Kenya: USPSC Senior Regional Program Officer

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 14 Feb 2018

Position Title: Senior Regional Program Officer

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00019

Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent: $75,628 – $98,317

Issuance Date: January 17, 2018

Closing Date: February 14, 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 a Senior Regional Program Officer (SRPO) 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Regional Program Officer

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00019

2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 17, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: February 1, 2018 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Regional Program Officer

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-13 equivalent ($75,628 – $98,317 – 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: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya

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 Senior Regional Program Officer 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 and strategic planning 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, and to effectively respond to disasters worldwide, OFDA has established six regional offices in the following locations: San Jose, Costa Rica; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Budapest, Hungary and Bangkok, Thailand. OFDA also has other, smaller sub-regional and program offices around the world.

The regional offices are headed by a Senior Regional Advisor (SRA), who works closely with the Team Leaders in Washington, and report to the appropriate Division Director. The SRA serves as the regional team leader for all response, preparedness, and disaster risk reduction activities. They serve as the key interlocutor with embassies and missions in the event of a disaster and may also serve as the DART Leader if needed.

Under the guidance of the SRA or designated Regional Advisor (RA), the Senior Regional Program Officer (SRPO) will provide support for coordination and management of OFDA humanitarian emergency and disaster risk reduction programming across ECA Region. The SRPO will ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster response and assistance, strategic reporting, and analysis are met.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the service of a SRPO for the ECA Team, based in Nairobi, Kenya to ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster assistance, risk reduction, resilience programming, strategic reporting, and interagency coordination for the region are met.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Working under the guidance and supervision of the SRA or designated RA for the assigned Africa region of responsibility, the SRPO will support the regional office, as well as the coordination and management of humanitarian and disaster risk reduction activities. The SRPO will work in close collaboration with a program team that may include SRAs, Senior Humanitarian Advisors (SHAs), Program Officers, Field Monitors, Team Leaders, Deputy Team Leaders, Disaster Operations Advisors and Specialists, and /or Program Assistants.

The SRPO will perform the following within the assigned portfolio:

Contextual Specialty

• Develop and maintain specialized understanding of humanitarian developments across the region to include political, social, and operational issues impacting humanitarian efforts.

• Develop and maintain knowledge of USAID, USG humanitarian priorities and strategies within the region and USAID/OFDA’s contributions and comparative advantages to those efforts.

• Provide regular reporting, through official cables and other means, on issues related to the humanitarian situations in ECA. Provide overviews of patterns and trends in the humanitarian situation and keep the SRA, RA, SHA, Team Lead, and other staff current on response issues. Provide regular reports on site visits, meetings, general atmospherics and other issues that impact humanitarian relief efforts.

Portfolio Management

• Develop and maintain a detailed working knowledge of OFDA’s humanitarian portfolio in the ECA.

• Work with OFDA’s program staff based in Washington, D.C. and in the field offices in the development of OFDA’s programming strategies for response and disaster risk reduction activities across the region.

• Support team members in assessing emergency response and disaster risk reduction needs in the region in order to ensure that OFDA’s programs are appropriately responsive.

• Assist headquarters based Agreement Officer’s Representatives in managing humanitarian awards by providing field-based insights, knowledge, and perspectives.

• Assist in humanitarian activities outside of immediate area of responsibility as needed.

• Travel as permitted to assess, evaluate and monitor humanitarian conditions in the region, and make strategic recommendations for appropriate interventions.

• Responsible for planning and carrying out assignment, and for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

Representation

• Support the regional team in maintaining relations with the senior leadership of the humanitarian community in the region in representing USAID and OFDA on humanitarian issues. This will include, but is not limited to, U.N. agencies, IOs, NGOs, USG personnel, donors, host government authorities, and others.

• Participate in, and report on, joint donor humanitarian evaluations and U.N.-led assessments, and participate actively in the international community response structures.

• Assist the regional team to coordinate with the donor community on policy issues affecting humanitarian operations, and develop integrated, non-duplicative programs, as needed.

• Prepare briefing papers, notes, and presentations on OFDA programming for official USG visitors interested in humanitarian issues.

• Coordinate on a daily basis with several OFDA staff members, as well as with representatives from other USAID offices, Embassy staff, and the humanitarian community. This level of coordination requires a highly collaborative work style.

Leadership

• Serve as peer mentor to team members on grants management and portfolio management, to include OFDA’s business process, portfolio-specific budget and workload management, and post-award monitoring and management.

• In close coordination with the SRA, RA, and Disaster Operations Specialist, the SRPO will work with NGOs, IOs, and U.N. agencies that are developing proposals for OFDA (including grant amendments and extensions) to ensure compliance with OFDA’s guidelines.

• Participate, as assigned, in office-wide discussions on initiatives that impact program implementation to provide field-based perspectives.

General Duties

• Serve in planning, or program positions on response teams, assessment teams, or to provide coverage for field offices with field travel required at approximately 50% time and individual deployments of up to 6 weeks.

• Serve on DARTs, which may require immediate deployment (within 24 hours) overseas for an extended period of time.

• Work effectively in a challenging and restrictive work environment and strictly adhere to U.S. Embassy security guidelines.

• As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office, 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 will report to the SRA or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resources available. The USPSC consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects, and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. 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 with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, African studies, or a related field or country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including at least two (2) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Basic French language skills required, advanced skills desired.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to international relations, economics, food policy, African studies, or a related field or country; and five (5) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including at least two (2) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Basic French language skills required, advanced skills 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.

● 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 (10 points):

· Experience monitoring and reporting on rapidly evolving humanitarian crises in an international disaster context.

· Experience working across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.

· Specific experience implementing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

Skills and Abilities (10 points)

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Ambassadors and U.S. Embassy Senior Personnel, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated ability to communicate complex humanitarian issues to a range of audiences through written products.

Program Management (10 points)

· Demonstrated knowledge of USG acquisition and assistance regulations.

· Experience developing, designing, or evaluating proposed humanitarian interventions against response or disaster risk reduction strategies and identified needs.

· Demonstrated experience managing USG acquisition or assistance awards to include post-award administration and regulation compliance.

Interview Performance (40 points)

Timed Writing Test (20 points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (10 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.

  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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United States of America: USPSC Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 07 Feb 2018

Position Title: Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00018

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $114,590-$148,967

Issuance Date: January 17, 2018

Closing Date: February 7, 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 a Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader 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 Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00018

2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 17, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: February 7, 2018 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($112,021-$145,629 – 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

The HPGE Division serves as the principal focal point for humanitarian policy development, engagement and institutional relationships with IOs and other donor governments. As one of the core teams in the HPGE Division, the Interagency Training Team focuses on trainings for different parts of the USG Interagency, specifically related to OFDA’s role in humanitarian assistance and disaster response. The HPGE Training Team is responsible for developing and maintaining Humanitarian Assistance specific courses, as well as tailoring them for different audiences across the interagency.

The HPGE Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader position serves as an integral part of the HPGE Division and closely coordinates with other parts of the USG and international community on humanitarian training issues. The position supports the planning and developing training and outreach approaches on humanitarian issues; helps provide strategic direction on training issues for external audiences; prepares key briefings and guidance to support training requirements; and helps the Interagency Training Manager/Team Leader manage the HPGE training team.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of one HPGE Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader in order to meet its objectives of interagency training, education, and coordination within the USG.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The HPGE Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader is an integral part of the interagency training team that coordinates closely with other parts of HPGE and OFDA, develops curriculum for humanitarian training courses, and facilitates training for other USAID Bureaus and federal agencies on the international humanitarian architecture, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response. He/She will help the Interagency Training Manager/Team Leader plan organizational strategies, approaches to external training, and course development, validation, delivery, and review.

The role involves providing expert training for the planning, development, and execution of U.S. humanitarian policy. The work requires applying a rigorous analytical and detail-oriented approach to the training development. The HPGE Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader will receive general guidance, but will also be expected to execute independent judgment and analysis at times.

The role requires significant interaction with other offices and demands strong diplomatic, facilitation, and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting. Contacts will be within the USG, training counterparts in the U.N. and other agencies, experts, and representatives of NGOs. Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings and conferences.

The HPGE Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

· Assist in managing the Interagency Training Team.

· Support the HPGE strategy for internal and external education and training courses on humanitarian assistance, international humanitarian architecture, and disaster response issues.

· Assist in the development of detailed strategic plans for external training for the intra- and inter- agency.

· Analyze training needs and requirements to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs.

· Design courses from inception to polished final product, at times taking overall responsibility of external training courses, specifically applying the principles of adult learning design for both synchronous and asynchronous (e.g. online courses) learning.

· Draw in subject matter expert expertise and work closely with other teams within HPGE, particularly from the Policy and Interagency teams.

· Maintain strong understanding of the USG interagency, humanitarian policy issues and USAID/OFDA coordination responsibilities and response operations that contribute to the USAID/OFDA training strategy for external partners.

· Plan, develop, and provide training using knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as classroom training, demonstrations, meetings, conferences, simulations, and workshops.

· Assist in producing trainer development programs and coach others involved in training efforts.

· Assist in developing and monitoring funding commitments.

· Work effectively as a team member with other members of the HPGE Division and OFDA.

· Evaluate instructor performance and the effectiveness of training programs, provide recommendations for improvement.

· Develop course evaluation procedures and conduct follow-up review of all completed training to evaluate and measure results.

· Develop and organize effective training manuals, multimedia visual aids, and other educational materials using a variety of media.

· Mentor and liaise with facilitators, panelists, and guest instructors.

· Build solid cross-functional relationships and assist with development of HPGE strategic plans and maintain internal and external OFDA relationships.

· Ensure appropriate scheduling and coordination of training, including logistical support.

· Provide support on the registration process and support all administrative and logistics requirements to hold a training course.

· Assists in coordinating and scheduling training support required from other HPGE Division members. Work with USAID/OFDA Information Technology Unit to make sure that all technical elements of the training (e.g. slides, video, video teleconference, etc.) are set up for delivery during the training.

· In support of the Interagency Training Manager/Team Leader, coordinate with other training teams of humanitarian agencies and communicate at Senior Executive level of USG and IOs.

· Review and analyze what the UN, other IOs, NGOs and other humanitarian entities currently provide on humanitarian assistance and disaster response training. Incorporate recommendations whether USAID/OFDA should incorporate any part of the U.N. training, e.g. videos, simulations, etc. If so, coordinate with the Communications Team and the U.N. for permission.

· The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work.

· Sign-up for and serve as needed multiple times throughout the year on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provides services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams (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 DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas.

· As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office 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 HPGE Deputy Training Manager/Deputy Team Leader will take direction from and report to the Interagency Training Manager/ Team Leader, with guidance from the HPGE Division Director, or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. Employee 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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, training, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus minimum of nine (9) years of progressively responsible professional experience working on training and curriculum development and on emergency relief and humanitarian assistance issues, one (1) year of which was obtained overseas. Experience developing training programs for adult learners and executives in an international and interagency setting required. Experience working for the USG or with an IO required.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, training, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience working on training and curriculum development and on emergency relief and humanitarian assistance issues, one (1) year of which was obtained overseas. Experience developing training programs for adult learners and executives in an international and interagency setting required. Experience working for the USG or with an IO required.

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 below are of equal value.)

QRF #1 Demonstrated ability to develop, administer, and refine an adult training and education program, along with all associated training materials.

QRF #2 Demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience working within the international and USG humanitarian response architecture and policy.

QRF #3 Demonstrated written communication and oral presentation skills.

QRF #4 Demonstrated ability to represent the USG and/or policy positions and perform independently in a high visibility environment.

QRF #5 Demonstrated ability to lead small team and develop strategic vision to guide the team and support larger organizational goals.

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 – 8 points

QRF #2 – 8 points

QRF #3 – 8 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

QRF #5 – 8 points

Interview Performance (Round 1) – 10 points

Interview Performance (Round 2) – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100 V

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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Switzerland: Corporate Services Officer

Organization: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 29 Jan 2018

The UK Mission in Geneva forms part of a world-wide network of 230 Diplomatic Missions, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. Our Corporate Services Team is responsible for delivering financial, HR, estates, procurement, IT, security and protocol services to approximately 70 Staff at the UK Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

We are now looking for an enthusiastic and motivated team member who can become an integral part of the Corporate Services Team.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

Protocol:

General administration related to (but not limited to): Importation of personal effects; Customs clearance of motor vehicles; Registration under the reciprocal healthcare scheme.

Complete application process for: Identity cards; United Nations passes; Duty free petrol cards;

Finance:
Receiving of goods and services; Passing invoices for payment; Supplying official and private TVA exemption forms.

Miscellaneous: General administrative support; Deputising for colleagues in Corporate Services Team.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

Enthusiasm and willingness to learn;

Fluency in English and French;

1-2 years experience in an office environment;

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a strong customer focus;

Ability to work with contacts and colleagues at all levels;

Personal drive and the ability to work autonomously as well as in a team; Strong organisational skills with excellent attention to detail; Comprehensive IT skills, including Excel.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

Knowledge of online databases (Oracle etc.)

Required competencies

Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a full-time position, for a fixed term contract of 2 years.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.

Please note that you must have the right to work and reside in Switzerland without visa sponsorship. (For information: EU nationals do not require visa sponsorship).

Staff recruited locally by the UK Mission in Geneva are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Swiss employment law.

How to apply:

We do not accept cvs. We only accept applications through our software. To apply please follow this link:

https://fco.tal.net/vx/appcentre-ext/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/4/pl/1/opp/5122-Corporate-Services-Officer-CHEG18-015/en-GB

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Commercial Finance Manager MENA – flexible location in MENA

Organization: British Council
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

About us

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

Role Purpose

The Commercial Finance Manager, MENA will have responsibility for all aspects of strategic and operational finance for donor funded activity in MENA, acting as the principal finance partner to the regional management team. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the finance strategy enables delivery of growth through new business operating models and the broader corporate objectives.

The post-holder is responsible for all finance activity relating to donor funded work (in part or in whole) in within MENA, the finance approval and sign off of all commercial proposals submitted, partnership agreements and profit share arrangements. The post-holder is also the owner of the Contract Pricing Model (CPM) across the region.

N.B.

Location: Any MENA country.

Candidates must already have the working rights in any of the MENA region countries. We are not able to provide visas or cover relocation cost.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English; Shortlisted candidates will either demonstrate they have met the required standard through presentation of an agreed English language certificate, or will be required to take the APTIS test and demonstrate a C level of English
  • Internationally recognized accounting qualification with at least 5 years post qualification experience.
  • University Degree
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the financial management of large contracts
  • Proficiency in financial modelling and analysis, especially costing and pricing

Desirable

  • SAP experience
    British Council Equal Opportunity and Diversity Statement
    The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within
    the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council’s Child Protection policy,
    any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include
    criminal records checks

How to apply:

https://jobs.britishcouncil.org/

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Vanuatu: Vanuatu Water Database Systems Analyst Consultant

Organization: Government of Vanuatu
Country: Vanuatu
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

The Vanuatu Department of Water Resources (DoWR) in collaboration with the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer OGCIO and UNICEF is now seeking a Systems Analyst to help in the development of a Systems Requirements Analysis document. The System Analyst will work closely with the DoWR and the OGCIO’s Application and Database team as well as UNICEF Technical Assistants.

For more details see: https://events.gov.vu/4w/docs/TOR%20Advert%20-%20Systems%20Analyst.pdf?PHPSESSID=jqn2g0e2ma75p4cl9tretf9657

How to apply:

Interested Candidates/ Teams may submit their application, with a cover letter ( that includes a daily rate that builds in the flight and living allowances into the rate) and a Curriculum Vitae to the address provided below Before January 31st 2018.
For further information please contact Mr Neil Malosu on the email address: nemalosu@vanuatu.gov.vu

Address:
Neil Malosu, Department of Water Resources, PMB 9001, Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Email: nemalosu@vanuatu.gov.vu
Phone: +678 33435

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United States of America: USPSC Senior Online Communications Specialist

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 06 Feb 2018

Position Title: Senior Online Communications Specialist

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00021

Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent: $96,970 – $126,062

Issuance Date: January 16, 2018

Closing Date: February 6, 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 Senior Online Communications 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. 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 Senior Online Communications Specialist

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00021

2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 16, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: February 6, 2018 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Online Communications Specialist

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-13 equivalent ($96,970 – $126,062- 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 four (4) 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

OFDA is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. OFDA’s Strategic Communications Team manages critical public outreach and messaging issues pertaining to OFDA’s lead role in international disaster response and humanitarian assistance. As the lead federal coordinator of international disaster response, OFDA has a responsibility to effectively and efficiently articulate USG activities to USAID staff, our interagency colleagues, the White House and the American public in a timely manner. As a result, OFDA recognizes there is a rapidly growing need for a focused and strategic approach to public outreach and messaging issues related to humanitarian assistance.

The Senior Online Communications Specialist position serves as an integral part of the Strategic Communications Team and HPGE Division, closely coordinating with other parts of the U.S. Government community on humanitarian and online messaging issues. The position will be responsible for providing overarching communications and messaging support for online platforms for OFDA.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a Senior Online Communications Specialist who is Washington-based to lead OFDA’s outreach efforts online and on social media.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Sr. Online Communications Specialist will be responsible for overseeing and growing OFDA’s online and social media equities. As a member of the Strategic Communications Team, which is housed within OFDA’s Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division (HPGE), the Sr. Online Communications Specialist will manage and message of OFDA’s disaster response activities online, overseeing the creation of and generating new online content and campaigns, maintaining web pages, and expanding OFDA’s social media following. In addition, this individual will work closely with other members of the Strategic Communications Team and OFDA staff to develop and implement strategies to increase awareness of and appreciation for the office. The Specialist will report to the Strategic Communications Team Leader but work closely with OFDA’s Information Support Unit (ISU), the OFDA web team, and the web development team with USAID’s Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA). Specific responsibilities include:

Online Outreach and Maintenance

· Lead the development of new web pages and online content on USAID.gov—and/or the reorganization of existing web pages—to better communicate OFDA’s mission and impact to the public.

· Conceptualize and implement new ways to use existing OFDA public information products more strategically to reach more people online.

· Populate USAID website with OFDA information and materials, including public fact sheets, situation reports, alerts, news items, graphics, multimedia content, and articles.

· Maintain and develop content for all OFDA online properties.

· Identify key outreach opportunities to advance strategic OFDA messages online or on social media.

· Produce website content that is in line with OFDA and USAID communications strategies.

· Draft and/or facilitate the posting of blogs on behalf of OFDA staff for a variety of fora.

· Coordinate with USAID’s Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) to ensure that the OFDA’s online presence is maintained in alignment with Agency priorities.

· Serve as main liaison with USAID and OFDA web teams to make updates to OFDA online assets on USAID.gov and to the Office’s Microsoft SharePoint site, as needed.

· Review, monitor, and update online disaster and crisis response content for quality and timeliness, as well as for compliance with the agency’s information management procedures and practices.

· Help to manage OFDA’s online photo database in close coordination with the Strategic Communications Team Leader.

· Keep current with humanitarian and social media issues through relevant blogs, list serves, and events.

· Apply editorial processes and approval workflows in the agency’s web content management system.

· Serve as the lead point of contact on the Strategic Communications Team to ensure that OFDA’s messages are aligned across various web platforms, including USAID, Department of State, the White House, Department of Defense, and USAID Center for International Disaster Information).

· Manage social media status updates with members of the Strategic Communications Team and other OFDA staff (OFDA web team, Information Support Unit), as needed.

Social Media Outreach

· Lead the management and maintenance of OFDA’s social media platforms—including content development, messaging campaigns, and strategies—to highlight specific OFDA activities and/or events.

· Lead the Strategic Communications Team’s efforts to increase OFDA’s social media following: research new social media platforms and “out of the box” messaging strategies, stay ahead of current trends, and implement new ideas in close coordination with the Strategic Communications Team Leader.

· Serve as the Strategic Communications Team’s lead representative in relevant USAID, USG, or external meetings pertaining to social media and digital communications. Coordinate on externally-run public outreach campaigns that have a social media component to identify ways to promote OFDA’s work and ensure messaging is in line with OFDA’s goals.

· Initiate outreach to social media counterparts at other USG and OFDA implementing partners to coordinate messaging and expand reach of OFDA’s messaging.

· Responsible for populating OFDA’s social media outlets with up-to-date content; engage with OFDA staff, humanitarian aid organizations, and other relevant parties to obtain content; monitor comments and mentions; respond in a timely manner.

· Responsible for producing daily social media content—in coordination with OFDA’s Strategic Communications Team—that will increase engagement and follower count.

· Responsible for monitoring OFDA social media channels for comments and mentions and responding promptly to online queries.

· Responsible for the creation of social media campaigns and toolkits in coordination with the Strategic Communications Team to highlight specific OFDA activities and/or events.

· Develop and maintain a proactive content calendar that aligns and supports OFDA’s priorities and communications strategy.

· Track metrics, as well as monitor and participate in relevant online conversations.

· Monitor and analyze social media trends to advise on keeping OFDA’s social media platforms in line with current trends, and to look for new engagement opportunities and messaging methods.

Strategic Communications

· Mentor and assist in the development of other members of the Strategic Communications Team on social media and online communications.

· Identify opportunities which enable Strategic Communications Team members to improve quality and quantity of online and social media output.

· Lead the Strategic Communications Team efforts to adapt OFDA’s Online Communications Strategy to reflect changing priorities and evolving needs of OFDA and USAID, in close coordination with the OFDA Strategic Communications Team Leader.

· Lead the implementation of new OFDA online and social media procedures and protocols.

· Serve as the Strategic Communications Team’s main liaison with USAID’s social media and web teams to coordinate messages, feed into new campaigns, and ensure that OFDA’s online equities are well represented on Agency platforms.

· Work with OFDA’s Strategic Communications Team to identify, develop, and implement OFDA’s strategic communications goals; track and determine impact of targeted strategies.

· Develop new strategies in coordination with the Strategic Communications Team to expand OFDA’s public outreach.

· Coordinate closely with LPA and USAID social media team to ensure OFDA’s online messaging is aligned with Agency priorities.

Other Duties

  • The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.
  • 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.

· Sign-up for and serve as the OFDA phone duty officer.

· As needed, serve on DARTs 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, 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 Strategic Communications Team Leader 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 and carrying out assignments. 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 with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, social media, digital communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, international relations, political science, or a related field), and a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience. Candidate must have familiarity with international humanitarian and disaster issues, USG agencies, and strategic messaging.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, social media, digital communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, international relations, political science, or a related field), and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience. Candidate must have familiarity with international humanitarian and disaster issues, USG agencies, and strategic messaging.

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

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

QRF #1 Demonstrated experience and ability to lead on the management and growth of an organization’s social media efforts. Provide specific examples on how you led efforts to grow an organization’s brand through creative content development, messaging campaigns, and strategic engagements and partnerships. Also provide specifics on how these efforts amplified your organization’s social media reach.

QRF #2 Demonstrated experience and ability to lead an organization’s efforts to communicate its activities online through the development of new web pages and online content. Provide specific examples of how you conceptualized and implemented new ideas to strategically reach more people online. Also provide specific examples of how you coordinated these efforts with social media work streams to engage with key stakeholders. Include details of any specific content you created.

QRF #3 Demonstrated experience and ability to (a) research current and future social media trends (b) analyze key metrics (c) interact with the public via online/social media channels. Provide specific examples for each demonstrated area and explain how you successfully and strategically applied these skills to increase an organization’s online engagement.

QRF #4 Demonstrated experience and ability to mentor and assist in the development of team members, including identifying opportunities which enable team members to improve the quality and quantity of social media outputs. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment to envision, develop, and implement creative online content and communication products across a variety of media forums. Provide specific examples for each demonstrated area.

QRF #5 Demonstrated experience and ability to adapt an organization’s online communications strategies to reflect changing priorities, breaking news, and evolving needs. Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and under tight deadlines while maintaining an attention to detail. Provide specific examples for each demonstrated area.

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 – 25 points

QRF #1 – 5 points

QRF #2 – 5 points

QRF #3 – 5 points

QRF #4 – 5 points

QRF #5 – 5 points

First Round Interview – 10 points

Second Round Interview – 25 points

Writing Test – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 10 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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United States of America: OTI Senior Transition Specialist – Washington, D.C.

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Jan 2018

The OTI Senior Transition Specialist – Washington, D.C. is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Washington, DC. Applications for this position are due no later than January 30, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

The Sr. Transition Specialist position utilizes the experience and skills gained from working with political transition programs and operations in the field to provide support and guidance for program implementation, staff training and mentoring, assessments, and the development and application of lessons learned. The Sr. Transition Specialist is supervised by an OTI Division Chief (Program Learning, and Innovation Division or Field Programs Division) or his/her designee.

The incumbent for this position will be expected to initially work with the Program, Learning, and Innovation Division (PLI), which develops, oversees, and manages critical processes supporting the implementation of OTI country programs. In carrying out these responsibilities, the PLI Division engages with local partners (both government and non-governmental) in the country of operation, counterparts in the U.S. Embassy, the USAID Missions, USAID and Department of State Regional Bureaus, the National Security Council, the Congress, and foreign and international donor organizations. The Sr. Transition Specialist will initially provide regular guidance and leadership for the OTI Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) team in Washington headquarters, including the management and supervision of ABC staff focusing on learning, training, innovation, monitoring and evaluation, and development of technology tools in support of OTI country programs. The PLI/ABC team supports OTI’s mission by facilitating learning within country programs and across the office, providing leadership on the program strategic planning processes that form OTI’s business model, identifying best practices and promoting innovation.

In order to help ensure successful political transitions overseas in rapidly changing environments, the Sr. Transition Specialist will ensure that OTI staff, implementing partner staff, and other key players have the information and training they need to start up new programs, seek out and work with appropriate beneficiaries in the field, and manage and close out activities effectively and efficiently. The vast majority of the workload for this position will be in direct support of political transition program implementation.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Note: Duties and responsibilities are listed in order of importance for this position

  • Assist with the development of information management products and improved business practices for OTI based on research and personal field experience lessons learned;

  • Provide training and mentoring on OTI program implementation for OTI staff both in Washington and the field as required;

  • Conduct, in collaboration with the relevant OTI regional team, assessments for possible new country programs, and visits to field sites in areas where OTI has projects;

  • Execute, if required, closeout activities related to OTI programs, recommend strategic courses of action, facilitate closeout meetings, and provide ongoing evaluations of OTI programs in the field;

  • When required, negotiate, within the guidelines provided by the OTI supervisor, or his/her designee, program and project agreements with governmental and non-governmental counterparts;

  • Conceptualize and design country program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, USAID and U.S. Department of State personnel, and other governmental and non-governmental actors, based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy. When necessary, assist in refining strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in-country, possibly linked to neighboring country programs if considered appropriate;

  • Represent and articulate OTI’s mission and global programs to visitors, senior officials from international organizations, bilateral donors and national and local foreign government officials;

  • Identify or seek out NGOs, international donors, U.S. Government (USG) agencies and other organizations of importance to OTI programs in Washington and the field, and develop and maintain professional relationships with them;

  • Advise and/or assist in drafting documents outlining future planning and vision in the development and implementation of OTI programs, and assist in developing and improving country program monitoring and evaluation systems, providing guidance on designing and managing final evaluations;

  • Advise Senior Management and Team Leaders on budget processes and reviews, preparing justification documentation when necessary;

  • Update and revise, as needed, program management guides, including strategic planning and field operations materials;

  • Serve as a liaison with other DCHA offices, other USAID divisions and the State Department on program and policy direction;

  • Help ensure that OTI’s programs and their activities are monitored and evaluated and that lessons learned from the activities feed into ongoing or future activities;

  • Ensure appropriate resource allocation among OTI field offices and implementing partners;

  • When required, supervise staff as delegated by the OTI supervisor (e.g. Technical Advisors, Program Managers, Program Assistants, Program Admin Assistants, etc). Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for staff supervised; assign work, explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations and communicate how the successful performance of those duties will be measured; evaluate staff performance; recognize good performance; communicate where performance needs to be improved; resolve complaints; and approve leave requests and timesheets as well as training, travel and program and operations requests;

  • Fill critical program implementation staffing needs in Washington, D.C. and the field including the provision of ad hoc support to new OTI country program start-ups and on-call technical assistance, including providing supervisory support;

  • As required, perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington OTI headquarters, including within other USAID offices, bureaus or other USG agencies;

  • Analyze and report on current political developments and security concerns as well as other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives;

  • When required, act as Division Chief, or in other team roles;

  • Provide other services as required to fulfill OTI’s program objectives as related to this scope of work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At a minimum, the applicant must have:

  • A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;

OR

A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;

AND

  • A minimum of six (6) years of project management experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, domestic or international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, and/or human rights activities;

  • A minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working in humanitarian assistance, political transition, stabilization or democracy building programs, of which a minimum of one (1) year must be field experience in one or more countries undergoing political transition;

  • A minimum of four (4) years supervisory experience.

Please direct questions about this position or the application process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

How to apply:

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net.

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Albania: TEAM LEADER for the EU Support to Integrated Water Management (EUSIWM), Albania

Organization: Austrian Development Agency
Country: Albania
Closing date: 22 Jan 2018

Team Leader for the EU Support to Integrated Water Management (EUSIWM)

Albania

Project Title: EU Support to Integrated Water Management

Position: Team Leader (International)

Starting date: 1st February 2018

Contract period: 42 months

Location: Tirana, Albania

Introduction:

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the Operational Unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). It is in charge of implementing all bilateral programmes and projects in ADC’s partner countries and administers the budget earmarked for this. Under the European Commission’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance Programme for 2016, ADA has been delegated to implement the project “EU Support to Integrated Water Management” (EUSIWM). For the implementation of this EU and ADC funded project ADA is looking for a Team Leader. The Team Leader will be based in Tirana. The working language will be English.

The overall objective is to enhance the implementation of the national water reform and the progress of Albania towards EU water legislation requirements.The specific objectives of the project are to strengthen capacities for managing the sector in line with EU policies and to consolidate earlier efforts in that direction.

The project is planned for 48 months and shall achieve the following 4 results:

  1. Legal framework in the field of water management is improved in an inclusive and evidence-based manner and implemented and enforced in line with the EU requirements;

  2. River Basin Management Plans are implemented for selected river basins, and in line with EU requirements;

  3. Institutional capacity at river basin level to implement Integrated Water Management is enhanced;

  4. The budgetary framework and economic analysis for water extraction and water use at basin level is improved in line with water framework directive principles, the tariff structure is reviewed and enforced.

The project volume is EUR 3,100,000.00 (1,600,000.00 EUR provided by the European Union and 1,500,000.00 EUR provided by ADA). In order to implement the project successfully the project team leader will deploy long- and short term expertise for drafting of documents and carrying out assessments of policy, strategy and legal documents, River Basin Management Plans (RBMP), Capacity Development Plans for River Basin Agencies, assessing and devising procedures and processes and providing a mix of various technical assistance ranging from:

  • Assessment and analysis of existing legal framework and preparation of a strategy to elaborate an improved draft legal framework for the water management on basin level

  • Implementation of prioritized actions of the strategy (support in drafting of policy, legal and/or regulatory documents; support to the relevant ministries/institutions in the follow up of the strategy)

  • Preparation of phased roadmaps for achieving full sets of operational RBMPs for all six river basins of Albania

  • Preparation of pilot RBMPs for two selected river basins

  • Learning and Development (L&D) activities: tailored coaching and training of the responsible institutions for the RBMPs operation

  • Preparation of Capacity Development Plan (CDP) for relevant institutions

  • Support the establishment of a permanent L&D platform which would allow sustainable and harmonized training for all administrative levels in the Albanian authorities concerned with water management.

  • Analysis and assessment of the budgetary framework of water resource management at basin level

  • Preparation of an Implementation Plan for a Budgetary Framework (IP-BF) of water resource management at basin level

  • Tailored training and coaching to relevant institutions in the implementation of the IP-BF

    The Austrian Development Agency will adopt a process oriented approach to promote and ensure ownership on the Albanian side.

    The following principles will guide the project team:

  • Relevant EU policies and legislation related to the water supply and sewerage sector (WSS) shall be duly taken into account and in line with relevant agreements which Albania has signed with the EU, in particular the EU WFD, the EU GAP II and the EU Adaption Strategy.

  • All interventions should be guided by the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, as well as the Accra Agenda for Action and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

  • The design and implementation of all activities will be in line with existing national policies and in coordination with relevant main actors and interventions in the field (policy compliance). Build on existing experiences, projects, processes and structures in the country.

  • Good governance principles, gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment will be pursued in all interventions and stipulation of the EU GAP II (2016-2020) will be implemented.

  • Capacity development will follow a result-oriented approach and apply principles of gender equality (affirmative action); capacities of the relevant institutions will be strengthened to increase the quality of outputs in policy making, service provision and in the area of monitoring/supervision and contract management.

  • The counterparts and beneficiaries will be involved in the planning (inception phase), implementation, and final stage of the Action. Know how shall be transferred in such a manner that the relevant stakeholders are capacitated to plan and implement their activities and further adjust their own strategic approaches.

  • Extensive consultations will be held with the direct beneficiaries as well as other stakeholders involved in the relevant sectors. As a consequence, all activities of the Action will be agreed upon prior to implementation. This will ensure participatory implementation of the Action, transparency among all relevant stakeholders and accountability towards the Albanian civil society. The cooperation between the public and private sector as well as civil society will be promoted.

  • All interventions shall be guided by a human rights-based approach (HRBA) which includes the principles of i) availability, ii) quality and safety, iii) accessibility, iv) affordability, v) non-discrimination. The RBAs will be supported through this Action in their role as duty bearers. In addition, consumers and relevant civil society organizations should be supported in their role as rights holders. The Albanian Government’s full commitment to adopt a HRBA in the water sector through its co-sponsoring of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution “The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation” (adapted on 28 September 2011) shall be encouraged.

Available information and documents:

  • The National Plan for European Integration (NPEI 2017-2020)

  • The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD)

  • The IPA 2016 Action Programme for Albania

  • The EU GAP II

  • The EU Adaption Strategy

  • Delegation Agreement between ADA and the EC Delegation in Tirana, Albania including all annexes

  • The ADC Country Strategy for Albania, 2015-2020

    Description of services required:

Management of Implementation Unit and Project finances

  • Leading the recruitment of the long and short-term experts under the supervision of ADA Coordination Office Tirana

  • Ensuring that staff and experts have clear job description, work plans

  • Overall coordination and monitoring of staff and experts

  • Briefing and debriefing of experts

  • Setting up financial management and reporting system for reporting towards the EU

  • Ensure in time internal and external reporting according to the expected results and indicators, approved work plans and budget

  • Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and organisation of an external evaluation

  • Coordination of procurement of project assets and handover to the beneficiary at project termination

  • Propose and carry out necessary actions to achieve the expected results defined in the Description of Action (DoA) by providing methodologies and approaches for specific components in order to warrant a timely and high quality implementation of the project in accordance with the Delegation Agreement (DA) and Project Operational Manual (POM)

  • Carry out various assessments according to the DoA in the inception phase

  • Prepare the inception report including a detail work plan for one year

  • Draft terms of reference for the steering committee of the project

Provision of technical assistance to all components

  • Provision of technical assistance to all components/expected results

  • Quality assurance of project interventions and outputs

  • Organisation of capacity development activities, training and coaching for the target group of the project

Coordination and representation

  • Facilitation of stakeholder and other coordination meetings

  • Liaison with government officials and EU Delegation

  • Organisation of steering committee meetings

Visibility

  • Ensure proper visibility of the project according to EU and ADA visibility guidelines and the Communication and Visibility Plan of the Project.

Duration of the assignment

42 months, starting on 1st February 2018

The assignment will be a full-time position

Reporting:

The Team Leader will be employed by the Austrian Development Agency and will technically be supervised by and report to the Austrian Coordination Office in Tirana.

Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in engineering/environment, economics or similar area with a strong focus on water resource management

  • Minimum of 15 years senior technical and managerial experience in development projects

  • Proven experience with EU funded projects and programmes and Project Cycle Management.

  • Extensive experience in the EU Water Framework Directive and River Basin Management

  • Familiarity with the (Integrated) Water Resource Management issues in Albania and in the region

  • Profound experience in the development of Integrated Water Resources Management with the aspects of Institutional Development and Capacity Development

  • Demonstrated understanding of gender equality/women’s empowerment

  • Good analytical writing, facilitation of workshops and meetings and communication skills

  • Ability to work under pressure, to respect deadlines and to handle politically sensitive issues

  • Languages: Proficiency in English language. Knowledge of Albanian and German language is an added value

How to apply:

Documents to be presented by the applicant:

Please submit your application using the standard EU format to Tirana.Application@ada.gv.at by 22 January 2018, indicating “**Team Leader/EUSIWM**” in the subject, with the following documents:

• Letter of motivation including salary expectations (in English)

• Curriculum vitae (in English)

• Names, contact details and working relationship of three professional references (at least one referee should have been your direct supervisor)

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Albania: TEAM LEADER for the EU Support to Integrated Water Management (EUSIWM), Albania

Organization: Austrian Development Agency
Country: Albania
Closing date: 22 Jan 2018

Team Leader for the EU Support to Integrated Water Management (EUSIWM)

Albania

Project Title: EU Support to Integrated Water Management

Position: Team Leader (International)

Starting date: 1st February 2018

Contract period: 42 months

Location: Tirana, Albania

Introduction:

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the Operational Unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). It is in charge of implementing all bilateral programmes and projects in ADC’s partner countries and administers the budget earmarked for this. Under the European Commission’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance Programme for 2016, ADA has been delegated to implement the project “EU Support to Integrated Water Management” (EUSIWM). For the implementation of this EU and ADC funded project ADA is looking for a Team Leader. The Team Leader will be based in Tirana. The working language will be English.

The overall objective is to enhance the implementation of the national water reform and the progress of Albania towards EU water legislation requirements.The specific objectives of the project are to strengthen capacities for managing the sector in line with EU policies and to consolidate earlier efforts in that direction.

The project is planned for 48 months and shall achieve the following 4 results:

  1. Legal framework in the field of water management is improved in an inclusive and evidence-based manner and implemented and enforced in line with the EU requirements;

  2. River Basin Management Plans are implemented for selected river basins, and in line with EU requirements;

  3. Institutional capacity at river basin level to implement Integrated Water Management is enhanced;

  4. The budgetary framework and economic analysis for water extraction and water use at basin level is improved in line with water framework directive principles, the tariff structure is reviewed and enforced.

The project volume is EUR 3,100,000.00 (1,600,000.00 EUR provided by the European Union and 1,500,000.00 EUR provided by ADA). In order to implement the project successfully the project team leader will deploy long- and short term expertise for drafting of documents and carrying out assessments of policy, strategy and legal documents, River Basin Management Plans (RBMP), Capacity Development Plans for River Basin Agencies, assessing and devising procedures and processes and providing a mix of various technical assistance ranging from:

  • Assessment and analysis of existing legal framework and preparation of a strategy to elaborate an improved draft legal framework for the water management on basin level

  • Implementation of prioritized actions of the strategy (support in drafting of policy, legal and/or regulatory documents; support to the relevant ministries/institutions in the follow up of the strategy)

  • Preparation of phased roadmaps for achieving full sets of operational RBMPs for all six river basins of Albania

  • Preparation of pilot RBMPs for two selected river basins

  • Learning and Development (L&D) activities: tailored coaching and training of the responsible institutions for the RBMPs operation

  • Preparation of Capacity Development Plan (CDP) for relevant institutions

  • Support the establishment of a permanent L&D platform which would allow sustainable and harmonized training for all administrative levels in the Albanian authorities concerned with water management.

  • Analysis and assessment of the budgetary framework of water resource management at basin level

  • Preparation of an Implementation Plan for a Budgetary Framework (IP-BF) of water resource management at basin level

  • Tailored training and coaching to relevant institutions in the implementation of the IP-BF

    The Austrian Development Agency will adopt a process oriented approach to promote and ensure ownership on the Albanian side.

    The following principles will guide the project team:

  • Relevant EU policies and legislation related to the water supply and sewerage sector (WSS) shall be duly taken into account and in line with relevant agreements which Albania has signed with the EU, in particular the EU WFD, the EU GAP II and the EU Adaption Strategy.

  • All interventions should be guided by the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, as well as the Accra Agenda for Action and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

  • The design and implementation of all activities will be in line with existing national policies and in coordination with relevant main actors and interventions in the field (policy compliance). Build on existing experiences, projects, processes and structures in the country.

  • Good governance principles, gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment will be pursued in all interventions and stipulation of the EU GAP II (2016-2020) will be implemented.

  • Capacity development will follow a result-oriented approach and apply principles of gender equality (affirmative action); capacities of the relevant institutions will be strengthened to increase the quality of outputs in policy making, service provision and in the area of monitoring/supervision and contract management.

  • The counterparts and beneficiaries will be involved in the planning (inception phase), implementation, and final stage of the Action. Know how shall be transferred in such a manner that the relevant stakeholders are capacitated to plan and implement their activities and further adjust their own strategic approaches.

  • Extensive consultations will be held with the direct beneficiaries as well as other stakeholders involved in the relevant sectors. As a consequence, all activities of the Action will be agreed upon prior to implementation. This will ensure participatory implementation of the Action, transparency among all relevant stakeholders and accountability towards the Albanian civil society. The cooperation between the public and private sector as well as civil society will be promoted.

  • All interventions shall be guided by a human rights-based approach (HRBA) which includes the principles of i) availability, ii) quality and safety, iii) accessibility, iv) affordability, v) non-discrimination. The RBAs will be supported through this Action in their role as duty bearers. In addition, consumers and relevant civil society organizations should be supported in their role as rights holders. The Albanian Government’s full commitment to adopt a HRBA in the water sector through its co-sponsoring of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution “The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation” (adapted on 28 September 2011) shall be encouraged.

Available information and documents:

  • The National Plan for European Integration (NPEI 2017-2020)

  • The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD)

  • The IPA 2016 Action Programme for Albania

  • The EU GAP II

  • The EU Adaption Strategy

  • Delegation Agreement between ADA and the EC Delegation in Tirana, Albania including all annexes

  • The ADC Country Strategy for Albania, 2015-2020

    Description of services required:

Management of Implementation Unit and Project finances

  • Leading the recruitment of the long and short-term experts under the supervision of ADA Coordination Office Tirana

  • Ensuring that staff and experts have clear job description, work plans

  • Overall coordination and monitoring of staff and experts

  • Briefing and debriefing of experts

  • Setting up financial management and reporting system for reporting towards the EU

  • Ensure in time internal and external reporting according to the expected results and indicators, approved work plans and budget

  • Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and organisation of an external evaluation

  • Coordination of procurement of project assets and handover to the beneficiary at project termination

  • Propose and carry out necessary actions to achieve the expected results defined in the Description of Action (DoA) by providing methodologies and approaches for specific components in order to warrant a timely and high quality implementation of the project in accordance with the Delegation Agreement (DA) and Project Operational Manual (POM)

  • Carry out various assessments according to the DoA in the inception phase

  • Prepare the inception report including a detail work plan for one year

  • Draft terms of reference for the steering committee of the project

Provision of technical assistance to all components

  • Provision of technical assistance to all components/expected results

  • Quality assurance of project interventions and outputs

  • Organisation of capacity development activities, training and coaching for the target group of the project

Coordination and representation

  • Facilitation of stakeholder and other coordination meetings

  • Liaison with government officials and EU Delegation

  • Organisation of steering committee meetings

Visibility

  • Ensure proper visibility of the project according to EU and ADA visibility guidelines and the Communication and Visibility Plan of the Project.

