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Senior Financial Management Advisor

Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC | Published November 25, 2015  -  Deadline December 14, 2015
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MBO: Senior Financial Management Advisor Location: Monrovia, Liberia and other MCC Eligible Countries MCC-16-RFQ-0034 1. This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The solicitation number is MCC-15-RFQ-0034 and is issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ). This solicitation document incorporates all mandatory commercial item provisions and clauses currently in effect in the latest Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) (www.acquisition.gov/far/fac.html). 2. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code is 541611 and the small business size standard is $15.0 million. 3. FAR Clauses 52.212-1 through 52.212-5 apply to this procurement. The exact text and wording of clauses and provisions may be obtained from the Internet at http://acquisition.gov/far/index.html. The Government contemplates the award of a Time and Materials Order resulting from this solicitation. NOTE: An Addendum to FAR clause 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items, (Alt I) and MCC-52.204-70 Security Requirements for Contractor Personnel are attached. 4. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government corporation whose mission is to provide assistance that will support economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry. For more information on the MCC, please visit www.mcc.gov. 5. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR AN INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT AND IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT DIRECT WITH MCC. PLEASE VISIT: http://www.irs.gov/business/small/index.html FOR INFORMATION REGARDING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. Note: MCC will assist the consultant in coordinating with an Independent Contractor Engagement Services Provider for payroll, travel, international travel insurance, etc., therefore, a DUNS number and registration in System for Award Management (SAM) is not required. 6. Description of Services: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) seeks the services of a Senior Financial Management Advisor for immediate deployment to Monrovia, Liberia to provide expertise with early financial management preparation of the Compact. The Advisor will assist MCC to plan, implement, manage, and control early financial-related and administrative matters prior to the formation of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) and in preparation for it. This assignment includes aspects of accounting, finance, reporting, budgeting, general planning, MCA staff planning, and compliance. 7. This combined synopsis and solicitation notice is a request for competitive quotations. Therefore, all quotations received prior to the RFQ close date will be considered. 8. The Government will award an order to the responsible independent consultant(s) whose quote conforming to this notice represents the best value in terms of technical criteria, past performance and price. All non-price factors (technical criteria and past performance) are more important than price. If options are included, quotes will be evaluated by adding the total price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. Evaluation of options shall not obligate the Government to exercise the options(s). 9. Evaluation Factors: Only quotes which meet the required technical evaluation criteria will be considered. TECHNICAL EVALUATION CRITERIA Mandatory qualifications: • A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business, or Finance is required; • Ten (10) or more years of progressively responsible financial leadership roles, including four (4) in a senior financial management position of a project, MCA, company, public-sector entity, or non-governmental organization having an annual budget of more than $25 million USD; • Demonstrated management skills and experience in activities related to financial management and administration; • Must demonstrate from previous work experience the ability to address, work independently with, and collaborate effectively with host government employees, legal counselors, host government core team members, and others at any level up to the government Ministerial level; • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing financial management systems, including accounting systems, and processes. Experience with the establishment of financial controls and control structures. Experience with the MCC / U.S. Office of Inspector General audit guidelines and audit programs; • Demonstrated experience with the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) works contract vehicles, especially the payment certificate process, liquidation of advances, and application of retentions; • Demonstrated ability to develop complex budgets and manage related financial transactions; • English Level 3/3 is required. Preferred qualifications: • Previous work experience at an MCA as employee or consultant is preferred; • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) is desired; • Previous extended residency (i.e., living in the country for a month or longer) in Liberia or a West African country is a plus. MCC reserves the right to interview candidates. PAST PERFORMANCE Three (3) professional references for relevant work performed during the past three years. PRICE The Government will examine the proposed rate for reasonableness. 10. Exclusion of Quotes and Communications: At any time prior to award, including upon receipt of quotes, the Government may exclude a quote from further consideration for reasons such as (but not limited to): non-compliance with instructions related to this solicitation; the quote is not among the most highly rated; or the quote is not likely to be selected for award. The Government need not notify an offeror that its quote has been excluded from further consideration nor need it provide the offeror with a pre-award debriefing. However, the offeror will be provided post-award notification and if requested, a brief explanation of the basis of the award decision. After receipt of quotes, the Government will conduct an evaluation. The Government intends to evaluate quotes and issue a contract/ order without communications with offerors. However, during the evaluation process, the Government may, solely at its discretion, communicate with an offeror for any purpose, such as to gain a better understanding of the quote. As a result of such communication, the Government may allow offerors to submit quote revisions. If quote revisions are allowed, the Government may, solely at its discretion, impose non-common due dates for the revisions. In other words, the Government may elect to have a quote revision date for an offeror that is different than the quote revision date for another offeror(s). The Government need not conduct communications with all offerors. Rather, the Government may, at its discretion, conduct communications with one or only some offerors. Furthermore, the Government need not permit all offerors to submit quote revisions. Rather, the Government may, at its discretion, seek quote revisions from only one or only some offerors. 11. Evaluation Methodology: The Government will perform an analysis of quotes and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each quote as related to the Evaluation Factors. Multiple awards may be made from this notice and all quotes will be retained and may be utilized for requirements for a period of 12 months. Resulting additional requirements that are awarded utilizing quotes from this action may include a base year and up to four (4) option years. 12. Quote Deadline: Independent Consultants are invited to submit their quotations in response to this notice by 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST), December 14, 2015. Only e-mailed requests for additional information will be accepted at mccconsultants@mcc.gov and brookac@mcc.gov by 10:00 am eastern standard time on December 04, 2015. Quotations submitted in response to this notice shall include the solicitation number AND description in the subject line and be signed, dated and submitted via email to mccconsultants@mcc.gov and brooksac@mcc.gov. The maximum file size is 10mb. 13. Quote Submission: The Individual Consultant shall submit the following documents: • Technical: (1) Cover letter that addresses all technical criteria as listed in this solicitation (5 pages maximum); (2) Curriculum Vitae (15 page maximum); • Past Performance: Three professional references; • Price: Bio-Data Form which includes the independent consultant's proposed rate and salary history. See Attachment. PLEASE DO NOT COMBINE DOCUMENTS INTO ONE (1) ATTACHMENT. DOCUMENTS A, B, AND, C MUST BE IN A SEPARATE FILE ATTACHMENTS LABELED AS: ATTACHMENT A -TECHNICAL ATTACHMENT B - PAST PERFORMANCE ATTACHMENT C -PRICE BIO DATA 14. FAR 52.212.3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items shall be required from the selected consultant, prior to the time of award. 15. There are no additional contract requirements(s) necessary for this acquisition other than those consistent with customary commercial practices. 16. See attached documents entitled: (1) MCC-16-RFQ-0034 Addendum to FAR Clause 52.212-4; (2) MCC-16-RFQ-0034 MCC Bio-Data Form; (3) MCC-16-RFQ-0034 Statement of Work; and (4) MCC-16-RFQ-0034 FBO Description.

