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South Africa School-Based Sexuality and HIV Prevention Education Activity

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published March 3, 2014  -  Deadline April 17, 2017
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Catholic Religious Education Coordinator

Department of the Air Force, Air Education and Training Command | Published January 11, 2017  -  Deadline March 13, 2017
Please see attachments for the position of the Catholic Religious Education Coordinator at the Columbus Air Force Base Chapel in Columbus, Mississippi.

Advanced Occupational Education (AOE) Services

Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons | Published January 10, 2017  -  Deadline March 1, 2017
The Federal Bureau of Prisons, Field Acquisition Office, Grand Prairie, TX, intends to issue solicitation RFQP04031700007 for the provision of Advanced Occupational Education Program (hereinafter referred to as AOE) Services. The services will be provided to individuals who are under the custody and care of the Federal Bureau of Prisons within a secure correctional environment, located at the Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood located in Littleton, Colorado. The contract type is an indefinite delivery/requirements contract with firm-fixed unit price. The award will be made to the responsible vendor or individual who submits the most advantageous quote to the Government based on price related factors only. The contract periods for the service will consist of a base year and four option years. The Contractor shall provide an AOE Program which may include, but are not limited to courses: 1) Vocational Training encompassing Auto Cad, Graphic Design, Construction, Green Career Fields, Project Management; 2) Horticulture classes encompassing construction, maintenance and implementation of a greenhouse operation; and 3) Business Administration encompassing Entrepreneurship, Office Systems Technology, Marketing, Accounting, Customer Service and Communication Studies. The Contractor shall provide a program for an estimated 20 students per class. Services shall include the provision of on-site academic instruction and appropriate academic advisement, instructional/course materials, course registration, assessment testing, record-keeping, textbooks, certificates of completion and all services and materials customarily provided to AOE students and applicable to the inmate population at the FCI and FPC. Upon completion of each certificate program, the Contractor shall provide one copy of each student's official transcript and a certificate of completion for each student who completes the program to the Supervisor of Education (SOE). In addition, the Contractor shall provide the SOE with one copy of an unofficial transcript for each student who enrolls in, but does not complete the program. All official transcripts, unofficial transcripts and/or certificates of completion shall be provided to the Supervisor of Education within two weeks of the completion of each program, in accordance with procedures set forth herein. The Contractor will provide an AOE certificate program at the FCI and FPC. The Contractor shall provide an estimated nine (9) hours of classroom instruction per week for each of an estimated 2 courses. Each course shall consist of at least 100 total instructor/student contact hours. Each program shall be three to four months in length, and an estimated six (6) programs shall be completed during each year. The contractor must be accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation program such as the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, or an official State agency. The solicitation will be available on or about February 1, 2017 and will be distributed solely through the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fedbizopps.gov. All future information concerning this acquisition, including solicitation amendments, will be distributed solely through this website. Interested parties are responsible for monitoring this site to ensure you have the most up-to-date information about this acquisition. Hard copies of the solicitation will not be available. The website provides all downloading instructions to obtain a copy of the solicitation. The anticipated date for receipt of quotes is on or about March 1, 2017. Faith-Based and Community-Based organizations can submit offers/bids/quotations equally with other organizations for contracts for which they are eligible. All contractors doing business with the Federal Government are advised that this future solicitation includes the clause FAR 52.212-5 (Apr 2005) for Commercial Items and System for Award Management (SAM). This clause requires all contractors doing business with the federal government after September 30, 2003, to be registered in the SAM database at www.sam.gov. Contractors should include their Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number in their offers. The Contracting Officer will verify registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to award by entering the potential awardees DUNS number into the SAM database. The acquisition is unrestricted. The North American Industrial Classification (NAICS) code is 611210 with a small business size standard of $20.5 million.

Center Drivers Education Scope Of Work

Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration | Published December 28, 2016  -  Deadline January 27, 2017
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ESTABLISH COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER - AIRCRAFT DIVISION AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLABORATING ON BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECTS IN NATURAL SCIENCE, HUMANITIES AND MATHEMATICS

Department of the Navy, Naval Air Systems Command | Published March 31, 2016  -  Deadline March 31, 2017
THE INTENT OF THIS BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT IS TO ESTABLISH COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER - AIRCRAFT DIVISION AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLABORATING ON BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECTS IN NATURAL SCIENCE, HUMANITIES AND MATHEMATICS
BAA CLOSING DATE: 03/31/2017
THIS BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT IS LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING GEOGRAPHIC AREAS: ST. MARY'S COUNTY, MD, CALVERT COUNTY, MD AND CHARLES COUNTY, MD, AS ACCESS TO NAWCAD LABORATORIES WILL BE REQUIRED.
1. INTRODUCTIONThe Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) is soliciting white papers from universities, colleges, and educational research institutes in order to establish Cooperative Agreements (CAs) that will support research in the areas of Natural Science, Humanities, and Mathematics. The purpose is to improve U.S. Naval capability, respond to current critical needs, and to develop broad options for countering adversarial technologies. To support this mission, the white paper must provide solutions that will enable future capability and/or enhance current readiness.
NAWCAD's technical challenges are broad and inherently multidisciplinary in nature. The scientific and technological core capabilities being developed at NAWCAD include but are not limited to air vehicles, power & propulsion, avionics, human systems, weapons & energetics, warfare analysis, research & intelligence, simulation & modeling, and test & evaluation.2. BACKGROUND The purpose of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is to establish an agreement between NAWCAD and universities, colleges, or other educational research institutes to conduct basic and applied research in support of Naval Aviation. Agreement holders may work on a broad range of research projects in close cooperation with NAWCAD subject matter experts (SMEs). These collaborative agreements will enhance the overall ability to execute advanced research projects. The work performed shall be in direct support of NAWCAD. Activities shall include but are not limited to:
• Conducting research in current and emerging technologies. NAWCAD's technical interest spans the continuum from science to product.• Teaming with academia and DOD agencies to find the most appropriate solution to current and future warfighter requirements.• Promoting technology transfer using NAWCAD's facilities including operational aircraft test beds.• Providing technical assistance and training associated with different types, models, and series of aircrafts.• Providing SMEs in specific areas of aviation expertise.• Providing research and development for projects in the areas of planning, design, development, construction, and training of fixed and rotary wing aircraft.• Conducting short courses and seminars to address unique topics and issues in research and development as determined by NAWCAD SMEs for current and future aircrafts.• Providing and participating in internships and sabbaticals for professors and students.3. AREAS OF INTEREST
NAWCAD has spent considerable time identifying and defining critical areas of research referred to as the core capabilities within the departments of Research & Engineering, Test & Evaluation, and Logistics. Specific areas of research addressed by this BAA include but are not limited to the following areas:
Systems Engineering - Areas of collaboration include but are not limited to the following: systems safety engineering, air platform development and integration, system of systems architectures, aviation/ship integration, combat survivability, reliability and maintainability engineering, anti-tamper engineering, electromagnetic environmental effects engineering, and manufacturing.
Cost Analysis - Areas of collaboration include but are not limited to the following: cost modeling, cost estimating, database development and management, and the development of cost, schedule, and technical algorithms and tools.
Air Vehicles - Areas of collaboration include but are not limited to the following: reliability engineering, aero-mechanics & flight controls, structural mechanics, life management of airframes, material science, airframe materials, corrosion prevention & control, thermal management, fire & ice protection, subsystem function, design, integration and maintainability (mechanical systems, hydraulics, pneumatics and landing gear), and fuel containment/aerial refueling.
Power and Propulsion (P&P) - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: reliability engineering, fuel systems, controls and diagnostics, air-breathing engines, fuels and lubricants, electric power generation, auxiliary power, low observable signature technologies, propulsion life management, and mechanical systems.
Avionics - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: flight information systems, electronic warfare systems, radio frequency engineering, signal processing, electro-optic engineering, acoustic engineering, software development & quality assurance, mission computer technology, target recognition and communication networks.
Human Systems - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: cockpit controls and displays, ergonomics, anthropomorphic measurement, human performance assessment & modeling, flight gear, protective equipment, survival equipment, chemical-biological gear, fire suppression, virtual environments, and human factor engineering (social, behavioral, cultural) and reliability.
Weapons and Energetics - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: launch and recovery equipment, electro-magnetics, high-energy generation and control, environment sensing, prognostics & health monitoring, automatic testing of hardware and software, displays, information systems & intelligent agents, advanced computer & data processing applications.
Support Equipment - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: launch and recovery equipment, electro-magnetics, high-energy generation and control, environmental sensing, prognostics & health monitoring, automatic testing of hardware and software, displays, information systems & intelligent agents, advanced computer & data processing applications.
Warfare Analysis - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: operational suitability, maritime effectiveness, aircraft concepts, weapons concepts, decision analysis, vulnerability, and capability based assessment.
Research and Intelligence - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: image and signal processing, unmanned systems, optics research & fabrication and chemical detection.
Test and Evaluation Engineering - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: telemetry, communications, data links & data acquisition, mission system testing, target engineering, airborne threat simulation, integrated battle-space simulation & test, hardware-in-the-loop testing, flight instrumentation, ground radar analysis, test article configuration, navigation and identification.
Simulation and Modeling - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: weapon training systems, parallel computing, virtual environments, tactical decision-making, training technologies, verification, and validation.
Logistics and Industrial Operations - Areas of research include but are not limited to the following: maintenance planning, logistics planning, integration of maintenance and logistics support elements, projection of workload, planning and implementation of modifications, and the design of readiness improvement.
4. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
Proposal submissions shall follow a two-phased approach. The first phase shall consist of submission of a technical white paper, discussed below. Phase II, submission of full proposals, is by invitation only. No further Request for Information (RFI), solicitation, or other announcement of this opportunity will be made. White papers may be submitted at any time up to the closing date of the BAA. Offerors may submit white papers within one or more of the areas of interest listed in previous paragraphs.
4.1 PHASE I - PROPOSAL ABSTRACTS
Offerors shall submit a technical white paper, not to exceed five pages. The white paper shall address one or more of the areas identified above. White papers will be evaluated quarterly. All proprietary portions of the white paper shall be clearly identified and will be treated with the strictest confidence. The white paper shall include:
• The need for the proposed research, interactions, joint research, sabbaticals, etc.;• how Naval Aviation / the Warfighter will benefit (including commercial applications if applicable);• technology challenges that must be overcome;• brief description of the technical approach and facilities involved;• annual cost estimate if applicable; and• anticipated sharing arrangement between the Government and submitting organization (facilities, equipment, people, etc.).
Submission of a proposal shall constitute consent to disclose proprietary information to all Government source selection participants.
The cover sheet for the white paper shall identify:
1. BAA Number;2. University, College, or Educational Research Institute Name;3. Other Team Members and type of business for each;4. Technical Points of Contact (including phone, fax, and e-mail information) at the University, College, or Educational Research Institute;5. Administrative Point of Contact (including phone, fax, and e-mail information) University, College, or Educational Research Institute; and6. One paragraph that summarizes the relationship of the proposal to the BAA.
Overview of the Proposed Work / Interactions shall include:
• A summary of proposed concepts;• an estimated timeframe for completion of project;• a brief description of the facilities involved;• a brief resume of the principle investigator(s);• a rough order of cost magnitude; and,• the anticipated sharing arrangement (if applicable).
Phase I White papers shall be submitted electronically. Phase I white papers submitted in response to this announcement will be reviewed by NAWCAD's Science and Technology community. Only Offerors' who's Phase I - White Papers that are of interest to the Government and considered capable of meeting Program requirements will be requested to submit a Phase II - Full Proposal.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE AGREEMENT HOLDERS:Current registration in the DoD's System for Award Management (SAM) database is a prerequisite for receiving an award resulting from this BAA. For more information, please contact the Federal Service Desk at 1-866-606-8220 or go to the SAM website at: https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-398) required Contractors to submit invoices electronically, and the Department of Defense (DoD) to process electronically, requests for payment under DoD contracts. Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) is a web-based application that allows DoD Vendors to submit and track their invoices, receipts, and acceptance documents electronically. Offerors shall submit payment requests and receiving reports using WAWF. For more information, please contact the WAWF Help Desk at 1-800-756-4571, and select option 6 or go on-line to the WAWF Information website at: http://www.dfas.mil/ecommerce/wawf/info.html4.2 PHASE II - FULL PROPOSAL
4.2.1 General Information
Request and/or submission of a full proposal does not constitute an agreement and does not guarantee award selection. Offerors will not be reimbursed for bid and proposal costs.
Proposals shall be submitted with an original signature of an authorizing official to rebecca.wathen@navy.mil and jeffrey.s.boyce@navy.mil. Proposal submission is not restricted in any way to any particular entity. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities are encouraged to participate. The NAICS Code for this BAA is 541712.
Submit Phase II Full Proposals electronically in two (2) volumes: Volume I Technical and Volume II Cost.
(1) VOLUME I - TECHNICAL PROPOSALS shall not exceed thirty (30) pages and shall include the following three sections:
1) Section 1 - Executive Summary: Provide a brief technical and business summary of the contents of the proposal. The technical summary shall address the proposal's technical goals, approach, interactions, and expected results. The business summary shall address business and/or commercial applications of the proposal technology.
2) Section 2 - Technical Issues: Provide a detailed narrative of the proposed technical approach, objectives, staffing, and resources relating to the development of the proposed technology for military and commercial (if applicable) use. Additionally, the following areas shall be addressed:
• Discuss specifically the technical objectives of this proposed effort;• Provide a Statement of Work (SOW) that discusses the specific tasks to be accomplished, tied to the specific approach, and goals of the project;• Provide resumes for Principle Investigator(s) and other key research personnel;• Describe the current and planned facilities and equipment to accomplish the research objectives; and• Provide a narrative of your past performance on similar efforts including initial office set-up.
The Statement of Work shall not be marked as proprietary as the SOW will be utilized in the resultant agreement/order.
3) Section 3 - Business Issues: Discuss the business issues relating to the commercial applications of the proposed development and its impact on the market and detail benefits to the Department of Defense (DoD), if applicable.
(2) VOLUME II - COST/FUNDING PROPOSAL. Cost/funding proposals are not restricted in length and have no specific page layout requirements, but should address funding by periods of performance. Formal work breakdown structures (WBS) and certified cost or pricing data are neither required nor desired. However, NAWCAD reserves the right to request this information. Organize the Cost/Funding proposals to include four (4) sections in the following order:
Section 1 - Total Project Cost: Provide a summary spreadsheet (sample of recommended format will be provided) outlining the total cost by project, including labor, material, and travel for each project proposed and a total cost for the entire proposal. In addition, provide a detailed breakdown of costs of the project. Costs shall be broken down for each task appearing in the Statement of Work (SOW) and shall include all of the proposed costs to the Government and cost shared by the offeror. Present the following information for each phase of the effort:
• Total cost of the particular project phase;• Total offeror cost share;• Funding requested from the Government; and• Elements of cost (labor, direct materials, travel, other direct costs, equipment, software, patents, royalties, indirect costs, escalation, and cost of money).
Sufficient information shall be provided in supporting documents to allow the Government to evaluate the reasonableness of these proposed costs, including salaries, overhead, equipment purchases, fair market rental value of leased items, and the method used for making such valuations. Documents shall include the most recent ONR Rate Negotiation Agreement and/or DCAA Forward Pricing Rate Agreements, payroll verification, three years of historical actual indirect rates, and invoices or quotes for material purchases. Profit shall not be proposed in accordance with DODGARS 34.18 "Fee and Profit."
Section 2 - Cost Sharing and In-Kind Contributions: This section shall include: (i) the sources of cash and amounts to be used for matching requirements; (ii) the specific in-kind contributions proposed, their value in monetary terms, and the methods by which their values were derived; and (iii) evidence of the existence of adequate cash or commitments to provide sufficient cash in the future. Affirmative, signed statements are required from outside sources of cash. Provide sufficient information regarding the sources of the offeror's cost share so that a determination may be made by the Government regarding the availability, timeliness, and control of these resources. For example: How will the funds and resources be applied to advance the progress of the proposed effort? What is the role of any proposed in-kind contribution?
Section 3 - Cost to the Government: This section shall specify the total costs proposed to be borne by the Government and any technical or other assistance including equipment, facilities, and personnel of Federal laboratories, if any, required to support these activities. The cost to the Government should be that portion of the proposed effort, which is not covered, by the contractor's portion of the cost share. The costs incurred and work performed by any DoD or national laboratory "partnering" with the offeror under the proposal shall normally be considered costs of the Government and not costs of the offeror for purposes of the cost-sharing requirement. Present sufficient information regarding the resources to be provided by the Government so that an evaluation of their availability, timeliness, and control may be made.
Section 4 - Off-Budget Supporting Resources: This section shall show cash or in-kind resources which will support the proposed activity but which are not intended to be included in the total project cost. Items in this category do not count as cost share or as Federal funds, which must be matched. Examples of items to place in this category include commitments of cash or in-kind resources from other Federal sources, such as national laboratories, and projections of fee-based income where there is substantial uncertainty about the level which will actually be collected and where the income is not needed to meet cost-share requirements.
5. EVALUATION CRITERIA
The Government will evaluate proposals responsive to any or all of the areas of interest discussed herein. Proposals will not be evaluated against each other.
5.1 EVALUATION CRITERIA
The primary evaluation criteria are:
a) Scientific and technical merits of the proposed research to include, (1) the degree to which the proposed research and development objectives support the targeted technical topic and (2) validity of the technical basis for the approach offered.b) The offeror's capabilities, related experience, past performance on similar efforts, research investigators/personnel, facilities, location, techniques, or unique combination of these, which are integral factors for achieving the proposal objectives.c) The realism and reasonableness of cost, including proposed cost sharing.6. AWARDS
NAWCAD intends to award Cooperative Agreements, however, NAWCAD will consider various types of acquisition vehicles including but not limited to traditional FAR/DFARS type contracts or other non-procurement agreements. NAWCAD is planning to make one or more awards within the overall objectives stated in this BAA. All awards will be based on the individual merit of the proposal. The Government reserves the right to select all, some, or none of the proposals received in response to this announcement. Any awards are subject to the availability of appropriations. There is no commitment by the Navy to be responsible for any monies expended by the offeror before award of a contract/agreement. For awards made as contracts, the socio-economic merits of each proposal will be evaluated based on the commitment to provide meaningful subcontracting opportunities with small business programs. These efforts shall be conducted primarily at the agreement holder's site but NAWCAD facilities may also be available and/or used depending on project needs. Access and use of NAWCAD facilities will require security clearances and US citizenship.
NOTE: Typically, research findings result in the need for additional services/supplies, which are not possible to anticipate or project. Modifications to the agreement may be executed to satisfy these requirements; thereby providing for flexibility in technology assessment (with technology transition the ultimate goal). In the event that this is required, it shall be considered to be within the scope of this BAA and the resulting agreement, and therefore will have met the requirements of the Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations (DODGARS).
Contracting Office Address: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division47060 Liljencrantz Road, Building 433Patuxent River, MD 20670United States
Place of Performance: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft DivisionPatuxent River, Maryland United States
Primary Points of Contact:
Jeffrey BoycePhone: 301-757-0015Jeffrey.S.Boyce@Navy.Mil
Rebecca WathenPhone: 301-757-0013Rebecca.Wathen@Navy.Mil
 
