Yemen: USPSC Regional Advisor for Yemen

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Yemen
Closing date: 25 May 2018

Position Title: Regional Advisor for Yemen

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00039

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $89,370 – $116,181

Issuance Date: April 13, 2018

Closing Date: May 25, 2018 (Deadline Extended)

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 Regional Advisor (RA) 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. 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 REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS

AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT

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 award. 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.

NOTE: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed

notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity administrator for the entity associated with the

DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit

can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link:

https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&

sysparm_search=kb0013183

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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Regional Advisor for Yemen

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00039

2. ISSUANCE DATE: April 13, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: May 25, 2018 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Regional Advisor for Yemen

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($89,370 – $116,181 – not eligible for 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.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One (1) year with four (4) one-year options

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia or Budapest, Hungary

There may be an initial training program in Washington, D.C. for three months, which will include formal classroom training and on-the-job training; and may include security training. After completion of Washington training, the Regional Advisor will be assigned to the place of performance.

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 (IOs) 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 (IT), 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 for IT, staffing, funds control, budgeting, information and 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; engages with the U.N. to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and to promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally. HPGE Division leads OFDA’s communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences; and 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

To fulfill its mandate to effectively respond to disasters worldwide, OFDA has established permanent regional offices in the following locations: Budapest, Hungary; San Jose, Costa Rica; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Pretoria, South Africa; and Bangkok, Thailand. OFDA also has

other, smaller sub-regional and program offices around the world.

The regional offices are headed by Principal Regional Advisors (PRAs) or Senior Regional Advisors (SRAs) who report to the Division Leader in Washington. PRAs and SRAs serve as the regional team leader for all response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction activities. They primarily serve as the key interlocutor with embassies and missions in the event of a disaster, but may also serve as the DART leader, if needed. They are principally responsible for managing the regional offices, monitoring all grants on humanitarian assistance program implementation, overseeing the sub-regional offices, as appropriate, supervising the office staff, and developing, in consultation with their respective Washington-based teams, the multi-year non-response program strategies for the their respective regions as well as monitoring the implementation of OFDA’s humanitarian assistance grants in the region. The PRAs or SRAs coordinate with OFDA/Washington on disaster response activities, determine program priorities, and identify and formulate disaster preparedness, mitigation and training programs for their respective regions.

The Regional Advisors (RAs) reporting to the PRAs or SRAs ensures that OFDA’s objectives for disaster response and assistance, strategic reporting and analysis are met. The RAs are responsible for monitoring and reporting on OFDA-funded programs and activities, and formulating disaster response, preparedness, mitigation, and training programs for the region.

Yemen has long been one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, with social and economic indicators among the worst in the world. Political instability, civil unrest, environmental degradation, and lack of capacity within the national government created a context where even moderate hazards have significant negative impact on the Yemeni populace. OFDA along with DCHA/Food for Peace (FFP) have been responding to crises in Yemen since 2011. In March of 2015 a civil war broke out for conflict-affected populations in Yemen conditions within the country have deteriorated even further. In 2017 OFDA provided funding over $225 million to address the needs of population most affected. OFDA’s activities have increased substantially due to a rise in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from conflict areas as well as food-insecure populations. OFDA is responsible for facilitating humanitarian coordination, information management and security support to ensure relief agencies are able to provide a rapid and strategic response to identify needs on behalf of the USG.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA’s EMCA regional team requires the services of an RA in order to meet its objectives of responsibly planning, programming, monitoring, and evaluating OFDA funded-activities in Yemen and within the EMCA region, as needed.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position requires an individual who is able to reside in Budapest, Hungary, and/or Saudi Arabia, as determined in consultation with the Embassy and the Mission, and subject to security and programmatic considerations. It also requires willingness to travel on short notice for regional coordination meetings.

This position requires substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the U.S. Embassy, other USG agencies, host government officials related to the Yemen response, U.S. military representatives, as well as with relevant UN agencies and NGOs, therefore requiring a highly collaborative work style. The RA must be prepared to function effectively in a challenging and restrictive work environment and be willing to strictly adhere to U.S. Embassy security guidelines.

The RA reports to the EMCA SRA based in Budapest, Hungary. The RA develops OFDA’s objectives for the response in Yemen and ensures that OFDA’s objectives for disaster response and assistance, strategic reporting and analysis are met in other countries as needed. The RA is responsible for monitoring and reporting on OFDA-funded programs and activities, and formulating disaster response, preparedness, mitigation, and training programs for the region.

