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Financial Management Specialist

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published July 31, 2015  -  Deadline August 28, 2015
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1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-15-000032 2. ISSUANCE DATE: July 31, 2015 3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME: August 28, 2015, 17:00 Local Time, Monrovia, Liberia 4. POSITION TITLE: Financial Management Specialist 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION: The position is the equivalent of a GS-13 ranging from $73,115 to $95,048 per annum. Final compensation will be based on the individual's salary and work history, experience and educational background, within the above salary range. 6. EVALUATION FACTORS: Evaluation will be based on a 100-point Scale: Experience (30 Points), Skills and Abilities (25 Points), Job Knowledge (20 Points), Oral and Written Communication (15) and Education (10 Points). 7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with the possibility of extension, depending on need, performance and availability of funding, not to exceed a total of three (3) years. 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia 9. SECURITY ACCESS: Employment Authorization (USPSCs) Background Check (TCNPSCs) 10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens or Third Country Nationals 11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: A. Introduction: The USAID mission to Liberia, located in Monrovia, is soliciting expressions of interest from qualified U.S. and Third Country National personal service contractors to serve as the Financial Management Specialist in the Office of Financial Management. USAID is the largest bilateral donor in the country and maintains close relationships with a range of Government of Liberia (GOL) counterparts. Its development program focuses resources in four technical areas: Democracy and Governance, Economic Growth, Health, and Education. The technical offices are supported by four support offices - Program & Project Development (PPD), Acquisition & Assistance (OAA), Financial Management (OFM), and Executive Office (EXO). USAID is co-located within the New Embassy Compound and subscribes to ICASS for most of its support services. As a Performance Management Focus Country, USAID/Liberia spearheads several USAID initiatives: Feed-the-Future, the Global Health Initiative, and the President's Malaria Initiative. It also manages the Millennium Challenge Corporation threshold program. The Mission is at the forefront of USAID/Forward's Implementation and Procurement Reform initiative. Liberia is a priority country. B. Function of the Position The Financial Management Specialist will assume responsibility for the financial analysis, accounting and payment processing operations for the USAID/Liberia Mission. Given the size and complexity of the Liberia portfolio, this challenging and demanding position requires a senior/experienced financial management professional who has prior extensive USAID financial operations experience and strong English language skills. The position is located in the Office of Financial Management and reports to the Mission Controller. C. Major Roles and Responsibilities a. Support OFM core functions (60%) Reporting to the Mission Controller, the Financial Management Specialist supports and manages the budget, accounting, financial management and payment functions in USAID/Liberia OFM. These include financial analysis, budgeting, project accounting, administrative expense accounting and voucher examination functions. The incumbent plays a key role in OFM efforts to improve service quality and customer satisfaction. As such, the Financial Management Specialist will administer a comprehensive accounting, reporting and budgeting system designed to provide high quality service to OFM customers while providing senior mission management and USAID/W with timely financial information for making operating decisions. He / she will review all transactions, in electronic and manual formats, prior to the Controller's review and approval; coordinate with State FMO on the operation of Post ICASS function (including the accumulation, analysis and equitable distribution of ICASS costs to participating agencies); participate in the planning, installation and maintenance of an adequate system of internal control for the processing, accounting and reporting of all USAID obligation/liquidation actions; supervise the analysis and reconciliation of all program and administrative accounts with State, DOD and USAID/W, including 1221 management and timely liquidation of program and travel advances, etc. The incumbent will research, identify, recommend and lead the implementation of agency best practices in many areas of OFM operations, including distribution of shared administrative costs, accrual and pipeline management, financial reporting, including year-end requirements such as 1311 reviews, reconciliations, annual budget preparation, monthly and quarterly closing, etc. Other responsibilities include review OFM processes to identify strengths and weaknesses, including bottlenecks, and to the extent required, modify processes to streamline workflow and maximize efficiency. b. Participate in Public Financial Management assessments (15%) The incumbent participates in the performance of various types of assessments of partner country public financial management (PFM) and procurement systems; audits, risk assessments, financial and compliance reviews, host country contracting and/or financial management capability assessments. A key responsibility of the incumbent will be to support USAID/Liberia's technical teams to design, implement, scale up and manage their respective portfolios of ongoing and planned direct assistance activities with the Government of Liberia (GoL) and Liberia's local NGOs to meet USAID/Liberia targets on the Implementation and Procurement Reform Initiative. As such, he/she will work closely with senior officials from various GoL ministries, bilateral and multilateral donors working in the PFM area, and consultants. He/she coordinates the capacity building activities identified, endorsed and/or determined from assessments conducted on the national and sub-national Partner Country Systems and participates in the conduct of relevant financial management training and technical assistance aimed at strengthening PFM, Procurement, and internal control for Partner Country agencies. c. Manage USAID/Liberia internal and external audits and reviews (15%) The incumbent manages the administrative, operational, and programmatic activities involved in ensuring that USAID/Liberia OFM, technical teams, implementing partners, local NGOs and host country counterparts comply with USAID requirements pertaining to audits, financial reviews, internal control and compliance with relevant laws, regulations, policies and procedures. As part of his/her responsibilities, the incumbent manages all pre-award assessments, audits, control environment and risk assessments, cost