 

Q--Mathematics Consulting Services for Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), Navajo Region Schools

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs | Published January 6, 2009  -  Deadline January 9, 2020
This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR 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. This solicitation, RABQ2090004 is issued as a Request for Quotes (RFQ). The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition 2001-03. The North American Industry classification (NAICS) code is 624310 and the business size maximum is $5.0 Million. The proposed contract is a small business set-aside.  All small businesses shall provide a breakdown of their costs to demonstrate that at least 51% of the cost of contract performance incurred for travel, supplies, training materials, etc. shall be performed and incurred by the prime. All small businesses shall comply with FAR 52.29-14 Limitations on Subcontracting. All responsible small business sources may submit a quote, which will be considered by the Government.   Please provide a breakdown of your costs. The breakdown shall include a daily rate and an estimate for your travel costs which shall be reimbursed at the actual travel costs in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations. The contract shall be awarded as a firm fixed price contract with a base and four one year option year periods. The Period of Performance (POP) shall be from January 26, 2009 to April 30, 2009. All work shall be performed in accordance with the Scope of Work. The contract shall be awarded as a firm fixed price contract. This is office is requesting quotes on the following item:  Provide all travel, supplies, materials and personnel to provide Mathematics Consulting Services for Bureau of Indian Education Services located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico in accordance with the Scope of Work (SOW).  The school is Ojo Encino Day School, Cuba, New Mexico.  The QUANTITY is Nineteen (19), The UNIT is Day. Please provide a breakdown of your costs.  The breakdown shall include a daily rate and estimate for your travel costs which shall be reimbursed at the actual travel costs in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations.  The contractor shall be paid the fully daily rate for direct services provided to the school staff at the school location.  All work shall be performed in accordance with the Scope of Work.  The SOW is as follows:  Background:  As of January 1, 2009, Ojo Encino Day School is no longer a FOCUS School.  Ojo Encino Day School requires on-going instructional support in mathematics for their K-8 mathematics instructional program.  OBJECTIVES:   Provide on-site technical assistance and professional development to Ojo Encino Day School, to include:  A.  on-site technical assistance and professional development.  B.  Lead individual lesson planning sessions with teachers in grades K-8.  C.  Lesson plan development with teachers based on the performance and assessment objectives for students in mathematics in the State of New Mexico and fidelity to the instructional program adopted by the school.  D.  Observe mathematics instruction in all K-8 classrooms and debrief all observations.  E.  Model effective mathematics instruction with K-8 teachers.  F.  Provide assistance and planning for Family Math Night scheduled in Spring 2009.  G.  Review school data and help individual teachers monitor and adjust their curriculum maps based on their classroom/school data.      QUALIFICATIONS OF EXPERT PROVIDERS:    1.    Masters Degree in Education Support Services;      2.  New Mexico/Arizona/Utah State Certification     3.  Three years experience teaching mathematical disciplines.        Please include your TAX ID Number, CAGE Number (obtain at www .ccr.gov), and DUNS Number when submitting your quote. The offeror shall provide a copy of their credentials, including but not limited the college diploma.      The offeror shall provide the lump sum cost with a breakdown of their cost to provide this service and respond to the Evaluation Factors delineated at the end of this synopsis. This solicitation incorporates one or more solicitation provisions by reference with the same force and effect as if they were given if full text. Upon request, the CO will make their full text available.    FAR 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial items (SPR 1998), FAR 52.212-5 Commercial Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders  Commercial Items, FAR 1452.204-70 Release of Claims-Department of the Interior, FAR 1452.226-70 Indian Preference, FAR 1452.226-71 Indian Preference Program, FAR 52.212-01 Instructions to Offerors-Commercial Items, FAR 1452.224-01 Privacy Act Notification. The Evaluation Factors are in descending order of importance. All evaluation factors other than cost or price, when combined are significantly more important than cost or price. The Evaluation Factors are: 1) Technical Capability Ia: Technical Excellence: Describe ability to meet REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS OF EXPERT PROVIDER section of SOW lb. Technical Approach: Describe your technical approach to accomplish each of the objectives and/or tasks delineated in the Scope of Work. 1c. Past Experience: List contracts that are of comparable size, complexity and similar. 2) Price 3) Past Performance: Provide recent & relevant contracts for the same or similar items, contract numbers, points of contacts with telephone numbers and other relevant information. Award will be based on the Best Value to the Government, overall acceptable quote, as submitted by a responsible offeror & ability to provide the above requirements. Quotes will be submitted in writing and signed by an individual with the authority to bind their respective company; electronic submissions via fax are acceptable. The due date for receipt of quotes is JANUARY 9, 2009; 4:00pm Local Time. You may fax your quotes to (505) 563-3019.

Joint Fire Observer

Department of the Navy, United States Marine Corps | Published January 13, 2017  -  Deadline March 17, 2017
The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA has a requirement for instructional support services that includes Course Instruction, Program of Instruction (POI) and Scenario Management Services. THIS NOTICE IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. Request for Proposal M67854-17-R-7900 is intended to be released on or about 31 January 2017 The forthcoming request for proposals is 100% set-aside for small business. The resulting contract will be an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract with an ordering period of 60 Months from date of award. It is intended that contract award determination will be made using the Best Value Tradeoff process in accordance with FAR Subpart 15.101-1.
The scope of the effort is for instructional services for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Training and Education Command (TECOM) Joint Fires Observer Program. Instructional Services to provide classroom instruction of the Joint Fires Observer and Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) courses at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific (EWTGPAC), Coronado, California; Expeditionary Warfare training Group Atlantic (EWTGLANT), Little Creek, VA; Marine Detachment (MARDET), Fort Sill, Oklahoma and locations in the Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) which include but is not limited to Camp Pendleton, California (CPCA); Camp Lejeune, NC (CLNC); Twenty-nine Palms, CA; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan in support of the Training and Education Command (TECOM), Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Training & Education Standards Division (MTESD).
The POI and scenario management services involve updating the separate JFO and TACP POIs (including mission scenarios) following Government approved changes.
Interested parties are solely responsible for monitoring the aforementioned website for postings of the solicitation and any amendments thereto.

NAVSEA PHILADELPHIA ADMIN SUPPORT

Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command | Published August 18, 2016  -  Deadline August 4, 2017
 
This requirement is in support of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD), Directives Management Team, with the Operations Department (Code 10).  The requirement is for one (1) contractor (individual) to assist in the revising existing and /or assisting in the developing new command level directive, assist in the tracking of all edits and revisions, assist in the routing of draft directives, and assist in monitoring status to completion.
Minimum Qualifications have been set forth by the requiring activity as such:
Minimum Education Qualifications:
The proposed individual must possess a Bachelor's degree in business, communications, or related field from an accredited college or university.
 
Minimum Experience Qualifications:
Proposed individual should have two years' experience in the following:
Research, development, and drafting of Navy documents (policies) and forms, and knowledge of their role in supporting Command business and technical operations.
Possess strong analytical abilities and advanced writing capabilities to include proper sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and format.  
Advanced knowledge of MS-Word, to manage large documents to include section/chapter breaks, automatic table of contents, hyperlinks, import/export features, and advanced table development (forms). The ability to edit documents for complete content, logical sequence, and clarity.  
Knowledge of Adobe Professional and Adobe LiveCycle Designer (preferred) for the development of Command forms to include layout and design, captions and data fields, electronic signatures, etc.
Must possess knowledge of the Navy Correspondence Manual (SECNAV M-5216.5).
Individual must be capable of working with minimal supervision.
Education Substitution: In lieu of a Bachelor's degree in business, communications, or related field from an accredited college or university, an offeror may substitute a high school diploma or equivalent with six years of experience in the above.
 

