US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Urban Search and Rescue and United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Unit Lead

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Job Description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00021

ISSUANCE DATE: March 8, 2021

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: April 7, 2021, 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 Field and Response Operations (FARO), is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) (U2) Unit Lead 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. 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? (beta.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 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: 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: FARO Recruitment Team

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

Sincerely, Sonja Stroud-Gooden Contracting Officer The U2 Leader will have the following duties and responsibilities.

● Serve as the office lead on BHA activities, relationships, and responsibilities related to the UNDAC and INSARAG systems.

● Act as the primary BHA liaison to the UN OCHA for these systems.

● Serve as the office lead and representative coordinating BHA’s participation in UNDAC and INSARAG events, exercises, and trainings.

● Maintain awareness and support management of roster for US UNDAC team members.

● Lead response system management and provide technical guidance for activations of US UNDAC team members.

● Lead the team in coordinating BHA contribution to UNDAC equipment cache.

● Maintain awareness and management of the BHA-funded Americas Support Team staff and equipment cache in support of and coordination with UNDAC deployments in the Americas region.

● Provide support and maintain awareness of the roster for U.S. USAR Coordination members.

● Provide support to the management of the BHA-funded DART Base Camp Module and equipment cache in support of and coordination with global DART deployments.

● Serve as the principal focal point between BHA and other USG agencies involved with international USAR response for departments and agencies not already served by another BHA Office, such as DHS or the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Branch.

● Conduct consultations with other USG agencies on behalf of BHA to share information on USAR activities and capabilities, and to contribute to the establishment of coordinated agency priorities with respect to overseas Disaster Response.

● Facilitate USAR-related inter-agency preparedness and mitigation programs.

● 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 (CPARS/APARS). 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.

● Serve in the AOR or alternate AOR role for the USAR cooperative agreements; keep COR/AOR certification current with necessary training and professional development activities.

● Lead USAR Program monitoring and evaluation activities.

● Manage and support planning of internal and external training exercises related to USAR tactical Field Operations.

● Sign up for and serve as needed on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provide services and support to 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 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 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 and will be 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.) At least nine (9) years of current experience working in government, an international organization, a non-governmental organization, or a business setting, or combination thereof, five years (5) of which should be in first response and/or USAR disaster response Program Management, Administration, and operations.

OR

Bachelor's degree with significant study in or pertinent to first response and/or USAR (including, but not limited to, public administration, international relations/development, sudden onset disaster Humanitarian Response) and at least seven (7) years of relevant experience working in government, an international organization, or a non-governmental organization, three years (3) of which should be in first response and/or USAR disaster response program management, administration, and operations.

OR

Master's degree with significant study in or pertinent to a USAR and disaster coordination (including, but not limited to, public administration, international relations/development, sudden onset disaster humanitarian response) and at least five (5) years of relevant experience working in government, an international organization, or a non-governmental organization, two years (2) of which should be in first response and/or USAR disaster response program management, administration, and operations.

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.) 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 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.** 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. 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 future phase of the selection process.

Offers must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter.

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