effectiveness assessments, disbursement reviews, indirect cost rate reviews, pre-closeout and closeout reviews of USAID/Liberia-funded organizations. He/she will support the establishment and implementation of annual plans for performing financial management reviews of the Mission's implementing partners, lead efforts aimed at building the capacity of local NGOs, and will assist USAID/Liberia technical offices and partners in implementing appropriate corrective actions to strengthen internal financial, administrative and management control. The incumbent is the OFM lead on GMRA audits, OMB A-123 assessments, and Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act reviews, and other internal and external audits and assessments. d. Provide training to OFM LES cadre (10%) The incumbent provides supervision and training to FSN Accountants, Financial Analysts and Voucher Examiners in their daily activities and work requirements. This requires developing, implementing and monitoring short- and long-term work plans to meet the needs of OFM and the Mission; determining staff work priorities; assigning responsibilities as appropriate and assuring that all activities are carried out in a technically sound and cost-effective manner, in accordance with applicable Mission and Agency directives and requirements; identifying and resolving related Financial issues; training, mentoring and coaching OFM staff. To complement work plans, the Financial Management Specialist will develop and implement individual training plans which include on-the-job and formal training lessons in Liberia, Ghana and other locations. The Financial Management Specialist will also provide in-depth on-the-job training to new OFM FSN staff; mentor and train on-board OFM to assume expanded duties and responsibilities, leading to the potential to become Chief Financial Analyst or Chief Accountant in USAID/Liberia; improve staff skills in performing reconciliations, including training in CART, 1221, 224 reconciliations; Identify opportunities for cross-training of staff to ensure that there are back-ups for all critical roles and responsibilities required by OFM staff; Mentor DLI staff (assigned to OFM or rotating) on the roles and responsibilities of an FMO and ensure they develop a critical understanding of the linkages between FMO and their programmatic/technical roles; Review position descriptions for all OFM staff to ensure descriptions are current and reflect all duties and responsibilities of the incumbents; Ensure timely work objectives are defined and responsibilities assigned to each staff member are consistent with their training and position. The incumbent will be the subject matter expert and mission in-house trainer on current and new financial and related systems and tools, including Phoenix, GLAAS, E2, BFEM, ICASS, OPS Master, ABM/ABT, ASIST/Documentum, WebTA, MAPRS, etc. She/he will train personnel to utilize the ADS, FAM, and FAH as well as other associated policies, rules and regulations governing the administration and implementation of foreign assistance; and perform other duties as assigned by the controller. . D. Evaluation Factors/ Required Qualifications: In order to be considered for this position, a candidate must meet the Evaluation Factors/Required Qualifications listed below. These factors are listed in descending order of importance and will be the basis for the evaluation of applications. All applications will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted with the application. USAID reserves the right to contact your previous employers for relevant information concerning your performance and may consider such information in its evaluation. The highest ranking applicants may be selected for an interview but an interview is not always necessary. Additionally, writing samples may be requested. Applicants are encouraged to write a brief appendix to a resume or OF-612 to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training addresses the Evaluation Factors/ Required Qualifications listed below: a. Prior Work Experience (30 points): At least 10 (ten) years of progressively responsible experience in professional accounting, auditing, or financial management activity, at least 5 (five) years of which must have been with USAID in an accounting or financial management capacity. b. Skills and Abilities (25 points): Ability to perform sophisticated analysis of management controls and capabilities of partner/beneficiary organizations is required. Ability to evaluate financial aspects of activities and programs, institutional capacities and capabilities is required. Ability to present results and recommendations to a broad audience, both orally and in writing, is also required. Must have excellent training skills to effectively transfer knowledge and skills to Liberia OFM staff in the full range of OFM operations. Excellent interpersonal skills are required, as incumbent will frequently be working with the officials and staff of the Host government, Contractors, Grantees, and others who may be unfamiliar with USAID's programming and financial management requirements. She/he must have demonstrated the ability to develop and implement procedures and internal controls to ensure the integrity of financial data, implement financial processes and procedures required by US law or regulation, and develop requisite internal controls for local, regional, and international organizations essential for safeguarding USG resources. She/he must have the demonstrated ability to understand, interpret and apply federal and USAID rules, regulations and requirements to complex situations, as well as the requisite skills to teach and mentor others to do same. c. Job Knowledge (20 points): A thorough knowledge and understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), as well as governmental and not-for-profit accounting, budgeting and reporting are required. In depth working knowledge of general accounting, budgeting, reporting, and prevailing customs and practices as they apply to USAID accounting and auditing practices is required. A thorough knowledge of laws, regulations and procedures associated with USAID financial management is required. A thorough knowledge of USAID activity design, development, implementation and evaluation processes is essential. Knowledge of Public Financial Management systems, COSO Internal Control Framework, International auditing standards and related areas is highly desired. Demonstrated knowledge of pre-award requirements, post-award review and audit management of local grant and contract awards is required. d. Oral and Written Communication (15 points): Level IV English ability (fluent) is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, reflecting the ability to analyze and report clearly and concisely, to be demonstrated through interview, sample reports or articles written by the applicant. e. Education (10 points): A baccalaureate degree in Accounting is required. In addition, a Professional Certification, (e.g. ACCA or CPA) is highly preferred. A master's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field