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USPSC - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor

Solicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-13-000007
Agency: Agency for International Development
Office: Washington D.C.
Location: USAID/Washington
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SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-OFDA-13-000007

ISSUANCE DATE: January 3, 2013
CLOSING DATE: February 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST


SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor in Washington, D.C.


Ladies/Gentlemen:


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 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor under a personal services contract, 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:
• 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 five (5) Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.


Incomplete or unsigned applications will not be considered. These signed forms must be mailed, delivered, faxed, or emailed (email applications must be signed) to:
GlobalCorps
529 14th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20045
E-Mail Address: washadvisor@globalcorps.com
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:
Laura Unterholzner or Allison Moses
Telephone Number: (202) 661-9334 or (202) 661-9366
E-Mail Address: washadvisor@globalcorps.com
Website: www.globalcorps.com
Facsímile: (202) 315-3803 or (240) 465-0244


Sincerely,


Lance Butler III
Contracting Officer

Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (PSC) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor


1. SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-13-000007


2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 3, 2013


3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: February 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST


4. POSITION TITLE: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 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 (2) years, with three (3) option years.


7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, D.C.


8. STATEMENT OF WORK


POSITION DESCRIPTION


BACKGROUND


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), international organizations (IOs) including the United Nations (UN) agencies, and to other 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 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. 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) is within DRM and was created in order to provide OFDA with a skilled cadre of technical experts in a variety of fields relevant to its disaster response mechanism. It is divided into a number of subgroups that include Food Security, Health, Most Vulnerable Populations, and Natural Hazards groups. The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor is part of the Health Team in TAG.


INTRODUCTION


The WASH Advisor is an integral part of the OFDA Health Team. OFDA addresses all disaster health risks with a strong focus on identifying and managing health risks in complex humanitarian emergencies. In natural and complex emergencies, excess mortality results from malnutrition, malaria, measles, diarrheal diseases, and acute respiratory infections. HIV/AIDS is increasingly recognized as a contributing factor to excess mortality in disasters. These conditions disproportionately affect vulnerable groups (children under five years of age, the elderly, and women). The team provides technical assistance to OFDA including assessments, proposal reviews, risk management, capacity building and technical innovations to address the major causes of excess morbidity and mortality. Typical OFDA WASH interventions include hygiene education and promotion, establishment and/or rehabilitation of water sources, water testing, support for water user management committees, sanitation interventions, and/or other environmental health activities.


OBJECTIVE


OFDA requires a WASH Advisor who will provide OFDA with technical assistance in program assessment and planning, strategy development and implementation, monitoring of WASH mitigation and response activities, and technical representation in worldwide forums and working groups.


9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


The WASH Advisor's responsibilities will include the following:
• Serve as a WASH expert on the TAG Health Team in reviewing project proposals, field program progress, country strategies and any WASH-related public health issues;
• Contribute to the formulation and articulation of appropriate WASH strategies and policies for OFDA and the rest of the U.S. Government (USG) in disaster and emergency-related situations;
• Provide crucial technical expertise and recommendations to ensure that OFDA health responses, specifically those dealing with WASH issues are robust, rapid and appropriate;
• Monitor OFDA WASH-funded programs and provide assistance for improving outcomes;
• Provide the technical linkage between OFDA and other organizations, i.e. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Inter-Agency Steering Committee (IASC) WASH cluster, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and NGO partners that are involved in disaster and emergency response issues related to WASH;
• Maintain up-to-date, expert-level knowledge of the technical area and of the organizations engaged in related program activities;
• Serve as a technical expert and point of contact for senior professionals, senior officials and implementing partners on WASH issues;
• Become certified and serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative/Agreement Officer's Representative for contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements under portfolio of responsibility;
• Serve as a technical authority on field assessment missions, DARTs and RMTs;
• When in the field, collaborate with the international response actors to support the host nation's capability to provide an effective response to specific health-related issues, especially in WASH;
• Serve as DCHA/OFDA Duty Officer on a rotational basis.


SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The WASH Advisor will take direction from and report to the TAG Team Leader or his/her designee.


SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:
The Supervisor will provide administrative direction in terms of broadly defined objectives and functions. The incumbent is expected to take initiative and act independently with little direction and will have wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment in responding to needs.


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 a specialized field, including, but not limited to, environmental health, environmental engineering or a related field), and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in WASH programming, three (3) years of which must include on-the-ground experience in managing WASH programs in development and/or humanitarian relief situations.


OR


Master's degree with significant study in or pertinent to a specialized field, including, but not limited to, environmental health, environmental engineering or a related field, and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in WASH programming, three (3) years of which must include on-the-ground experience in managing WASH programs in development and/or humanitarian relief situations.


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 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.
• 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 Demonstrated experience conducting WASH needs assessments and formulating strategic responses for emergency WASH interventions in international settings.


QRF #2 Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation, and management of emergency WASH programs in international settings.


QRF #3 Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation of emergency WASH programs in an international setting.


QRF #4 Demonstrated experience preparing concise, in-depth technical reports detailing WASH conditions, potential health risks associated and appropriate responses.


QRF #5 Demonstrated experience working with a diverse array of individuals and organizations involved in disaster response/preparedness/mitigation and humanitarian assistance, including U.S. Government agencies (e.g., USAID, State Department, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture), foreign governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations (UN) agencies.


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 - 12 points
QRF #2 - 12 points
QRF #3 - 10 points
QRF #4 - 8 points
QRF #5 - 8 points


Interview Performance - 30 points


Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks - 20 points


Total Possible Points: 100


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. 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, 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 five (5) 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.


DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS


Via mail: GlobalCorps, 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20045
Via facsímile: (202) 315-3803 or (240) 465-0244
Via email: washadvisor@globalcorps.com


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. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.


NOTE: If the full security application package is not submitted within 30 days after the Office of Security determines eligibility, the offer may be rescinded. If a Secret security clearance is not obtained within nine months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded.


NOTE: If the full medical clearance package is not submitted within two months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If a Department of State medical clearance is not obtained within six 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)
https://www.acquisition.gov/far/current/html/52_200_206.html


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-6561). **
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.


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
http://transition.usaid.gov/business/business_opportunities/cib/subject.html#psc 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.


BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES:


As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:



BENEFITS:


Employer's FICA Contribution
Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance
Pay Comparability Adjustment
Annual Increase
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 DISABILITY, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.



ATTACHMENT 1


ACQUISITION & ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVE (AAPD) NO. 06-10
PSC MEDICAL EXPENSE PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY


General Provision 22, MEDICAL EXPENSE PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY
(OCTOBER 2006)


(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).

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OF-612 Forms

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OF612word2006.doc (184.00 Kb)
Description: OF-612 Form
OF612cont3.doc (72.50 Kb)
Description: OF-612 Continuation Sheet

Solicitation

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Posted Date:
January 3, 2013
Description: Solicitation for SOL-OFDA-13-000007
:
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 7.10-006
Washington, District of Columbia 20523
United States
:
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
:
Laura Unterholzner,
Recruiter
Phone: 202-661-9334
:
Allison E. Moses
Phone: 2026619366