USAID Job Opening
Advisor for Africa (multiple positions)
Advisor for Africa
The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is seeking applications (Standard Form 171 or Optional Form 612) from persons interested in providing the PSC services described in the attached. Submissions shall be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified.
Applicants are required to sign the certification at the end of the OF-612 or SF-171. Applications that are received without signature will not be considered for the position.
Questions may be directed to Heather Cameron 202-661-9369 or Jesse C. Freese 202-661-9366, or Fax at 240-465-0244 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Applicants should retain copies of all enclosures that accompany their proposals.
Please see below for:
(1) Statement of Duties and Responsibilities
(2) Important Note Concerning the Number of Contractors to be Hired and the Closing Date
(3) Additional Information
(1) Statement of Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Advisor for Africa works under the supervision of, and reports directly to, the Senior Regional Advisor, DCHA/OFDA Africa Regional Office. The contractor is responsible for strategic analysis, coordination of disaster response activities, and for the identification and formulation of disaster preparedness, mitigation and training programs primarily in an assigned African region.
This position requires an experienced practitioner in disaster response and preparedness activities. The contractor will actively develop and coordinate preparedness, mitigation and training programs to increase the capability of host governments, international organizations, and non‑governmental organizations to respond and prepare for disasters in the affected region. The DCHA/OFDA Regional Advisor for Africa is responsible for the following:
Disaster Response - Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Regional Advisor, Africa Regional Office (ARO), the contractor will:
1) Travel to the scene of a disaster or potential disaster and conduct initial assessments of damages and needs
2) Recommend appropriate relief assistance and emergency interventions
3) Coordinate and maintain close liaison with representatives of host government, donor governments, international organizations, non‑governmental organizations to ensure efficient and coordinated disaster response activities
4) Monitor DCHA/OFDA funded activities
5) Coordinate the requests, receipt, distribution, tracking, and accounting of relief supplies provided by OFDA
6) Facilitate and coordinate the arrival and departure of DARTs with the U.S. Mission and, as required, serve on DARTs for short periods of time
7) While on travel, maintain communications with the Africa Regional Office, (ARO)
8) Under the guidance and supervision of the Director, ARO, coordinate with OFDA/Washington and prepare information requirements and reports
Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation - OFDA encourages disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness activities both in the cause of implementing a disaster response and as a strategy to reduce disaster impacts in areas at risk. Working closely with OFDA/Washington and drawing on the skills and technical expertise within the office and available through inter- and intra-agency agreements, the contractor will assist representatives of host government organizations, international organizations, and non‑governmental organizations in the development of strong emergency and disaster preparedness/mitigation programs.
1) Prepare regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on assigned countries
2) Assist with the design, development, and implementation of strategies and integrated disaster
assistance for OFDA, USAID, local governments, and other donors/organizations as appropriate
3) Advise regional officials, including host country authorities and other USAID officials on DRM efforts including the review of sector disaster response and DRM plans
4) Provide support as required for other DRM initiatives in the assigned region as identified by the Africa Regional Office. Support may include assessment visits, project design/evaluation exercises and hazards/vulnerability/risk analysis
5) In the area of mitigation, work with other agencies/organizations to identify critical disaster concerns affecting the region and countries and develop projects/activities for addressing these
6) Work with local and regional institutions and private/public sector organizations to incorporate mitigation into appropriate programs
BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the basic qualifications and selective factor(s) will be further evaluated based on the quality ranking factors listed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the factors on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards you have received that are relevant to each factor. Be sure to include your name, social security number, and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to address the selective and/or quality ranking factors may result in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS AND SELECTIVE FACTORS:
(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Candidates not meeting all of the basic qualifications and selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position)
· Masters degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy or a related field) or country, and two (2) years experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance
· Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy or a related field) or country, and four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance
· 2 years of experience in emergency humanitarian relief in the assigned region
· Ability to obtain a security clearance as provided by USAID.
· U.S. Citizen.
QUALITY RANKING FACTORS:
(Determines the ranking of qualified candidates in comparison to other applicants) The factors are listed in the order of importance from the highest to the least.
(2) IMPORTANT NOTE CONCERNING THE NUMBER OF CONTRACTORS TO BE HIRED AND THE CLOSING DATE
It is OFDA’s intent to contract with multiple Personal Service Contractors under this Solicitation. All applications, including those previously reviewed in relation to an earlier review period, received on or before the following dates:
July 24, 2002
August 12, 2002
will be reviewed for the number of available positions on that date.
A candidate not contracted with during an earlier period need not reapply for additional positions available in subsequent review periods, applications will be reviewed for all available positions under this solicitation subsequent to the date of receipt.
(3) WHERE TO
FOR INFORMATION ON OTHER VACANCIES OR FOR INFORMATION ON THE STATUS OF THIS VACANCY, CALL (202) 661-9369 or (202) 661-9366
PLEASE READ ATTACHED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION. IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
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.
A Voluntary Background Survey can be obtained from the above listed contacts or on-line at http://www.usaid.gov/about/employment/idi79-2.pdf . The information from this survey is used to help insure that agency personnel practices meet the requirements of Federal law. Your responses are voluntary and not required.
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LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSCs
1. Standard Form 171 or Optional Form 612.
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