is highly desirable. E. Position Elements a. Supervision Received: Duties are carried out largely independently but under the general supervision of the Mission Controller and Deputy Controller. Supervision at this level is normally confined to policy guidance although some technical supervision may be provided. The incumbent is expected to be independently responsible for advising on the assigned operations. Supervisory review consists of ensuring that work is accomplished in a timely manner in accordance with USAID policies, and that the staffs are trained in their duties. b. Supervision Exercised: The incumbent has supervisory responsibility over all OFM FSN staff. c. Available Guidelines: OMB Circulars and Bulletins, GAO, GAAP, GAAS, RIG Guidelines, FAR, CFR, ADS, USAID Automated Directives (ADS), Mission Orders, Administrative Notices, and other written guidelines issued by relevant authorities. General and International accounting and auditing principles must be interpreted and applied to programs and projects. d. Exercise of Judgment: Incumbent will exercise a high degree of independent judgment in performance of assigned tasks, especially pertaining to management of audits, risk assessments, pre-award surveys, and financial reviews; and to tasks related to staff training and mentoring, supervision of OFM functions. Incumbent also independently communicates, interacts and coordinates with host country officials, implementers, NGOs, CPA firms and other consultants working for OFM, USAID technical staff and senior mission management. A high degree of judgment will be required to provide guidance and assistance to a wide variety of high-level professionals in the Mission. S/he will work independently, take initiative, and manage a multi-cultural team. As a recognized expert and highly qualified professional, substantial reliance will be placed on the incumbent to independently plan, prioritize, and carry out the specific activities entailed in fulfilling major duties and responsibilities. The incumbent will be expected to rely on independent judgment to resolve problems that arise by determining the approaches to be taken and methodologies to be used. e. Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent will have no independent authority to commit funds on behalf of the U.S. Government. f. Nature, Level and Purpose of Contacts: Incumbent has frequent direct contact with mid to high-level officials in Government of Liberia, CPA firms and Mission senior leadership and DO teams for the purpose of resolving significant issues that may arise from assessment of host country systems, USAID G2G activities, financial management aspects of program/ project implementation, and the resolution and implementation of audit recommendations. In addition, incumbent maintains regular contact with USAID/Washington, USDOs in Charleston and Bangkok, USAID/Accra to discuss material differences arising from application of appropriations law, reconciliations, deob-reob requests, and funds control issues; and with Embassy Financial Management Officer to settle ICASS billing and expenses issues which may be contentious. g. Time Requirement to Perform Full Range of Duties: None: The Financial Management Specialist is expected to be an accomplished professional with the requisite skills to "hit the ground running." h. Limitations 1) While the incumbent may supervise USPSCs and non-U.S. citizen employees, s/he may not supervise U.S. citizen direct-hire (USDH) employees of USAID as part of regular duties and responsibilities. S/he may supervise USDH employees on a limited basis not to exceed 60 days in any 180 day period to cover a temporary USDH absence. 2) The incumbent may participate in personnel selection matters but may not be delegated authority to make a final decision on USDH personnel selections. 3) The incumbent may be designated a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR). S/he may represent the Agency and communicate planning and implementation decisions. Communications that reflect a final policy decision of the Agency must be cleared by a USDH employee. 4) The incumbent may not be authorized to sign (1) grants, contracts, and other obligations that require a warrant and (2) grants to foreign governments and public international organizations. S/he may be authorized to sign other obligating documents, e.g., travel authorizations (TAs), miscellaneous obligation documents (MODs), and SF-1190s (Foreign Allowances Application, Grant and Report). It is USAID policy that contracting and assistance warrants are issued only to USDH employees. Only the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) may issue a warrant, except that AIDAR 701.601(b) and 701.603-70 provide authority for heads of contracting activities to issue warrants for simplified acquisitions to qualified USDH employees on his or her staff. i. START DATE: November 1, 2015, upon necessary clearances is obtained. j. POINT OF CONTACT: Sylvester Browne Deputy Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Monrovia, Liberia E-mail: sbrowne@usaid.gov k. APPLYING: TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for two years, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-13 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. 1. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).  Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing.  Post Allowance (Section 220).  Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).  Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).  Education allowance (Section 270).  Educational Travel (Section 280).  Post differential (Chapter 500).  Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS:  Employee's FICA Contribution  Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance  Pay Comparability Adjustment  Annual Increase  Eligibility for Worker's Compensation  Annual & Sick Leave  Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less 97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts 97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services 97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract 96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave 96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs 96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 14 94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) 93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-612) **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62). **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or **4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **5. Finger Print Card (FD-258). Note: Form 5 is available from the requirements office. _____________ *Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas). **The forms listed 2 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-612), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices). b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester Browne Deputy Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Email: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.

