equivalent level, including Washington, D.C. locality pay. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value of the GS-12 or GS-13 level based upon the candidate’s qualifications, previous relevant experience and work history, salary 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

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-13 will be considered for the GS-13 level positions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-12 will be considered for the GS-12 level only.

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

The ERMS Technical Advisor is an integral part of the ERMS sector on the Food Security and Livelihoods team within OFDA’s PSPM Division. The ERMS sector currently comprises one full time Lead Sector Advisor and one intermittent Support Relief Group ERMS Technical Advisor. Natural disasters and complex emergencies adversely affect local economies by destroying homes and businesses, damaging assets, and disrupting transportation and markets.

To help communities resume economic activity and rebuild their livelihoods, OFDA supports ERMS activities in disaster-affected communities, as well as interventions that build the capacity of people to prepare for and respond to future disasters. ERMS interventions strengthen key market systems and help populations restore livelihoods and purchasing power. OFDA-supported economic recovery programs complement individual and community efforts to recover from a disaster and help to avoid reliance on continued humanitarian aid.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of an ERMS Technical Advisor to provide expert technical advice, assistance, and support for programs and policies that assist people and critical market systems to adapt, recover, and/or strengthen livelihoods during protracted crises and following natural disasters.

The ideal candidate will be a highly effective team member; motivated, organized, and diplomatic; and able to manage stress well. The Food Security and Livelihoods team seeks candidates who are motivated to support OFDA’s mission and who are committed to enhancing OFDA’s ability to fulfill the third pillar of its mandate: to reduce the economic and social impact of disasters.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

At the GS-12 equivalent:

Technical duties:

· Provide technical advice on disaster response and risk reduction strategies for economic recovery, market systems, and cash/voucher programs worldwide;

· Serve as a technical advisor for topics related to the ERMS sector, such as cash transfer and voucher programming, multipurpose cash, private sector engagement, market systems strengthening, linkages to economic development and resilience (e.g. value chain development, financial services) and household livelihoods and market-related aspects of other sector interventions;

· Work effectively as part of a team, both within the ERMS sector and PSPM Division;

· Contribute to the formulation and articulation of appropriate strategies, recommendations and policies, and provide timely information and responses to inquiries, related to ERMS and cash programming from within OFDA, within USAID, and from the rest of the USG;

· Provide technical review of ERMS and related fields in proposals and concept notes;

· Assist in monitoring the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of OFDA-funded ERMS, multipurpose cash, and related programs and provide suggestions for improving outcomes;

· Contribute to technical, thought, and organizational leadership within OFDA, in ERMS- and cash/voucher-related forums and discussions, within the USG, and through helping to develop and representing policy and technical positions to advance OFDA’s ERMS- and cash/voucher-related work.

· Liaise with other economic recovery/markets/livelihoods experts, and with specialists in related fields (e.g. economic development, financial inclusion, resilience) within USAID, the USG, among implementing partners, other donors, and other key entities;

· Develop and maintain up-to-date knowledge of the ERMS and cash/voucher technical areas, related issues, and of the organizations engaged in related program activities, and apply new developments to OFDA programming;

· Develop collaborative and proactive working-level relationships with OFDA field and HQ staff who oversee ERMS-related programs;

· With support, deliver ERMS training modules for OFDA staff and partners, as needed; and

· As needed, travel to OFDA field program locations to serve as a technical authority, including assessing needs and market conditions, advising on strategies for ERMS and related programming, and/or monitoring current ERMS-related projects;

General duties:

· Serve as an activity manager and/or as a certified Contracting Officer’s Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) for contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements under the global ERMS portfolio, as needed;

· Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months;

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

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

· As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office not to exceed six (6) 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.

At the GS-13 level:

At this grade level, the ERMS Technical Advisor has demonstrated satisfactory competence in the duties and responsibilities described above. He/She will perform these duties and responsibilities with limited guidance and supervision from the Food Security and Livelihoods Team Leader or his/her designee.

Additionally, he/she will take on an increased level of responsibility for management and coordination in his/her area of responsibility. He/she will also take on an increased level of responsibility for contributing to policy decisions, and representing the office and its interests to other parties.

Technical duties:

· Provide expert-level technical advice on disaster response and risk reduction strategies for economic recovery, market systems, and cash/voucher programs worldwide;

· Serve as a technical expert for topics related to the ERMS sector, such as cash transfer and voucher programming, multipurpose cash, private sector engagement, market systems strengthening, linkages to economic development and resilience (e.g. value chain development, financial services) and household livelihoods and market-related aspects of other sector interventions;

· Work effectively as part of a team, both within the ERMS sector and PSPM Division;

· Formulate and articulate appropriate strategies, recommendations and policies, and provide timely information and responses to inquiries, related to ERMS and cash programming from within OFDA, within USAID, and from the rest of the USG;

· Provide technical review of ERMS and related fields in proposals and concept notes;

· Assist in monitoring the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of OFDA-funded ERMS, multipurpose cash, and related programs and lead on developing suggestions for improving outcomes;

· Provide technical, thought, and organizational leadership within OFDA, in ERMS- and cash/voucher-related forums and discussions, within the USG, and through developing and representing policy and technical positions to advance OFDA’s ERMS- and cash/voucher-related work;

· Liaise with other economic recovery/markets/livelihoods experts, and with specialists in related fields (e.g. economic development, financial inclusion, resilience) within USAID, the USG, among implementing partners, other donors, and other key entities;

· Maintain up-to-date, expert-level knowledge of the ERMS and cash/voucher technical areas, related issues, and of the organizations engaged in related program activities, and apply new developments to OFDA programming;

· Develop collaborative and proactive working-level relationships with OFDA field and HQ staff who oversee ERMS-related programs;

· Deliver ERMS training modules for OFDA staff and partners, as needed; and

· As needed, travel to OFDA field program locations to serve as an expert-level technical authority, including assessing needs and market conditions, advising on strategies for ERMS and related programming, and/or monitoring current ERMS-related projects.

General duties:

· Serve as an activity manager and/or as a certified COR/AOR for contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements under the global ERMS portfolio, as needed;

· Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months;

· Become qualified for, and serve as needed on, RMTs, which provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied;

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

· As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office not to exceed six (6) 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 USPSC will take direction from and report to the Food Security and Livelihoods Team Leader or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

At both the GS-12 and GS-13 grade equivalent, the supervisor sets overall objectives and resources available; the USPSC consults with the supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning the approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments, and for actually carrying out these 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.)

For the GS-12 equivalent level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), plus five (5) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), and four (4) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

For the GS-13 equivalent level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), plus seven (7) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), and five (5) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

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.

· Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance.

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

· Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (QRFs)

(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. The factors below are of equal value.)

QRF #1 In 500 words or less, discuss your experience in the field of economic recovery and/or humanitarian cash programming. Explain how your background would make you an asset to OFDA’s Food Security and Livelihoods team.

QRF #2 In 500 words or less, discuss your perspectives on the similarities and differences between humanitarian economic recovery programming and economic development programming.

QRF #3 In 500 words or less, discuss your perspectives on the current greatest challenges with humanitarian cash programming, either globally or in a specific response.

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 – 15 points

QRF #2 – 15 points

QRF #3 – 15 points

Interview Performance – 40 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 15 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 for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. 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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