The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. Citizens or Third Country Nationals interested in providing PSC services as described in the attached solicitation. Submittals shall be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified.
Interested applicants must submit:
(i) Most current curriculum vitae or resume with cover letter;
(ii) Completed, hand-signed form AID-302-3;
(iii) Three references, who are not family members or relatives, with telephone and email contacts; and,
(iv) Biographical Data Sheet – Form AID 1420.
The CV/resume must contain sufficient relevant information to evaluate the application in accordance with stated evaluation criteria. The applicant’s references must be able to provide substantive information about his/her past performance and abilities. USAID/DRC reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant’s past performance and may consider such information in its evaluation.
Form AID-302-3 must be signed; those submitted unsigned will be rejected. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures that accompany their submissions.
Applications shall be submitted by email by the closing date and time. Late applications shall not be considered and will be handled in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) 15.412.
USAID/DRC anticipates awarding one (1) Personal Services Contract as a result of this solicitation. This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of the application.
If you are selected for this position you must be available to start work o/a end-August of 2016. This availability shall be indicated in your cover letter.
SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-660-16-000011
ISSUANCE DATE: May 19, 2016
CLOSING DATE/TIME SPECIFIED June 9, 2016 17h00 (Kinshasa Time)
POSITION TITLE: Global Climate Change Specialist
MARKET VALUE: GS-15 Equivalent ($102,646 to 133,444) Final
Compensation may be negotiated within the listed
Market value based upon the candidates past salary,
Work history and salary back ground.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 2 years (initial contract) with possible renewal, up to
three years with one year extension options
PLACE OF PERFORMANCE Kinshasa, DRC and Central Africa
COMMENCING: July-August, 2016
SECURITY ACCESS: Secret Clearance/ Employment Certification
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: United States Citizens and Third Country Nationals
CARPE Time Horizon and Objectives:
The USAID Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) is a 25-year USAID regional initiative begun in 1995. The management team for Phase I (CARPE I) was based in USAID/Washington, Africa Bureau from 1995-2002. CARPE I was characterized as an exploration or identification phase, which identified and established the conditions and practices required to reduce deforestation and loss of biological diversity in Central Africa. The second phase of CARPE (CARPE II) was initiated in 2003 to support the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), initially a 30-partner “Type II Voluntary Partnership” under the UN Sustainable Development Commission framework. CARPE II was substantially a scaled-up operational phase comprising nine-countries, with the management base shifted to the USAID/DRC mission in Kinshasa, but being established as a separate and distinct Operating Unit termed USAID/Central Africa Regional (USAID/CAR), with a single program, still called CARPE. The objective of CARPE II was to reduce the rate of deforestation, forest degradation and biodiversity loss in the Congo Basin through increased regional, national and local capacity for natural resource management. In 2019, CARPE II evolved from the initial focus on forest and biodiversity conservation to become the U.S. Government (USG)’s main program in Africa for climate change mitigation.
In June 2011, the USAID Africa Bureau approved the Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (2012-2020) for the third phase of CARPE (CARPE III) with a single development objective.
The goal of the RDCS is to accelerate Central Africa’s transition to climate-resilient, low-emissions development accelerated through sustainable management of biodiverse forests. USAID/CAR will reach that goal by achieving the development objective of maintaining the ecological integrity of the forest ecosystems in the Congo Basin through sustainable landscape management, mitigation of threats to biodiversity, good governance of natural resources and strengthened capacity to monitor forest cover changes, and biodiversity. CARPE III is currently authorized until September 2018. Under this phase, USAID/CAR implements, through cooperative agreements with American conservation organizations, grants with national NGOs and public international organizations, and interagency agreements with USG Agencies, two distinct but interdependent projects, namely the Central Africa Forest Ecosystems Conservation (CAFEC) project and the Environmental Monitoring and Policy Support (EMAPS) project. These projects support the USG priorities to conserve tropical forests and biodiversity, the Presidential Global Climate Change Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking and USAID’s Climate Change and Development Strategy.