Duration of the assignment

42 months, starting on 1st February 2018

The assignment will be a full-time position

Reporting:

The Team Leader will be employed by the Austrian Development Agency and will technically be supervised by and report to the Austrian Coordination Office in Tirana.

Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in engineering/environment, economics or similar area with a strong focus on water resource management

  • Minimum of 15 years senior technical and managerial experience in development projects

  • Proven experience with EU funded projects and programmes and Project Cycle Management.

  • Extensive experience in the EU Water Framework Directive and River Basin Management

  • Familiarity with the (Integrated) Water Resource Management issues in Albania and in the region

  • Profound experience in the development of Integrated Water Resources Management with the aspects of Institutional Development and Capacity Development

  • Demonstrated understanding of gender equality/women’s empowerment

  • Good analytical writing, facilitation of workshops and meetings and communication skills

  • Ability to work under pressure, to respect deadlines and to handle politically sensitive issues

  • Languages: Proficiency in English language. Knowledge of Albanian and German language is an added value

How to apply:

Documents to be presented by the applicant:

Please submit your application using the standard EU format to Tirana.Application@ada.gv.at by 22 January 2018, indicating “**Team Leader/EUSIWM**” in the subject, with the following documents:

• Letter of motivation including salary expectations (in English)

• Curriculum vitae (in English)

• Names, contact details and working relationship of three professional references (at least one referee should have been your direct supervisor)

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Guinea: Expert international en logistique – GUINEE

Organization: Enabel
Country: Guinea
Closing date: 04 Feb 2018

Poste vacant

Enabel est l’Agence belge de développement. Nous mettons en œuvre la politique belge en matière de développement international.

Avec 14 bureaux de représentation dans le monde, 1500 employés et un portefeuille annuel d’environ 220 millions d’euros, nous construisons un monde durable où les femmes et les hommes vivent dans un État de droit et ont la liberté de prendre le contrôle de leur propre vie.

Nous accomplissons toute mission de service public qui s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’Agenda 2030 pour le développement durable, en Belgique et à l’étranger. Ainsi, Enabel renforce l’impact de la Belgique en matière de développement international en exécutant également des missions pour des mandants tiers, tant nationaux qu’internationaux.

Dans le cadre du développement de ses activités, Enabel recherche un (h/f) :

Expert international en logistique

GUINEE

Réf. : GIN/17/009-1

Durée du contrat : 36 mois.

Lieu d’affectation : Conakry, avec des déplacements réguliers à l’intérieur du pays.

Date probable d’entrée en fonction : à partir du premier trimestre 2018.

Package salarial mensuel pour expatriation de longue durée : Catégorie 2 – Expert c’est-à-dire entre 6.135,61 euros et 9.430,72 euros (en ce compris le salaire brut mensuel et les avantages liés au statut d’expatrié: primes d’éloignement et de pénibilité). Le salaire est calculé en fonction de l’expérience pertinente.

En outre, nos collaborateurs expatriés bénéficient également d’avantages liés à l’expatriation tels que la prise en charge des frais de logement (plafonnés), une allocation de déménagement, d’installation, la prise en charge des frais de scolarité des enfants qui accompagnent (plafonnés), un package d’assurances pour toute la famille dont l’assurance rapatriement, des billets d’avion aller-retour une fois/an pour toute la famille.

Les différents montants payés vont varier en fonction de l’expérience pertinente reconnue pour la fonction, la composition familiale et la situation fiscale.

Contexte

Enabel a ouvert son Agence en Guinée début 2016. Dans le cadre de la coopération bilatérale guinéo-belge, un programme de démarrage (10M€) a été rapidement signé et sa mise en œuvre est en cours. Un nouveau programme bilatéral (45M€) est également en cours de construction pour la période 2018-2022.

En parallèle, la Délégation de l’UE en Guinée est sur le point de confier à Enabel en Guinée deux contrats importants (60 Millions €) en Guinée pour la période 2018-2022 :

· le contrat PAGoDA EUTF ” INTEGRA » (Trust Fund d’Urgence), pour l’exécution d’un Projet d’Intégration socio-économique des migrants potentiels et retournés par la création de l’emploi sur l’axe Conakry-Kindia-Mamou-Labé, sera signé en décembre 2017, et sera réalisé en partenariat avec deux agences le PNUD et l’UNCDF. Au niveau de Enabel, les activités porteront sur la création d’emplois durables au travers de chantiers-écoles et d’activités à haute intensité de main d’œuvre (HIMO). Le choix des infrastructures sera déterminé en amont par la réalisation de plans de développement économique et social participatifs avec l’ensemble des acteurs locaux.

· le contrat PAGoDA ” SANITA » sur le 11ème FED .L’objectif général de l’intervention SANITA est d’améliorer l’environnement sanitaire et la qualité de vie des populations urbaines de Conakry et Kindia. Dans le cadre du Programme Indicatif National (PIN) du 11ème Fonds Européen de Développement (FED), l’assainissement urbain est identifié comme secteur de concentration. Compte tenu de la situation sanitaire critique et de la magnitude des besoins, il est proposé d’adopter une approche territoriale intégrée, promouvant des politiques urbaines et territoriales inclusives et durables, s’attaquant au problème des déchets solides, obstacle majeur au bon fonctionnement du réseau existant d’évacuation des eaux.

La fonction

Sous la responsabilité du Programme Manager INTEGRA l’expert en logistique devra principalement :

· Assurer la bonne exécution et le suivi de tous les approvisionnements des chantiers école d’infrastructure

· Assurer la bonne exécution et le suivi de tous les approvisionnements des partenaires suivant les modalités définies (ex : Centres de formations professionnelles, PME, prestataires,…)

· Assurer la bonne exécution et le suivi de tous les approvisionnements des matériaux spécifiques (ex : issus de la valorisation / recyclage des déchets)

· Assurer une allocation optimale des ressources et des approvisionnements en collaboration avec les équipes techniques du projet.

· Assurer, avec les experts en infrastructure, la création et la mise en œuvre des chantiers-école.

· Faciliter la collaboration avec les artisans et entrepreneurs du secteur construction.

· Participer à la capitalisation des expériences des chantiers-écoles.

· Contribuer à la réalisation d’une étude sur la demande de formation professionnelle dans le domaine des infrastructures.

· Préparer, en collaboration avec les responsables du programme, la programmation des activités incluant les aspects financiers.

· Contribuer à l’élaboration des rapports d’activités, en appui aux responsables des deux programmes.

· Organiser les mouvements, missions, approvisionnements, le charroi, de toute l’équipe de projet et des collaborateurs.

· Assurer la coordination des services d’appui (charroi, ICT, logistique bâtiments, approvisionnement énergie et eau, … )

· Effectuer des audits value for money des services logistiques, en collaboration avec le responsable du programme

· Participer à l’amélioration continue des aspects logistiques au sein des programmes.

· Encadrer l’équipe logistique.

· Mettre en place au niveau des projets d’un système de sécurité pour les staffs, bâtiments et gestion des déplacements (dépendant des risques sécuritaires)

Le profil

Niveau de formation requis

· Master en lien avec la fonction

Expérience requise

· Expérience d’au moins 5 ans en gestion logistique de chantiers d’infrastructures et de chantiers école de formations dans des pays fragiles

· Expérience avérée en matière de gestion et formation de staff logistique

· Expérience de gestion d’une équipe

Connaissances et aptitudes requise

· Bonnes capacités relationnelles et capacité à créer du partenariat.

· Bonnes aptitudes en communication orale : facilités de présentation et d’exposé, animation de réunion.

· Bonne capacité à faire des termes de références techniques sur les spécificités techniques des matériaux et des modalités de livraisons

· Excellent niveau de français oral et écrit.

· Maîtrise de l’Excel est exigé.

How to apply:

Intéressé(e) ? Vous correspondez au profil recherché ?

Postulez au plus tard le 04/02/2018 via notre site web :

https://www.enabel.be/fr/content/jobs/

Attention

Il est indispensable de postuler en vous rendant sur notre site web. Seules les candidatures encodées dans notre système via le site web seront prises en compte.

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Slovenia: Project Manager

Organization: ITF Enhancing Human Security
Country: Slovenia
Closing date: 20 Jan 2018

Vacancy Announcement for Project Manager

ITF Enhancing Human Security is looking to recruit a talented and dynamic Project Manager who can drive forward our work in Central Asia and beyond.

ITF Enhancing Human Security (ITF) is a Slovenian humanitarian, non-profit organization established in 1998 with the initial purpose to help Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in the implementation of its peace agreement and to provide assistance and support in the country’s post-conflict reconstruction, specifically in demining and mine victim assistance. Since its inception, ITF steadily expanded the geographical area of its activities to include a variety of developing and post-conflict countries of the Middle East, Central Asia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, South Caucasus, and Latin America.

Hand in hand with an expanding geographical presence, ITF has also recognized the need to address a broader array of challenges that put at risk post-conflict societies affected by landmines/explosive remnants of war and other impacts from armed violence. With its programs, covering the entire spectrum of humanitarian mine action – landmine/explosive remnants of war clearance including cluster munitions, mine risk education, victim assistance, physical security and stockpile management, weapons and ammunition surplus destruction – ITF has in nearly 20 years of operation successfully implemented over 3,200 projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • project development;
  • identification of potential donors;
  • identification and applications to tenders / fund raising for the implementation of projects and programs;
  • project proposal writing (narrative and financial);
  • organization and management of projects and programs,
  • preparation and development of PR materials; preparation of awareness raising materials / brochures;
  • drafting of narrative and financial reports on the implementation of individual projects and programs;
  • presentation of ITF in the international environment;
  • planning, organization and implementation of field and monitoring visits to conflict and post-conflict countries, at locations that are contaminated with mines and other explosive remnants of war;
  • preparation of annual strategic plans / portfolio of projects for specific countries
  • preparation of partnership agreements, implementation contracts and memoranda.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5 years of professional experience in project management, the field of mine action, conventional weapons destruction or related fields.
  • A BA degree (or higher) in social sciences, political sciences, defence studies, international relations or similar.
  • Experience working in an international environment.
  • Strong managerial skills, flexibility and ability to work as a team.
  • Other skills and qualifications: use of Word, Excel, Internet, E-mail, knowledge of unexploded ordnance.
  • Reliability and ability to travel.
  • Required driving license: B
  • Valid EU work permit.
  • Fluency in the following languages: Russian and English. Working knowledge of Bosnian language.

How to apply:

Duration of this full time employment is fixed for the time of 1 year with a trial period of 3 months. The selected candidate will be based in Slovenia with frequent travel abroad. Start date: as soon as possible.

Interested candidates should send an application (CV and cover letter) until 20 January 2018 by e-mail to Ms Andreja Gorisek at andreja.gorisek@itf.si.

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United Arab Emirates: Financial Policy & Process Lead

Organization: British Council
Country: United Arab Emirates
Closing date: 24 Jan 2018

Job description

**Please fill in the application in detail. We cannot open CVs

• Job title Financial Policy & Process Lead

• Location United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah

• Contract Type 2 years fixed term

• Industry Nonprofit Organization Management

• Job function Non- Management

  • SALARY in AED: Basic 11,736.90 + Accomodation 6,426.00

Role purpose

It exists to monitor the effectiveness of financial controls, using corporate frameworks as specified; to monitor risk levels and take corrective action where this is required. It also acts as the first point of contact within the region for counter-fraud activity, and will participate in and lead regional investigations as needed drawing on the expertise of the Central Fraud team and acting on their advice. The role holder is accountable for recommending appropriate action to the Regional Director/HR Director.

Minimum / essential

  • University degree in a relevant area.
  • Minimum of 3 years of qualified experience in a relevant managerial post
  • Strong multi-tasking skills and the ability to work in what is often a confidential, responsive, deadline-oriented and dynamic environment.
  • Proven risk management skills.
  • Fluent English – Shortlisted candidates will either demonstrate they have met the required standard through presentation of an agreed English language certificate, or will be required to take the APTIS test and demonstrate a B2 level of English proficiency.

Desirable:

  • Formal Training in Counter Fraud Management.
  • Risk Management qualification / diploma.
  • Counter Fraud Management experience, including counter fraud planning and counter fraud investigations.

NOTE:

· Only applicants with a valid residence visa in the UAE are eligible to apply for the post. The post is open to British Council internal candidates and external candidates who are currently residing and available in the UAE at the time of applying for and taking up the post, if successful

  • You must obtain full medical clearance before you come to post.
  • Police clearance certificate will be required for the successful candidate.

T*he British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect diversity at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria. British Council appointments are contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and where appropriate systems exist overseas, these include Criminal Records checks.*

Seniority Level

Manager

Industry

  • Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Education Management

Employment Type

Contract

How to apply:

https://jobs.britishcouncil.org/Vacancies/W/1743/0/170527/5448/financial-policy-and-process-lead/Referral?utm_source=external&utm_term=middle-east-north-africa-mena-united-arab-emirates-flexible-location-finance-finance-pay-band-7&utm_content=financial-policy-and-process-lead&utm_campaign=british-council-recruitment&utm_medium=AtsViewLink

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Kenya: Project Management Specialist (Health)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 26 Jan 2018

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 18-02

2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 10, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: January 26, 2018 (4:30 PM East Africa Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Health)

5. MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-PSC 12**.** In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Kenya and East Africa. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 1 year (12 months from start date)

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya; with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.

8. SECURITY CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: Prior to joining USAID, the selected candidate will be required to:

· Undergo a comprehensive background investigation and;

· Obtain and Retain an embassy issued Security Certification.

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: (See Below)

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to qualified Kenyan Citizens and current employees of the U.S. Mission. Employees currently on probation are ineligible to apply. USAID provides equal opportunity and equitable treatment for employment of all people without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic for equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position requirements do not involve rigorous physical demands.

BACKGROUND

The Project Management Specialist – Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) is the senior HSS expert and Team Leader who will provide leadership, management, and technical services on health sector reform and health system strengthening activities, particularly related to health system financing, human resources for health, health information systems, health service quality improvement, referral networking, and supply chain management for health commodities. The incumbent serves as the Team Leader for the HSS team and collaborates with and complements work done by the Family Health, HIV/AIDS, Strategic Information, and President’s Malaria Initiative teams, as well as the Democracy and Governance Office.

The HSS Team Lead provides day-to-day technical oversight of the HSS team portfolio, managing a budget of over $50 million (M) in FY 2018. The position works under the overall direction of the Health Population and Nutrition (HPN) Office Chief and reports to the HPN Deputy Office Chief, who provides overall operational oversight and supervision. Strategic planning, design, evaluation, coordination with development partners and GOK, representation and partner oversight will be critical elements of the position. The incumbent will also provide overall technical leadership and strategic direction to the HPN Office and mission on governance and devolution, health system financing, human resources for health, health information systems, and supply chain management for health commodities. S/he will take the intellectual lead in the development of plans and programs for technical assistance and other activities in these areas.

The HSS Team Leader facilitates communication and ensures collaborative working relationships with high-level decision makers, as well as technical staff, in the Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureau, USAID/Washington counterparts, with other government entities, and with other donors and non-governmental organizations working in the health sector. The HSS Team Leader represents USAID and the USG on various high-level governing bodies key to HSS; serves on GOK technical working groups to advance the policy objectives of the USG and to support coordination and harmonization of health activities in Kenya; and, provides essential communication and liaison within USAID offices and with the USG inter-agency space.

The incumbent will work at a senior level in a high-priority USG foreign assistance program that requires knowledge, experience, maturity, and an ability to function independently under a complex, highly demanding, frequently changing environment. She/he will advise USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) on all aspects of health systems strengthening as it relates to the following technical areas: HIV/AIDS, family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, tuberculosis, and malaria. The incumbent will represent USAID/KEA at the highest government and donor levels. The incumbent will supervise approximately three Foreign Service National positions.

Given the integrated nature of HPN, the heavy emphasis on inter-agency collaboration, and strong linkages with the GOK and private sector, it will be essential for the incumbent to demonstrate strong technical and management skills, complemented by outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Donor collaboration is, equally, a critical function under this position.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

HSS Technical Leadership (60%)

• Provides HSS technical leadership in support of USAID Global Health Strategic Priorities of Creating an AIDS-Free Generation, Protecting Communities from Infectious Diseases, and Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths.

• Serves as a high-level HSS advisor to USAID/KEA mission management and HPN. S/he will keep abreast of current and new health systems issues and policies, have a comprehensive understanding of the issues and opportunities around devolution, health financing, domestic resource mobilization, supply chain management, health information system, health service quality improvement, referral networking, and human resources, and will be able to interpret and advise the mission on implications of these issues and implementation options.

• Represents HPN in USAID/KEA inter-office meetings on not only health systems issues, but also the broader HPN health portfolio.

• Provides technical assistance to ensure program investments throughout the HPN portfolio are consistent with international norms and standards and are synergistic with other investments made by the USG and partnering agencies.

• Represents USAID/KEA at meetings with implementing partners, donors, government, USG agencies, and international and local partners and convey effectively USAID’s position on a variety of health systems issues at local and international fora.

• Serves as co-chair of the HSS Interagency Task Team under PEPFAR, providing technical leadership for strategy development and HSS investment as part of the Country Operational Plan process, and mainstreaming HSS issues across the other interagency technical teams.

• Represents HPN on the USAID inter-office CDCS Development Objective 1 – Devolution team.

• Provides advice to Embassy, mission management and HPN on developments in the health sector and provide recommendations on options to shape USAID health programs. Provide significant input into new designs of health activities, including being a member of design teams.

• Monitors current public health literature, reports, international guidelines and standards and best practices in HSS and provide recommendations in developing innovative approaches to designing, implementing and evaluating health systems related programs in Kenya.

• Represents the Mission internationally to project US leadership and influence Agency policy and strategy based on field experience and operational research.

• Provides direct supervision of and mentoring to at least three FSN-12 HSS team staff members: serve as a full supervisor, providing supervision, leadership, mentorship, and guidance to the professional HSS team staff.

• Carries out a full range of consultative, advisory, strategic, planning and evaluation responsibilities.

HSS Program Management, Coordination, and Representation (40%)

• Manages and mentors a team of approximately three Kenyan professional staff towards achieving HPN results.

• Identifies professional development opportunities for staff and provide timely performance reviews.

• Serves as the Agreement/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR) for at least two of USAID/KEA’s HSS activities, and supervise and provide guidance to subordinate staff serving as AORs/CORs for additional activities. Incumbent may also serve as a AOR/COR, Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR), or Activity Manager (AM) for other HPN managed awards as well. Management includes responsibility for financial, technical, and pipeline reports, adherence to work plans and timely incremental funding of activities. This aspect would also include preparation of technical and program documentation.

• Provides financial oversight for USAID’s investments in HSS activities.

• Ensures effective coordination on health systems activities among USG agencies, with external development partners, with private sector entities and with the GOK at national and county levels.

• Ensures overall management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, documentation and design of the following HSS activity areas:

o Health financing and resource management at all levels –support GOK and county government domestic resource mobilization, and efforts towards ensuring financial protection and universal health coverage, including National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) reform and public-private partnerships, county-level sector strategic planning and budget execution, and financial and policy analyses.

o Supply chain management –build capacity of Kenya to procure, warehouse, and distribute commodities to ensure that clients get needed drugs in a reliable, timely manner. Support broader commodity security activities, ensuring that stock-outs of tracer drugs are minimized or eliminated.

o Policy/advocacy – coordinate technical assistance at all levels to provide a supportive legal and policy environment that enables the GoK to actualize a devolved healthcare system, and deliver on its commitments towards achieving Kenya’s health development goals. Provide targeted support for key advocacy activities, and carefully align program needs to policy requirements.

o Human resources for health – support the GOK and county governments on policy and systems aimed at improving management of health workers in Kenya; assist in support around issues of health workforce planning, distribution and retention, pre-and in-service training, and performance management.

o Leadership/management – under the broader rubric of governance, support the health sector to better manage and lead at all levels, within public and private sectors, and within a newly devolved government.

o Quality improvement (QI) and referral networking – develop the capacity of the GOK and county governments to apply modern QI approaches to make essential services better meet the needs of underserved populations; improve efficiency and reduce costs; and improve health worker capacity, motivation, and retention. Improve the functionality of selected referral networks that link communities with health facilities.

• Reports on Kenya-specific information related to health systems as part of the Mission’s annual planning and reporting processes (including all vertical health reporting requirements); PEPFAR country operational plan, annual and semiannual reports, participating in the preparation of Congressional presentations; drafting technical and congressional notifications; and preparing Project Approval Documents (PADs) and funds obligation documents.

• Represents USAID/KEA at international conferences.

• Assists HPN with other tasks related to the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of USAID support to the health/population sector in Kenya.

POSITION ELEMENTS:

a. Supervision Received: The HSS Team Lead works under the supervision of the Deputy Health Office Chief. Assignments are made orally and in writing. Most assignments are self-generated, and occur in the normal course of the work, but the incumbent determines those that must be coordinated with the supervisor. The supervisor provides a review of the policy, priorities, and results to be achieved. The incumbent will seek advice and assistance as required. Completed work is accepted as technically correct, and the overall assignment is reviewed in terms of results achieved.

b. Supervision Exercised: Supervision of up to three other FSN 12 USAID technical staff, and one FSN 9 USAID support staff, is expected.

c. Available Guidelines: Available guidelines include USAID Mission Orders, Mission strategy, and other relevant reports; the Automated Directives System (ADS); and, USAID Mandatory and Standard Provisions, the FAR and AIDAR, and other published and unpublished guidelines. Guidelines are often general in nature and not specific to the situation at hand, requiring considerable interpretation.

d. Exercise of Judgment: Substantial judgment (discretion) is used daily in giving technical guidance to USG, USAID, and GOK colleagues, to IPs, and in representing USAID in multiple stakeholder fora, including the highest levels of the Embassy and GOK. Management decisions over certain implementing partners are at the discretion of the incumbent. Independent judgment is required for developing, implementing, and managing assigned program/project activities, for reporting, and for other assignments. Position serves as the HSS Team Lead and therefore substantial judgment is required in analyzing and determining whether or not to recommend approval of proposed programs/projects, activities, engagement and in choosing among alternative proposals, and evaluating data for reliability.

e. Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent retains the authority given to activity managers and CORs/AORs within USAID, and may make administrative arrangements consistent with ADS guidance and Mission policy. The incumbent takes action and establishes priorities based on available guidelines and professional judgment. Guidance is sought when needed, and the supervisor informed of activity and project status. Within the scope of the authority delegated, the incumbent may indicate to ranking counterpart and IP officials that they will make a recommendation to USAID on a specific activity issue or problem. The incumbent may negotiate ad referendum for the Office Chief and/or the Team Leader.

f. Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: The incumbent maintains a full range of contacts within the within USAID and the USG; with GOK, county, and local governmental organizations; and, maintains contact with implementing partners and grantees implementing USAID-funded programs/projects/activities. Within the Embassy, contacts include up to the Ambassador level. Within Mission they include up to the Mission Director level and within the Office, contacts are with counterpart staffs, as needed. Host-government, county, local, and other contacts vary widely with the type of activity being implemented, and may be at any level. Frequent and substantive personal contacts with senior level officials of the county and local governments, and with the private sector, are for the purpose of explaining and defending USAID policies, objectives, and procedures, and to transmit and interpret GOK counterpart, county and local level, and private-sector attitudes and concerns to senior USAID officials.

g. Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level: One year.

I. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

a. Education: A Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, business administration, public policy, social or behavioral science or other field related to international development and/or public health is required.

b. Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible technical experience in health reform and health system strengthening activities; including design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. At least four years of experience in a leadership and/or management role. Experience working for a U.S. Government agency and/or a development organization, and/or implementing partner, in a developing country context supporting health development programs, preferably in Kenya or a similar developing country.

c. Post Entry Training: Familiarization training in USAID-specific procedures, regulations, and methods, and orientation to working from a donor-Agency perspective, etc., will be provided. Successful completion of formal COR/AOR certification courses is required. Other training to maintain professional capability in the field, and other courses offered for professional USAID staff, as appropriate; and, courses, seminars, conferences, and other activities in fields related to the sector and needed to maintain and update professional qualifications as they become available will be provided, subject to offerings and the availability of funds.

d. Language Proficiency: Fluent (level 4) English written and oral capability is required; English-writing ability may be tested.

e. Job Knowledge: Advanced specialist knowledge and experience in HSS is required. A comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices of HSS is required. Comprehensive knowledge of the Kenyan government policies, regulations, program priorities and key planning documents related to HSS and devolution is required.

The incumbent should have professional-level knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to the devolution of the health sector and the increasing roles and responsibilities of the Counties within this new formulation. The incumbent must have a good knowledge, or the potential to quickly acquire such knowledge, of USG legislation, policy, and practice relating to development assistance, of USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation, and those of non-state actors (i.e. multilateral and bilateral health partners, civil society and faith-based organizations and private sector). The incumbent must have substantial knowledge and understanding of the organization and respective roles of the different levels of the GOK and MOH, and the role of units within each level, in order to enhance effective communication, and to develop consensus on program/project strategy and implementation plans.

f. Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated diplomatic, leadership and supervisory skills with strong oral and written communication abilities at a senior management level is required. Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required. Ability to lead project teams and workgroups and to develop effective working relationships with national and international working partners is required. The incumbent will be expected to exercise a high level of independence, ingenuity, and tact in applying guidelines to unique and different settings, as the work is highly complex and technical. Skill in project programming, policies, and plans, and in developing strategies for implementation, is desired. The ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment, and to achieve consensus on policy, program/project, and administrative matters, is necessary. The work requires good computer skills in order to manage assigned activities and to achieve set goals and achievements, both technical and financial.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Applicants must submit a cover letter of no more than one letter-size page, which describes how their relevant professional experience and education has prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described above. As part of the interview process, those applicants ranked highest may be required to submit a timed writing sample on a topic provided. The selection committee may conduct reference checks at any time during the selection process.

Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored.

  • Prior work experience ( 30 points)

  • Job Knowledge ( 40 points)

  • Skills and abilities ( 30 points)

Total possible points: 100

Candidates meeting the above required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. References will be asked to assess the applicant’s technical knowledge, work performance, communication skills, and group dynamics, using the above criteria. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed applicants. The interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.

How to apply:

I. How to Apply

Step 1: Register in MyJobsInKenya at www.myjobsinkenya.com

Step 2: Complete the job application questionnaire at www.myjobsinkenya.com/usaid. The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, a copy of your most recent Performance Evaluation Report, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to MyJobsInKenya.

OR

External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to MyJobsInKenya .

Note to Applicants:

  1. Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted through myjobsinkenya.com as stated in Section IV.

  2. To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, applicants must prominently reference the Solicitation number in their cover letter submission.

  3. Submissions will only be accepted through www.myjobsinkenya.com/usaid. Late and Incomplete applications (those that do not contain a cover letter, the applicant’s most current and up to date detailed CV, relevant education certificates and three (3) to five (5) references with contact information) will not be considered for the position. The closing date for receipt of applications is indicated above.

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United States of America: USPSC Deputy Manager for Coordination

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

Position Title: Deputy Manager for Coordination

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00022

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $114,590 – $148,967

Issuance Date: January 10, 2018

Closing Date: January 31, 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 a Deputy Manager for Coordination for the South Sudan Response Management Team 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. 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 Deputy Manager for Coordination

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00022

2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 10, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: January 31, 2018, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Deputy Manager for Coordination

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($114,590 – $148,967 – 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: One (1) year with four (4) 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 (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 address the humanitarian crises in South Sudan, OFDA created the South Sudan RMT. The RMT is based in Washington, D.C. and supports the USG’s humanitarian assistance efforts in response to the complex emergency in South Sudan, offering operational support to the field-based DART, and serving as the focal point for coordination among USG interagency partners and other key stakeholders in Washington. The OFDA team members in Juba, are responsible for coordinating the USG’s humanitarian response to South Sudan, establishing programs to meet clearly defined humanitarian needs, and for overseeing OFDA’s current and future humanitarian assistance programming. This solicitation is for the Deputy Manager for Coordination (DMC) on the South Sudan RMT who manages the Coordination Section.

The RMT coordinates the USG response to a disaster and serves as the primary liaison between the field DARTs and Washington, D.C. The chief purpose of the RMT is to represent USAID, oversee Washington-based support, provide interagency coordination of relief activities, coordinate within USAID and with partners, serve as representatives for relevant USAID stakeholders to other federal officials, the media, and Congress, and support DART field operations. The RMT gathers and analyzes information from these various sources and evaluates the impact of strategic, political, resource availability, budgetary, and other issues on the response. The RMT helps to integrate these issues with the field-level approach recommended by the DARTs to provide overall strategy recommendations to the OFDA Director. When the Director determines the strategic direction, the RMT coordinates with other staff in OFDA to determine the best method to activate and coordinate resources, including funding, staff, commodities, and supplies.

The RMT reports to the OFDA Director and is led by a Response Manager (RM) and three Deputy Managers, one each to supervise the activities of the Planning, Coordination, and Operations sections.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a DMC to serve on the South Sudan RMT in order to meet its objectives of maintaining continuity in this key RMT position, providing coordination expertise in support of the complex response to the crises in South Sudan.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The DMC leads the Coordination Section and is the RMT’s main point of contact for strategic coordination and engagement with external stakeholders. The success of a disaster response will depend on the ability of the DMC to work collaboratively with a broad array of stakeholders from the humanitarian landscape. The DMC must have a command of OFDA’s mandate and global humanitarian assistance policies and programs as well as an understanding of how USAID, the National Security Council (NSC), the State Department, and other USG departments and agencies function in Washington, D.C. and overseas during a disaster response. In addition, the DMC should have an advanced understanding of the international humanitarian architecture, and be able to provide expert-level guidance to interagency colleagues on working with the UN system, other public international organizations (PIOs), NGOs, and donor governments during a response.

The DMC may lead the RMT and make decisions as delegated during periods when the RM is off-shift or unavailable. The DMC works especially closely with the Deputy Managers for Planning (DMP) and Operations (DMO) and the Press Officer (PRO), all of whom report directly to the RM.

This position requires extensive experience with and a thorough understanding of the international humanitarian assistance environment, operations, related policies, regulations, and inter-relationships between the USG, donor and other international organizations. The position requires the ability to translate field experience into policy recommendations. Specific duties in this role include:

· Serve as the RMT’s primary point of contact for external stakeholders.

· Lead strategic engagement with external actors on behalf of the RMT, including the creation and coordination of appropriate messaging for non-media external stakeholders.

· Represent the RMT, as directed by the RM, the Response Director, OFDA Director, at public meetings and events; interagency meetings, working groups, task forces, forums, calls; and donor coordination fora.

· As a Deputy, maintain a comprehensive understanding of the overall response, including programming, operations, and any associated challenges.

· Anticipate the needs of the response and prepare analyses, briefings, and documents as required to respond to those needs.

· In coordination with HPGE, leverage existing institutional relationships with external humanitarian actors on policy-level and strategic response issues.

· In coordination with the Planning Section, facilitate information sharing with external stakeholders; specifically, gather and share information from external meetings and contacts and distribute to relevant RMT members, as well as connect external stakeholders with RMT focal points and information products.

· In close coordination with the RMT PRO and RMT RM, serve as the RMT’s primary coordinator for Congressional engagement, liaising closely with LPA’s legislative officers on preparing information and responding to congressional queries.

· Coordinate written information—including briefers, talking points, and Questions for the Record (QFRs)—for executive staff in coordination with other RMT members and other USG agencies and USAID bureaus and offices. Serve as primary point of contact for the USAID Executive Secretariat, in close consultation with the DMP.

· Develop strategic messaging for congressional testimony with the support of the Press Officer.

· Serve as primary resource for RMT on background information on external stakeholders to inform planning, programming, and strategy development.

· Monitor response operations to identify current or potential external stakeholder coordination issues or concerns to be addressed by the RMT.

· Work closely with USUN Humanitarian Advisors in New York, Geneva, and Rome to ensure they can effectively advocate and represent the response at external meetings. Specifically, keep advisors apprised of new developments and respond to requests on a timely basis.

· Prepare USAID principals for participation in high level events, such as donor pledging conferences.

· Monitor follow up to DART requests relevant to the Coordination Section, ensuring field needs are being met.

· Manage special events hosted by the RMT or DCHA, including high-level events, in support of the response. Manage other special projects, as assigned, within the scope of work provided.

· Manage OFDA’s donations information program.

· Delegate, monitor, and assure completion of above tasks to Coordination Section team members.

· Supervise Coordination Section functional positions to maintain a unified USG response effort.

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

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

· The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work.

· As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office, 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 DMC reports to the RM and directly supervises Coordination Section staff, if activated. When the RMT activates the full Coordination Section, the activated Coordination Section staff may consist of the Outreach Coordinator, Agency Liaison Coordinator, Donations Officer, Diaspora Liaison Officer, Special Issues Officer, and Agency Liaisons (e.g., liaisons to the RMT from organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Public Health Service, State Department, etc.). In addition, the Coordination Section also provides OFDA Liaisons to other departments and agencies (e.g., State Department Task Forces or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Operations Center), and internal USAID Liaisons to and from the RMT. The DMC is expected to work in very close coordination with HPGE to ensure alignment between South Sudan specific engagement and OFDA’s broader policy and institutional relationships.

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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus a minimum of nine (9) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, and on humanitarian policy issues. Experience working for the U.S. Government or with an international organization is preferred. Experience working overseas in a humanitarian context is strongly preferred.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, and on humanitarian policy issues. Experience working for the U.S. Government or with an international organization is preferred. Experience working overseas in a humanitarian context is strongly preferred.

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 Experience in coordinating with a range of humanitarian and foreign policy actors to develop messaging and policies; demonstrated ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and organizations involved in disaster response/preparedness/mitigation and humanitarian assistance, including U.S. Government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other governments.

QRF #2 Proven experience in providing expert guidance in the area of humanitarian assistance with regard to the policy implications of issues and developments, based on a thorough knowledge of humanitarian assistance and the international humanitarian system concepts and issues. Demonstrated knowledge of the structures, mandates, and policies of the actors within the international humanitarian architecture.

QRF #3 Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication, preparing and presenting analysis, providing guidance, negotiating agreement on humanitarian issues, and messaging humanitarian concerns. Demonstrated ability to quickly produce high quality written products.

QRF #4 Demonstrated ability to lead within a team structure. Strong work ethic and ability to initiate, develop and manage multiple projects and staff members simultaneously. Proven diplomatic and leadership skills, and demonstrated political acumen.

QRF #5 Direct experience with U.S. policy and regulations for responses to natural disasters and complex emergencies, as well as experience with U.S. Government systems and structure.

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 – 10 points

QRF #2 – 10 points

QRF #3 – 10 points

QRF #4 – 10 points

QRF #5 – 10 points

Interview Performance – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100 tain

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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Kenya: USPSC Senior Regional Advisor

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 07 Feb 2018

Position Title: Senior Regional Advisor

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00020

Salary Level: GS-15 Equivalent: $105,123 – $136,659

Issuance Date: January 10, 2018

Closing Date: February 7, 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 a Senior Regional Advisor (SRA) 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Regional Advisor

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00020

2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 10, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: February 7, 2018, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Regional Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-15 equivalent ($105,123 – $136,659 – 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: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya

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 Senior 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 six permanent regional offices. The regional offices are located in San Jose, Costa Rica; Bangkok, Thailand; Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; and Budapest, Hungary.

The regional offices are headed by Senior Regional Advisors (SRAs). SRAs serve as the regional team leaders in disaster response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction activities. They are principally responsible for managing the regional offices, monitoring all grants on humanitarian assistance program implementation, overseeing sub-regional offices, as applicable, supervising the office staff, and developing, in consultation with their respective Regional Advisors and the OFDA Africa Division Team Leader in Washington, the multiyear strategies for their respective regions. In coordination with OFDA/Washington, SRAs manage disaster response activities, identify and formulate disaster preparedness, mitigation and training programs for their respective regions.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a SRA for its regional office in Nairobi, Kenya to ensure that OFDA’s objectives for response, preparedness, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and resilience are met.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The SRA will be responsible for a complex portfolio—requiring oversight of multiple, concurrent humanitarian crises throughout the disaster cycle. The SRA will manage a team of field-based staff responsible for the monitoring and assessment of humanitarian needs in the region of responsibility and developing, implementing, and monitoring humanitarian response and DRR efforts. The SRA will serve as the lead humanitarian advisor in the field and ensure OFDA field-base perspectives are incorporated into OFDA’s internal and external policy efforts and office-wide initiatives. Up to 75% travel throughout the assigned region and to headquarters will be expected.

The SRA’s responsibilities will include the following:

Contextual Specialty

· Serve as an authoritative expert on humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities in the region of responsibility;

· Use extensive experience and knowledge base to guide OFDA’s Regional Advisors in analyzing and determining the scale and scope of a wide-range of challenges when complete information is not available and provide support to continued efforts to establish creative solutions;

· Provide expert guidance on political, humanitarian, organizational, structural and stakeholder interests’ specific to the region of responsibility;

· Prepare or supervise the preparation of, regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on assigned countries.

Portfolio Management

· Lead/conduct/oversee initial assessments to identify humanitarian needs and/or DRR opportunities in current disaster sites or locations with high vulnerability;

· Ensure ongoing humanitarian response and DRR activities are monitored to validate that objectives are met and beneficiaries are served;

· Lead the development of country, issue, or disaster specific strategies across the region of responsibility, as well as timely revision of these strategies as contextual realties shift;

· Make authoritative recommendations on difficult resource and programmatic trade-offs within the region and provide expert advice to inform global prioritization;

· Ensure interventions within the region of responsibility align with appropriate strategies;

· Serve a primary role in the management of the approved annual budget for the region to include timely identification of the need for additional resources or the availability of surplus.

Representation

· Serve as the DCHA/OFDA lead representative and the primary point of contact on humanitarian issues in the area of responsibility;

· Serve as an expert advisor on humanitarian and DRR issues to senior USG personnel in the region to include Ambassadors, Mission Directors, and other heads of agencies;

· Develop and maintain relationships with representatives of host government, emergency/humanitarian donor governments (DFID, ECHO, etc.), international emergency and humanitarian organizations (UNOCHA, ICRC, IOM, etc.) emergency/humanitarian divisions of NGOs, U.S. embassies and USAID missions to ensure efficient and coordinated humanitarian response and DRR activities;

· Represent USAID in joint efforts to design, develop, and implement humanitarian strategies and intervention with local governments, donor, partner, and UN organizations, as appropriate;

· Advise regional officials, including host country authorities and other USAID officials on disaster response, mitigation and risk reduction efforts, including the review of sector disaster response and disaster risk mitigation and DRR plans;

· Work with local and regional institutions and private/public sector organizations to incorporate DRR into appropriate programs.

Leadership

· Manage and prioritize daily activities of OFDA’s regional office and all related sub-regional and program offices;

· Supervise emergency/humanitarian staff within the region to include provision of technical guidance and oversight, administrative approvals, and staff development and evaluation;

· Provide current and future strategic direction to the regional office to include programmatic, liaison and representational prioritization, and human and financial resource requirements;

· Participate in a leadership role in office-wide policy initiatives to ensure field perspectives are well-represented;

· Serve as an early adopter of change through constructive engagement in policy, process, and management issues during development and implementation.

General Duties

· Serve in a leadership role on DARTs and/or RMTs within and outside the region;

· Ensure timely reporting of OFDA’s activities the region through written cables, analyses, strategies, and other requests for written information and/or oral briefings;

· 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 SRA will take direction from and report to the Africa Division Director or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

The SRA is expected to independently plan, design and carry out programs, projects, studies or other work with limited administrative direction from supervisor in terms of broadly defined mission or functions. Results are considered technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change, reviewed in terms of fulfillment of program objectives, influence on overall program, or contribution to the advancement of the objective.

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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations and political science, and disaster management) and eleven (11) years of progressively responsible experience in emergency relief and international humanitarian assistance, and/or disaster response, of which five (5) years were obtained overseas including on the-ground field experience in needs assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or post-emergency rehabilitation.

OR

Master’s Degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, political science, and disaster management) and nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience in emergency relief and international humanitarian assistance, and/or disaster response, of which five (5) years were obtained overseas including on the-ground field experience in needs assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or post-emergency rehabilitation.

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 (10 points):

· Direct donor-based experience with USG international humanitarian agencies such as USAID or Department of State or other international disaster response organizations.

· Experience managing humanitarian interventions in an international disaster context across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.

· Specific experience managing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

Management/Supervisory Experience (10 points)

· Demonstrated experience managing a staff of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.

· Experience managing a diverse team of program, technical, and administrative staff, including senior U.S. professionals, working in a constant state of in complex, international humanitarian crisis.

Skills and Abilities (10 points)

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Ambassadors and U.S. Embassy Senior Personnel, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

Interview Performance (50 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.

  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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United States of America: OTI Program Assistant – Washington D.C.

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 24 Jan 2018

The OTI Program Assistant – Washington D.C. is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-9 or GS-10 equivalent level and located in Washington D.C. Applications for this position are due no later than January 24, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

The OTI Program Assistant is a member of one of DCHA/OTI’s Regional Teams in the Field Programs Division (FPD), reports to the OTI Regional Team Leader or his/her designee, and is based in Washington, DC. OTI currently has five regional teams as part of its Field Programs Division (FPD): Africa (AFR), Europe and Asia (EA), Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), Middle East (ME), and Pakistan. OTI’s Regional Teams are responsible for all program implementation-related activity in the specific region.

The Program Assistant’s principal responsibility is to assist one of OTI’s regional teams in the administration and management of existing country programs and participates in new country program assessments as the need arises. This is a program-funded USPSC position, focused on country program implementation support. The Program Assistant must have a strong interest in assisting countries in transition and be able to accomplish a wide range of administrative functions (budget and financial preparation and management, records management, travel assistance, etc.) to help ensure programmatic success. Since work may require continued changes in program direction and implementation, including frequent coordination, the individual will be someone who is highly flexible and willing to work under conditions of ongoing change. The successful candidate will demonstrate sound judgment, excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills, be able to build and maintain collaborative relationships with staff in other support divisions and possess a well-developed understanding of US policy interests.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

At the GS-9 Level:

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Team Leader or his/her designee, the Program Assistant will:

  • Provide daily administrative and operational support for the OTI Regional Team such as scheduling and coordinating meetings, taking notes, ensuring action items are completed, drafting and tracking memos, filing, and other assistance as required;

  • Backstop field-based staff through frequent communication and troubleshooting administrative challenges;

  • Assist in the development and management of effective tracking systems for programmatic and personnel action requests, including travel assistance, training logistics, and other management or budget needs;

  • Respond to requests for information and taskers regarding OTI programs from other teams, divisions, and/or USAID regional offices, within established office guidelines. Assist the teams in the creation and/or editing of information products in support of OTI programs;

  • Prepare Acquisition and Assistance Requests and support documentation for the management and administration of procurement in support of OTI country program activities;

  • Coordinate and collaborate closely with others in OTI’s Operations and Management Division and Program Learning and Innovation Division to ensure completion of OTI project administration, budgeting, personnel and other administrative actions;

  • Evaluate established program operational support processes, and make recommendations to improve effectiveness within office and agency policies and guidelines;

  • If required, serve as primary or alternate Contracting or Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR);

  • Participate as needed in design and implementation of new country program operations to include management, logistical, budget, administrative, personnel and contractual issues;

  • As needed, provide orientation, training, and mentoring for incoming staff; communicate with supervisor to recognize good performance and communicate where performance needs to be improved;

  • Perform all other duties assigned by the supervisor to ensure the successful implementation of country programs.