Paraeducator On-line Professional Learning

Other Defense Agencies, Department of Defense Education Activity | Published January 17, 2017  -  Deadline February 1, 2017
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) intends to award on a competitive basis, a firm-fixed-price requirement type commercial contract for Paraeducator On-line Professional Learning.
This procurement is being set aside for small business and is conducted under commercial items and simplified acquisition procedures in accordance with FAR Subpart 12.6 and Subpart 13.5.
The total period of performance is for one 12-month base period followed by up to four consecutive 12-month option periods.
No information concerning the solicitation or requests for clarifications will be given in response to telephone calls. All inquiries/questions must be submitted in writing to Arlene.Richardson@hq.dodea.edu and Samra.Yosef@hq.dodea.edu no later than January 25, 2017 at 11:00am EST. Answers will be provided via an amendment to the solicitation.
Offerors are responsible for downloading the solicitation, all the supporting documents and any applicable amendments posted on Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) at http://fbo.gov. Amendments may be posted to FedBizOpps until the response due date and time. Quotes are due no later than February 1, 2017 at 11:00 am EST.

On-site, Non-credit Courses in Management of a Sustainable Learning Organization

Other Defense Agencies, Virginia Contracting Activity | Published January 20, 2017  -  Deadline January 27, 2017
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) desires on-site, non-credit training for CIO Technical Professionals in the Management of a Sustainable Learning Organiation.Market research indicates that this training, based on Dr. Peter Senge's work, "The Fifth Discipline," likely is unique to the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Policy, which provides executive, leadership education targeted to the Intelligence Community (IC).  Specifically, DIA CIO seeks training for CIO Technical Professionals that leads to a certificate in Managing a Learning Organization, based on the Five Disciplines by Senge.  The certificate requires completion of five, two-day workshops.DIA anticipates issuing a sole-source award to UMD under authority of FAR 6.302-1.  This combined synopsis/solicitation represents the end of our market research for these commercial services.  All responsible sources  may submit a capability statement, proposal, or quotation shich shall be considered by the agency.Submissions must be received via e-mail NLT 12:00 PM EST on Friday, January 27, 2017.  Please see the attached SF1449 for a more complete description of the requirement as well as the applicable terms and conditions.

SAARP Annual Service Maintenance

Other Defense Agencies, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences | Published July 18, 2016  -  Deadline July 18, 2017
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is the Nation's federal health sciences university and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war. We provide the Nation with health professionals dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service and with scientists who serve the common good. We serve the uniformed services and the Nation as an outstanding academic health sciences center with a worldwide perspective for education, research, service, and consultation; we are unique in relating these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine, and military medical readiness. USU is located in Bethesda, MD on the grounds of the Naval Support Activity Bethesda.USU intends to negotiate on a sole source basis with Xstrahl Inc., located in Suwanee, Georgia for one year of service maintenance on the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SAARP) with four one year options.  This service will be procured in accordance with the procedures of FAR Part 12-Commercial Items and FAR Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures.Sole source determination is made in accordance with:FAR Part 13.106-1 Soliciting Competition(b) Soliciting from a single source(1) For purchases not exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold, contracting officers may solicit from one source if the contracting officer determines that the circumstances of the contract action deem only one source reasonably available.The mission of USU is to provide the highest quality education programs in the health sciences to those selected individuals who demonstrate dedication to a health profession career in the Uniformed Services.  As such, it is essential USU provide the necessary training and equipment required for our students to become successful doctors and nurses and to be able to provide the best care possible for our soldiers and to support our research efforts.  Xstrahl Inc. is the sole provider of the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP). SAARP is a highly technical and unique piece of equipment utilized for radiating small animals. Hence, they are the only vendor authorized to perform maintenance to their proprietary machine.
This is not a request for quotes and a solicitation package will not be issued.  Sources interested in responding to this requirement must be able to provide compelling evidence that they can provide the abovementioned requirement as specified.  A determination by the government not to compete this proposed contractual action based upon responses received is solely within the discretion of the government.  Responses must be received via email (stephen.enokida@usuhs.edu) by 6:00 p.m. EST on August 18, 2016.

Spring/Nature Online Journal Collection Sole Source Notice

Other Defense Agencies, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences | Published January 13, 2017  -  Deadline February 13, 2017
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is the Nation's federal health sciences university and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war. We provide the Nation with health professionals dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service and with scientists who serve the common good. We serve the uniformed services and the Nation as an outstanding academic health sciences center with a worldwide perspective for education, research, service, and consultation; we are unique in relating these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine, and military medical readiness. USU is located in Bethesda, MD on the grounds of the Naval Support Activity Bethesda.
USU intends to negotiate on a sole source basis with Lyrasis, Inc., located in Atlanta, GA for a one-year site license, with the potential of up to four (4) option years, to the Springer-Nature Journal Collections which contains 2,413 titles on the shared title list with perpetual access.
This service will be procured in accordance with the procedures of FAR Part 12-Commercial Items, FAR Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures, and FAR Part 13.5-Simplified Procedures for Certain Commercial Items.
Sole source determination is made in accordance with:
FAR Part 13.106-1 Soliciting Competition
(b) Soliciting from a single source
(1) For purchases not exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold, contracting officers may solicit from one source if the contracting officer determines that the circumstances of the contract action deem only one source reasonably available.
The mission of USU is to provide the highest quality education programs in the health sciences to those selected individuals who demonstrate dedication to a health profession career in the Uniformed Services.  As such, it is essential USU provide the necessary training and equipment required for our students to become successful doctors and nurses and to be able to provide the best care possible for our soldiers and to support our research efforts.
The merger of Springer and Nature has allowed the creation of a new collection of 2,413 journals formerly published by Springer and by Nature Publishing Company. This new collection carries all the titles USU previously obtained from Springer and from Nature and adds hundreds more. While some Nature titles have the possibility of being quoted by reseller agents, the Springer titles and this complete collection are only provided by Lyrasis. Lyrasis has negotiated special pricing for the Spring/Nature Journal Online Collection for the members of their consortium, which includes USU.
Additionally, this procurement is able to utilize the Acquisition Directorate's SOP #24, which uses the authority found at 10 USC 2113(g), for awarding without competition for journals with non-profit organizations.
This is not a request for quotes and a solicitation package will not be issued.  Sources interested in responding to this requirement must be able to provide compelling evidence that they can provide the abovementioned requirement as specified.  A determination by the government not to compete this proposed contractual action based upon responses received is solely within the discretion of the government.  Responses must be received via email (nicole.rodenbaugh@usuhs.edu) by 3:00 p.m. EST on February 13, 2017.

Employee Assistance Program Services

Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command | Published January 12, 2017
Pueblo Chemical Depot, Pueblo CO has a requirement for Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services. Services shall include but not be limited to: counseling resources, training, assessment, referral and consultation.The contractor shall receive self-referrals from employees and mandatory referrals from management on substance abuse issues and other problems generally covered by EAP services. The contractor shall provide for the referral of employees and family members to outside providers.
The contractor shall provide short-term, brief (normally 3-4 sessions), solution-focused counseling to individual employees, families, couples and groups. The techniques may include psychotherapeutic, psycho-educational, 12 step/support or other appropriate methods as determined by the caregiver and are designed to motivate the employee to seek and or accept referral for additional services if warranted. Additionally, follow-up sessions may be required for employees returning to work from referral sources.
The contractor shall provide consultation services. Support may be toward the organization, encompassing, but not limited to, issues of management, employee relationships and inter/intro-personal skills development. Support may also include supervisor consultation to address such issues as violence in the workplace, distressed work group and troubled employee.
The contractor shall provide training appropriate to supporting an EAP at Pueblo Chemical Depot. This training may include, but is not limited to, substance abuse prevention education, issues of Violence in the Workplace; Troubled Employee Identification and Intervention; Stress Management; Anger Management and special event programs. Lesson Plans are required for scheduled training.
The contractor shall provide services for assessments which may encompass clinical interviews; assessment of mental status; testing; and recommendations.
Contractor personnel performing professional services shall hold degrees, experience, certification and/or licenses required to practice in the State of Colorado. Evidence of professional qualifications will be required at submission of quotation.
This requirement is anticipated as a four-year (base period plus three option periods) firm-fixed price effort.

Family Retreat

Other Defense Agencies, U.S. Special Operations Command | Published January 12, 2017  -  Deadline January 31, 2017
RFQ ID: 17-Q-0036, Family Retreat
This is a Request for Quote (RFQ). This is NOT an order. This document is not legally binding and does not commit the US Government in anyway.
1. All completed quotes must be submitted via email to SSgt Philip Pickens at philip.pickens@socom.mil. All quotes are due to the responsible Contracting Officer no later than 31 January 2017 @ 9:00 a m EST. Quotes will not be accepted past the aforementioned date & time specified. This RFQ is set aside for small businesses.
2. Any questions concerning this request for quote (RFQ) must be forwarded in written form via email to philip.pickens@socom.mil no later than 20 January, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m EST. Questions will not be accepted past the aforementioned date & time specified and telephone inquiries will not be accepted.
3. The U.S. Government intends to award a Firm Fixed Price purchase order to the successful Quoter of this RFQ. Award will be made to the responsible vendor whose quote conforming to the RFQ will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered as follow:
(1) Personnel Qualifications. The experience, education, and qualifications of personnel proposed to work on the contract will be evaluated to determine their ability to perform their proposed duties in accordance with Statement of Work. Personnel must have secret clearance.
(2) Technical Approach and Capability. The offeror's approach to performing contract requirements and its capability to successfully perform the contract in accordance with Statement of Work.
(3) Past Performance. The offeror's past performance on related contracts will be evaluated to determine, as appropriate, successful performance of contract requirements, quality and timeliness of delivery of goods and services, cost management, communications between contracting parties, proactive management and customer satisfaction.
4. To be eligible for award under this RFQ, contractors must respond to this RFQ by the closing date and time as referenced above. Failure to submit the required information may result in your quotation being considered non- responsive. In addition, Vendors must be registered within SAM.gov. All contracts will be paid by EFT only.*****STATEMENT OF WORK AVAILABLE BY EXPLICIT ACCESS ONLY*****

Third Party Liability (TPL)

State of South Carolina, South Carolina - Department of Health & Human Services | Published December 19, 2016  -  Deadline March 9, 2017
The purpose of this solicitation is to acquire information technology and business operations Services needed to support the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) as it operates the State’s Medicaid program and other health benefit programs. These Services, supplies, and equipment are intended to support Third Party Liability (TPL) and Fund Recovery, as well as supporting Work and any program administered by SCDHHS pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C.
The purpose of the TPL Contract is to:
• Replace the existing TPL contract with no lapse in services.
• Reduce overall cost of Medicaid by:
o Capturing sufficient third-party insurance information from applicant/ member sources  at the time of eligibility determination and re-determination.
o Identifying and verifying all available sources that could identify the existence of other  health insurance coverage.
o Providing timely and accurate transfer of costs to third-party payers.
o Recovering payments that were/are the responsibility of third-party payers and from  estates that have Medicaid liabilities.
o Enhancing HIPP to maximize SCDHHS savings through this program.
o Implementing a comprehensive TPL solution that improves the functioning and  integration of TPL services within SCDHHS’ Medicaid and IT enterprises.For links to the complete solicitation, attachments and amendments, when and if posted, follow the link at http://webprod.cio.sc.gov/SCSolicitationWeb/contractSearch.do?solicitnumber=5400011811.All questions must be directed to the Procurement Officer identified on the Cover Page of the solicitation. 

 

Fort Polk Full Food Services

Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command, MICC | Published December 28, 2016  -  Deadline January 31, 2017
The Mission and Installation Contracting Command - Fort Bragg (MICC-FB) hereby issues a DRAFT solicitation for Full Food Services at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The final solicitation is forthcoming and subject to change.
This full food services requirement will provide meal services for the dining facilities at Fort Polk, Louisiana in five dining facilities (7303A, 8009, 8239, 8403, and 8538) and two food production kitchens (8095 and 8540). Tasks to be performed include, but are not limited to the following: menu planning, receipt and storage of food, maintain inventories, food preparation, food service, dining room service, equipment cleaning, facility sanitation, garbage service, remote site service, and maintain personnel.
The NAICS code applicable to this procurement is 722310, "Food Service Contractors" with a size standard of $38.5 million.
This action is a competitive 100% set aside for Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB).
Randolph-Sheppard Act (R-SA) Compliance: This requirement is subject to exercise of the priority policy regarding qualified State Licensing Agencies (SLA) for the Blind in accordance with the R-SA. An offer determined to be in the competitive range from a qualified SLA will receive priority in accordance with the R-SA and Army Regulation 210-25. Once the Contracting Officer determines that the SLA/blind vendor's proposal should be included in the competitive range, the award will be made to the SLA/blind vendor unless (1) under the SLA/blind vendor's proposal it cannot provide food service at a comparable cost and of comparable high quality as available from other providers and (2) the Department of Education concurs in the decision. If the SLA is determined to be in the competitive range, direct negotiations will be conducted with the SLA and discussions with other offerors in the competitive range may not occur. This notice is not designed to discourage competition from EDWOSB small business concerns not eligible for the preference. This merely serves as notice that the required priority will be applied should an offer determined to be in the competitive range be received from a qualified SLA.
The Government intends to award a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract for one (1) base year, and four (4) option years.
The points of contact for this acquisition are:
Rebecca BeaudryContract SpecialistRebecca.b.beaudry.civ@mail.mil
Rebecca FentzkeContracting OfficerRebecca.g.fentzke.civ@mail.mil

LVN and CNA Services

Department of the Army, U.S. Army Medical Command | Published January 4, 2017
The Healthcare Readiness Contracting Office, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas intends to issue a solicitation for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) and Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) for the San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS), which is comprised of the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC), formerly Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC), Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; and their outlying clinics throughout the San Antonio, Texas area. The scope of services provided at SAMHS covers the same range of services as those that are provided in civilian hospitals of similar size and complexity. The SAMHS provides a broad scope of services including a level one trauma center, the burn unit, Center for the Intrepid, multiple critical care units, intensive care units, step down units, medical-surgical units, pediatrics, maternal child, surgical services, extensive specialty/subspecialty services supported by Graduate Medical Education program, ambulatory clinics, and other specialty clinics. The contractor shall provide employee support for a seven days/week, 24 hours/day operation, to include holidays. Approximately 250 LVNs and CNAs are required to support this mission. The anticipated period of performance is 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2022. The solicitation will be made available on or about 19 January 2017 and will be distributed solely through the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fedbizopps.gov. Hard copies of the solicitation will not be available. All future information concerning this acquisition, including solicitation amendments, will be distributed solely through this website. Interested parties are responsible for monitoring this site to ensure that they have the most up-to-date information about this acquisition. The North American Industrial Classification (NAICS) code is 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners with a small business size standard of $7.5 million. All contractors doing business with the Federal Government must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database. The website for registration is www.sam.gov. The Government has attached a draft copy of the solicitation for review. THE GOVERNMENT WILL AFFORD PROSPECTIVE OFFERORS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT THEIR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE SOLICITATION AFTER ISSUANT OF THE FORMAL SOLICITATION. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME. Point of contact for this requirement: contract specialist Maria.g.fidone.civ@mail.mil and Contracting Officer david.d.robledo.civ@mail.mil.
 