The site-based CAFEC project focuses on sustainable forest management, wildlife conservation and community-level REDD+ activities linked to national REDD+ strategies through programs covering eight carbon-rich, biologically sensitive and diverse natural forest landscapes. Six of these landscapes are located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including two transnational landscapes – one with a large portion located physically in the Republic of Congo (ROC) and another with a small portion lying in Rwanda. EMAPS aims to improve national and regional environmental policies and regulations, and build capacity of public and private institutions to support forest and biodiversity conservation, and national REDD+ programs. EMAPS also provides state-of-the-art monitoring of forest cover change, GHG emissions and biodiversity through four activities: 1) Strengthening Central Africa Environmental Management and Policy Support; 2) Congo Basin Forest Monitoring Using Satellites; 3) Forest Resource Management; and 4) Central African Satellite Observatory for the Congo Basin Forest.
The development hypothesis for the RDCS posits that: (1) if sustainable and sound natural resource management stabilizes deforestation and forest degradation and mitigates threats to biodiversity in the targeted landscapes, the greenhouse gas emissions from the forests will be stabilized to conform to “reference scenarios,” and “keystone” biodiversity species will be conserved in these landscapes; and, (2) if CARPE succeeds in achieving the results envisaged through building sustainable landscape management capacity, an enabling policy and regulatory environment, systems for monitoring forests, GHG emissions and biodiversity, then the ecological integrity of the humid forest ecosystem of the Congo Basin will be maintained. In summary: increased capacity at the regional, national, and local levels together with a strengthened enabling policy environment will lead to large-scale GHG emission abatement, the conservation of biodiversity, and the ability of regional countries to transition from environmental degradation and poverty to climate resiliency and low emissions.
Tropical deforestation worldwide is a major contributor to emissions of greenhouse gases, accounting for at least 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and totals are higher if additional emissions from subsequent land use are counted. According to the UNFCCC, avoiding deforestation must play a central role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, thereby mitigating global climate change. While deforestation and forest degradation in the Congo Basin cannot be completely arrested given the already alarming demographic and technological trends in the region, effective forest management will substantially stabilize emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and degradation. Maintaining intact forests will also provide many other ecosystems benefits such as biodiversity habitat, non-timber forest products, tourism, water sources, and economic opportunities for the burgeoning populations of Central Africa. Implementation of sustainable land-use management plans that include biodiversity conservation activities, and mitigation of threats to biodiversity, will contribute to the maintenance of the ecological integrity of the humid forest ecosystem of the Congo Basin.
The principal means of achieving the CARPE III objective is to strengthen institutional and human capacity at the regional, national, and local level. Institutions to monitor and manage the conservation and use of forest resources and to inventory, observe, and report on greenhouse gas emissions will be strengthened, and specific policy and regulatory reform will be promoted to favor greenhouse gas emission reduction in conjunction with more intensive and direct ground-level conservation programs. These achievements will establish enabling conditions for the nationwide and regional adoption of sustainable landscape strategies for forest areas beyond the targeted landscapes. CARPE implementing partners (IPs) include international conservation NGOs, public international agencies, USG agencies, and the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC). The IPs work with African NGOs, research and education organizations, government agencies, and private-sector companies to evaluate threats to forests and biodiversity in Central Africa, to identify opportunities for sustainable forest management, and to work with African institutions, local communities, private firms, and government resource managers to build their capacity to more effectively manage the vast tropical forest resources of the Congo Basin.
CARPE’s climate change mitigation interventions support the national REDD+ strategies and action plans of the focus countries, especially DRC and ROC, and work closely with the SylvaCarbon and LEDS programs funded by other USG programs (Department of State and USAID/Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) Bureau). CARPE’s wildlife protection interventions are coordinated with and complement the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded programs in the CARPE focus countries.
CARPE Rationale: Central Africa contains the second largest area of contiguous moist tropical forest in the world. More than 60 million people live in the region, and these people depend on their rich forests and other biotic resources for their livelihoods and economic development. These forests form the catchment basin of the Congo River, a watershed of local, regional and global significance. The forest provides valuable ecological services by controlling and buffering climate at a regional scale and by absorbing and storing excess carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels, thereby helping to slow the rate of global climate warming.
