US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Humanitarian Protection Advisor

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Job Description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00091

ISSUANCE DATE: February 3, 2022

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: November 2, 2022, 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)) Technical and Program Quality (TPQ), is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as a Humanitarian Protection 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 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. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.

    (d) U.S. Citizenship (e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (SAM.gov, BHA 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.
  2. USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through 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 ENSURING ADEQUATE Covid-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS

The contractor will be required to show proof that the contractor is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before the first date of onboarding, or submit an approved reasonable accommodation to the CO. If the contractor does not meet this requirement the contract may be terminated.NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT

All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an award. You will be disqualified if you either fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list. The selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.

NOTE: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity Administrator for the entity associated with the DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link: https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b& sysparm search=kb0013183= 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: TPQ Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: BHA.TPQRecruitment@usaid.gov Website: www.BHAjobs.net Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to the TPQ Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

Sincerely, Digitally signed by Sonja Stroud¬ Gooden Date: 2022.02.01 14:03:15-05'00' Sonja Stroud-Gooden Contracting Officer DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as an expert source of information and Analysis of humanitarian protection issues for BHA. Provide expert technical recommendations on all issues related to humanitarian protection, particularly GBV prevention and response, CP, PSS, and general
  • Serve as the primary Humanitarian Protection Advisor on-call for the Response Unit readiness
  • Help coordinate with BHA Policy and regional teams on development and implementation of articulate policies, positions, and communications materials on protection issues for BHA and USAID in
  • Prepare TPQ senior management and BHA Senior Leadership, when necessary, to speak on protection issues before United Nations (UN) bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Congress, other parts of the USG, and
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with UN agencies, NGOs, Coordination bodies, and relevant USG offices.
  • Respond to relevant congressional and public inquiries and speak to various visiting groups about protection issues impacting crisis-affected populations.
  • Represent BHA's progress on protection issues in written and oral presentations through participation in weekly and monthly protection technical working groups related to USG and USAlD policies and commitments on protection.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact to address regular reporting demands for the Protection Team as well as in support of the Divsion.
  • Coordinate division-wide input to all taskers received by the Protection team, including refining technical input from sub-sector specialists to adhere to the USAID and USG style guides and reflect latest leadership guidance on key policies.
  • Coordinate with BHA colleagues to develop internal protection policies, strategies, and program standards.
  • Articulate relevant protection policies to personnel within BHA, USAID, and to other USG agencies, donors, and implementing partners by participating in conferences, speaking engagements, global cluster meetings, and field visits.
  • Coordinate with the State Department's Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration regarding the development of strategies addressing protection of disaster-affected populations, particularly GBV, Mental Health and PSS, and CP.
  • Increase the capacity of BHA staff to understand protection principles, best practices and international humanitarian law related to protection, PSEA, other cross cutting issues, and appropriate humanitarian protection interventions through contributing to the BHA protection training.
  • Deliver portions of the humanitarian protection training,
  • Contribute to the periodic revision of the training curriculum.
General Duties:
  • As needed and within USAID guidelines, travel 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 Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provide services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will vary.
  • Serve as the BHA 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 Bureau to meet operational needs during staff shortages. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team's existing duties and responsibilities and will be directly related to the scope of work provided.
  • Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer's Representative/Contracting Officer's Representative (AOR/COR), as assigned. The AOR/COR provides financial and programmatic oversight of all aspects of managing the agreement or contract; this includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, requests for approvals, program/project deliverables (i.e. work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key personnel requests, and financial/budget reports. They are responsible for drafting and submitting the annual contractor performance evaluation in Contract/Assistance Performance Assessment Review System. They prepare and review contract/assistance modifications documentation and assist the Contracting/ Agreement Officer to ensure performance is compliant with the terms and conditions of the contract/agreement, the FAR, and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible for all related requirements set forth in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.
  • Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer's Representative/Contracting Officer's Representative (AOR/COR), as assigned. The AOR/COR provides financial and programmatic oversight of all aspects of managing the agreement or contract; this includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, requests for approvals, program/project deliverables (i.e. work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key personnel requests, and financial/budget reports. They are responsible for drafting and submitting the annual contractor performance evaluation in Contract/Assistance Performance Assessment Review System. They prepare and review contract/assistance modifications documentation and assist the Contracting/ Agreement Officer to ensure performance is compliant with the terms and conditions of the contract/agreement, the FAR, and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible for all related requirements set forth in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.
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: social services, international relations, human rights, humanitarian affairs, public health, gender studies, disaster management, or a related field plus a minimum of five (5) years of experience working on humanitarian protection, gender, Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Child Protection (CP), Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention and response, or Psychosocial Support (PSS) issues. Two (2) years of the relevant experience must be directly related to advising, assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, or evaluating humanitarian protection, CP, GBV prevention and response, and PSS programming in fragile or disaster-affected contexts.

OR

Master's degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field, including but not limited to: social services, international relations, human rights, humanitarian affairs, public health, gender studies, disaster management, or a related field plus a minimum of three (3) years of experience working on humanitarian protection, gender, Accountability to Affected Populations, (AAP), Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Child Protection (CP), Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention and response, and Psychosocial Support (PSS) issues. One (1) year of the relevant experience must be directly related to advising, assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, or evaluating humanitarian protection, CP, GBV, prevention and response, and PSS programming in fragile or disaster-affected contexts.

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 and maintain a Department of State medical clearance throughout the contract.

• 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 evaluation of writing tests will also take into consideration the quality of written responses. Aspects of written responses including, but not limited to typos, grammatical errors, spelling errors, and incomplete sentences will be factored into the evaluation process. The rating factors are as follows: MATRIX (15 points)

Professional Experience (9 points)

• Field experience in at least one of the following areas: advising, assessing, designing, managing programs in humanitarian protection, CP, prevention and response to GBV, or PSS in a humanitarian response.

• Experience in policy or advocacy related to humanitarian protection issues.

• Experience representing an organization in humanitarian coordinating units or bodies or at meetings with high-ranking officials at the national or international levels in at least one of the following areas: humanitarian protection, CP, prevention and response to GBV, or PSS.

Communication (4 points)

• Experience communicating complex or sensitive protection-related issues both written and oral to internal or external stakeholders.

Teamwork (2 points)

• Experience working with teams in a high stress or constrained environment • Experience working on a humanitarian team.

Interview Performance (50 points) Timed Writing Test (15 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. BHA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for offerors being considered for selection. The Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) rating sheet will be developed and submitted to the Office of Acquisitions and Assistance (OAA) for review as part of a complete offeror rating system package.

Note: Please be advised that references may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an offeror. BHA reserves the right to select additional offerors if vacancies become available during the future phase of the selection process.

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