Regional Advisor for Asia and the Pacific (Asia)
SOLICITATION NO: M/OP/DCHA/DOFDA-04-643
ISSUANCE DATE: February 20, 2004
CLOSING DATE: March 4, 2004
SUBJECT: Solicitation for Personal Services Contractor (PSC)
Regional Advisor for Asia and the Pacific (Asia)
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 Stephanie Paul at 202-661-9369 or Jesse C. Freese at 202-661-9366,
or Fax at 240-465-0244 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should
retain copies of all enclosures that accompany their proposals.
1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: M/OP/DCHA/DOFDA-04-643
DATE: February 20, 2004
3. CLOSING DATE/TIME SPECIFIED FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: March 4, 2004 –
11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Regional Advisor for Asia and the
5. MARKET VALUE: $86,417 - $112,346
6. INITIAL PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: June 7, 2004 – June 6, 2006
7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Bangkok, Thailand
8. JOB DESCRIPTION (TO INCLUDE EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR
Advisor: Asia Regional Office
The Office of
Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the U.S. Agency for International
Development is recruiting a Senior Regional Advisor Personal Services
Contractor (PSC) to head its Regional Office for Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. As OFDA's senior official
in Asia, the advisor will be
responsible for managing the office and its multifaceted operations. Given the
extreme diversity of country contexts and capacities, as well as the range of
hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, drought, floods, and civil
strife, the advisor will be responsible for overseeing OFDA's varied portfolio
of response, preparedness, and mitigation activities in the region.
Duties and Responsibilities
The contractor is
responsible for the following:
I. Policy Development
The Sr. Regional Advisor at the Asia Regional Office will collaborate
and coordinate DCHA/OFDA strategies and programs with the USAIDs
and Embassies in the region. Specifically, the contractor will:
a. Coordinate with OFDA/Washington and USAIDs/Embassies
in the region to develop OFDA bilateral and regional disaster response and
b. Ensure, to the extent possible, that all US government assistance is
consistent and compatible with the USAID program in the affected country and
that relief and preparedness assistance is offered and managed in such a way as
to not increase donor dependence by the victims.
c. Seek opportunities to initiate mitigation measures that are linked
to the rehabilitation, recovery and development processes.
d. Supervise the Asia risk management training program, the centerpiece
of OFDA’s preparedness efforts in the Asia/Pacific region.
In response to declared disasters in Asia the advisor will:
a. In consultation with OFDA/W dispatch appropriate personnel from the
regional office, or from OFDA/W, to the disaster location for emergency
assessment and/or response activities.
b. Serve as the advisor to the US Ambassador (Chief of
Mission) and to the USAID Mission Director on matters concerning disaster
c. Provide the Chief of Mission and USAID Director with prompt
assessments of damages and needs. Recommend appropriate relief assistance that
should be provided by the U.S. government.
d. Coordinate and maintain close liaison with host government and
national and non-governmental organizations responding to the disaster in the
affected country. As required, the advisor shall assist national organizations
with damage/needs assessments, external communications and liaison with
regional, UN and international organizations.
e. Coordinate with regional, UN and international organizations
responding to the disaster to ensure the efficient and coordinated use of
f. Coordinate the requests, receipt, distribution,
tracking and accounting for relief supplies provided by OFDA.
g. Facilitate and coordinate the arrival and departure of DARTs with the US Mission/Embassy and, as required, serve
as the DART Team Leader for short periods of time (not to exceed 6 weeks).
h. Maintain consistent communications with OFDA/Washington and
encourage US Missions to send situation reports on a timely basis.
i. Provide OFDA/Washington with essential information
required for the development of the final disaster report.
The advisor shall assist host governments, regional organizations, UN,
international, and non-governmental organizations in developing strong
emergency/disaster preparedness and response capacities.
Areas to be addressed include:
a. In close collaboration with OFDA/W and other USG agencies, as
appropriate, develop and implement training programs and other activities to
increase host-country and cooperating national, regional and international
partner disaster management capacity.
b. With support of OFDA/W, assist USAIDs to
include risk management of potential disasters in their strategic plans and
programs, to include crisis modifiers in their programming strategies and
integrate mitigation into development activities.
c. Work with country and regional groups to develop unified approaches
for mitigation interventions in order to address key factors for vulnerable
groups. With support of OFDA/W, develop early analytical input of climactic
information to prepare for potential disasters such as droughts and floods.
a. With support from OFDA/W and in close collaboration with
International Organizations (IOs), country and
regional institutions, and NGOs, develop programs for hazard/vulnerability/risk
analysis/assessments for improved targeting of response interventions.
b. With support from OFDA/W and in close collaboration with USAIDs, country and regional groups, and NGOs, develop and
pilot sector mitigation strategies/activities with particular emphasis on
of the OFDA Asia Regional Office
The OFDA Asia Regional Office will be a fully functioning
organizational entity requiring management in the areas of budget/finance,
personnel, administrative support and procurement. As such, the Senior Regional
Advisor will be responsible for management of these efforts to ensure that
operations are appropriate, financially prudent and consistent with existing
USG policies, regulations, and guidance. The Sr. Regional Advisor shall be
1. Overseeing the administration of the Asia Regional Office, including but not limited
to the following:
a. Prepare strategic plans, operational guidelines, staffing patterns,
scopes of work, and other documents as required by the Asia Regional Office.
b. Participate in the recruitment, selection and training of all
additional professional and support staff for the OFDA Asia Regional Office.
