Job Vacancies United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Position: USAID/OFDA Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor
Closing Date: Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Location: United States of America (the)
SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-OFDA-11-000005
ISSUANCE DATE: October 22, 2010
CLOSING DATE: November 23, 2010 5:00 p.m. EST
SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor for a Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor in Washington, D.C.
The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications (Optional Form 612 only) from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor under a personal services contract, as described in the attached solicitation.
Submittals shall 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:
* Complete and hand-signed federal form OF-612 (including OF-612 continuation sheets as needed).
NOTE: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described in the “Applying” section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the “Applying” instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your not being considered for employment.
* Supplemental document specifically addressing the four (4) Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.
Incomplete or unsigned applications shall not be considered. These signed forms must be mailed, delivered, faxed, or emailed (email applications must be signed) to:
529 14th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20045
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facsímile: (202) 315-3803 or (240) 465-0244
Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to:
Eleanor Henning or Paulo Couto
Telephone Number: (202) 661-9334 or (202) 661-9316
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
Facsímile: (202) 315-3803 or (240) 465-0244
Lance Butler III
Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (PSC) Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor
1. SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-11-000005
2. ISSUANCE DATE: October 22, 2010
3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: November 23, 2010 5:00 pm EST
4. POSITION TITLE: Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor
5. MARKET VALUE: GS-13 equivalent ($89,033 – $115,742 – 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 years, with three one-year options
7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, D.C.
8. STATEMENT OF WORK
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 three divisions. The Disaster Response and Mitigation Division (DRM) is responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through a grants mechanism to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs), the United Nations agencies and to partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. This division also oversees OFDA’s non-response efforts in disaster risk reduction. DRM also coordinates with other organizations and donors for the provision of relief supplies and assistance. DRM devises, coordinates, and implements program strategies for a variety of natural and human caused disaster situations with a focus on disaster risk reduction. It encompasses a group of technical sector specialists who provide expert capability in assessing the quality of disaster response and disaster risk reduction activities. The Program Support Division (PS) provides programmatic and administrative support including budget/financial services, procurement planning and guidance, contracts and grants administration, and communication support for OFDA’s Washington and field offices. The Operations Division (OPS) develops and manages logistical and operational support for disaster responses and administrative support to all offices and operations. OPS maintains readiness to respond to emergencies through several mechanisms, including managing Search and Rescue Teams (SAR), coordinating and supporting Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), and the Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs) as needed.
The Technical Assistance Group (TAG) within DRM was created in order to provide OFDA with a skilled cadre of technical experts in a variety of fields relevant to its disaster response and risk reduction activities. It is divided into a number of subgroups that include Food Security, Health, Most Vulnerable Populations, and Natural Hazards groups. The Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor is part of the Natural Hazards subgroup.
The Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor is an integral member of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) TAG. USAID/OFDA Shelter and Settlements Sector activities are intended to provide humanitarian shelter in an expeditious and appropriate manner, within a framework based on a settlements approach. The Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor will help guide OFDA thinking on shelter and settlements sector activities, help formulate shelter sector strategies and recommendations, and help collect and analyze sector-specific information. The individual will also conduct or support studies to examine market conditions for building materials and non-housing portions of the building stock in affected areas. He/she will help integrate other sectoral concerns that are aimed at reducing the adverse impacts of natural hazards by reducing vulnerability to disasters, increasing regional, national and local capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters, and enhancing the resiliency of vulnerable groups and communities to recover from recurrent natural disasters.
OFDA requires a Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor who will provide technical assistance in program assessment and planning, specifically related to Shelter and Settlements. This will involve strategy development and implementation, monitoring of Shelter and Settlements Sector activities, providing representation at international forums, and other related activities.
9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor will be based in Washington, D.C. Under the direction of the Senior Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor, the duties and responsibilities are:
* Serve as a focal point within USAID/OFDA for Shelter and Settlements Sector programs and activities;
* Contribute to the development and communication of appropriate Shelter and Settlements Sector strategies and policies for OFDA and the U.S. Government (USG) in disaster and emergency response;
* Coordinate with international donors, NGOs, UN agencies, and other regional, national, and local partners to promote the implementation of Shelter and Settlements Sector activities in disaster-prone regions.
* Work with USAID Missions and development partners to advocate for the integration of Shelter and Settlements Sector activities into development activities, and identify ways to incorporate Shelter and Settlements Sector activities into early recovery and transition activities.
* Provide technical expertise to ensure that OFDA Shelter and Settlements Sector activities are sound, sustainable, and appropriate within the OFDA mandate. This will involve the following activities:
oA systematic analysis of available Shelter and Settlements Sector tools and programmatic guidance,
oAssistance to regional teams and technical leads in assessing gaps and needs,
oReview and analysis of Shelter and Settlements Sector efforts of other organizations,
oAssessment of priority countries for Shelter and Settlements Sector interventions,
oDevelopment of strategic and comprehensive approaches to Shelter and Settlements Sector through a greater understanding of local methodologies such as the coping strategies of marginalized populations,
oReview and comment on Shelter and Settlements Sector-related project proposals and regional strategies.
oCoordination with the Training Unit to incorporate Shelter and Settlements Sector into various OFDA training modules, as appropriate, in order to build capacity within OFDA and among partner relief agencies.
oWork with the OFDA Evaluation and Reporting Coordinator to develop a program to evaluate Shelter and Settlements Sector activities.
