United States of America: USPSC Support Relief Group Humanitarian Advisor (Multiple Positions)

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Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 07 Oct 2015

Position Title: Support Relief Group Humanitarian Advisor (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-15-000083

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Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent: $73,115 – $95,048

(Hourly Rate: $35.03 – $45.54) (Daily Rate: $280.24 – $364.32)

Issuance Date: September 16, 2015

Closing Date: October 7, 2015

Closing Time: 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Dear Prospective Applicants:

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 applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Support Relief Group Humanitarian Advisor under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the attached solicitation.

Submittals must 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:

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, 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) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should 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.

  1. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.
  2. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete and sign the form.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Your complete resume and the supplemental document addressing the QRFs must be emailed to:

OFDA Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: recruiter@ofda.gov

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The requirement can be based either in Washington or overseas, but will be most likely utilized to backstop within the U.S. The position is required in order to provide additional staff resources during times of heavy workloads within the HPGE Division.

The HPGE SRG Humanitarian Advisor may perform the following tasks as needed by OFDA:

  • Research, analyze and develop policy recommendations on specific issues and matters relating to humanitarian affairs, in partnership with HPGE.
  • Represent OFDA in international and USG interagency forums on disaster response and humanitarian issues.
  • Represent OFDA at donor meetings covering a broad range of humanitarian issues; provide DCHA with analysis related to specific relations with the UN system.
  • Assist in conducting specialized humanitarian training on the international humanitarian architecture.
  • Attend various international humanitarian meetings, including meetings with UN agencies, NGOs, donors, and other country representatives and provide authoritative information and views to formulate humanitarian policies and coordinate strategies on policy issues.
  • Work cooperatively with relevant USG offices and serve as an expert point of contact for these groups in the area of humanitarian affairs.
  • Represent USAID on specific humanitarian issues of concern with IOs and NGOs.
  • Work with counterparts in other donor organizations at senior levels to exchange information.
  • Coordinate with other federal agencies on international disaster responses and plan and organize regular meetings on disaster response and disaster risk reduction with the USG interagency.
  • Provide expert level support to HPGE humanitarian policy, training and interagency teams and serve as a backup staff resource to OFDA’s domestic and internationally-based staff.
  • Engage in appropriate training either as a participant and/or trainer.
  • May serve in the Coordination Section on RMTs, which comprises the strategic engagement functions of the RMT in support of USAID’s disaster response strategy, or in other capacities as appropriate.
  • May serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.

Website: www.OFDAjobs.net

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

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 specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, and on humanitarian policy issues. Two (2) years of which should include working directly on response issues. Experience working for the USG or with an international organization is strongly preferred.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, and on humanitarian policy issues. Two (2) years of which should include working directly on response issues. Experience working for the USG or with an international organization is strongly preferred.

SELECTION FACTORS

(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 resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

· USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete and sign the form.

· Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) submitted.

· Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret level clearance.

· Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance.

· 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 #1 Proven ability in providing guidance in the area of humanitarian policy. Demonstrated ability to influence a member or members of the international humanitarian community related to a policy or a related issue;

QRF #2 Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in working within the international humanitarian architecture;

QRF #3 Proven knowledge and experience with USG policy and regulations for responses to natural disasters and complex emergencies overseas, as well as experience with USG systems and structure;

QRF #4 Proven experience working with and/or coordinating with a diverse array of individuals and organizations within the international community;

QRF #5 Proven ability to work in a high-visibility, high-pressure, and dynamic environment, where attention to detail is critical. Ability to maintain flexibility, multi-task, manage competing priorities, and meet aggressive deadlines; and

QRF #6 Proven ability to represent your organization/employer. Proven oral and written communications skills, including negotiating agreements on humanitarian issues.

BASIS OF RATING:Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the 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 in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, and/or education 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 Quality Ranking Factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, and/or training.

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

The Applicant Rating System is as Follows:

QRFs have been assigned the following points:

QRF #1 – 9 points

QRF #2 – 9 points

QRF #3 – 8 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

QRF #5 – 6 points

QRF #6 – 5 points

Interview Performance – 35 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100

How to apply:

*APPLYING:

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.****Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, 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) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should 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.****Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

****3.****USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete and sign the form.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your application materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the application to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your application may result in you being eliminated from consideration for this position, or being terminated after award, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: recruiter@ofda.gov*

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