At the GS-10 Level:

Perform the same duties as the GS-09 level but with less supervision, greater decision-making authority, and greater independence of action.

  • Provide daily administrative and operational support for the OTI Regional Team such as scheduling and coordinating meetings, taking notes, ensuring action items are completed, drafting and tracking memos, filing, and other assistance as required;

  • Backstop field-based staff through frequent communication and troubleshooting administrative challenges;

  • Assist in the development and management of effective tracking systems for programmatic and personnel action requests, including travel assistance, training logistics, and other management or budget needs;

  • Respond to requests for information and taskers regarding OTI programs from other teams, divisions, and/or USAID regional offices, within established office guidelines. Assist the teams in the creation and/or editing of information products in support of OTI programs;

  • Prepare Acquisition and Assistance Requests and support documentation for the management and administration of procurement in support of OTI country program activities;

  • Coordinate and collaborate closely with others in OTI’s Operations and Management Division and Program Learning and Innovation Division to ensure completion of OTI project administration, budgeting, personnel and other administrative actions;

  • Evaluate established program operational support processes, and make recommendations to improve effectiveness within office and agency policies and guidelines;

  • Participate as needed in the selection of program implementers, such as grantees, contractors, and personal services contractors. If required, serve as primary or alternate Contracting or Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR);

  • Participate as needed in design and implementation of new country program operations to include management, logistical, budget, administrative, personnel and contractual issues;

  • As needed, provide orientation, training, and mentoring for incoming staff; communicate with supervisor to recognize good performance and communicate where performance needs to be improved;

  • Perform all other duties assigned by the supervisor to ensure the successful implementation of country programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At the GS-9 Program Assistant Level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible work experience performing a range of duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work above;

OR

  • Master’s Degree (with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field, including but not limited to international development and social sciences) with a minimum of one (1) year of progressively responsible work experience performing a range of duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work above;

AND

  • At least one (1) year project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-government organization, in community development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;

AND

  • A minimum of six (6) months overseas experience in a developing country preferred.

At the GS-10 level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience performing a range of duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work above;

OR

  • Master’s Degree (with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field, including but not limited to international development and social sciences) with a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible work experience performing a range of duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work above;

AND

  • A minimum of two (2) years of recent project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-government organization, in community development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;

AND

(3) A minimum of six (6) months of overseas experience in a developing country preferred.

Please direct questions about this position or the application process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

How to apply:

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net. ;

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United States of America: Social Science Researcher (Consultant)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 04 Feb 2018

Opportunity in Washington, DC

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through ZemiTek partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire a qualified individual for the following position:

Title: Social Science Researcher (Consultant)**

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa/Conflict, Peacebuilding and Governance Division (CPG)

With more than 30 years’ experience providing information technology (IT) and management consulting services worldwide, Rosa Caldas, formed ZemiTek in 2007. Based in the Washington, DC metro area, ZemiTek delivers solutions to the federal government by supporting agencies such as USAID, US Patent and Trademark Office, US Department of Justice, US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Homeland Security, among others; and internationally to their missions in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

CAMRIS International is among the top 20 USAID contractors for the third year in a row. CAMRIS realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective programs and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, CAMRIS combines proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

Background

USAID Africa Bureau is seeking a literature review to identify and examine best practices in social and behavior change communication efforts[1] by African governments. This initial analytic effort will contribute to USAID Africa Bureau objectives to expand its analytic capacity and enhance its ability to better understand how African governments are using SBCC campaigns to improve the wellbeing of African citizens, with an emphasis on informing USAID activity design.

Whether and how governments lead and engage with citizens on issues that affect their daily lives can be critical for addressing development challenges across sectors. The relationship between the state and society can be key in determining the success of interventions in health, food security, conflict, economic growth, education and the environment. For example, the state may play a crucial role in changing behaviors, from convincing farmers to shift away from traditional farming practices or crops, to encouraging hand washing or proper burial practices to protect public health. Conversely, when the state-society relationship is dysfunctional and fails to produce outcomes that are considered to be legitimate or effective, it contributes to state fragility and impedes development. For example, in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, citizens resisted efforts to contain Ebola, rejected government-issued health and safety advice and, at times, attacked health workers.

This research will focus on efforts by African governments to change citizens’ attitudes and behaviors to address development challenges, thereby contributing to the body of knowledge on how the state-citizen relationship impacts the effectiveness of government efforts. The findings will serve to inform USAID programming that aims to strengthen good governance through support for behavior change communication efforts that help address the challenges to African development across sectors.

Much of USAID’s democracy, human rights and governance (DRG) efforts in sub-Saharan African involve changing attitudes and behaviors to build trust between citizens and the state. For example, changing attitudes and behavior is at the heart of protection of minority rights, bringing fairness to the treatment of women and girls, establishing fair and peaceful political processes, fighting corruption, mitigating conflict, or promoting respect for free speech. However, DRG approaches frequently place the emphasis on the institutions we hope to reform – legislatures, accountability bodies, the media – rather than on how those institutions relate to the individuals they represent and serve.

Disasters, epidemics and security crises result in much higher mortality levels in countries suffering from poor governance and distrust both of external actors and national and local governments. In Southern Africa, HIV was initially dismissed as a fiction or a creation of the West to harm Africans. In countries such as Nigeria and Mali, the devastating effects of violent extremism are magnified in areas where trust in the national government has been eroded and citizens are unable to engage effectively with their leaders. Disaster risk reduction programs are undermined by poor citizen engagement – a major shortfall in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and Southern Africa where natural disasters are a major threat to development. Understanding how governments can overcome distrust, improve their perceived legitimacy, and manage communications can strengthen USAID’s programming responses.

Are governments that demonstrate legitimate governance more effective at changing citizens’ behavior than others? If so, what strategies can be employed to address gaps in the trust in public institutions that weaken legitimacy and effectiveness? This research will examine African governments’ efforts to influence societies’ behaviors and how the state-citizen relationship supports or undermines these efforts. This initial cross-sectoral analysis will focus on examples across development sectors such as health, crisis response, agriculture, and food security where BBC approaches are used.

[1] Health Communication and Capacity Collaboration defines SBBC as “the use of communication to change behavior, including service utilization, by positively influencing knowledge, attitudes and social norms. SBCC coordinates messaging across a variety of communication channels to reach multiple levels of society.”

Methodology

The purpose of this research activity is to identify best practices in SBCC efforts by African governments to address development challenges and to identify examples of African cases of behavior change communication efforts for potential more in-depth analysis.

Literature Review

Researchers will:

  • Conduct a literature review on SBCC efforts by African governments to address development challenges.
  • Identify examples of cases of behavior change communication efforts in development.
  • Summarize the state-of-the-art in SBCC by governments, from the national to the local levels, working to advance development and resilience to disasters, epidemics and security crises.
  • Clarify what the literature suggests in terms of effective African-led and donor-funded SBCC efforts, and the role of the state-citizen relationship in such effectiveness.

Specifically, the review will examine literature, project documents and relevant quantitative data and indices, and include consultations with USAID staff or other stakeholders as appropriate. Illustrative research questions will include:

  • What are examples of effective and ineffective SBCC efforts?
  • What are the factors that affect the relative success of government-led SBCC efforts?
  • What are some of the primary reasons that individuals and groups have resisted or ignored BCC efforts? Was trust in public institutions a major factor?

Key Deliverables

There will be three key deliverables:

  • A report of the findings of the literature review not to exceed 30 pages (excluding annexes), including an executive summary (no more than three pages) and a complete bibliography of all sources reviewed.
  • A presentation of the findings to USAID staff with accompanying slides provided electronically.
  • A brainstorming meeting with USAID staff, with the purpose of discussing examples of African cases of behavior change communication efforts for potential more in-depth analysis.

The timeframe for the literature review activity is January to June 2018. This timeframe includes the following internal deadlines after the start of the activity (dates to be specified once the activity starts):

  • Bi-weekly calls with the USAID activity manager to provide status updates and to mitigate any questions that come up during the course of the literature review.
  • By Day 10: An initial outline to be submitted for review, comment, and approval to USAID. This outline should include a comprehensive list of resources/literature and consultations that will be included in the review for which USAID will provide feedback and comments within seven business days (by Day 17).
  • By Day 40: A rough draft to be provided to USAID for review and comment. USAID will provide feedback and comments within fourteen business days (Day 54), to include guidance on how to proceed with the final draft.
  • By Day 60: The final draft to be submitted to USAID for review, comment, and (if possible) approval. USAID will review the final report within fourteen business days (by Day 74). If additional substantial revisions are required to the final draft, USAID and the researcher/research team will agree upon a feasible timeline to finalize the report.
  • Within 10 days of approval of the final report (anticipated Day 84), a draft of the presentation will be provided to USAID. USAID will review the presentation within seven business days (anticipated by Day 91).
  • Within 5 days of receipt of the USAID edits (anticipated Day 96), a final draft of the presentation will be provided to USAID for review, comment and approval.
  • On a mutually-agreed upon date, the researcher/research team will give the presentation to USAID and hold a brainstorming meeting.

Qualifications

The researcher/research team should have the following expertise and skills:

  • A master’s or equivalent graduate degree (MA/MS) in political science, international relations, or a related field, and at least 5 years of progressive research experience.
  • Knowledge of behavior change communications and/or similar intervention areas of African development;
  • Knowledge of international development in the health, crisis response, food security and/or other sectors;
  • Familiarity with USAID democracy, human rights and governance (DRG) approaches;
  • Previous experience working on USAID or other donor-funded research or program analysis;
  • Expertise in political and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Experience in qualitative research methods;
  • Experience working on a team to conduct research and deliver written and oral products.
  • Minimum of five years technical writing experience;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills required.
  • French language skills highly desired; and
  • Sub-Saharan Africa field experience required; Mano River Union (Guinea, Liberia, and/or Sierra Leone) preferred.

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Current CV
  • Recent technical paper/report
  • Proposed project outline and timeline for the tasks asked in the scope of work above, including your daily rate and overall costs.

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

ZemiTek and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.
ZemiTek and CAMRIS International are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Iraq: Liaison Manager

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 10 Jan 2018

Title: Liaison Manager

Reports to: GIZ Representative Iraq
Location: Erbil, Iraq
Languages Required: English, Kurdish, Arabic

Background:
As a member of the GIZ Office KRI/Northern Iraq in Erbil, the Liaison manager reports to the Country Representative (CR) and support GIZ managers and their deputies on programatic and operational issues
In the fields of responsibility set out below, the Liaison manager shall act under delegated authority from the CR and be accountable to the CR, and through the CR, to the Country Office in Ankara and its members. For the fulfilment of these responsibilities, the Liaison manager shall receive instructions, guidance and support from the CR. In terms of programmatic and operational support, the Liaison manager will liaise with key program and operational bodies in particular the Heads of programs – and

the Risk Management Team (RMO).

  1. Duties and Responsibilities:
    A) Summary of the Key functions:
     As regards the CR’s representational role, the Liaison manager shall facilitate communication between the CR and the KRI/Northern Iraq authorities. In so doing, the Liaison manager shall analyze and advise on emerging political, socio-economic and security developments and advocate for joint positions, based on the GIZ’s purposes and principles.
     The Liaison manager shall act under the authority of the CR to coordinate and control the security arrangements for operations in his / her area of responsibility.
     In matters pertaining to GIZ program implementation for Iraq, the Liaison manager shall support existing arrangements enabling a coherent GIZ response on relevant programming and policy issues, ensuring compliance with the agreed organizational, planning, monitoring and reporting requirements of the GIZ.
     The Liaison manager will support the smooth running of GIZ programming in KRI/Northern Iraq, inter alia through maintenance of a constructive and inclusive working atmosphere among concerned GIZ staff members, including representatives of GIZ headquarter and consultants, where relevant.
     The Liaison manager will support strategic partnerships arrangements with national stakeholders, including government and non-state actors. The Liaison manager shall ensure the provision of top quality advisory services facilitate effective knowledge management and
    provide assistance to CR in regard of planning, monitoring and reporting, aid management
    coordination etc.
     The Liaison manager shall support inter-agency cooperation on communication activities in
    KRI/Northern Iraq, including identification of high-visibility, results-oriented communication
    opportunities.
     Liaising with the PR Unit of GIZ, the Liaison manager will engage with the media and other
    key partners to ensure effective communication messaging under One GIZ Voice in
    KRI/Northern Iraq.
     The Liaison manager shall liaise with the local bodies like e.g. JCC’s and BORHA to ensure:
    regular coverage of developments on KRI/Northern Iraq in GIZ KRI/Northern Iraq
    information platforms.
     The Liaison manager shall act as an interpreter (writing/speaking) for the CR and shall
    accompany or represent him on high level meetings and talks with local authorities.
  2. Functions/Key Results Expected:
    A) Provide strategic policy and political analytical support to the CR:
     Advise the CR on any political, social or economic developments in the relevant areas of
    responsibility of this function.
     Maintain and develop day-to-day contacts with key government authorities and ensure the
    prompt sharing of information, conclusions or messages with the CR and concerned GIZ
    Head of Programs, or GIZ program staff, as appropriate.
     Support the development and maintenance of existing joint consultation processes within
    government authorities and other stakeholders in the area of responsibility.
     Act as a point of referral and advice for communications between the GIZ and the local
    authorities.
     Act as the Area Security Advisor for the CR in liaison with KRI/Northern Iraq RMO and stay
    abreast of local security related issues and/or concerns.
    B) Provide strategic coordination for GIZ implementation in KRI/Northern Iraq:
     Advise the CR on the need for adjustments to the GIZ results framework for KRI/Northern
    Iraq, and related programmatic or operational developments.
     Support KRI/Northern Iraq key persons within the government and the governorate offices to
    comply with the agreed planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements of the
    GIZ during program implementation, ensuring a results orientation and the application of
    lessons learned.
     Working closely with JCC, OCHA, IOM and other relevant bodies support the overall
    coherence and harmonization of GIZ activities in KRI/Northern Iraq, in particular during
    planning, reviews and implementation.
     Supervise the implementation of the GIZ Letter of Intent in KRI/Northern Iraq and
    implementation of the memorandums, recommendations and agreements which were
    adopted.
     Liaise with the GIZ RMO, in case of any emergency
    C) Maintains strategic partnerships and support the resource mobilization in
    cooperation with other agencies:
     Support the development of partnerships with government institutions, bi-lateral and multilateral
    donors, private sector, civil society etc.
     Provide support to joint GIZ resource mobilisation efforts, in accordance with the agreed GIZ
    Principles and Strategy and other relevant instruments defined by the GIZ.
    D) Ensures provision of policy advisory services and facilitation of knowledge
    building and management:
     Contribute to the analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and
    preparation/revision of GIZ support documents.
     Identify sources of information related to policy-driven issues, synthesis of best practices
    and lessons learned directly linked to GIZ program goals.
     Support the production of CR reports to demonstrate development results.
     Coordinate development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems
    and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
    E) Ensures administrative procedures for the GIZ Office
     General administrative tasks with the authorities like e.g. vehicle registration, Asayish focal
    point, correspondence with the local authorities like governorate, ministries, directorates.
     Facilitate day to day non-administrative work between GIZ and national as well as
    international partners.
     Processing of residency (ID) card and visa issues for international GIZ staff.
     Supervision and cooperation with the Office manager in all relevant matters.
     Management responsibility for liaison support staff in Erbil, Dohuk, Suleymania and
    Baghdad (e.g. liaison officer, liaison assistant, logistics assistant
  3. Competencies
    A) Corporate Competencies:
     Demonstrates integrity by modeling the GIZ values and ethical standards.
     Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the GIZ.
     Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
    B) Required Competencies:
  4. Management and Leadership / political analysis skills
     Ability to conduct sound political analysis, judgment, and decision making in a complex
    socio-political environment.
     Ability to analyze and understand complex political issues and environment and provide
    options or advice to senior management.
     Builds strong relationships within political and social networks, focuses on impact and result
    for the GIZ and responds positively to feedback.
     Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
     Ability to lead, build and work in a team.
     Capacity to work under pressure.
     Demonstrated negotiating, cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills.
     Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills.
     Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  5. Development and Operational Effectiveness
     Ability to support strategic planning, results-based management and reporting.
     Ability to support monitoring and evaluation of development programs and projects, mobilize
    resources.
     Ability to implement new systems and positively affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change.
     High intellectual capacity to understand and interpret national development issues.
     Promotes knowledge management in the GIZ family through networking and personal
    example.
  6. Required Skills and Experience
    A) Education:
     Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, Public
    Administration, Business Administration, Development Studies, International Development
    or related field.
    B) Experience:
     Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing
    strategic political policy and program/project advisory services, hands-on experience in
    policy and program design, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions and
    results, or related fields. Also, candidates will require experience on security matters and
    skills in facilities management.
     Proven ability to establish and manage inter-relationships among international
    organizations, national governments and civil society. Experience in the usage of computers
    and office software packages and good IT skills desirable.
    C) Language:
     Fluent in English, Kurdish, Arabic, spoken and written. Knowledge of the German language
    would support the application.

How to apply:

Please send your CV/Resume to the following email address: Jobs.GIZ.KRI@giz.de

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Jordan: Mobility Assistant

Organization: British Council
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 13 Jan 2018

The British Council in Amman Jordan is looking for one Mobility Assistant to join the team for a 2 years renewable contract.

About Us

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

Role purpose

The Mobility Assistant will implement the human resource aspects of interoffice mobility for Jordan postings ensuring the timely and effective execution of the relocation/posting plan. He/she will serve as the point of contact for moves inbound to Jordan and have accountability for management of all aspects on relocation of staff to Jordan, and their off-boarding requirements when their posting/contracts in Jordan end. To support Business Operations, local, regional cluster and global HR with the mobility of employees. Maintain systems, processes, documentation, handle internal enquiries and prepare management information reports for multiple functions that may require assistance. The role will contribute to the achievement of British Council corporate standards and meet relevant polices/ procedures. To be a pro-active member of the HR team in Jordan and with close coordination with the Jordan Business Operations team, and depending on the size of the country/ cluster, may manage a small team. Work as part of an efficient and effective team to support the business in achieving objectives. The role will ensure that team performance adds value to the delivery of objectives and to ensure that all risks, compliance and business continuity are identified and monitored. To support HR and Business Operations management in the delivery of new initiatives and change programmes.

Requirements: Minimum / essential 

  • Native level reading and writing in Arabic. 
  • Minimum of B2 English language. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area 
  • A minimum of 3 years experience with international organization operating in Jordan.- working in mobility preferred or Professional services environment 
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural organisation in an international context 
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to build effective relationships with global teams, employees and management, to achieve the delivery of high quality and effective professional services 
  • Ability to develop and manage a range internal and external stakeholder relationships, especially with service providers  -Strong administrative experience with the ability to interpret and follow organisational policy and practices 
  • Experience in delivering an excellent customer service and managing issues in an appropriate and professional manner

Desirable:

• HR certification,

• Finance qualification

• Experience in working with logistics, customs, real-estate accommodation management • Working in both public, not for profit and private sector organisations • Experience of working in a matrix management structure. • Knowledge of/ or managing and advising on mobility cases

Salary Details: 590 Jordanian Dinars, Medical insurance

How to apply:

Please follow the link to apply:

https://jobs.britishcouncil.org/Vacancies/W/7649/5266253/169667/5448/mobility-assistant-jordan/Referral?utm_source=external&utm_term=middle-east-north-africa-mena-jordan-amman-human-resources-hr-pay-band-4&utm_content=mobility-assistant-jordan&utm_campaign=british-council-recruitment&utm_medium=AtsViewLink

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Afghanistan: International Plant Pathologist

Organization: Government of Afghanistan
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

Building on the Agriculture Master Plan, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA), in collaboration with its development partners, has defined a number of appropriate priorities for agricultural investments and policies under the National Agricultural Development Framework (NADF). In order to increase farmers’ incomes and improve the food security situation, the GoA is giving foremost attention to strengthening of the agricultural production base. In this respect the government has asked the World Bank for assistance in strengthening agricultural input supply systems. Specifically, the GoA has requested the World Bank for assistance in the implementation of the Afghanistan Agriculture Inputs Project (AAIP) that will consist of the following four components: (i) Improve seed production and certification; (ii) Establish infrastructure and policies regarding quality control and safe use of fertilizers and agrochemicals; (iii) Improve input delivery systems; and (iv) Establish efficient project management, implementation and coordination mechanisms.

The development objective of AAIP project is strengthened institutional capacity for safety and reliability of agricultural inputs and sustainable production of certified wheat seed. The implementation phase of the project is expected to start around mid 2013.

Under its Seed Component, the project assists the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) with their mandates of variety selection, maintenance breeding and production of Breeder’s Seed, the Improved Seed Enterprise (ISE) with their mandate to produce Foundation and Registered Seed, and the Afghan National Seed Organization (ANSOR) and its member Private Seed Enterprises (PSEs) with their mandate to produce and market Certified Seed. (NB Seed Certification is supported by another project, funded by the EU) Moreover the project will support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with the overall coordination of the seed sector.

Support provided by the project consists of hardware (equipment, constructions, etc.) and software (capacity building, organization, legislation, technical support, etc.). In order to coordinate the activities and provide the support mentioned, the project‘s Management Unit (PMU), apart from administrative and other technical units, contains a seed team consisting of a National Seed Program Coordinator and two National Seed Officers. It also provides short and long term national and international consultants and staff to the implementing partner organizations.

Job Summary:

· The international Plant Pathologist/Mycologist will assist the Project Director and Plant Protection Section of AAIP in supporting of the smooth implementation of the Nationwide Insect Pest and Plant Diseases Survey in Afghanistan and work closely with the diagnostic and validation committee for diagnosis of the plant disease samples collected during the survey.

Duration: 8 Months

Key Responsibilities of international Plant Pathologist:**

· Review the existing plan of conduction Nation-wide Insect pests’ and Diseases Survey and recommended improvement as needed.

· Regularly check the insect pest and plant diseases survey database and make correction in the diagnosed samples of plant diseases

· Work closely with the diagnostic committee in diagnosis of the plant diseases samples collected during the survey

· Preparation of training on Plant Diseases diagnostic members in the diagnostic committee

· Demonstrate the techniques and procedures for plant diseases surveys to the diagnostic committee

· Preparation of linkage with the Plant diseases diagnostics laboratory for necessary identification services’

· Monitor the conducting of the nation-wide insect pests and diseases surveys and brief the diagnostic committee in its Pests Risk Analysis

· Identification of the plant diseases collected during the survey, and classify their pathogen them as per IPPC classification

· Preparation of a report on the Quarantine Plant diseases for different crops of Afghanistan

· Instruct the technical staff in preservation of plant diseases samples collected during the survey

· Validate and classify into at least genus level with the use of plant diseases diagnosis materials

· Work closely with the diagnostic committee members in diagnosis of the plant diseases thorough symptom base and other

· Adopt the taxonomic keys, publications/CDs available from CABI Bioscience etc for identification of Plant Diseases Diagnosis

· Any other task assign by the Project Director

Required Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

· Master in Plant Pathology, individual with (Ph.D) degree in the relevant field and specialization in diagnosis of the plant diseases.

· The candidate will have minimum of 10 years working experience in diagnosis of plant diseases. He/she will have the knowledge on techniques used for diagnosis of the plant diseases.

Skill

· Excellent solid knowledge in Plant Pathology (e.g. in command theoretical and practical) of all state of arts methodologies.

· Good knowledge in diagnosis of plant pathology

· Ability to analyze technical issues, develop and execute solution/mitigation options

· Able to analyze the data and summarize the conclusion.

· Ability to work independently

· Expert in the use of equipments require for standard Plant Pathology lab.

· Hands-on experience in laboratory safety and basic biological and chemical handling

· Good oral and written communication skills in English

· Good computer skills in MS office etc

· Willing to work in difficult and challenging circumstances

How to apply:

Send update CV and Cover letter to AAIP, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Jamal Mena, Kabul Afghanistan Or send us your CVs in soft to: aaip.jobs@mail.gov.af

Do not attach recommendation and Education documents; these will be required only in interview stage.

*Note: No resume will be taken under consideration without cover letter, the position title, vacancy number in the subject line of the email.

*Only selected candidates will be called for interview. All applications will be checked and validated against the above mentioned requirements. Any un-matching C.V.will be automatically rejected.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is an equal opportunity employer which encourages male and female candidates to apply for vacant positions.

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Afghanistan: International Entomologist

Organization: Government of Afghanistan
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

Building on the Agriculture Master Plan, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA), in collaboration with its development partners, has defined a number of appropriate priorities for agricultural investments and policies under the National Agricultural Development Framework (NADF). In order to increase farmers’ incomes and improve the food security situation, the GoA is giving foremost attention to strengthening of the agricultural production base. In this respect the government has asked the World Bank for assistance in strengthening agricultural input supply systems. Specifically, the GoA has requested the World Bank for assistance in the implementation of the Afghanistan Agriculture Inputs Project (AAIP) that will consist of the following four components: (i) Improve seed production and certification; (ii) Establish infrastructure and policies regarding quality control and safe use of fertilizers and agrochemicals; (iii) Improve input delivery systems; and (iv) Establish efficient project management, implementation and coordination mechanisms.

The development objective of AAIP project is strengthened institutional capacity for safety and reliability of agricultural inputs and sustainable production of certified wheat seed. The implementation phase of the project is expected to start around mid 2013.

Under its Seed Component, the project assists the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) with their mandates of variety selection, maintenance breeding and production of Breeder’s Seed, the Improved Seed Enterprise (ISE) with their mandate to produce Foundation and Registered Seed, and the Afghan National Seed Organization (ANSOR) and its member Private Seed Enterprises (PSEs) with their mandate to produce and market Certified Seed. (NB Seed Certification is supported by another project, funded by the EU) Moreover the project will support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with the overall coordination of the seed sector.

Support provided by the project consists of hardware (equipment, constructions, etc.) and software (capacity building, organization, legislation, technical support, etc.). In order to coordinate the activities and provide the support mentioned, the project‘s Management Unit (PMU), apart from administrative and other technical units, contains a seed team consisting of a National Seed Program Coordinator and two National Seed Officers. It also provides short and long term national and international consultants and staff to the implementing partner organizations.

Job Summary:

The international Plant Entomologist will assist the Project Director and Plant Protection Section of AAIP in supporting of the smooth implementation of the Nationwide Insect Pest and Plant Diseases Survey in Afghanistan and work closely with the diagnostic and validation committee for identification of the insect pest collected during the survey.

Duration: 8 Months.

Key Responsibilities of I**nternational Entomologist**:**

· Regularly check the insect pest and plant diseases survey database and make correction in the diagnosed samples

· Validate and classify insects into at least genus level with the use of insect identification key.

· Work closely with the diagnostic committee in identification of insect pest collected during the survey.

· Instruct the museum curtain staff in preservation of insect samples

· Adopt the taxonomic keys, publications/CDs available from CABI Bioscience etc for identification of insect pest

· Review the existing plan of conduction Nation-wide Insect pests’ and Diseases Survey and recommend improvements as needed.

· Deliver of training on insect identification to the members indiagnosticcommittee of Plant Protection and Quarantine lab staff

· Develop the techniques and procedures for insect pests and diseases surveys to the diagnostic committee

· Preparation of linkage with the Pests and diseases diagnostics laboratory for necessary identification services’

· Help in the smooth conducting of the nation-wide insect pests and diseases surveys and give lectures/ brief the PPQD staff on the Pests Risk Analysis

· Identify the insects pests collected during the survey, and classify them as per IPPC classification

· Preparation of a report on the Quarantine Pests and diseases for different crops of Afghanistan

· Instruct the technical staff in the curation of insect museum

· Any other task assign by the Project Director

Required Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

· Master in Entomology individual with (Ph.D degree in the relevant field specialized in taxonomy of plant damaging insects will be given preference.

· The Candidate will have minimum of 10 years working experience in Entomology with insect identification as well as their taxonomy. He/she has to have knowledge on modern techniques used for identification insects.

Skill

· Excellent solid knowledge in Entomology (e.g. in command theoretical and practical) of all state of arts methodologies.

· Ability to analyze technical issues, develop and execute solution/mitigation options

· Able to analyze the data and summarize the conclusion.

· Ability to work independently

· Good knowledge of equipments require for standard Entomology lab.

· Hands-on experience in laboratory safety and basic biological and chemical handling

· Good oral and written communication skills in English

How to apply:

Send update CV and Cover letter to AAIP, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Jamal Mena, Kabul Afghanistan Or send us your CVs in soft to: aaip.jobs@mail.gov.af

Do not attach recommendation and education documents; these will be required only in interview stage.

*Note: No resume will be taken under consideration without cover letter, the position title, vacancy number in the subject line of the email.

*Only selected candidates will be called for interview. All applications will be checked and validated against the above mentioned requirements. Any un-matching C.V.will be automatically rejected.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is an equal opportunity employer which encourages male and female candidates to apply for vacant positions.

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Afghanistan: Technical Consultant on Phytosanitary and Food Safety for Agribusiness (International)

Organization: Government of Afghanistan
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

The Government of Afghanistan, the World Bank and other development partners have been collaborating to develop an Agribusiness Charter (‘the Charter’ hereafter) to create good jobs, strengthen and diversify livelihoods, and enhance the competitiveness of selected value chains, all contributing to sustainable economic growth for Afghanistan. The Charter compliments and builds on 0020 the on-going investments being made in the Agribusiness Sector, in particular those of ARTF and the World Bank including the Afghanistan Agricultural Inputs Project (AAIP).

The Government and the international community have recognized that there are several priorities related to enhancing socially progressive agribusiness – creating good jobs, removing barriers to investment and export, streamlining regulatory procedures, and capturing important opportunities to support domestic production for key commodities – which can be addressed in the short- to medium- term – while in the long-term strengthening government capacity for strategic leadership and policy-based programming in the agribusiness sector. The Charter is a multi-stakeholder compact which will address these priorities.

Regulatory reform to improve management of financial and tax incentives, customs and trade procedures, labor, licensing and trading laws and credit options will be assessed and actioned with a focus on how to support and mobilise private sector investment and risk taking. Implementation will be supported through investments in strategic communications and support in the areas of marketing and branding, law enforcement, extensions services and information coordination and management.

Design and management of the Charter is coordinated through an inter-ministerial Committee co-chaired by MoF, MoCI and MAIL. There has been a lack of strategic coordination in the agribusiness sector in the past, and in any sector, reaching strong consensus on multi-ministerial initiatives is a recognized challenge. Commitment to coordination of this nature and proper human resourcing to deliver on this commitment is an important prerequisite for the primary ministries involved.

The technical assistance under the AAIP is required to support achieving its mandate of developing a functional phytosanitary system for the country while contributing to the design of agribusiness charter in policy, strategic and technical issues in the areas of trade and investment policy, inclusive, private-sector led growth, and the institutional and scientific issues. One major issue which needs to be addressed to stimulate growth of agribusiness is biosecurity. Food safety and standards is a major hurdle, limiting access to new and existing markets. The institutional challenges are significant and require resolution. Specific expertise is required in this area to establish, re-regulate and improve processes and facilities for certification and quality testing of food commodities for export, and regulate the quality of imports. Making progress in this area requires a complex mixture of reform, investment, and re-branding, taking into account market demands and availability of supply.

Job Summary:

· The Consultant will act as a focal point on bio security to the inter-ministerial working group in support of the design of the Agribusiness Charter. He or she will provide expertise and recommendations to the working group on issues related to food safety and quality certification, trader relations and bio security, and the institutional support required for delivery.

The duration of the job is 6 months.

Reporting and Authority

· The consultant will report to the Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) (or his/her designated representative).

Key Responsibilities of International Technical Consultant on Phytosanitary and Food Safety for Agribusiness:

The consultant will undertake the following tasks to support the design of the Agribusiness Charter:

· Support the adaption of phytosanitary and quality standards

· B uild relationships with existing and new markets to inform policy and recommend the assistance required.

· Provide substantive technical expertise and policy advice directly to the Minister’s office or his designate, relevant directorates and other senior staff in the Ministry in support of the Charter;

· Coordinate working groups in MAIL to identify existing programs and initiatives to support and promote the Charter in the area of biosecurity;

· Lead the Charter working group in the development of a functional delivery strategy clearly defining roles and responsibilities of government ministries;

Required Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

· Post-graduate degree in a related discipline; or an equivalent combination of education, training and a minimum of 10 years directly relevant experience.

· Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a policy and/or legislative environment providing independent research, analysis and advice on complex issues, including evaluation of options and recommendations.

· Experience meeting, consulting and corresponding with government officials, including regulatory and program partners, and stakeholder groups on policy proposals and existing government policies, including explanation of technical details on complex issues.

· Experience in change management and institutional reform

· Willingness to work as a dedicated and considerate member of a team.

How to apply:

Send update CV and Cover letter to AAIP, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Jamal Mena, Kabul Afghanistan Or send us your CVs in soft to: aaip.jobs@mail.gov.af

Do not attach recommendation and Education documents.

*Note: No resume will be taken under consideration without cover letter, the position title and vacancy number in the subject line of the email.

*Only selected candidates will be called for interview. All applications will be checked and validated against the above mentioned requirements. Any un-matching C.V will be automatically rejected.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is an equal opportunity employer which encourages male and female candidates to apply for vacant positions.

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United States of America: OTI Administrative Program Assistant – Washington, D.C.

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 09 Jan 2018

The OTI Administrative Program Assistant – Washington, D.C. is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-7, GS-9, or GS-10 equivalent level and located in Washington D.C. Applications for this position are due no later than January 9, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

The Administrative Program Assistant will be based in Washington, DC and provide a range of administrative services in support of OTI program-funded staff in Washington and the field. The Administrative Program Assistant will start work within one of OTI’s three divisions: Field Programs Division, Program Learning and Innovation Division, or Operations and Management Division. The Administrative Program Assistant’s supervisor will be determined upon hiring. Given the contingent, operational, and flexible nature of OTI’s political transition work overseas, the Administrative Program Assistant may be required to move from one OTI division or team to another, depending on the operational and programmatic needs of the office. The Administrative Program Assistant position requires individuals who are team players, highly organized, motivated, problem-solvers, and enjoy administrative work and understand how this work directly impacts the mission of the office

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

At the GS-7 “Administrative Program Assistant” Level:

  • Provide knowledge management support such as tracking documents, lessons learned, and best practices across OTI programs and/or operations as required. Assist the teams in the creation and/or maintenance of information products in support of political transition programs;

  • Provide general administrative support such as scheduling and facilitating meetings, drafting meeting minutes, drafting and tracking memos, ensuring that action items are followed up, filing, correspondence control, and other administrative services as required;

  • Coordinate personnel support and action requests for program-funded staff including travel assistance, training logistics, and payroll support;

  • Draft and track personnel memos, maintain personnel files, and manage the staff hiring tracker and temporary duty (TDY) scheduler;

  • Assist in responding to requests for information on OTI programs from other teams, divisions, and/or USAID regional offices;

  • Support program budgets and assist with financial planning, management and reconciliation;

  • Prepare Acquisition and Assistance Requests and support documentation for the management and administration of procurement in support of OTI country program activities;

  • Coordinate closely with OTI’s three divisions – Operations and Management Division, Field Programs Division, and Program Learning and Innovation Division – to attend meetings, report out to the supervisor, and ensure that the supervisor’s priorities are shared with other divisions and teams;

  • After an initial learning period, demonstrate an acquired knowledge of agency and offices policies, procedures and guidelines related to field programs and operational support;

  • After an initial learning period, provide orientation, training, and mentoring for new staff that have since on-boarded; communicate with supervisor to recognize good performance and communicate where performance needs to be improved;

  • Backstop other Administrative Program Assistants across teams, as necessary;

  • As needed, serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of OTI programs. These placements shall not exceed three months;

  • Perform all other related duties assigned by the supervisor to ensure the successful completion of country programs.

At the GS-9 “Administrative Program Assistant” Level:

  • Provide knowledge management support such as tracking documents, lessons learned, and best practices across OTI programs and/or operations as required. Assist the teams in the creation and/or maintenance of information products in support of political transition programs;

  • Provide general administrative support such as scheduling and facilitating meetings, drafting meeting minutes, drafting and tracking memos, ensuring that action items are followed up, filing, correspondence control, and other administrative services as required;

  • Assist in the development of effective tracking systems for personnel action requests for program-funded staff, including travel assistance, training logistics, and payroll support;

  • Draft and track personnel memos, maintain personnel files, and manage the staff hiring tracker and temporary duty (TDY) scheduler;

  • Respond to requests for information on OTI programs from other teams, divisions, and/or USAID regional offices, within established office guidelines;

  • Participate as needed in assessments of new country programs, and the implementation of country program operations including management, logistical, budget, administrative and contractual support;

  • Prepare Acquisition and Assistance Requests and support documentation for the management and administration of procurement in support of OTI country program activities;

  • Coordinate closely with OTI’s three divisions – Operations and Management Division, Field Programs Division, and Program Learning and Innovation Division – to attend meetings, report out to the supervisor, and ensure that the supervisor’s priorities are shared with other divisions and teams;

  • Evaluate established program operational support processes, and make recommendations to improve effectiveness within office and agency policies and guidelines;

  • Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for new staff that have since on-boarded; communicate with supervisor to recognize good performance and communicate where performance needs to be improved;

  • Backstop other Administrative Program Assistants across teams, as necessary;

  • As needed, serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of OTI programs. These placements shall not exceed three months;

  • Perform all other related duties assigned by the supervisor to ensure the successful completion of country programs.

At the GS-10 “Administrative Program Specialist” Level:

  • Provide knowledge management support such as tracking documents, lessons learned, and best practices across OTI programs and/or operations as required. Assist the teams in the creation and/or maintenance of information products in support of political transition programs;

  • Provide general administrative support such as scheduling and facilitating meetings, drafting meeting minutes, drafting and tracking memos, ensuring that action items are followed up, filing, correspondence control, and other administrative services as required;

  • Assist in the development of effective tracking systems for personnel action requests for program-funded staff, including travel assistance, training logistics, and payroll support;

  • Draft and track personnel memos, maintain personnel files, and manage the staff hiring tracker and temporary duty (TDY) scheduler;

  • Participate in the selection of program implementers such as grantees, contractors, and personal services contractors. If required, serve as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) or COR Backstop for contracts or agreements;

  • Respond to requests for information on OTI programs from other teams, divisions, and/or USAID regional offices, within established office guidelines;

  • Participate as needed in assessments of new country programs, and the implementation of country program operations including management, logistical, budget, administrative and contractual support. Possible field travel (not likely more than once a year) may be required to provide program support;

  • Prepare Acquisition and Assistance Requests and support documentation for the management and administration of procurement in support of OTI country program activities;

  • Coordinate closely with OTI’s three divisions – Operations and Management Division, Field Programs Division, and Program Learning and Innovation Division – to attend meetings, report out to the supervisor, and ensure that the supervisor’s priorities are shared with other divisions and teams;

  • Evaluate established program operational support processes, and make adjustments to improve effectiveness within office and agency policies and guidelines, and supervisor instruction;

  • Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for new staff that have since on-boarded; communicate with supervisor to recognize good performance and communicate where performance needs to be improved;

  • Backstop other Administrative Program Assistants across teams, as necessary;

  • As needed, serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of OTI programs. These placements shall not exceed three months;

  • Perform all other related duties assigned by the supervisor to ensure the successful completion of country programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At the GS-7 level:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with one (1) year of work experience performing a range of administrative or program support duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work, including experience with one or more of the following: program budgeting, program design, program reporting, or program operations support;

OR

An Associate’s Degree with two (2) years of work experience performing a range of administrative or program support duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work, including experience with one or more of the following: program budgeting, program design, program reporting, or program operations support;

OR

A High School Diploma with three (3) years of work experience performing a range of administrative or program support duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work, including experience with one or more of the following: program budgeting, program design, program reporting, or program operations support;

AND

  • Demonstrated experience proofreading, drafting and managing correspondence.

At the GS-9 level:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with two (2) years of work experience performing a range of administrative or program support duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work, including at least one (1) year of experience with one or more of the following: program budgeting, program design, program reporting, or program operations support;

OR

An Associate’s Degree with three (3) years of work experience performing a range of administrative or program support duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work, including one (1) year of experience with one or more of the following: program budgeting, program design, program reporting, or program operations support;

OR

A High School Diploma with four (4) years of work experience performing a range of administrative or program support duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work, including one (1) year of experience with one or more of the following: program budgeting, program design, program reporting, or program operations support;

AND

  • Demonstrated experience proofreading, drafting and managing correspondence.

At the GS-10 level:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with three (3) years of work experience performing a range of administrative or program support duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work, including two (2) years of experience with one or more of the following: program budgeting, program design, program reporting, or program operations support;

OR

An Associate’s Degree with four (4) years of work experience performing a range of administrative or program support duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work, including two (2) years of experience with one or more of the following: program budgeting, program design, program reporting, or program operations support;

OR

A High School Diploma with five (5) years of work experience performing a range of administrative or program support duties similar to those outlined in the scope of work, including two (2) years of experience with one or more of the following: program budgeting, program design, program reporting, or program operations support;

AND

  • Demonstrated experience proofreading, drafting and managing correspondence.

Please direct questions about this position or the application process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

How to apply:

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Représentant Résident en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)

Organization: Belgian Technical Cooperation
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

La CTB, l’Agence belge de développement, mobilise ses ressources et son expertise pour éliminer la pauvreté dans le monde. Contribuant aux efforts de la Communauté internationale, la CTB agit pour une société qui donne aux générations actuelles et futures les moyens de construire un monde durable et équitable.

Ses 1450 collaborateur(trice)s à Bruxelles et à l’étranger concrétisent ensemble l’engagement de l’État belge et d’autres partenaires au développement pour la solidarité internationale. Aujourd’hui présent dans 18 pays, en Afrique, en Asie et en Amérique latine, la CTB appuie plus de 200 programmes et projets de coopération. A l’avenir, suite à une décision du Ministre de la coopération, une concentration aura lieu sur 14 pays d’intervention.