* Coordinate with TAG sector leads to develop technically sound Shelter and Settlements Sector strategies in an effort to integrate Shelter and Settlements Sector programming with programming goals within the overall sector;
* Maintain up-to-date, expert-level knowledge of the technical area and of the organizations engaged in related program activities;
* Serve, as requested, on field assessment missions, Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) and Response Management Teams (RMTs);
* Serve as DCHA/OFDA Duty Officer on a rotational basis.
The Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor will take direction from and report to the Senior Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor on programmatic issues, and the Technical Assistance Group (TAG) Team Leader or his/her designee on all other matters.
Supervisory controls will be minimal. The Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor is expected to act independently with minimal direction and will have wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. The TAG Team Leader will provide direction in terms of broadly defined program goals, objectives and functions.
10. PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. During deployment on Disaster Assistance Response Teams (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 Disaster Assistance Response Teams (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 field of urban/regional planning, economics, architecture, civil engineering, humanitarian shelter assistance, or housing construction in developing countries, AND a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in international shelter and settlements sector activities.
Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the field of urban/regional planning, economics, architecture, civil engineering, humanitarian shelter assistance, or housing construction in developing countries, AND a minimum of five (5) years of experience in international shelter and settlements sector activities.
(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 and hand-signed federal form OF-612 and OF-612 continuation sheets submitted;
* All applicants must submit complete dates (months/years) and hours per week for all positions listed on the OF-612 to allow for adequate evaluation of your related and direct experience. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the experience requirements.
* Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) submitted;
* Ability to obtain a SECRET level security clearance as provided by USAID.
* 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 #1Describe your experience in designing and/or implementing Shelter and Settlements Sector programs at the community/regional/national level, detailing both impacts and lessons learned.
QRF #2Describe experience in critically examining shelter and settlements sector issues, including spontaneous self-help shelter activities and emergency shelter repair and recovery phase rebuilding activities, and conveying analysis of those issues in an effective and persuasive manner.
QRF #3Discuss and evaluate the impact of your experience working with and coordinating individuals and organizations involved in Shelter and Settlements Sector activities, including U.S. Government agencies, United Nations agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and development banks.
QRF #4Describe efforts to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Shelter and Settlements Sector Activities, and the challenges of operationalizing ISDR principles in the Shelter and Settlements Sector.
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 on a separate sheet 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 – 15 points
QRF #2 – 15 points
QRF #3 – 12 points
QRF #4 – 8 points
Interview Performance – 30 points
Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points
Total Possible Points: 100
CONTRACT INFORMATION BULLETINS (CIBs) and ACQUISITION & ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) PERTAINING TO PSCs
CIBs and AAPDs contain changes to USAID policy and General Provisions in USAID regulations and contracts. Please refer to
to determine which CIBs and AAPDs apply to this contract.
AAPD 06-10 – PSC MEDICAL PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY
AAPD No. 06-10 is hereby incorporated as Attachment 1 to the solicitation.
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
Employer’s FICA Contribution
Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance
Pay Comparability Adjustment
Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation
Annual & Sick Leave
ALLOWANCES (if Applicable).*
(A) Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).
(B) Living Quarters Allowance (Section 130).
(C) Post Allowance (Section 220).
(D) Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).
(E) Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).
(F) Education Allowance (Section 270).
(G) Education Travel (Section 280).
(H) Post Differential (Chapter 500).
(I) Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600), and
(J) Danger Pay (Section 650).
* Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).
FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are required to pay Federal Income Taxes, FICA, and Medicare
ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR, SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NON-DISQUALIFYING HANDICAP, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.
ACQUISITION & ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVE (AAPD) NO. 06-10
PSC MEDICAL EXPENSE PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY
General Provision 22, MEDICAL EXPENSE PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY
(a) Definitions. Terms used in this General Provision are defined in 16
FAM 116 available at http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/regs/fam/c23002.htm .
Note: personal services contractors are not eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Programs.
(b) The regulations in the Foreign Affairs Manual, Volume 16, Chapter 520 (16 FAM 520), Responsibility for Payment of Medical Expenses, apply to this contract, except as stated below. The contractor and each eligible family member are strongly encouraged to obtain health insurance that covers this assignment. Nothing in this provision supersedes or contradicts any other term or provision in this contract that pertains to insurance or medical costs, except that section (e) supplements General Provision 25. “MEDICAL EVACUATION (MEDEVAC) SERVICES.”
(c) When the contractor or eligible family member is covered by health insurance, that insurance is the primary payer for medical services provided to that contractor or eligible family member(s) both in the United States and abroad. The primary insurer’s liability is determined by the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions of the insurance policy. When the contractor or eligible family member is not covered by health insurance, the contractor is the primary payer for the total amount of medical costs incurred and the U.S. Government has no payment obligation (see paragraph (f) of this provision).