Financial Management Specialist

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published July 31, 2015  -  Deadline August 28, 2015
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1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-15-000032 2. ISSUANCE DATE: July 31, 2015 3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME: August 28, 2015, 17:00 Local Time, Monrovia, Liberia 4. POSITION TITLE: Financial Management Specialist 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION: The position is the equivalent of a GS-13 ranging from $73,115 to $95,048 per annum. Final compensation will be based on the individual's salary and work history, experience and educational background, within the above salary range. 6. EVALUATION FACTORS: Evaluation will be based on a 100-point Scale: Experience (30 Points), Skills and Abilities (25 Points), Job Knowledge (20 Points), Oral and Written Communication (15) and Education (10 Points). 7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with the possibility of extension, depending on need, performance and availability of funding, not to exceed a total of three (3) years. 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia 9. SECURITY ACCESS: Employment Authorization (USPSCs) Background Check (TCNPSCs) 10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens or Third Country Nationals 11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: A. Introduction: The USAID mission to Liberia, located in Monrovia, is soliciting expressions of interest from qualified U.S. and Third Country National personal service contractors to serve as the Financial Management Specialist in the Office of Financial Management. USAID is the largest bilateral donor in the country and maintains close relationships with a range of Government of Liberia (GOL) counterparts. Its development program focuses resources in four technical areas: Democracy and Governance, Economic Growth, Health, and Education. The technical offices are supported by four support offices - Program & Project Development (PPD), Acquisition & Assistance (OAA), Financial Management (OFM), and Executive Office (EXO). USAID is co-located within the New Embassy Compound and subscribes to ICASS for most of its support services. As a Performance Management Focus Country, USAID/Liberia spearheads several USAID initiatives: Feed-the-Future, the Global Health Initiative, and the President's Malaria Initiative. It also manages the Millennium Challenge Corporation threshold program. The Mission is at the forefront of USAID/Forward's Implementation and Procurement Reform initiative. Liberia is a priority country. B. Function of the Position The Financial Management Specialist will assume responsibility for the financial analysis, accounting and payment processing operations for the USAID/Liberia Mission. Given the size and complexity of the Liberia portfolio, this challenging and demanding position requires a senior/experienced financial management professional who has prior extensive USAID financial operations experience and strong English language skills. The position is located in the Office of Financial Management and reports to the Mission Controller. C. Major Roles and Responsibilities a. Support OFM core functions (60%) Reporting to the Mission Controller, the Financial Management Specialist supports and manages the budget, accounting, financial management and payment functions in USAID/Liberia OFM. These include financial analysis, budgeting, project accounting, administrative expense accounting and voucher examination functions. The incumbent plays a key role in OFM efforts to improve service quality and customer satisfaction. As such, the Financial Management Specialist will administer a comprehensive accounting, reporting and budgeting system designed to provide high quality service to OFM customers while providing senior mission management and USAID/W with timely financial information for making operating decisions. He / she will review all transactions, in electronic and manual formats, prior to the Controller's review and approval; coordinate with State FMO on the operation of Post ICASS function (including the accumulation, analysis and equitable distribution of ICASS costs to participating agencies); participate in the planning, installation and maintenance of an adequate system of internal control for the processing, accounting and reporting of all USAID obligation/liquidation actions; supervise the analysis and reconciliation of all program and administrative accounts with State, DOD and USAID/W, including 1221 management and timely liquidation of program and travel advances, etc. The incumbent will research, identify, recommend and lead the implementation of agency best practices in many areas of OFM operations, including distribution of shared administrative costs, accrual and pipeline management, financial reporting, including year-end requirements such as 1311 reviews, reconciliations, annual budget preparation, monthly and quarterly closing, etc. Other responsibilities include review OFM processes to identify strengths and weaknesses, including bottlenecks, and to the extent required, modify processes to streamline workflow and maximize efficiency. b. Participate in Public Financial Management assessments (15%) The incumbent participates in the performance of various types of assessments of partner country public financial management (PFM) and procurement systems; audits, risk assessments, financial and compliance reviews, host country contracting and/or financial management capability assessments. A key responsibility of the incumbent will be to support USAID/Liberia's technical teams to design, implement, scale up and manage their respective portfolios of ongoing and planned direct assistance activities with the Government of Liberia (GoL) and Liberia's local NGOs to meet USAID/Liberia targets on the Implementation and Procurement Reform Initiative. As such, he/she will work closely with senior officials from various GoL ministries, bilateral and multilateral donors working in the PFM area, and consultants. He/she coordinates the capacity building activities identified, endorsed and/or determined from assessments conducted on the national and sub-national Partner Country Systems and participates in the conduct of relevant financial management training and technical assistance aimed at strengthening PFM, Procurement, and internal control for Partner Country agencies. c. Manage USAID/Liberia internal and external audits and reviews (15%) The incumbent manages the administrative, operational, and programmatic activities involved in ensuring that USAID/Liberia OFM, technical teams, implementing partners, local NGOs and host country counterparts comply with USAID requirements pertaining to audits, financial reviews, internal control and compliance with relevant laws, regulations, policies and procedures. As part of his/her responsibilities, the incumbent manages all pre-award assessments, audits, control environment and risk assessments, cost effectiveness assessments, disbursement reviews, indirect cost rate reviews, pre-closeout and closeout reviews of USAID/Liberia-funded organizations. He/she will support the establishment and implementation of annual plans for performing financial management reviews of the Mission's implementing partners, lead efforts aimed at building the capacity of local NGOs, and will assist USAID/Liberia technical offices and partners in implementing appropriate corrective actions to strengthen internal financial, administrative and management control. The incumbent is the OFM lead on GMRA audits, OMB A-123 assessments, and Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act reviews, and other internal and external audits and assessments. d. Provide training to OFM LES cadre (10%) The incumbent provides supervision and training to FSN Accountants, Financial Analysts and Voucher Examiners in their daily activities and work requirements. This requires developing, implementing and monitoring short- and long-term work plans to meet the needs of OFM and the Mission; determining staff work priorities; assigning responsibilities as appropriate and assuring that all activities are carried out in a technically sound and cost-effective manner, in accordance with applicable Mission and Agency directives and requirements; identifying and resolving related Financial issues; training, mentoring and coaching OFM staff. To complement work plans, the Financial Management Specialist will develop and implement individual training plans which include on-the-job and formal training lessons in Liberia, Ghana and other locations. The Financial Management Specialist will also provide in-depth on-the-job training to new OFM FSN staff; mentor and train on-board OFM to assume expanded duties and responsibilities, leading to the potential to become Chief Financial Analyst or Chief Accountant in USAID/Liberia; improve staff skills in performing reconciliations, including training in CART, 1221, 224 reconciliations; Identify opportunities for cross-training of staff to ensure that there are back-ups for all critical roles and responsibilities required by OFM staff; Mentor DLI staff (assigned to OFM or rotating) on the roles and responsibilities of an FMO and ensure they develop a critical understanding of the linkages between FMO and their programmatic/technical roles; Review position descriptions for all OFM staff to ensure descriptions are current and reflect all duties and responsibilities of the incumbents; Ensure timely work objectives are defined and responsibilities assigned to each staff member are consistent with their training and position. The incumbent will be the subject matter expert and mission in-house trainer on current and new financial and related systems and tools, including Phoenix, GLAAS, E2, BFEM, ICASS, OPS Master, ABM/ABT, ASIST/Documentum, WebTA, MAPRS, etc. She/he will train personnel to utilize the ADS, FAM, and FAH as well as other associated policies, rules and regulations governing the administration and implementation of foreign assistance; and perform other duties as assigned by the controller. . D. Evaluation Factors/ Required Qualifications: In order to be considered for this position, a candidate must meet the Evaluation Factors/Required Qualifications listed below. These factors are listed in descending order of importance and will be the basis for the evaluation of applications. All applications will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted with the application. USAID reserves the right to contact your previous employers for relevant information concerning your performance and may consider such information in its evaluation. The highest ranking applicants may be selected for an interview but an interview is not always necessary. Additionally, writing samples may be requested. Applicants are encouraged to write a brief appendix to a