It is in the interest of the United States Government (USG) to support the rational and sustainable development of this region, and at the same time address global environmental concerns and particularly to enhance the role that the tropical forest plays in regulating the global climate. To achieve these goals, CARPE operates as an independent regional Operating Unit in the environmental sector based in the USAID offices in Kinshasa, DRC. In support of the USG’s broad goals and interests, CARPE contributes to economic development and poverty alleviation throughout Central Africa. The program, therefore, benefits not only the people and countries of the region, but also U.S. citizens and the global community as well. It does so by helping to conserve the forests and other biological resources that are essential for economic development in the region with a particular focus on slowing global climate change and conserving the species and genetic resources of the Congo Basin.
CARPE is the flagship program through which the USG supports the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). The CBFP is an international, voluntary partnership among governments, NGOs, research organizations and private sector representative associations announced at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The U. S. goal for the Partnership is to promote economic development, poverty alleviation, improved governance, and natural resources conservation through financial and technical support for a network of national parks and protected areas, well-managed forestry concessions, and assistance to communities who depend upon the conservation of the outstanding forest and wildlife resources of eleven key landscapes in six Central African countries. The objectives of the CBFP overlap in significant measure with those of CARPE but CBFP and CARPE differ with respect to scope of activity and entities participating. The CBFP is a Congo Basin wide program and includes partners other than CARPE partners, while CARPE’s programs and activities are focused largely in five countries in Central Africa (DRC, ROC, Gabon, Cameroon and CAR).
The implementation of more sustainable management plans and practices will contribute directly to long-term, broad-based development. The improvements in natural resource governance that CARPE fosters will contribute to more general improvements in democratic governance, transparency, accountability, social stability, and reduction in violent conflict in the region as a whole. Monitoring is a crosscutting activity and will enable the program to be flexible and manage its activities adaptively in this dynamic region, as well as to demonstrate results on the ground. Results of monitoring will be disaggregated to reflect progress in the CBFP landscapes distinct from progress in other areas.
Gender is considered as a crosscutting theme for CARPE partners. Mainstreaming gender issues have many benefits when seeking to achieve sustainable conservation and natural resources management. Deforestation in Central Africa results from complex livelihood-related behaviors practiced by many actors, including both women and men, and CARPE operates with sensitivity and attention toward gender issues, and in a manner that ensures equal participation and benefit by women. Central Africa has been a region with a significant risk of violent conflict since CARPE began in 1995, and despite some positive developments that risk still remains. The CARPE program has managed to operate and its partners to carry out their conservation activities despite wars and conflicts in parts of the region.
The Strategic Plan for CARPE, Phase III will maintain flexibility, diversity of partners, and commitment to a sustained field presence, features that have allowed CARPE to cope with conflict and continue to operate in an insecure environment since its inception in 1995. In addition, some of the activities and Intermediate Results being implemented in Phase II of the program, those related to sustainable natural resources management and to better governance, for example, address some of the root causes of conflict with a view to diminishing those root causes and ultimately to reduce violent conflict.
CARPE management (core team) is located in USAID/DRC (Kinshasa) under the leadership of an expatriate Team Leader (Director) assisted by an expatriate Deputy Team Leader (Deputy Director), an expatriate Global Climate Change Specialist, an expatriate Natural Resources Management Specialist, and three Foreign Service nationals (FSNs) providing program development/implementation and administrative support to the CARPE team.). The core CARPE team consists of personnel with authority to carry out inherently governmental functions on behalf of USAID and full authority to manage the program under the general supervision and oversight of the USAID/DRC Mission Director. In addition, an expanded team, consisting of both USG and non-governmental partners, meets periodically in Washington, D.C. to exchange views and coordinate their activities under CARPE. The expanded team includes U.S. and non-U.S. members. As USAID is legally responsible and accountable for CARPE funds, USAID procurement procedures govern implementation and provide a number of mechanisms for other USG agencies to participate, including on selection committees. All agencies must meet procurement integrity responsibilities.