Tenant compte du nouveau paradigme de développement et de l’adoption des Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD), le Gouvernement fédéral belge a décidé de confier à la CTB un rôle plus important dans la préparation, la coordination et l’exécution des stratégies et des portefeuilles pays qui concrétisent l’engagement de la Belgique en faveur du développement international. Ce rôle plus important entraîne un élargissement du mandat de la CTB à partir de 2018, qui changera à cette occasion de nom et deviendra Enabel, l’Agence belge de développement.

Dans le cadre du développement de ses activités, la CTB/Enabel recherche un (h/f):

Représentant Résident en

République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)

Rapportant au Responsable des Opérations au Siège, il succédera à l’actuel Représentant Résident qui part à la retraite au cours du premier trimestre 2018. Epaulé par un adjoint, une équipe de 10 personnes sur place et davantage de collègues en appui depuis le siège, il coordonne le travail de 300 personnes qui gèrent des programmes et projets répartis à travers toute la RDC. Ces projets s’articulent autour de quatre secteurs principaux : l’agriculture et le désenclavement rural, la santé, l’éducation/l’emploi/la formation professionnelle et l’approvisionnement en eau. Le portefeuille de la CTB en RDC est le plus grand portefeuille de la CTB d’un point de vue budgétaire.

Vos responsabilités

1. Innover la coopération gouvernementale belge – en tenant compte des priorités de la Belgique en matière de développement international et de celles de ses partenaires dans la zone géographique concernée, ainsi que du contexte international en constante évolution et des tendances en matière de développement international – et se porter garant de l’atteinte et de l’assurance de la durabilité de l’impact visé par la stratégie pays ainsi que des résultats de développement des interventions afin d’assurer un impact maximal de la politique belge de développement international.

2. Mobiliser des missions pour tiers afin d’augmenter le portefeuille d’interventions et de renforcer l’impact de la coopération gouvernementale belge.

3. Prendre activement part à des cercles d’influence et veiller à une image dynamique et positive d’Enabel au sein du pays afin de capitaliser l’impact produit par la stratégie pays et les enseignements tirés de l’atteinte des résultats de développement au profit de la Belgique et de ses partenaires dans la zone géographique qui lui est assignée, et de les diffuser auprès de toutes les parties prenantes.

4. Conduire l’équipe multidisciplinaire du pays à réaliser les objectifs et produire les meilleurs résultats à la satisfaction des clients (bénéficiaires et donateurs) et veiller à la capitalisation les connaissances afin de garantir l’efficience et l’efficacité.

5. Assurer la gestion financière et administrative de la Représentation d’Enabel afin de réaliser les objectifs et d’utiliser les ressources disponibles de manière sûre et efficace.

Votre profil

-De nationalité belge, vous êtes bilingue Fr/Nl associé d’une bonne maîtrise de l’anglais

-Diplôme universitaire de niveau master

· Expérience professionnelle pertinente de minimum 10 ans dont cinq ans au moins dans la gestion de projets ou de programmes de coopération internationale et de trois ans dans la gestion d’équipe

· Expérience avérée en qualité d’expatrié

· Expérience avérée du networking et de la négociation de contrats

-Compétences stratégiques: bonne compréhension des enjeux et des opportunités de développement international, des nouvelles orientations et des principaux acteurs (tant publics que privés), en particulier en Afrique subsaharienne. Vous êtes capable de traduire des priorités politiques dans une stratégie pays afin d’adresser les ODD adéquats et de contribuer de cette manière au développement durable. Vous valorisez les forces de la politique belge de développement dans le cadre plus large des orientations de politique étrangère.

-Compétences opérationnelles : vous est capable de dessiner des orientations claires et de définir des objectifs très exigeants. Vous organisez une équipe et menez les membres de l’équipe dans la direction des résultats à obtenir.

-Sens politique : vous gérez aisément des situations complexes impliquant plusieurs acteurs et saisissez les opportunités, cheminez au travers des différents enjeux tout en apprenant afin de mieux servir au mieux les objectifs de l’organisation.

-Compétences interpersonnelles : excellent négociateur vous persévérez dans la poursuite des objectifs tout en trouvant des solutions et des compromis si nécessaire. Vous êtes diplomate et gagnez la confiance. Attentif à vos clients, vous veillez à ce que les services soient rendus et les objectifs réalisés de façon à satisfaire tant les donneurs que les populations bénéficiaires.

-Leadership : créant un esprit d’équipe en y intégrant aussi bien les personnes propres à l’organisation que les collaborateurs proches d’autres organisations, vous stimulez la collaboration au sein de l’organisation et en dehors de celle-ci, le dialogue et la transparence, et communiquez avec enthousiasme votre sens des opportunités. Réunissant les équipes autour de la vision et de la mission de l’organisation vous veillez à ce que tout le monde les partagent.

-Intégrité

Sincère et transparent vous insufflez la confiance.

L’offre

-Un contrat de travail à durée indéterminée

-Un salaire brut (x 13,92) calculé en fonction de l’expérience pertinente

-Une indemnité d’expatriation, de pénibilité, une intervention dans les frais de déménagement et d’installation, les frais de scolarité, les billets d’avion, des frais de représentation, les allocations familiales, la sécurité sociale et les assurances. Ces montants varient en fonction de la composition familiale.

-Une habitation de fonction adaptée à des activités de représentation à proximité de l’ambassade où se trouvent les bureaux de la CTB ; environnement international, une panoplie d’activités sociales

Interessé(e)?

Si ce qui précède vous intéresse, envoyez sans tarder votre lettre de motivation avant le 31/01/2018 et votre cv détaillé à Isabelle Degrijse. Isabelle.degrijse@odgersberndtson.com. Votre sollicitation sera traitée en toute confidentialité.

Odgers Berndtson

Fountain Plaza – Belgicastraat 7

1930 Zaventem,

Tel: +32.2.709.85.95

www.odgersberndtson.com

How to apply:

nteressé(e)?

Si ce qui précède vous intéresse, envoyez sans tarder votre lettre de motivation avant le 31/01/2018 et votre cv détaillé à Isabelle Degrijse. Isabelle.degrijse@odgersberndtson.com. Votre sollicitation sera traitée en toute confidentialité.

Odgers Berndtson

Fountain Plaza – Belgicastraat 7

1930 Zaventem,

Tel: +32.2.709.85.95

www.odgersberndtson.com

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: RDC/16/202-1 Assistant Technique International expert en eau et assainissement (H/F) – RD du Congo

Organization: Belgian Technical Cooperation
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 21 Jan 2018

“La CTB, l’Agence belge de développement, mobilise ses ressources et son expertise pour éliminer la pauvreté dans le monde. Contribuant aux efforts de la Communauté internationale, la CTB agit pour une société qui donne aux générations actuelles et futures les moyens de construire un monde durable et équitable.

Ses collaborateur(trice)s à Bruxelles et à l’étranger concrétisent l’engagement de l’État belge et d’autres partenaires au développement pour la solidarité internationale. Aujourd’hui présent dans 18 pays, en Afrique, en Asie et en Amérique latine, la CTB appuie plus de 200 programmes et projets de coopération. A l’avenir, suite à une décision du Ministre de la coopération, une concentration aura lieu sur 14 pays d’intervention.

A partir du 1er janvier 2018, la CTB devient Enabel. Plus qu’un simple changement de nom, elle fera face à de nouveaux défis sous un nouveau contrat de gestion avec l’Etat Belge.

Dans le cadre du développement de ses activités, la CTB/Enabel recherche un (h/f): ”

Assistant Technique International expert en eau et assainissement (H/F) – République Démocratique
du Congo

Réf. : RDC/16/202 – 1

Lieu d’affectation : Mbuji Mayi, Province du Kasaï Oriental, RD du Congo

Projet : Le Projet d’extension et de consolidation de la gestion des systèmes d’approvisionnement en eau potable et assainissement dans la Ville de Mbuji Mayi, Province du Kasaï Oriental (PROGEAU).

Durée du contrat : 42 mois

Date probable d’entrée en fonction : juin 2018

Package salarial mensuel: Niveau B417 – Expert c’est-à-dire entre 6 565,10 euros et
9 901,31 euros
(en ce compris le salaire brut mensuel et les avantages liés au statut d’expatrié: primes d’éloignement et de pénibilité). Le salaire est calculé en fonction de l’expérience pertinente. En outre, nos collaborateurs expatriés bénéficient également d’avantages liés à l’expatriation tels que la prise en charge des frais de logement (plafonnés), une allocation de déménagement, d’installation, la prise en charge des frais de scolarité des enfants qui accompagnent (plafonnés), un package d’assurances pour toute la famille dont l’assurance rapatriement, des billets d’avion aller-retour une fois/an pour toute la famille.

Les différents montants payés vont varier en fonction de l’expérience pertinente reconnue pour la fonction, la composition familiale et la situation fiscale.

Objectif de la Fonction

Elle/ Il est responsable pour la mise en œuvre opérationnelle, administrative et financière des activités d’hydraulique et d’assainissement réalisées par le PROGEAU sur les zones périurbaines de la ville de Mbuji Mayi.

Son intérêt pour la mise en place et le renforcement des capacités des ASUREP (Association d’Usagers des Réseaux d’Eau Potable) est jugé prioritaire.

Positionnement

L’assistant technique international travaille sous l’autorité hiérarchique du programme manager PROGEAU, dans le respect des décisions et directives émanant du Comité de Pilotage (COPIL).

Il supervise et coach directement le travail de l’équipe projet comprenant un ou des ingénieurs travaux, le chargé de l’accompagnement des ASUREP et le personnel administratif.

Tâches

En tant qu’assistant Technique International expert en eau et assainissement :

  • Apporte son expertise technique et administrative à l’ensemble de la mise en œuvre, et le suivi des activités. Il/elle appuie la collaboration technique avec les services partenaires ; à ce titre il participe à la rédaction et évaluation des offres de marchés, assure le suivi financier, participe aux réceptions de travaux ;
  • Examine la situation du projet et, si nécessaire, actualise les orientations opérationnelles critiques, propose des mesures pour rattraper les retards éventuels et les soumet pour validation aux instances habilitées ;
  • Supervise directement le travail de l’équipe projet des ingénieurs travaux comme d’ingénierie sociale et administratif ;
  • Assure la mise en œuvre de toutes les actions et supervise dans les aspects techniques le travail des experts nationaux/internationaux ;
  • Assure les liens & synergies des activités dans les différents volets et valide la planification des activités, des budgets, contrôle son respect ;
  • Rédige et assure la disponibilité de tous les rapports qu’ils soient trimestriels, semestriels, annuels conformément aux indications contenues dans le document du projet ou suivant les instructions de la hiérarchie ;
  • Assure les échanges & synergies avec d’autres interventions dans le domaine de l’eau et de l’assainissement mises en place par d’autres acteurs dans la province ;
  • Développe l’intégration des différents thèmes transversaux dans tous les volets du projet ; (l’environnement, genre, HIV/SIDA, droits des enfants, …)
  • Supervise la rédaction des rapports financiers conformément au canevas et périodicités en application à la CTB ;
  • Supervise toutes les procédures d’appels d’offres pour des marchés de fournitures et de travaux, ainsi que la rédaction des dossiers d’appels d’offres, en collaboration avec le Responsable Marché Publics de la Représentation ;
  • Supervise la gestion des ressources financières du projet, en collaboration avec le Responsable Administratif et Financier PROGEAU ;
  • Assure la capitalisation des expériences du projet et participe à la rédaction de fiches de capitalisation ;
  • Participe et représente le projet lors des réunions du COPIL ;
  • Présente aux instances concernées l’état d’avancement des activités sur le terrain et établi une liste de recommandations pour le Comité de Pilotage (COPIL) ;
  • Prend les mesures nécessaires pour traduire et mettre en œuvre les décisions prises par le COPIL ;
  • Assure l’encadrement et le suivi du personnel du projet dans le cadre des procédures RH de la CTB en RDC.

Le profil

Diplôme :

Master pertinent – (niveau bac + 5), Ingénieur ou assimilé en lien avec l’Eau et assainissement

Expérience :

· Expérience de minimum 5 ans dans le domaine de projets d’envergure liés principalement à l’hydraulique rurale ou urbaine;

· L’expérience internationale en Afrique sub-saharienne et en particulier en République Démocratique du Congo serait un atout.

Expertise technique :

· Expériences dans l’accompagnement des associations de gestion des points d’eau (formation/appui conseil/développement d’outil de gestion/audit…) ;

· Compétences en hydrogéologie souhaitées (forages) ; dimensionnement réseaux EAU

· Usage des outils de planifications et de suivi de projets ;

· Expérience dans les exercices de capitalisation/suivi évaluation ;

Aptitudes :

· Capacité en gestion de projets, en management des ressources humaines et résolution de conflits ;

· Capacité rédactionnelle avérée (formulation de rapports et autres documents écrits) ;

· Esprit d’analyse et de synthèse ;

· Sensibilité interculturelle ;

· Familier avec la gestion axée sur les résultats ;

· Bonnes aptitudes communicationnelles, facilité de présentation, et de gestion de réunions diverses ;

· Prêt à travailler sous stress, en situation isolée de Mbuji Mayi et de respecter les règles de sécurité de la CTB ;

(Le lieu n’est pas adapté à une famille accompagnée d’enfants)

· Excellent niveau de français oral et écrit ;

· Bonne maîtrise des outils informatiques de base. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

How to apply:

Vous correspondez au profil recherché ?

Postulez au plus tard le 21/01/2018 via notre site web https://www.btcctb.org/fr/content/jobs

ATTENTION :

Il est indispensable de postuler en vous rendant sur notre site web.

Seules les candidatures encodées dans notre système via le site web de la CTB seront prises en compte.

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United States of America: USPSC Writer/Editor

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

The goal of the Food for Peace (FFP) Communications Team is to develop information products to reflect the narrative of the work performed by FFP staff and to ensure effective coverage of FFP emergency and development resources. The primary role of the Food for Peace Writer/Editor is to support the Communications Team Leader in drafting, reviewing, and revising information products while establishing writing best practices that enhance the cogent nature of the message conveyed by FFP staff both in Washington and in the Missions. The Writer/Editor develops, delivers and evaluates FFP written materials. The role relies on close collaboration with the office’s subject matter experts and requires a high degree of initiative, creativity, attention to detail and project management skills.

The work of the Writer/Editor requires teamwork and personal responsibility. In support of emergency food aid programs through a wide variety of reviewing, drafting, and editing tasks, the incumbent has a high level of integrity and places a premium on building positive relationships with his or her respective team in the field and Washington. The incumbent must have demonstrated initiative and ability to manage competing work priorities and work independently when required. The incumbent must be able to coordinate with a range of technical experts, management and program staff, liaise with other agency members, and serve as an advocate for establishing best writing practices.

How to apply:

Please refer to ffpjobs.com for the official solicitation with complete information on the position’s requirements and instructions on applying, and for the 302-3 form.

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at ffprecruitmentteam@usaid.gov, the email address specified in the cover letter of the solicitation.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

1. Complete, current resume. See cover page of the solicitation for resume requirements.

2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

3. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number and the position you are applying for on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

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Egypt: Development worker to advise on regional employment dialogue

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: Egypt
Closing date: 09 Jan 2018

For an assignment as a development worker we are looking for the location Alexandria in Egypt for an

Development worker to advise on regional employment dialogue

JOB-ID: 34956

Field of activity

GIZ’s Employment Promotion Project (EPP) is implemented in Egypt to assist actors from politics and private sector in implementing reforms to promote youth employment as part of a public-private partnership. Employment dialogue is being initiated at regional level and Regional Labour Market Observatories are being established to develop and implement decentralised measures for promoting employment. Policy-makers, civil society and the private sector all share responsibility for the work of these observatories, which collect and analyse reliable data on the labour market as a basis for developing and implementing suitable evidence based active labour market programmes. More information on the project is available at https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/16279.html.

As a representative body of the region’s private sector, the Alexandria Business Association (ABA) is an active member of the regional labour market observatory (RLMO). It is seeking to make a greater contribution to develop and implement suitable employment promotion measures in the region. In addition to building its own capacities, it is also interested in coordinating activities more effectively with the vocational school sector.The development worker will strengthen the role of Alexandria’s private sector through advising on developing and implementing employment promotion measures. In this way, he or she will support to achieve the that goal regional labour market information is being used to develop and implement active labour market programmes (ALMP).’

Your tasks

  • You will advise and support the Alexandria Business Association (ABA) and its member companies in their role as regional providers of employment and training.
  • You will assist ABA in its work within the labour market observatory and all other partners with generating, analysing, interpreting and processing labour market data.
  • You will advise the partner organisation (PO) ABA with regard to developing and implementing ALMPs based on the results of the RLMOs.
  • You will advise the PO on its dialogue with policy-makers, the vocational training sector and other actors, and, ideally, coordinate the work of all of these public-private actors working within the RLMO in Alexandria.
  • You will support to improve the network between the five RLMOs in Egypt.

Your profile

You offer the following qualifications

  • Business skills and practical experience of vocational training and/or employment promotion
  • Advisory skills on organisational and institutional development
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent English language skills and a willingness to learn Arabic, Arabic language skill is an asset
  • Experience in the use of participatory methods

You offer the following competencies

  • Comparable experience in development cooperation
  • Experience of advising investors associations and companies
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods

How to apply:

For more information please visit: http://j.mp/GIZ34956

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United States of America: USPSC Interagency Specialist (Multiple Positions)

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

Position Title: Interagency Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00014

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

Issuance Date: December 15, 2017

Closing Date: January 8, 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 Interagency 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. 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 Interagency Specialist (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00014

2. ISSUANCE DATE: December 15, 2017

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

4. POSITION TITLE: Interagency Specialist

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 (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

The Strategic Interagency Team serves as an integral part of the HPGE Division and closely coordinates with other parts of the USG community on international humanitarian assistance issues and disaster responses. The team leads efforts to strengthen strategic institutional relationships and partnerships with other federal agencies, including conceptualization and oversight for new program development and partnerships; provides guidance on policy issues pertaining to the interagency; prepares key briefings and guidance; and assists in planning DCHA strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, as required.

The Interagency Specialist works with the Strategic Interagency Team and HPGE Division leadership to facilitate relationships and partnerships within the USG community. The position assists in planning DCHA strategies and responses to humanitarian crises; supports efforts to strengthen strategic institutional relationships with other federal agencies, including conceptualization and oversight for new program development and partnerships; provides guidance on policy issues pertaining to the interagency; and prepares key briefings and guidance.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of Interagency Specialists in order to meet its objectives of leading coordination efforts within the USG on international disaster response issues, strengthening strategic interagency relationships and partnerships; programming; and managing institutional relationships with partner organizations within the USG.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Interagency Specialists will provide critical analysis on disaster and coordination issues for interagency partners, work closely with officials within the USG disaster response and humanitarian assistance community, organize quarterly coordination forums, initiate creative and innovative new approaches to partnerships, and serve as a key source of information on humanitarian issues pertaining to the interagency for the office. He/She will help plan organizational strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, actively work with other members of the office, and anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for key meetings and events with the interagency as necessary. He/She will also serve as a liaison and/or representative of OFDA to other agencies, as necessary.

The Interagency Specialists will manage critical issues within the interagency community on behalf of OFDA and must have the ability to multi-task; be detail oriented and results oriented. The assignment requires providing expert analytical and advisory support on a wide range of humanitarian issues for the planning, development, and execution of U.S. foreign policy objectives within a broad and complex environment.

Contacts will be primarily within OFDA, the broader USG, analysts and officials in international organizations and other agencies, and representatives of non-governmental organizations, in partnership with the HPGE Policy and Program Teams, as appropriate, to build and enhance OFDA’s institutional engagements and partnerships with other federal agencies. The role requires the ability to work within a team structure with significant interaction with U.S. interagency stakeholders, demanding strong diplomatic and communication skills to accurately represent OFDA positions in the interagency environment. Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings and conferences, where the Strategic Interagency Team may be called upon to explain U.S. positions on humanitarian issues.

The position requires experience with and a thorough understanding of the relationships among the USG, donors, and other international organizations. The position requires demonstrated experience working within the USG interagency, including the ability to coordinate and bring together multiple agencies with equities in a common issue or set of issues. A working understanding of the international humanitarian architecture and the U.S. disaster response structure is required. Knowledge of how other federal agencies respond in regards to international disaster responses is desired. Strong experience in serving on humanitarian operations as a liaison for agencies or other organizations, defining and applying humanitarian policies, is preferred.

The position requires the ability to translate experience into strategic, policy and/or operational recommendations. Detailed knowledge of how the USG interagency coordinates and develops policy is required. Interagency Specialists may be required to be available for overseas or domestic travel, including secondments to the interagency during humanitarian crises, which may be up to 30-35 percent of the year, with deployments possibly lasting up to 90 days. During “steady state” times, only minimal travel may be required.

Specific areas of responsibility include:

Strengthening / Building Interagency Relationships

· Assist in developing and implementing the OFDA strategy for interagency engagement. Coordinate with other federal agencies to provide OFDA staff with briefings on federal capabilities.

· Develop Interagency Agreements and/or Memoranda of Understanding, as necessary, with USG interagency partners.

· Work with other OFDA divisions to identify strategic goals for interagency relationships and partnerships and support pre-identified interagency agreements.

· Support the development of agendas and convening of the OFDA quarterly International Disaster Forum, the Interagency Coordination Group, the Whole-of-Government Logistics Council, and other fora as required.

· Support the Strategic Interagency Team with interagency coordination meetings, calls, and planning, as needed, in support of other OFDA Divisions.

· Attend external interagency meetings as requested. Understand the U.S. political and institutional environment in which decisions are made and implemented in humanitarian situations.

· Provide OFDA briefings to federal agencies, as appropriate.

· Assist the Interagency Training Team in the development of training materials and research for OFDA’s interagency training, as well as logistical support as needed.

· Ability to serve on Temporary Duty Assignment (TDY) to another agency within the United States or overseas for a period of up to 90 days at a time.

· The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

· Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides 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, may serve on temporary details within the office, 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 Strategic Interagency Team Leader or his/her designee, with guidance from the Division Director or designee of the HPGE Division.

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 and carrying out assignments. 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 with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience on interagency coordination and policy engagement related to multilateral or international affairs, international humanitarian and disaster issues, or domestic disaster assistance coordination with USG agencies. Work on emergency relief and humanitarian assistance preferred, with at least one year working overseas preferred. Applicants must demonstrate work experience with a humanitarian organization or with a USG federal agency.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy, or a related field) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working on interagency coordination and policy engagement related to multilateral or international affairs, international humanitarian and disaster issues or domestic disaster assistance with USG agencies required. Work on emergency relief and humanitarian assistance preferred, with at least one year working overseas preferred. Applicants must demonstrate work experience with a humanitarian organization or with a USG federal agency.

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 are listed in priority order from highest to least.)

QRF #1 Proven experience in the role of liaison with USG interagency relationships at all levels throughout the humanitarian and/or foreign policy communities; including a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse array of the types of individuals and organizations involved in disaster assistance, particularly USG agencies, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and host governments; and understanding of federal agencies engaged in international disaster assistance and disaster risk reduction.

QRF #2 Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with U.S. policy and regulations for international responses to natural disasters and complex emergencies; as well as proven experience in providing expert guidance in the area of humanitarian assistance with regard to the policy implications of issues and developments.

QRF #3 Demonstrated ability to consistently perform in a high visibility, high-pressure environment. Strong work ethic and ability to initiate, multi-task with attention to detail, and develop and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Please provide specific examples.

QRF #4 Knowledge of the structures, mandates, and policies of the UN system; and knowledge of the international humanitarian system concepts, and issues.

QRF #5 Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication, preparing and presenting analysis, providing guidance, soliciting sensitive information, and negotiating agreements.

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 – 13 points
  • QRF #2 – 11 points
  • QRF #3 – 10 points
  • QRF #4 – 6 points
  • QRF #5 – 5 points

Interview Performance – 35 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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United States of America: USPSC Senior Program Operations Specialist

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 09 Jan 2018

Position Title: Senior Program Operations Specialist

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00016

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

Issuance Date: December 15, 2017

Closing Date: January 9, 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 a Senior Program Operations Specialist (SPOS) 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. 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 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 Senior Program Operations Specialist

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00016

2. ISSUANCE DATE: December 15, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: January 9, 2018

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Program Operations Specialist

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 (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

HPGE serves as the principal focal point for humanitarian policy development, engagement and institutional relationships with international organizations and other donor governments. The Global Programs Team develops and manages a portfolio of diverse programs designed to build the capacity of key UN humanitarian agencies, other Public International Organizations (PIOs), and NGOs; provide leadership on key programmatic policy initiatives; strengthen leadership capacity in the humanitarian system; and fund critical research through academic institutions, think tanks, and other humanitarian stakeholders.

The Senior Program Operations Specialist (SPOS) position serves as an integral part of the Global Programs team and closely coordinates with other parts of the USG community on humanitarian issues. The SPOS manages a multi-million dollar program portfolio of grants to PIOs, as well as a strategic portfolio of global policy and research-oriented grants to a range of NGOs. The SPOS assists the Global Programs Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader in strengthening institutional relationships with IOs, NGOs and think tanks, and also serves as an office-wide resource on issues pertaining to funding of PIOs.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a SPOS in order to meet its objectives of programming, coordinating with other donors, and managing institutional relationships with partner organizations.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The SPOS provides critical analysis on programming with PIOs, manages a complex multi-million dollar portfolio of grants, serves as an office-wide resource on grant-making and procurement regulations as they pertain to PIOs, and interfaces regularly with the Disaster Response Divisions regarding funding to PIOs. The SPOS will also work with other parts of the DCHA bureau, with the Office of General Counsel, and with the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) to ensure grant-making processes are functioning in an effective manner. The SPOS will also anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for important meetings and events.

The SPOS administers a diverse multi-million dollar portfolio of globally-funded OFDA programs, many of which are implemented by UN agencies and other PIOs. In addition to managing a discrete portfolio, the SPOS works with the Global Programs Team Leader to provide critical guidance on OFDA’s relationship with PIOs, as well as guidance on internal USAID regulations and policies impacting these relationships.

Under the guidance of the Global Programs Team Leader, the SPOS will also manage critical issues with the UN and NGO community on behalf of OFDA, DCHA offices, and other USG agencies. The SPOS will provide expert analytical and advisory support on a wide range of humanitarian issues for the planning, development and execution of U.S. foreign policy objectives within a broad and complex environment.

Contacts will be within the USG, as well as personnel at U.S. posts worldwide, senior analysts and officials in international organizations and other agencies, experts, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. The role requires strong diplomatic and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting, based on guidance from Washington.

The position requires a thorough understanding of the international humanitarian assistance environment, operations, related policies, regulations, and inter-relationships among the USG, donor and other international organizations. Detailed knowledge of humanitarian operations and partner programming – at country and at global level – is required.

The SPOS is part of the Global Programs Team and reports directly to the Global Programs Team Leader.

The SPOS’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

Award Portfolio Management:

· Become certified and serve as the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR), for awards managed by the HPGE Team. This includes ensuring adequate Continuous Learning Points to maintain AOR/COR certification.

· Prepare all documentation to obtain timely award approval. This will involve properly inputting data into office and agency administrative and financial tracking systems for transmittal to OAA.

· Review program reports to ensure that program objectives are achieved. Provide grantees with feedback on reports, and share reports with appropriate team members.

· Ensure consistency in our grant management process across partner agencies.

· Train and mentor new HPGE Global Programs Team staff.

Award Guidelines and Regulations:

· Promote uniform policies and procedures for relating to partner agencies on grant management.

· Brief partner agencies, conduct trainings as needed and help disseminate information on OFDA grants guidelines.

· Participate on Agency-wide working groups to ensure award consistency across all levels.

· Develop expertise on the interagency agreement process.

External Relations:

  • Work with the Global Programs Team Leader to organize the annual NGO Partners Conference, including facility procurement and liaising with different OFDA Divisions on agenda development.
  • Develop and maintain communications and relationships with partner organizations/offices, both within and outside the USG to ensure essential coordination of actions and information exchanges. Respond to inquiries, perform outreach services, and facilitate their access to OFDA staff.
  • Assist in the organization of monthly, quarterly and annual consultations with partner agencies and organizations.
  • Coordinate OFDA’s participation in and input to the monthly meeting on specific disaster response areas conducted by InterAction. Participate in discussions related to the work of the current emergency responses when requested.
  • Work with the Global Programs Team Leader to coordinate visits of senior UN officials engaged in programmatic responses to ongoing humanitarian crises.

Internal Coordination:

· Serve as the back-stop for the Global Programs Team Leader and/or Deputy Team Leader.

· Coordinate tasks and activities with OFDA colleagues well as with DCHA’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP).

· Liaise with the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Acquisition and Assistance, under the general guidance of the Global Programs Team Leader, to ensure timely grant processes.

· Assist the Global Programs Team Leader in formulating the HPGE Team’s internal budget, including drafting narrative justifications and budget revisions.

Administrative and Other General Duties and Responsibilities:

· Participate in the preparation of memoranda and briefing papers where input from the HPGE Team is required.

· Assist in any follow-up actions regarding ongoing and current emergency programs.

· Draft routine responses to partner or staff inquiries and participate in making recommendations to resolve issues, as appropriate.

· 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 USAID/OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months; and

· As needed, serve on DARTs, 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, 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.

The Senior Program Operations Specialist will be required to be available for deployments up to 30% of the year.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The incumbent will take direction from and report to the Global Programs Team Leader 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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and on humanitarian policy issues, and two (2) years working for the USG, IO, or NGO on humanitarian assistance and/or international development.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and on humanitarian policy issues, and two (2) years working for the USG, IO, or NGO on humanitarian assistance and/or international development.

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 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

(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 Proven ability in international grant management in the humanitarian sector, including proven experience in the identification, analysis, and management of global humanitarian response, broad sectoral and research initiatives and programs; developing detailed program budgets; and developing and supporting grant management processes. A high degree of diplomatic and leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and organizations.

QRF #2 Proven experience in providing expert guidance in the area of humanitarian assistance with regard to the different implementation, policy and program approaches utilized by public international organizations and non-governmental organizations. Detailed knowledge, based on hands-on experience of humanitarian action and a thorough on-the-ground knowledge of the international humanitarian system concepts and issues is required.

QRF #3 Demonstrated ability to consistently and independently perform in a high visibility, high-pressure environment and accurately represent the USG policy positions. Demonstrated representational skills, as well as the ability to initiate, develop and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

QRF #4 Demonstrated knowledge and experience with U.S. policy and regulations for responses to natural disasters and complex emergencies and a demonstrated understanding of U.S. humanitarian assistance programming and approaches

QRF #5 Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication, preparing and presenting analysis, providing guidance, soliciting sensitive information, reviewing proposals, and negotiating agreements.

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 – 10 points

QRF #3 – 10 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

QRF #5 – 7 points

Interview Performance – 30 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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United States of America: USPSC Senior Disaster Operations Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 14 Nov 2019

Position Title: Senior Disaster Operations Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00015

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

Issuance Date: December 14, 2017

Closing Date: Open and continuous through November 14, 2019 with Nine (9) Review Periods closing on:

January 11, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

April 5, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

June 28, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

September 20, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

December 13, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

March 7, 2019, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

May 30, 2019, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

August 22, 2019, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

November 14, 2019, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

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 Senior Disaster Operations Specialist (SDOS) 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Disaster Operations Specialist (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00015

2. ISSUANCE DATE: December 14, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS:

This solicitation is open and continuous until November 8, 2019. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

January 11, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

April 5, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

June 28, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

September 20, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

December 13, 2018, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

March 7, 2019, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

May 30, 2019, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

August 22, 2019, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

November 14, 2019, 12:00 P.M Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Disaster Operations Specialist

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 (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

Senior Disaster Operations Specialists (SDOSs) play a central role in the USG’s disaster response, humanitarian assistance, and disaster risk reduction programs. Their core function is to manage a complex portfolio of humanitarian interventions and assist in USG policy engagement within an assigned portfolio. They are members of regionally focused humanitarian response teams consisting of Senior Regional Advisors, Senior Humanitarian Advisors, Program Officers, Field Monitors, Team Leaders, Deputy Team Leaders, Disaster Operations Advisors and Specialists, and/or Program Assistants.

SDOSs are part of Africa Division and will be assigned to one of two regional teams covering the following areas: Southern, Western and Northern Africa (SWAN), East and Central Africa (ECA). Each regional team is managed by a Team Leader and two Deputy Team Leaders.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA’s Africa Division requires the services of multiple SDOSs to enhance its capability to manage its portfolios and effectively respond to international crises and disasters.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Working under the guidance and supervision of the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leaders for the assigned Africa region of responsibility, SDOSs will be assigned to one or more complex portfolios which will require significant USG policy engagement and humanitarian program management. SDOSs can expect to move between portfolios depending on the changing nature of OFDA’s humanitarian engagement and the needs of the office. The SDOS will perform the following within the assigned portfolio:

Contextual Specialty:

· Monitor incipient disasters, international disaster response plans and efforts, and major humanitarian issues and challenges in the area of responsibility through a wide range of USG and international sources;

· Maintain regular contact with OFDA field representatives and the OFDA Regional Office to maintain current triangulated understanding of existing and impending humanitarian crises in the area of responsibility;

· Review and monitor national disaster risk reduction efforts and plans in the area of responsibility in collaboration with the regional team;

· Assist in identifying humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities in the region of responsibility and applying those to program strategy development and implementation;

· Maintain an in-depth understanding of political, humanitarian, organizational, and stakeholder interests specific to the region of responsibility;

· Prepare and/or provide substantive assistance in the preparation of regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as of comprehensive preparedness documentation on assigned countries.

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.

· Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR) for assistance awards, as assigned;

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

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

· Provide regional support as needed to OFDA field operations to include monitoring of OFDA programs, assessments, strategy development and general field office coverage;

· Participate actively in the program strategy development process for the assigned 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.

Representation:

· Represent humanitarian concerns and priorities from the OFDA perspective in oral and written briefings, as well as coordination and policy development meeting to include the following:

o Meetings with individual and groups of implementing partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;

o Discussions, meetings, and papers informing USG foreign policy in areas with humanitarian concerns or impacts;

o USG Interagency forums;

o Coordination mechanisms with the DCHA bureau and USAID.

Leadership:

· Serve as peer mentor to DOSs and Program Assistants on grants management and portfolio management, to include OFDA’s business process, portfolio-specific budget and workload management, and post-award monitoring and management.

· Responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

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; and

· 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 needed, may serve on temporary details within the office, 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 Team Leader or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available; USPSC consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. 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 with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, political science, and disaster management) and at least seven (7) years of relevant work experience with the USG, a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO), NGO, IO or UN Agency. Such experience must have a humanitarian focus and include responsibility in determining budget levels, selecting programs for funding, and/or managing and evaluating funded programs in a results type framework. Experience must include one (1) year of cumulative field work (foreign or domestic) in international humanitarian assistance and/or disaster response needs assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or post-emergency rehabilitation.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, political science, and disaster management) and at least five (5) years of relevant work experience with the USG, a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO), NGO, IO or UN Agency. Such experience must have a humanitarian focus and include responsibility in determining budget levels, selecting programs for funding, and/or managing and evaluating funded programs in a results type framework. Experience must include one (1) year of cumulative field work (foreign or domestic) in international humanitarian assistance and/or disaster response needs assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or post-emergency rehabilitation.

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:

Experience – 30 points

· Humanitarian experience, to include civilian emergency response, early recovery, rehabilitation transition, or disaster risk reduction experience (10 points).

· Breadth of humanitarian experience across disaster cycle and program cycle (10 points).

· Experience managing USG awards from either the USG or the NGO side to include strategy or program design, proposal development or review, implementation compliance and monitoring (10 points).

Timed Writing Test (20 points)

Interview Performance (40 points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (10 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.

  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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United States of America: USPSC ALE Division Rover (Multiple Positions)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 05 Jan 2018

Position Title: ALE Division Rover (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00011

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $112,021- $145,629

Issuance Date: December 14, 2017

Closing Date: January 5, 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 ALE Division Rover 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC ALE Division Rover (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00011

2. ISSUANCE DATE: December 14, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: January 5, 2018 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: ALE Division Rover (Multiple Positions)

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($112,021- $145,629 – 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 (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

The ALE Division Rover plays a central role in the USG’s disaster response, humanitarian assistance, and disaster risk reduction programs. Their core function is to lead, manage, or support OFDA portfolios that require significant USG policy engagement and humanitarian program management. They focus on providing regional support as needed, to include monitoring of OFDA programs, assessments, strategy development and general field/headquarters office coverage.

ALE Division Rovers are part of ALE Division and are permanently assigned to the Rover Staffing Team however; their assignment may shift between regionally focused humanitarian response teams based on demand due to shifting crises. These teams consist of four regional groups, each covering the following areas: Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia (EMCA), South Asia (SA), East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), These teams are comprised of a Senior Regional Advisor, Regional Humanitarian Advisors, Program Officers, Team Leaders, Deputy Team Leaders, Disaster Operations Specialists, and Program Assistants.

ALE Division Rovers may also be called upon to serve on response teams for specific crises. If the size or complexity of the disaster merits, field personnel or a DART may be deployed to the affected country to conduct on-the-ground assessments, make recommendations, and oversee the provision of assistance. The OFDA Director also may decide to activate a RMT for the dual purposes of providing operational support to the DART and serving as the focal point for OFDA/Washington based coordination among USAID leadership and relevant bureaus, the interagency community, Congress, and other key stakeholders.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of an ALE Division Rover in order to enhance its capability to manage its portfolios and effectively respond to international crises and disasters.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Working under the guidance and supervision of the ALE Division Director and Team Leaders, the ALE Division Rover will assist the ALE Division in managing complex and high profile responses, building and retaining staff capacity, and filling critical leadership requirements within the office. The ALE Division Rover will lead, manage, or support OFDA portfolios that require significant USG policy engagement and humanitarian program management. ALE Division Rovers can expect to move between portfolios depending on the changing nature of OFDA’s humanitarian engagement in specific crises. The ALE Division Rover will work in close collaboration with a program team that may include Senior Regional Advisors, Senior Humanitarian Advisors, Program Officers, Disaster Operation Specialists, and Program Assistants, depending on the portfolio assigned. A significant amount of travel may be required as outlined below. The ALE Division Rover will perform the following functions:

Leadership:

· Serve in leadership positions such as a Team Leader or Deputy Team Leader on field-based response teams or serve in leadership positions such as a Team Leader or Deputy Team Leader on headquarters-based teams.

· Provide training and mentoring to Disaster Operations Specialists and Program Assistants on the portfolio management, representation, and contextual specialty functional areas outlined below.

· Participate, as assigned, in a wide range of office-wide policy, process, and strategic initiatives to ensure ALE’s division priorities and operating realities are reflected in outcomes. Actively solicit and consolidate feedback from the division on these initiatives and work with the ALE Division Director, Team Leaders, and Deputy Team Leaders to identify the division’s strategic interests and creative ways to find solutions that are beneficial to the division as well as the office. Ensure the division is regularly updated on the progress of these initiatives.

Representation:

· Represent OFDA at senior levels within the USG and humanitarian stakeholders to address humanitarian concerns and priorities from the OFDA perspective through oral and written briefings, as well as coordination and policy development meeting to include the following:

o Meetings with individual and groups of implementing partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;

o Discussions, meetings, and papers informing USG foreign policy in areas with humanitarian concerns or impacts;

o USG Interagency forums;

o Coordination mechanisms with the DCHA bureau and USAID.

· Provide representation support outlined above when assigned in a leadership role on a response team, as well as to provide ad-hoc representational support to the division as needed.

Portfolio Management:

· Directly manage complex humanitarian award portfolios, oversee staff managing award portfolios, and/or provide guidance on portfolio management, as needed, to include:

o Maintain AOR certification and current understanding of OFDA’s implementation of federal, agency, and office-level acquisition and assistance regulations and policies;

o 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. This will include properly inputting data into various information management systems;

o Ensure AOR functions are properly carried out;

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.

· Provide regional support as needed to OFDA field operations to include monitoring of OFDA programs, assessments, strategy development and general field office coverage.

· Assist the Team Leader and Deputy Leader in managing the strategy development process for the region, monitoring program funding and implementation against established strategies, and actively participating in strategy-related activities for the region.

· Serve as a resource for program-related planning efforts such as event and scenario-based contingency planning, budget development and planning, and ad-hoc program strategy development.

Contextual Specialty:

· Develop and maintain knowledge of the key humanitarian and disaster risk reduction issues associated with the assigned responses.

· Maintain an in-depth understanding of political, humanitarian, organizational, and stakeholder interests specific to the region of responsibility.

· Monitor incipient disasters, international disaster response plans and efforts, and major humanitarian issues and challenges in the area of responsibility through a wide range of USG and international sources.

· Assist in identifying humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities in the region of responsibility and applying those to program strategy development and implementation.

· Prepare and/or provide substantive assistance in the preparation of, regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on assigned countries.

General Duties:

· Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on response teams, assessment teams, or to provide coverage for field offices with field travel required at approximately 50% time and individual deployments up to 90 days;

· Independently plan, design and carry out programs, projects, studies or other work.

· 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 provides 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, may serve on temporary details within the office, 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’s principal supervisor will be the will be Rover Staffing Team Leader, however he/she will take direction from and report to the ALE Division Director, Senior Regional Advisor, or Team Leader depending on their assignment.

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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, political science, and disaster management) and at least nine

(9) years of relevant work experience with the USG, Private Voluntary Organization (PVO)/NGO, IO or UN Agency. Such experience must have a humanitarian focus and include responsibility in determining budget levels, selecting programs for funding, and/or managing and evaluating funded programs in a results type framework. Experience must include five (5) years of cumulative field work (foreign or domestic) in international humanitarian assistance and/or disaster response needs assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or post- emergency rehabilitation.

OR

Master’s Degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, political science, and disaster management) and at least seven

(7) years of relevant with the USG, Private Voluntary Organization (PVO)/NGO, IO or UN Agency, such experience must have a humanitarian focus and include responsibility in determining budget levels, selecting programs for funding, and/or managing and evaluating funded programs in a results type framework. Experience must include five (5) years of cumulative field work (foreign or domestic) in international humanitarian assistance and/or disaster response needs assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or post- emergency rehabilitation.

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 (10 points)

· Experience monitoring and reporting on rapidly evolving humanitarian crises in an international disaster context from a regional or headquarters based office.

· Experience working across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.

· Specific experience implementing humanitarian interventions including

needs assessment, strategy development and reporting at the field level.

· Responsibility in determining budget levels, selecting programs for funding, and/or managing and evaluating funded programs in a results type framework.

Skills and Abilities (10 points)

· Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief, transition or disaster risk reduction activities with host governments in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief, transition or disaster risk reduction activities with other donors and diplomatic missions in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief, transition or disaster risk reduction activities with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief, transition or disaster risk reduction activities within the USG.

· Demonstrated ability to communicate complex humanitarian issues to a range of audiences through written products.

Program Management (10 points)

· Demonstrated knowledge of USG acquisition and assistance regulations.