resume or OF-612 to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training addresses the Evaluation Factors/ Required Qualifications listed below: a. Prior Work Experience (30 points): At least 10 (ten) years of progressively responsible experience in professional accounting, auditing, or financial management activity, at least 5 (five) years of which must have been with USAID in an accounting or financial management capacity. b. Skills and Abilities (25 points): Ability to perform sophisticated analysis of management controls and capabilities of partner/beneficiary organizations is required. Ability to evaluate financial aspects of activities and programs, institutional capacities and capabilities is required. Ability to present results and recommendations to a broad audience, both orally and in writing, is also required. Must have excellent training skills to effectively transfer knowledge and skills to Liberia OFM staff in the full range of OFM operations. Excellent interpersonal skills are required, as incumbent will frequently be working with the officials and staff of the Host government, Contractors, Grantees, and others who may be unfamiliar with USAID's programming and financial management requirements. She/he must have demonstrated the ability to develop and implement procedures and internal controls to ensure the integrity of financial data, implement financial processes and procedures required by US law or regulation, and develop requisite internal controls for local, regional, and international organizations essential for safeguarding USG resources. She/he must have the demonstrated ability to understand, interpret and apply federal and USAID rules, regulations and requirements to complex situations, as well as the requisite skills to teach and mentor others to do same. c. Job Knowledge (20 points): A thorough knowledge and understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), as well as governmental and not-for-profit accounting, budgeting and reporting are required. In depth working knowledge of general accounting, budgeting, reporting, and prevailing customs and practices as they apply to USAID accounting and auditing practices is required. A thorough knowledge of laws, regulations and procedures associated with USAID financial management is required. A thorough knowledge of USAID activity design, development, implementation and evaluation processes is essential. Knowledge of Public Financial Management systems, COSO Internal Control Framework, International auditing standards and related areas is highly desired. Demonstrated knowledge of pre-award requirements, post-award review and audit management of local grant and contract awards is required. d. Oral and Written Communication (15 points): Level IV English ability (fluent) is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, reflecting the ability to analyze and report clearly and concisely, to be demonstrated through interview, sample reports or articles written by the applicant. e. Education (10 points): A baccalaureate degree in Accounting is required. In addition, a Professional Certification, (e.g. ACCA or CPA) is highly preferred. A master's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field is highly desirable. E. Position Elements a. Supervision Received: Duties are carried out largely independently but under the general supervision of the Mission Controller and Deputy Controller. Supervision at this level is normally confined to policy guidance although some technical supervision may be provided. The incumbent is expected to be independently responsible for advising on the assigned operations. Supervisory review consists of ensuring that work is accomplished in a timely manner in accordance with USAID policies, and that the staffs are trained in their duties. b. Supervision Exercised: The incumbent has supervisory responsibility over all OFM FSN staff. c. Available Guidelines: OMB Circulars and Bulletins, GAO, GAAP, GAAS, RIG Guidelines, FAR, CFR, ADS, USAID Automated Directives (ADS), Mission Orders, Administrative Notices, and other written guidelines issued by relevant authorities. General and International accounting and auditing principles must be interpreted and applied to programs and projects. d. Exercise of Judgment: Incumbent will exercise a high degree of independent judgment in performance of assigned tasks, especially pertaining to management of audits, risk assessments, pre-award surveys, and financial reviews; and to tasks related to staff training and mentoring, supervision of OFM functions. Incumbent also independently communicates, interacts and coordinates with host country officials, implementers, NGOs, CPA firms and other consultants working for OFM, USAID technical staff and senior mission management. A high degree of judgment will be required to provide guidance and assistance to a wide variety of high-level professionals in the Mission. S/he will work independently, take initiative, and manage a multi-cultural team. As a recognized expert and highly qualified professional, substantial reliance will be placed on the incumbent to independently plan, prioritize, and carry out the specific activities entailed in fulfilling major duties and responsibilities. The incumbent will be expected to rely on independent judgment to resolve problems that arise by determining the approaches to be taken and methodologies to be used. e. Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent will have no independent authority to commit funds on behalf of the U.S. Government. f. Nature, Level and Purpose of Contacts: Incumbent has frequent direct contact with mid to high-level officials in Government of Liberia, CPA firms and Mission senior leadership and DO teams for the purpose of resolving significant issues that may arise from assessment of host country systems, USAID G2G activities, financial management aspects of program/ project implementation, and the resolution and implementation of audit recommendations. In addition, incumbent maintains regular contact with USAID/Washington, USDOs in Charleston and Bangkok, USAID/Accra to discuss material differences arising from application of appropriations law, reconciliations, deob-reob requests, and funds control issues; and with Embassy Financial Management Officer to settle ICASS billing and expenses issues which may be contentious. g. Time Requirement to Perform Full Range of Duties: None: The Financial Management Specialist is expected to be an accomplished professional with the requisite skills to "hit the ground running." h. Limitations 1) While the incumbent may supervise USPSCs and non-U.S. citizen employees, s/he may not supervise U.S. citizen direct-hire (USDH) employees of USAID as part of regular duties and responsibilities. S/he may supervise USDH employees on a limited basis not to exceed 60 days in any 180 day period to cover a temporary USDH absence. 2) The incumbent may participate in personnel selection matters but may not be delegated authority to make a final decision on USDH personnel selections. 3) The incumbent may be designated a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR). S/he may represent the Agency and communicate planning and implementation decisions. Communications that reflect a final policy decision of the Agency must be cleared by a USDH employee. 4) The incumbent may not be authorized to sign (1) grants, contracts, and other obligations that require a warrant and (2) grants to foreign governments and public international organizations. S/he may be authorized to sign other obligating documents, e.g., travel authorizations (TAs), miscellaneous obligation documents (MODs), and SF-1190s (Foreign Allowances Application, Grant and Report). It is USAID policy that contracting and assistance warrants are issued only to USDH employees. Only the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) may issue a warrant, except that AIDAR 701.601(b) and 701.603-70 provide authority for heads of contracting activities to issue warrants for simplified acquisitions to qualified USDH employees on his or her staff. i. START DATE: November 1, 2015, upon necessary clearances is obtained. j. POINT OF CONTACT: Sylvester Browne Deputy Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Monrovia, Liberia E-mail: sbrowne@usaid.gov k. APPLYING: TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for two years, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-13 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. 1. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).  Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing.  Post Allowance (Section 220).  Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).  Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).  Education allowance (Section 270).  Educational Travel (Section 280).  Post differential (Chapter 500).  Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS:  Employee's FICA Contribution  Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance  Pay Comparability Adjustment  Annual Increase  Eligibility for Worker's Compensation  Annual & Sick Leave  Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion 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 97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts 97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services 97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract 96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave 96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs 96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 14 94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) 93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-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 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-612), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices). b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester Browne Deputy Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Email: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.

Financial Management Specialist, USAID/Liberia

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published April 1, 2016  -  Deadline April 14, 2016
