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Added: Jun 03, 2013 10:27 amSOLICITATION NUMBER: 656-13-003
ISSUANCE DATE: June 4, 2013
CLOSING DATE: June 21, 2013
5:00 P.M. Maputo local time
Subject: Solicitation No. 656-13-003 for Short Term U.S Citizens Personal Services Contractor (PSC) for Education Specialist position (Maputo/Mozambique)
The United States Government, represented by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/Mozambique) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. Citizens interested in providing Personal Services Contract (PSC) as described in this solicitation.
Submissions shall be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. The position will be filled once funds become available. Submissions must include:
- Signed and completed federal form OF-612 or SF-171
- Most current curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé
- Three references, who are not family members or relatives, with telephones and e-mail contacts
Applications that are incomplete or are received without a handwritten signature will not be considered for the position.
USAID/Mozambique reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance and may consider such information in its evaluation.
Any questions on this solicitation may be directed in writing to Douglas Quiggle, Acting Executive Officer, USAID/Maputo, JAT Complex, Rua 1231, #41, Bairro Central "C" Maputo, Mozambique, who may be reached at FAX No. (258) 21 352034, or E-Mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants are advised to retain a copy of all enclosures which accompany their applications for their records.
Late applications shall not be accepted, unless mishandling occurs after receipt at USAID/Maputo.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications shall not be considered.
Phone calls or e-mail to any address other than the one specified in this solicitation will not be accepted.
*Please note that delivery times for the Department of State official pouch can vary, allow at least two weeks. USAID/Mozambique can not be responsible for any delays in delivery though the official pouch.
USAID IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: In selecting personnel there will be no discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, physical handicap, HIV/AIDS status, age, or membership or non- membership in an employee organization.
Douglas Quiggle[Signed] Acting Executive Officer
Attachment: Solicitation No. 656-13-003
ATTACHMENT TO SOLICITATION NO. SOL 656-13-003
6. Who may apply: Applicant must be US Citizen (Offshore or Resident- hire U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC)
Title of Position: USPSC Education Specialist
Following a long colonial period, a 10 year war for independence, and 16 years of civil war, Mozambique is rebuilding its education sector and strengthening capacity to provide quality educational services. The Government of Mozambique's (GOM) overall development plan (PARP, 2010) reflects a long-term vision for the development of education, emphasizing the crucial role of education and training in creating the necessary human capital for sustained social and economic development as well as for peace keeping and democracy. The rapid expansion in access to primary education since the end of the civil war in 1992, however, has placed immense pressure on the education system, and consequently, school quality and learning achievement related to the basic skills - reading and math, have significantly deteriorated. The current situation calls for more effective management of resources with an emphasis on improving learning outcomes in the early grades, 1-3. In particular, challenges related to the quantity as well as the quality of instructional hours, and school management have resulted in plummeting standardized achievement test scores in reading and math (SACMEQ, 2007), and stagnating primary school completion rates (MINED, 2010). Large disparities remain when it comes to gender equality; less than a third of girls complete primary school, with 54% of female pupils dropping out by 5th grade. Between 2008 and 2009, completion rates declined from 50.9% to 47.9%, and particularly for girls from 43.5% to 42.1%. If left unchecked, the current decline in education quality may threaten Mozambique's ability to capitalize on opportunities for significant employment generation as well as overall social stability and national unity.
During FY 2011, the final design of the education program was completed through a participatory assessment and design process. Relevant implementation and procurement actions were completed to ensure start-up and implementation in FY2012. Planned activities currently include the following:
• Early Grade Reading Assessment and School Management randomized control evaluation
B.1. General Duties
The USPSC Education Specialist will have an important role within USAID/Mozambique to assist the Supervisory Education Development Officer in the implementation of the new Basic Education Program to expand opportunities for quality education and training. The USPSC Education Specialist will assist in managing USAID/Mozambique educational initiatives and a growing portfolio that has been approved as one of three pilot countries of education. The portfolio is expected to be in the range of $6-10 million per year. S/he will help to achieve Mission objectives in this area and will assist with organizing all strategic and critical programming for the education sector. The incumbent will expand relationships and lead coordination efforts with bilateral and multilateral partners in the education sector, civil society organizations, and private sector partners. The primary program-related responsibility of the USPSC Education Specialist is to provide assistance in developing, implementing, and monitoring the Basic Education Program that supports the Government of Mozambique's efforts to provide quality and equitable education services, and to harness and focus civil society and private sector participation in efforts to improve school quality and promote child protection and safe and healthy learning environments. The incumbent will also be responsible for liaising with the USAID/Mozambique Integrated Health Office, especially the Mission's Gender Advisor and the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program Specialist. The incumbent will be expected to participate in education donor interest group and working group meetings on issues such as Basic Education, Teacher Training, School Management, Planning and Financial Management, Gender, HIV/AIDS, and vulnerable children. This position reports to the Supervisory Education Officer.
