OFDA requires a SRG Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor to provide expert technical advice and assistance for the analysis of hazard potential and risks to populations. This person will also be expected to provide expert advice on disaster response and risk reduction strategies for hydrometeorological disasters world-wide such as floods, droughts, tsunamis, wind storms, climate variability and change, dam breaks, and other climate-, weather- and water-induced hazards.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor’s responsibilities will include the following:
- Provide expert technical advice and assistance for the analysis of hydrometeorological hazard potential and risks to populations.
- Review proposals, concept papers and other documents submitted by various partners, including NGOs, UN agencies, and other organizations to ensure that proposed activities do not create additional risk and in line with best practices, policies of OFDA and USG.
- Provide expert technical advice, assessment, evaluation and guidance to OFDA projects and partners and may be responsible for leading teams or guiding and coordinating the work of other technical staff in the hydrometeorology sector.
- Collaborates with OFDA regional teams, USAID Bureaus and missions, other U.S. Federal Agencies, International Organizations, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, National Disaster Management Agencies, Universities and Research Institutes, NGOs, PVOs and the private sector for hydrometeorological activities.
- Represents OFDA within hydrometeorological-focused coordination fora external to the USG.
- In collaboration with the OFDA Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor, write handbooks, guidelines, funding documents, position papers, and promotional materials on behalf of OFDA.
- Develop strategies and implementation plans for hydrometeorology and water resources sectors to lessen impacts of hydrometeorological disasters/emergencies. As appropriate, applies new developments in the hydrometeorology sector to OFDA programming.
- In collaboration with the OFDA Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor, works to prepare briefing materials, background documents, talking points and other relevant documents for OFDA and USAID as needed for various purposes such as Congressional testimony, speeches in international meetings or press releases..
- The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work.
- May serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
- May serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.
(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 resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
- USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants 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.
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 the specialized field (including but not limited to meteorology, hydrology, hydrometeorology or civil engineering), plus minimum of nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working in operational hydrology or meteorology, especially in hydrometeorological early warning activities as it relates to disaster response and risk reduction, two (2) years of which were obtained overseas.
Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to meteorology, hydrology, hydrometeorology or civil engineering), plus minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in operational hydrology or meteorology, especially in hydrometeorological early warning activities as it relates to disaster response and risk reduction, two (2) years of which were obtained overseas.