USPSC Lead Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Advisor

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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Position Title: Lead Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Advisor

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00076

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $114,590 - $148,967

Issuance Date: July 24, 2018

Closing Date: August 14, 2018

Closing Time: 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Dear Prospective Applicants:

The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Lead Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Advisor under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), 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:

1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

(f) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

2. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS

AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT

All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data

Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award

Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an award. You will be disqualified if you either

fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list. The

selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.

NOTE: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed

notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity administrator for the entity associated with the

DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit

can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link:

https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257...

sysparm_search=kb0013183

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Your complete resume must be emailed to:

OFDA Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: recruiter@ofda.gov

Website: www.OFDAjobs.net

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

Sincerely,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Lead Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Advisor

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00076

2. ISSUANCE DATE: July 24, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: August 14, 2018

12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Lead Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($114,590 - $148,967 - 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.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

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 six divisions.

The Africa (AFD) Response Division and the Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Middle East (ALE) Response Division are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through a grants mechanism to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations (IOs) including United Nations (UN) agencies and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. These divisions also oversee OFDA’s non-response efforts in disaster risk reduction and resilience. AFD and ALE Response Divisions also coordinate with other organizations for the provision of relief supplies and assistance. They devise, coordinate and implement program strategies for a variety of natural and complex disaster situations. Both Divisions encompass groups of operations specialists who provide technical expert capability in assessing the quality and strategic function of disaster response and risk reduction activities. The AFD Response Division is divided into two teams: East and Central Africa (ECA), and Southern, West, and North Africa (SWAN). The ALE Response Division is divided into four teams: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and South Asia.

The Operations (OPS) Division develops and manages operations for OFDA’s disaster responses by readying people and systems; projecting U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian capacity quickly into the field; and delivering material and technical assistance. The OPS Division maintains readiness to respond to emergencies through several mechanisms, including managing Urban Search and Rescue Teams, coordinating, staffing, training, and equipping Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), and Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), and stockpiling emergency relief commodities in key locations around the globe to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division provides technical guidance and expertise in Disaster Logistics, Urban Search and Rescue, Operations Center management, activation/readiness, Civil-Military Liaison, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Consequence Management. It also provides overseas support to OFDA offices and personnel and to other sectors necessary to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division is divided into four teams: the Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP), Military Liaison Team (MLT), Operations Support Team (OST), and Overseas Administration Team (OAT).

The Program Support (PS) Division provides operational management support, including general administration, budget and financial services, procurement planning, information technology, human resources management including staff care, and contract and grant administration support to OFDA. The PS Division supports OFDA's mandate by providing innovative solutions in the areas of Information Technology, staffing, funds control, budgeting, human resource management, and procurement to facilitate timely disaster responses. The PS Division is divided into four teams: the Award, Audit, and Risk Management (AARM) team, Human Resources Management Team (HRM), Budget, Finance, and Information Technology (BFIT) Team, and the Acquisition and Management (ACQ) Team.

The Preparation, Strategic Planning and Mitigation (PSPM) Division is responsible for the technical oversight of all OFDA response and mitigation programs, as well as preparation for response, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction activities. The PSPM Division houses technical experts in all sectors potentially affected by disasters, and leads the Agency in developing and promoting best practices for programming in these specific sectors. In addition, PSPM will be the focal point for technological innovations for humanitarian assistance in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, assessment, and information management. The PSPM Division is divided into four teams: Cross-Cutting Sectors Team, Natural Hazards Team, Health Team, and Food Security and Livelihoods Team.

The Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement (HPGE) Division assists the DCHA front office, the OFDA Director and OFDA Deputy Director with tracking trends and policy developments in the humanitarian assistance field. It engages in policy dialogue with other parts of USAID, the USG interagency, other donors, multilateral agencies, and NGO partners; recommends strategies for action to DCHA; initiates development of policy and internal guidance for OFDA; maintains global relationships with implementing partners, other donors, and the broader humanitarian architecture; and engages with the UN to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally. The HPGE Division leads OFDA's communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences. It serves as the office’s primary interlocutor on strategic issues with other federal partners to provide guidance to OFDA on policy issues pertaining to the interagency, and to improve USG humanitarian coordination and response during large-scale crises. The HPGE Division staff manages global programs, policy and outreach, strategic communications, and interagency training and engagement. HPGE is divided into seven teams: Policy Team, Global Programs Team, Strategic Interagency Team, Strategic Communications Team, Global Capacity and Leadership Development Team, Public-Private Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN) in New York, Geneva, and Rome.