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SOLICITATION NO: SOL-669-16-000007 ISSUANCE DATE: March 31, 2016CLOSING DATE: April 14, 2016 4:30 pm Local Time SUBJECT: Solicitation for Personal Services Contractor (US/TCNPSC) for Financial Management Specialist, USAID/LiberiaTo All Interested Applicants The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications (Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - AID 302-3 Form) from qualified U.S. Citizens and Third Country Nationals to provide services for Financial Management Specialist under a Personal Services Contract, as described in the attached solicitation. The place of performance for this position is Monrovia, Liberia. Submissions to this solicitation shall be in accordance with the attached information, at the place and time specified. Email submissions shall be sent to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be considered. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. USAID/Liberia will not consider an extension to the submission deadline for this procurement. Any questions or comments regarding this solicitation should be in writing and directed to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Phone calls or e-mail to any address other than the one specified in this solicitation will not be accepted. Sincerely, Sylvestor BrowneDeputy Executive OfficerUSAID/Liberia   USAID/Liberia Mailing Address:8800 Monrovia PlDulles, VA 20189         1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-16-000007 2. ISSUANCE DATE: March 31, 2016 3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME: April 14, 2016, 4:30 pm Local Time, Monrovia, Liberia 4. POSITION TITLE: Financial Management Specialist 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION: The position is the equivalent of a GS-13 ranging from $73,846 to $96,004 per annum. Final compensation will be based on the individual's salary and work history, experience and educational background, within the above salary range.6. EVALUATION FACTORS: Evaluation will be based on a 100-point Scale: Experience (30 Points), Skills and Abilities (25 Points),Job Knowledge (20 Points), Oral and Written Communication (15) and Education (10 Points). 7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with the possibility of extension, depending on need, performance and availability of funding, not to exceed a total of three (3) years.8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia 9. SECURITY ACCESS: Facility Access (USPSCs) and (TCNPSCs) 10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens or Third Country Nationals 11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: A. Introduction: The USAID mission to Liberia, located in Monrovia, is soliciting expressions of interest from qualified U.S. and Third Country National personal service contractors to serve as the Financial Management Specialist in the Office of Financial Management.USAID is the largest bilateral donor in the country and maintains close relationships with a range of Government of Liberia (GOL) counterparts. Its development program focuses resources in four technical areas: Democracy and Governance, Economic Growth, Health, and Education. The technical offices are supported by four support offices - Program & Project Development (PPD), Acquisition & Assistance (OAA), Financial Management (OFM), and Executive Office (EXO). USAID is co-located within the New Embassy Compound and subscribes to ICASS for most of its support services. As a Performance Management Focus Country, USAID/Liberia spearheads several USAID initiatives: Feed-the-Future, the Global Health Initiative, and the President's Malaria Initiative. It also manages the Millennium Challenge Corporation threshold program. The Mission is at the forefront of USAID/Forward's Implementation and Procurement Reform initiative. Liberia is a priority country.   B. Function of the Position The Financial Management Specialist will assume responsibility for the financial analysis, accounting and payment processing operations for the USAID/Liberia Mission. Given the size and complexity of the Liberia portfolio, this challenging and demanding position requires a senior/experienced financial management professional who has prior extensive USAID financial operations experience and strong English language skills. The position is located in the Office of Financial Management and reports to the Mission Controller. C. Major Roles and Responsibilitiesa. Support OFM core functions (60%)Reporting to the Mission Controller, the Financial Management Specialist supports and manages the budget, accounting, financial management and payment functions in USAID/Liberia OFM. These include financial analysis, budgeting, project accounting, administrative expense accounting and voucher examination functions. The incumbent plays a key role in OFM efforts to improve service quality and customer satisfaction. As such, the Financial Management Specialist will administer a comprehensive accounting, reporting and budgeting system designed to provide high quality service to OFM customers while providing senior mission management and USAID/W with timely financial information for making operating decisions. He / she will review all transactions, in electronic and manual formats, prior to the Controller's review and approval; coordinate with State FMO on the operation of Post ICASS function (including the accumulation, analysis and equitable distribution of ICASS costs to participating agencies); participate in the planning, installation and maintenance of an adequate system of internal control for the processing, accounting and reporting of all USAID obligation/liquidation actions; supervise the analysis and reconciliation of all program and administrative accounts with State, DOD and USAID/W, including 1221 management and timely liquidation of program and travel advances, etc. The incumbent will research, identify, recommend and lead the implementation of agency best practices in many areas of OFM operations, including distribution of shared administrative costs, accrual and pipeline management, financial reporting, including year-end requirements such as 1311 reviews, reconciliations, annual budget preparation, monthly and quarterly closing, etc. Other responsibilities include review OFM processes to identify strengths and weaknesses, including bottlenecks, and to the extent required, modify processes to streamline workflow and maximize efficiency.b. Participate in Public Financial Management assessments (15%)The incumbent participates in the performance of various types of assessments of partner country public financial management (PFM) and procurement systems; audits, risk assessments, financial and compliance reviews, host country contracting and/or financial management capability assessments. A key responsibility of the incumbent will be to support USAID/Liberia's technical teams to design, implement, scale up and manage their respective portfolios of ongoing and planned direct assistance activities with the Government of Liberia (GoL) and Liberia's local NGOs to meet USAID/Liberia targets on the Implementation and Procurement Reform Initiative. As such, he/she will work closely with senior officials from various GoL ministries, bilateral and multilateral donors working in the PFM area, and consultants. He/she coordinates the capacity building activities identified, endorsed and/or determined from assessments conducted on the national and sub-national Partner Country Systems and participates in the conduct of relevant financial management training and technical assistance aimed at strengthening PFM, Procurement, and internal control for Partner Country agencies. c. Manage USAID/Liberia internal and external audits and reviews (15%)The incumbent manages the administrative, operational, and programmatic activities involved in ensuring that USAID/Liberia OFM, technical teams, implementing partners, local NGOs and host country counterparts comply with USAID requirements pertaining to audits, financial reviews, internal control and compliance with relevant laws, regulations, policies and procedures. As part of his/her responsibilities, the incumbent manages all pre-award assessments, audits, control environment and risk assessments, cost effectiveness assessments, disbursement reviews, indirect cost rate reviews, pre-closeout and closeout reviews of USAID/Liberia-funded organizations. He/she will support the establishment and implementation of annual plans for performing financial management reviews of the Mission's implementing partners, lead efforts aimed at building the capacity of local NGOs, and will assist USAID/Liberia technical offices and partners in implementing appropriate corrective actions to strengthen internal financial, administrative and management control. The incumbent is the OFM lead on GMRA audits, OMB A-123 assessments, and Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act reviews, and other internal and external audits and assessments. d. Provide training to OFM LES cadre (10%)The incumbent provides supervision and training to FSN Accountants, Financial Analysts and Voucher Examiners in their daily activities and work requirements. This requires developing, implementing and monitoring short- and long-term work plans to meet the needs of OFM and the Mission; determining staff work priorities; assigning responsibilities as appropriate and assuring that all activities are carried out in a technically sound and cost-effective manner, in accordance with applicable Mission and Agency directives and requirements; identifying and resolving related Financial issues; training, mentoring and coaching OFM staff. To complement work plans, the Financial Management Specialist will develop and implement individual training plans which include on-the-job and formal training lessons in Liberia, Ghana and other locations. The Financial Management Specialist will also provide in-depth on-the-job training to new OFM FSN staff; mentor and train on-board OFM to assume expanded duties and responsibilities, leading to the potential to become Chief Financial Analyst or Chief Accountant in USAID/Liberia; improve staff skills in performing reconciliations, including training in CART, 1221, 224 reconciliations; Identify opportunities for cross-training of staff to ensure that there are back-ups for all critical roles and responsibilities required by OFM staff; Mentor DLI staff (assigned to OFM or rotating) on the roles and responsibilities of an FMO and ensure they develop a critical understanding of the linkages between FMO and their programmatic/technical roles; Review position descriptions for all OFM staff to ensure descriptions are current and reflect all duties and responsibilities of the incumbents; Ensure timely work objectives are defined and responsibilities assigned to each staff member are consistent with their training and position. The incumbent will be the subject matter expert and mission in-house trainer on current and new financial and related systems and tools, including Phoenix, GLAAS, E2, BFEM, ICASS, OPS Master, ABM/ABT, ASIST/Documentum, WebTA, MAPRS, etc. She/he will train personnel to utilize the ADS, FAM, and FAH as well as other associated policies, rules and regulations governing the administration and implementation of foreign assistance; and perform other duties as assigned by the controller. . D. Evaluation Factors/ Required Qualifications: In order to be considered for this position, a candidate must meet the Evaluation Factors/Required Qualifications listed below. These factors are listed in descending order of importance and will be the basis for