Country Representative - Ukraine

Agency for International Development, Washington D.C. | Published January 5, 2017  -  Deadline January 24, 2017
Request for Personal Services Contractor
USAID Office of Transition Initiatives
Position Title:		Country Representative - UkraineSolicitation Number:	SOL-OTI-17-000016Salary Level:		GS-14 Equivalent: $88,136 - $114,578Issuance Date:		January 5, 2017Closing Date: 		January 24, 2017Closing Time:		12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
Dear Prospective Applicants:
The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as Country Representative in Ukraine under a personal services contract, as described in the attached solicitation.
Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Applicants interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:
1.	Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:
(a)	Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all overseas field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.(b)	Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work. (c)	Names and contact information (phone and email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). (d)	Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments. (e)	U.S. Citizenship.
Your resume should contain explicit information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide explicit information to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.
2.	Supplemental document specifically addressing:Each of the two (2) Evaluation Factors shown in the solicitation. Responses must be limited to 500 words per factor. Any additional words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.
NOTE: The Evaluation Factors are worth 50 out of 100 points. Applicants are required to address each of the Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor.
3.	USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete and sign the form. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Your complete resume and the supplemental document addressing the EFs must be mailed or emailed to:
Office of Transition Initiatives 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20045 E-Mail Address: OTIjobs@usaid.gov
Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Applicant resources are available at www.otijobs.net/#!guidance-for-applying/c1ggu. Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to:
OTI Recruitment Team Telephone Number: (202) 836-7455 E-Mail Address: OTIjobs@usaid.gov Website: www.OTIjobs.net
 Sincerely,  Cristina Sylvia Contracting Officer ATTACHMENT 1
Solicitation for U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC) Country Representative - Ukraine
I.	GENERAL INFORMATION
1.	SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OTI-17-000016
2.	ISSUANCE DATE: January 5, 2017
3.	CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: January 24, 2017, 12:00 pm Eastern Time
4.	POSITION TITLE: Country Representative - Ukraine
5.	MARKET VALUE: This position has been designated at the GS-14 equivalent level, non-locality pay ($88,136 - $114,578 per annum). Final compensation will be negotiated within the GS-14 equivalent level based upon the selected candidate's salary history, qualifications, previous relevant experience and work history, and educational background as reported on AID-302-3. For selected candidates whose salary has been established on a Federal pay scale (i.e. General Schedule) or its equivalent, the base salary (not including locality pay) of their grade/step will be the basis of the salary negotiation. Salaries over and above the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.
6.	PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  One year, with four one-year option periods.
START DATE:  Within 45 days of receiving notification that required security and medical clearances have been obtained.
7.	PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  Ukraine
8.	SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  Secret
9.	STATEMENT OF DUTIES
POSITION DESCRIPTION
BACKGROUND
USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) is seeking highly motivated, highly qualified individuals who want the opportunity to help support rapid international transition programs for priority conflict-prone countries. Created in 1994 as a distinct operating unit within USAID, OTI helps local partners advance peace and democracy in politically-transitioning countries. In support of U.S. foreign policy, OTI seizes emerging windows of opportunity in the political landscape to promote stability, peace, and democracy by catalyzing local initiatives through adaptive and agile programming.
Countries experiencing a significant political transition in the midst of a disaster or emerging from civil conflict have unique needs that cannot be fully addressed by traditional disaster relief.  Timely and effective assistance to promote and consolidate peaceful, democratic advances can make the difference between a successful or a failed transition.  OTI assists in securing peace by aiding indigenous, mostly non-governmental, civil society and media organizations.  OTI uses such mechanisms as support for re-integration of ex-combatants into civilian society; development of initiatives to promote national reconciliation; identification of quick-impact community self-help projects to meet urgent economic needs; and aid to independent media outlets and community-based organizations to help promote informed debate and broaden public participation.
To respond quickly and effectively and meet its program objectives and mandate OTI retains a group of high level professionals and experts under U.S. Personal Services Contracts (USPSCs). These knowledgeable and skilled professionals make up the vast majority of the OTI work force and are at its forefront implementing and achieving the office's programmatic goals and objectives. There are several benefits that USPSCs may participate in, such as partial reimbursement for health and life insurance costs, as well as full coverage of workers' compensation, among other benefits. For more complete information on USPSC benefits, please see Section VI of this solicitation.
For more information about OTI and its country programs please see: http://www.usaid.gov/political-transition-initiatives
INTRODUCTION
The OTI Country Representative - Ukraine is a member of the Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Europe and Asia (E&A) Regional Team, and reports to the OTI Regional Team Leader, or his/her designee, and is based in Ukraine.
The Country Representative's principal responsibility will be development, oversight and management of DCHA/OTI's Ukraine country program.  The incumbent will be called upon to represent OTI's mission and programs to senior-level government officials, in-country visitors, senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors and local government officials.
Ukraine is undergoing a historic democratic transition against the backdrop of an ongoing conflict in the east. The Revolution of Dignity culminated in presidential elections in May 2014 and created an opportunity for a reform-minded government to fulfill the demands of the Ukrainian people for closer EU integration and a more democratic, accountable, and transparent government. Local elections in 2015 brought even more reformers into government throughout the country. However, while there has been progress on some reforms, Ukraine has continued to struggle to combat corruption as well as to maintain territorial integrity due to the conflict in the East and the Russian occupation of Crimea. Given the historical divisions in the country between East and West, the mistrust of Ukraine's trajectory amongst citizens of the East presents one of the most significant threats to the country's democratic transition.
In July 2014, USAID/OTI launched the Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI) with the objectives of amplifying the Ukrainian government's strategic communications, promoting national unity amongst youth, and supporting conflict mitigation efforts. Due to the high political and social volatility in the East delaying stabilization as well as the political will for reform, particularly as population displacement exacerbated already tense circumstances, UCBI adjusted program objectives to fit these evolving circumstances, prioritizing local efforts to mitigate the effects of the crisis.
While the conflict continues, the number of internally displaced persons has stabilized. UCBI is now focused on supporting the rollout of national reforms in the East and renewed efforts to build an inclusive Ukrainian identity. Today, more Eastern Ukrainians indicate they are willing to accept an inclusive civic identity and reformers in the East are pushing for more tangible improvements in local communities.
In response to the shifting dynamics, USAID/OTI is working toward the following two objectives:1.	To increase citizen support for and participation in the development of a modern, inclusive Ukrainian identity, and2.	To increase citizen confidence and engagement in the reform process at the local level.
The overall goal of the program is to enable vulnerable eastern communities to actively participate in, benefit from, and advocate for Ukraine's transition to a prosperous, unified and democratic state.
CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The work of the Country Representative requires teamwork, the exercise of discretion, judgment, and personal responsibility.  As a member of a highly operational office, the incumbent is willing and able to perform a wide range of administrative functions to help ensure programmatic success.  The incumbent has a high level of integrity and attention to detail to ensure the use of DCHA systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation.  The incumbent is highly flexible and willing to work under conditions of ongoing change, and remains professional and respectful of colleagues and authority in a diverse workforce.  She or he places a premium on the building positive relationships with his or her respective team both in the field and in Washington, and with key stakeholders both in and outside of USAID.  The incumbent is a team player, able to prioritize and follow up on their own actions without prompting, while also assisting a busy supervisor track and respond to incoming requests and routine tasks, filling in gaps as needed to ensure the responsiveness of the team.  The incumbent is highly responsible, service-oriented, organized, pays close attention to detail, and is able to receive and respond to constructive criticism in a professional manner.  The Country Representative is a strategic thinker, articulates innovative ideas, presents solutions, and is a positive role model for colleagues both in and outside of OTI.
Under the direct supervision of the Washington-based DCHA/OTI Regional Team Leader for Europe and Asia (E&A), the Country Representative will:
•	Conceptualize and design program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, USAID personnel, U.S. embassy and local civil society officials, based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy.  When necessary, refine strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in country, linked to neighboring country programs, where appropriate;
•	As requested by Embassies or USAID Missions, provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI's quick impact programming model. Support to Embassies and USAID Missions may also include attendance and/or facilitation of program management processes for follow-on programming including but not limited to rolling assessments, strategy review sessions, program performance reviews and management reviews;
•	Communicate and coordinate OTI in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, the U.S. Embassy, and other donor organizations;
•	Design staffing plans to meet overall program objectives and recruit, train, supervise, mentor and evaluate the performance of in-country OTI staff, providing regular feedback;
•	Monitor local and regional political developments and regularly brief OTI and partner staff on their potential programmatic impact;
•	Manage and provide day-to-day programmatic, operational, and strategic guidance to OTI's implementing partners (contractors and/or grantees) ensuring that activities are contributing to OTI's program objectives and are within the partner's scope;
•	Provide recommendations to the Washington-based Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and/or the Regional Team Leader on implementing partner performance, the appropriateness of the partner's scope to OTI's country objectives, partner's budgets, and modifications thereto;
•	Provide USAID concurrence on all implementing partner activities, including final approval of grantees for grants under contract, in accordance with the ADS (USAID's Automated Directives System);
•	Ensure that OTI's programs and their activities are monitored and evaluated and that lessons learned from the activities feed into ongoing or future activities;
•	Analyze and report on current political developments and security concerns as well as other pertinent information required to achieve OTI's program objectives;
•	Ensure appropriate resource allocation among OTI field offices and implementing partners;
•	Prepare and maintain OTI program budgets for field operations;
•	Serve as OTI's primary liaison with USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, Ambassadors, local government officials, UN organizations, indigenous and international NGOs, and other pertinent agencies and organizations.  Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with them in order to ensure close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential partners and opportunities, and achieve maximum synergy with other programs;
•	Prepare operational plans in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, including logistics and property use guidelines, closeout and hand-over, security procedures, contingency and evacuation plans;
•	Ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;
•	Ensure that all OTI and partner field staff adhere to in-country security guidelines set by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer and other organizations such as the United Nations or host government, as appropriate;
•	Prepare and disseminate programmatic, financial and quarterly reports to the U.S. Embassy, OTI/Washington and other organizations as appropriate;
•	Supervise staff in conjunction with the Regional Team Leader (e.g.  Deputy Country Representative, Program Managers, Program Assistants, Program Admin Assistants, etc.).  Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for staff supervised; assign work, explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations and communicate how the successful performance of those duties will be measured; evaluate staff performance; recognize good performance; communicate where performance needs to be improved; resolve complaints; and approve leave requests and timesheets as well as training, travel and program and operations requests;
•	Perform other duties as determined by the supervisor to ensure successful OTI program implementation.
SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:The Country Representative  Ukraine will be supervised by the Washington-based DCHA/OTI Regional Team Leader for Europe and Asia or his/her designee as part of OTI's Field Programs Division, as well as the Ukraine Mission Director. The incumbent is expected to take initiative, act independently, and manage his/her tasks with minimal supervision. Though this is a senior field-based position, the incumbent is expected to actively and proactively collaborate with OTI/Washington leadership, and to fully utilize, embrace, and become an expert on OTI systems and processes. Failure to adequately perform the scope of work above and/or failure to take direction from the supervisor may result in corrective actions, including denial of step or grade increases, extension of contract probationary periods, performance improvement plans, and/or termination for the convenience of USAID/OTI.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:The supervisor will provide administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The employee will independently plan, design and carry out programs, projects, studies or other work assignments. The employee's work will be considered technically authoritative and normally accepted without significant change, and will be reviewed in terms of fulfillment of program objectives, influence on the overall program, or contribution to the advancement of the objective.
