SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00076
ISSUANCE DATE: July 29, 2020
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: August 20, 2020, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC)
Dear Prospective Offerors:
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 offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Health Advisor
under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the solicitation.
Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Offerors interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:
Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your offer, 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) Education and any other qualifications including job-related Training Courses
, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.
(d) U.S. Citizenship
How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).
Your resume must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information must 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.
USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted. AID 309-2 is available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms. **
NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS
AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT
All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an award. You will be disqualified if you either fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list. The selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.
: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity Administrator
for the entity associated with the DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link:
Offerors can expect to receive a confirmation email when offer materials have been received. Offerors should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their offers. Your complete resume must be emailed to:
OFDA Recruitment Team
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the information provided above.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The OFDA Health Advisor will have the following duties and responsibilities:
· Provide expert technical advice for humanitarian health interventions for Disaster Response
to USAID and OFDA staff based in Washington, D.C. and field offices.
· Conduct public health assessments of vulnerable populations and make expert recommendations for appropriate relief activities.
· Facilitate and coordinate USG emergency technical response activities with the USAID Bureau for Global Health, Missions, other donor agencies, and the U.S. Embassy.
· Develop and implement evaluations to determine the effectiveness of OFDA- funded public health projects with implementing partners.
· Represent OFDA in emergency public health discussions and activities, serve as a USG emergency Health Sector
resource, and provide technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activity as the primary technical expert for emergency health interventions.
· Lead OFDA's approach to health activities, formulate sector strategies and recommendations for both emergency response and Disaster Risk
Reduction, and provide Technical Support
for OFDA field offices, other offices within USAID, and to OFDA's PSPM Division.
· Exercise independent judgment and decision-making related to humanitarian health and/or nutrition activities, both in the U.S. and in the field.
· Interact with NGO partners, other donor agencies, the international humanitarian community, the health and/or nutrition cluster and other USAID staff as well as the Interagency working in the various public health sectors; attend meetings and other relevant events and forums.
· Contribute to technical review of proposals submitted by NGO and UN partners for humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction activities. Incorporate new developments in the emergency health and/or nutrition sector into OFDA programming.
· Lead assessment teams or guide and coordinate the work of other technical staff within the health sector.
· Coordinate, plan, implement, evaluate, and prioritize emergency health activities to ensure that efforts in assigned program areas meet needs of affected populations and satisfy the goals and objectives of the response program.
· Liaise with response actors to determine the capacity of the affected community and ensure that adequate resources are available to the international response effort. Brief host governments, the U.S. Military, U.S. Embassy and USAID Mission.
· Identify emergency public health risk reduction and prevention measures that could be linked to disaster response activities. Review risk reduction principles and make expert recommendations on course of action.
· Develop various types of country/regional strategies for field offices, DARTs and assessment teams. Provide briefings and written reports.
· 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 detail 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.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)
Master's Degree in Public Health or other related degree, with extensive relevant experience and training in, but not limited to: international/public health or epidemiology, and a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian relief and response, of which at least three (3) years were obtained overseas, working in the emergency public health sector including time in Complex Emergencies
EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. FAR provisions of this solicitation are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.
(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)
· Offeror 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 Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors 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.**
OFFEROR RATING SYSTEM
The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors 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 (15 points)
· Demonstrated experience as Public Health Advisor and/or implementer in field humanitarian relief settings, developing and implementing programs with NGOs, UN, IOs, and/or USG.
· Demonstrated experience in assessing, designing, and/or reviewing technical health proposals for best practice and technical merit.
· Demonstrated knowledge of and familiarity with the humanitarian stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, PIOs, clusters, USG) including operations and practices.
Skills and Abilities (25 points)
· Demonstrated experience representing and providing technical input in a coordinating unit or technical body such as the Health Cluster or sectoral meetings.
· Demonstrated ability to interact and liaise with high ranking officials at national and international level in unstructured settings; as well as in formal settings and briefings for host nations, USG, and UN entities.
· Demonstrated experience in coordinating, planning, implementing, and evaluating emergency health activities to ensure that efforts in assigned program areas are meeting the needs of affected populations, align with humanitarian principles, and satisfy the goals and objectives of the response program.
· Demonstrated ability to determine the capacity of the affected community and ensure that adequate resources are available to the international health response effort.
· Demonstrated ability to develop various types of country/regional strategies for field offices, headquarters staff, and assessment teams. Included with this is the demonstrated ability to provide briefings and written reports associated with the strategies.
Interview Performance (45 points)
Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (15 points)
Total Possible Points: 100
BASIS OF RATING:
Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Offeror Rating System. Those offerors determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks.
Offerors are required to address each factor of the Offeror 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 Offeror Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.
The most qualified offerors 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 offerors 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 offeror. OFDA reserves the right to select additional offerors if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.