the evaluation of applications. All applications will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted with the application. USAID reserves the right to contact your previous employers for relevant information concerning your performance and may consider such information in its evaluation. The highest ranking applicants may be selected for an interview but an interview is not always necessary. Additionally, writing samples may be requested. Applicants are encouraged to write a brief appendix to a resume or OF-612 to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training addresses the Evaluation Factors/ Required Qualifications listed below:a. Prior Work Experience (30 points): At least 10 (ten) years of progressively responsible experience in professional accounting, auditing, or financial management activity, at least 5 (five) years of which must have been with USAID in an accounting or financial management capacity.b. Skills and Abilities (25 points): Ability to perform sophisticated analysis of management controls and capabilities of partner/beneficiary organizations is required. Ability to evaluate financial aspects of activities and programs, institutional capacities and capabilities is required. Ability to present results and recommendations to a broad audience, both orally and in writing, is also required. Must have excellent training skills to effectively transfer knowledge and skills to Liberia OFM staff in the full range of OFM operations. Excellent interpersonal skills are required, as incumbent will frequently be working with the officials and staff of the Host government, Contractors, Grantees, and others who may be unfamiliar with USAID's programming and financial management requirements. She/he must have demonstrated the ability to develop and implement procedures and internal controls to ensure the integrity of financial data, implement financial processes and procedures required by US law or regulation, and develop requisite internal controls for local, regional, and international organizations essential for safeguarding USG resources. She/he must have the demonstrated ability to understand, interpret and apply federal and USAID rules, regulations and requirements to complex situations, as well as the requisite skills to teach and mentor others to do same.c. Job Knowledge (20 points):A thorough knowledge and understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), as well as governmental and not-for-profit accounting, budgeting and reporting are required. In depth working knowledge of general accounting, budgeting, reporting, and prevailing customs and practices as they apply to USAID accounting and auditing practices is required. A thorough knowledge of laws, regulations and procedures associated with USAID financial management is required. A thorough knowledge of USAID activity design, development, implementation and evaluation processes is essential. Knowledge of Public Financial Management systems, COSO Internal Control Framework, International auditing standards and related areas is highly desired. Demonstrated knowledge of pre-award requirements, post-award review and audit management of local grant and contract awards is required. d. Oral and Written Communication (15 points): Level IV English ability (fluent) is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, reflecting the ability to analyze and report clearly and concisely, to be demonstrated through interview, sample reports or articles written by the applicant.e. Education (10 points):A baccalaureate degree in Accounting is required. In addition, a Professional Certification, (e.g. ACCA or CPA) is highly preferred. A master's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field is highly desirable. E. Position Elementsa. Supervision Received: Duties are carried out largely independently but under the general supervision of the Mission Controller and Deputy Controller. Supervision at this level is normally confined to policy guidance although some technical supervision may be provided. The incumbent is expected to be independently responsible for advising on the assigned operations. Supervisory review consists of ensuring that work is accomplished in a timely manner in accordance with USAID policies, and that the staffs are trained in their duties. b. Supervision Exercised: The incumbent has supervisory responsibility over all OFM FSN staff. c. Available Guidelines: OMB Circulars and Bulletins, GAO, GAAP, GAAS, RIG Guidelines, FAR, CFR, ADS, USAID Automated Directives (ADS), Mission Orders, Administrative Notices, and other written guidelines issued by relevant authorities. General and International accounting and auditing principles must be interpreted and applied to programs and projects. d. Exercise of Judgment: Incumbent will exercise a high degree of independent judgment in performance of assigned tasks, especially pertaining to management of audits, risk assessments, pre-award surveys, and financial reviews; and to tasks related to staff training and mentoring, supervision of OFM functions. Incumbent also independently communicates, interacts and coordinates with host country officials, implementers, NGOs, CPA firms and other consultants working for OFM, USAID technical staff and senior mission management. A high degree of judgment will be required to provide guidance and assistance to a wide variety of high-level professionals in the Mission. S/he will work independently, take initiative, and manage a multi-cultural team. As a recognized expert and highly qualified professional, substantial reliance will be placed on the incumbent to independently plan, prioritize, and carry out the specific activities entailed in fulfilling major duties and responsibilities. The incumbent will be expected to rely on independent judgment to resolve problems that arise by determining the approaches to be taken and methodologies to be used. e. Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent will have no independent authority to commit funds on behalf of the U.S. Government.f. Nature, Level and Purpose of Contacts: Incumbent has frequent direct contact with mid to high-level officials in Government of Liberia, CPA firms and Mission senior leadership and DO teams for the purpose of resolving significant issues that may arise from assessment of host country systems, USAID G2G activities, financial management aspects of program/ project implementation, and the resolution and implementation of audit recommendations. In addition, incumbent maintains regular contact with USAID/Washington, USDOs in Charleston and Bangkok, USAID/Accra to discuss material differences arising from application of appropriations law, reconciliations, deob-reob requests, and funds control issues; and with Embassy Financial Management Officer to settle ICASS billing and expenses issues which may be contentious. g. Time Requirement to Perform Full Range of Duties: None: The Financial Management Specialist is expected to be an accomplished professional with the requisite skills to "hit the ground running." h. Limitations1) While the incumbent may supervise USPSCs and non-U.S. citizen employees, s/he may not supervise U.S. citizen direct-hire (USDH) employees of USAID as part of regular duties and responsibilities. S/he may supervise USDH employees on a limited basis not to exceed 60 days in any 180 day period to cover a temporary USDH absence.2) The incumbent may participate in personnel selection matters but may not be delegated authority to make a final decision on USDH personnel selections.3) The incumbent may be designated a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR). S/he may represent the Agency and communicate planning and implementation decisions. Communications that reflect a final policy decision of the Agency must be cleared by a USDH employee.4) The incumbent may not be authorized to sign (1) grants, contracts, and other obligations that require a warrant and (2) grants to foreign governments and public international organizations. S/he may be authorized to sign other obligating documents, e.g., travel authorizations (TAs), miscellaneous obligation documents (MODs), and SF-1190s (Foreign Allowances Application, Grant and Report). It is USAID policy that contracting and assistance warrants are issued only to USDH employees. Only the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) may issue a warrant, except that AIDAR 701.601(b) and 701.603-70 provide authority for heads of contracting activities to issue warrants for simplified acquisitions to qualified USDH employees on his or her staff. i. START DATE: July 1, 2016, contingent upon necessary clearances is obtained. j. POINT OF CONTACT: Sylvester BrowneDeputy Executive SpecialistUSAID/LiberiaMonrovia, Liberia E-mail: sbrowne@usaid.gov k. APPLYING: Qualified applicants are requested to submit: A. Most current Curriculum Vitae or Resume;B. Completed and signed AID Form 302-3 (Offeror Information for PersonalServices Contracts), which can be found at the followingWebsite: https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1866/a302-3.doc;C. Three references, who are not blood-related, with telephone and e-mail contacts;D. Brief appendix to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training address the minimumQualifications and Selection Criteria shown in the solicitation. Applications must be received by the closing date and time as specified in the Solicitation. TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for two years, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-13 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. 1. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120). Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing. Post Allowance (Section 220). Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230). Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260). Education allowance (Section 270). Educational Travel (Section 280). Post differential (Chapter 500). Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS: Employee's FICA Contribution Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance Pay Comparability Adjustment Annual Increase Eligibility for Worker's Compensation Annual & Sick Leave Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion 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 Less97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 1494-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs)93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - (AID Form 302-3) **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 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - (AID Form 302-3), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices).b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID Form 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester BrowneDeputy Executive SpecialistUSAID/LiberiaEmail: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.

Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor, USAID/Liberia

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published January 5, 2016  -  Deadline January 26, 2016
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SOL-669-16-000003 ISSUANCE DATE: January 5, 2016 CLOSING DATE: January 26, 2016 SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC) "Local Hire" for Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor, USAID/Liberia To All Interested Applicants The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications (Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - Form AID 302-3) from qualified U.S. Citizens resident in Liberia or Eligible Family Member (EFM) interested to provide services for Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor under a Personal Services Contract, as described in the attached solicitation. The place of performance for this position is Monrovia, Liberia. Submissions to this solicitation shall be in accordance with the attached information, at the place and time specified. Email submissions shall be sent to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be considered. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. USAID/Liberia will not consider an extension to the submission deadline for this procurement. Any questions or comments regarding this solicitation should be in writing and directed to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Phone calls or e-mail to any address other than the one specified in this solicitation will not be accepted. Sincerely, Barnett Chessin Supervisory Executive Officer USAID/Liberia USAID/Liberia Mailing Address: 8800 Monrovia Pl Dulles, VA 20189 ATTACHMENT 1: Solicitation 1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-16-000003 2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 5, 2016 3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: January 26, 2016 4PM Local time 4. POSITION TITLE: Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor, USAID/Liberia 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION (Base Pay): GS-13. ($73,115.00 - $95,048.00). Salary is not negotiable beyond this range. Salary to be paid within this grade will depend on experience, qualifications, and salary history. The standard compensation package also includes a contribution for life and health insurance and a contribution to FICA. 6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year, to start on or about March 1, 2016 with the possibility of extensions. Extensions will depend on the need for continuation of such services, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance. 7. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U. S. Citizen resident in Liberia or Eligible Family Member (EFM) only. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Based in Monrovia, Liberia 9. JOB DESCRIPTION: 1. Overview: Since the end of Liberia's civil war in the fall of 2003, USAID's programs have been instrumental in aiding the transition from relief and reconstruction. USAID/Liberia has shifted its emphasis to sustainable development, with programs that concentrate on establishing a stable democracy, changing the culture of impunity, systematic corruption and poor governance, closing severe gaps in access to quality education and health care, expanding economic opportunity through agricultural enterprise and natural resources management, and helping to rebuild essential infrastructure and sources of renewable energy. USAID is the largest bilateral donor in the country and maintains close relationships with a range of Government of Liberia counterparts. The Mission's development program focuses resources in four technical areas - Economic Growth, Health, Education and Democracy, Rights & Governance, which are supported by four support offices - Program and Project Development, Acquisition & Assistance, Financial Management and Executive. The Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor is located in the Mission's Program and Project Development Office. 2. Functions of the Position: Located in USAID/Liberia's Program and Project Development (PPD) Office, the Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor serves as a U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC) or Eligible Family member (EFM) who supports: i) the management of the Mission's environmental compliance activities; ii) the integration of USAID's Global Development Lab initiatives, in response to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), into the Mission's longer-term development portfolio; and iii) the coordination of the U.S. Government's (USG) interagency health activities with a primary focus on the implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The principal responsibility of the incumbent is working to ensure the successful implementation of mandatory environmental assessments as well as environmental compliance monitoring and reporting for all activities in the USAID/Liberia portfolio. USAID/Liberia intends to recruit for a Foreign Service National (FSN) Environmental Compliance Specialist to serve as the Mission Environmental Officer (MEO). The Advisor will work closely with the Environmental Compliance Specialist to assist that individual to come fully up to speed on the requirements of the position. Both of them will coordinate with the Deputy MEO as well as with the Mission Environmental Compliance Team (comprised of representatives from technical and support offices) to fulfill monitoring and reporting responsibilities on environmental compliance for USAID/Liberia's health; infrastructure; agriculture; natural resources management; democracy, rights and governance; education and other programs. In order to ensure prudent environmental management and compliance, he/she works closely with all Contracting/Agreement Officer's Representatives (COR/AOR) and their alternates, activity managers, Team Leaders and Office Directors. The incumbent develops and maintains professional contacts in both the public and private sectors, including Government of Liberia (GOL) officials, implementing partners, consultants, non-governmental organizations, and other relevant development partners in Liberia. Secondary responsibilities for the Advisor include working closely with the Global Development Lab's Ebola Response Technical Advisor (ERTA) and PPD's Team Leader for Planning and Resource Management to coordinate Lab-funded and USAID/Liberia-funded activities that relate to the utilization of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). In addition, the Advisor will assist with the implementation of the GHSA by supporting the coordination of the GHSA-related activities of USAID/Liberia and other U.S. Government agencies. Under the supervision of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer in the Knowledge and Implementation Management Team in PPD, the Advisor shall fulfill the following duties (60%): • Advising Teams, Activity Managers and CORs/AORs, Operating Unit heads and, as needed, Mission Management on: (1) how best to comply with USAID's Environmental Procedures over life of the project, including effective monitoring of partner implementation of the environmental mitigation measures required by Initial Environmental Examinations (IEEs) and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) and (2) how to obtain additional environmental expertise to assist in compliance with USAID's mandatory environmental procedures when needed. • Through DO Team Leaders, ensure that A/CORs, COs and Acquisition staff are applying the Environmental Compliance Language (ECL)ADS 204 Help Document to all new solicitations and awards, especially the requirements for development, budgeting, implementation and monitoring of Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plans (EMMPs). • Draft environmental documentation, or help identify technical drafting services, when needed for complex IEEs and EAs. The incumbent will work closely with members of the Environmental Compliance Team as they support these functions within their Teams. In addition, s/he will maintain a log tracking the status of environmental documentation for the Mission's portfolio to support reporting functions, as well as the other responsibilities enumerated herein. • Advising implementing partners on how to ensure compliance with the environmental threshold decisions and monitoring and mitigation measures pertaining to their projects. • Serving as the Mission Point of Contact with the Bureau Environmental Officers and Regional Environmental Advisors until such time as a full-time MEO has been recruited and is able to perform the full range of duties of the position. • Conducting occasional training of implementing partner and Mission staff on implementation of 22 CFR 216 and environmentally sound project design and management. • Reviewing quality and completeness of all 22 CFR 216 documents. All Mission 22 CFR 216 documents must be cleared by the MEO; the incumbent and deputy MEO will clear these documents in the absence of a full-time MEO. These documents include Initial Environmental Examinations (IEE), Requests for Categorical Exclusions (RCE), Environmental Screening Form and Environmental Review and Reports (ESF/ERRs), Environmental Assessment Scoping Statements (EASS), Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plans (PERSUAP), Water Quality Assurance Plans (WQAP), IEE or EA Amendments or other documents developed in fulfillment of 22 CFR 216 requirements. • Serving as USAID/Liberia's principal expert on environmental compliance monitoring of all projects covering a range of technical areas including: health, infrastructure, agriculture, natural resources management, democracy and governance, education and other cross-cutting areas. The incumbent will work closely with AORs/CORs and their alternates, discussing any compliance issues and accompanying them on regular site visits. Site visits will be documented with a site visit report that details compliance issues, if any, and recommendations for corrective actions. Based on monitoring experience, the incumbent develops environmental monitoring checklists for different technical sectors and a tracking log for projects and activities. • Preparing a quarterly monitoring report that summarizes the quarter's site visits, compliance issues and recommended corrective actions. In addition, the report documents the implementation of previous quarters' corrective actions until resolved. • Ensuring that "best practices" for environmental compliance and environmentally sound project design and management are documented and shared within and outside the Mission. Under the supervision of the Team Leader for Planning and Resource Management in PPD, the Advisor shall fulfill the following duties (30%): • Support current initiatives and the development of new opportunities in the areas of digital payments, connectivity/inclusion, and data system harmonization. • Liaise with USAID/Liberia's technical teams and the ERTA to ensure that Lab-funded ICT investments and USAID/Liberia ICT investments are integrated and support the implementation of the Mission's Country Development Cooperation Strategy (FY 2013 - 2017). • Facilitate the transition of Ebola-funded ICT programs into sustainable longer-term digital development activities to be funded by the Mission or other parties. • Serve as AOR or Activity Manager for Mission-funded digital development activities. • Provide support to and serve as the USAID/Liberia coordination point of contact on behalf of the Embassy Monrovia Interagency Health Working Group (HWG). • Facilitate/support HWG meetings and ensure the free flow of information and program documentation. • Assist HWG represented agencies in reporting to and coordinating with agency headquarters units. • Synthesize and disseminate HWG input into reporting products. Under the supervision of the Team Leader for Planning and Resource Management in PPD, the Advisor shall fulfill the following duties (10%): • Participate in USAID/Liberia program design and planning activities as appropriate including strategy development, portfolio reviews, program design, cross-cutting and special projects, technical evaluation committees, etc. 3. Minimum Qualifications a. Education: A Bachelor's degree, from any recognized university, in environmental science, environmental management, environmental engineering or other closely related field, is required. A graduate degree (Master's or doctorate) in one of the above listed disciplines is preferred. b. Prior Work Experience: Five-seven years of increasingly responsible relevant work experience, three of which must be in an environmental monitoring and/or evaluation position. Must have a proven track record of professional involvement and achievements, particularly in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and environmental compliance monitoring. Demonstrated program management skills and experience managing professionals of multidisciplinary backgrounds. Experience developing environmental procedures and guidelines is strongly desirable. Experience in designing projects, contract and grants management and budget development and management is desirable. c. Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) oral and written English is required d. Job Knowledge: Knowledge of Liberian and other development institutions working in Liberia is required. The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of environmental problems, policies and constraints that can be applicable in Liberia. Genuine understanding of sustainable policy and strategic options that consider socio-economic, environmental and cultural aspects is critical as is a working familiarity with current international "best practices" and Liberia-appropriate models for environmental assessment, mitigation and monitoring. Knowledge of the work of other donor agencies in Liberia with respect to environmental management activities is a plus. Incumbent must be able to write analytical reports on environmental compliance and monitoring issues. e. Skills and Abilities: Must have strong analytical skills. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels within the US government's Liberia Mission, as well as with national and local GOL institutions, and the private sector. The ability to develop and maintain mid- to senior-level contacts with GOL and USG officials, the private sector and NGO representatives is required. Must be able to clearly and diplomatically provide technical and policy guidance to project managers and contractors as and when needed. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is required professional competency, both written and oral. 4. Selection Criteria Applicants meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and obtained through reference checks. Following are the evaluation criteria for this position: a. Education Background (10 points) b. Work Experience (30 points) c. Job Knowledge (30 points) d. Skills and Abilities (30 points) INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an (Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - Form AID 302-3),, cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices). b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester Browne Supervisory Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Email: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. NOTE: attachments to an e-mail must not exceed 3 MB. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).  Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing.  Post Allowance (Section 220).  Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).  Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).  Education allowance (Section 270).  Educational Travel (Section 280).  Post differential (Chapter 500).  Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS:  Employee's FICA Contribution  Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance  Pay Comparability Adjustment  Annual Increase  Eligibility for Worker's Compensation  Annual & Sick Leave  Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion 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 97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts 97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services 97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract 96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave 96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs 96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 14 94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) 93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Form AID 302-3 **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 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job.