10.	PHYSICAL DEMANDS
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:While in Ukraine, the work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. However, the position also requires travel throughout the country of assignment, which may involve some additional physical exertion including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).
WORK ENVIRONMENT:While in Ukraine, the work is primarily performed in an office setting. However, the position also requires travel throughout the country of assignment, which may additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.
11.	POINT OF CONTACT:
OTI Recruitment Team529 14th Street, NW, Suite 300Washington, DC 20045Telephone Number: (202) 836-7455E-Mail Address: OTIjobs@usaid.gov
II.	MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position. See detailed instructions for demonstrating Education/Experience under "Applying")
At a minimum, the applicant must have:
(1)	A Master's Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;
OR
A Bachelor's Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;
AND
(2)	Minimum of six (6) years of recent project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency,  international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;
(3)	Minimum of three (3) years of overseas field experience working in one or more developing countries undergoing political transition;
(4)	A minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience (including but not limited to mentoring, training, and guiding staff), of which at least one (1) year must include supervisory management experience (defined as supervising at least one other supervisor within an office, division, or team).
SELECTION FACTORS:(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)•	Applicant is a U.S. Citizen;•	Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements;•	Supplemental document specifically addressing how the candidate meets each of the Evaluation Factors submitted; •	Ability to obtain a SECRET level security clearance (NOTE: Dual citizens may be asked to renounce second-country citizenship);•	Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance;•	Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.
A USAID Secret level security clearance and Department of State medical clearance are required prior to issuance of the contract for this position.
NOTE: If a full security investigation package is not submitted by the selected within 30 days after it is requested, the offer may be rescinded. If a security clearance is not able to be obtained within four months after the selected submits the initial security clearance documentation, the offer may be rescinded.
NOTE: The selected must obtain Department of State medical clearance within four months after offer acceptance.  If medical clearance is not obtained within this period, the offer may be rescinded.
Due to anticipated program needs, individuals should be able to travel to post within 60 days after a contract is awarded.
III.	EVALUATION FACTORS
EVALUATION FACTORS:(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. The factors are listed in priority order from highest to least.)
Applicants should cite specific, illustrative examples for each factor. Responses must be limited to 500 words per factor.  Any additional words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.
Factor #1	Demonstrated leadership experience managing and guiding teams on rapid small grants programs, including implementing partners, around a common programmatic strategy using political analysis to guide decisions within complex transition environments.
Factor #2	Demonstrated experience interacting with, and representing organizations to, U.S. Government agencies, other donors, international organizations, and local beneficiaries in challenging high-visibility, high-pressure environments.
BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who clearly meet the Education/Experience Requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the Evaluation Factor responses. Applicants are required to address each of the Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to specifically address the Selection and/or Evaluation Factors may result in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.
The Applicant Rating System is as Follows:Evaluation Factors have been assigned the following points:Factor #1 - 25Factor #2 - 25Total Possible - 50 Points
Interview Performance - 50 points
Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks - Pass/Fail (no points assigned)
Total Possible Points: 100
The most qualified candidates may be interviewed, required to provide a writing sample, and demonstrate an ability to operate commonly used office applications. OTI will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. In addition, applications (written materials and interviews) will be evaluated based on content as well as on the applicant's writing, presentation, and communication skills. In the event that a candidate has fully demonstrated his/her qualifications and there are no other competitive applicants, OTI reserves the right to forego the interview process. Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for applicants being considered for selection.
IV.	APPLYING
Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I, item 11.
Qualified applicants are required to submit:
1.	Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:
(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all overseas field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work. (c) Names and contact information (phone and email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). (d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments. (e) U.S. Citizenship.
Your resume should contain explicit information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide explicit information to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.
2.	Supplemental document specifically addressing:Each of the two (2) Evaluation Factors shown in the solicitation. Responses must be limited to 500 words per factor. Any additional words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.
NOTE: The Evaluation Factors are worth 50 out of 100 points. Applicants are required to address each of the Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor.
3.	USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete and sign the form. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.
To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, applicants must prominently reference the solicitation number in the application submission.
Applicant resources are available at www.otijobs.net/#!guidance-for-applying/c1ggu.
DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS
Via mail: Office of Transition Initiatives, 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20045Via email: OTIjobs@usaid.gov
Please note in your document submittal where you heard about this position.
NOTE REGARDING GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR THIS SOLICITATION
This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the application.
NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT
In accordance with FAR 4.1102, USPSCs must be registered in SAM prior to award, except for contracts with individuals for performance outside the U.S. and its outlying areas as indicated in FAR 4.1102(a)(4.) (see 309.3.1.f). USAID will provide a generic DUNS Number for all individuals working outside of the United States.
For general information about DUNS Numbers and SAM, please refer to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Clause 52.204-6, Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and FAR 52.204-7, System for Award Management.https:/acquisition.gov/far/current/html/52_200_206.html or www.sam.gov.
ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR, SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NON-DISQUALIFYING DISABILITY, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.
V.	LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES
Once the CO informs the successful applicant about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful applicant instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms. Forms outlined below can found at http://www.usaid.gov/forms/
1.	Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306).2.	Medical History and Examination Form (DS-6561). 3.	Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). 4.	Finger Print Card (FD-258).
VI.	BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
1.  BENEFITS:
(a) Employer's FICA Contribution(b) Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance(c) Pay Comparability Adjustment(d) Annual Increase (pending a satisfactory performance evaluation)(e) Eligibility for Worker's Compensation(f) Annual & Sick Leave
2.  ALLOWANCES:Section numbers refer to rules from the Department of State Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas)
(a) Post Differential			Chapter 500 and Tables in Chapter 900.(b) Living Quarters Allowance		Section 130.(c) Temporary Lodging Allowance	Section 120.(d) Post Allowance			Section 220.(e) Supplemental Post Allowance		Section 230.(f) Payments During Evacuation		Section 600.(g) Education Allowance			Section 270.(h) Separate Maintenance Allowance	Section 260.(i) Danger Pay Allowance			Section 650.(j) Education Travel			Section 280.
VII.	TAXES
USPSCs are required to pay Federal Income Taxes, FICA, and Medicare
VIII.	ACQUISITION & ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDS) AND CONTRACT INFORMATION BULLETINS (CIBS) PERTAINING TO PSCs
AAPDs and CIBs contain changes to USAID policy and General Provisions in USAID regulations and contracts.  Please refer to http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs#psc to determine which AAPDs and CIBs apply to this contract.
AAPD 06-10 - PSC MEDICAL EXPENSE PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY
General Provision 28, MEDICAL EXPENSE PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY(OCTOBER 2006)
(a) Definitions. Terms used in this General Provision are defined in 16 FAM 116 available at http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/regs/fam/16fam/index.htm.  Note:  Personal services contractors are not eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Programs.
(b) The regulations in the Foreign Affairs Manual, Volume 16, Chapter 520 (16 FAM 520), Responsibility for Payment of Medical Expenses, apply to this contract, except as stated below.  The contractor and each eligible family member are strongly encouraged to obtain health insurance that covers this assignment.  Nothing in this provision supersedes or contradicts any other term or provision in this contract that pertains to insurance or medical costs, except that section (e) supplements General Provision 25. "MEDICAL EVACUATION (MEDEVAC) SERVICES."
(c) When the contractor or eligible family member is covered by health insurance, that insurance is the primary payer for medical services provided to that contractor or eligible family member(s) both in the United States and abroad.  The primary insurer's liability is determined by the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions of the insurance policy.  When the contractor or eligible family member is not covered by health insurance, the contractor is the primary payer for the total amount of medical costs incurred and the U.S. Government has no payment obligation (see paragraph (f) of this provision).
(d) USAID serves as a secondary payer for medical expenses of the contractor and eligible family members who are covered by health insurance, where the following conditions are met:
(1) The illness, injury, or medical condition giving rise to the expense is incurred, caused, or materially aggravated while the eligible individual is stationed or assigned abroad;
(2) The illness, injury, or medical condition giving rise to the expense required or requires hospitalization and the expense is directly related to the treatment of such illness, injury, or medical condition, including obstetrical care; and
(3) The Office of Medical Services (M/MED) or a Foreign Service medical provider (FSMP) determines that the treatment is appropriate for, and directly related to, the illness, injury, or medical condition.
(e) The Mission Director may, on the advice of M/MED or an FSMP at post, authorize medical travel for the contractor or an eligible family member in accordance with the General Provision 10, Travel and Transportation Expenses (July 1993), section (i) entitled "Emergency and Irregular Travel and Transportation."  In the event of a medical emergency, when time does not permit consultation, the Mission Director may issue a Travel Authorization Form or Medical Services Authorization Form DS-3067, provided that the FSMP or Post Medical Advisor (PMA) is notified as soon as possible following such an issuance.  The contractor must promptly file a claim with his or her medevac insurance provider and repay to USAID any amount the medevac insurer pays for medical travel, up to the amount USAID paid under this section.  The contractor must repay USAID for medical costs paid by the medevac insurer in accordance with sections (f) and (g) below.  In order for medical travel to be an allowable cost under General Provision 10, the contractor must provide USAID written evidence that medevac insurance does not cover these medical travel costs.
(f) If the contractor or eligible family member is not covered by primary health insurance, the contractor is the primary payer for the total amount of medical costs incurred.  In the event of a medical emergency, the Medical and Health Program may authorize issuance of Form DS-3067, Authorization for Medical Services for Employees and/or Dependents, to secure admission to a hospital located abroad for the uninsured contractor or eligible family member.  In that case, the contractor will be required to reimburse USAID in full for funds advanced by USAID pursuant to the issuance of the authorization.  The contractor may reimburse USAID directly or USAID may offset the cost from the contractor's invoice payments under this contract, any other contract the individual has with the U.S. Government, or through any other available debt collection mechanism.
(g) When USAID pays medical expenses (e.g., pursuant to Form DS-3067, Authorization for Medical Services for Employees and/or Dependents), repayment must be made to USAID either by insurance payment or directly by the contractor, except for the amount of such expenses USAID is obligated to pay under this provision.  The Contracting Officer will determine the repayment amount in accordance with the terms of this provision and the policies and procedures for employees contained in 16 FAM 521.  When USAID pays the medical expenses, including medical travel costs (see section (e) above), of an individual (either the contractor or an eligible family member) who is covered by insurance, that individual promptly must claim his or her benefits under any applicable insurance policy or policies.  As soon as the individual receives the insurance payment, the contractor must reimburse USAID for the full amount that USAID paid on the individual's behalf or the repayment amount determined by the Contracting Officer in accordance with this paragraph, whichever is less.  If an individual is not covered by insurance, the contractor must reimburse USAID for the entire amount of all medical expenses and any travel costs the contractor receives from his/her medevac provider.
(h) In the event that the contractor or eligible family member fails to recover insurance payments or transfer the amount of such payments to USAID within 90 days, USAID will take appropriate action to collect the payments due, unless such failure is for reasons beyond the control of the USPSC/dependent.
(i) Before departing post or terminating the contract, the contractor must settle all medical expense and medical travel costs.  If the contractor is insured, he or she must provide proof to the Contracting Officer that those insurance claims have been submitted to the insurance carrier(s) and sign a repayment agreement to repay to USAID any amounts paid by the insurance carrier(s).

