US Agency for International Development (USAID)

USPSC Support Relief Group Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Advisor (Multiple Vacancies)

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Job Description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00005 ISSUANCE DATE: November 18, 2019 CLOSING DATE AND TIME: December 16, 2019, 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 Support Relief Group (SRG) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) 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: 1. 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 (e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOpps, 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. ** NOTE**: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity Administrator for the entity associated with the DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link: 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 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 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The SRG WASH Advisor will provide Technical Support for various WASH programs and activities and may include all or some of the following: • Serve as a WASH expert on the PSPM Health Team in reviewing project proposals, monitoring field-level program progress and effectiveness, responding to WASH-related queries from OFDA staff, and any other WASH-related public health issue which may arise; • Work collaboratively with other OFDA WASH Advisors, to proactively prioritize global sector needs, emerging developments, and harmonized WASH guidance which OFDA is best placed to address; • Work collaboratively with other PSPM Advisors, particularly within the Health Team, to promote integration between sectors and advance best practices in integrated programming in emergencies; • Provide crucial technical expertise and recommendations to ensure that OFDA public health responses, specifically those dealing with WASH issues are robust, rapid and appropriate, and take into account best practices in the WASH sector; • Monitor the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of OFDA-funded WASH programs and provide assistance for improving outcomes; • Provide the technical linkage between OFDA and other organizations, i.e. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Inter-Agency Steering Committee (IASC) WASH cluster, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and NGO partners that are involved in disaster and Emergency response issues related to WASH; • Actively represent USAID/OFDA in emergency WASH sector forums, discussions and activities, serve as a USG emergency WASH sector resource person, and display expert technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activity commensurate with the role as a primary resource person for emergency WASH interventions; • Maintain up-to-date, expert-level knowledge of the technical area, and of the organizations engaged in related program activities; • Become certified and serve as a Contracting Officer’s Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative and/or Activity Manager for contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements under portfolio of responsibility; • When in the field, collaborate with the international response actors to support the host nation’s capability to provide an effective response to specific health-related issues, especially in WASH; • Develop global-level strategies and guidance documents for internal OFDA use in order to influence and direct OFDA’s overall response strategies with regard to WASH-related public health emergencies; • Manage and monitor the progress of OFDA’s global research and development WASH programs; • Develop and deliver WASH training modules for OFDA staff and NGO partners, in order to keep them abreast of best practices and new developments within the humanitarian WASH sector; and • Develop collaborative working-level relationships with OFDA field and HQ staff who oversee WASH-related programs as well as Food For Peace WASH technical staff. General Duties: • Deploy, on short notice, to serve on DARTs or serve on the Washington-based 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; • May serve as needed, on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will vary; • May serve on Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time; and • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office, not to exceed six 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.) Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, environmental health, environmental engineering or a related field) and minimum of nine (9) years of relevant work experience in WASH programming, three (3) years of which must include on-the-ground experience in managing emergency WASH programs in humanitarian relief situations. OR Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, environmental health, environmental engineering or a related field) and minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience in WASH programming, three (3) years of which must include on-the-ground experience in managing emergency WASH programs in humanitarian relief situations. SELECTION FACTORS (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 (10 points) • Demonstrated experience as WASH Advisor/implementer in field humanitarian relief settings, developing and implementing programs with NGOs, UN, International Organizations (IOs), and/or USG. • Demonstrated experience in designing and/or reviewing technical WASH proposals for best practice and technical merit. • Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity of the Humanitarian field, NGO, IO, UN, USG stakeholders including operations and practices. Skills and Abilities (10 points) • Demonstrated experience representing in a coordinating unit or body such as the Global WASH Cluster in the IASC and/or having a leading role in sectoral meetings or working groups. • Demonstrated ability to interact with high ranking officials at national and international level in unstructured settings; both of host nations, USG, and UN entities. • Demonstrated ability to conduct rapid WASH assessments in humanitarian contexts. Teamwork Experience (10 points) • Demonstrated success in working with diverse teams in various and austere settings. • Demonstrated success in working effectively with teams in a high stress and austere environment to reach shared objectives that requires adaptive, flexible, and collaborative team work. • Demonstrated ability to manage, adapt, and monitor projects in humanitarian contexts. Interview Performance (50 points) Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (20 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.   recruiter@ofda.gov
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