Senior Education

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published June 6, 2016
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1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-16-000007 2. ISSUANCE DATE: May 23, 2016 3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME: June 14, 2016, 4:30 pm Local Time, Monrovia, Liberia 4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Education Advisor 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION: The position is the equivalent of a GS-15 ranging from $102,626 to $133,443 per annum. Final compensation will be based on the individual's salary and work history, experience and educational background, within the above salary range. 6. EVALUATION FACTORS: Evaluation will be based on a 100-point Scale: Experience (30 Points), Technical knowledge and abilities (40 Points),Written communication (20) and Education (10 Points). 7. Period of performance: A base of one (1) year with an option of a one-year extension. Exercise of option will depend on a continuing need for services, availability of funds and satisfactory or better performance. 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia 9. SECURITY ACCESS: Secret Clearance (USPSCs) and Facility Access (TCNPSCs) 10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens or Third Country Nationals 11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: BACKGROUND: USAID/Liberia's Education Office supports development goals and objectives as set out in USAID's 2013-2017 Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) under the Development Objective "Better Educated Liberians" (DO4). USAID aims to increase educational achievement in Liberia by improving the educational opportunities provided to Liberian children, youth, and young adults. USAID seeks to address the critical shortage of qualified teachers, as well as strengthen institutional capacity, which is necessary to support teachers. Long standing impacts from the 14-year civil war, compounded by the recent school closure due to the Ebola Viral Disease outbreak continue to take a toll on the fragile education system. After nearly 14 years of peace, Liberia is still in the process of rebuilding its educational system and remains significantly behind most other African countries in nearly all education statistics. The ability to make headway in reversing declines in Liberia's education system is further challenged by frequent turnover of key policy and technical staff within the Ministry of Education. The key donor-partners active in the education sector include the European Union, UNICEF, World Bank, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Food Program and the Open Society Foundation (OSF). With contributions exceeding those of all the other partners combined, USAID is the largest donor in the sector. USAID's recent education programs focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning in early grade reading and math, and increasing equitable access to safe learning opportunities for girls and for youth who missed out on education due to postwar reconstruction and a weak education system. USAID is helping rebuild the curricula, teaching and management staff, instructional and learning resources, data systems and policy environment essential to providing quality basic education services to all Liberians. For more information about USAID/Liberia and its Education Programs, please see: https://www.usaid.gov/liberia USAID/Liberia's Education Office (EO) Overview: USAID EO is currently putting in place new activities to achieve its CDCS DO4; "Better Educated Liberians" and the Quality, Access and Governance Project. These activities fit the Liberian political and developmental environment and contribute directly to the goals of USAID's Education Strategy. The CDCS identifies staffing needs for the EO to implement a range of programming in educational strengthening and reform at both the basic and higher education levels. These are aimed to improve access equitable access to education, increase school enrollment, improve the quality of education, and enhance education sector governance and management. The EO is working towards meeting identified staffing needs in the CDCS and for the DO4 activities. Current staffing is capped at eight full-time persons. The staffing plan includes: • Education Office Director (EOD) and Deputy Education Office Director (DEOD)• Senior Education Advisor• Local staff of five including four education specialists and one project assistant The EO portfolio is in a period of transition. Flagship programs in teacher training and girls' education have closed while the youth program is coming to a close. The team is entering an intense period of activity design that will set the course for the portfolio over the next 3-5 years. Government counterparts have issued new policy priorities and are eager to see tangible improvements in the education sector before elections take hold in 2017. As the largest bilateral donor in Liberia, USAID exercises strong leadership in coordinating donor responses to the Government's engagement in education. To program resources effectively in shifting internal and external contexts, it is essential that the EO team be organized appropriately, staffed with qualified personnel, and has an effective division of responsibility. The team needs a strategic approach to making design decisions and engaging in a reorganization process.11. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Senior Education Advisor will serve primarily as one of the Mission's senior technical and policy analysts in this sector. S/he will provide senior-level technical support to the Education Office. S/he will bring state-of-the-art knowledge and international best practices of education policy, strategy, programming and impact measurement, and be able to apply these to the team's portfolio. S/he will also be expected to coordinate with the Mission's other DO/Technical Office teams to identify opportunities to maximize synergies across portfolios. The incumbent will liaise with host government partners, other donors, and implementing partners, and the Global Partnership for Education and represent the EO in events sponsored by USAID development partners, including conferences, workshops, donor subgroup meetings and other relevant meetings on education. The Senior Education Advisor will contribute to mentoring staff in the EO and represent USAID with a diverse set of education stakeholders. The Advisor will use her/his professional experience to promote collaboration and mutual accountability within USAID Liberia, with senior Liberian government officials and other stakeholders. As such, the incumbent is expected to exercise a high level of professional judgment on technical and political sensitivities make recommendations to the EO Director and other USAID Mission senior leadership. The position will be highly visible and a key component of broader US government efforts to advance objectives in Education. S/he advises the Senior Management team to help with the Education program's budgeting, planning, design, procurement, implementation, evaluation and monitoring, reporting, and activity management efforts. The Senior Education Advisor may serve as Acting Office Director during his/her absence. In the absence of EOD and Deputy the Advisor may directly supervise and provide activity management and planning guidance to the EO team. S/he reports to the Education Office Director. 1. Technical and Policy Adviser (40%) The incumbent is expected to serve as a senior and trusted technical and policy adviser to the EOD. This includes, but is not limited to: • Supporting the EO in planning, designing, implementing and monitoring activities under the education portfolio in order to achieve a high level of excellence in program impact and cost-effectiveness • Reviewing USAID and other donor activities in education to ensure maximum coordination and leverage for USAID policy initiatives• Supporting the EOD to cultivate contacts with other education donors and implementing partners the Liberia with respect to best practices in planning, implementing, managing and monitoring education activities • Playing an active role in the ESDC and serving as the chief liaison to the GPE; thus playing a pivotal role in the effective management of donor resources directed to improving education and educational facilities in Liberia• Advising the EOD and other senior Mission management on political, economic and social developments affecting education and educational development in Liberia• Serving as one of the USG's principal liaisons with the Liberia Minister of Education and education counterparts 2. Program Monitoring, Reporting, and Budgeting (30%)The incumbent supports the EO's evaluation and budgeting requirements by providing advice as follows:• In coordination with the Program and Financial Management Offices, ensure that correct funding levels and appropriate expenditures are maintained and accounted for; that funds are used appropriately and within budgetary limits; and prepare budget analyses for activity monitoring and reporting• Advises and collaborates closely with the EO staff in estimating budgetary requirements, following-up and evaluating the results of education activities • Designing or directing appropriate research activities to collect information from a variety of sources. Prepare factual, statistical, and analytical reports, on the effectiveness of education, both written and oral • Advises the EOD M&E Education Specialist about measurement of the education programs' progress against established goals and objectives in the Mission Strategy and the Education Program Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP), and updates the PMP as required. Aids in drafting responses to incoming EO queries and requests, ensuring Mission clearance and timely responses 3. Program Management and Oversight (30%)As appropriate, the Senior Education Advisor is expected to play a major role related to the conceptualization, design, documentation, and/or management of education activities. This includes but is not limited to:• Serving as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), Agreement Officer's Representative (AOR) or as an alternate COR or alternate AOR to provide project management, oversight, and support • Drafting and finalizing scopes of work, budgets, and scheduling of technical assistance for EO portfolio activities • Ensuring timely and systematic submission of reports, preparing oral and written reports, and keeping the EOD informed of activity status • Reviewing all activity reports and collaborating with A/COR to take action, including recommending activity evaluations, modifications, measures to rectify implementation problems or to improve monitoring and reporting • Identifying existing and potential problem areas and propose specific actions to resolve them after consulting with appropriate Mission staff and contractors/grantees• Supporting EOD to cultivate contacts with other education donors and implementing partners in Liberia with respect to best practices in planning, implementing, managing and monitoring education activities within compliance with established strategies and regulations • Advises other A/CORs and the Contracting Officer to ensure that all EO activity procurement actions are coordinated in a timely fashion with contractors/grantees 12. POSITION ELEMENTS The Senior Education Advisor will handle all assigned work either