(d) USAID serves as a secondary payer for medical expenses of the contractor and eligible family members who are covered by health insurance, where the following conditions are met:
(1) The illness, injury, or medical condition giving rise to the expense is incurred, caused, or materially aggravated while the eligible individual is stationed or assigned abroad;
(2) The illness, injury, or medical condition giving rise to the expense required or requires hospitalization and the expense is directly related to the treatment of such illness, injury, or medical condition, including obstetrical care; and
(3) The Office of Medical Services (M/MED) or a Foreign Service medical provider (FSMP) determines that the treatment is appropriate for, and directly related to, the illness, injury, or medical condition.
(e) The Mission Director may, on the advice of M/MED or an FSMP at post, authorize medical travel for the contractor or an eligible family member in accordance with the General Provision 10, Travel and Transportation Expenses (July 1993), section (i) entitled “Emergency and Irregular Travel and Transportation.” In the event of a medical emergency, when time does not permit consultation, the Mission Director may issue a Travel Authorization Form or Medical Services Authorization Form DS-3067, provided that the FSMP or Post Medical Advisor (PMA) is notified as soon as possible following such an issuance. The contractor must promptly file a claim with his or her medevac insurance provider and repay to USAID any amount the medevac insurer pays for medical travel, up to the amount USAID paid under this section. The contractor must repay USAID for medical costs paid by the medevac insurer in accordance with sections (f) and (g) below. In order for medical travel to be an allowable cost under General Provision 10, the contractor must provide USAID written evidence that medevac insurance does not cover these medical travel costs.
(f) If the contractor or eligible family member is not covered by primary health insurance, the contractor is the primary payer for the total amount of medical costs incurred. In the event of a medical emergency, the Medical and Health Program may authorize issuance of Form DS-3067, Authorization for Medical Services for Employees and/or Dependents, to secure admission to a hospital located abroad for the uninsured contractor or eligible family member. In that case, the contractor will be required to reimburse USAID in full for funds advanced by USAID pursuant to the issuance of the authorization. The contractor may reimburse USAID directly or USAID may offset the cost from the contractor’s invoice payments under this contract, any other contract the individual has with the U.S. Government, or through any other available debt collection mechanism.
(g) When USAID pays medical expenses (e.g., pursuant to Form DS-3067, Authorization for Medical Services for Employees and/or Dependents), repayment must be made to USAID either by insurance payment or directly by the contractor, except for the amount of such expenses USAID is obligated to pay under this provision. The Contracting Officer will determine the repayment amount in accordance with the terms of this provision and the policies and procedures for employees contained in 16 FAM 521. When USAID pays the medical expenses, including medical travel costs (see section (e) above), of an individual (either the contractor or an eligible family member) who is covered by insurance, that individual promptly must claim his or her benefits under any applicable insurance policy or policies. As soon as the individual receives the insurance payment, the contractor must reimburse USAID for the full amount that USAID paid on the individual’s behalf or the repayment amount determined by the Contracting Officer in accordance with this paragraph, whichever is less. If an individual is not covered by insurance, the contractor must reimburse USAID for the entire amount of all medical expenses and any travel costs the contractor receives from his/her medevac provider.
(h) In the event that the contractor or eligible family member fails to recover insurance payments or transfer the amount of such payments to USAID within 90 days, USAID will take appropriate action to collect the payments due, unless such failure is for reasons beyond the control of the USPSC/dependent.
(i) Before departing post or terminating the contract, the contractor must settle all medical expense and medical travel costs. If the contractor is insured, he or she must provide proof to the Contracting Officer that those insurance claims have been submitted to the insurance carrier(s) and sign a repayment agreement to repay to USAID any amounts paid by the insurance carrier(s).
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.A complete U.S. Government OF-612 form with hand-written signature (including OF-612 continuation sheets as needed) (downloadable forms are available on the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms , internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do , at Federal offices, or at www.globalcorps.com).
NOTE: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described in this section. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your not being considered for employment.
2.A supplemental document specifically addressing the four (4) Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.
To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any cover letter.
Via mail: GlobalCorps, 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20045
Via facsímile: (202) 315-3803 or (240) 465-0244
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: If a Secret security clearance is not obtained within nine months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded.
NOTE REGARDING GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR THIS SOLICITATION
This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the application.
NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS
All individuals contracted as US PSCs are required to have a DUNS Number. USAID will provide a generic DUNS Number and PSCs are not required to register with CCR.
For general information about DUNS Numbers, please refer to FAR Clause 52.204-6, Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number (10/2003)
LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSCs
Forms outlined below can found at:
http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or at http://www.forms.gov/bgfPortal/main.do
1. Optional Form 612.
2. Medical History and Examination Form (DS-1843). **
3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security)
(SF-86), or **
4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **
5. Finger Print Card (FD-258). **
6. Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form). **
** Forms 2 through 6 shall be completed ONLY upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job.
Reference Code: RW_8AGN5R-85
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