· Demonstrated experience developing, designing, or evaluating proposed humanitarian interventions against response or disaster risk reduction strategies and identified need.

· Demonstrated experience managing USG acquisition and assistance awards to include post-award administration and regulation compliance.

· Demonstrated experience coordinating with multiple country representatives to develop, track, and maintain a large budget.

Interview Performance (30 points)

Writing Test (20 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.

  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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Jordan: Finance Officer

Organization: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 20 Dec 2017

The Embassy of Switzerland in Amman is representing Switzerland in Jordan and is responsible for following up of all projects of the Swiss International Cooperation in Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Turkey. The Embassy of Switzerland/Swiss Cooperation Office is looking for a Finance Officer.

Finance Officer – 100 %

The Finance Officer reports to the Regional Head of Finance, Personnel & Administration (CFPA).

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Finance Officer is responsible for the following tasks:

1. Budget

· Assisting in preparation of the annual Embassy budget;

· Monthly budget controls of the Embassy Global budget.

2. Cash and Bank Management

· Focal person for local banks (administration, signatory management, etc.);

· Spot checks on petty cash box;

· Preparation of payments with local and international banks;

· Liquidity planning in coordination with National Program Officers and admin/finance team;

· Monthly reconciliation of cash/ bank accounts.

4. Accounting

· Booking of all financial transactions in internal software in conformity with internal guidelines;

· Following up on HQ requests related to accounting (corrections, settlement, special tasks);

· Preparation of financial aspects of monthly ICS, quarterly updated;

· Accurate filing of all accounting documents;

· Coordination of accounting with the responsible person at Embassy location;

5. Project Cycle Management (PCM) / Contract Management

· Contracts: entering payments in SAP software.

6. Reporting

· Periodic compilation of reports according to specific requests from direct supervisor.

7. Audits

· Supports supervisor in organization of the external audit of the Embassy;

· Assists supervisor in implementation of auditor’s recommendations.

8. HR Financial Tasks

· Assure collaboration with HR-Officer/CFPA regarding financial issues (administration, salaries including overtime, social insurances, etc);

· Follow-up on local staff advances. Ensure timely settlement of open positions;

· Checking of travel claims and per diem statements of all Embassy staff.

9. Other Tasks

· Replacement of Senior Finance Officer during absences for selective tasks;

· The employee may be asked by the superior or management to execute other tasks that are not
mentioned in these ToRs.

Skills

· Excellent written and oral knowledge of Arabic and English.

· Good IT knowledge and MS-office skills, knowledge in SAP is an asset.

· Pronounced personal, social skills.

· Proactive and flexible working style.

· High motivation and commitment for humanitarian aid.

· Mature and trustworthy personality.

Experience and Education

· Bachelor degree in Banking & Finance.

· Enthusiasm to work in a culturally diverse organization.

· Customer-service orientation; strong oral and written communication skills.

· Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

· Self-motivated self-starter who is both able to work independently as well as take direction and follow procedures.

· 10 years experience in the finance, preferably in an international environment.

Place of work: Amman with frequent travel in the country and in the region.

Beginning: February 1st, 2018.

Deadline: 20.12.2017.

Contract: Unlimited Contract.

How to apply:

Please write a motivation cover letter describing why you applied for this specific

position at the Swiss Embassy / Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation & apply on amn.vacancy@eda.admin.ch**

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Kenya: Programme Officer – Health Care Financing (Short Term Expert, KENYAN NATIONALS ONLY)

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 27 Dec 2017

A. Back ground

The objective of the GIZ Sector Programme in the current phase is that at the national and county-level, state and non-state actors in the sector implement relevant strategies to improve coverage with high quality primary health care services especially for the poor and members of the informal sector. To achieve this objective support has been designed in the area of quality management, health financing and strengthening of governance in the devolved structures.

The overall goal of the German Development Cooperation (GDC) is to support the Government of Kenya to improve the health situation of disadvantaged population groups, especially of workers in the informal sector and their families, as well as women and young people from poorer sections of the population. The GIZ‐Health Sector Programme (GIZ-HSP) focuses on three strategic areas – information technology supported quality and process management, healthcare financing and sector governance. Support is provided at both the national and county levels and is aligned to the government’s overall goals, as defined in the Kenya Health Policy 2012‐2030. The counties being supported under the current phase are Kisumu, Siaya, Vihiga and Kwale.

Under the healthcare financing component, GIZ‐HSP works at the National level with the National Hospital insurance Fund to increase coverage of poor and informal populations to a pre-payment scheme At the County Level with; the County Health in four counties Kisumu, Siaya, Vihiga and Kwale to increase coverage of organized informal sector groups.

B. Scope of assignment and responsibilities.

Implementation of the component objectives, the development and implementation of national and county policies, strategies and sector reforms and cross-sectoral approaches in the area of ​​health financing.

Implementation of Healthcare Financing component activities in the context of cooperation with Partner organizations.

Tasks

1. Management and coordination

The technical professional

· Coordinates and assists in preparing and conducting component activities and carries out other activities required for implementing these activities.

· Conducts research of various health financing activities this includes carrying out desk reviews, determining research methodology and research tool development, data collection, data analysis and report writing.

· Conducts reviews of critical documents on healthcare financing and develops fact-sheets and policy briefs and summary documents

· Participates in formulating research papers for international peer reviewed journals and conferences.

· Compilation and submission of regular work plans and progress reports on Healthcare Financing activities.

· Identification and prioritization of processes within the health system that require support to improve efficiency specifically institutional reforms needed for sustainable Healthcare financing mechanisms.

· Contribute to the development of joint approaches of German Development Cooperation.

2. Communication and networking

The technical professional;

· Develops and maintains contact with all important stakeholders

· Ensures knowledge management: collects processes and distributes relevant information, monitors communication on data management system.

· Development of synergies with development partners by identifying common objectives and seeking collaboration in jointly planned strategies and work plans and co-financing to implement sustainable Health financing mechanisms.

· Represent and contribute to the performance of county- related task including initiation and attendance of meetings, attendance of technical working groups, technical support to the county, reports on component related county indicators and any other task required to ensure achievement of indicators per county.

3. Other duties/additional tasks

· Work with consultants to develop strategic processes and outputs for the implementation of key Healthcare financing activities.

· Performs other duties and tasks at the request of the programme manager or component manager

How to apply:

Required qualifications, competences and experience

Required Qualifications

· University degree in Health Economics, Public health, Actuarial studies or relevant field.

· Back ground in Actuarial Studies and Expertise in Designing Health Insurance benefit packages will be an added advantage.

· Working experience of at least 3 years in the area of health financing/health system strengthening.

· Comprehensive knowledge of the health financing system in Kenya.

· Good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software,) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office), statistical software

Other knowledge, additional competences

· Strong organizational competence

· Training in any medical field will be an added advantage.

· Comprehensive knowledge of the health financing system in Kenya.

· Willingness to travel to county regularly

· Good communication skills.

Vacancy Reference Number: JA/HSP/HCF/107/2017
Applications SHOULD BE DONE online at the website: https://www.fuzu.com/jobs/programme-officer-health-financing-giz-ke
By: 27th December 2017
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Central African Republic: USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor – Central African Republic

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Central African Republic
Closing date: 10 Jan 2018

Position Title: Senior Humanitarian Advisor – Central African Republic

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00013

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $88,136 – $114,578

Issuance Date: December 13, 2017

Closing Date: January 10, 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 a Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00013

2. ISSUANCE DATE: December 13, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: January 10, 2018

12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Humanitarian Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($88,136 – $114,578 – 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: Bangui, Central African Republic

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 Senior Humanitarian 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 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 (DRR) 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 (DRR) 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

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

The regional offices are headed by a Senior Regional Advisor (SRA), who works closely with the Team Leaders in Washington, and report to the appropriate Division Director. The SRA serves as the regional team leader for all response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction activities. They serve as the key interlocutor with embassies and missions in the event of a disaster and 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 Team Leaders, the multi-year non-response program strategies for their respective regions. They 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.

Senior Humanitarian Advisors (SHAs) report to the Senior Regional Advisors. They ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster response and assistance, strategic reporting and analysis are met. The SHAs are responsible for monitoring and reporting on OFDA-funded programs and activities, and formulating disaster response, preparedness, mitigation and training programs for the region.

OBJECTIVE

USAID/OFDA requires the services of a SHA based in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) to ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster assistance, risk reduction, strategic reporting, interagency coordination, and situational analysis are met in the ongoing response.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position requires an individual who is able to reside in Bangui, CAR, as determined in consultation with the Embassy and the Mission and subject to security and programmatic considerations. It also requires willingness to travel outside of Bangui on short notice for possibly an extended period of time. The SHA will serve as the primary contact and liaison for OFDA’s ongoing humanitarian assistance activities in CAR, as well as for disaster risk reduction programs. The SHA will work closely with the USAID/CAR Mission, the US Embassy, other U.S. Agencies as appropriate, IOs, NGOs, and the UN, to respond to humanitarian needs and sudden onset disasters. The SHA will be responsible for program analysis, program monitoring, oversight of program implementation, as well as reporting to OFDA East and Central Africa Regional Office (ECARO) in Nairobi, Kenya, OFDA Washington, and USAID/CAR and U.S. Embassy/CAR, as required.

This position requires substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the US Embassy, other USG agencies, the CAR, U.S. military representatives, as well as with relevant UN agencies and NGOs, therefore requiring a highly collaborative work style. The SHA 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.

Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the SRA for East and Central Africa and in consultation with USAID/CAR, the SHA will:

· Serve as the principal point of contact for OFDA in CAR for humanitarian issues, 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 assistance requirements and target beneficiary groups and locations, and existing relief and reintegration programs, and recommend the types of interventions and budget levels necessary to support OFDA-funded programs in CAR.

· Supervise relevant USPSC and foreign national program staff within the CAR OFDA Program Office.

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

· Coordinate closely with OFDA/ECARO the USAID Mission, U.S. Embassy, other U.S. agencies, and military representatives as well as the UN agencies and NGOs working in CAR.

· 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 local 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 CAR activities on humanitarian programs;
  • Contributions by other donors, problems arising from implementation of relief and reintegration 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, based on OFDA’s Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting; review concept papers and proposals and provide timely recommendations/comments to OFDA/Washington and OFDA/ECARO.

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

· Visit OFDA-funded projects, and report on a timely basis to OFDA/Washington and OFDA/ECARO on the quality of grantees’ work, noting deficiencies, attributes, and evolving operational conditions.

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

· Maintain regular liaison with UN, NGOs, IOs, the CAR, and other organizations regarding humanitarian activities.

· Maintain regular, close coordination and communication with the OFDA/ECARO SRA and OFDA/Washington, as necessary.

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

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

· Have the ability to operate standard field communications equipment; may be required to operate a four-wheel drive, standard shift vehicle in cross-country conditions.

· As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office 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 SHA will report directly to the OFDA SRA for East and Central Africa. However, for many activities, the SHA will coordinate tasks directly with personnel within USAID/CAR, and in collaboration and consultation with other USAID and U.S. Embassy staff. The SHA does not have the authority to commit OFDA resources without approval from the OFDA/ECARO SRA and OFDA/Washington.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisory controls will be minimal. The SHA is expected to act independently with minimal direction and will have wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. The OFDA SRA for ECARO will provide direction in terms of broadly defined program goals and objectives.

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.)

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Bachelor’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country; and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including but not limited to four (4) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including but not limited to four (4) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

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:

Professional Experience (10 points):

• Experience managing humanitarian interventions in an international disaster context across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.

• Specific experience managing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

Skills and Abilities (10 points):

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with DOD, Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

Leading Teams Experience (10 points):

· Demonstrated experience leading teams of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.

· Experience leading a diverse team of program, technical, and administrative staff, including senior U.S. professionals, working in a constant state of in complex, international humanitarian crisis.

Interview Performance (40 points)

Timed Writing Test (20 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:

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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Rwanda: Financial and Administrative Officer

Organization: Belgian Development Agency
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 03 Jan 2018

To further develop its activities, BTC is looking for a (m/f):

Financial and Administrative Officer

For the Rwanda Decentralization Programme

Ref.: RWA/13/089-4B

Duty Station: Kigali, RWANDA

Duration of contract: 17 months

Expected starting date: June 1st 2018

Monthly salary package: Level 2 – B417: i.e. between 5.145,71 euros and 7.203,44 euros (inclusive gross monthly salary and expat benefits: expat and hardship allowances). The salary depends on relevant experience.

Furthermore, our expatriate staff members are also offered customary expatriate benefits such as a (capped) housing allowance, a moving allowance, an installation allowance, a (capped) school allowance for children accompanying, an insurance package for the whole family, including repatriation insurance, and an annual round-trip flight ticket for each family member.

The amounts disbursed will vary in function of relevant recognised experience for the function, the household’s composition and the fiscal situation.

Project:

Decentralization has been a key policy of the Government of Rwanda (GoR) since May 2000 when the National Decentralization Policy was adopted. The Governments of Rwanda and Belgium have agreed that decentralization will be a key focus sector of development cooperation within the framework of the Indicative Cooperation Programme (ICP) 2011-2014. The ICP and the subsequent identification and formulation phases identified and validated that the Rwanda Decentralization Support Programme (RDSP) will be delivered through a coordinated and integrated programmatic approach with two strategic interventions focusing on:

Institutional strengthening and enhancing capacities at the national and sub national level (RDSP-ECD);

Support to the implementation of District Development Plans (DDPs) with a focus on LED (RDSP-DDP).

Function:

The financial and administrative expert is responsible for the financial and administrative management of the programme/interventions.

Therefore, (s)he will primarily:

· Prepare the budget and the financial reporting.

· Guarantee adequate usage of resources and reliable financial information.

· Ensure efficient procurement management, contract management and logistics (in collaboration with the contracting officer) in accordance with the procedures and contractual obligations (public contracts…). Participate in the elaboration, management and control of the Grant Agreements.

· Manage the fiduciary risks. Put in place an internal control system, implement the actions plans resulting from audits and follow up on them.

· Manage the administrative and financial team composed for the programme and the support to interventions (recruitment, setting objectives, performance meetings…).

· Support the Representation, the programme and the interventions by providing one’s technical expertise (advice, sharing of experience, representing BTC vis-à-vis other entities…).

· Capacity development of partner entities.

The financial and administrative expert falls hierarchically under the authority of the Programme Manager.

Profile:

Required level of education

· Hold a Master’s degree in management, applied economics or finance.

Required and/or desired experience

· At least five years of professional experience in financial management;

· Experience in auditing, in risk management and in financial management in the public sector;

· Experience in change management is an important asset;

· A first successful experience in team management;

· At least one international field experience as an expat, preferably within an international organisation.

Required mastery

· Mastery of financial management;

· Computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, databases);

· Proficient in English and French;

· Practical knowledge of Dutch is an asset.

Behavioural aptitude

· Adherence to BTC’s values: commitment, respect, responsibility and integrity;

· Analytical skills, integrative and innovative capacity;

· Proactive organisational skills and ability to apply decisions taken;

· Negotiating skills and ability to impact one’s environment in view of fostering ‘win-win’ results;

· Capacity of instilling trust through ‘consultancy and service’-oriented professional relations;

· Capacity of accompanying others and supporting them in their daily functioning.

Interested?

Please apply no later than 3rd of January 2018 through our website: https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?company=C0000960484P&career_ns=job_listing_summary&navBarLevel=JOB_SEARCH&site=VjItRG9OVktVYS9CQ3J3RmtmaHoxaFpSQT09&_s.crb=5HJpzMkW00GmamxVFSvR9uRQSyU%3d&rcm_site_locale=en_EN

MIND:

You must apply via our website.

Only applications entered in our system via the BTC website will be considered.

How to apply:

Online: https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?company=C0000960484P&career_ns=job_listing_summary&navBarLevel=JOB_SEARCH&site=VjItRG9OVktVYS9CQ3J3RmtmaHoxaFpSQT09&_s.crb=5HJpzMkW00GmamxVFSvR9uRQSyU%3d&rcm_site_locale=en_EN

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Guinea: Expert en contractualisation

Organization: Belgian Development Agency
Country: Guinea
Closing date: 31 Dec 2017

Dans le cadre du développement de ses activités, la CTB recherche un (h/f):

Expert en Contractualisation

(ECT – Expert en Coopération Technique)

Réf. : GIN/15/0033-3B

Lieu d’affectation: Conakry (family duty station), avec de multiples déplacements sur l’axe Conakry – Kindia – Mamou – Labé

Durée indicative du contrat: 36 mois

Date probable d’entrée en fonction : Q2 2018

Package salarial mensuel: Niveau 2 – B417 c’est-à-dire entre 6.135,61 euros et 9.430,72 euros (en ce compris le salaire brut mensuel et les avantages liés au statut d’expatrié: primes d’éloignement et de pénibilité). Le salaire est calculé en fonction de l’expérience pertinente.

En outre, nos collaborateurs expatriés bénéficient également d’avantages liés à l’expatriation tels que la prise en charge des frais de logement (plafonnés), une allocation de déménagement, d’installation, la prise en charge des frais de scolarité des enfants qui accompagnent (plafonnés), un package d’assurances pour toute la famille dont l’assurance rapatriement, des billets d’avion aller-retour une fois/an pour toute la famille.

Les différents montants payés vont varier en fonction de l’expérience pertinente reconnue pour la fonction, la composition familiale et la situation fiscale.

Le contexte

La CTB a ouvert son Agence en Guinée début 2016. Dans le cadre de la coopération bilatérale guinéo-belge, un programme de démarrage (10M€) a été rapidement signé et sa mise en œuvre est en cours. Un nouveau programme bilatéral (45M€) est également en cours de construction pour la période 2018-2022.

En parallèle, La Délégation de l’UE en Guinée est sur le point de confier à la CTB en Guinée deux contrats importants (70 Millions €) en Guinée pour la période 2018-2022 :

  • le contrat PAGoDA EUTF ” INTEGRA » (35M€) (= Trust Fund d’Urgence), pour l’exécution d’un Projet d’Intégration socio-économique des migrants potentiels et retournés par la création de l’emploi sur l’axe Conakry-Kindia-Mamou-Labé, sera signé en décembre 2017, et sera réalisé en partenariat avec deux agences le PNUD et l’UNCDF. Au niveau de la CTB, les activités porteront sur la création d’emplois durables au travers de chantiers-écoles et d’activités à haute intensité de main d’œuvre (HIMO). Le choix des infrastructures sera déterminé en amont par la réalisation de plans de développement économique et social participatifs avec l’ensemble des acteurs locaux.

  • le contrat PAGoDA ” SANITA » sur le 11ème FED (35M€). L’objectif général de l’intervention SANITA est d’améliorer l’environnement sanitaire et la qualité de vie des populations urbaines de Conakry et Kindia. Dans le cadre du Programme Indicatif National (PIN) du 11ème Fonds Européen de Développement (FED), l’assainissement urbain est identifié comme secteur de concentration. Compte tenu de la situation sanitaire critique et de la magnitude des besoins, il est proposé d’adopter une approche territoriale intégrée, promouvant des politiques urbaines et territoriales inclusives et durables, s’attaquant au problème des déchets solides, obstacle majeur au bon fonctionnement du réseau existant d’évacuation des eaux.

La mise en œuvre des différentes interventions du programme est assurée par la CTB s’appuyant sur de différents types de prestataires/fournisseurs, et de partenaires

(para-) publics et privés démontrant une plus-value confirmée en lien avec les objectifs visés du programme. Ces prestataires/fournisseurs ou ces partenaires sont contractualisés à travers des mécanismes de marchés publics (législation belge) et d’octroi de subsides (réglementation Guide CTB) ou au moyen d’ accords de coopération spécifiques conclus avec la CTB. De plus, plus spécifiquement pour l’intervention INTEGRA, le PNUD et l’UNCDF sont des partenaires qui prendront en charge une partie des activités demandant lien de contractualisation entre la CTB et ces agences UN.

La fonction

L’expert International en Contractualisation assure la gestion adéquate des processus et dossiers de marchés publics, des autres formes de contractualisation, ainsi que des mécanismes de contrôle et de développement d’outils adéquats.

Cette personne est chargée des tâches suivantes:

1. Gestion / appui aux marchés publics et autres types de contrats (notamment subsides)

· Assurer le suivi et l’encadrement de A à Z des contrats des programmes/interventions;

· Assurer ou appuyer à la rédaction du volet juridico-administratif des contrats ;

· Assurer le suivi des dossiers auprès des instances compétentes ;

· Assurer le traitement, le suivi, l’évaluation et le rapportage lié aux contrats ;

· Assurer ou appuyer à l’élaboration des planifications, entre autres le plan de passation des marchés publics, pour le Programme

· Assurer la publication nécessaire dans les canaux de publication applicables (site web CTB, journaux officiels)

2. Conseiller les programmes/interventions en matière de contractualisation

· Effectuer des analyses sur la gestion des différents types de contrats ;

· Faire des recommandations pour les rapports de suivi et la préparation du PIC (programme indicatif de coopération);

· Accompagner et/ou remplacer le Coordinateur de programmes / représentant résident et/ou les Programmes /Interventions lors de réunions et rencontres sur la problématique des différents types de contrats ;

· Etablir et développer des relations avec les partenaires techniques et financiers intervenant dans ce domaine, en coordination avec les projets de la Coopération Belge traitant des mêmes sujets ;

· Étudier le cadre réglementaire et autres documents ayant trait aux marchés publics et autres types de contrats ;

· Rédiger des documents d’information à destination des équipes des programmes/interventions ;

· Fournir des conseils sur la bonne gestion des contrats ;

· Capitaliser les bonnes pratiques et en assurer la bonne diffusion ;

· Assurer des formations ;

· Assister les projets dans leur dialogue avec les autorités locales, notamment avec les instances nationales de contrôle ;

· Assurer le suivi et le traitement des litiges.

3. Veiller au respect par les programmes/interventions des dispositions prévues en matière de planification, de monitoring et de rapportage sur les différents types de contrats.

Le profil

Diplôme

· Diplôme de niveau master en droit, gestion, économique appliquée ou finance ;

Expérience requise

  • Minimum 3 ans d’expérience professionnelle en gestion des marchés publics et/ou subsides;
  • Expérience dans les systèmes et outils en matière de marchés publics ou gestion administrative.

Compétences techniques

· Bonne connaissance de la législation belge et/ou européenne concernant les marchés publics et les subsides;

· Bonne connaissance des applications informatiques;

· Bonne connaissance du français et de l’anglais.

Compétences personnelles

· Rigueur, sens des responsabilités, capacité à travailler de manière autonome, facultés d’analyse ;

· Résistance au stress ;

· Capacité à produire des résultats ;

· Grandes aptitudes relationnelles et diplomatie ;

· Sens du service et de l’appui ;

· Esprit d’équipe (organisation et gestion de groupes de travail) et capacités en matière de résolution de conflits ;

· Bonnes compétences sur le plan de la planification et l’organisation.

Intéressé(e)?

Postulez au plus tard le 31 décembre 2017 via notre site web: https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?company=C0000960484P&career_ns=job_listing_summary&navBarLevel=JOB_SEARCH&site=VjItRG9OVktVYS9CQ3J3RmtmaHoxaFpSQT09&_s.crb=5HJpzMkW00GmamxVFSvR9uRQSyU%3d&rcm_site_locale=fr_FR.

Pour toute question supplémentaire, contactez-nous au +32 (0)2 505 18 65. m;paddik< ^j Q

How to apply:

Online: https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?company=C0000960484P&career_ns=job_listing_summary&navBarLevel=JOB_SEARCH&site=VjItRG9OVktVYS9CQ3J3RmtmaHoxaFpSQT09&_s.crb=5HJpzMkW00GmamxVFSvR9uRQSyU%3d&rcm_site_locale=fr_FR.

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Guinea: Expert en contractualisation

Organization: Belgian Development Agency
Country: Guinea
Closing date: 31 Dec 2017

Dans le cadre du développement de ses activités, la CTB recherche un (h/f):

Expert en Contractualisation

(ECT – Expert en Coopération Technique)

Réf. : GIN/15/0033-3B

Lieu d’affectation: Conakry (family duty station), avec de multiples déplacements sur l’axe Conakry – Kindia – Mamou – Labé

Durée indicative du contrat: 36 mois

Date probable d’entrée en fonction : Q2 2018

Package salarial mensuel: Niveau 2 – B417 c’est-à-dire entre 6.135,61 euros et 9.430,72 euros (en ce compris le salaire brut mensuel et les avantages liés au statut d’expatrié: primes d’éloignement et de pénibilité). Le salaire est calculé en fonction de l’expérience pertinente.

En outre, nos collaborateurs expatriés bénéficient également d’avantages liés à l’expatriation tels que la prise en charge des frais de logement (plafonnés), une allocation de déménagement, d’installation, la prise en charge des frais de scolarité des enfants qui accompagnent (plafonnés), un package d’assurances pour toute la famille dont l’assurance rapatriement, des billets d’avion aller-retour une fois/an pour toute la famille.

Les différents montants payés vont varier en fonction de l’expérience pertinente reconnue pour la fonction, la composition familiale et la situation fiscale.

Le contexte

La CTB a ouvert son Agence en Guinée début 2016. Dans le cadre de la coopération bilatérale guinéo-belge, un programme de démarrage (10M€) a été rapidement signé et sa mise en œuvre est en cours. Un nouveau programme bilatéral (45M€) est également en cours de construction pour la période 2018-2022.

En parallèle, La Délégation de l’UE en Guinée est sur le point de confier à la CTB en Guinée deux contrats importants (70 Millions €) en Guinée pour la période 2018-2022 :

  • le contrat PAGoDA EUTF ” INTEGRA » (35M€) (= Trust Fund d’Urgence), pour l’exécution d’un Projet d’Intégration socio-économique des migrants potentiels et retournés par la création de l’emploi sur l’axe Conakry-Kindia-Mamou-Labé, sera signé en décembre 2017, et sera réalisé en partenariat avec deux agences le PNUD et l’UNCDF. Au niveau de la CTB, les activités porteront sur la création d’emplois durables au travers de chantiers-écoles et d’activités à haute intensité de main d’œuvre (HIMO). Le choix des infrastructures sera déterminé en amont par la réalisation de plans de développement économique et social participatifs avec l’ensemble des acteurs locaux.

  • le contrat PAGoDA ” SANITA » sur le 11ème FED (35M€). L’objectif général de l’intervention SANITA est d’améliorer l’environnement sanitaire et la qualité de vie des populations urbaines de Conakry et Kindia. Dans le cadre du Programme Indicatif National (PIN) du 11ème Fonds Européen de Développement (FED), l’assainissement urbain est identifié comme secteur de concentration. Compte tenu de la situation sanitaire critique et de la magnitude des besoins, il est proposé d’adopter une approche territoriale intégrée, promouvant des politiques urbaines et territoriales inclusives et durables, s’attaquant au problème des déchets solides, obstacle majeur au bon fonctionnement du réseau existant d’évacuation des eaux.

La mise en œuvre des différentes interventions du programme est assurée par la CTB s’appuyant sur de différents types de prestataires/fournisseurs, et de partenaires

(para-) publics et privés démontrant une plus-value confirmée en lien avec les objectifs visés du programme. Ces prestataires/fournisseurs ou ces partenaires sont contractualisés à travers des mécanismes de marchés publics (législation belge) et d’octroi de subsides (réglementation Guide CTB) ou au moyen d’ accords de coopération spécifiques conclus avec la CTB. De plus, plus spécifiquement pour l’intervention INTEGRA, le PNUD et l’UNCDF sont des partenaires qui prendront en charge une partie des activités demandant lien de contractualisation entre la CTB et ces agences UN.

La fonction

L’expert International en Contractualisation assure la gestion adéquate des processus et dossiers de marchés publics, des autres formes de contractualisation, ainsi que des mécanismes de contrôle et de développement d’outils adéquats.

Cette personne est chargée des tâches suivantes:

1. Gestion / appui aux marchés publics et autres types de contrats (notamment subsides)

· Assurer le suivi et l’encadrement de A à Z des contrats des programmes/interventions;

· Assurer ou appuyer à la rédaction du volet juridico-administratif des contrats ;

· Assurer le suivi des dossiers auprès des instances compétentes ;

· Assurer le traitement, le suivi, l’évaluation et le rapportage lié aux contrats ;

· Assurer ou appuyer à l’élaboration des planifications, entre autres le plan de passation des marchés publics, pour le Programme

· Assurer la publication nécessaire dans les canaux de publication applicables (site web CTB, journaux officiels)

2. Conseiller les programmes/interventions en matière de contractualisation

· Effectuer des analyses sur la gestion des différents types de contrats ;

· Faire des recommandations pour les rapports de suivi et la préparation du PIC (programme indicatif de coopération);

· Accompagner et/ou remplacer le Coordinateur de programmes / représentant résident et/ou les Programmes /Interventions lors de réunions et rencontres sur la problématique des différents types de contrats ;

· Etablir et développer des relations avec les partenaires techniques et financiers intervenant dans ce domaine, en coordination avec les projets de la Coopération Belge traitant des mêmes sujets ;

· Étudier le cadre réglementaire et autres documents ayant trait aux marchés publics et autres types de contrats ;

· Rédiger des documents d’information à destination des équipes des programmes/interventions ;

· Fournir des conseils sur la bonne gestion des contrats ;

· Capitaliser les bonnes pratiques et en assurer la bonne diffusion ;

· Assurer des formations ;

· Assister les projets dans leur dialogue avec les autorités locales, notamment avec les instances nationales de contrôle ;

· Assurer le suivi et le traitement des litiges.

3. Veiller au respect par les programmes/interventions des dispositions prévues en matière de planification, de monitoring et de rapportage sur les différents types de contrats.

Le profil

Diplôme

· Diplôme de niveau master en droit, gestion, économique appliquée ou finance ;

Expérience requise

  • Minimum 3 ans d’expérience professionnelle en gestion des marchés publics et/ou subsides;
  • Expérience dans les systèmes et outils en matière de marchés publics ou gestion administrative.

Compétences techniques

· Bonne connaissance de la législation belge et/ou européenne concernant les marchés publics et les subsides;

· Bonne connaissance des applications informatiques;

· Bonne connaissance du français et de l’anglais.

Compétences personnelles

· Rigueur, sens des responsabilités, capacité à travailler de manière autonome, facultés d’analyse ;

· Résistance au stress ;

· Capacité à produire des résultats ;

· Grandes aptitudes relationnelles et diplomatie ;

· Sens du service et de l’appui ;

· Esprit d’équipe (organisation et gestion de groupes de travail) et capacités en matière de résolution de conflits ;

· Bonnes compétences sur le plan de la planification et l’organisation.

Intéressé(e)?

Postulez au plus tard le 31 décembre 2017 via notre site web: https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?company=C0000960484P&career_ns=job_listing_summary&navBarLevel=JOB_SEARCH&site=VjItRG9OVktVYS9CQ3J3RmtmaHoxaFpSQT09&_s.crb=5HJpzMkW00GmamxVFSvR9uRQSyU%3d&rcm_site_locale=fr_FR.

Pour toute question supplémentaire, contactez-nous au +32 (0)2 505 18 65. m;paddik< ^j Q

How to apply:

Online: https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?company=C0000960484P&career_ns=job_listing_summary&navBarLevel=JOB_SEARCH&site=VjItRG9OVktVYS9CQ3J3RmtmaHoxaFpSQT09&_s.crb=5HJpzMkW00GmamxVFSvR9uRQSyU%3d&rcm_site_locale=fr_FR.

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Niger: USPSC Food for Peace Officer – Niger

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Niger
Closing date: 29 Dec 2017

In Niger, natural disasters (including drought, flooding, and pest invasions), Boko Haram-related
conflict, and an influx of refugees from Nigeria and Mali have exacerbated food insecurity
among vulnerable communities. The majority of households in Niger face chronic food
insecurity due to structural vulnerabilities, including reliance on subsistence rain-fed agriculture
with increasing rainfall variance and harsh climatic conditions. In Niger’s Diffa region, ongoing
Boko Haram-related conflict, an influx of Nigeria refugees, and internal population displacement
have left local populations in a dire situation and highly food insecure. Additionally, land
degradation and climate change have exacerbated food insecurity and weakened the resilience of
Diffa residents.

To improve food security and reduce malnutrition, FFP provided more than $76
million in emergency and development food assistance in FY 2016. In partnership with the UN
World Food Program, the UN Children’s Fund, and NGO pmtners, FFP provides critical food
assistance to displaced persons, refugees, and host communities in Niger through a combination
of U.S. in-kind food, locally and regionally procured food, cash transfers, and food vouchers.
FFP also supports three multi-year development food assistance programs, which aim to reduce
food insecurity, malnutrition, and improve community resilience among rural households in the
Maradi and Zinder regions. FFP aligns its programs with USAID’s Resilience in the SahelEnhanced
(RISE) initiative to address the root causes of vulnerability and to build resilience in
the Sahel.

The Food For Peace Officer in Niger will serve as a point of contact for NGOS and Public International Organizations (PIOs) such as WFP and UNICEF, US Government representatives, and others on Food for Peace food security issues in country. The FFPO will provide policy recommendations related to implementation of emergency programs, as well as analyze and assess program data from a variety of sources. The incumbent will report on all food security issues, including changes relating to the food security situation, policies, and requirements. They will serve as a food assistance expert to promote integration of food assistance with other programs to increase the effectiveness of the programs overall.

How to apply:

Please visit https://ffpjobs.com for the full solicitation, including the cover letter with resume requirements and the QRFs, a sample resume, and the 302-3 form.

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover
letter via email: ffprecruitmentteam@usaid.gov.
Qualified individuals are required to submit:

  1. Complete, current resume. See cover page for resume requirements.
  2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.
  3. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your application materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached
to the application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all
information on and attached to the application to be investigated.

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the
solicitation number and the position you are applying for on your application, and as the
subject line in any email.

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Myanmar: OTI Country Representative – Burma

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Myanmar
Closing date: 19 Dec 2017

The OTI Country Representative – Burma is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Burma. Applications for this position are due no later than December 19, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

The Country Representative is a member of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Europe and Asia Regional Team, and reports to the OTI Europe and Asia Team Leader based in DC, while also having dual reporting to the USAID Burma Mission leadership. The Country Representative’s principal responsibility will be the strategy development, design, oversight and management of OTI’s Burma program. The incumbent will be called upon to represent OTI’s mission and programs to senior-level government officials, in-country visitors, senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors, local government officials, and local beneficiaries.

The OTI Burma program supports the larger objectives of the U.S. Government in Burma in close coordination with the State Department representatives and other USG actors. Consistent with USG priorities, OTI’s rapid and targeted assistance supports the ongoing democratic transition in Burma, with the overall goal of deepening and sustaining reforms and fostering legitimate processes for pursuing peace.

This post is a senior management position requiring excellent managerial and communication skills, an ability to perform in a complex and highly sensitive political environment, experience in policy formulation and negotiation at the highest levels (government and non-government organizations), and a strong interest in assisting countries in transition. The Country Representative should have extensive management experience (both project and personnel) and understand the basics of grantee and contractor/USAID relationships. The candidate should be able to communicate effectively with grassroots organizations and their constituencies, national and local government officials, U.S. Government agencies, and international organization officials. Since work may require continued changes in program direction and implementation, including frequent coordination, the individual will be someone who is highly flexible and willing to work under conditions of ongoing change.

Familiarity with a wide range of issues is necessary, including peace processes, national dialogues, conflict mitigation and management, good governance, mediation/arbitration, and human rights. Prior work experience with U.S. Government agencies or managing programs in transition contexts is preferred. The successful candidate will possess excellent political analysis and reporting skills and the ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy, responsibility and authority in a highly stressful environment while exercising sound judgment in politically charged environments.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conceptualize and design program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy and local civil society officials, based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy. When necessary, refine strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in country, linked to neighboring country programs where appropriate;

  • As requested by embassies or USAID Missions, provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick-impact programming model. Support to embassies and USAID Missions may include attendance and/or facilitation of program management processes for follow-on programming including rolling assessments, strategy review sessions, program performance reviews, and management reviews;

  • Communicate and coordinate in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, the U.S. Embassy, and other donor organizations;

  • Design staffing plans to meet overall program objectives and recruit, train, supervise, mentor and evaluate the performance of in-country OTI staff, providing regular feedback;

  • Monitor local and regional political developments and regularly brief OTI and partner staff on their potential programmatic impact;

  • Manage and provide day-to-day programmatic, operational, and strategic guidance to OTI’s implementing partners (contractors and/or grantees), ensuring that activities are contributing to OTI’s program objectives and are within the partner’s scope;

  • Provide recommendations to the Washington-based Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and/or the Regional Team Leader on the implementing partner’s performance, budget, and appropriateness of scope in achieving OTI’s country objectives, presenting modifications thereto;

  • Provide USAID concurrence on all implementing partner activities, including final approval of grantees for grants under contract in accordance with USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS);

  • Ensure that OTI programs and activities are monitored and evaluated, and that lessons learned feed into ongoing or future activities;

  • Analyze and report on current political developments, security concerns, and other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives;

  • Ensure appropriate resource allocation among OTI field offices and implementing partners;

  • Prepare and maintain OTI program budgets for field operations;

  • Serve as OTI’s primary liaison with USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, ambassadors, local government officials, UN organizations, indigenous and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other pertinent agencies and organizations. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships to ensure close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential partners and opportunities, and achieve maximum synergy with other programs;

  • Prepare operational plans in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, including logistics and property use guidelines, closeout and hand-over, security procedures, contingency and evacuation plans;

  • Ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;

  • Ensure that all OTI and partner field staff adhere to the in-country security guidelines set by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer and other organizations such as the United Nations or host government;

  • Prepare and disseminate programmatic, financial and quarterly reports to the U.S. Embassy, OTI/Washington and other organizations as appropriate;

  • Supervise field staff in conjunction with the Regional Team Leader (e.g. Deputy Country Representative, foreign service national (FSN) staff, etc.). Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for staff supervised; assign work, explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations, and communicate how the successful performance of those duties will be measured; evaluate staff performance; recognize good performance; communicate where performance needs to be improved; resolve complaints; and approve leave requests and timesheets as well as training, travel and program and operations requests;

  • Perform other related duties as determined by the supervisor to ensure successful OTI program implementation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At a minimum, the applicant must have:

    • A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;

    OR

    A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;

    AND
    * Six (6) years of project management experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international or domestic assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in political transition, stabilization, community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;
    * Two (2) years of overseas field experience working in one or more developing countries undergoing political transition or conflict;
    * Two (2) years of supervisory experience (including mentoring, training, and guiding staff).

Please direct questions about this position or the application process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

How to apply:

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net.

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United States of America: USPSC Senior Contract Specialist (Amended)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 04 Jan 2018

Position Title: Senior Contract Specialist

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00012

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

Issuance Date: December 1, 2017

Closing Date: January 4, 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 a Senior Contract 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Contract Specialist

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00012

2. ISSUANCE DATE: December 1, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: January 4, 2018
12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Contract Specialist

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: One (1) year, with four (4) 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 primary purpose of the Office of Acquisition and Assistance is to provide professional expertise in the acquisition and assistance field to the USAID Technical Teams in order to acquire goods and services to allow the Technical Team to reach their goals and objectives. The Senior Contract Specialist is responsible for ensuring that acquisition instruments are completed, negotiated, executed and administered in a timely and effective manner that ensures implementation leading to the most efficient and effective achievement of results. The Senior Contract Specialist has thorough understanding and knowledge of acquisition laws, principles, policies, regulations and procedures to plan and manage acquisition instruments which have a variety of multi-million dollar funding levels; are of critical importance and require the resolution of various issues and problems for which few precedents exist. The Senior Contract Specialist is expected to successfully manage all stages of the acquisition process to ensure compliance with Federal Regulations and Agency policy and procedures.

OBJECTIVE

The USPSC serves as a Senior Contract Specialist in the Management Bureau, Office of Acquisition & Assistance. The USPSC is responsible for all pre-award and post-award functions involving highly complex negotiated procurements of significant importance to the Agency. Requirements of the contracts (including USPSC Contracts) and Interagency Agreements are typically highly specialized and involve complex systems or sensitive international programs. Given the nature of its mandate, OFDA requires a high-volume of procurement support that is critical to the Agency, highly visible, and often urgent. The USPSC must excel at working in a fast-paced, dynamic and demanding setting.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Contract Specialist will perform the following duties on behalf of OFDA and under the direction and supervision of M/OAA/DCHA:

Contract Compliance Review

  • Conduct in-depth compliance review and evaluation of complex, unusual, or unprecedented contract actions requiring higher-level approval.
  • Monitor all acquisition strategy and documents and instruments for a variety of highly specialized, complex, and unique contracts of OFDA’s diverse acquisition portfolio.
  • Support Contracting Officer by providing contract administration sufficient to ensure terms and conditions are complied with and that the contractor delivers the required goods or services in a timely manner to achieve the objectives of the Agency’s projects and programs. Responsibilities typically include:

  • Periodic site visits, review of changes to incremental funding, preparation of rate and cost adjustments, redirection of effort, coordination of time extension, incorporation of change orders, preparation of stop work orders, preparation of cure notices or show cause letters, and contract closeout for Contracting Officer review and approval.

  • Advises technical office counterparts and contractors on their administration responsibilities contained in their award documents.

  • Evaluates the adequacy of the contractor’s business management systems for areas such as personnel compensation, subcontracting procedures, and financial management.

  • Ensures the contractors and recipient’s compliance with Cost Accounting Standards or other cost principles and requirements applicable to them.

  • Prepare termination of contracts for the convenience of the Government or default by the contractor for the review and approval by the Contracting Officer. Prepare all documentation necessary to support and defend termination decisions by the Contracting Officer. Negotiates termination claims.

  • Assist the Contracting Officer in resolving audit findings on post-award audits.

  • Draft responses for the Contracting Officer to protests by researching, analyzing and developing necessary documentation and history.

  • Work with the Agency’s Office of General Counsel (GC) in preparing the Agency’s position, and Contracting Officer reports, to support the Government’s defense on protests to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

  • Conduct in-depth on-site evaluations of contracts, contracting procedures, contract planning, competition, cost analysis, organizations, employee qualifications, procurement and contract administration systems, and similar functions and make recommendations to the Contracting Officer.

  • Ensure compliance with requirements for all phases within the acquisition lifecycle. Reviews include all types of contracts (fixed price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-award-fee, incentive provisions, escalation provisions, etc.) for the procurement of major systems, research and development, equipment, construction, services and supplies.