USPSC - OTI Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist - Washington, D.C. (Multiple Positions)

Agency for International Development, Washington D.C. | Published January 13, 2017  -  Deadline February 8, 2017
Request for Personal Services Contractor
USAID Office of Transition Initiatives
Position Title:	Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Washington, D.C. (Multiple Positions)Solicitation Number:	SOL-OTI-17-000018Salary Level:		GS-12 Equivalent: $79,720 - $103,639 GS-13 Equivalent: $94,796 - $123,234Issuance Date:		January 13, 2017Closing Date: 		February 8, 2017Closing Time:		12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
Dear Prospective Applicants:
The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists under a personal services contract, as described in the attached solicitation.
Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Applicants interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:
1.	Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:
(a)	Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all overseas field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.(b)	Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work. (c)	Names and contact information (phone and email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). (d)	Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments. (e)	U.S. Citizenship.
Your resume should contain explicit information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  If you do not specify which grade level(s), your application will be considered at the lower grade level. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide explicit information to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.
2.	Supplemental document specifically addressing:Each of the two (2) Evaluation Factors shown in the solicitation. Responses must be limited to 500 words per factor. Any additional words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.
NOTE: The Evaluation Factors are worth 60 out of 100 points. Applicants are required to address each of the Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor.
3.	USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete and sign the form. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
NOTE ABOUT THE DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM/SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an offer. You will be disqualified if you either fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list. The selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.
Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Your complete resume and the supplemental document addressing the EFs must be mailed or emailed to:
Office of Transition Initiatives 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20045 E-Mail Address: OTIjobs@usaid.gov
Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Applicant resources are available at www.otijobs.net/#!guidance-for-applying/c1ggu. Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to:
OTI Recruitment Team Telephone Number: (202) 836-7455 E-Mail Address: OTIjobs@usaid.gov Website: www.OTIjobs.net
 Sincerely,  Cristina Sylvia Contracting Officer ATTACHMENT 1
Solicitation for U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC) Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Washington, D.C. (Multiple)
I.	GENERAL INFORMATION
1.	SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OTI-17-000018
2.	ISSUANCE DATE: January 13, 2017
3.	CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: February 8, 2017 12:00 pm Eastern Time
4.	POSITION TITLE: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Washington, D.C. (Multiple)
5.	MARKET VALUE: This position has been designated as a "tandem/ladder" position that, depending on the qualifications of the candidate, can be filled at either the GS-12 ($79,720 - $103,639 per annum) or GS-13 ($94,796 - $123,234 per annum) equivalent level. The highest level of this position is a GS-13. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value of the GS-12 or GS-13 level depending on qualifications, previous relevant experience and work history, salary and educational background. Salaries over and above the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated. Candidates who live outside the Washington, D.C. area will be considered for employment but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.
If selected at the GS-12 equivalent grade level, following at least two years at the GS-12 grade, the candidate may have the opportunity for advancement to the GS-13 equivalent grade. In order to be advanced to the higher grade, the incumbent must meet the minimum qualifications of the higher grade and receive an excellent performance rating in their most recent annual performance evaluation. The evaluation must include a statement by the supervisor that the employee is performing successfully at the current grade and is considered ready to perform at the higher grade level. Neither advancement nor extension of the contract is guaranteed.
Note: Applicants who submit an application for the GS-13 grade level, but do not meet the minimum qualifications as outlined in this solicitation and as reviewed by the Technical Evaluation Committee, will not be considered for the GS-12 positions if they have not submitted a separate application for the GS-12 level. Similarly, applicants who apply for the GS-12 position even though they might meet the minimum qualifications for the GS-13 position will not be considered for the higher graded position if they have not submitted a separate application for the GS-13 position. Applicants who are unsure of which grade level they meet the minimum qualifications for should submit separate applications for the GS-12 and the GS-13 positions.
6.	PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Two years, with three one-year option periods.
7.	START DATE:  Within 45 days of receiving notification that required security clearance has been obtained.
8.	PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  Washington, D.C.
9.	SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  Secret
10.	STATEMENT OF DUTIES
POSITION DESCRIPTION
BACKGROUND
USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) is seeking highly motivated, highly qualified individuals who want the opportunity to help support rapid international transition programs for priority conflict-prone countries. Created in 1994 as a distinct operating unit within USAID, OTI helps local partners advance peace and democracy in politically-transitioning countries. In support of U.S. foreign policy, OTI seizes emerging windows of opportunity in the political landscape to promote stability, peace, and democracy by catalyzing local initiatives through adaptive and agile programming.
Countries experiencing a significant political transition in the midst of a disaster or emerging from civil conflict have unique needs that cannot be fully addressed by traditional disaster relief.  Timely and effective assistance to promote and consolidate peaceful, democratic advances can make the difference between a successful or a failed transition.  OTI assists in securing peace by aiding indigenous, mostly non-governmental, civil society and media organizations.  OTI uses such mechanisms as support for re-integration of ex-combatants into civilian society; development of initiatives to promote national reconciliation; identification of quick-impact community self-help projects to meet urgent economic needs; and aid to independent media outlets and community-based organizations to help promote informed debate and broaden public participation.
To respond quickly and effectively and meet its program objectives and mandate OTI retains a group of high level professionals and experts under U.S. Personal Services Contracts (USPSCs). These knowledgeable and skilled professionals make up the vast majority of the OTI work force and are at its forefront implementing and achieving the office's programmatic goals and objectives. There are several benefits that USPSCs may participate in, such as partial reimbursement for health and life insurance costs, as well as full coverage of workers' compensation, among other benefits. For more complete information on USPSC benefits, please see Section VI of this solicitation.
For more information about OTI and its country programs please see: http://www.usaid.gov/political-transition-initiatives
INTRODUCTION
As a member of the OTI Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) Team, the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist position utilizes the experience and skills gained from working with political transition, stabilization, and conflict mitigation programs, to provide support and guidance for country program staff to help ensure the successful implementation of OTI program activities in the field.
OTI's success now and in the future depends in large part on its ability to achieve an overarching organizational goal: the effective transfer and ongoing analysis of knowledge and experience - comprised of values, management processes, lessons learned, best practices, standards, and innovations - in real time, with a variety of stakeholders. These stakeholders include: OTI staff in the field and headquarters; OTI's implementing partners around the world; USAID Missions overseas; other USAID offices and bureaus in Washington; other U.S. Government agencies and branches; other donors; other transition, stabilization and reconstruction practitioners; host government and/or other local counterparts; and the U.S. public. All of the above increases OTI's level of transparency and accountability. To this end, the OTI ABC Team supports a model of organizational learning across the office that ensures:
1.	Increased transparency and accountability between the headquarters and field teams;2.	Increased opportunities for peer-to-peer dialogue;3.	Easier access to content and learning resources for a variety of stakeholders;4.	More guidance available in online format;5.	Provision of tools to surface and apply OTI's programming lessons to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of OTI programs.
The M&E Specialist supports OTI's mission to provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key political transition and stabilization needs by building the knowledge, skills and abilities of OTI staff to continually improve country program performance. The M&E Specialist does this by: designing and providing innovative solutions that are adapted to OTI's fast-paced global needs; developing and facilitating learning and training events; and providing support services ranging from procurement to linkages with private sector partners. ABC supports learning and innovation through the application of technology - including OTI's knowledge management platform, mapping, data visualization, and other analytic tools - to continually improve OTI country program analysis, management and performance. ABC will ensure the effective integration of lessons and knowledge into OTI's learning and training resources. ABC coordinates closely with other units, teams, and divisions within OTI to achieve these goals.
CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The work of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist requires teamwork, the exercise of discretion, judgment, and personal responsibility. As a member of a highly operational office, the incumbent is willing and able to perform a wide range of administrative functions to help ensure programmatic success. The incumbent has a high level of integrity and attention to detail to ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation. The incumbent is highly flexible and willing to work under conditions of ongoing change, and remains professional and respectful of colleagues and authority in a diverse workforce. She or he places a premium on the building of positive relationships with his or her respective team both in the field and in Washington, and with key stakeholders both in and outside of USAID. The incumbent is able to prioritize and complete tasks without follow-up by the supervisor, while also filling in gaps as needed to ensure the responsiveness of the team. The M&E Specialist is a strategic thinker, articulates innovative ideas, presents solutions, and is a positive role model for colleagues both in and outside of OTI.
Under the direct supervision of the DCHA/OTI Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) Team Leader or his/her designee, the M&E Specialist will perform the following duties:
At the GS-12 level: •	Help provide technical assistance based on research and personal field experience to enable OTI country programs to develop cutting-edge program monitoring and evaluation systems, and continually refine and improve them;
•	Help advise country teams in refining program objectives;
•	Ensure relevant, timely and well-coordinated support to OTI field programs' strategic design, program implementation, and evaluation through the provision of remote or in-person technical assistance, guidance, and training;
•	Support the design and development of knowledge management systems, resources, tools and products;
•	Assist in the capture and dissemination of OTI country program experiences and lessons;
•	Develop and maintain collaborative relationships across OTI's three divisions - Program, Learning and Innovation (PLI), Field Programs Division (FPD), and Operations and Management Division (OMD) - to coordinate and ensure the effective integration of lessons and knowledge into OTI's learning and training resources;
•	Help guide the design and provision of innovative learning and training solutions that are well-adapted to OTI's fast-paced global needs, including organizing and planning events to increase OTI and implementing partner staff members' application of OTI's approach to monitoring and evaluation;
•	Help with the implementation and ongoing adaptation of a range of program performance management processes designed to integrate learning into strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation throughout the lifecycle of each OTI country program;
•	Represent and articulate OTI's mission and global programs to select visitors, officials from international organizations, bilateral donors, and national and foreign government officials. When required, serve as a liaison with other DCHA offices, USAID divisions and the State Department, to develop appropriate program and policy direction;
•	Coordinate with key stakeholders to routinely conceptualize, update and revise OTI guidance related to action learning, monitoring and evaluation, and program performance management processes;
•	With supervisor's guidance, fill critical needs for program advisement, management and implementation staffing in Washington, DC and the field including providing support to new OTI country program start-ups, country program management and close-out;
•	As required, perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington OTI headquarters, including within other USAID offices, bureaus or other USG agencies; and
•	Perform other related duties and activities as required for the successful completion of country programs.
At the GS-13 level:
•	Provide technical assistance based on research and personal field experience to enable OTI country programs to develop cutting-edge program monitoring and evaluation systems, and continually refine and improve them;
•	Advise country teams in developing and refining program objectives;
•	Coordinate strategic design, program implementation and evaluation through the provision of remote or in-person technical assistance, guidance, and training;
•	Design and develop knowledge management systems, resources, tools and products;
•	Design and coordinate the use of practices and products to serve the capture and dissemination of OTI country program experiences and lessons;
•	Coordinate closely and routinely with ABC portfolio leads and the ABC Team Leader to share information and improve internal ABC Team practices;
•	Develop and maintain collaborative relationships across OTI's three divisions - Program, Learning and Innovation (PLI), Field Programs Division (FPD), and Operations and Management Division (OMD) - to coordinate and ensure the effective integration of lessons and knowledge into OTI's learning and training resources;
•	Oversee the design and provision of innovative learning and training solutions that are well-adapted to OTI's fast-paced global needs, including organizing and planning events to increase OTI and implementing partner staff members' application of OTI's approach to monitoring and evaluation;
•	Facilitate and provide ABC support for the implementation and ongoing adaptation of a range of program performance management processes designed to integrate learning into strategic design, program implementation and evaluation throughout the lifecycle of each OTI country program;
•	Represent and articulate OTI's mission and global programs to select visitors, officials from international organizations, bilateral donors, and national and foreign government officials. When required, serve as a liaison with other DCHA offices, USAID divisions and the State Department, to develop appropriate program and policy direction;
•	Coordinate with key stakeholders to routinely conceptualize, update and revise OTI guidance related to action learning, monitoring and evaluation, and program performance management processes;