INTRODUCTION

The Lead Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Advisor is an integral part of the OFDA Health Team. OFDA addresses acute health risks associated with disasters with a strong focus on identifying and managing health risks in complex humanitarian emergencies. In natural and complex emergencies, excess morbidity and mortality often result from malnutrition, diarrheal diseases, and acute respiratory infections, which are associated with inadequate water supplies, lack of sanitation facilities, and poor hygiene behaviors. These conditions disproportionately affect vulnerable groups (children under five years of age, the elderly, people with disabilities, and women). The WASH sector in the Health 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 provision of safe drinking water, basic sanitation, and hygiene improvements for vulnerable and internally displaced populations affected by either natural or complex disasters.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires a Lead WASH Advisor to provide expert technical advice and assistance for the analysis of the public health risks and/or potential public health risks from poor access to water, sanitation, and hygiene materials. The employee will also be expected to provide expert advice on disaster response and risk reduction strategies for public health disaster interventions worldwide.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Lead WASH Advisor’s responsibilities will include the following:

  • Provide high level of expertise and mastery level of technical support for WASH interventions for disaster response to USAID and OFDA staff based in Washington, D.C. and in field offices.
  • Conduct WASH assessments of vulnerable populations and make expert recommendations for appropriate relief activities.
  • Facilitate and coordinate USG emergency WASH technical response activities with the USAID Mission, other donor agencies, and the U.S. Embassy.
  • Develop and implement evaluations to determine the effectiveness of OFDA-funded WASH projects with implementing partners.
  • Actively represent USAID/OFDA in emergency WASH and public health discussions and activities, serve as a USG emergency WASH sector resource person, and provide expert technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activity as the lead resource person for emergency WASH interventions.
  • Guide OFDA thinking on WASH activities, and formulate sector strategies, provide major guidance on innovative research and recommendations, both for response and disaster risk reduction, and provide high level of technical support for OFDA field offices, other offices within USAID, and to OFDA’s Response Divisions. Exercise independent judgment and decision-making related to WASH public health activities, both in the U.S and in the field.
  • Actively represent OFDA in interactions with high ranking officials at national and international levels, maintain contacts with high level officials in the private sector, NGO partners, other donor agencies, the international humanitarian community, the WASH cluster and other USAID staff working in the various sectors associated with WASH to ensure effective coordination and collaboration.
  • Contribute to technical review of proposals submitted by NGO and UN partners for humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction. Apply new developments in emergency and disaster risk reduction programming in the WASH sector to OFDA programming.
  • Serve on DARTs, RMTs, and assessment teams. Responsible for leading teams or for guiding and coordinating the work of other technical staff in the WASH sector.
  • Coordinate, plan, implement, evaluate and prioritize emergency WASH activities to ensure that efforts in assigned program areas are meeting the needs of affected populations and satisfy the goals and objectives of the response program.
  • Coordinate the assignments and activities of other OFDA WASH Advisors to ensure that emergency and disaster risk reduction WASH responses are robust, rapid, appropriate, and take into account best practices in the WASH sector.
  • Liaise with other responders, i.e., government agencies, IOs or private and voluntary organizations. Determine the capacity of the affected community and ensure that adequate resources are available to the international response effort. Brief host governments, the U.S. Military, U.S. Embassy and USAID Mission as needed.
  • Identify emergency WASH risk reduction and prevention measures that could be linked to disaster response activities. Review risk reduction principles and make expert recommendations on course(s) of action.
  • Develop various types of country/regional strategies for field offices, DARTs and assessment teams. Provide briefings and written reports.
  • Independently plan, design and carry out programs, projects, studies or other work.
  • Develop collaborative working-level relationships with OFDA field and Headquarters staff who oversee WASH-related programs.
  • Serve as DCHA/OFDA Duty Officer on a rotational basis.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office or region not to exceed six months. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly related to the scope of work provided.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The day-to-day work is under the general management of the Health Team Lead and under supervision of the PSPM Division Director.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work. Results are considered authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change.

10. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. During deployment on 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 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.)

Master’s Degree in Public Health with extensive relevant experience and training in, but not limited to, international/public health, epidemiology, or nutrition. In addition, a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian relief and response, of which at least three (3) years were obtained overseas, working in the emergency public health sector.

OR

Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) with extensive relevant experience and training in, but not limited to, international/public health, epidemiology, or nutrition. In addition, a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian relief and response, of which at least three (3) years were obtained overseas, working in the emergency public health sector.

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 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 309-2. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

● Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret 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.

APPLICANT RATING SYSTEM

The applicant rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. Applicants must demonstrate the rating factors outlined below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The rating factors are as follows:

Professional Experience (10 points)

· Demonstrated experience as WASH Advisor/implementer in field humanitarian relief settings, developing and implementing programs with NGOs, UN, IOs, and/or USG.

· Demonstrated experience in assessing, designing and/or reviewing technical WASH proposals for best practice and technical merit.

· Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity of the Humanitarian field, NGO, IO, UN, USG stakeholders including operations and practices.

Skills and Abilities (10 points)

· Demonstrated experience representing in a coordinating unit or body such as the Global WASH Cluster in the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) or sectoral meetings.

· Demonstrated ability to interact with high ranking officials at national and international levels in unstructured settings, including host nations, USG, and/or UN entities.

· Ability to design and carry out operational research, rapid assessments, monitoring, or evaluation in the environmental (WASH) field.

Leading Teams Experience (10 points)

· Demonstrated success in leading diverse teams in various and austere settings.

· Ability to interact and solve problems successfully with peers, managers.

· Ability to manage projects and budgets.

Interview Performance (50 points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (20 points)

Total Possible Points: 100

BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Applicant Rating System. 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 factor of the Applicant Rating System in their resume, describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received as it pertains 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 factors and/or Applicant Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

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. Note: Please be advised that references may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an applicant. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

 

How to apply:

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. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship.

(f) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

  1. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your application materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the application to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your application may result in you being eliminated from consideration for this position, or being terminated after award, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: recruiter@ofda.gov