II. Statement of Work
Basic Function of the Global Climate Change Specialist Position
The Global Climate Change Specialist is a key member of the core team and the expanded teams for the CARPE Operating Unit. Under the general supervision of the CARPE Team Leader, the Specialist has a wide- ranging, pivotal role in functioning and interacting within a highly specialized Team, providing overall program management and planning support, achieving results , monitoring the performance of the CARPE partners and the program overall, and coordination of implementing partners and donors . S/He is expected to exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in executing all duties and responsibilities, and work with minimal direct supervision. His/her general responsibilities will consist of the following:
Assist the Team Leader in providing management assistance and supervision oversight in the implementation of the entire CARPE program and all its activities.
Serving as Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) and/or Contract Officer’s Representative (COR) for CARPE contracts, grants and agreements. S/He will also be involved in the planning and administration of interagency agreements (i.e. IAA/PAPA/PASA).
Act as senior resident expert advisor on technical and policy pertaining to sustainable landscape management and climate change policy, practices and international agreements.
Coordinate and provide liaison and technical guidance on the development and implementation of the CARPE program with implementing partners, host country counterparts, and other donors specifically on the subjects of Global Climate Change/Sustainable Landscape (GCC/SL).
Assist the Team Leader in management assistance and supervision oversight in implementation of the entire CARPE program and all its activities:
Serve as COTR/AOTR for acquisition and assistance awards under CARPE. In such capacity, the incumbent will
i. Work with the Team Leader, with CARPE Field Offices and with USAID/Washington to coordinate and manage CARPE activities in each participating country and targeted landscape;
ii. Oversee the work of contractors, grantees and recipients to ensure the achievement of the objectives set forth in the statements of work or the program descriptions of the awards and to verify that the USAID-funded activities conform to the terms and conditions of the award;
iii. Recommend in writing to the ContractingGrantAgreement Officer when any changes to the statement of work or program description, technical provisions, and/or any other term or condition of the award are necessary, along with justification for the proposed action;
iv. Review contractor and grantee work plans and recommend revisions where needed;
v. Administer financial management responsibilities;
vi. Organize the review of non-competition continuation applications;
vii. Provide oversight for the Operating Unit (OU) Files supervisor to ensure that OU files are in accordance with USAID ADS Regulations;
viii. Draft statements of work or program descriptions and prepare necessary funding documents for Requests for Proposal (RFPs) or Requests for Application (RFAs);
ix. Plan and administer interagency agreements to ensure effective coordination of activities for result achievement;
x. Promote integration and mutual support of activities implemented under contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and interagency agreements; and
xi. Ensure closeouts of awards in compliance with existing regulations and procedures.
With the Team Leader’s authorization as needed, supervise and provide technical and managerial guidance to other team members on the subject matter.
Support the Team Leader in program planning, designing and budgeting for the program.
Prepare and/or contribute substantively to key CARPE documents, including, but not limited to: Obligation and earmarking documents, Congressional Budget Justifications, Annual Portfolio Review reports, Operational Plans, Annual Performance Reports, policy papers, new activity solicitation documents and the financial tracking systems;
Participate in and/or lead the design and implementation of special studies and/or initiatives to further the objectives of CARPE in the subject areas of GCC/SL.
Act as Senior Resident Expert Advisor on technical and policy matters pertaining to GCC/SL:
a. Advise the core management team, the expanded team, USAID Missions/field Offices, contractors, implementing grantees/recipients, host country governments, US embassies and other partners involved in CARPE on technical issues pertaining to GCC/SL and related matters.
b. Advise the core SO team, the expanded SO team and concerned USAID Missions and the US embassies of the six CBFP countries and five CARPE countries on policy matters, including strategies to assist and encourage participation of the local communities in CARPE GCC/SL.
c. In the absence of the Team Leader or Deputy Team Leader and/or with his/her authorization, serve as liaison and represent the core team on technical and policy matters, as appropriate, to the host country counterpart agencies, implementing partners, and other international organizations, to help facilitate exchange of information and coordination of activities.
d. Take the lead role in assessing the breadth, depth, and appropriateness of CARPE activities, and the programs of various donors in addressing the identified environmental problems such as deforestation in target zones.
e. Interpret/analyze the social, economic, political and institutional issues that affect the achievement of CARPE objectives and keep abreast of developments in the international negotiations and discussions around GCC/SL and apply the results to the design and implementation of new activities or to the modification of existing activities.