•	With supervisor's guidance, fill critical needs for program advisement, management and implementation in Washington, DC and the field, including providing support to new OTI country program start-ups, management and close-out;
•	When required, carry out higher representational responsibilities, including serving as acting ABC Team Leader;
•	As required, perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington OTI headquarters, including within other USAID offices, bureaus or other USG agencies; and
•	Perform other related duties and activities as required for the successful completion of country programs.
SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be supervised by the OTI Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) Team Leader or his/her designee, within the OTI Program, Learning and Innovation (PLI) division.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:The supervisor will set overall objectives and resources available, and work with the employee to develop deadlines, projects, and work to be accomplished. The employee will be responsible for planning and carrying out assignments, resolving most conflicts, coordinating with others, and interpreting policy in terms of established objectives. Keeping the supervisor informed of progress, the employee may determine the approach to be taken and the methodology to be used. The supervisor will review completed work from an overall standpoint of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness in meeting requirements.
11.	PHYSICAL DEMANDS
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. If traveling overseas, the employee may be subject to some additional physical exertion including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).
WORK ENVIRONMENT:Work is primarily performed in an office setting. If the employee travels overseas, the work may additionally involve safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.
12.	POINT OF CONTACT:
OTI Recruitment Team529 14th Street, NW, Suite 300Washington, DC 20045Telephone Number: (202) 836-7455E-Mail Address: OTIjobs@usaid.gov
II.	MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position. See detailed instructions for demonstrating Education/Experience under "Applying")
At the GS-12 level:
(1)	A Master's Degree with four (4) years of work experience;
OR
A Bachelor's Degree with five (5) years of work experience;
AND
(2)	Three (3) years of project management experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international or domestic assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;
(3)	Two (2) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country, of which one (1) year must include experience working in one or more countries undergoing political transition;
(4)	Demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and managing monitoring and evaluation efforts.
At the GS-13 level:
(1)	A Master's Degree with five (5) years of work experience;
OR
A Bachelor's Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;
AND
(2)	Four (4) years of project management experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international or domestic assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;
(3)	Two (2) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country, of which one (1) year must include experience working in one or more countries undergoing political transition;
(4)	Demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and managing monitoring and evaluation efforts.
SELECTION FACTORS:(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)•	Applicant is a U.S. Citizen;•	Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements;•	Supplemental document specifically addressing how the candidate meets each of the Evaluation Factors submitted; •	Ability to obtain a SECRET level security clearance (NOTE: Dual citizens may be asked to renounce second-country citizenship);•	Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.
A USAID Secret level security clearance required prior to issuance of the contract for this position.
NOTE: If a full security investigation package is not submitted by the selected within 30 days after it is requested, the offer may be rescinded. If a security clearance is not able to be obtained within four months after the selected submits the initial security clearance documentation, the offer may be rescinded.
III.	EVALUATION FACTORS
EVALUATION FACTORS:(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. The factors are listed in priority order from highest to least.)
Applicants should cite specific, illustrative examples for each factor. Responses must be limited to 500 words per factor.  Any additional words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.
Factor #1	Demonstrated experience designing and/or implementing monitoring and evaluation approaches adapted to dynamic, short-term political transition and/or stabilization programs in complex environments. Factor #2	Demonstrated experience interacting and coordinating with local and national governments as well as contractors and non-governmental organizations involved in political transition/stabilization initiatives and humanitarian interventions.
BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who clearly meet the Education/Experience Requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the Evaluation Factor responses. Applicants are required to address each of the Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to specifically address the Selection and/or Evaluation Factors may result in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.
The Applicant Rating System is as Follows:Evaluation Factors have been assigned the following points:Factor #1 - 35Factor #2 - 25Total Possible - 60 Points
Interview Performance - 40 points
Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks - Pass/Fail (no points assigned)
Total Possible Points: 100
The most qualified candidates may be interviewed, required to provide a writing sample, and demonstrate an ability to operate commonly used office applications. OTI will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. In addition, applications (written materials and interviews) will be evaluated based on content as well as on the applicant's writing, presentation, and communication skills. In the event that a candidate has fully demonstrated his/her qualifications and there are no other competitive applicants, OTI reserves the right to forego the interview process. Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for applicants being considered for selection.
IV.	APPLYING
Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I, item 11.
Qualified applicants are required to submit:
1.	Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:
(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all overseas field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work. (c) Names and contact information (phone and email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). (d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments. (e) U.S. Citizenship.
Your resume should contain explicit information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation (for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. If you do not specify which grade level(s), your application will be considered at the lower grade level). This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide explicit information to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.
2.	Supplemental document specifically addressing:Each of the two (2) Evaluation Factors shown in the solicitation. Responses must be limited to 500 words per factor. Any additional words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.
NOTE: The Evaluation Factors are worth 60 out of 100 points. Applicants are required to address each of the Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor.
3.	USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete and sign the form. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.
To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, applicants must prominently reference the solicitation number in the application submission.
Applicant resources are available at www.otijobs.net/#!guidance-for-applying/c1ggu.
DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS
Via mail: Office of Transition Initiatives, 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20045Via email: OTIjobs@usaid.gov
Please note in your document submittal where you heard about this position.
NOTE REGARDING GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR THIS SOLICITATION
This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the application.
NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT
All individuals contracted as US PSCs in the United States are required to have a DUNS Number and be registered in the SAM database.  The selected candidate will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.
For general information about DUNS Numbers and SAM, please refer to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Clause 52.204-6, Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and FAR 52.204-7, System for Award Management.https:/acquisition.gov/far/current/html/52_200_206.html or www.sam.gov.
ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR, SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NON-DISQUALIFYING DISABILITY, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.
V.	LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES
Once the CO informs the successful applicant about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful applicant instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms. Forms outlined below can found at http://www.usaid.gov/forms/
1.	Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306).2.	Medical History and Examination Form (DS-6561). 3.	Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). 4.	Finger Print Card (FD-258).
VI.	BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
1.  BENEFITS:
(a) Employer's FICA Contribution(b) Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance(c) Pay Comparability Adjustment(d) Annual Increase (pending a satisfactory performance evaluation)(e) Eligibility for Worker's Compensation(f) Annual & Sick Leave
2.  ALLOWANCES:Section numbers refer to rules from the Department of State Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas)
(a) Post Differential			Chapter 500 and Tables in Chapter 900.(b) Living Quarters Allowance		Section 130.(c) Temporary Lodging Allowance	Section 120.(d) Post Allowance			Section 220.(e) Supplemental Post Allowance		Section 230.(f) Payments During Evacuation		Section 600.(g) Education Allowance			Section 270.(h) Separate Maintenance Allowance	Section 260.(i) Danger Pay Allowance			Section 650.(j) Education Travel			Section 280.
VII.	TAXES
USPSCs are required to pay Federal Income Taxes, FICA, and Medicare
VIII.	ACQUISITION & ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDS) AND CONTRACT INFORMATION BULLETINS (CIBS) PERTAINING TO PSCs
AAPDs and CIBs contain changes to USAID policy and General Provisions in USAID regulations and contracts.  Please refer to http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs#psc to determine which AAPDs and CIBs apply to this contract.
AAPD 06-10 - PSC MEDICAL EXPENSE PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY
General Provision 28, MEDICAL EXPENSE PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY(OCTOBER 2006)
(a) Definitions. Terms used in this General Provision are defined in 16 FAM 116 available at http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/regs/fam/16fam/index.htm.  Note:  Personal services contractors are not eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Programs.
(b) The regulations in the Foreign Affairs Manual, Volume 16, Chapter 520 (16 FAM 520), Responsibility for Payment of Medical Expenses, apply to this contract, except as stated below.  The contractor and each eligible family member are strongly encouraged to obtain health insurance that covers this assignment.  Nothing in this provision supersedes or contradicts any other term or provision in this contract that pertains to insurance or medical costs, except that section (e) supplements General Provision 25. "MEDICAL EVACUATION (MEDEVAC) SERVICES."
(c) When the contractor or eligible family member is covered by health insurance, that insurance is the primary payer for medical services provided to that contractor or eligible family member(s) both in the United States and abroad.  The primary insurer's liability is determined by the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions of the insurance policy.  When the contractor or eligible family member is not covered by health insurance, the contractor is the primary payer for the total amount of medical costs incurred and the U.S. Government has no payment obligation (see paragraph (f) of this provision).
(d) USAID serves as a secondary payer for medical expenses of the contractor and eligible family members who are covered by health insurance, where the following conditions are met:
(1) The illness, injury, or medical condition giving rise to the expense is incurred, caused, or materially aggravated while the eligible individual is stationed or assigned abroad;
(2) The illness, injury, or medical condition giving rise to the expense required or requires hospitalization and the expense is directly related to the treatment of such illness, injury, or medical condition, including obstetrical care; and
(3) The Office of Medical Services (M/MED) or a Foreign Service medical provider (FSMP) determines that the treatment is appropriate for, and directly related to, the illness, injury, or medical condition.
(e) The Mission Director may, on the advice of M/MED or an FSMP at post, authorize medical travel for the contractor or an eligible family member in accordance with the General Provision 10, Travel and Transportation Expenses (July 1993), section (i) entitled "Emergency and Irregular Travel and Transportation."  In the event of a medical emergency, when time does not permit consultation, the Mission Director may issue a Travel Authorization Form or Medical Services Authorization Form DS-3067, provided that the FSMP or Post Medical Advisor (PMA) is notified as soon as possible following such an issuance.  The contractor must promptly file a claim with his or her medevac insurance provider and repay to USAID any amount the medevac insurer pays for medical travel, up to the amount USAID paid under this section.  The contractor must repay USAID for medical costs paid by the medevac insurer in accordance with sections (f) and (g) below.  In order for medical travel to be an allowable cost under General Provision 10, the contractor must provide USAID written evidence that medevac insurance does not cover these medical travel costs.
(f) If the contractor or eligible family member is not covered by primary health insurance, the contractor is the primary payer for the total amount of medical costs incurred.  In the event of a medical emergency, the Medical and Health Program may authorize issuance of Form DS-3067, Authorization for Medical Services for Employees and/or Dependents, to secure admission to a hospital located abroad for the uninsured contractor or eligible family member.  In that case, the contractor will be required to reimburse USAID in full for funds advanced by USAID pursuant to the issuance of the authorization.  The contractor may reimburse USAID directly or USAID may offset the cost from the contractor's invoice payments under this contract, any other contract the individual has with the U.S. Government, or through any other available debt collection mechanism.
(g) When USAID pays medical expenses (e.g., pursuant to Form DS-3067, Authorization for Medical Services for Employees and/or Dependents), repayment must be made to USAID either by insurance payment or directly by the contractor, except for the amount of such expenses USAID is obligated to pay under this provision.  The Contracting Officer will determine the repayment amount in accordance with the terms of this provision and the policies and procedures for employees contained in 16 FAM 521.  When USAID pays the medical expenses, including medical travel costs (see section (e) above), of an individual (either the contractor or an eligible family member) who is covered by insurance, that individual promptly must claim his or her benefits under any applicable insurance policy or policies.  As soon as the individual receives the insurance payment, the contractor must reimburse USAID for the full amount that USAID paid on the individual's behalf or the repayment amount determined by the Contracting Officer in accordance with this paragraph, whichever is less.  If an individual is not covered by insurance, the contractor must reimburse USAID for the entire amount of all medical expenses and any travel costs the contractor receives from his/her medevac provider.
(h) In the event that the contractor or eligible family member fails to recover insurance payments or transfer the amount of such payments to USAID within 90 days, USAID will take appropriate action to collect the payments due, unless such failure is for reasons beyond the control of the USPSC/dependent.
(i) Before departing post or terminating the contract, the contractor must settle all medical expense and medical travel costs.  If the contractor is insured, he or she must provide proof to the Contracting Officer that those insurance claims have been submitted to the insurance carrier(s) and sign a repayment agreement to repay to USAID any amounts paid by the insurance carrier(s).