Financial Management Specialist, USAID/Liberia

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published April 1, 2016  -  Deadline April 14, 2016
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SOLICITATION NO: SOL-669-16-000007 ISSUANCE DATE: March 31, 2016CLOSING DATE: April 14, 2016 4:30 pm Local Time SUBJECT: Solicitation for Personal Services Contractor (US/TCNPSC) for Financial Management Specialist, USAID/LiberiaTo All Interested Applicants The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications (Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - AID 302-3 Form) from qualified U.S. Citizens and Third Country Nationals to provide services for Financial Management Specialist under a Personal Services Contract, as described in the attached solicitation. The place of performance for this position is Monrovia, Liberia. Submissions to this solicitation shall be in accordance with the attached information, at the place and time specified. Email submissions shall be sent to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be considered. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. USAID/Liberia will not consider an extension to the submission deadline for this procurement. Any questions or comments regarding this solicitation should be in writing and directed to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Phone calls or e-mail to any address other than the one specified in this solicitation will not be accepted. Sincerely, Sylvestor BrowneDeputy Executive OfficerUSAID/Liberia   USAID/Liberia Mailing Address:8800 Monrovia PlDulles, VA 20189         1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-16-000007 2. ISSUANCE DATE: March 31, 2016 3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME: April 14, 2016, 4:30 pm Local Time, Monrovia, Liberia 4. POSITION TITLE: Financial Management Specialist 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION: The position is the equivalent of a GS-13 ranging from $73,846 to $96,004 per annum. Final compensation will be based on the individual's salary and work history, experience and educational background, within the above salary range.6. EVALUATION FACTORS: Evaluation will be based on a 100-point Scale: Experience (30 Points), Skills and Abilities (25 Points),Job Knowledge (20 Points), Oral and Written Communication (15) and Education (10 Points). 7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with the possibility of extension, depending on need, performance and availability of funding, not to exceed a total of three (3) years.8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia 9. SECURITY ACCESS: Facility Access (USPSCs) and (TCNPSCs) 10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens or Third Country Nationals 11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: A. Introduction: The USAID mission to Liberia, located in Monrovia, is soliciting expressions of interest from qualified U.S. and Third Country National personal service contractors to serve as the Financial Management Specialist in the Office of Financial Management.USAID is the largest bilateral donor in the country and maintains close relationships with a range of Government of Liberia (GOL) counterparts. Its development program focuses resources in four technical areas: Democracy and Governance, Economic Growth, Health, and Education. The technical offices are supported by four support offices - Program & Project Development (PPD), Acquisition & Assistance (OAA), Financial Management (OFM), and Executive Office (EXO). USAID is co-located within the New Embassy Compound and subscribes to ICASS for most of its support services. As a Performance Management Focus Country, USAID/Liberia spearheads several USAID initiatives: Feed-the-Future, the Global Health Initiative, and the President's Malaria Initiative. It also manages the Millennium Challenge Corporation threshold program. The Mission is at the forefront of USAID/Forward's Implementation and Procurement Reform initiative. Liberia is a priority country.   B. Function of the Position The Financial Management Specialist will assume responsibility for the financial analysis, accounting and payment processing operations for the USAID/Liberia Mission. Given the size and complexity of the Liberia portfolio, this challenging and demanding position requires a senior/experienced financial management professional who has prior extensive USAID financial operations experience and strong English language skills. The position is located in the Office of Financial Management and reports to the Mission Controller. C. Major Roles and Responsibilitiesa. Support OFM core functions (60%)Reporting to the Mission Controller, the Financial Management Specialist supports and manages the budget, accounting, financial management and payment functions in USAID/Liberia OFM. These include financial analysis, budgeting, project accounting, administrative expense accounting and voucher examination functions. The incumbent plays a key role in OFM efforts to improve service quality and customer satisfaction. As such, the Financial Management Specialist will administer a comprehensive accounting, reporting and budgeting system designed to provide high quality service to OFM customers while providing senior mission management and USAID/W with timely financial information for making operating decisions. He / she will review all transactions, in electronic and manual formats, prior to the Controller's review and approval; coordinate with State FMO on the operation of Post ICASS function (including the accumulation, analysis and equitable distribution of ICASS costs to participating agencies); participate in the planning, installation and maintenance of an adequate system of internal control for the processing, accounting and reporting of all USAID obligation/liquidation actions; supervise the analysis and reconciliation of all program and administrative accounts with State, DOD and USAID/W, including 1221 management and timely liquidation of program and travel advances, etc. The incumbent will research, identify, recommend and lead the implementation of agency best practices in many areas of OFM operations, including distribution of shared administrative costs, accrual and pipeline management, financial reporting, including year-end requirements such as 1311 reviews, reconciliations, annual budget preparation, monthly and quarterly closing, etc. Other responsibilities include review OFM processes to identify strengths and weaknesses, including bottlenecks, and to the extent required, modify processes to streamline workflow and maximize efficiency.b. Participate in Public Financial Management assessments (15%)The incumbent participates in the performance of various types of assessments of partner country public financial management (PFM) and procurement systems; audits, risk assessments, financial and compliance reviews, host country contracting and/or financial management capability assessments. A key responsibility of the incumbent will be to support USAID/Liberia's technical teams to design, implement, scale up and manage their respective portfolios of ongoing and planned direct assistance activities with the Government of Liberia (GoL) and Liberia's local NGOs to meet USAID/Liberia targets on the Implementation and Procurement Reform Initiative. As such, he/she will work closely with senior officials from various GoL ministries, bilateral and multilateral donors working in the PFM area, and consultants. He/she coordinates the capacity building activities identified, endorsed and/or determined from assessments conducted on the national and sub-national