SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00003
ISSUANCE DATE: November 7, 2019
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: June 4, 2020, 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 Senior Private Sector
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:
- 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
(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.
Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the
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
Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the
information provided above.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Senior Private Sector Advisor will lead OFDA’s efforts to build and strengthen partnerships with the private sector, foundations, and diaspora communities. To accomplish this mission, the Senior Private Sector Advisor will collaborate with colleagues throughout OFDA, primarily in Washington, but also with field colleagues as needed. The Senior Private Sector Advisor will also need to build strong relationships within USAID, with a particular focus on engaging with other Bureaus, including the Global Development Lab, which houses a number of initiatives focusing on driving innovation through public-private partnerships. In addition, the Private Sector Advisor will need to build relationships across the broader USG interagency, to include the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, Defense, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Senior Private Sector Advisor will also collaborate regularly with the USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI), which serves as a critical liaison between USAID/OFDA and the diaspora communities whose home countries have been impacted by disasters.
The Senior Private Sector Advisor will strive to build public-private partnerships with local and international companies, as well as business associations and other private sector entities in the realm of disaster response and disaster risk reduction. He or she will provide critical analysis related to private sector engagement with USAID/OFDA’s work, and will serve as a key source of information on issues related to interactions with the business community and with issues involving the diaspora.
In addition to the core duties described above, the Senior Private Sector Advisor will be asked to serve in critical coordination roles on RMTs in Washington, or may be asked to deploy for limited periods overseas to DARTs.
While serving on DARTs and RMTs, the Senior Private Sector Advisor will report through the DART/RMT chain of command, but will also be expected to coordinate closely with HPGE. While not serving on a DART or RMT, the Senior Private Sector Advisor will report directly to the Public Private Engagement Team Leader.
The position requires experience with and a thorough understanding of the international humanitarian assistance environment, operations, related policies, regulations, and inter- relationships between the USG, donor, private sector, and other international organizations.
The Senior Private Sector Advisor’s duties and responsibilities will include:
• Provide information to the private sector on partnering with USAID in humanitarian response, and disaster risk reduction efforts. Evaluate innovative and new approaches from all levels of the private sector network (including large corporations, small businesses, trade associates, etc.) with the aim of providing high quality services and products that can contribute to USAID/OFDA’s humanitarian goals.
• Promote best practices in private sector engagement in the field of humanitarian assistance through compilation and sharing of lessons learned; improve decision-making based on these lessons learned.
• Develop guidance for the private sector seeking business opportunities with USAID in response to crises.
• Develop protocols and standard operating procedures to increase RMT and DART ability to effectively engage with the private sector.
• Establish and maintain strong relationships and formal partnership agreements (where valuable and appropriate) with private sector entities in close coordination with USAID’s Global Relationship Manager program, based on a mutual understanding of roles and responsibilities, as well as assessed needs of communities, and core competencies of the sectors involved.
• Liaise closely with USAID’s Global Development Lab Center for Transformational Partnerships to access private sector engagement tools and resources and customize them, when possible, for a humanitarian response context. Coordinate with USAID’s Communities of Practice focused on private sector engagement pertaining to humanitarian issues, in close coordination with USAID CIDI. Provide input into USAID annual and special reporting and lessons learned on Agency private sector projects. Work with other USAID stakeholders to ensure complementarity, including participation in sector or geographic focused partnership communities of practice as is timely and appropriate.
• Develop strong understanding of and facility with USAID’s partnership and private sector engagement authorities and approaches, including but not limited to: The Global Development Alliance, the Development Credit Authority, Memoranda of Understanding, Letters of Intent, Gift Authority, and Multi-Stakeholder Alliances.
• Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with the UN and other donor countries in order to coordinate disaster response activities in the area of private sector engagement. In close coordination with other teams within HPGE, work with counterparts in other donor organizations to exchange information, establish meetings on specific issues, and contribute to publications. Collaborate to jointly advance the humanitarian sector’s effectiveness in engaging private sector stakeholders and collect information on training opportunities. Coordinate these activities with relevant USAID officers.
• In collaboration with USAID CIDI, advise USAID/OFDA staff on issues regarding in-kind donations and requests for USG support and information sharing from private and public interest groups, including those formed on an ad hoc basis during disaster assistance operations.
• Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with relevant USG interagency offices and serve as an expert point of contact for these groups in the area of public-private partnerships related to humanitarian response, and outreach.
• Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in the areas of humanitarian private sector engagement or engagement with diaspora communities, and prepare analyses, briefings, documents and meetings as required.
• Organize and/or attend various meetings with private sector stakeholders, NGO, UN, other donors, and members of various diaspora communities, to provide authoritative information
and views related to public-private partnership opportunities, and strategic planning for disaster response and risk reduction.
• Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with private sector stakeholders in order to promote understanding of humanitarian principles and best practices and coordinate disaster response activities.
• Represent USAID at meetings with the private sector, UN, international organizations, and other donors and other conferences sponsored by members of the international community. Provide guidance and advice on USG positions related to the private sector. Make recommendations to the appropriate officials in USAID.
• In collaboration with other parts of USAID and as part of a senior team working in HPGE, interact with State Department colleagues on developing strategies related to the private sector on humanitarian assistance issues. Provide senior leadership with analysis and guidance on these issues as required.
• Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will vary.
• Serve as the USAID/OFDA 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 (possibly lasting up to 90 days, or up to 30% of the year.
• As needed, may serve on temporary detail 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 study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not
limited to, international relations, economics, business management, and nine (9) years
of professional experience, of which five (5) have been in, or working with, the private sector,
including two (2) years with emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, disaster
preparedness or international development.
Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to,
business management, international relations, economics, and seven (7) years of professional
experience, of which five (5) have been in, or working with, the private sector,
including two (2) years emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness or
(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.
• Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) submitted.
• 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.
QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (QRFs)
(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. The factors below are of equal value. The evaluation of QRF responses 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.)
QRF #1 Describe your experience in the private sector and demonstrate your knowledge of the private sector engagement in humanitarian response efforts.
QRF #2 Describe your written communication skills as demonstrated through the preparation of concise, clear, compelling, and grammatically sound documents using a position or situation as an example.
QRF #3 Describe your demonstrated diplomatic, leadership, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with senior representatives from private sector, other donors, and the USG interagency.
QRF #4 Describe your demonstrated ability to multi-task and consistently and independently perform in a high visibility, high-pressure environment and accurately represent USG, or organizational, policy positions. Describe your strong work ethic and ability to initiate, develop and manage multiple projects and staff members simultaneously.
QRF #5 Describe your demonstrated understanding of humanitarian principles and international humanitarian system concepts and issues.
BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the QRF responses. 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 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 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.
The Offeror Rating System is as Follows:
QRFs have been assigned the following points: QRF #1 – 15 points
QRF #2 – 10 points
QRF #3 – 10 points
QRF #4 – 5 points
QRF #5 – 5 points Interview Performance – 35 points
Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points