Contractor’s Performance Monitoring

  • Perform contract administration activities for significant, highly specialized procurements involving long-term, extensive technical service contracts and/or cost type contracts. Contract types vary with the complexity of the acquisition and the best interests of the government, ranging from Firm-Fixed-Price through Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee types.
  • Responsible for contract administration sufficient to ensure that contract terms and conditions are met and that the contractor delivers the required goods or services in a timely manner to achieve the objectives of the Agency’s and OFDA’s projects and programs.
  • Independently review and monitor contractor’s performance on contract, regulatory and statutory provisions through telephone conversations, correspondence, reports, vouchers, and visits.
  • Independently monitor status of contract performance, review for approval of progress payments, reviewing and providing recommendations on contractor proposals resulting from change orders, scheduling, problems that have arisen and proposed solutions, verification of deliveries, and similar activities.
  • Prepare for the Contracting Officer and other officials of the agency, interpretations of contract provisions as applicable to contractors, and provides appropriate advice and guidance.
  • Conduct in-depth analyses of contractors’ financial and management systems and facilities for ability to perform and for compliance with Government or contractual requirements.
  • In consultation with M/OAA Supervisory Contracting Officer/Branch Chief, advise OFDA Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) on issues arising during contractor performance to develop solutions related to contractor performance.

Procurement Program Planning Work

  • Develop new plans, schedules or methods to accommodate changing program requirements for acquisition programs for new or complex programs with ability to multi-task within varying assignments. Responsible for procurement planning activities in OFDA, which may include reviewing project papers and representing M/OAA at program planning meetings and regular status meetings.
  • Identify within assigned major program(s) those significant subsystems, components, equipment and services to be acquired by contract or Interagency Agreement.
  • Develop objectives for the program in terms of competition and price range, and constructs the contractual vehicle, which includes the use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set-aside polices, and similar considerations.
  • Prepare and maintain current acquisition plans, appropriate milestone charts, and related schedules and keeps M/OAA management informed of anticipated workload demands.
  • Anticipate problems and provide advice to OFDA project personnel on effective implementation and time frames required to ensure they are met. When designated by the Contracting Officer as his representative, serve on project review committee in an advisory capacity.
  • Advise OFDA program officials in project planning meetings of the procurement instruments to be used and assists OFDA CORs in the drafting of effective statements of work, evaluation criteria, proposal instructions, and other supporting documents for Request for Proposals (RFPs), Task Order and /or any other acquisition instruments .
  • Prepare solicitation documents.
  • Provide guidance to new OFDA project/technical staff on USAID regulations and Automated Directive Systems (ADS) and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) requirements.
  • Serve as Senior Contract Specialist responsible for major OFDA programs by directing and leading lower graded specialists assigned to the project by reviewing their work and providing on-the-job training.
  • Provide services to OFDA field personnel during disaster responses by advising on resolution of special procurement problems associated with waiver requests, expediting of deliveries, apparent overlapping of responsibilities, and resolution of claims.
  • Assure that all information regarding the status of assigned procurement actions are in the Global Acquisition & Assistance System (GLAAS) databases and/or current systems as applicable for completion of work tasks.

Sources Analysis for the Items/Services Procured

  • Develop new or innovative acquisition plans, source selection plans, and contract terms, conditions or financial arrangements that serve as models for future major acquisitions.
  • Survey the market to locate new procurement sources and determine the availability of items or services with specialized requirements.
  • Perform detailed analyses of all elements of cost in contractor proposals.
  • Assist the Contracting Officer in the determination of the competitive range and prepares defensible justifications when required.
  • In coordination with OFDA program staff, conduct pre-proposal conferences with prospective contractors to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required under the proposed contract.
  • Obtain appropriate data from business and technical officials.
  • Draft necessary modifications to clarify questions concerning such topics as specification changes, language ambiguities, or clarification of contract clauses or subcontracts.
  • Explore new or innovative contracting approaches to arrive at an equitable contract arrangement.
  • In the absence of meaningful cost and price information, develop creative approaches to developing the necessary comparative data.

Negotiations for Procurement of Products and Services Using a Variety of Contract Types

  • Serve as lead negotiator responsible for a significant program or for major acquisition procurements.
  • Plan the negotiation strategy, coordinate the strategy with the negotiation team, and lead the negotiations which are conducted with contractors to develop the contact prices and terms.
  • Manage the acquisition process from inception through negotiation, award, and administration and ultimately, close-out and make awards recommendation to the Contracting Officer; prepare contractual instruments (including PSCs) for signature by the Contracting Officer; prepare the memoranda of negotiation, organizes and prepares pre- and post-award debriefs.
  • Coordinate with the OFDA program team on a variety of contracts instruments requiring the development of new or modified evaluation criteria, reporting requirements, and contractual arrangements.
  • Forecast labor and material costs when unknowns are involved, locating or developing sources, developing approaches for procurements lacking precedent, and resolving major differences in the interpretation of the statement of work during discussions and negotiations.
  • Negotiate and assist the Contracting Officer in executing Participating Agency Services Agreements (PASA) and Resource Support Services Agreements (RSSA) within delegated authority and in accordance with statutory and procedural regulations and general agreements with other Federal agencies. Negotiations include prices, terms, special conditions, and amendments. Coordinate PASAs and RSSAs with officials in participating Federal agencies and with Mission officials, as necessary.

Policy Research, Analysis, and Interpretation

  • Analyze a variety of contracting policy issues and problems and identifies alternative courses of action.
  • Provide technical advice to OFDA management and program staff and contracting officers on matters pertaining to contracting policies and procedures and provides advice upon request regarding specific situations or problems and upon receipt of changed procedures involving regulations, laws, and good business practices.
  • Respond to protests, by researching and developing necessary analysis, documentation, and history in conjunction with the Contracting Officer.
  • Provide guidance and review of debrief letters.

Other Duties

  • The USPSC serves as a Senior Contract Specialist in the Management Bureau, Office of Acquisition & Assistance, primarily supporting the acquisition portfolio of OFDA within DCHA Bureau (M/OAA/DCHA) and, on a limited basis, other DCHA-related activities.
  • Attend OFDA trainings as necessary to better understand programmatic aspects of the office and how this translates into procurement requirements.
  • Conduct brown bags and other informational sessions to educate OFDA staff on changes in procurement policy or other relevant subject matter.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office 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 M/OAA/DCHA Branch Chief or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

The M/OAA/DCHA Branch Chief sets the overall objectives of the work as well as the available resources. The USPSC, in consultation with the Branch Chief, develops specific objectives and priorities. The USPSC independently plans and carries out the work, selecting the approaches and techniques to be used, and informs the supervisor of progress and significant problems. Work is evaluated on the degree to which program and regulatory requirements are met. OFDA staff will provide performance feedback regarding the USPSC through the 360 Review Process to the Branch Chief to be incorporated as appropriate into annual performance evaluations.

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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to business administration, public administration, law, banking, international affairs, procurement and contracting or finance with an emphasis on commerce, trade, and materials management) and six (6) years of progressively responsible experience working in acquisition functions.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to business administration, public administration, law, banking, international affairs, procurement and contracting or finance with an emphasis on commerce, trade, and materials management) and four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working in acquisition functions.

OR

At least nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working in acquisition.

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:

Acquisition Professional Experience (15 Points)

· Demonstrated prior experience in the full range of responsibilities: procurement planning, solicitation, analysis and evaluation of proposals, negotiation and award of acquisition instruments, administration, termination, negotiation of changes, execution of options, investigation and resolution of contractor delays, contractor performance appraisal, subcontractor surveillance and disposition of claims.

· Demonstrated experience with the performance of technical evaluations, cost and price analysis, and monitoring and evaluation of work performed under acquisition instruments.

Knowledge of Federal Contracting Principles, Laws, Policies and Regulations (10 Points)

· Demonstrated knowledge of federal contracting principles, laws, statutes, Executive Orders, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post-award actions.

· Knowledge of the following:

o Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

o Contract Information Bulletins (CIBS) / Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives (AAPDs)

o Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular

o Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations as appropriate to USAID.

o Automated Directive Systems (ADS)

Teamwork, Flexibility, Communication, and Organizational Skills (5 Points)

· Demonstrated ability to work collegially with technical officers, peers, and supervisors with good interpersonal skills and past performance in working effectively in a team environment.

· Demonstrated ability to work calmly, tactfully and effectively under pressure and to demonstrate extreme flexibility to manage more than one activity at a time.

· Demonstrated ability to communicate complex and difficult policy and programmatic issues in layperson terms without oversimplifying. Excellent oral and written English communications skills and proven ability to produce technical documents.

· Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage complex contractual actions occurring concurrently.

Interview Performance (50 points)

OFDA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews.

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (20 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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Sudan: USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor – Sudan

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Sudan
Closing date: 03 Jan 2018

Position Title: Senior Humanitarian Advisor – Sudan

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00009

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $88,136- $114,578

Issuance Date: November 27, 2017

Closing Date: January 3, 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 a Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00009

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 27, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: January 3, 2018

12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Humanitarian Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($88,136 – $114,578 – 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: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Khartoum, Sudan

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 Senior Humanitarian 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, and to effectively respond to disasters worldwide, OFDA has established six regional offices in the following locations: San Jose, Costa Rica; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Pretoria, South Africa; Budapest, Hungary and Bangkok, Thailand. OFDA also has other, smaller sub-regional and program offices around the world.

The regional offices are headed by Senior Regional Advisors (SRAs), who work closely with the Team Leaders in Washington, and report to the appropriate Division Director. The Senior Regional Advisors serve as the regional team leaders for all response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction activities. They serve as the key interlocutor with embassies and missions in the event of a disaster and 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 Team Leaders, the multi-year non-response program strategies for their respective regions. They 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.

Senior Humanitarian Advisors (SHAs) report to the Senior Regional Advisors. They ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster response and assistance, strategic reporting and analysis are met. The SHAs are responsible for monitoring and reporting on OFDA-funded programs and activities, and formulating disaster response, preparedness, mitigation and training programs for the region.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a SHA based in Khartoum, Sudan, to ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster assistance, risk reduction, strategic reporting, interagency coordination, and situational analysis are met in the ongoing response.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position requires an individual to manage and represent the humanitarian portfolio for Sudan. The SHA will serve as the primary contact and liaison for OFDA’s ongoing humanitarian assistance activities in Sudan, as well as for disaster risk reduction programs. The SHA will work closely with USAID/Sudan Mission staff, the U.S. Embassy, other U.S. Agencies as appropriate, IOs, NGOs, and the UN, to respond to humanitarian needs and sudden onset disasters. The SHA will be responsible for program analysis; strategy development; and coordination with relief agencies, other donors, and USG interagency partners, as well as reporting to OFDA East and Central Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya and OFDA/Washington, and collaborating with USAID/Sudan and U.S. Embassy/Sudan staff, as required.

This position requires substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the U.S. Embassy, other USG agencies, the Republic of Sudan, U.S. military representatives, as well as with relevant donor representatives and UN and NGO agencies, therefore requiring a highly collaborative work style. The SHA 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.

Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the OFDA SRA for East and Central Africa, with regular interaction with the designated Regional Advisor covering Sudan and in consultation with USAID/Sudan, the SHA will:

Contextual Specialty

· Develop and maintain knowledge of the key humanitarian and disaster risk reduction issues within Sudan.

· Maintain an in-depth understanding of political, humanitarian, organizational, and stakeholder interests specific to Sudan.

· Monitor incipient disasters, international disaster response plans and efforts, and major humanitarian issues and challenges in the area of responsibility through a wide range of USG and international sources;

· Identify humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities within and relevant to Sudan and apply those to program strategy development and implementation.

· Prepare and/or provide substantive assistance in the preparation of, regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on assigned countries.

Portfolio Management

· Lead efforts to identify and assess humanitarian assistance requirements, target beneficiary groups, and locations, oversee the general direction of existing relief and transition-oriented programs, and broadly recommend the types of interventions and budget levels required in Sudan.

· Closely collaborate with Mission colleagues on program coordination to share information, avoid overlap, and explore opportunities for synergies and transition efforts. Maintain ongoing dialogue with the East and Central Africa Regional Office and OFDA/Washington on these efforts.

· Monitor ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts in Sudan. Liaise with partners and other donors, coordinate with East and Central Africa Regional Office on issues of mutual interest, and provide coordinated field feedback to the partners.

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

o Capacity and ability of UN, IOs, NGOs, and local institutions to carry out programs;

o Capacity of the logistics infrastructure to support programs;

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

o Role of in-country UN leadership and the UN Mission in Sudan in facilitating humanitarian assistance;

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

o Humanitarian coordination issues and any recommendations for change.

· Provide guidance to organizations that are developing proposals for OFDA, based on OFDA’s Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting; Review of concept papers and proposals and provide timely recommendations/comments to OFDA/Washington and East and Central Africa Regional Office.

· Ensure reporting on a timely basis to OFDA/Washington and East and Central Africa Regional Office on the quality of grantees’ work, noting deficiencies, attributes, and evolving operational conditions.

· Maintain regular, close coordination and communication with the East and Central Africa Regional Office and OFDA/Washington.

Representation

· Represent OFDA in-country at senior levels within the USG and humanitarian stakeholders to humanitarian concerns and priorities from the OFDA perspective through oral and written briefings, as well as coordination and policy development meeting to include the following:

o Meetings with individual and groups of implementing partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;

o Discussions, meetings, and papers informing USG foreign policy in areas with humanitarian concerns or impacts;

o Donor and implementing partner coordination forums.

· Serve as the principal point of contact in-country for OFDA/Sudan for humanitarian issues, and serve as a liaison on program issues among USAID mission staff, the U.S. Embassy and other U.S. Agencies, military representatives, OFDA/Washington and the overall humanitarian community.

· Present OFDA perspectives to NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies relating to humanitarian assistance strategies and priorities, including OFDA’s approach to sustainable, resilience oriented humanitarian programs. Work closely with the Regional Advisor and OFDA’s technical advisors to discuss and understand sectoral priorities.

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

· Maintain regular liaison with UN, NGOs, IOs, regional groups, and other organizations regarding humanitarian activities.

· Engage as the humanitarian specialist in U.S. Embassy policy conversations, remaining available to provide timely reporting and clearances in response to high-level USG queries originating in the region or from Washington, DC.

Leadership

· Provide recommendations on current and future directions of OFDA’s Sudan portfolio to include programmatic, budgetary, and human resource requirements.

· Serve in a leadership role within USAID/Sudan, in coordination with Mission senior leadership, to incorporate humanitarian concerns into Mission activities and identify opportunities to leverage USAID interventions.

General Duties

· Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on response teams, assessment teams within and outside the region.

  • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office 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 OFDA SRA for the East and Central Africa Regional Office. However, the SHA will coordinate tasks regularly with the East and Central Africa Regional Advisor covering Sudan and directly with personnel within USAID/Sudan, and in collaboration and consultation with other USAID and U.S. Embassy staff.

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. The OFDA SRA for the East and Central Africa Regional Office will provide direction in terms of broadly defined program goals and objectives.

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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, political science, or a related field or country); and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including four (4) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, political science, or a related field or country); and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including four (4) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.

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 (10 points):

· Experience managing humanitarian interventions in an international disaster context across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.

· Specific experience managing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

Skills and Abilities (10 points):

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with DOD, Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

Leading Teams Experience (10 points):

· Demonstrated experience leading teams of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.

· Experience leading a diverse team of program, technical, and administrative staff, including senior U.S. professionals, working in a constant state of in complex, international humanitarian crisis.

Interview Performance (40 points)

OFDA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews.

Timed Writing Test (20 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 SUBMITTALSVia email**: recruiter@ofda.gov

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South Sudan: USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor – South Sudan

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 03 Jan 2018

Position Title: Senior Humanitarian Advisor – South Sudan

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00008

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $88,136- $114,578

Issuance Date: November 27, 2017

Closing Date: January 3, 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 a Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00008

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 27, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: January 3, 2018

12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Humanitarian Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($88,136- $114,578 – 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: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Juba, South Sudan

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 Senior Humanitarian 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, and to effectively respond to disasters worldwide, OFDA has established six regional offices in the following locations: San Jose, Costa Rica; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Pretoria, South Africa; Budapest, Hungary and Bangkok, Thailand. OFDA also has other, smaller sub-regional and program offices around the world.

The regional offices are headed by Senior Regional Advisors (SRAs), who work closely with the Team Leaders in Washington, and report to the appropriate Division Director. The Senior Regional Advisors serve as the regional team leaders for all response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction activities. They serve as the key interlocutor with embassies and missions in the event of a disaster and 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 Team Leaders, the multi-year non-response program strategies for their respective regions. They 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.

Since gaining independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, South Sudan has encountered several humanitarian challenges largely stemming from internal political conflicts between factions within the Government of the Republic of South Sudan. The widespread insecurity within South Sudan has caused attacks against civilians, displacing large portions of the population and increasing humanitarian needs, particularly in Unity State and the Greater Equatoria region that consists of Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, and Western Equatorial states. As a result of increasing insecurity, the economic climate in South Sudan is deteriorating, only increasing the population’s reliance on humanitarian assistance. Despite access constraints, including bureaucratic impediments and clashes between armed actors, the USG humanitarian partners continue to deliver life-saving assistance to populations in need throughout South Sudan.

The Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) is OFDA’s principal humanitarian representative in South Sudan and is currently located in Juba, South Sudan. The SHA is responsible for overseeing the OFDA humanitarian assistance portfolio in South Sudan, which exceeded $135 million during Fiscal Year 2017.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a SHA for South Sudan to ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster assistance, risk reduction, strategic reporting, interagency coordination, and situational analysis are met in the ongoing response.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position requires an individual to manage and represent the humanitarian portfolio for South Sudan. The U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC) will serve as the primary contact and liaison for OFDA’s ongoing humanitarian assistance activities in South Sudan, as well as the Team Leader of the DART that is currently based in Juba. The USPSC will work closely with USAID/South Sudan Mission staff, the U.S. Embassy, other U.S. Agencies as appropriate, IOs, NGOs, and the UN, to respond to humanitarian needs and sudden onset disasters. The SHA will be responsible for program analysis, strategy development, and coordination with relief agencies, other donors, and USG interagency partners. Additionally, the SHA will report to OFDA East and Central Africa (ECA) Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya, and OFDA Washington, and collaborate with USAID/South Sudan and U.S. Embassy/South Sudan staff, as required.

This position requires substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the US Embassy, other USG agencies, the Republic of South Sudan, U.S. military representatives, as well as with relevant donor representatives and UN and NGO agencies, therefore requiring a highly collaborative work style. The SHA 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.

Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the OFDA SRA for ECA, with regular interaction with the designated Regional Advisor (RA) covering South Sudan and in consultation with USAID/South Sudan, the SHA will:

Contextual Specialty

· Develop and maintain knowledge of the key humanitarian and disaster response issues within South Sudan.

· Maintain an in-depth understanding of political, humanitarian, organizational, and stakeholder interests specific to South Sudan.

· Monitor incipient disasters, international disaster response plans and efforts, and major humanitarian issues and challenges in the area of responsibility through a wide range of USG and international sources.

Portfolio Management

· Lead efforts to identify and assess humanitarian new assistance requirements, target beneficiary groups, and locations, oversee the general direction of existing relief and transition-oriented programs, and broadly recommend the types of interventions and budget levels required in South Sudan.

· Closely collaborate with Mission colleagues on program coordination to share information, avoid overlap, and explore opportunities for synergies and transition efforts. Maintain ongoing dialogue with the ECA Regional Office and OFDA/Washington on these efforts.

· Monitor ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts in the Northeast of South Sudan. Liaise with partners and other donors, coordinate with OFDA/ECA Regional Office on issues of mutual interest, and provide coordinated field feedback to the partners.

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

  • Capacity and ability of UN, IOs, NGOs, and local institutions to carry out programs;
  • Capacity of the logistics infrastructure to support programs;
  • Security situation of beneficiaries, personnel, convoys, and relief operations in general;
  • Role of in-country UN leadership and the UN Mission in South Sudan in facilitating humanitarian assistance;
  • Contributions by other donors, problems arising from implementation of relief and reintegration 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, based on OFDA’s Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting; Review of concept papers and proposals and provide timely recommendations/comments to OFDA/Washington and OFDA/ECA Regional Office.

· Ensure reporting on a timely basis to OFDA/Washington and OFDA/ECA Regional Office on the quality of grantees’ work, noting deficiencies, attributes, and evolving operational conditions.

Representation

· Represent OFDA in-country at senior levels within the USG and humanitarian stakeholders to humanitarian concerns and priorities from the OFDA perspective through oral and written briefings, as well as coordination and policy development meeting to include the following:

  • Meetings with individual and groups of implementing partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;
  • Discussions, meetings, and papers informing USG foreign policy in areas with humanitarian concerns or impacts;
  • Donor and implementing partner coordination forums.

· Serve as the principal point of contact in-country for OFDA/South Sudan for humanitarian issues, and serve as a liaison on program issues among USAID mission staff, the U.S. Embassy and other U.S. Agencies, military representatives, OFDA/Washington and the overall humanitarian community.

· Present OFDA perspectives to NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies relating to humanitarian assistance strategies and priorities, including OFDA’s approach to sustainable, resilience oriented humanitarian programs.

· Work closely with the RA and OFDA’s technical advisors to discuss and understand sectoral priorities.

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

· Maintain regular liaison with UN, NGOs, IOs, regional groups, and other organizations regarding humanitarian activities.

· Engage as the humanitarian specialist in U.S. Embassy policy conversations, remaining available to provide timely reporting and clearances in response to high-level USG queries originating in the region or from Washington, DC.

Leadership

· Provide recommendations on current and future directions of OFDA’s South Sudan portfolio to include programmatic, budgetary, and human resource requirements.

· Serve in a leadership role within USAID/South Sudan, in coordination with Mission senior leadership, to incorporate humanitarian concerns into Mission activities and identify opportunities to leverage USAID interventions.

General Duties

· Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on response teams, assessment teams within and outside the region.

· As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office 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 report directly to the OFDA SRA for the ECA Regional Office. However, the USPSC will coordinate tasks regularly with the ECA RA covering South Sudan and directly with personnel within USAID/South Sudan, and in collaboration and consultation with other USAID and U.S. Embassy staff.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisory controls will be minimal. The USPSC is expected to act independently with minimal direction and will have wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. The OFDA SRA for the ECA Regional Office will provide direction in terms of broadly defined program goals and objectives.

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, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country; and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including but not limited to four (4) year of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including but not limited to four (4) year of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

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 (10 points)

· Experience managing humanitarian interventions in an international disaster context across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.

· Specific experience managing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

Skills and Abilities (10 points)

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with DOD, Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

Leading Teams Experience (10 points)

· Demonstrated experience leading teams of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.

· Experience leading a diverse team of program, technical, and administrative staff, including senior U.S. professionals, working in a constant state of in complex, international humanitarian crisis.

Interview Performance (40 points)

OFDA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews.

Timed Writing Test (20 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 SUBMITTALSVia email**: recruiter@ofda.gov

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United States of America: OTI Contract Specialist – Washington, D.C. (Ladder)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 09 Jan 2018

The OTI Contract Specialist – Washington, D.C. is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-12/13 equivalent level and located in Washington, D.C. Applications for this position are due no later than January 9, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern Time (Deadline Extended). For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

The incumbent serves as a Contract Specialist working on actions for the Office of Transition Initiatives, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA/OTI), working in the in the Management Bureau, Office of Acquisition Assistance (M/OAA). The employee is responsible for functions involving highly complex negotiated procurements of significant importance to the Agency. Requirements of the contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, inter-agency agreements are typically highly specialized and involve complex systems or sensitive international programs.

The Contract Specialist is expected to demonstrate significant knowledge of the basic principles of procurement, an ability to conduct research and analysis of a broad spectrum of assistance activities, and an ability to communicate well with a wide variety of potential and actual bidders in the procurement process. This is a key position in a busy office which responds rapidly to crisis situations. For M/OAA to support DCHA/OTI in implementing its rapid response strategy, it is essential that DCHA prompt procurement support is provided. The incumbent must have a strong sense of responsibility, a high customer service standard, be highly organized, pay close attention to detail, and be able to complete tasks with minimal guidance.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Advise program officials on acquisition and assistance instruments available for use in implementation of development assistance activities, assisting in the identification of the instrument most appropriate to the specific program objective being addressed;

  • Assist technical offices in the drafting of solicitation language, to ensure compliance with agency acquisition and assistance policies, regulations and procedures, reviewing draft scopes or work to ensure that performance requirements are clearly stated and contractible;

  • Assist OAA staff with the preparation and publication of solicitation documents, ensuring that Federal requirements for competition have been adequately addressed; schedule publication/dissemination of solicitation announcements as needed; monitor receipt of bids submitted in response to solicitations; assist in the preparation of documents associated with the technical evaluation of proposals received;

  • Upon selection of the successful bidder, assist OAA staff in the conduct of the research and analysis needed to initiate negotiations, including detailed analysis of cost proposals, evaluation of proposed key personnel, and assessment of the viability of proposed schedules and milestones;

  • Assist OAA staff in the preparation of the total procurement package, ensuring that all relevant documentation is completely properly and in a timely manner;

  • Following award of the procurement action, develop schedules for oversight and administration of the award; identify reporting requirements and monitor compliance with reporting requirements; advise OAA staff of issues stemming from noncompliance with contract terms and/or deadlines;

  • Establish close coordination with the COTR/AOTR/supervisor on assigned actions; respond to questions from these officials as needed, conferring with the CO/AO as needed;

  • Draft procurement documents as requested, including contracts, grants and cooperative agreements, and amendments or terminations thereto;

  • Support negotiations of the OAA principle officer (contracting officer, grants officer, etc.), resolving issues independently to the maximum extent possible;

  • Review administrative requests from contractors and draft approval correspondence for the CO or AO approval;

  • Perform other contract specialist duties as required.

Duties and Responsibilities – GS-12

At the GS-12 level, the incumbent will perform all of the duties of the GS-11 level, with less supervision:

  • Advise program officials on acquisition and assistance instruments available for use in implementation of development assistance activities, assisting in the identification of the instrument most appropriate to the specific program objective being addressed;

  • Assist technical offices in the drafting of solicitation language, to ensure compliance with agency acquisition and assistance policies, regulations and procedures, reviewing draft scopes or work to ensure that performance requirements are clearly stated and contractible;

  • Assist OAA staff with the preparation and publication of solicitation documents, ensuring that Federal requirements for competition have been adequately addressed; schedules publication/dissemination of solicitation announcements as needed; monitor receipt of bids submitted in response to solicitations; assist in the preparation of documents associated with the technical evaluation of proposals received;

  • Upon selection of the successful bidder, assist OAA staff in the conduct of the research and analysis needed to initiate negotiations, including detailed analysis of cost proposals, evaluation of proposed key personnel, and assessment of the viability of proposed schedules and milestones;

  • Assist OAA staff in the preparation of the total procurement package, ensuring that all relevant documentation is completely properly and in a timely manner;

  • Following award of the procurement action, develop schedules for oversight and administration of the award; identify reporting requirements and monitors compliance with reporting requirements; advise OAA staff of issues stemming from noncompliance with contract terms and/or deadlines;

  • Establish close coordination with the COTR/AOTR/supervisor on assigned actions; respond to questions from these officials as needed, conferring with the CO/AO as needed;

  • Review administrative requests from contractors and draft approval correspondence for the CO or AO approval;

  • Draft procurement documents as requested, including contracts, grants and cooperative agreements, and amendments or terminations thereto;

  • Support negotiations on behalf of the OAA principle officer (contracting officer, grants officer, etc.), resolving issues independently to the maximum extent possible;

  • Perform other contract specialist duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At the GS-11 level, the applicant must, at a minimum, have

  • Bachelor’s degree;

OR

Successful completion of at least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management;

AND

  • At least one (1) year previous work experience directly related to contracting work, such as issuing or responding to solicitations for cost reimbursement or time and materials contracts, negotiating cost/price, terms or other elements of such contracts;

  • Demonstrated organizational skills showing attention to detail;

  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word, Outlook.

At the GS-12 level, the applicant must, at a minimum, have

  • Bachelor’s degree

OR

Successful completion of at least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management;

AND

  • At least Two (2) years previous work experience directly related to contracting work, such as issuing or responding to solicitations for cost reimbursement or time and materials contracts, negotiating cost/price, terms or other elements of such contracts;

  • Demonstrated organizational skills showing attention to detail;

  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word, Outlook.

Please direct questions about this position or the application process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

How to apply:

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net.

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United States of America: USPSC Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 18 Dec 2017

Position Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: 72OFDA18B00010

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

Issuance Date: November 27, 2017

Closing Date: December 18, 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 Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (M&E) 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. 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 Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72OFDA18B00010

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 27, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: December 18, 2017, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

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

As part of OFDA’s PSPM Division, the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Team supports office-wide efforts to conduct quality program monitoring of OFDA-funded humanitarian assistance projects and serves as the primary team coordinating performance and impact evaluations of OFDA-funded assistance. The team aims to improve program learning and accountability by increasing the use of evidence derived from rigorous monitoring and evaluation in program strategy decisions. The team works toward this goal by designing and managing a range of monitoring, evaluation, and learning projects across OFDA’s portfolio. The M&E Team comprises an M&E Coordinator, M&E Advisors, and Support Relief Group staff.

The M&E Specialist will be a full-time permanent staff member dedicated to M&E based in Washington, D.C. The M&E Specialist will be responsible for four main areas of work. First, the Specialist will provide M&E technical assistance to teams throughout OFDA to develop and manage appropriate and useful M&E practices tailored to each portfolio’s context and M&E needs. Second, the Specialist will facilitate the design, procurement, and implementation of a variety of external performance and impact evaluations, third party monitoring projects, and M&E capacity building projects across OFDA’s worldwide portfolio. Third, the Specialist will manage grants and contracts within the M&E portfolio, as assigned. Fourth, the Specialist will support OFDA reporting requirements on an as-needed basis.

The M&E team seeks highly qualified professionals with significant experience implementing humanitarian, transition, or development programs in the field. The team seeks individuals with substantial professional M&E experience who have been part of teams responding to humanitarian crises in the field. The ideal candidates will be highly effective team members; will be motivated, organized, and diplomatic; and will be able to manage stress well. The M&E team seeks candidates who are motivated to support OFDA’s mission and who are committed to enhancing OFDA’s use of high quality monitoring and evaluation in its responses to humanitarian crises around the globe.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of M&E Specialists to enhance its capability to design and manage high quality monitoring and evaluation activities that support OFDA’s use of evidence in program strategy, design and implementation.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position will require travel of up to 30 percent of the time.

M&E Technical Assistance:

  • Work with regional teams to develop and implement appropriate and useful M&E practices tailored to their regional context and M&E needs.
  • Provide M&E technical advice for country portfolios, regional portfolios, global initiatives, or for specific awards.
  • Advise regional teams and OFDA partners on appropriate and useful strategies and activities to monitor and evaluate emergency response, early recovery, and disaster risk reduction programming.
  • Review and encourage inclusion of M&E in response strategies, project designs and implementation plans, and other OFDA documents.
  • Respond to queries from OFDA staff, other USAID offices, and partners on M&E.
  • Provide feedback on M&E plans as a component of proposals submitted by partners.
  • Assist in the design and facilitation of M&E training sessions for OFDA staff and partners.
  • Assist in the design, clearance, introduction, and implementation of OFDA M&E policy guidance.
  • Review and edit a wide variety of M&E products, including evaluation reports, scopes of work, training materials, and memos.

Project Design: External Evaluations and Monitoring Projects

  • Facilitate the design, procurement, and implementation of a variety of external performance and impact evaluations, third party monitoring projects, and M&E capacity building projects across OFDA’s worldwide portfolio.
  • Liaise with regional teams to identify priority M&E projects for their respective regions.
  • Lead inclusive, efficient, and effective design processes for external evaluations, third party monitoring processes, and M&E capacity building projects.
  • Liaise with USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance to ensure planned procurements proceed on schedule.
  • Actively participate in procurement processes for M&E projects.
  • Serve as the focal point between OFDA teams and contractors implementing OFDA M&E projects.
  • Review and provide expert feedback on M&E contract deliverables.
  • Assist regional teams in using results from M&E projects to inform program strategy and decision making.
  • Serve as the team lead or evaluation specialist on internal performance evaluations; design methods and logistics, conduct interviews, train enumerators, analyze data, generate reports, and present results to regional teams.
  • Conduct secondary research relevant to evaluation designs.
  • Coordinate logistics and administration of OFDA internal evaluations.
  • Conduct qualitative data collection and analysis as part of an evaluation team.

Portfolio Management:

  • Independently manage all aspects of award management throughout the award cycle.
  • Serve as the Contracting Officer’s Representative, as assigned, for M&E awards and contracts.
  • Participate actively in the development of M&E policies, information products, and strategy documents.
  • Participate in budgeting and planning processes for M&E actions.

Reporting:

  • Provide guidance to staff members that manage all aspects of performance reporting, including reporting on OFDA indicators and performance to OFDA Senior Management Team, DCHA, USAID, Department of State, and Congress.
  • When needed, coordinate OFDA responses related to performance reporting, indicator tracking, and achievements.
  • Assist, on an as-needed basis, with the development of a systematized approach to reporting OFDA information, including development of Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS) and utilization of OFDA’s reporting database and software.

General Duties:

  • Deploy, on short notice, to serve on Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) or serve on the Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), as required, with increasing levels of responsibility to include serving independently as a planning coordinator, program officer, or field officer on a DART or as a planning coordinator on an RMT.
  • Backstop other M&E staff as needed.
  • Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.
  • 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 M&E Specialist will take direction from and report to the Team Leader for the Cross Cutting Sectors Team or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available. The U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC) consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. 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 with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, monitoring and evaluation, social science, international relations, political science, and disaster management) and minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience with the USG, NGOs, IOs, UN Agencies, or firms. Such experience must have a humanitarian, development, or transition focus. Experience in the field on a humanitarian response is highly desirable.

Experience must include at least one (1) year of professional field experience on humanitarian, development, or transition programs. Professional experience should also include working on M&E as an internal M&E manager, working as part of an external monitoring team, working as part of an external evaluation team, or other experience directly relevant to M&E. Experience developing or implementing a range of field research methods in a variety of contexts is desirable. Experience designing evaluations is desirable.

Experience working effectively on teams is highly desirable. Experience working with program teams in developing M&E strategies and approaches that fit unique contexts is desirable.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, monitoring and evaluation, social science, international relations, political science, and disaster management) and minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience with the USG, NGOs, IOs, UN Agencies, or firms. Such experience must have a humanitarian, development, or transition focus. Experience in the field on a humanitarian response is highly desirable.

Experience must include at least one (1) year of professional field experience on humanitarian, development, or transition programs. Professional experience should also include working on M&E as an internal M&E manager, working as part of an external monitoring team, working as part of an external evaluation team, or other experience directly relevant to M&E. Experience developing or implementing a range of field research methods in a variety of contexts is desirable. Experience designing evaluations is desirable.

Experience working effectively on teams is highly desirable. Experience working with program teams in developing M&E strategies and approaches that fit unique contexts is desirable.

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 below are of equal value.

QRF #1 In 750 words or less, please describe your experience in monitoring and evaluating humanitarian programs. Explain how your background in this field would make you an asset to OFDA’s M&E team.

QRF #2 In 750 words or less, please prepare a short memo for senior decision-makers at OFDA describing how integrating M&E into OFDA’s work supports OFDA’s mandate of saving lives, alleviating human suffering, and reducing the social and economic impacts of disasters. The memo should answer the question, “Why should OFDA spend money and time on M&E?”

QRF #3 In 750 words or less, please explain how specifically the monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian programming differs from that of development programming.

BASIS OF RATING:

Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) 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, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to address the selection and/or Quality Ranking Factors may result in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

The Applicant Rating System is as Follows:

QRFs have been assigned the following points:

QRF #1 – 10 points

QRF #2 – 10 points

QRF #3 – 10 points

Interview Performance Round 1 – 10 points

Interview Performance Round 2 – 45 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. 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 SUBMITTALSVia email**: recruiter@ofda.gov r

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United States of America: USPSC Logistics Unit Lead

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 06 Dec 2017

Position Title: Logistics Unit Lead

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00002

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

Issuance Date: November 22, 2017

Closing Date: December 6, 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 Logistics Unit Leader 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 Logistics Unit Lead

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDAB1800002

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 22, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: December 6, 2017 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Logistics Unit Lead

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).

OPS DIVISION VALUES

OPS team members ensure that the following division values are incorporated into all aspects of work:

  1. Spiritus Operandi/Espirit De Ops

● Demonstrating trust and openness among staff by assuming the best regarding our colleagues’ intentions and efforts.

● Acting with eagerness and willingness to support one another and work together on tasks.

● Maintaining top-down and bottom-up transparency while promoting a strong work ethic as paramount.

● Demonstrating that optimism, humor, and perspective are powerful components of success, even in crisis-driven work.

  1. Positive Interactions

● Owning how the OPS Division is perceived by others to ensure people maintain a positive impression of the division by treating everyone, regardless of seniority or organizational affiliation, in a professional, courteous, and respectful manner.

● Building a reputation that when OPS is on an issue, it’s going to get addressed.

● Doing our jobs consistently, competently, and effectively, with a focus on results.

● Paying attention and listening mindfully to others, with the intent to really understand how they view a situation and what issue they are trying to address.

● Exhibiting partnership and enthusiasm in helping others solve problems; including delivering hard messages with a smile.

  1. Competency

● Adopting flexible and creative solutions to provide partners and beneficiaries with quality, effective, consistent, and timely results.

● Maintaining proficiency and leadership in our areas of expertise, through engagement, training, field deployments, and exposure to other communities of thought.

● Holding a long-term strategic perspective in the face of current crises.

● Maintaining a global and functional focus for the office.

  1. Resourcefulness

● Using innovating contracting, engagement, administrative, and programmatic approaches to meeting emerging requirements, while being flexible to changing needs.

● Reaching out within the office, agency, interagency, and community beyond to seek innovative and creative solutions.

● Proactively seeking and embracing positive change in order to provide and better service to our customers and stakeholders.

● Viewing challenges as opportunities and focusing on finding a solution rather than just highlighting complications or issues.

  1. Staff Depth and Sustainability

● Cultivating a breadth of experience and expertise by hiring individuals from diverse professional, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.

● Proactively developing relationships with other industries and communities in order to learn and innovate.

● Encouraging staff to service in a variety of roles, through staff rotations, shadowing, mentoring, and OPS liaison positions.

● Continuing to support and staff responses through a variety of hiring mechanisms and resources.

● Achieving response readiness while prioritizing personal life for both self and team members.

● Bolstering staff wellness by incorporating flexible work schedules, leading to increased staff dedication, high-quality work, and flexibility.

  1. Commitment to Safety and Security

● Recognizing that staff safety and security is everyone’s responsibility and enables OFDA access in the field.

● Holding as a hallmark an underlying orientation towards managing risk for staff.

● Preparing staff through training, mentoring, standard operating procedures, and provision of contextual knowledge.

● Displaying professional conduct and integrity during crisis response operations.

● Advocating for professional assessments of security risks prior to deployment of staff.

INTRODUCTION

The Logistics Unit is part of OST in the OPS Division of OFDA. Its core function is to manage and execute all phases of the direct delivery of non-food humanitarian assistance, including the acquisition of commodities, and facilitating and coordinating transport and logistics arrangements. In addition, the unit maintains OFDA’s worldwide disaster relief stockpiles and maintains relationships with other governmental and non-governmental entities that are capable of supporting OFDA’s execution of its humanitarian interventions.

OBJECTIVE

The Logistics Unit requires a Unit Lead to strengthen OFDA’s capacity to provide prompt, effective services in the areas of logistical management and support.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Logistics Unit Lead will supervise staff and plan and implement the unit’s work while maintaining awareness of the wider Operations Division’s goals and activities. The Logistics Unit Lead will oversee six full-time PSCs as well as detailers and rotational staff. Additionally, the Logistics Unit Lead will be responsible for managing key stakeholder relationships and communicating logistic operations best practices. This position will, on occasion, require weekend work and overseas travel. Overseas travel could be up to 40 percent of the time.

The Logistics Unit Lead will lead various operational aspects of the Logistics Unit, as follows:

● Plan, coordinate, manage, execute and report on all logistics actions and functions required to support all OFDA emergency response missions worldwide;

● Manage a staff of six full-time PSCs, members of Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) teams, detailers from the US Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management, Support Relief Group (SRG) staff, and other rotational staff. Manage work assignments and deadlines, and perform human resource functions related to time and attendance and leave. Complete annual performance evaluations of PSC staff and performance evaluations of surge and other rotational staff at the end of each assignment;

● Manage and coordinate actions by USAID, Department of Defense (DoD), and commercial transport managers to ensure that OFDA response objectives are efficiently met;

● Monitor progress to meet logistical needs; evaluate plans for feasibility, effectiveness, efficiency and economy; develop alternative methods to achieve goals in a wide variety of work operations;

● Coordinate with OFDA/Disaster Response Divisions to plan logistics responses to declared disasters, including airlift, sealift, and local purchase of disaster relief supplies;

● Implement and maintain complete information tracking system that contains specific, accurate data about logistical responses and on quantities of material dispatched for specific disasters;

● Formulate appropriate logistics strategies and policies for OFDA and contribute to the formulation of appropriate strategies to the rest of the USG in disaster and emergency-related situations;

● Serve as the technical expert and point of contact for senior professionals, senior officials and implementing partners on logistics issues within the USG Interagency to include, but not be limited to, U.S. Department of State (DoS), Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Administration (DHS/FEMA), General Services Administration (GSA), and Health and Human Services (HHS), on international logistical responses;

● Represent and speak on USAID/OFDA logistics operations at university lectures, interagency working groups, the Logistics Cluster, workshops, and conferences both domestically and internationally;

● Serve as a technical authority on field assessment missions, DARTs and RMTs;

● When in the field, assess the host nation’s capability to provide an effective response to specific logistical issues especially in the areas of air, sea and ground transportation;

● Be familiar with the International Assistance Systems Concept of Operations and the role of OFDA/Logistics during the International Assistance Systems Concepts of Operations activation;

● Inventory, assess, manage and coordinate worldwide disaster relief stockpiles; independently conduct the annual inspection and physical inventory of the OFDA stockpiles in accordance with USAID policy and regulations;

● Direct stockpile managers to deliver commodities to appropriate seaport or airport within designated time frame;

● Approve new procurement actions and modifications to existing awards utilizing USAID’s financial and acquisition systems;

● Maintain a computerized Management Information System that produces reports and provides accountability for inventory management, replacement, transportation, commodity dispatch;

● Provide back-up logistics support to field personnel, including the specification, procurement, receipt, storage, and transportation of and accountability for all DART support items, including individual support kits, vehicles, meals-ready-to eat (MREs), and office support kits;

● Provide logistics training to USFS, USAR and other surge and rotational personnel (also known as Detailers) on OFDA Logistics Operations so they can assist during large-scale disaster or multiple disaster situations;

● Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) or Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for acquisition and assistance awards;

● Serve on DARTs which will require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time;

● Serve as a member of the Washington-based RMT which coordinates administrative and logistics support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters;

● Serve in leadership role (Deputy or higher) on the RMT and/or DART;

● Serve as DCHA/OFDA duty officer on a rotational basis;

● As needed, serve on temporary details within the office not to exceed six months. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly related to the scope of work provided.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The Logistics Unit Lead works under the supervision of and reports directly to the Operations Support Team Leader or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resources available. The USPSC consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. 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 with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field, including, but not limited to, international relations, management, or logistics operations and seven (7) years of relevant experience working in the military, in government, an international organization, or a business setting, two years of which should include experience in management of personnel for logistics operations in a disaster environment. Experience must include on-the-ground field experience in needs assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or post-emergency rehabilitation.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field, including, but not limited to, international relations, management, or logistics operations) and at least five (5) years of relevant experience working in the military, in government, an international organization, or a business setting, one year of which should be logistics operations experience in a disaster environment. Experience must include on-the ground field experience in needs assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or post-emergency rehabilitation.