Partner Country Systems and participates in the conduct of relevant financial management training and technical assistance aimed at strengthening PFM, Procurement, and internal control for Partner Country agencies. c. Manage USAID/Liberia internal and external audits and reviews (15%)The incumbent manages the administrative, operational, and programmatic activities involved in ensuring that USAID/Liberia OFM, technical teams, implementing partners, local NGOs and host country counterparts comply with USAID requirements pertaining to audits, financial reviews, internal control and compliance with relevant laws, regulations, policies and procedures. As part of his/her responsibilities, the incumbent manages all pre-award assessments, audits, control environment and risk assessments, cost effectiveness assessments, disbursement reviews, indirect cost rate reviews, pre-closeout and closeout reviews of USAID/Liberia-funded organizations. He/she will support the establishment and implementation of annual plans for performing financial management reviews of the Mission's implementing partners, lead efforts aimed at building the capacity of local NGOs, and will assist USAID/Liberia technical offices and partners in implementing appropriate corrective actions to strengthen internal financial, administrative and management control. The incumbent is the OFM lead on GMRA audits, OMB A-123 assessments, and Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act reviews, and other internal and external audits and assessments. d. Provide training to OFM LES cadre (10%)The incumbent provides supervision and training to FSN Accountants, Financial Analysts and Voucher Examiners in their daily activities and work requirements. This requires developing, implementing and monitoring short- and long-term work plans to meet the needs of OFM and the Mission; determining staff work priorities; assigning responsibilities as appropriate and assuring that all activities are carried out in a technically sound and cost-effective manner, in accordance with applicable Mission and Agency directives and requirements; identifying and resolving related Financial issues; training, mentoring and coaching OFM staff. To complement work plans, the Financial Management Specialist will develop and implement individual training plans which include on-the-job and formal training lessons in Liberia, Ghana and other locations. The Financial Management Specialist will also provide in-depth on-the-job training to new OFM FSN staff; mentor and train on-board OFM to assume expanded duties and responsibilities, leading to the potential to become Chief Financial Analyst or Chief Accountant in USAID/Liberia; improve staff skills in performing reconciliations, including training in CART, 1221, 224 reconciliations; Identify opportunities for cross-training of staff to ensure that there are back-ups for all critical roles and responsibilities required by OFM staff; Mentor DLI staff (assigned to OFM or rotating) on the roles and responsibilities of an FMO and ensure they develop a critical understanding of the linkages between FMO and their programmatic/technical roles; Review position descriptions for all OFM staff to ensure descriptions are current and reflect all duties and responsibilities of the incumbents; Ensure timely work objectives are defined and responsibilities assigned to each staff member are consistent with their training and position. The incumbent will be the subject matter expert and mission in-house trainer on current and new financial and related systems and tools, including Phoenix, GLAAS, E2, BFEM, ICASS, OPS Master, ABM/ABT, ASIST/Documentum, WebTA, MAPRS, etc. She/he will train personnel to utilize the ADS, FAM, and FAH as well as other associated policies, rules and regulations governing the administration and implementation of foreign assistance; and perform other duties as assigned by the controller. . D. Evaluation Factors/ Required Qualifications: In order to be considered for this position, a candidate must meet the Evaluation Factors/Required Qualifications listed below. These factors are listed in descending order of importance and will be the basis for the evaluation of applications. All applications will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted with the application. USAID reserves the right to contact your previous employers for relevant information concerning your performance and may consider such information in its evaluation. The highest ranking applicants may be selected for an interview but an interview is not always necessary. Additionally, writing samples may be requested. Applicants are encouraged to write a brief appendix to a resume or OF-612 to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training addresses the Evaluation Factors/ Required Qualifications listed below:a. Prior Work Experience (30 points): At least 10 (ten) years of progressively responsible experience in professional accounting, auditing, or financial management activity, at least 5 (five) years of which must have been with USAID in an accounting or financial management capacity.b. Skills and Abilities (25 points): Ability to perform sophisticated analysis of management controls and capabilities of partner/beneficiary organizations is required. Ability to evaluate financial aspects of activities and programs, institutional capacities and capabilities is required. Ability to present results and recommendations to a broad audience, both orally and in writing, is also required. Must have excellent training skills to effectively transfer knowledge and skills to Liberia OFM staff in the full range of OFM operations. Excellent interpersonal skills are required, as incumbent will frequently be working with the officials and staff of the Host government, Contractors, Grantees, and others who may be unfamiliar with USAID's programming and financial management requirements. She/he must have demonstrated the ability to develop and implement procedures and internal controls to ensure the integrity of financial data, implement financial processes and procedures required by US law or regulation, and develop requisite internal controls for local, regional, and international organizations essential for safeguarding USG resources. She/he must have the demonstrated ability to understand, interpret and apply federal and USAID rules, regulations and requirements to complex situations, as well as the requisite skills to teach and mentor others to do same.c. Job Knowledge (20 points):A thorough knowledge and understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), as well as governmental and not-for-profit accounting, budgeting and reporting are required. In depth working knowledge of general accounting, budgeting, reporting, and prevailing customs and practices as they apply to USAID accounting and auditing practices is required. A thorough knowledge of laws, regulations and procedures associated with USAID financial management is required. A thorough knowledge of USAID activity design, development, implementation and evaluation processes is essential. Knowledge of Public Financial Management systems, COSO Internal Control Framework, International auditing standards and related areas is highly desired. Demonstrated knowledge of pre-award requirements, post-award review and audit management of local grant and contract awards is required. d. Oral and Written Communication (15 points): Level IV English ability (fluent) is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, reflecting the ability to analyze and report clearly and concisely, to be demonstrated through interview, sample reports or