The incumbent will be initially posted to the USAID/Mozambique Education Office in Maputo; however, s/he will travel to education project target areas up to 75 percent of the time to manage and support local implementing partners in the field and to coordinate with other education stakeholders. To facilitate close monitoring of local partners' activities, this position may eventually be relocated to a field location in the project target area in the future, and the incumbent would need to be willing to be reassigned accordingly.
B.2. Specific Duties
a) Technical Leadership in Strategic Planning and Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation (40%)
b) Program/Project Management and Administration (60%)
C. Supervisory Relationship
The USPSC Education Specialist will work under the general supervision of the Supervisory Education Officer, USAID/Mozambique. The Supervisory Education Officer or his/her designee will review and approve the Education Specialists deliverables. Supervision will be generally confined to weekly meetings and scheduled consultations.
Services will be required for approximately 120 work days (depending on clearances from 15 July 2013 to 15 January 2014).
E. Required Qualifications and Selection Criteria
2. Experience (40 points):
3. Knowledge and Abilities (25 points):
4. Language and Communication Skills (15 points)
Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for all applicants selected for an interview.
The applicant's interview performance and academic and professional reference checks will be utilized to supplement the findings in the initial review.
12. TERMS OF PERFORMANCE
The term of the contract will be for six (6) months. Start date: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained and after written notice from the Contracting Officer that all clearances have been received, unless another date is specified by the Contracting Officer in writing, the incumbent shall proceed to Maputo to perform the above services.
13. SECURITY AND MEDICAL CLEARANCE
• have no access to classified or administratively controlled materials,
14 . PSC Contractor Benefits (As Allowable and applicable regulations)
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, an individual meeting the requirements of offshore hire USPSC is normally authorized the following benefits. [NOTE: A contractor meeting the definition of a U.S. Resident Hire PSC shall be subject to US Federal Income Tax (including differentials and allowances), but shall not be eligible for any fringe benefits except contributions for FICA, health insurance, and life insurance].
3. Other Benefits: Additional benefits are available for individuals hired from outside Maputo in accordance with the AIDAR, Federal Travel Regulations and Standardized Regulations, e.g., international airfare from place of residence, R&R, international shipment of personal effects, unaccompanied baggage allowance, POV Shipment, Repatriation Travel, furnished housing and educational allowances for dependent children
4. Federal Taxes: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income taxes.
15. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR USPSCs
AAPD10-03 AIDAR, Appendix D: Implementing Benefits for Same-Sex Domestic Partners of USPSCs -- 04/12/10
Various Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) and Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives (AAPDs) pertain to Personal Services Contracts can be found at:
Additionally, AIDAR Appendixes D or J also applies to PSCs can be found at: http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/aidar.pdf
17. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
Qualified applicants are requested to submit an application for Federal Employment (SF-171) available at the USAID website, htt://www.usajobs.opm.gov/forms.asp, or Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) and a Resume containing the following information:
Applications must be received by fax, e-mail or separate post by closing date and time specified in the cover letter and should be submitted to Mr. Douglas Quiggle on e-mail: email@example.com or the following addresses:
If sent via courier:
If sent from the U.S. Official Mail/Pouch:
Please note that delivery times for the official pouch can vary, allow at least two weeks. USAID/Maputo cannot be responsible for any delays in delivery through the official pouch.
EEO/AA: USAID IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF HIV/AIDS STATUS
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June 3, 2013
Dept of State
Washington, District of Columbia 20521-2170
Rua 1231 #41
Bairro Central "C"
Maputo, Non-U.S. 258
June 3, 2013
Jun 21, 2013 6:21 pm Eastern
Automatic, 15 days after response date
July 6, 2013
Original Set Aside:
R -- Professional, administrative, and management support services
541 -- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services/541990 -- All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services