f. Provide technical advice and support for CARPE in-house team, CARPE beneficiaries and implementing partners through training and capacity building activities by:
(i) assembling input from all activity managers and other team members and preparing an annual training plan with appropriate targets and technical content;
(ii) working with implementing partners to agree on respective roles and responsibilities, identify training needs and opportunities, and implement training programs within the host countries, in the U. S. and in other countries;
(iii) ensuring complementarities and integration of the implementing partners’ training programs with the OU Performance plan ; and
(iv) facilitating reporting on training activities in an appropriate format and frequency.
g. Act as liaison with USAID/Washington and State Department (especially EGAT Pillar and Africa Bureau; State/OES Bureau) on technical, policy and programmatic issues and identify opportunities for collaboration with USAID/Washington programs.
h. Ensure adequate dissemination of CARPE results to partners, stakeholders, and beneficiaries through organizing and making presentations at workshops, symposia, conferences, publications, etc.
i. Keep abreast of, and disseminate to interested stakeholders and implementing partners as appropriate, new developments or sources of worldwide information in the fields of GCC/SL.
- Oversee the design, updating and/or implementation of CARPE’s performance monitoring plan (PMP) and evaluation plan, especially with reference to objectives and measurement systems for carbon emissions, sequestration and forest management:
a. Take the lead in updating and summarizing data for the implementation of the CARPE’s PMP in the GCC/SL technical fields.
b. Ensure coordination among implementing partners and an understanding of their respective roles and responsibilities, in implementing the team’s Performance Management Plan.
c. Organize periodic forums to discuss, and take the lead in updating the PMP- -including results framework, performance indicators and targets–as new activities are integrated within the CARPE program.
d. Ensure the adequacy of core team members’ respective activity monitoring plans by helping to prepare site visit schedules and providing technical oversight and quality control in methods of data sampling, measurement and verification.
e. In collaboration with other team members, coordinate, verify, compile and present of annual performance data for CARPE’s annual portfolio reviews and the Performance Report submission to USAID/Washington.
f. In coordination with activity managers and implementing partners, prepare and monitor implementation of CARPE evaluations and special analytical agenda and studies plan.
Monitor compliance of CARPE activities with USG environmental regulations:
Work with CARPE colleagues, Mission Environmental Officers and Regional Environmental Officer to ensure compliance of all CARPE activities with USG environmental regulations, in particular Regulation 216, by conducting periodic field monitoring of activities’ compliance with approved Initial Environmental Examinations (IEEs) and environmental assessments (EAs) and recommending modifications to the IEEs or EAs as appropriate.
Identify opportunities for training, as needed, for team members and implementing partners (both U.S. and host country nationals) for preparation of environmental scoping statements, activity IEEs, environmental impact monitoring and mitigation plans, environmental assessments.
The selected candidate is expected to hit the ground running and be fully conversant with the state-of-art and technical knowledge and skills related to the position. However, in selected areas of project management (Acquisition & assistance, gender integration, USAID environmental regulations etc.), USAID may provide training as needed.
Relationships and Responsibilities
Supervision Exercised: No continuing personnel supervisory responsibilities are envisaged for the incumbent, but supervisory responsibilities may be delegated by the team leader in special circumstances
Supervision Received: The position will work as a full member of CARPE’s core team, supervised by the CARPE Team Leader or Deputy Team Leader. Annual evaluations of work performance will be prepared by the Team Leader based on 360 input from the core team members, partners and customers.
Employee Guidelines: The individual will be expected to be an expert in his/her field, and be able to independently obtain USAID policy guidance and USG/USAID acquisition and assistance regulations as necessary to perform his/her duties.
Exercise of Judgment: The incumbent will handle all work independently, according to policies, previous training, accepted practices, and programmatic guidance. He/she must be able to set priorities and initiate and complete tasks in a timely manner and with minimal supervision. The incumbent will make program decisions based on expert knowledge and judgment and will function as acting Team Leader in the absence of the CARPE Team Leader/Deputy Team Leader. He/she must demonstrate sound judgment in determining the application of current legislative provisions and policy determinations to assigned responsibilities.
Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: The incumbent will work with all levels of staff in USAID’s Field Missions/Offices and USAID/East Africa, including team leaders and members of appropriate Operating Units and support offices in USAID/DRC.
The incumbent will develop working contacts with USAID/Washington technical offices, State Department Officials in Washington Headquarters, particularly State/OES, the Special Climate Change Envoy’s Office, regional US Embassy staff including and up to US ambassadors, host countries’ counterpart ministries to the level of Secretary Generals, and other USG agencies at post, PVO and NGO partners, other donors and international organizations, and community-based organizations and customers.
Minimum Qualifications: A comprehensive range of broad experience and formal education are required, including:
Education and Experience
- A postgraduate degree in environmental science with specialty in climate change, forest management, sustainable ecological systems or equivalent is required. A Ph. D. degree in a similar discipline is preferred.
- A minimum of 10 years of experience in managing programs related to climate change mitigation biodiversity and natural resources with at least five years’ experience managing relevant projects and programs in developing countries. A candidate managing climate change mitigation programs during the last three years will be preferred.
- At least a Foreign Service Institute or equivalent French language rating of 3 speaking and 3 reading.
- Fluency in spoken and written English.
Other Required Knowledge, Skills and Aptitudes:
- Ability and willingness to undertake frequent work-related regional and in-country travel under difficult and harsh conditions.
- Demonstrated ability to live and work effectively in cross-cultural settings at many levels. Ability to interact with high-level officials and community members alike.
- Demonstrated keen interest in global climate change science and related areas (e.g., sustainable forest landscapes, drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, land use management, carbon sequestration, carbon measurement and carbon markets. and related issues.
- Demonstration of in-depth knowledge of global climate change programs funded by other donors and multilateral agencies in Africa.
- Excellent interpersonal and team work skills are required (verifiable by from employers)
- Highly developed communication skills in both written and spoken form, in English and French languages.
- Administrative and management skills commensurate to manage complex monitoring, evaluation and project implementation activities in multiple countries under difficult and adverse conditions.
- Existing or ability to obtain a secret security clearance.
- Existing or ability to obtain a State Department medical clearance for service in the DRC.
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of climate change policy and the international framework that will support the Sustainable Landscape programs.
- Supervisory experience and skills.
- USAID Activity management and Program management experience.
- Certified USAID AOR/COR
- Capability in a variety of USAID web-based applications such as Global Climate Change Report, Operational Plan, Performance Monitoring and Management, USAID Financial Management, GLAAS, and other USAID reporting and management systems.
- Work experience with an international organization in Central Africa.
Duration of the Position: The position is valid for a period of two years, but at the option of USAID and depending on availability of funds and continuing need of USAID, the position may be extended with mutual agreement up to three years with one-year extension option.
Selection Criteria Points
- Graduate degree in an environmental science or related fields(15)
- PhD in an environmental science or relevant fields strongly preferred (20)
Experience and Skills 80
At least 10 years of experience in managing large field-based programs related to climate change mitigation programs, biodiversity or natural resources management or a combination of such programs (40) with a) at least five years’ experience managing similar projects and programs in developing countries (10); and b) managing climate change mitigation programs during the last three years will be preferred (5).
- Skills (25):
Demonstrated ability to live and work effectively in cross-cultural settings at many levels as evidenced by work experience in several countries or multi-cultural environments and
ü Ability to interact with high-level officials and community members alike (5).
ü Evidence of strong writing and speaking skills particularly in English language (5)
ü Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills (5)-verifiable by past employers/supervisors
ü At least a Foreign Service Institute or equivalent French language rating of 3 speaking and reading (minimum required) (10).
Medical and Security Clearance
The selected applicant must be able to obtain a USG Secret Level security clearance within a reasonable time-not to exceed three months and a Department of State Class I Medical Clearance. TCNs should have Employment Certification by the RSO, U.S. Embassy, Kinshasa.