Disaster Response – Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the SRA, the RA will:

· Serve as the principal field point of contact for OFDA on Yemen humanitarian issues, food assistance needs, and serve as a liaison on program issues among the USAID mission, U.S. Embassy and other U.S. agencies, military representatives, OFDA/ Washington and the overall humanitarian community.

· Lead efforts to identify and assess humanitarian and food assistance requirements and target beneficiary groups and locations, and existing relief programs, and recommend the types of interventions and strategies necessary to support OFDA-funded programs in Yemen.

· Supervise the OFDA field team for the Yemen response.

· Monitor ongoing programs and overall humanitarian assistance efforts in Yemen. Regularly review partner’s reports, coordinate with OFDA/EMCA and FFP/Washington on issues of mutual interest, and provide coordinated field feedback to the partners.

· Coordinate all activities closely with OFDA/EMCA Washington, the USAID Mission, U.S. Embassy, other U.S. agencies and military representatives, as well as the UN and NGO agencies working in Yemen.

· Coordinate collection of information and provide updates and recommendations through written reports on issues related to the humanitarian situation, including the following:

§ Capacity and level of activity of indigenous institutions to carry out relief programs;

§ Capacity and ability of UN, IOs, and NGOs to carry out programs;

§ Capacity of the logistics infrastructure to support programs;

§ Security situation of personnel, convoys, and relief operations in general;

§ Impact of issues as they arise on humanitarian programs;

§ Contributions by other donors, problems arising from implementation of relief programs, and any other issues that require the attention of OFDA; and

§ Humanitarian coordination issues and any recommendations for change.

· Provide guidance to organizations that are developing proposals for OFDA and FFP, based on OFDA’s Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting and FFP’s Annual Program Statement; review concept papers and proposals and provide timely recommendations/comments OFDA and FFP.

· Present OFDA and FFP perspectives to NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies relating to humanitarian assistance strategies and priorities, including OFDA’s approach to humanitarian protection. Work closely with the EMCA SRA to discuss and understand sectoral priorities.

· Represent humanitarian interests at national and international meetings and conferences, and facilitate, as requested, travel and briefings for official USG visitors interested in humanitarian issues.

· Regularly liaise with UN, NGOs, IOs, host governments, and other organizations regarding humanitarian activities.

· Maintain regular, close coordination and communication with the OFDA/EMCA SRA and OFDA representatives in Washington.

· Contribute to field reports on trends, individual agency programming issues, and topics such as humanitarian protection and coordination.

· Submit situation reports and assessment reports whenever necessary, including monthly official reporting cables, or as the situation warrants.

· May serve on DARTs or RMTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.

· As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office or region 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 USPSC will take direction from and report to the SRA for the EMCA region or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work. Results are considered authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change.

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 with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy or a specific country; and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, refugee, and IDP activities, and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, three (3) years of which must be overseas.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy or a specific country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, refugee, and IDP activities, and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, three (3) years of which must be 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.

● 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.

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:

Professional Experience (12 points):

● Experience in international humanitarian response management initial assessments of damages and needs and determining appropriate relief assistance and emergency interventions.

● Experience in identifying incipient disaster situations and developing Disaster Risk Reduction or disaster preparedness strategies through working with an international humanitarian or disaster response organization.

● Experience in the design, development, and implementation of strategies for disaster assistance and/or response management through working with an international humanitarian or disaster response organization.

Skill and Abilities (12 points):

● Demonstration of diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in briefing and reporting at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

● Experience in coordinating with a team comprised of host governments, UN or NGO partners, and USG officials to develop policy and strategies in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

● Demonstrated experience and expertise in international humanitarian policy and architecture, i.e. UN response systems, sphere guidelines, humanitarian policy development.

● Experience in field assessment of emerging humanitarian needs.

● Experience shaping policy, strategies and/or advocacy for major international humanitarian crises.

Leading Teams (6 points):

● Demonstrated experience managing staff in an international humanitarian response, i.e. experience in building and recruiting teams and managing performance.

● Demonstrated experience leading diverse teams in a complex, international humanitarian crisis, i.e. setting goals and objectives and providing direction.

Interview Performance (40 points)

Timed Writing Test (15 Points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (15 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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