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 are listed in priority order from highest to least.)

QRF #1 Describe your experience leading a team focused on addressing time-limited, personnel-sensitive issues with high-stake results, and describe your demonstrated ability to manage several tasks at once and meet goals, while planning for or anticipating contingency requirements.

QRF #2 Describe your experience with coordinating response team readiness; including staffing, planning, systems development and management, identification of required skills, training, staff enhancement, and mentoring.

QRF#3 Describe your experience in conducting international disaster logistics operations.

QRF #4 Describe your experience in dealing with foreign governments, U.S. Government agencies, International Organizations (IOs), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) while conducting international disaster logistics operations.

QRF #5 Describe your experience with efforts to enhance the effectiveness of the overall international disaster logistics community.

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 – 10 points

QRF #3 – 10 points

QRF #4 – 10 points

QRF #5 – 5 points

Interview Performance – 30 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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Jordan: National Programme Officer ~ Sanitation Specialist

Organization: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 10 Dec 2017

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and part of the Swiss Embassy in Jordan. The Swiss Cooperation Office in Amman implements and monitors the Swiss Confederation’s humanitarian aid and development programme in Jordan, Syria and Iraq.

Jordan Context

The water sector in Jordan is characterized by an increasingly severe water scarcity, with existing water supply resources steadily depleting. This increased demand is the result of a high natural population growth rate, the arrival of several waves of refugees, climate change, the additional demands created by economic development, and more than half of Jordan’s water resources being used for agriculture. In figures, Jordan’s annual renewable resources of about 140 m3 per capita per year are far below the global threshold of severe water scarcity of 500 m3 per capita per year. Alternative water resources and efficiency strategies are therefore needed to optimize the use of this scarce resource. To meet this challenge, one of the areas that need to be developed is the reuse of “reclaimed” water for agriculture and for domestic needs, where recycled water would be appropriate. In rural areas there is also a need to develop small-scale waste water treatment facilities to produce “reclaimed” water and to raise awareness on how to use it.

Regional Context – SDC Regional Water Programme

The Swiss Cooperation Strategy Middle East 2015-2018 has set the Water intervention targets to enhance resilient, sustainable and conflict sensitive water management. The outcomes of the strategy are:

  • Improved access for conflict-affected and vulnerable people to safe water and sanitation, as well as equitable access to water for food production.
  • Improved integrated water resources management (IWRM) in the Orontes, Yarmouk and Tigris river basins.
  • Water-related disaster risks (natural and/or man-made) are better mitigated in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

In Jordan, SDC’s engagement is specifically focussing on the first and the third outcomes, focussing on providing access to safe drinking water and to sanitation for vulnerable people at household level (mainly refugees), while at the same time working on improved water resource management at a more systemic level. The goal is to engage in specific niches having a medium to long-term impact on the improvement of water management. One of these niches is the reuse of treated wastewater and Faecal Sludge Management and

Sanitation Specialist

To meet the challenge of spreading the reuse of treated wastewater and Faecal Sludge Management across Jordan, SDC is looking for a mature, convincing and well-connected Sanitation Specialist who fully understands the context and who has the necessary skills, determination, diplomacy and passion to drive behaviour change in this highly sensitive field at local, regional and national levels.

Mission

The mission of the Sanitation Specialist is to make a tangible, sustainable contribution in the field of treated wastewater and Faecal Sludge Management in Jordan.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Ø Establish, develop and nurture strong relationships with key stakeholders at local, regional and ministerial level, with the aim of gaining support for decentralised waste water treatment projects, the reuse of treated wastewater , and for Faecal Sludge Management.

Ø Engage policy makers at local, regional and ministerial level, with the aim of legalising and making compulsory the reuse of treated wastewater in agriculture and at household level, where drinking water can be substituted with “reclaimed” “waste” water, for example for car washing, watering gardens and plants and flushing toilets.

Ø Identify and document “success stories” across Jordan in the areas of reuse of treated wastewater, Faecal Sludge Management and biogas production.

Ø Promote best practices in the field of reuse of treated wastewater, Faecal Sludge Management and biogas production, with the aim of convincing users of the appropriateness and usefulness of these solutions.

Ø Guide and follow up the team of consultants hired to implement the SDC “Sanitation Solutions for Underserved Communities in Jordan” project.

Ø Support SDC’s directly-implemented projects in Jordan, providing overall technical and conceptual guidance and assuring overall coordination and knowledge management.

Ø Fulfil other tasks as defined based on the progress of the projects and the specific competences of the Sanitation Specialist.

Ø Participate in Program/Project Cycle Management, by: Preparing appraisal documents and internal requests for funding; Planning, monitoring, and supervising a number of cooperation projects; Project monitoring and internal report writing; Preparing and conducting monitoring missions to partners and projects; Contributing to the overall operational, administrative and financial monitoring of the Water domain; Networking with public organizations, International Organizations, NGOs and other donors.

Ø Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Accountability and reporting

A Middle East Regional Water Program Officer based at the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) in Amman is in charge of developing regional coherence in the water sector by fostering dialogue and exchange between the various SDC Country Offices, the SDC Experts seconded to various UN agencies and the SDC Jordan Water Team in Amman. The Sanitation Specialist will be accountable to the above-mentioned Middle East Regional Water Program Officer.

The Sanitation Specialist will abide strictly by SDC’s Code of Conduct, Rules and Regulations, and at all times promote the interests of SDC in Jordan and the Region.

Skills

Ø Excellent written and oral knowledge of Arabic and English.

Ø Good IT knowledge and MS-office skills.

Ø Pronounced personal, social skills.

Ø Proactive and flexible working style.

Ø High motivation and commitment for humanitarian aid.

Ø Mature and trustworthy personality

Experience and Education

Ø Bachelor degree in Engineering / Environmental Engineering or equivalent.

Ø Enthusiasm to work in a culturally diverse organization.

Ø Minimum of 10 years’ experience in water and sanitation related project management and implementation in Jordan and/or in the Middle East. 5 years’ practical experience in international cooperation in the WASH domain.

Ø In-depth knowledge of appropriate decentralized waste water treatment, Faecal Sludge Management and biogas production.

Ø Extensive experience with the analysis of political, social, economic and cultural contexts in developing countries or transition countries, and with the consequences of these in development programs.

Ø Extensive knowledge of the challenges in the water sector (e.g. reforms, development of strategies, public-private partnerships), preferably in the Middle East region.

Ø Extensive knowledge and experience with local and international actors.

Place of work: Amman with frequent travel in the country and in the region.

Beginning: February 1st, 2018

Deadline: 10.12.2017

Contract: One Year Contract

How to apply:

Please write a motivation cover letter describing why you applied for this specific

position at the Swiss Embassy / Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation & apply on amn.vacancy@eda.admin.ch

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Mali: MLI/17/052-3

Organization: Belgian Technical Cooperation
Country: Mali
Closing date: 10 Dec 2017

La CTB, l’Agence belge de développement, mobilise ses ressources et son expertise pour éliminer la pauvreté dans le monde. Contribuant aux efforts de la Communauté internationale, la CTB agit pour une société qui donne aux générations actuelles et futures les moyens de construire un monde durable et équitable.

Ses collaborateur(trice)s à Bruxelles et à l’étranger concrétisent l’engagement de l’État belge et d’autres partenaires au développement pour la solidarité internationale. Aujourd’hui présent dans 18 pays, en Afrique, en Asie et en Amérique latine, la CTB appuie plus de 200 programmes et projets de coopération. A l’avenir, suite à une décision du Ministre de la coopération, une concentration aura lieu sur 14 pays d’intervention.

Dans le cadre du développement de ses activités, la CTB recherche un (h/f):

Expert international Etat Civil

pour le programme d’appui au fonctionnement de l’état civil

et à la mise en place d’un système d’informatisation sécurisé au Mali

Réf.: MLI/17/052-3

Lieu d’affectation: Kati (DNEC) mais résidence possible à Bamako, avec des déplacements dans les régions, cercles et communes d’intervention (en fonction de la situation sécuritaire)

Date début contrat : le plus rapidement possible

Date indicative de fin de contrat: décembre 2021

Package salarial mensuel: Niveau 2 (B417) c’est-à-dire entre 6135,61 euros et
9430,72
euros (en ce compris le salaire brut mensuel et les avantages liés au statut d’expatrié: primes d’éloignement et de pénibilité).

Le salaire est calculé en fonction de l’expérience pertinente. En outre, nos collaborateurs expatriés bénéficient également d’avantages liés à l’expatriation tels que la prise en charge des frais de logement (plafonnés), une allocation de déménagement, d’installation, la prise en charge des frais de scolarité des enfants qui accompagnent (plafonnés), un package d’assurances pour toute la famille dont l’assurance rapatriement, des billets d’avion aller-retour une fois/an pour toute la famille.

Les différents montants payés vont varier en fonction de l’expérience pertinente reconnue pour la fonction, la composition familiale et la situation fiscale.

Projet:

Dans le cadre du Fonds fiduciaire de l’Union européenne pour l’Afrique, l’UE finance un projet de renforcement du système de l’état civil au Mali , pour un montant total de 25.000.000 EUR, dont la mise œuvre est confiée à la CTB et à CIVIPOL. La CTB a signé pour ce faire une convention de subvention avec l’UE.

Le programme entend contribuer à la modernisation de l’état civil par un appui au pilotage stratégique de l’état civil, une amélioration de l’offre et de la demande des services d’état civil. D’autre part, en se basant sur les efforts de pérennisation du RAVEC (recensement à vocation d’état civil) l’intervention devrait permettre de disposer d’un système d’information de l’état civil informatisé relié à une base de données biométriques à même de sécuriser l’identité de la population et d’être exploitable par d’autres administrations utilisatrices.

Les résultats attendus sont au nombre de trois :

1/ Le pilotage stratégique de l’état civil est amélioré (lignes d’action : le pilotage stratégique repose sur des textes révisés, un dispositif de coordination adéquate et un mécanisme de suivi et évaluation de l’efficacité du système de l’état civil efficient)

2/ Les capacités des administrations chargées de la gestion de l’état civil (offre) et la sensibilisation des acteurs sont améliorées (lignes d’action : réalisation de programmes de formation à l’attention des principales parties prenantes, amélioration de l’accessibilité du service de l’état civil, réalisation de campagne d’information/sensibilisation de la population, et projets d’amélioration des services dans communes/cercles pilotes)

3/ Un fichier national de l’état civil relié à une base de données biométrique est constitué et interconnecté avec les communes et postes consulaires informatisés (lignes d’action : la solution informatique de gestion des données de l’état civil et la base de données biométriques du RAVEC sont mises à jour et la solution informatique est déployée sur le plan national.)

Fonction :

Sous la responsabilité directe du Responsable de l’Intervention et en étroite collaboration avec l’équipe composée d’experts CTB et de la Police, l’expert fournit des inputs stratégiques et techniques en matière de renforcement des systèmes d’état civil. Dans l’atteinte des objectifs du programme, il est plus particulièrement en charge du résultat 1 du programme pour l’amélioration du pilotage de l’état civil et l’appui institutionnel à la Direction Nationale de l’Etat civil.

Il fournit aussi des appuis conseil pour le développement des capacités des administrations chargées de la gestion de l’état civil et de la sensibilisation des acteurs (résultat 2 du programme) ainsi que pour la gestion des données d’état civil (résultat 3) .

Il a la responsabilité hiérarchique d’un assistant technique national en renforcement des services d’état civil.

Les principales responsabilités d’un Expert sont les suivantes :

  • Contribuer à la mise en œuvre du programme/de l’intervention à travers un appui à la planification, l’exécution, la coordination, le suivi et monitoring, l’évaluation des activités

  • Organiser les capitalisations et la gestion des connaissances dans le domaine d’expertise concerné

  • Fournir des contributions et un support technique dans le domaine d’expertise concerné

  • Contribuer au renforcement des capacités des structures partenaires

Profil:

Diplôme

o master de type sciences juridiques, sociales, administration territoriale, démographie.

Expériences requises pour la fonction

o expérience d’au moins 5 ans en matière d’Etat Civil :

ü appui à la mise en œuvre de politiques publiques et stratégies nationales en matière d’état civil ;

ü appui institutionnel et/ou renforcement des capacités de l’administration publique ;

o familier avec la modernisation de la gestion des informations d’état civil appliquant les nouvelles technologies de l’information (numérique);

o expérience avérée des approches et méthodes de développement institutionnel et organisationnel ;

o une expérience internationale constitue un atout.

Connaissances spécifiques

o bonnes connaissances du contexte et des problématiques de l’état civil dans l’Afrique Subsaharienne ;

o bonnes connaissances des enjeux liés aux transferts de compétences dans le cadre du processus de décentralisation et déconcentration en Afrique subsaharienne ;

o capacité de dialogue et de facilitation à un haut degré stratégique, de même que technique (administration, société civile, experts, bailleurs de fonds) ;

o bonne capacité de synthèse et de rédaction, un esprit d’analyse et une attitude proactive ;

o maîtrise de l’outil informatique ;

o expérience professionnelle en Afrique de l’Ouest est un atout ;

o expérience de l’utilisation des procédures de l’Union Européenne sera un atout.

Connaissances linguistiques

o parfaite maîtrise du français à l’écrit et à l’oral

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How to apply:

ntéressé(e) et votre profil correspond aux critères ci-dessus?

Postulez au plus tard le 10/12/2017 via notre site web https://www.btcctb.org/fr/content/jobs

ATTENTION *: Il est indispensable de postuler en vous rendant sur notre site web.*

Seules les candidatures encodées dans notre système via le site web de la CTB seront prises en compte.

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Uganda: PROGRAMME ASSISTANT (PA) FOR ECHO IN UGANDA

Organization: European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 08 Dec 2017

PROGRAMME ASSISTANT (PA)

To join its Field Office in Kampala

The European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. For humanitarian aid, the Commission works with about 200 operational partners, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent movement and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Humanitarian Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.

  1. Duties & Responsibilities

The Programme Assistant will be based in Kampala. He/she will carry out activities to contribute to the delivery of an effective humanitarian response. Under the direct supervision of the Technical Assistant, the employee shall contribute to assessments, monitoring and evaluations of projects, as well as to the analysis of the humanitarian context in the area of coverage. The Programme Assistant will be responsible for the following main tasks:-

  • Situation assessments;
  • Analysis of ECHO partners’ proposals;
  • Monitoring, evaluation and coordination of projects;
  • Reporting and programme administration;
  • Liaising with partners in an advisory capacity.

  • 2.**Required Qualifications**

  • Have a relevant first level university degree;

  • Demonstrate 5 years relevant working experience in the development and/or; humanitarian aid sector / INGOs / NGOs. If the candidate does not have a relevant university degree, ten years’ work experience in the humanitarian sector will be required;

  • Have thorough knowledge of the Logical Framework Approach and Project Cycle Management.

  • 3. Required Skills

  • Fluent written and spoken English and Luganda are required with Excellent drafting skills;

  • Personal initiative; ability to work both independently and in a team, with ability to set priorities, and to work to tight deadlines;

  • Commitment, determination, reliability, a high degree of personal integrity and discretion;

  • Ability to analyse and process complex information; ability to clearly and concisely convey information to others.

How to apply:

4. How to apply

The position is open to all nationals of Uganda and other residents holding a valid working permit or able to obtain such working permit before the foreseen recruitment date.

Applications including a cover letter, a detailed CV (with 3 work related referees), academic and employment certificates, should be sent by e-mail to mailbox application@ppg.co.ug until 08/12/2017 5pm. Local Time Kampala at the latest. All Applications should be clearly marked: “ECHO-PROGRAMME ASSISTANT (PA)”. E-mails that exceed 2MB will not be considered.

Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who will not have been contacted by 31/12/2017 should consider that they have not been selected.

Any form of canvassing, soliciting or influencing will be treated as grounds for disqualification.

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Niger: OTI Country Representative – Niger

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Niger
Closing date: 12 Dec 2017

The OTI Country Representative – Niger is a full-time/intermittent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Location. Applications for this position are due no later than December 12, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

OTI’s Niger program seeks to further U.S. foreign policy objectives in Niger through support that targets drivers of instability in Niger and the region. Drivers may include, but are not limited to, political and economic exclusion, particularly among youth and marginalized groups, reintegration of returned workers and ex-combatants, the presence of extremist organizations, lack of state presence and/or good governance coupled with a lack of opportunities for political participation. OTI intends to address these critical issues through a flexible, small-grants mechanism that tailors approaches to the varied needs of communities in Niger. The program may utilize both “soft” (e.g. cultural and recreational activities, media and strategic communications) and “hard” (e.g. small-scale infrastructure) activities to strengthen linkages between communities, local actors, and the Nigerien government and to increase community cohesion. The program may also support national level activities, such as elections in 2016 or other emerging transition needs.

The Country Representative – Niger is a member of the Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Africa Regional Team, and reports to the Washington-based OTI Regional Team Leader or his/her designee. The Country Representative’s principle responsibility will be the development, oversight and management of DCHA/OTI’s Niger program. The Country Representative will be called upon to represent OTI’s mission and programs to senior-level government officials, in-country visitors, senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors and local government officials.

The Country Representative post is a senior-level position requiring supervisory management experience, the ability to serve as an effective liaison with a wide array of individuals and institutions, and an in-depth knowledge of international relations in general. Knowledge of the sub-region is also desirable. Familiarity with a wide range of issues is necessary, including community development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy/governance and human rights. Excellent interpersonal, presentation and negotiation skills are necessary. Experience in contract and grant management is required. Prior work experience with U.S. Government agencies and/or managing program operations in civil conflicts is preferred. The successful candidate will possess excellent political analysis and reporting skills, and the ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy, responsibility and authority in a highly stressful environment while exercising sound judgment in politically-charged and challenging security environments. It is also essential that the incumbent demonstrate the ability to maintain staff morale in a difficult work environment. Strong team-building skills are essential.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conceptualize and design program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy and local civil society officials, based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy. When necessary, refine strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in country, linked to neighboring country programs where appropriate.

  • As requested by embassies or USAID Missions, provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick-impact programming model. Support to embassies and USAID Missions may include attendance and/or facilitation of program management processes for follow-on programming including rolling assessments, strategy review sessions, program performance reviews, and management reviews.

  • Communicate and coordinate in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, the U.S. Embassy, and other donor organizations.

  • Design staffing plans to meet overall program objectives and recruit, train, supervise, mentor and evaluate the performance of in-country OTI staff, providing regular feedback.

  • Monitor local and regional political developments and regularly brief OTI and partner staff on their potential programmatic impact.

  • Manage and provide day-to-day programmatic, operational, and strategic guidance to OTI’s implementing partners (contractors and/or grantees), ensuring that activities are contributing to OTI’s program objectives and are within the partner’s scope.

  • Provide recommendations to the Washington-based Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and/or the Regional Team Leader on the implementing partner’s performance, budget, and appropriateness of scope in achieving OTI’s country objectives, presenting modifications thereto.

  • Provide USAID concurrence on all implementing partner activities, including final approval of grantees for grants under contract in accordance with USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS).

  • Ensure that OTI programs and activities are monitored and evaluated, and that lessons learned feed into ongoing or future activities.

  • Analyze and report on current political developments, security concerns, and other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives.

  • Ensure appropriate resource allocation among OTI field offices and implementing partners.

  • Prepare and maintain OTI program budgets for field operations.

  • Serve as OTI’s primary liaison with USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, ambassadors, local government officials, UN organizations, indigenous and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other pertinent agencies and organizations. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships to ensure close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential partners and opportunities, and achieve maximum synergy with other programs.

  • Prepare operational plans in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, including logistics and property use guidelines, closeout and hand-over, security procedures, contingency and evacuation plans.

  • Ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Ensure that all OTI and partner field staff adhere to the in-country security guidelines set by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer and other organizations such as the United Nations or host government.

  • Prepare and disseminate programmatic, financial and quarterly reports to the U.S. Embassy, OTI/Washington and other organizations as appropriate.

  • Supervise staff in conjunction with the Regional Team Leader (e.g. Deputy Country Representative, Program Managers, Program Assistants, Administrative Program Assistants, etc.). Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for staff supervised; assign work, explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations, and communicate how the successful performance of those duties will be measured; evaluate staff performance; recognize good performance; communicate where performance needs to be improved; resolve complaints; and approve leave requests and timesheets as well as training, travel and program and operations requests.

  • Perform other duties as determined by the supervisor to ensure successful OTI program implementation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At a minimum, the applicant must have:

  • A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;

OR

A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;

AND

  • Five (5) years of project management experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international or domestic assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis.

  • Two (2) years of overseas field experience working in one or more developing countries undergoing political transition;

  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience (including mentoring, training, and guiding staff).

  • Advanced French language proficiency.

Please direct questions about this position or the application process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

How to apply:

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net.

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Nicaragua: Programme Officer Health

Organization: European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Nicaragua
Closing date: 03 Dec 2017

Minimum requirements:

Education:

A relevant second level university degree in the Health sector. A background of Medical Doctor is an asset.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience at national or international level in supporting
  • programmes/ project operations, including 2 years of experience with an NGO, donor or national/ international
  • organisation, in Health and preferably in the Americas.
  • Good understanding of Humanitarian Aid principles, policies and Standards
  • Good knowledge of international NGOs, UN Aid agencies and Red Cross Movement
  • Good knowledge of the EU humanitarian aid system
  • Excellent command of Office Software package (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet explorer, Outlook)
  • Information Management skills will be an asset.

Languages: Excellent command of English and Spanish (oral and written). French will be an asset.

Job description: The incumbent serves as Programme Officer Health in ECHO Regional Office based in Managua and carries out activities to contribute to the delivery of an effective humanitarian response in the LAC Region.

The job holder conducts assessments; develop strategies and represents ECHO when appropriate. The programme officer may be asked to run an office and supervise staff in the absence of a TA or, when in a RO, be in charge of regional overview tasks.

S/he prepares reports on the humanitarian situation in the LAC Region including any political, economic and security events relevant to the analysis of the humanitarian situation in the country/region.

How to apply:

Applicants must be Nicaraguan nationals or residents holding a valid working permit and must be aware that the first contract will be for one year, with the option to be renewed. Contracts will be ruled under the Nicaraguan labour legislation. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and their Curriculum Vitae in English (Europass CV Template and only which can be found at http://www.europass.cedefop.europa.eu) as well as all the related documentation (diplomas, working attestations) to the e-mail address: ECHO-Administration.Managua@echofield.eu, with the subject “ECHO-VACANCY Programme Officer Health RO”.

Applications must be received no later than 3 rd December, 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Any kind of influence in the qualification of the request will disqualify the candidate

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Nicaragua: Programme Assistant

Organization: European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Nicaragua
Closing date: 03 Dec 2017

Minimum requirements:

Education: A relevant first level university degree or equivalent professional experience

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience at national or international level in supporting
  • programmes/ project operations, including 2 years of experience with an NGO, donor or national/ international
  • organisation, preferably in a Central American and/or Caribbean Country.
  • Good understanding of Humanitarian Aid principles, policies and Standards
  • Good knowledge of international NGOs, UN Aid agencies and Red Cross Movement
  • Good knowledge of the EU humanitarian aid system
  • Excellent command of Office Software package (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet explorer, Outlook)
  • Information Management skills will be an asset

Languages: Excellent command of English and Spanish (oral and written).

Job description: The incumbent serves as Programme Assistant in ECHO Regional Office based in Managua and carries out activities to contribute to the delivery of an effective humanitarian response in C. America and the Caribbean.
The job holder contributes to the assessments, monitoring and evaluations of projects, as well as to the analysis of the humanitarian context in the areas of coverage.
S/he prepares reports on the humanitarian situation in C. America and the Caribbean including any political, economic and security events relevant to the analysis of the humanitarian situation in the country/region.

How to apply:

Applicants must be Nicaraguan nationals or residents holding a valid working permit and must be aware that the first contract will be for one year, with the option to be renewed. Contracts will be ruled under the Nicaraguan labour legislation. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and their Curriculum Vitae in English (Europass CV Template only which can be found at http://www.europass.cedefop.europa.eu) as well as all the related documentation (diplomas, working attestations) to the e-mail address: ECHO-Administration.Managua@echofield.eu, with the subject “ECHO-VACANCY Programme Assistant RO”. Applications must be received no later than 3 rd December, 2017.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Any kind of influence in the qualification of the request will disqualify the candidate.

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South Africa: USPSC Regional Advisor – Southern and West Africa

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: South Africa
Closing date: 12 Dec 2017

Position Title: Regional Advisor – Southern and West Africa

Solicitation Number: 72OFDA18B00006

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $88,136- $114,578

Issuance Date: November 17, 2017

Closing Date: December 12, 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 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Regional Advisor

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72OFDA18B00006

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 17, 2017

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

4. POSITION TITLE: Regional Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($88,136 – $114,578 – 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: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Pretoria, South Africa

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 (DRR) 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 (DRR) 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

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

The regional offices are headed by a Senior Regional Advisor (SRA), who works closely with the Team Leaders in Washington, and report to the appropriate Division Director. The SRA serves as the regional team leader for all response, preparedness and DRR activities. They serve as the key interlocutor with embassies and missions in the event of a disaster and 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 Team Leaders, the multi-year non-response program strategies for their respective regions. They 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) report to the SRA. They ensure 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.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a RA to be based in Pretoria, South Africa, to ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster assistance, DRR, resilience programming, strategic reporting, and interagency coordination for the Southern and West Africa Regional Office (SWARO) are met.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The RA will be responsible for program analysis, strategy development, and coordination with relief agencies, other donors, and USG interagency partners, as well as reporting to OFDA’s SWARO in Dakar, Senegal and OFDA/Washington. The RA will maintain close coordination and collaboration with USAID and Embassy staff across the affected region and in the relevant regional offices.

This position requires substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the U.S. Embassy, other USG agencies, host country governments, U.S. military representatives, as well as with relevant donor representatives, 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.

Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the OFDA SRA for SWARO, the RA will work in close collaboration with a program team that may include other RAs, Senior Humanitarian Advisors, Program Officers, Field Monitors, Regional Team Leaders, Disaster Operation Specialists, and/or Program/Grants Assistants. Specifically, the RA will be responsible for the following:

Contextual Specialty

· Serve as an expert on humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities in the region of responsibility.

· Provide expert guidance on political, humanitarian, organizational, structural, and stakeholder interests specific to the region of responsibility.

· Prepare and/or provide substantive guidance in the preparation of, regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on assigned countries.

Portfolio Management

· Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of OFDA’s program strategy and the implementation of the resulting awards in area of assigned responsibility.

· Guide regional team efforts to develop appropriate programmatic strategies for disaster responses and DRR efforts in the area of responsibility.

· Review program proposals for conceptual soundness, technical feasibility, and budget for disaster assistance activities and emergency projects.

· Lead/conduct initial assessments to identify humanitarian needs and/or DRR opportunities across a broad spectrum of sectors in current disaster sites or locations with high vulnerability.

· Monitor ongoing humanitarian response and DRR activities to validate that objectives are met and beneficiaries are served.

· Lead the development of country, issue, or disaster specific strategies across the region of responsibility, as well as timely revision of these strategies as contextual realities shift.

· Re-assess implementation approaches and strategies on an ongoing basis and make recommendations for appropriate shifts approach or resource allocation.

· Participate in the development of field-based recommendations on difficult resource and programmatic trade-offs within the region.

Representation

· Develop and maintain relationships with representatives of host governments, donor governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. embassies and USAID missions to ensure efficient and coordinated humanitarian response and DRR activities.

· Represent USAID in joint efforts to design, develop, and implement humanitarian strategies and intervention with local governments, donor, partner, and UN organizations, as appropriate.

· Advise regional officials, including host country authorities and other USAID officials on disaster response, mitigation, and risk reduction efforts, including the review of sector disaster response DRR plans.

· Work with local and regional institutions and private/public sector organizations to incorporate DRR into appropriate programs.

Leadership

· Support regional team efforts to develop current and future strategic direction for the regional office to include programmatic, liaison and representational prioritization, and human and financial resource requirements.

· Participate in a leadership role in office-wide policy initiatives to ensure field perspectives are well-represented.

· Serve as a peer-mentor for program staff working to increase exposure and experience in field-based humanitarian operations.

General Duties

· Supervise relevant USPSC and foreign national program staff in assigned program offices.

· Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on response teams, assessment teams, or to provide coverage for field offices within and outside the region.

· Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters, for up to 45 days. The duties on RMTs will be varied.

· Ensure timely reporting of OFDA’s activities in the region through written cables, analyses, strategies, and other requests for written information and/or oral briefings.

· Maintain regular communications with the regional (and/or sub-regional) office in their area of responsibility and with OFDA/Washington.

· Serve on DARTs 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 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 OFDA Senior Regional Advisor for SWARO or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. 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, economics, food policy, African studies, or a related field or country; and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, which should include five (5) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, African studies, or a related field or country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, which should include five (5) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

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 (10 points)

· Experience managing humanitarian interventions in an international disaster context across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, DRR, and resilience.

· Specific experience managing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

Skills and Abilities (10 points)

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with DOD, Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

Leading Teams Experience (10 points)

· Demonstrated experience leading teams of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.

· Experience leading a diverse team of program, technical, and administrative staff, including senior U.S. professionals, working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.

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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United States of America: USPSC Interagency Training Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 08 Dec 2017

Position Title: Interagency Training Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00003

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

Issuance Date: November 16, 2017

Closing Date: December 8, 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 Training 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. 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 Interagency Training Specialist (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00003

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 16, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: December 8, 2017 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Interagency Training Specialist

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.

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 HPGE Division serves as the principal focal point for humanitarian policy development, engagement, and institutional relationships with international organizations and other donor governments. As one of the core teams in the HPGE Division, the Interagency Training Team focuses on trainings for different parts of the USG Interagency, specifically related to OFDA’s role in humanitarian assistance and disaster response. The Interagency Training Team is responsible for developing and maintaining humanitarian assistance specific courses, as well as tailoring them for different audiences across the interagency.

The Training Specialist position serves as an integral part of the Interagency Training Team. The position assists in full in-house curriculum development and course design and evaluation; contributes to the strategic direction on training issues for external audiences; and prepares key briefings to management to support training requirements.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of multiple Training Specialists in order to meet its objectives of training, education, and coordination within the USG.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Training Specialist is an integral part of the humanitarian training team, which coordinates closely with other parts of HPGE and OFDA, develops curriculum for humanitarian training courses, and facilitates training for other USAID Bureaus and federal agencies on international humanitarian architecture, USG humanitarian assistance, and disaster response. Detailed knowledge of humanitarian issues, training development, facilitation experience, and working in an international setting is required.

She/he will provide dedicated support to the Training Manager and Deputy Training Manager on course management services including needs assessments, development, design, implementation, and evaluation. The work requires applying a rigorous analytical and detail-oriented approach to the full scope of the training process.

The role requires interaction with other offices, demanding strong diplomatic, facilitation, and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting. Contacts will be within the USG, training counterparts in UN and other agencies, experts, and representatives of NGOs. Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings, and conferences.

The position requires extensive experience with and a thorough understanding of the international humanitarian assistance environment, operations, related policies, regulations, and inter-relationships between the USG, donor, and other international organizations. The position requires the ability to translate broad training and field experience into specialized training courses.

The Training Specialist’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

· Support HPGE’s strategy for internal and external education and training courses on humanitarian assistance, international humanitarian architecture, and disaster response issues.

· Work effectively as a team member with the Training Team, other members of the HPGE Division, and broader office.

· Maintain strong understanding of the USG interagency, humanitarian policy issues, OFDA’s coordination responsibilities, and response operations that contribute to OFDA’s training strategy for external partners.

· As part of the training team, assist in the development of more detailed strategic plans for external training for the intra- and inter-agency.

· Analyze training needs and requirements to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs.

· Assist in planning, developing, and providing training using knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as classroom training, demonstrations, online platforms, meetings, conferences, and workshops.

· Support course design from inception to final product of external training courses, specifically applying the principles of adult learning design for both synchronous and asynchronous (e.g. on line courses) learning.

· Develop and organize effective training manuals, multimedia visual aids, and other educational materials using a variety of media.

· Evaluate instructor performance and the effectiveness of training programs and provide recommendations for improvement.

· Support development of course evaluation procedures and conduct follow-up review of all completed training to evaluate and measure results.

· Coordinate, support, and ensure availability of facilitators, panelists, and guest instructors.

· Provide support on the registration process and all administrative and logistics requirements to hold a training course.

· Support appropriate scheduling and coordination of training, including logistical support.

· Help coordinate and schedule training support required from other Division members, including with OFDA’s Information Technology (IT) team to ensure that all technical elements of the training (e.g. slides, video, VTC, etc.) are set up for delivery during the training.

· Build solid cross-functional relationships and maintain internal and external OFDA relationships.

· Draft and implement plans and timelines of major activities that must take place to host the various humanitarian training courses, e.g. registration, printing materials, IT support, etc.

· Sign-up for and serve as needed multiple times throughout the year 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, but very rarely, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas.

· As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office 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 Training Specialist will report to the Training Manager and receive overall guidance from the HPGE Training Team and Division Director of the HPGE Division, 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 and carrying out assignments. 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 with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, training, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience working on training and curriculum development and on emergency relief and humanitarian assistance issues. Experience developing training programs for adult learners and executives in an international setting is required. Experience working for the USG or with an international organization is preferred.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, training, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience working on training and curriculum development and on emergency relief and humanitarian assistance issues. Experience developing training programs for adult learners and executives in an international setting is required. Experience working for the USG or with an international organization is preferred.

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 Demonstrate your ability to develop, administer, and refine an adult training and education program, along with all associated training materials;

QRF #2 Demonstrate your knowledge of and/or experience within the international and USG humanitarian response architecture and policy;

QRF #3 Demonstrate your written communication and oral presentation skills;

QRF #4 Demonstrate your experience in developing multi-media presentations and training modules; and

QRF #5 Demonstrate your ability to develop and manage multiple projects simultaneously, attention to detail, and strong work ethic.

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 – 10 points

QRF #2 – 10 points

QRF #3 – 8 points

QRF #4 – 6 points

QRF #5 – 6 points

Interview Performance Round 1 – 10 points

Interview Performance Round 2 – 30 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

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United States of America: USPSC Middle East Region Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (Multiple Positions)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 07 Nov 2019

Position Title: Middle East Region Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-17-000090

Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent: $74,584- $96,958

Issuance Date: November 16, 2017

Closing Date: Open and continuous through November 7, 2019 with Seven (7) Review Periods closing on:

December 14, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 8, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 12, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 8, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 7, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 11, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 7, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

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 Middle East Region Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (HAA/M) 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Middle East Region Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-17-000090

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 16, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS:

This solicitation is open and continuous until November 7, 2019. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

December 14, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 8, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 12, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 8, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 7, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 11, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 7, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Candidates not selected during a previous review period must reapply in order to be considered for positions available in subsequent review periods. A review period may be cancelled at OFDA’s discretion.

4. POSITION TITLE: Middle East Region Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-13 equivalent ($74,584 – $96,958 – (additional locality pay adjustments may apply depending on assignment location). 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: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Worldwide.

There may be an initial training program in Washington, D.C. for up to one year, which will include formal classroom training and on-the-job training; and may include security training.

After completion of Washington training, the HAA/M may be assigned to Washington, other locations in the United States, or an overseas office, and will be required to serve through rotational assignments. At any time, at the discretion of the OFDA Headquarters, the USPSC may be reassigned/relocated to a geographical location where the individual’s services are needed.

Applicants for the Middle East Region HAA/M position must be willing to be posted at any location. The potential posts are listed as follows, but the location of service could be ultimately determined by the location of future unknown operational requirements. OFDA currently has established relationships with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Combatant Commands (CCMDs) in Miami, Florida; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tampa, Florida; and Stuttgart, Germany, where there is an OFDA operational need to work with the military independent of future country specific disasters. OFDA also has HAA/Ms assigned to Washington, D.C., Okinawa, Japan; and Manama, Bahrain. The OFDA strategic plan also calls for assignment of HAA/Ms in other locations such as Bangkok, Thailand; or San Jose, Costa Rica. Travel for this position will most likely include Washington, D.C., Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Tampa, Florida, and other locations as needed, to coordinate with MECHR RMT, Syria DART, Iraq DART, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, United States Central Command, and other entities on the civ-mil aspects of the ongoing humanitarian response in Syria and Iraq.

Initial post assignments will be based on each applicant’s understanding of OFDA and the humanitarian assistance environment, each applicant’s background (i.e., language, regional experience, etc.), and available post vacancies at the time of award.

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

Program areas of common interest between USAID and Department of Defense (DoD) include, but are not limited to, humanitarian assistance (disaster response), counter-terrorism, strategic communications, conflict prevention and mitigation, counter-insurgency, post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization, resiliency, and transformational development. The Directors of OFDA and the Office of Civilian Military Cooperation (CMC), through OFDA’s Military Liaison Team Leader and the CMC Plans Division Chief, prioritize and monitor close collaboration and coordination between their respective offices. At all points, policy and operational guidance is coordinated with broader technical guidance from the relevant USAID bureau, office, and/or team.

The HAA/M position was established to more effectively coordinate the activities of the Middle East Crisis Humanitarian Response (MECHR) RMT, the Syria DART, and the Iraq DART with DoD. These activities include military liaison and coordination, deliberate planning, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) disaster planning under Presidential Decision Directive 39/62. The HAA/Ms will serve as Civil-Military (civ-mil) Affairs Coordinators (CMACs) for the MECHR RMT, the Syria DART, and the Iraq DART. Technical guidance and training will be provided by the MLT in the OPS Division, the responsible unit for staffing the CMAC position.

OBJECTIVE

The MECHR RMT, Syria DART, and Iraq DART require the services of HAA/Ms to provide the critical liaison function between USAID and the DoD military establishment in order to represent the humanitarian sector perspective and expertise in situations where coordination between the parties is required.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

· Travel regionally (to include Washington, D.C., Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Tampa, Florida, and other locations as needed) to coordinate with MECHR RMT, Syria DART, Iraq DART, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, United States Central Command, and other entities on the civ-mil aspects of the ongoing humanitarian response in Syria and Iraq.

· Advise the RMT Response Manager and Deputy Manager for Operations, and DART Team Leaders on civ-mil issues and recommend courses of action.

· Liaise with DoD during military operational planning and execution to represent OFDA and the humanitarian community.

· Coordinate with the humanitarian community to achieve the best use of military assets by reducing redundant or counterproductive military activities.

· Assist the military in defining and reconciling its role with that of the greater humanitarian relief community.

· Seek out methods to most effectively utilize DoD strengths.

· Represent OFDA in appropriate DoD training and planning exercises with subsequent reporting to OFDA divisions on activities, lessons learned, successes, and future activities as a result of OFDA participation.

· Assist OFDA management in defining a strategy for military coordination which will include guidelines for determining OFDA participation in DoD operations when specific requests are made and where OFDA should request activities and participation.

· Determine whether OFDA participation in DoD humanitarian activities is necessary and useful.

· Provide OFDA briefings and training to uniformed military officers.

· Coordinate with DoD and the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs to provide OFDA staff with briefings on military procedures, assets, roles, capabilities, culture, chain-of-command, and humanitarian-related activities and circulate status reports which summarize DoD activities in which OFDA personnel are involved.

· Deploy with DoD forces in humanitarian emergencies.

· Provide reports, debriefs, and evaluations to the MECHR RMT, Syria DART, Iraq DART, and other appropriate OFDA staff of all planning, exercises, and deployments.

· Assist the RMT and DARTs in providing classified USG information support to OFDA.

· Liaise with the DoD and other elements of the USG in an effort to help the military coordinate with the humanitarian community.

· Support deliberate planning within USAID/OFDA and serve as an expert in contingency, operational, and forward planning across all humanitarian sectors with a civ-mil focus.

· Provide gap analysis during disaster responses and recommend appropriate missions and tasks for DoD to support the USG response.

· The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

· As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office 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 Deputy Manager for Operations on the MECHR RMT or the DART Team Leader on the Syria or Iraq DART or his/her designees. The USPSC positions will formally rest with the MECHR RMT, Syria DART, and Iraq DART. Technical guidance and training will be provided by the MLT in the OPS Division, the responsible unit for staffing CMAC positions.

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 and carrying out assignments. 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 with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, political science, or a related field), and seven (7) years of relevant work experience. Two (2) years of this experience must be field (domestic or overseas) experience in training; humanitarian needs assessment/program operations, analysis, or planning; or professional experience planning for or responding to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) event.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, political science, or a related field), and five (5) years of relevant work experience. Two (2) years of this experience must be field (domestic or overseas) experience in training; humanitarian needs assessment/program operations, analysis, or planning; or professional experience planning for or responding to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) event.

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:

Communication/Liaison Experience (10 points)

· Experience communicating humanitarian concepts to Department of Defense (DoD) officials and other stakeholders.

· Demonstrated ability to prepare written reports and conduct oral presentations.

Knowledge of Humanitarian Assistance (10 points)

· Knowledge of complex emergencies or natural disasters at the D.C., Combatant Command, and Field levels.

· Knowledge of or experience with CBRNE incidents.

· Experience in strategy development including risk assessment, gap analysis, and needs assessment.

Planning & Training Skills (10 points)

· Experience managing the entire training cycle including content design, implementation, and evaluation.

· Experience conducting strategic planning, operational planning, and using the military planning process.

Interview: (20 Points)

Applicants who remain competitive after being evaluated in the Applicant rating system will be invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted by telephone and will consist of the Technical Evaluation Committee asking a standard set of interview questions. Those applicants that are determined to be competitively ranked after the interview phase will be invited to give an oral presentation to the Technical Evaluation Committee.

Presentation: (30 Points)

All competitively ranked applicants will be provided with the same content to use during their presentation. Oral presentations will be conducted in-person, at our offices in Washington, D.C. Applicants who are eligible for the oral presentation, but are unable to travel to Washington will be given an adobe audio/visual link in order to deliver their presentation virtually.

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.

  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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United States of America: USPSC Support Relief Group- Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (Multiple Positions)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 06 Nov 2019

Position Title: Support Relief Group- Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-17-000054

Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent: $74,584- $96,958

Issuance Date: November 15, 2017

Closing Date: Open and continuous through November 6, 2019 with Seven (7) Review Periods closing on:

December 13, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 7, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 11, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 7, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 6, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 10, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 6, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

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 Support Relief Group Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (SRG HAA/M) 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Support Relief Group -Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-17-000054

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 15, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: This solicitation is open and continuous until November 6, 2019. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

December 13, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 7, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 11, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 7, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 6, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 10, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 6, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Candidates not selected during a previous review period must reapply in order to be considered for positions available in subsequent review periods. A review period may be cancelled at OFDA’s discretion.