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the benefits and allowances listed in this section. [NOTE: A contractor meeting the definition of a U.S. Resident Hire PSC, shall be subject to U.S. Federal Income Tax, but shall not be eligible for any fringe benefits (except contributions for FICA, health insurance, and life insurance), including differentials and allowances.]
o FICA Contribution
o Contribution toward Health & life insurance
o Pay Comparability Adjustment
o Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation
o Annual & Sick Leave
o Access to Embassy medical facilities, commissary and pouch mail service as per post policy
B. ALLOWANCES (If Applicable):
(1) Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120)
(2) Living Quarters Allowance (Section 130)
(3) Post Allowance (Section 220)
(4) Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230)
(5) Post Differential (Chapter 500)
(6) Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600) and
(7) Danger Pay where applicable (Goma) (Section 650)
(8) Education Allowance (Section 270)
(9) Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260)
(10)Education Travel (Section 280)
* Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).
C. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs/Green card holders are not exempt from payment of Federal Income taxes under the foreign earned income exclusion.
I. CONTRACT INFORMATION BULLETINS (CIBs/AAPDs) PERTAINING TO PSCs
AAPD 06-11 Home Leave and Revised General Provision 5, Leave and Holidays
AAPD 06-10 PSC Medical expense payment responsibility
AAPD 06-07 AIDAR, Appendix D: Contract budget, salary determination and salary increase
AAPD 06-01 Medical evacuation insurance
CIB 01-10 Revision of medical clearance process – PSC with U.S. Citizens
CIB 01-07 Clarification of the extension/renewal policy regarding PSCs
CIB 01-05 Clarification of the Rest and Recuperation (R&R) policy regarding Third Country Nationals (TCNs)
CIB 00-08 Revision of Competitive Process – PSCs with U.S. Citizens
CIB 00-03 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts
CIB 99-22 PSC Policy
CIB 98-23 Guidance regarding Classified Contract Security and Contractor Personnel Security Requirements
CIB 98-16 Annual Salary Increase for USPSCs
CIB 98-14 Change in Required Application Form for USPSCs
CIB 98-11 Determining a Market Value for Personal Services Contractors Hired under Appendix D.
CIB 97-17 PSC’s with U.S. Citizens or U.S. resident aliens
CIB 97-16 Class Justification for use of Other Than Full and Open Competition for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally, with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or less
CIB 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contracts
CIB 94-09 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contractors
CIB 93-17 Financial Disclosure requirements under a Personal Services Contract
CIB 89-29 Use of Government Bill of Lading for Transportation of Personal Service Contractor (PSC) Household Effects, Unaccompanied Baggage and Privately Owned Vehicles
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
Interested applicants MUST submit the following materials:
Most current Curriculum vitae or resume
Completed, hand-signed form AID-302-3; the form can be found in the USAID website www.usaid.gov/forms/.
A biographical Data Sheet-Form AID-1420.
Three references, who are not family members or relatives, with
telephone and e-mail contacts
- Brief appendix to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training address the minimum qualifications and selection criteria shown in the solicitation
Late, incomplete or unsigned applications will NOT be considered.
All applications should be received by the closing date and time previously specified. 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. The selection will be based on the panel evaluation of the applicants vis-à-vis selection criteria mentioned previously.
Points of Contact
PRIMARY: Michael Sampson, Supervisory Executive Officer, Phone (in DROC) – (+243) 081-710-0654; Email: [email protected]
SECONDARY: Sandra Kiyanga, Human Resource Specialist, Phone (in DROC) – (+243) 081-700-5722; Email: [email protected]
1. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSCs
Forms outlined below can be found at: http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/
Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62)**
AID 6-1 (Request for Security Action)**
SF-86 (Questionnaire for National Security Positions)**
FD-258 (Fingerprint Cards) 2 each**
AID 610-14 (Authority for Release of Information)**
AID 6-85 (Foreign Residence Data)**
Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970, As Amended**
Notice Required by the Privacy Act of 1974**
** Forms 3 through 9 shall be completed only upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. Note: The selected individual shall be required to obtain a security clearance.
2. ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) PERTAINING TO PERSONAL SERVICE CONTRACT (PSC)
AAPDs contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance. A number of AAPDs pertain to Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website: http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/
to locate relevant AAPDs. Additionally, AIDAR Appendix D or J also applies to PSCs and can be found at: http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/aidar.pdf