articles written by the applicant.e. Education (10 points):A baccalaureate degree in Accounting is required. In addition, a Professional Certification, (e.g. ACCA or CPA) is highly preferred. A master's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field is highly desirable. E. Position Elementsa. Supervision Received: Duties are carried out largely independently but under the general supervision of the Mission Controller and Deputy Controller. Supervision at this level is normally confined to policy guidance although some technical supervision may be provided. The incumbent is expected to be independently responsible for advising on the assigned operations. Supervisory review consists of ensuring that work is accomplished in a timely manner in accordance with USAID policies, and that the staffs are trained in their duties. b. Supervision Exercised: The incumbent has supervisory responsibility over all OFM FSN staff. c. Available Guidelines: OMB Circulars and Bulletins, GAO, GAAP, GAAS, RIG Guidelines, FAR, CFR, ADS, USAID Automated Directives (ADS), Mission Orders, Administrative Notices, and other written guidelines issued by relevant authorities. General and International accounting and auditing principles must be interpreted and applied to programs and projects. d. Exercise of Judgment: Incumbent will exercise a high degree of independent judgment in performance of assigned tasks, especially pertaining to management of audits, risk assessments, pre-award surveys, and financial reviews; and to tasks related to staff training and mentoring, supervision of OFM functions. Incumbent also independently communicates, interacts and coordinates with host country officials, implementers, NGOs, CPA firms and other consultants working for OFM, USAID technical staff and senior mission management. A high degree of judgment will be required to provide guidance and assistance to a wide variety of high-level professionals in the Mission. S/he will work independently, take initiative, and manage a multi-cultural team. As a recognized expert and highly qualified professional, substantial reliance will be placed on the incumbent to independently plan, prioritize, and carry out the specific activities entailed in fulfilling major duties and responsibilities. The incumbent will be expected to rely on independent judgment to resolve problems that arise by determining the approaches to be taken and methodologies to be used. e. Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent will have no independent authority to commit funds on behalf of the U.S. Government.f. Nature, Level and Purpose of Contacts: Incumbent has frequent direct contact with mid to high-level officials in Government of Liberia, CPA firms and Mission senior leadership and DO teams for the purpose of resolving significant issues that may arise from assessment of host country systems, USAID G2G activities, financial management aspects of program/ project implementation, and the resolution and implementation of audit recommendations. In addition, incumbent maintains regular contact with USAID/Washington, USDOs in Charleston and Bangkok, USAID/Accra to discuss material differences arising from application of appropriations law, reconciliations, deob-reob requests, and funds control issues; and with Embassy Financial Management Officer to settle ICASS billing and expenses issues which may be contentious. g. Time Requirement to Perform Full Range of Duties: None: The Financial Management Specialist is expected to be an accomplished professional with the requisite skills to "hit the ground running." h. Limitations1) While the incumbent may supervise USPSCs and non-U.S. citizen employees, s/he may not supervise U.S. citizen direct-hire (USDH) employees of USAID as part of regular duties and responsibilities. S/he may supervise USDH employees on a limited basis not to exceed 60 days in any 180 day period to cover a temporary USDH absence.2) The incumbent may participate in personnel selection matters but may not be delegated authority to make a final decision on USDH personnel selections.3) The incumbent may be designated a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR). S/he may represent the Agency and communicate planning and implementation decisions. Communications that reflect a final policy decision of the Agency must be cleared by a USDH employee.4) The incumbent may not be authorized to sign (1) grants, contracts, and other obligations that require a warrant and (2) grants to foreign governments and public international organizations. S/he may be authorized to sign other obligating documents, e.g., travel authorizations (TAs), miscellaneous obligation documents (MODs), and SF-1190s (Foreign Allowances Application, Grant and Report). It is USAID policy that contracting and assistance warrants are issued only to USDH employees. Only the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) may issue a warrant, except that AIDAR 701.601(b) and 701.603-70 provide authority for heads of contracting activities to issue warrants for simplified acquisitions to qualified USDH employees on his or her staff. i. START DATE: July 1, 2016, contingent upon necessary clearances is obtained. j. POINT OF CONTACT: Sylvester BrowneDeputy Executive SpecialistUSAID/LiberiaMonrovia, Liberia E-mail: sbrowne@usaid.gov k. APPLYING: Qualified applicants are requested to submit: A. Most current Curriculum Vitae or Resume;B. Completed and signed AID Form 302-3 (Offeror Information for PersonalServices Contracts), which can be found at the followingWebsite: https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1866/a302-3.doc;C. Three references, who are not blood-related, with telephone and e-mail contacts;D. Brief appendix to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training address the minimumQualifications and Selection Criteria shown in the solicitation. Applications must be received by the closing date and time as specified in the Solicitation. TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for two years, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-13 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. 1. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120). Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing. Post Allowance (Section 220). Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230). Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260). Education allowance (Section 270). Educational Travel (Section 280). Post differential (Chapter 500). Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS: Employee's FICA Contribution Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance Pay Comparability Adjustment Annual Increase Eligibility for Worker's Compensation Annual & Sick Leave Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 1494-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs)93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - (AID Form 302-3) **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62).**3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or**4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85).**5. Finger Print Card (FD-258).Note: Form 5 is available from the requirements office. _____________*Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).**The forms listed 2 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - (AID Form 302-3), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices).b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID Form 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester BrowneDeputy Executive SpecialistUSAID/LiberiaEmail: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.