R--Adaptive Sports Consultant, Bedford VAMC

Department of Veterans Affairs, Manchester VAMC | Published December 22, 2016
Performance Work Statement
1.  POSITION DESCRIPTION/SCOPE
This requirement is for (1) One temporary position needed at Bedford Medical Center, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.
2.  PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
The individual will work for approximately 22 weeks, with one option Period of 14 Weeks if needed.  Therefore the contract cannot exceed 180 Working days or 36 weeks, but may be terminated upon completion of the project or funds dissolution.
3. CONTRACTOR REQUIREMENTS
Education/Experience:  Bachelor s Degree in a related area and 8-10 years  experience working with Veterans in the Adaptive Sports/Recreation arena.
Cultivate a variety of relationships/collaboration between Bedford VA and Adaptive Sports venues on the Massachusetts Northshore (Bedford VA catchment area) for use by Bedford VA Veterans.
Adaptive Sport/collaborations could be rowing, skiing, fishing, hiking or any other adaptive sport available to eligible Veterans.
Responds to VA needs as directed by the Bedford VA Associate Director Patient Care Services.
Provides periodic briefings to Bedford VA leadership including the Hospital Director, Associate Director Patient Care Service, Chief Rehab Service and Supervisor Recreation Therapy on going developments and collaboration among community adaptive sports venues.
Possesses the ability to collaborate and communicate with Bedford VA leadership and community adaptive sports venues.
Possesses the ability to plan, develop, and coordinate, with Bedford VA and adaptive sports venues for Veteran programming.
4.  TERM OF CONTRACT
The individual will work for approximately 22 weeks, with one option Period of 14 Weeks if needed.  Therefore the contract cannot exceed 180 Working days or 36 weeks, but may be terminated upon completion of the project or funds dissolution.
5. PAYMENT
Payment of sums due will be paid monthly in arrears of work performed, upon submission and receipt of a properly prepared invoice by the Contractor.  The Contractor will submit a monthly bill for the hours worked, at the agreed upon price.  Contractor is required to pay a minimum of the attached wage rate as listed under Section J of this contract for services performed under this contract.  Payment will be authorized by the VA upon verification by the VA of the services billed and submission of documentation required under the Labor Standards Provisions of this contract.
EDITH NOURSE ROGERS MEMORIAL VETERANS HOSPITAL
BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS
RECREATION THERAPY ADAPTIVE SPORTS CONSULTANT
GS-0638
General Description:  This is a unique clinical position under Recreation Therapy and Sensory & Physical Rehab Services as An Adaptive Sports Consultant.  Incumbent works as an independent therapist practitioner, at the Bedford VA Medical Center.  Bedford VA is one of the busiest and most complex geriatric and mental health facilities in the nation with numerous mental health programs inpatient and outpatient clinics.  Additionally, the facility has multiple outpatient locations and clinically support and trains a large number of residents, interns, and trainees in a wide variety of medical specialties and health care occupations through multiple academic affiliations.  The facility is a Complexity Level 3 facility which houses a rehabilitation short stay unit, TBI support clinic, the largest long term care unit within the VA, numerous outpatient mental health clinics, a chronic mental health and acute mental health (both locked) inpatient units, domiciliary, and intense mental health counseling outpatient program.  The incumbent provides case management services to active duty service members and Veterans and their families when necessary, and is the primary point of contact for patients and their families regarding adaptive sports.  The position is established and funded to assist in full-filling the objectives of the Bedford VA medical Centers Adaptive Sports and Fitness Programs, which is committed to consumer and family-driven care and to wellness rehab services necessary to )1 improve participant s overall health status, 2) reduce the risk of acquiring secondary medical complications, 3) introduce new leisure opportunities, 4) promote a lifetime of wellness practices post-injury, 6) as well as live, work, learn, and participate fully in the community.  Incumbent participated in planning, describing and implementing new and innovative approaches to providing these services to injured Veterans and active duty service members.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
Outpatient Case Management:  Incumbent accepts inpatient/outpatient case referrals from Rehabilitation inpatient/outpatient treatment programs, Polytrauma Team, residents and attending physiatrist/psychiatrists, military treatment facilities, congressional officials, community agencies, concerned individuals, Veterans, and their families to provide extensive services to Veterans deemed appropriate for such programs and will require intensive case management.
Incumbent may accept and complete screens in-center with trained medical personnel, but may travel to meet with Veterans and their families at community locations, such as the Veteran s home, if deemed necessary.
Incumbent makes independent assessment of the physical. Cognitive, psychosocial/behavioral, rehabilitation, level of independence and support care (if needed) needs of each Veteran and formulated a full treatment plan.
The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, conducting, and supervising a comprehensive and complex therapeutic/self-directed activity based program that addresses the physical limitations; communicative disorders; cognitive deficits, and social, emotional and/or behavioral reactions of young adult, middle-adult, and geriatric patients from treatment units assigned.  Programs as such require a variety of knowledge and skills in providing therapeutic/self -directed activity-based programs for patients having varied diagnoses and age specific considerations, which may include neuro-muscular, orthopedic, chronic cardiovascular, psychological, psychiatric, chronic/acute medical problems and physical disabilities.
The programs will be varied to include activities for both individuals and groups, with specific interventions to fulfill medical prescriptions and attention being directed toward creativity and ingenuity in gaining the most possible for patient interest and potentials.  The incumbent has the responsibility for administering interventions utilizing program adaptations, planned or spontaneous; to provide both interesting and therapeutic oriented activities to enhance the Patient s potential, in accordance with the customized treatment plans and predetermined treatment goals.  Programs will be planned on a continuum, addressing clinical patient care (therapy), leisure education, and adapted (self-directed) activity-based community programs.
The incumbent consults with utilizing services and programs, agency representatives and community officials relative to the publicizing development and improvement of program.
Incumbent works closely with VA and community health care professionals to support the Veteran s medical treatment plan.  Provides consultation and update of progress to health care personnel on the overall components identified in the Veteran s treatment plan.
Incumbent provides intensive case management services that require the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of clinical skills/cross-training.  Carries full professional responsibility for cases presenting a wide range of physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental problems with no limitations (within his/her scope of clinical privileges) as to the range of Services to be performed.
Incumbent documents all case management, documentation, and Recreation Therapy activities in the patient s VA Medical Center clinical record.  He/she notifies physicians and other clinical staff on treatment team, as appropriate, regarding additional interventions.
Incumbent provides information and referral services to various community services, as appropriate.  Investigates community resources and makes information about them available to case management staff.  Provides information and consultation with conservators and/or payees regarding management of patients  services.  Reports incidents of abuse or negligence to legal authorities and updates DHCP risk alerts as necessary.
Administrative Responsibilities: Incumbent participates in program development and planning and in the development of working relationships with community agencies and resources.  Promotes, in conjunction with local community/international agencies, strategies for developing joint ventures to address the physical, cognitive, psychological, and social needs of injured participates.  Maintains accurate statistics, and reports, as required, within specified deadlines; submits data on patient contacts promptly and accurately for computer entry.
All statistical and administrative reports will be completed according to policy and/or requested by the Supervisor Recreation Therapy Service, (i.e. DSS encounters, monthly and daily calendars/schedules, Nutrition and Food requests, work orders, motor vehicle requests, etc.).  Knowledge of Professional, CARF and The Joint Commission (TJC) standards.  Participates in the overall activities of the Bedford VA Adaptive Sports and Fitness program.
Incumbent is responsible for making purchases for the Bedford VA Adaptive Sports & Fitness Program using Government Purchase Cards, Government Travel Cards, or purchase orders when required.  Accurate records of accounts and transactions are also maintained by the incumbent.
Other duties as assigned:  Incumbent performs other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor Recreation Therapy Service.  Incumbent may participate in research, education, evaluations and studies.  He/she may also supervise Recreation/Creative Arts Therapy or case manager students, interns, and trainees.
Factor 1- Knowledge Required by the Position: Mastery of and sound judgement and flexibility in the use of a wide range of case management skills, including the more difficult therapeutic techniques.  Professional knowledge of recreation, physical, cognitive therapy, and mental health services requiring extended and continuing education or experience to perform advanced techniques requiring in-depth knowledge.  Ability to apply new procedures in the treatment of difficult and complex individual problems.
Knowledge of interviewing techniques and of consistently appropriate use of these techniques with a wide variety of patients, family members and significant others, including persons who may be hostile and /or have emotional problems.
Knowledge of illness and stability with implications for recreation Therapy and multi-disciplines, including psychology, sociology, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology for disease, special populations, including physically disabled, emotionally disturbed, substance abusers, organic illness, and frail elderly.  Interprets medical information in relation to disabilities, identifies problems treatable to plan treatment, and communicate with other team members.  The incumbent demonstrates skills and knowledge to communicate appropriately to the ages of the patients serviced, including the young adult, middle adult, and geriatric patients.
Knowledge of delivery systems specifically related to diagnosis and treatment, including medical models, therapeutic recreation continuum, leisure education models, therapeutic community and interdisciplinary teams, and facilitation of counseling techniques used in providing preventative and rehabilitative service to patients.  Establishes and provides integrated and recognized treatment procedures that are innovative and meet the special needs of patients with acute or chronic psychological, physical, and/or cognitive disabilities that must be modified in response to subtle changes in the patients  conditions.
Knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents which effect the use of program and related support resources (people, money, or equipment).
The incumbent possesses skills and knowledge in leadership dynamics, socio-behavior domains, motivational approaches and communication processes, able to employ diverse treatment approaches for individuals or groups of patients in order to motivate patients towards treatment objectives.  Considers the age of the patients in order to motivate patients towards treatment objectives.  Incumbent has knowledge of the basics of other professions on interdisciplinary teams, e.g. basic knowledge of the goals and objectives of psychologists, social workers, nurses, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and kinesiotherapists, and the tools they use.
Working understanding of the dynamics of chemical dependency, dual diagnosis and their impact on psychosocial functioning.  Knowledge of how to make objective and accurate psychosocial assessments, formulate sound and workable case management treatment plans and makes appropriate clinical interventions.
Knowledge of the fundamentals of effective written and oral communication and skill in establishing and maintaining effective and cooperative work relationships.  Knowledge of how to conceptualize information and share such information and concepts with others, individually and in groups.
Knowledge of the psychosocial component of illness and aging and of patient s responses to medical care.  Knowledge of the dynamics of human personality, normal vs. abnormal behavior, impact of social systems, and cultural and environmental influences of individuals and families.  General knowledge of the health care field and relevent case management principles and practices.
Ability to organize a complex demanding caseload and master these tasks even when away from the medical center.  Knowledge of the VA benefits and community resources and be skilled in their appropriate use on behalf of patients/families/significant others.
Knowledge of quality assurance/audit techniques to the level of being able to do self-evaluation and to participate effectively and objectively in quality assurance programs within the Service.  The incumbent is responsible for knowing and following safety policies and procedures.  Safety is the utmost importance and will be paramount in carrying out daily tasks, activities and duties.
Incumbent is required to maintain a valid driver s license and or CDL  Motor Operator s License to operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of community outings for patients participating in therapeutic and social activities.  This requirement also includes specific safety competencies including vehicle passenger restraint systems, wheelchair lift operations and knowledge of policies and procedures for emergency situations occurring off station.  Medical examination for driver clearance in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations is also required.
Incumbent is required to maintain valid state and professional licenses and certifications, (I.e. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, etc.).
Factor 2- Supervisory Controls: The Chief Sensory and Physical Rehab Service and the Supervisor of Recreation Therapy oversee the overall performance and mandatory requirement of the incumbent.  The case manager plans and carries out the intervention process for referred individuals and devises or adjusts the approaches and priorities to meet intervention objectives.  The therapist coordinates with other health care providers concerning total care.  He/She informs the health care officials, as appropriate, where treatment is contraindicated or where other issues may result in conflict.  The incumbent works independently and is professionally accountable for the quality and quantity of his/her work.  Work is monitored through audits, peer review, and such other evaluations as required by the service and Medical Center performance Improvement Program.  Input into the annual appraisal/evaluation will be provided by the Chief of Sensory and Physical Rehab Service and performed by the Supervisor of Recreation Therapy.
Factor 3-Guidelines: Guidelines are available but not always applicable to the work.  Guidelines at this level describe evaluative and compensatory therapeutic techniques which apply generally, but not specifically, to the diverse set of conditions involving a person under treatment.  The therapist uses judgment in selecting and modifying treatment approaches, as necessary.  The incumbent must use resourcefulness and initiative in developing new methods and proposing new policy on the provision of therapy services to the most clinically challenging patients, all of whom have persistent physical, cognitive, and/or mental illness and are high users of inpatient and outpatient services.
Guidelines include operating policies and practices of the clinic, accepted materials, procedures, techniques, and standards of practice, facility publications, mandated Joint Commission standards, CARF standards and the Veterans Health Administration and Medical Center policies and directives.  The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting techniques, procedures and materials most appropriate for the patient.
Factor 4-Complexity: The Recreation Therapy Adaptive Sports Case Manager is charged with providing professional case management services to all outpatient participants of the Bedford VA Adaptive Sports and Fitness programs in a wide range of community settings.
The Recreation Therapy Adaptive Sport Case Manager s contact with patients occurs in the medical center and may also occur in the Veteran s natural environment away from the medical center.  The Recreation Therapy Adaptive Sports Manager in many instances is the patient s only link with the medical center and outside resources that may further advance his treatment progression.  It is the responsibility of the case manager to engage VA patients in treatment, to deliver the treatment and to link the patient to other services.  In locales where specific VA services are lacking, the case manager works with community agencies that provide needed services to ensure that Veterans have access to all treatment opportunities.  The case manager establishes and maintains working relationships with other non-VA service providers.  As a solitary practitioner, the case manager makes many on the spot clinical decisions without immediate access to supervision or consultation.  These decisions involve critical aspects of the patient s clinical care, including involuntary treatment, and rely solely on the clinical judgement of the case manager.
The complexity of this position is increased by the following factors:
The use of a wide variety of tasks, methods, and function, resources, such as individual therapy, case management, crisis intervention, group therapy, substance abuse counseling, and family therapy.
The variety and unpredictability of physical settings, i.e. boarding homes, shelters, hotels, substance abuse centers, and apartments, outdoor areas which may be remote, public facilities.
The frequently complicated life situations of patients and their families, compounded with the emotional, social and economic impact of such illness and disabilities.
The hostility, extreme disturbance and sever chronic illness of some patients and their families.
The high frequency of substance abuse and dual diagnosis amongst the patients assigned to the case manager for treatment and the lack of resources available to treat these disorders.
Ambiguity of agency policies and the unpredictability of individuals  reactions and the ultimate results of intervention.
The dependence of the target population and the case manager s role in modifying this dependence.
The scarcity of resources, particularly for research protocols they qualify for.
The need for innovation to develop new approaches and techniques to adjust to difficult and changing situations.
Factor 5- Scope and Effect: The purpose of the work is to provide a comprehensive program of case management to outpatients in the assigned area and to help each person to reach the ultimate potential for independent living functioning using a wide variety of therapeutic approaches.  The case manager uses professional expertise and judgment in assessing complex situations and carrying out plans of treatment.
The work has a direct impact on the person s social, economic and functional well-being, i.e. the extent to which they learn to handle frustrations and solve problems affects their lifestyles in the community and the ability to support themselves and their families; which in turn, affects the image and to some extent the functioning of the VA and local community.
The expected impact is in the recovery, social, physical and economic well-being of the patients and their families.  The impact of the work is felt in the personal lives of the patients.  The sports Case Manager must possess skills in public relations.
Factor 6- Personal Contacts: Personal contacts and coordination with a wide variety of persons are essential to this position.  Contacts are with persons outside the agency which may include consultants, administrators, department heads, or business executives in a moderately unstructured setting.  May also include contacts with the head of the employing agency or program officials several managerial levels removed from the employee when such contact occurs on an ad-hoc basis.
Intra-agency personal contacts include patients from all age groups (young adult, middle adult, and geriatric).  The age group of the patient will be given full consideration when planning treatment and when addressing all requests in order to insure the appropriateness of the employee s response.  Also includes contact with other therapists, treatment team members, health care professionals, volunteers, student interns, and personal throughout the Medical Center, nationally and Central Office.  Contacts include regular meetings with patient family members and significant others, community resource managers, university faculty members, Recreation Therapy and Creative Arts professionals, volunteers, community and members of the public.
Factor 7- Purpose of Contacts:  Contacts are to influence managers or other officials to accept and implement findings and recommendations on organizational improvement or program effectiveness.  May encounter resistance due to such issues as organizational conflict, competing objectives, new recovery program models and objectives or resource problems.
The personal contacts involve gathering and exchanging information, participation in overall program planning, treatment planning, counseling with patients, families, significant others, and coordinating services on behalf of patients and those persons significant to their recovery.  Skill is needed in working with people who may be fearful, uncooperative or hostile and who may hold different viewpoints or objectives, in order to establish rapport and obtain desired therapeutic outcomes.
The incumbent is required to use good judgment, tact, and diplomacy in relations with all parties.  Contacts with patients are to assess, implement, and evaluate treatment.  Contact with therapists and other team members and health care providers are to give information and discuss program or treatment issues.  Contacts with volunteers are to discuss program or treatment issues.
Contacts with volunteers are to schedule activities and provide training.  Contacts with other Medical Center personnel are for administrative tasks, medical Center committee assignments, problem resolution and to arrange community/volunteer needs, transportation, patient meals, etc.  Contacts with academic institutions are to discuss the progress and clinical abilities/skills of students, interns and/or trainees.  Contacts with patient family and significant others are to develop discharge plans, utilize community resources, advocate for ill and disabled Veteran.  Contact with Recreation Therapy/Creative Arts professional community is for the purpose of technical information sharing and networking and maintenance of professional competence.
Regular and reoccurring contacts are made to plan and coordinate treatment and rehabilitation of patients, motivate patients to meet treatment goals, and provide exchange of information.  Interaction with patients involves a particularly strong element of persuasion.  The therapist encourages patients to participate both individually and in groups.
Factor 8- Physical Demands: This position involves walking, standing, sitting, lifting, travel, shifting, kneeling, stooping, grasping, and participation in multidisciplinary therapy activities which may be physical in nature, such as running, physical fitness activity, bowling, kayaking, skiing, etc. and driving motor vehicles such as a sedan or van.
Additional physical demands include, bending, pushing, pulling, shifting patients, retrieving, standing, pivoting, twisting, squatting, grasping, extending, balancing,, casting, throwing, stretching, reaching, dodging, striking, lifting, turning, carrying, swinging, creative movement and dragging.
The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as above average dexterity to perform intricate procedures.  The physical limitations of the young adult, middle adult, and the geriatric patient must be taken into consideration when preforming all assigned responsibilities.  The work involves driving an automobile and going in and out of a variety of settings in the community.
Factor 9- Work Environment:  The incumbent works in an office, on treatment units, both indoors and outdoors in various recreation areas and facilities.  Incumbent is exposed to patients with a variety of disabilities and illnesses, both physical, cognitive, and with psychiatric conditions.  The incumbent will also work out of state when accompanying Veterans to nationally recognized VHA programs, community based activities, leisure education activities and community institutions, and residences- involve everyday risks and discomforts and the observance of normal safe work practices.