2. Administration/Management of the Asia Regional Office, including but not limited to
a. Recruit, train and supervise staff in Thailand, Bangkok and in the south Asia sub- office in Khatmandu, Nepal. Prepare annual performance
evaluations of staff.
b. Prepare and administer an annual work plan and disaster management
training activities. Develop financial plans and resource requests for the Asia regional office and make
recommendations for program budget levels to OFDA/W.
c. Coordinate and manage the activities of all OFDA Asia Regional
Office professional and support staff.
d. As necessary, request support from other OFDA regional offices
around the world and, as requested, provide expertise to assist OFDA in other
regions of the world.
a. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director in OFDA/W, the Asia
Senior Regional Advisor will report all in-country activities to the U.S.
Ambassador to Bangkok and will coordinate with
all OFDA Assistant Directors.
b. Serve as the primary point of contact on OFDA
issues with U.S. Embassies and USAID Missions in Asia.
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 QUALIFICATION AND SELECTIVE FACTORS:
eligibility for the position. Candidates not meeting all of the basic
qualifications and selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the
- 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).
- Seven (7) years experience in managing development
and disasters in at least ten different countries, three (3) years
management of disaster programs in Asia.
- Ability to obtain a security clearance as
provided by USAID
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.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and manage daily
office operations, field operations, and disaster response operations in
natural disaster and complex emergencies.
- Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with
host governments, NGOs, Department of State, US Military, Members of
Congress, and a staff of varied nationalities and cultures.
- Demonstrated ability to develop strategic
frameworks for disaster response and ability to provide accurate
assessments of political issues of a disaster.
- Demonstrated understanding of U.S. Government’s
role (past and present) in natural disaster response and mitigation in Asia.
- Additional work experience surpassing the
minimums stated in the Basic Qualifications and Selective Factors.
- Demonstrated leadership and management abilities,
verbal and written communications skills, and interpersonal skills.
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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.
How To Apply
A. Submit a SIGNED OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment) or a
SIGNED SF-171 (Application for Federal Employment). You may also include a
resume and cover letter as part of your application; however, these documents
do not replace the federal forms.
A. A separate application must be submitted for each announcement.
B. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that applications are mailed in time
to get them to the destination by the closing date of the announcement.
Applications received after the closing date and time will be considered late,
unless there is acceptable evidence to establish that it was received at the
Government installation prior to the time and date specified in the
C. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
AS A MATTER OF POLICY, AND AS APPROPRIATE, A PSC IS NORMALLY AUTHORIZED THE
Employer's FICA Contribution
Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance
Pay Comparability Adjustment
Eligibility for Worker's Compensation
Annual & Sick Leave
Eligibility for 401(k)
2. 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).
3. CONTRACT INFORMATION BULLETINS (CIBs)
PERTAINING TO PSCs
Process - Personal Service Contracts ("PSCs") with U.S. Citizens for Support of
HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Initiatives
of the Extension/Renewal Policy Regarding Personal Service Contracts (PSCs)
00-08S Revision of
Competitive Process - Personal Service Contracts ("PSCs") with U.S. Citizens
00-08 Revision of
Competitive Process - Personal Service Contracts ("PSCs") with U.S. Citizens
Service Contracts (PSCs) Annual Health Insurance Costs
00-03 2000 FICA and
Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts (PSCs)
Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services
98-25 Defense Base
Act (DBA) Coverage and DBA Waiver List
98-24 Use of
Compensatory (Comp) Time by PSCs
Regarding Classified Contract Security and Contractor Personnel Security
98-16 Annual Salary
Increase for USPSCs
98-14 Change in
Required Application Form for USPSCs
of and Requirements for Evaluating Applications for PSCs
98-11 Determining a
Market Value for PSCs
Deviation to 31.205-6(g)(3), Foreign National
Severance Pay Under Professional Services Contracts
97-17 PSCs with U.S. Citizens or U.S. Resident
Aliens Recruited from the U.S.
Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Competition for Personal
Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted locally with CCNs and TCNs
Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000
97-3 New USAID
Contractor Employee Physical Examination
Provision in Personal Services Contract
96-19 U. S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave
94-9 Sunday Pay for
U.S. Personal Services Contractors (PSCs)
Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services
LIST OF REQUIRED
FORMS FOR PSCs
1. Standard Form 171 or Optional Form 612.
**2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62).
**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).
NOTE: Form 5 is available from the requirements office.
* Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).
** The forms listed 2 through 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the
Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job.