Senior Financial Management Advisor

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

Justice and Administration Management Services II

Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs | Published January 7, 2016
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PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICESOLICITATION # SINLEC-16-R-0014, Justice & Administration Management Services II The United States Department of State (DOS), Office of Resource Management, Grants and Acquisition Procurement Policy intends to issue a solicitation for professional services under NAICS code 541990, All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, for Justice and Administration Management Services. The propose contract action is a follow-on effort from contract SINLEC-14-C-0002. The services are currently being performed by IBI International. The propose action would commence with a one month transition phase on or around 23 Mar 2016. Full performance would commence on or around 25 Apr 2016. ScopeThe U.S. Department of State anticipates awarding one contract to work with the United States Government, Government of Liberia, and Ministry of Justice in Liberia. The following is a list, not all inclusive, of the day to day activities the proposed contract action would require: • Facilitate updates to the MOJ Strategic Plan as necessary, when/if there are changes in MOJ leadership. • Provide MOJ staff with training and mentoring on strategic planning, including development and implementation of subsequent Strategic Plans. • Support the successful implementation of the MOJ Strategic Plan, including developing a MOJ-wide Implementation Strategy.• Where necessary, assist the MOJ with the revision of its organizational structure, delineating clear roles and responsibilities. • Provide training for staff on the development of organizational charts, job descriptions, and roles and responsibilities and ensure staff can create such work products on their own. • In conjunction with MOJ leadership, develop and document transparent policies and standard operating procedures in order to enable efficient implementation of the priorities identified in the Strategic Plan. Provide training for staff on the development of policies and standard operating procedures. • Link all of the above with existing ICT and Financial Management systems, and provide regular training and on-the-job mentorship to staff on the use of these systems. • Help MOJ to plan, implement, and sustain tailored administrative training for HR, finance, IT, asset, and procurement staff, in addition to standard training which includes orientation / training on the DAPS as an organization.• Provide weekly, on-the-job training and mentorship until all staff who have been employed for more than a year fully understand and perform their roles up to minimum standard (minimum standard is to be provided by the contractor and require INL approval).• Ensure the organizational structure (objective 1) clearly reflects sub-structures and staffing responsibilities that represent key HR areas, such as recruitment and selection, and performance management. • Help MOJ develop a formal set of policies and procedures to strengthen recruitment and selection. Provide training for staff on implementation of the policies and procedures to strengthen recruitment and selection. • Help MOJ develop formal HR policy on staff training and development, develop training plans and deliver training to HR staff as required. • Help MOJ establish a training information system and prepare annual staff training plans at all levels within the MOJ . Provide training for staff on implementation of the training information system and the preparation and implementation of annual staff training plans. • Support the development and establishment of an employee training and development system to track training needs and training providers. Provide training for staff on implementation of the employee training and development system. • Link new systems created to the existing ICT and Financial Management systems. • Facilitate the development the HR Section's annual operational plan and budget.• Support the revision and update of the existing financial management policies and procedures manual and assessment management policies and procedures. • Provide training to relevant MOJ staff on financial management best practices and on implementation of those policies and procedures. • Support the development, updates, and/or revision of Terms of Reference for Finance Office staff.• Aid in the development and implementation of a formal set of standard operating procedures for the budget process (including budget preparation, approval, execution), and see these implemented through the Budget Committee and other relevant parties. Provide training for MOJ staff on budgeting - from development through adoption. • Aid in the establishment of an Audit Recommendation and Implementation Committee in compliance with the Internal Audit Act. Provide training to staff on the Committee's mandate and how best to take that forward. • Support the assessment of the training needs of the Internal Audit staff and enhance the work of the MOJ's internal auditors by providing training in the internal audit standards and the internal audit process. • Train Internal Control and Internal Audit staff in generally accepted accounting principles.• Support asset managers to develop and implement and systematic approach to tracking and registering assets according to defined policies and procedures. Support the application of this approach to recent acquisitions.• Facilitate the streamlining of the internal auditors review process. • Work with relevant staff to enhance a system to efficiently track and register its assets according to defined policies and procedures. Notice of SynopsisThis is a pre-solicitation synopsis notice published in accordance with FAR 5.203 announcing that a solicitation is expected to be published in the Federal Business Opportunity (FedBizOpps) to acquire the services described above. The anticipated release date of the solicitation is on or about 14 Jan 2016 on the FedBizOpps website with proposals due on or about 19 Feb 2016. The closing date and location for receipt of proposals will be reflected in the solicitation. All parties interested in submitting a proposal must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) registry (www.sam.gov). Interested parties are responsible for reviewing the FedBizOpps website frequently for updates and for reviewing/obtaining the Request for Proposals (RFP) and amendments, if any. This procurement will be conducted as a competitive 100% small business set-aside in accordance with Part 19 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The intended period of performance is 1 month phase-in, 12 month base period, two 12 month option years, and 1 month phase-out. The entire contract period is not expected to exceed three years and 2 months. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this requirement is 541990, All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services with a small business size standard of $15M. The Department of State intends to select a single source and award firm fixed-price (FFP) with cost reimbursable line item(s) contract on the evaluation basis of best value tradeoff to the government. All questions or concerns regarding this requirement must be submitted in writing via email to Lara Emmons at emmonslj@state.gov and must reference solicitation number SINLEC16R0014 No pre-solicitation conference will be held and interested parties should wait until after release of the solicitation to submit questions/inquiries. The solicitation will set forth a date for receipt of questions after which the government will be unable to guarantee provision of a timely response. No questions or inquiries will be accepted by telephone or fax. The Government intends to provide responses to questions on a non-attribution basis via amendment(s) to the solicitation. The distribution of the solicitation and associated updates, notices and amendments will be accomplished solely through the FedBizOpps website at http://www.fbo.gov/. Hard copies of the solicitation documents will not be available. Interested parties are responsible for monitoring the FedBizOpps website to ensure they have the most up-to-date information about this procurement/solicitation. Contracting Office Address: U.S. Department of StateBureau of International Narcotics Law Enforcement 2401 E Street, NWWashington, DC 20520 Customer Location: U.S. Department of StateU.S. Embassy, Monrovia, Liberia Procurement Point of Contact: Lara EmmonsU.S. Department of StateOffice of Resource Managementemmonslj@state.govOffice: (202) 736-9154 DISCLAIMER: The official plans and specification are located on the official government web page and the Government is not liable for information furnished by any other source. Amendments, if/when issued will be posted to the FBO page for electronic downloading. This will normally be the only method of distributing amendments prior to closing; therefore, it is the offerors responsibility to check the website periodically for any amendments to the solicitation. Websites are occasionally inaccessible due to various reasons. The Government is not responsible for any loss of Internet connectivity or for an offeror's inability to access the documents posted on the referenced web pages. The Government will not issue paper copies. All inquiries must be in writing, preferable via email to the persons specified in the solicitation. All answers will be provided in writing via posting to the web. Place of performance in Afghanistan. This Contract is Subject to availability of funds and no Contract Award will be made until funds become available.