4. POSITION TITLE: Support Relief Group – Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-13 equivalent ($74,584 – $96,958 – 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.

STATEMENT OF LIMITATIONS ON PERIOD AND PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:

The purpose of this contract is to establish an employee/employer relationship with the contractor to perform services on a temporary, on-call, basis as part of the SRG. OFDA intends to contract for these services for a maximum of 250 days per calendar year. Activation days vary but will not exceed 250 days during each contract year.

The level of effort anticipated under this contract will be provided within the terms of this contract at times mutually agreed to by OFDA and the contractor. Upon identification of a temporary need within the scope of work, OFDA will contact the contractor and provide the following information:

  1. Date contractor is needed to report to OFDA or assignment in the field

  2. Duration of Assignment

  3. Place of Performance

The contractor will notify OFDA within 24 hours of availability. At the time the contractor accepts the assignment, he/she is expected to commit for the duration of the assignment. While the contractor will be required to commit to a certain time period, it is understood that the exigencies of a disaster may require the assignment to be extended (not to exceed 250 days). The contractor shall notify OFDA at the time of commitment if their existing schedule would preclude an extension. Notification of schedule conflicts shall not necessarily disqualify the contractor from the assignment but will simply assist OFDA in recruiting a replacement. Subsequently, if the contractor agrees to an extension of the duration of a particular assignment, thereafter, the contractor will be required to give OFDA 10 days’ notice for release from the assignment.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Worldwide

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).

OPERATIONS DIVISION VALUES

OPS team members ensure that the following division values are incorporated into all aspects of work:

  1. Spiritus Operandi/Espirit De Ops

● Demonstrating trust and openness among staff by assuming the best regarding our colleagues’ intentions and efforts.

● Acting with eagerness and willingness to support one another and work together on tasks.

● Maintaining top-down and bottom-up transparency while promoting a strong work ethic as paramount.

● Demonstrating that optimism, humor, and perspective are powerful components of success, even in crisis-driven work.

  1. Positive Interactions

● Owning how the OPS Division is perceived by others to ensure people maintain a positive impression of the division by treating everyone, regardless of seniority or organizational affiliation, in a professional, courteous, and respectful manner.

● Building a reputation that when OPS is on an issue, it’s going to get addressed.

● Doing our jobs consistently, competently, and effectively, with a focus on results.

● Paying attention and listening mindfully to others, with the intent to really understand how they view a situation and what issue they are trying to address.

● Exhibiting partnership and enthusiasm in helping others solve problems; including delivering hard messages with a smile.

  1. Competency

● Adopting flexible and creative solutions to provide partners and beneficiaries with quality, effective, consistent, and timely results.

● Maintaining proficiency and leadership in our areas of expertise, through engagement, training, field deployments, and exposure to other communities of thought.

● Holding a long-term strategic perspective in the face of current crises.

● Maintaining a global and functional focus for the office.

  1. Resourcefulness

● Using innovating contracting, engagement, administrative, and programmatic approaches to meeting emerging requirements, while being flexible to changing needs.

● Reaching out within the office, agency, interagency, and community beyond to seek innovative and creative solutions.

● Proactively seeking and embracing positive change in order to provide and better service to our customers and stakeholders.

● Viewing challenges as opportunities and focusing on finding a solution rather than just highlighting complications or issues.

  1. Staff Depth and Sustainability

● Cultivating a breadth of experience and expertise by hiring individuals from diverse professional, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.

● Proactively developing relationships with other industries and communities in order to learn and innovate.

● Encouraging staff to service in a variety of roles, through staff rotations, shadowing, mentoring, and OPS liaison positions.

● Continuing to support and staff responses through a variety of hiring mechanisms and resources.

● Achieving response readiness while prioritizing personal life for both self and team members.

● Bolstering staff wellness by incorporating flexible work schedules, leading to increased staff dedication, high-quality work, and flexibility.

  1. Commitment to Safety and Security

● Recognizing that staff safety and security is everyone’s responsibility and enables OFDA access in the field.

● Holding as a hallmark an underlying orientation towards managing risk for staff.

● Preparing staff through training, mentoring, standard operating procedures, and provision of contextual knowledge.

● Displaying professional conduct and integrity during crisis response operations.

● Advocating for professional assessments of security risks prior to deployment of staff.

INTRODUCTION

SUPPORT RELIEF GROUP

The Support Relief Group (SRG) is a program developed by OFDA to satisfy its growing need for surge capacity. Currently, about half of all SRG activations are domestic and half overseas in various capacities.

The SRG program brings on board select candidates who work full-time for discrete periods of time, but on an intermittent basis for no more than 250 days per calendar year. They can be deployed within hours to facilitate OFDA’s response to disasters, or to backfill staff in Washington, D.C. and other locations. SRG staff can be used for activations as short as one day or for up to several months at a time.

The SRG program is managed by OAT in OFDA’s OPS Division. This team maintains a database for all contracted SRG personnel, providing information to the rest of OFDA on their availability, skills and previous OFDA experience. OAT assists the teams within OFDA in choosing the best qualified SRG for any specific task, and provides administrative and personnel support to all SRG. Each SRG incumbent will provide enhancement to the OFDA team according to his/her skills. They will be considered part of OFDA/Washington resources that can be deployed worldwide. At times they may also be a resource for the DCHA Bureau.

MILITARY LIAISON TEAM

Program areas of common interest between USAID and Department of Defense (DoD) include, but are not limited to, humanitarian assistance (disaster response), counter-terrorism, strategic communications, conflict prevention and mitigation, counter-insurgency, post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization, resiliency, and transformational development. To ensure cohesion among policy goals and operational execution, USAID assigns Senior Development Advisors (SDAs) and OFDA Humanitarian Assistance Advisors/Military (HAA/Ms) to DoD Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs), U.S. Special Operations Command and the Pentagon.

The USAID SDA serves as the principal USAID officer to the relevant Combatant Command (CCMD) and to the Pentagon, supporting the full spectrum of policies and activities across USAID’s regional and functional bureaus and enabling and empowering the USAID perspective and operational priorities within DoD. The OFDA HAA/M has the lead on coordinating disaster response activities for USAID within the CCMD area of responsibility and to the Pentagon and reports directly to the OFDA Director.

In all areas of activity, the SDA and HAA/M closely collaborate on their messaging to and activities with the GCCs, including sharing information and back-filling one another as necessary. It is also a joint responsibility of the SDA and the HAA/M to keep one another informed of the other’s activities. The Directors of OFDA and the Office of Civilian Military Cooperation (CMC), through OFDA’s Military Liaison Team Leader and the CMC Plans Division Chief, prioritize and monitor close collaboration and coordination between their respective offices. At all points, policy and operational guidance is coordinated with broader technical guidance from the relevant USAID bureau, office, and/or team.

The HAA/M position was established to more effectively coordinate the activities of the MLT. These activities include military liaison and coordination, deliberate planning, DART deployment, RMT participation and CBRNE disaster planning under Presidential Decision Directive 39/62. The HAA/M will be located within the OPS’ MLT and functions as the Division’s principal point of contact with the DoD.

OBJECTIVE

OPS requires the services of SRG HAA/Ms to provide the critical liaison function between USAID and the DoD military establishment in order to represent the humanitarian sector perspective and expertise in situations where coordination between the parties is required.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The SRG HAA/M will provide support for various operational aspects of MLT and may include all or some of the following:

· Coordinate with the humanitarian community to achieve the best use of military assets by reducing redundant or counterproductive military activities;

· Assist the military in defining and reconciling its role with that of the greater humanitarian relief community;

· Seek out methods to most effectively utilize DoD strengths;

· Represent OFDA in appropriate DoD training and planning exercises with subsequent reporting to OFDA divisions on activities, lessons learned, success and future activities as a result of OFDA participation;

· Represent OFDA in DoD conferences in the context of priorities set forth by the OPS Division Chief, such as, participate in After-action Reviews, humanitarian exercises sponsored at the Combatant Command level and at operational level and strategic planning exercises normally conducted through Pentagon auspices to interact with policy makers;

· Assist OFDA management in defining a strategy for military coordination which will include guidelines for determining OFDA participation in DoD operations when specific requests are made and where OFDA should request activities and participation;

· Determine whether OFDA participation in DoD humanitarian activities is necessary and useful;

· Provide OFDA briefings and training to uniformed military officers at various DoD educational institutions (War Colleges, National Defense University, Navy Postgraduate School, etc.) and other units. Training includes OFDA’s Joint Humanitarian Operations Course;

· Coordinate with DoD and the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs to provide OFDA staff with briefings on military procedures, assets, roles, capabilities, culture, chain-of-command and humanitarian-related activities and circulate status reports which summarize DoD activities in which OFDA personnel are involved;

· Deploy with DoD forces in humanitarian emergencies;

· Provide reports, debriefs and evaluations to the MLT Team Leader and other appropriate OFDA staff of all planning, exercises and deployments;

· Assist in the identification of OFDA’s Disaster Response Division deployment needs in designated “at risk” countries where DARTs may deploy; work with other teams within OFDA to determine appropriate DART needs as a basis for contingency planning for personnel and resources;

· Deploy to the field as a DART member, as necessary;

· Assist the MLT in providing classified USG information support to OFDA as requested and to selected DARTs and RMTs on an as-needed basis;

· Assist regional CCMDs in developing the humanitarian assistance aspect of their strategic operations and crisis action planning products;

· Liaise with the DoD and other elements of the USG in an effort to help the military coordinate with the humanitarian community;

· Support deliberate planning within USAID/OFDA and serve as an expert in contingency, operational, and forward planning across all humanitarian sectors, with a civil-military focus;

· Provide critical monitoring and planning expertise surrounding incipient disasters, disaster response and early recovery. Monitor regional or country based field situations to advise the Military Planning Process, based on changing field circumstances such as the sudden on-set of natural or manmade disaster or the evolution of a slow on-set disaster or crisis;

· Recommend short- and long-range humanitarian assistance goals for OFDA during disasters with a civil-military context, develop detailed plans for implementing them, and oversee implementation at the DC, CCMD, and field level;

· Provide gap analysis during disaster responses and recommend appropriate missions and tasks for DOD to support the USG response;

· May 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;

· May serve on DARTs, 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 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:

In general, the SRG HAA/M will take direction from and report to the OAT Leader or his/her designee. When activated, the designee will be the MLT Leader 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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, political science, or a related field), and seven (7) years of relevant work experience. Two (2) years of this experience must be field (domestic or overseas) experience in training; humanitarian needs assessment/program operations, analysis, or planning; or professional experience planning for or responding to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) event.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, political science, or a related field), and five (5) years of relevant work experience. Two (2) years of this experience must be field (domestic or overseas) experience in training; humanitarian needs assessment/program operations, analysis, or planning; or professional experience planning for or responding to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) event.

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:

Communication/Liaison Experience (10 points)

  • Experience communicating humanitarian concepts to Department of Defense (DoD) officials and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare written reports and conduct oral presentations.

Knowledge of Humanitarian Assistance (10 points)

  • Knowledge of complex emergencies or natural disasters at the D.C., Combatant Command, and Field levels.
  • Knowledge of or experience with CBRNE incidents.
  • Experience in strategy development including risk assessment, gap analysis, and needs assessment.

Planning & Training Skills (10 points)

  • Experience managing the entire training cycle including content design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience conducting strategic planning, operational planning, and using the military planning process.

Interview: 20 Points

Applicants who remain competitive after being evaluated in the Applicant rating system will be invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted by telephone and will consist of the Technical Evaluation Committee asking a standard set of interview questions. Those applicants that are determined to be competitively ranked after the interview phase will be invited to give an oral presentation to the Technical Evaluation Committee.

Presentation: 30 Points

All competitively ranked applicants will be provided with the same content to use during their presentation. Oral presentations will be conducted in-person, at our offices in Washington, D.C. Applicants who are eligible for the oral presentation, but are unable to travel to Washington will be given an adobe audio/visual link in order to deliver their presentation virtually.

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.

  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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United States of America: USPSC Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (Multiple Positions)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 06 Nov 2019

Position Title: Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-17-000065

Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent: $74,584- $96,958

Issuance Date: November 15, 2017

Closing Date: Open and continuous through November 6, 2019 with Seven (7) Review Periods closing on:

December 13, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 7, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 11, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 7, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 6, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 10, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 6, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

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 Assistance Advisor to the Military (HAA/M) 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 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,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-17-000065

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 15, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: This solicitation is open and continuous until November 6, 2019. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

December 13, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 7, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 11, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 7, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 6, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 10, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 6, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Candidates not selected during a previous review period must reapply in order to be considered for positions available in subsequent review periods. A review period may be cancelled at OFDA’s discretion.

4. POSITION TITLE: Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-13 equivalent ($74,584 – $96,958 – (additional locality pay adjustments may apply depending on assignment location). 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: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Worldwide

There may be an initial training program in Washington, D.C. for up to one year, which will include formal classroom training and on-the-job training; and may include security training.

After completion of training in Washington D.C., the HAA/M may be assigned to Washington D.C, other locations in the United States, or an overseas office, and will be required to serve through rotational assignments. At any time, at the discretion of the OFDA Headquarters, the USPSC may be reassigned/relocated to a geographical location where the individual’s services are needed.

Applicants for the HAA/M position must be willing to be posted at any location. The potential posts are listed as follows, but the location of service could be ultimately determined by the location of future unknown operational requirements. OFDA currently has established relationships with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Combatant Commands (CCMD) in Miami, Florida; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tampa, Florida; and Stuttgart, Germany, where there is an OFDA operational need to work with the military independent of future country specific disasters. OFDA also has HAA/Ms assigned to Washington, D.C., Okinawa, Japan; and Manama, Bahrain. The OFDA strategic plan also calls for assignment of HAA/Ms in other locations such as Bangkok, Thailand; or San Jose, Costa Rica.

Initial post assignments will be based on each applicant’s understanding of OFDA and the humanitarian assistance environment, each applicant’s background (i.e., language, regional experience, etc.), and available post vacancies at the time of award.

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 (CBRNE) 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).

OPERATIONS DIVISION VALUES

OPS team members ensure that the following division values are incorporated into all aspects of work:

  1. Spiritus Operandi/Espirit De Ops

● Demonstrating trust and openness among staff by assuming the best regarding our colleagues’ intentions and efforts.

● Acting with eagerness and willingness to support one another and work together on tasks.

● Maintaining top-down and bottom-up transparency while promoting a strong work ethic as paramount.

● Demonstrating that optimism, humor, and perspective are powerful components of success, even in crisis-driven work.

  1. Positive Interactions

● Owning how the OPS Division is perceived by others to ensure people maintain a positive impression of the division by treating everyone, regardless of seniority or organizational affiliation, in a professional, courteous, and respectful manner.

● Building a reputation that when OPS is on an issue, it’s going to get addressed.

● Doing our jobs consistently, competently, and effectively, with a focus on results.

● Paying attention and listening mindfully to others, with the intent to really understand how they view a situation and what issue they are trying to address.

● Exhibiting partnership and enthusiasm in helping others solve problems; including delivering hard messages with a smile.

  1. Competency

● Adopting flexible and creative solutions to provide partners and beneficiaries with quality, effective, consistent, and timely results.

● Maintaining proficiency and leadership in our areas of expertise, through engagement, training, field deployments, and exposure to other communities of thought.

● Holding a long-term strategic perspective in the face of current crises.

● Maintaining a global and functional focus for the office.

  1. Resourcefulness

● Using innovating contracting, engagement, administrative, and programmatic approaches to meeting emerging requirements, while being flexible to changing needs.

● Reaching out within the office, agency, interagency, and community beyond to seek innovative and creative solutions.

● Proactively seeking and embracing positive change in order to provide and better service to our customers and stakeholders.

● Viewing challenges as opportunities and focusing on finding a solution rather than just highlighting complications or issues.

  1. Staff Depth and Sustainability

● Cultivating a breadth of experience and expertise by hiring individuals from diverse professional, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.

● Proactively developing relationships with other industries and communities in order to learn and innovate.

● Encouraging staff to service in a variety of roles, through staff rotations, shadowing, mentoring, and OPS liaison positions.

● Continuing to support and staff responses through a variety of hiring mechanisms and resources.

● Achieving response readiness while prioritizing personal life for both self and team members.

● Bolstering staff wellness by incorporating flexible work schedules, leading to increased staff dedication, high-quality work, and flexibility.

  1. Commitment to Safety and Security

● Recognizing that staff safety and security is everyone’s responsibility and enables OFDA access in the field.

● Holding as a hallmark an underlying orientation towards managing risk for staff.

● Preparing staff through training, mentoring, standard operating procedures, and provision of contextual knowledge.

● Displaying professional conduct and integrity during crisis response operations.

● Advocating for professional assessments of security risks prior to deployment of staff.

INTRODUCTION

USAID Civil-Military Coordination

Program areas of common interest between USAID and DoD include, but are not limited to, humanitarian assistance (disaster response), counter-terrorism, strategic communications, conflict prevention and mitigation, counter-insurgency, post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization, resiliency, and transformational development. To ensure cohesion among policy goals and operational execution, USAID assigns Senior Development Advisors (SDAs) and OFDA Humanitarian Assistance Advisors/Military (HAA/M) to DoD Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs), and U.S. Special Operations Command and the Pentagon.

The USAID SDA serves as the principal USAID officer to the relevant Combatant Command (CCMD) and to the Pentagon, supporting the full spectrum of policies and activities across USAID’s regional and functional bureaus and enabling and empowering the USAID perspective and operational priorities within DoD. The OFDA HAA/M has the lead on coordinating disaster response activities for USAID within the CCMD area of responsibility and to the Pentagon and reports directly to the OFDA Director.

In all areas of activity, the SDA and HAA/M closely collaborate on their messaging to and activities with the GCCs, including sharing information and back-filling one another as necessary. It is also a joint responsibility of the SDA and the HAA/M to keep one another informed of the other’s activities. The Directors of OFDA and the Office of Civilian Military Cooperation (CMC), through OFDA’s MLT Leader and the CMC Plans Division Chief, prioritize and monitor close collaboration and coordination between their respective offices. At all points, policy and operational guidance is coordinated with broader technical guidance from the relevant USAID bureau, office, and/or team.

The HAA/M position was established to more effectively coordinate the activities of the MLT. These activities include military liaison and coordination, deliberate planning, DART deployment, RMT participation and CBRNE disaster planning under Presidential Decision Directive 39/62. The HAA/M will be located within the OPS Division MLT and functions as the Division’s principal point of contact with DoD.

OBJECTIVE

The OPS Division requires the services of the HAA/M to provide the critical liaison function between USAID and DoD military establishment in order to represent the humanitarian sector perspective and provide expertise in situations where coordination between the parties is required.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate with the humanitarian community to achieve the best use of military assets by reducing redundant or counterproductive military activities;
  • Assist the military in defining and reconciling its role with that of the greater humanitarian relief community;
  • Seek out methods to most effectively utilize DoD strengths;
  • Represent OFDA in appropriate DoD training and planning exercises with subsequent reporting to OFDA divisions on activities, lessons learned, success and proposed future activities as a result of OFDA participation;
  • Represent OFDA in DoD conferences in the context of priorities set forth by the OPS Division Chief, such as, participate in AARs, humanitarian exercises sponsored at the CCMD and operational levels, as well as strategic planning exercises normally conducted through Pentagon auspices to interact with policy makers;
  • Assist OFDA management in defining a strategy for military coordination which will include guidelines for determining OFDA participation in DoD operations when specific requests are made and where OFDA should request activities and participation;
  • Determine whether OFDA participation in DoD humanitarian activities is necessary and useful;
  • Provide OFDA briefings and training to uniformed military officers at various DoD educational institutions (War Colleges, National Defense University, Navy Postgraduate School, etc.) and other units. Training includes OFDA’s Joint Humanitarian Operations Course JHOC;
  • Coordinate with DoD and the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs to provide OFDA staff with briefings on military procedures, assets, roles, capabilities, culture, chain-of-command and humanitarian-related activities and circulate status reports which summarize DoD activities in which OFDA personnel are involved;
  • Deploy with DoD forces in humanitarian emergencies;
  • Provide reports, debriefs and evaluations to the MLT Team Leader and other appropriate OFDA staff on all planning, exercises and deployments;
  • Assist in the identification of OFDA’s Disaster Response Division deployment needs in designated “at risk” countries where DARTs may deploy; work with other teams within OFDA to determine appropriate DART needs as a basis for contingency planning for personnel and resources;
  • Deploy to the field as a DART member, as necessary;
  • Assist the MLT in providing classified USG information support to OFDA as requested and to selected DARTs and RMTs on an as-needed basis;
  • Assist regional Combatant Commanders in developing the humanitarian assistance aspect of their strategic operations and crisis action planning products;
  • Liaise with DoD and other elements of the USG in an effort to help the military coordinate with the humanitarian community;
  • Support deliberate planning within USAID/OFDA and serve as an expert in contingency, operational, and forward planning across all humanitarian sectors, with a civil-military focus;
  • Provide critical monitoring and planning expertise surrounding incipient disasters, disaster response and early recovery. Monitor regional or country based field situations to advise the Military Planning Process, based on changing field circumstances such as the sudden on-set of natural or manmade disaster or the evolution of a slow on-set disaster or crisis;
  • Recommend short- and long-range humanitarian assistance goals for OFDA during disasters with a civil-military context, develop detailed plans for implementing them, and oversee implementation at the DC, CCMD, and field level;
  • Provide gap analysis during disaster responses, recommend appropriate missions, and tasks for DOD to support the USG response;
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides 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 DARTs 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 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 HAA/M will take direction from and report to the OPS MLT Leader in Washington, DC or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

The Supervisor will set overall objectives. The USPSC and the Supervisor together will develop deadlines, projects, and work to be accomplished. The USPSC is expected to take initiative, act independently and perform with minimal direction in responding to humanitarian emergencies and military liaison activities as part of a fast-paced office environment*.*

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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, political science, or a related field), and seven (7) years of relevant work experience. Two (2) years of this experience must be field (domestic or overseas) experience in training; humanitarian needs assessment/program operations, analysis, or planning; or professional experience planning for or responding to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) event.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, political science, or a related field), and five (5) years of relevant work experience. Two (2) years of this experience must be field (domestic or overseas) experience in training; humanitarian needs assessment/program operations, analysis, or planning; or professional experience planning for or responding to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) event.

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:

Communication/Liaison Experience (10 points)

  • Experience communicating humanitarian concepts to DoD officials and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare written reports and conduct oral presentations.

Knowledge of Humanitarian Assistance (10 points)

  • Knowledge of complex emergencies or natural disasters at the D.C., Combatant Command, and Field levels.
  • Knowledge of or experience with CBRNE incidents.
  • Experience in strategy development including risk assessment, gap analysis, and needs assessment.

Planning & Training Skills (10 points)

  • Experience managing the entire training cycle including content design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience conducting strategic planning, operational planning, and using the military planning process.

Interview: 20 Points

Applicants who remain competitive after being evaluated in the Applicant rating system will be invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted by telephone and will consist of the Technical Evaluation Committee asking a standard set of interview questions. Those applicants that are determined to be competitively ranked after the interview phase will be invited to give an oral presentation to the Technical Evaluation Committee.

Presentation: 30 Points

All competitively ranked applicants will be provided with the same content to use during their presentation. Oral presentations will be conducted in-person, at our offices in Washington, D.C. Applicants who are eligible for the oral presentation, but are unable to travel to Washington will be given an adobe audio/visual link in order to deliver their presentation virtually.

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.

  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 SUBMITTALSVia email**: recruiter@ofda.gov

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South Africa: Development Worker (m/f) as Advisor on Strengthening Financial Management towards improved service delivery, Steve Tshwete Local Municipality

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: South Africa
Closing date: 03 Dec 2017

For the location Middelburg in South Africa we are looking for a

Development Worker (m/f) as Advisor on Strengthening Financial Management towards improved service delivery, Steve Tshwete Local Municipality

JOB-ID: 33909

Field of activity

The Steve Tshwete Local Municipality (STLM) is responsible for basic service delivery to citizens in line with key policies and programmes of the South African Government. The STLM is experiencing high population growth and rapid urbanisation while at the same time servicing a rural population. The demands for new service delivery infrastructure and maintaining existing infrastructure are high. The Governance Support Programme II (GSP II) supports local service delivery through improved planning, budgeting, monitoring, financing of service delivery and oversight. The development worker will support the STLM to improve key approaches and processes for financing of and procurement for service delivery. The development worker’s focus will primarily be on strengthening systems and processes of procurement, supply chain management, revenue management and adaptation of organisational processes and systems to support innovation in these areas.Service delivery can be improved if the municipality can improve its ability to collect and manage revenue, to procure appropriately and timely and to maintain its assets necessary for delivery.

Your tasks

  • Support the process to introduce a procurement plan linked to the strategic and service delivery implementation plan of the STLM;
  • Facilitate an initiative to improve the processes of supply chain management including the development of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Supply Chain Management;
  • Research and outline options for revenue enhancement in the STLM as well as ensuring that the municipal financial plan meets the revenue requirements of the STLM;
  • Facilitate capacity development initiatives and business process re-engineering for Supply Chain Management, asset management and revenue generation;
  • Support the introduction of a costing model for services rendered.

Your profile

You offer the following qualifications

  • Degree in Public Financial Management or related field;
  • Some proven experience in the field of public finances and local governance;
  • Experience in business process re-engineering and organisational advice / facilitation;
  • Personal skills: Ability to work independently, provide mentoring support, deliver quality products and be a team player with excellent communication skills;
  • Fluency in English is a prerequisite.

You offer the following competencies

  • A valid driver’s license;
  • Must be culturally aware and sensitive, especially in rural South African settings;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the South African government system.

For more information please visit: http://j.mp/GIZ33909

How to apply:

For more information please visit: http://j.mp/GIZ33909

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Kenya: Project Management Specialist (Strategic Information)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 05 Dec 2017

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. SOLICITATION NO.: 17-194

  2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 14, 2017

  3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: December 5, 2017 (4:30 PM East Africa Time)

  4. POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Strategic Information)

  5. MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-PSC 11. In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Kenya and East Africa. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

  6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 1 year (12 months from start date)

  7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya; with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.

  8. SECURITY CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: Prior to joining USAID, the selected candidate will be required to:
    • Undergo a comprehensive background investigation and;
    • Obtain and Retain an embassy issued Security Certification.

  9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: (See Below)

  10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to qualified Kenyan Citizens and current employees of the U.S. Mission. Employees currently on probation are ineligible to apply. USAID provides equal opportunity and equitable treatment for employment of all people without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic for equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

  11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position requirements do not involve rigorous physical demands.

  12. POINT OF CONTACT: Recruitment Team, email at hrnairobi@usaid.gov

BACKGROUND

USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) invests in population and health programs at national and county levels that aim to improve the survival, well-being and productivity of the Kenyan population by reducing the burden of major infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and addressing the main causes of maternal and child illness and deaths. This includes cross-cutting work to strengthen healthcare systems and build capacity, and to support the national government to formulate key policies and guidelines while assisting counties to better plan, manage and finance quality health services to meet local needs.

The Health Population and Nutrition (HPN) office is USAID/ KEA’s largest office, managing a portfolio valued at over $400 million annually. The office receives funding from a number of U.S. Presidential Initiatives, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), Feed the Future (FtF) as well as other USAID health funds for family planning, maternal newborn and child health, nutrition, water sanitation and hygiene. The Mission has a Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) with the goal “Kenya’s governance and economy sustainably transformed.” The Health Population and Nutrition Office portfolio contributes to this strategic goal by primarily contributing to the CDCS Development Objective (DO) 2 “Health and Human capacity strengthened.”

The Project Management Specialist (Strategic Information) (SI) of the Health Population and Nutrition (HPN), USAID/KEA serves as one of the key SI technical advisors to the HPN Director and Team Leaders (HIV/AIDS, Family Health, Malaria and Health Systems) in the management of strategic information under the HPN portfolio. The Project Management Specialist (SI) is one of four members on the Strategic Information and Monitoring and Evaluation Team, and reports to the Team Lead.

The incumbent in her or his capacity as Project Management Specialist (SI) shall:
● Assist in the development, management, and maintenance of the performance monitoring and evaluation activities for HPN.
● Support the management of the data for policy and program reform and evaluations of demographic, health, and other data.
● Lead all the technical works on the development and operationalization of the implementing partners’ monitoring, evaluation and learning plans.
● Participates in the interagency monitoring and evaluation (M&E) SI working group.
● Maintain close contact with other USG agencies and all the national health sector programs to ensure harmonized performance reporting under the PEPFAR, PMI, and other initiatives.
● Work with USAID DO team members and implementing partners in the identification, validation and prioritization of implementation science including operations research opportunities within the HPN portfolio and ensures full compliance to the Agency Scientific Research Policy Guidelines.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Technical Assistance in Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning – 40%

● Works closely with the Data Management Specialist to identify opportunities for further data analysis, and translates analytical works to the HPN technical team into products for better development and targeting of high impact interventions.
● Leads the identification and prioritization of key early warning outcome level indicators for tracking the progress towards the achievement of HPN’s Project Approval Document (PAD) intermediate and end term results.
● Works closely with select project managers to ensure that implementing partners have developed strategic interventions and M&E plans consistent with the needs of the HPN performance monitoring plan (PMP), and includes all required indicators.
● Responsible for developing HPN’s PAD Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan and ensures that funded activities’ results are fully aligned with HPN’s strategic documents.
● Leads the coordination of USAID’s response in completing the semi-annual and annual reporting documents, which includes PEPFAR, PMI, and other health areas as assigned.
● Prepares and makes technical presentations to HPN and Mission at large from the implementation science, operations research, and activity evaluations as part of findings dissemination and promotion of data use.

Program Management, Coordination & Representation – 30 %

● Serves as COR/AOR and/or Activity Manager for strategic information (monitoring and evaluation, health management information systems, surveys and surveillance) activities, as assigned. Analyzes program performance data and financial reports; including reports on activity burn rates and pipelines and expenditure accruals, reviewing reports from partners with particular attention to activity and financial indicators.
● Contributes to the management of activities related to the national data collection efforts, such as the annual HIV Sentinel and Behavioral Surveillance program, as well as National HIV/AIDS Impact Assessments, Demographic and Health Surveys and Kenya Health Facility Assessments.
● Represents HPN at the national technical working groups (TWGs) on national household surveys and all strategic information related interagency coordinating committees convened by the Government of Kenya (GOK).
● Coordinates USAID’s health M&E efforts with the GOK strategies including post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals implementation/operational plans and Vision 2030 expectations. Actively participates in the interagency monitoring and reporting under PEPFAR for USAID including joint USAID – GOK Data Quality Assessments, and Data Quality Improvement Initiatives.
● Conducts regular site visits to USAID implementing partners; communicates findings and recommendations for strengthening HPN’s M&E activities, and as appropriate, implementing partners and GOK counterparts.
● Assists implementing partners to understand compliance with all relevant USAID and initiative specific regulations and procedures. Makes programmatic recommendations to HPN Team, based on performance statistics and other available data, on how to use data for action. Recommendations will focus on approaches to data usage that will improve the quality of service delivery, and adjustments to implementation strategies to improve outcomes.
● Works with the HPN team on the creation of new activity designs and overall HPN strategic planning documents; with a focus on the development of strong results frameworks and logical framework analysis to improve the linkages between the desired outcomes, and proposed approach.

Strategic Planning – 30 %

● Provides programmatic and technical assistance to GOK institutes, including but not limited to: National AIDS Control Council (NACC), National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), Division of Family Health Programs – (Reproductive Health/Family Planning, Maternal & Child Health, Nutrition and WASH), National Malaria Control Program and Health Systems to strengthen their M&E systems.
● Actively participates in the development of comprehensive reporting tools for the national health sector programs.
● Leads and coordinates the development of programmatic narratives on the overall achieved annual results for malaria, family health programs and to a lesser extent PEPFAR program.
● Provides ongoing technical assistance, training, and consultation on the development and implementation of M&E plans, data utilization to further programmatic efforts and reporting required to USG activity managers and implementing partners.

POSITION ELEMENTS:
A. Supervision Received: The Project Management Specialist – (SI) works under the supervision of the SI Team Lead. Assignments are made orally and in writing. Most assignments are self-generated, and occur in the normal course of the work. S/he exercises independence in most phases of the assignment, but determines those situations that must be coordinated with the supervisor. The supervisor provides a review of the assignment, the goals and objectives to be achieved, and the results expected. The incumbent seeks advice and assistance as required. Completed work is accepted as technically correct, and the overall assignment is reviewed in terms of results achieved.

B. Supervision Exercised: None.

C. Available Guidelines: PEPFAR Planning and Reporting Guidelines, USAID regulations (including the Automated Directives System), the CDCS Performance Management Plan, HPN PAD Monitoring and Evaluation Plan including its Logical Framework Analysis provide broad guidelines as to the conduct of work related to the duties described above. USAID and PEPFAR program both have other documents and background papers on strategic information (health management information systems, monitoring and evaluation, surveys and surveillance) which may also provide valuable resources.

D. Exercise of Judgment: The incumbent works with a high level of independence in managing HPN monitoring and evaluation systems, and in informing and advising technical staff and IPs on data collection and measurement in Kenya. S/he uses considerable judgment in developing ideas and proposals, and in determining the appropriate analytical approach to be used for a particular analysis. The incumbent also exercises considerable judgment in determining who to involve or not involve in a particular activity, and proposes teams to accomplish the objectives and analyses agreed to.

E. Authority to Make Commitments: The Specialist retains the authority given to activity managers in USAID, and may make administrative arrangements and determinations consistent with ADS guidance and Mission policy. The Specialist must take action and establish priorities based on available guidelines and professional judgment. Guidance should be sought when needed, and the supervisor informed of activity and project status. The Specialist will on occasion be required to negotiate ad referendum for the supervisor.

F. Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: Maintains a range of contacts with host-government professional staffs, representatives of other donors, and senior-level professional staff of other HPN Teams and Offices within the Mission. Maintains contact with leaders from private-sector and non-governmental organizations. These contacts may involve sensitive program and project management matters (e.g., failure to comply with agreed-upon conditions precedent). The purpose of these contacts is to collect information, organize input into program reviews and strategic objective/activity evaluations, and on occasion to explain the entire USAID/KEA PEPFAR program and its objectives.

G. Time Expected to Reach Full Performance: 1 year

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

A. Education: Master’s Degree in public health, statistics, epidemiology, demography, sociology, public policy, or related field.
B. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of five years progressively responsible, job-related professional experience is required. Project management experience is desirable. Experience in the application of statistical methods and field research experience is required. A record of publications based on independent analytical work from either primary or secondary sources and some specialized training in monitoring and evaluation is desirable.
C. Post Entry Training: Familiarization training in USAID-specific procedures, regulations, and methods, and orientation to working from a donor-Agency perspective, etc., will be provided. Successful completion of formal COR/AOR certification courses is required. Other training to maintain professional capability in the field, and other courses offered for professional USAID staff, as appropriate; and, courses, seminars, conferences, and other activities in fields related to the sector and needed to maintain and update professional qualifications, as they become available will be provided, subject to offerings and the availability of funds.
D. Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) English proficiency, speaking and writing, is required.
E. Job Knowledge: Knowledge and understanding of host-country historic, economic, social, cultural, and political characteristics and an understanding of the general level of development in the region is required. This position requires a thorough knowledge, or the ability to quickly acquire a thorough knowledge of USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation; and, the objectives, methodology, and status of projects assigned. Knowledge of the objectives and operations of the USG, or the program activities of other international donor organizations, is desirable.
F. Skills and Abilities: This position requires experience in a management capacity, political analysis, and program reporting and monitoring, and strong interpersonal and team building skills. The ability to service as an effective liaison with a wide array of individuals and institutions essential. The incumbent must possess a familiarity with a wide range of issues, such as program evaluation, public health, community development, economic policy, and democracy and governance. The Project Management Specialist – SI must be able to prepare clear, substantive reports and briefing papers in English, in a timely manner, and have the ability to develop a thorough understanding of USAID and host government policies and procedures. The work requires flexibility, and an ability to react to changing systems with sound analyses, and the ability to work under pressure.

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Applicants must submit a cover letter of no more than one letter-size page, which describes how their relevant professional experience and education has prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described above. As part of the interview process, those applicants ranked highest may be required to submit a timed writing sample on a topic provided. The selection committee may conduct reference checks at any time during the selection process.
Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored.

  • Prior work experience (30 points)
  • Job Knowledge (20 points)
  • Skills and abilities (50 points)
  • Total possible points: 100
    Candidates meeting the above required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. References will be asked to assess the applicant’s technical knowledge, work performance, communication skills, and group dynamics, using the above criteria. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed applicants. The interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.

How to apply:

IV. How to Apply

Step 1: Register in MyJobsInKenya at www.myjobsinkenya.com

Step 2: Complete the job application questionnaire at www.myjobsinkenya.com/usaid. The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, a copy of your most recent Performance Evaluation Report, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to MyJobsInKenya.

OR

External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to MyJobsInKenya .

Note to Applicants:

  1. Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted through myjobsinkenya.com as stated in Section IV.

  2. To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, applicants must prominently reference the Solicitation number in their cover letter submission.

  3. Submissions will only be accepted through www.myjobsinkenya.com/usaid. Late and Incomplete applications (those that do not contain a cover letter, the applicant’s most current and up to date detailed CV, relevant education certificates and three (3) to five (5) references with contact information) will not be considered for the position. The closing date for receipt of applications is indicated above.

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United States of America: USPSC Program Operations Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 07 Dec 2017

Position Title: Program Operations Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00004

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

Issuance Date: November 9, 2017

Closing Date: December 7, 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 Program Operations Specialist (POS) 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. 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 Program Operations Specialist (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00004

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 9, 2017

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: December 7, 2017, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Program Operations 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) 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 (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

The BFIT Team is part of the PS Division within OFDA. The core functions of the BFIT Team are: financial management of international disaster assistance (IDA) funds, IT program management, information management, and other general administrative services. The Budget and Finance Unit falls under the BFIT Team. The core functions of the Budget and Finance Unit are: budget planning, justification, execution, and reporting; management of OFDA’s operating year budget; processing financial transactions, and financial analysis and reporting. The Budget and Finance Unit plays a critical role in communicating with a wide range of stakeholders regarding OFDA’s annual appropriations and funding requests.

OBJECTIVE

The Budget and Finance Unit requires the services of Program Operations Specialists to strengthen its capability to provide prompt, effective services in the areas of budget formulation, budget execution, and financial management in support of the delivery of humanitarian assistance around the world.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Program Operations Specialist will assist in carrying out the budget formulation and execution functions of the Budget and Finance Unit in support of OFDA’s worldwide humanitarian assistance operations and mandate.

Budget Formulation

· Support the formulation of annual and supplemental program budget requests, narratives, and supporting materials for IDA contingency funding, based on historical trends, projected humanitarian needs, and knowledge of organizational and USG budgetary priorities.

· Support the justification of IDA budget requests, including providing written and verbal briefings to OFDA’s budgetary stakeholders, such as USAID’s Office of Budget and Resource Management, the State Department’s Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and Congress.

· Work closely with OFDA’s disaster response and technical staff to understand OFDA’s humanitarian assistance programming priorities and advocate for OFDA’s budget with external budgetary stakeholders based on these priorities.

· Coordinate closely with counterparts in USAID/DCHA’s Office of Food for Peace and Office of Policy and Program Management on budget formulation and justification.

· Maintain awareness of the appropriations process and analyze appropriations legislation, including any special language or restrictions pertaining to OFDA’s funding that could impact OFDA’s humanitarian assistance programs.

Budget Execution – Strategic Planning

· Support the planning and execution of a complex office budget that consists of reserves for unforeseeable disasters and emergencies, programs to address ongoing emergencies, disaster risk reduction programs, as well as program support and operational expenses.

· Assist in analyzing humanitarian needs, trends, and available resources; present such analysis in verbal and written briefings, charts, and graphs.

· Assist in the development of templates, timelines, and guidance for the OFDA annual budget allocation process, and communicate these to OFDA’s staff.

· Support the annual OFDA budget allocation process, and help facilitate the allocation of budgets to divisions and teams once budgets are approved.

· Track the status of OFDA’s disaster assistance resources; provide regular budget status updates to OFDA senior management and team leaders.

· Prepare reports and briefings on OFDA’s budget position, priorities, and plans.

Budget Execution – Financial Processing and Tracking

· Develop expertise in all Agency corporate financial and procurement management systems used to manage and program OFDA’s disaster assistance funding.

· Process financial transactions using OFDA’s program management and reporting system along with the Agency’s financial and procurement systems; reconcile data between the systems to ensure accuracy.

· Maintain budget and finance related records for OFDA’s disaster assistance program funds.

· Facilitate the financial components of joint programming between OFDA and other parts of USAID, utilizing USAID’s corporate systems.

· Provide limited technical support to OFDA staff on the use of OFDA’s program management and reporting system and Agency financial and procurement systems; develop written procedures and guidelines for users specific to OFDA’s unique business process needs.

· Assist in processing of emergency-based reimbursable agreements with other federal agencies during disasters.

Budgetary and Financial Reporting

· Meet regular budgetary and financial reporting requirements to OFDA’s budgetary stakeholders as well as auditors.

· Prepare reports in response to ad-hoc inquiries from OFDA staff, OFDA’s budgetary stakeholders, and auditors.

· Prepare OFDA’s contributions to State and USAID budget reports and exercises, such as the annual Operational Plan or ForeignAssistance.gov reporting.

· Manipulate and query OFDA and USAID corporate systems to produce standard reports and ad hoc reports, utilizing Microsoft Excel as necessary.

Other Budgetary and Financial Management Duties

· Monitor use of OFDA program funds by overseas USAID offices to ensure that resources are fully accounted for and utilized in accordance with the OFDA disaster assistance mandate and consistent with the accounts/appropriations provided to OFDA.

· Coordinate and monitor the accruals process on a quarterly basis and provide information and guidance as necessary to OFDA staff.

· Coordinate the quarterly and annual reviews of unliquidated balances, including researching and facilitating de-obligations of unliquidated funds as appropriate.

· Support OFDA’s internal control processes, especially as they relate to financial management of OFDA’s disaster assistance program funds, and support the preparation of OFDA’s submission for the annual Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act exercise.

· Develop expertise in basic budgetary and financial management concepts, such as the principles of appropriations law, funds control violations, and pertinent USAID budgetary or financial policies.

Other OFDA Duties

· Serve, as needed, as PS Division representative on technical evaluation panels for OFDA solicitations including U.S. Personal Services Contractors (USPSCs), Cooperative Agreements, Grants, and Contracts.

· Serve, as needed, 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 needed, may serve on temporary details within the office 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 BFIT 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 and carrying out assignments. 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 and at least five (5) years of relevant work experience in a combination of finance, accounting, international relations, humanitarian assistance, legislative affairs, and/or a related field (preferably with or for the Federal Government). Preferred experience with USG budgeting proce