independently or, as required, as part of the teams identified above, according to established Mission policies, practices and programmatic guidance, and in accordance with all applicable USAID regulations and guidance as provided in the USAID ADS and elsewhere. The Senior Education Advisor is expected to make independent judgments that can be defended as necessary. As a highly qualified professional, substantial reliance is placed on the employee to independently plan and carry out the specific activities entailed in fulfilling major duties and responsibilities. The employee will resolve problems that arise by determining the approaches to be taken and methodologies to be used, developing, coordinating, and clearing proposed solutions with all necessary parties, and taking appropriate actions necessary to resolve the problem. a. Supervision Received/Exercised: The Senior Education Advisor will work under the general supervision and policy guidance of the Education Director or his/her designee. The Education Director or his/her designee will review and approve the Senior Education Advisor's work plan and performance measures. Supervision will be generally confined to weekly staff meetings and scheduled biweekly consultations. In carrying out specific assignments, the Senior Education Advisor will consult and work closely with the Liberian government, international donors and their implementing partners. The Senior Education Advisor will also work closely with senior USG officials in Liberia and with USAID headquarters and the Department of State. As Senior Education Advisor, he/she will collaborate with members of other technical and support offices in the Mission, as well as other USG agencies and implementing partners who will implement the full range of USAID/LIBERIA's programs over a strategy period. The Senior Education Advisor may serve as Acting EOD during the absence of a US Direct Hire officer. In the absence of the EOD, the Advisor may directly supervise or provide activity management and planning guidance to the EO team. b. Available Guidelines: The incumbent is required to understand and analyze Mission and Agency-specific policies and procedures which govern implementation of educational development activities, in addition to the USAID/LIBERIA established administrative operating procedures, policies and formats. The incumbent will be required to be proactive in keeping abreast of evolving guidelines and policies which affect overall support to educational reform within the Liberia Mission; including but not limited to the Automated Directives System (ADS), Mission Orders, Mission Notices, USG Procurement regulations, and USAID and State Program Strategy and Policy Documents. The incumbent will be required to follow mandatory guidelines in ADS 103.3.1.1 on the delegation of roles and responsibilities to USPSCs. c. Decision Making /Exercise in Judgment: At the full performance level, it is expected that the incumbent will exercise considerable independence and decision making authority in carrying out duties, subject to final review by the Education Director d. Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent will have no independent authority to commit U.S. Government (USG) Mission funds. e. Nature, Level and Purpose of Contacts: Contacts are with senior management within USAID, high-level government officials in Liberia, government officials from other countries as appropriate, consultants, contractors, grantees, or business executives f. Complexity: Analyzes inter-related issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of individual contracts, grants and cooperative agreements. Develops detailed plans, goals, and objectives for the long-range implementation and administration of the education program, and/or develops criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the program. Decisions concerning design, planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating individual educational development activities are complicated by the difficulty of operating in a politically sensitive country. Coordination of several grantees and contractors requires in depth knowledge of the educational background, capabilities and interests of the government of Liberia 13. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is at times physically demanding. During site visits, there may be some additional physical exertion; including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain or the carrying of moderately heavy material. 14. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Travel within Liberia is required. The Senior Education Advisor will be required to prepare and provide reports as required to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities described above. The Senior Education Advisor will also provide in writing such reports on work progress or advice on education issues as may be required from time-to-time by Senior Mission Management or other senior USAID officials. The Senior Education Advisor will also submit in-country trip reports on all travel performed during the contract period. The Senior Education Advisor will maintain contact and interact technically and professionally in a highly collaborative manner with a wide range of parties, including high level officials in Liberia, and other international organizations; senior officials of Liberian government ministries; and experts provided under assistance programs sponsored by non-governmental organizations and foreign government donors. The Senior Education Advisor may also be required to interact with officials of other USG agencies involved in education endeavors. The Senior Education Advisor will also closely coordinate with the Mission's other technical offices and Program Office on all matters of mutual programmatic interest. In the absence of EOD and the Deputy, the Advisor may directly supervise or provide activity management and planning guidance to the EO team. 15. START DATE: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained. 16. POINT OF CONTACT: See Cover Letter. 17. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SELECTION CRITERIA: 1. Education (10 points): The successful candidate must have at least a Bachelor Degree in education, international relations, or a related field. An advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in international education, international relations, African regional studies, or a related field is desirable but not required. 2. Work Experience (30 points): a) A minimum of 10 years work experience in educational development, training, African development, or a related area, preferably working for an international donor organization with programs fostering development of education, is required. b) A minimum of 10 years of progressive levels of authority and responsibility managing programs, resources and personnel in overseas, developing country settings. c) A minimum of five years of experience in strategic planning and education program design, program planning and budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation of education and training activities is required.d) Experience resolving problems in a team context, while maintaining an aggressive work pace, in order to produce results under intense scrutiny is strongly preferred.e) Experience and familiarity with Africa, and sensitivity to sociocultural aspects bearing on education within an African context is strongly preferred. 3. Technical Knowledge and Abilities (40 points):a) Demonstrated ability to provide oversight of large complex activities that are implemented under challenging social and political conditions, in particular education projects.b) Demonstrated ability to function with minimal supervision to address complex and challenging interagency and political dynamics is required.c) Experience-based knowledge of USAID educational design, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge of USAID budgetary and procurement processes and property management principles in a developing country context, preferably with an international donor organization.d) Demonstrated analytical and independent decision-making skills in demanding work environments.e) Knowledge of USAID management and monitoring systems is preferred.f) Demonstrated expertise and knowledge of education systems, methods, models and approaches is desirable. Demonstrated ability to lead systemic planning and to establish realistic benchmarks, milestones, and intermediate and terminal project targets is desirable. g) Knowledge and experience in the design, implementation and/or evaluation of development programs that have improved basic education h) Ability to creatively identify, propose and win support of major stakeholders to solve complex issues and to work collaboratively. 4. Communication Skills (20 points)(a) Ability to engage in discussions with government officials, other donors, international implementers, non-governmental organizations, U.S. Embassy and USAID officials.b) Demonstrated skills in facilitating meetings and making oral presentations logically and persuasively to senior officials and partners in a multi-cultural context.c) Demonstrated skills in communicating quickly, clearly, and concisely in both speech and writing. Maximum Points Available: 100. 18. APPLYING: Qualified applicants are requested to submit: A. Most current Curriculum Vitae or Resume;B. Completed and signed AID Form 302-3 (Offeror Information for PersonalServices Contracts), which can be found at the followingWebsite: https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1866/a302-3.doc;C. Three references, who are not blood-related, with telephone and e-mail contacts;D. Brief appendix to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training address the minimumQualifications and Selection Criteria shown in the solicitation. Applications must be received by the closing date and time as specified in the Solicitation. TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for one year, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-15 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. 1. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120). Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing. Post Allowance (Section 220). Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230). Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260). Education allowance (Section 270). Educational Travel (Section 280). Post differential (Chapter 500). Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS: Employee's FICA Contribution Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance Pay Comparability Adjustment Annual Increase Eligibility for Worker's Compensation Annual & Sick Leave Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion 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 Less97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 1494-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs)93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - (AID Form 302-3) **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 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - (AID Form 302-3), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices).b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID Form 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester BrowneDeputy Executive SpecialistUSAID/LiberiaEmail: sbrowne@usaid.gov and amangou@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.
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