Food for Peace Officer

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published August 25, 2015  -  Deadline September 18, 2015
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1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-15-000034 2. ISSUANCE DATE: August 21, 2015 3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: September 18, 2015, 4:30 PM Local time 4. POSITION TITLE: Food for Peace Officer, USAID/Liberia 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION (Base Pay): GS-13 ($73,115-$95,048 per annum). Salary to be paid within this grade will depend on experience, qualifications, and salary history. The standard compensation package also includes a contribution for life and health insurance and a contribution to FICA. If the selected candidate qualifies as an off-shore hire under USAID regulations, the employee will additionally receive post differential approved for Monrovia, Liberia (currently set at 35%), post allowance, housing, international travel, UAB, HHE, consumables and POV shipment benefits. 6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Six months, to start on or about December 1, 2015 with extension options for a total of two years. Extensions will depend on the need for continuation of such services, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance. 7. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens and Third Country Nationals 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Based in Monrovia, Liberia 9. JOB DESCRIPTION: FOOD FOR PEACE OFFICER Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Affected West Africa U.S. or Third Country National (TCN) Personal Services Contractor (PSC) BACKGROUND: The current EVD epidemic is a multi-faceted humanitarian emergency with significant social, economic, political, and security dimensions. The disease and containment efforts have disrupted trade and rain-fed agriculture-two primary livelihood sources in the affected areas. Traditional cross-border and inter-country supply routes-particularly to and from Guinea-became inaccessible as entire geographic areas were cordoned off and other countries in the region closed borders and other access points (sea and air). Current conditions vary within countries, as they are in different stages of the response, and the crisis continues to evolve in a context of extreme poverty, high market dependency, poor crop yields, and low health indicators. The situation is further complicated by continued political fragility following decades of conflict and civil strife in the affected countries. Importantly, the areas most affected by the outbreak and prevention measures are also some of the most productive agricultural zones from which domestic food output normally flows to less productive areas within the countries and across borders. At the household level, EVD-related fears and official and unofficial restrictions on movement and gathering, including for employment, have contributed to: • Decreased household access to food due to significant drops in household income and above-normal food prices, resulting in decreased purchasing power; • Decreased availability of food due to shortfalls in agricultural production and market disruptions, particularly in regard to imported food and food flows to/from inland markets; and • Increased disease burden due to decreased access to basic health services, particularly among pregnant women and young children. In early FY 2015, the U.S. Congress provided USAID's Office of Food for Peace (FFP) with US$190 million in supplemental International Development Assistance (IDA) resources to address the acute food security impacts of EVD. As of July 1, 2015, FFP has made awards totaling approximately $111 million. Of this amount, approximately $34.5 million has been awarded to the World Food Program (WFP) for the Ebola Emergency Operation (EMOP) to support the medical response to EVD (Pillar I of the USG EVD Strategy), and $76 million has been awarded to WFP, UNICEF and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners to address the secondary impacts of EVD (Pillar II). FFP has also awarded approximately $2.5 million to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) to establish in-country monitoring presence in each of the three Ebola Affected Countries (EACs), and to increase its monitoring, analysis, and reporting on the food security impacts of EVD, at least through the end of the 2015-2016 harvest season. FFP continues to focus its EVD IDA resources on helping affected households to maintain and/or restore their pre-crisis food consumption levels, livelihoods, and/or productive assets; partially by rapidly stimulating the local production and marketing of staple foods so that the volumes of food available and accessible to vulnerable households are restored to pre-EVD levels. Therefore, in all interventions, FFP has been favoring an approach that actively supports local market systems. FFP-supported food assistance interventions in the EVD context include unconditional and/or conditional cash transfers, food vouchers, and/or market-based livelihoods support, such as agricultural input vouchers. Food assistance interventions also include conditional and/or unconditional in-kind distributions of locally/regionally procured food commodities - largely through WFP - where such a modality is the most appropriate. The distribution of specialized nutrition products [Corn-Soya Blend Plus (CSB+), SuperCereal+, and Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF)] in combination with locally/regionally purchased food commodities is also being employed by both WFP and UNICEF as a strategy for addressing the acute nutritional needs of specific populations (children under five, and pregnant and lactating women). Please refer to the 2015 FFP Annual Program Statement Amendment 1 for the EVD response, which can be found here: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1866/3 25 15 - APS - Ebola Response_FINAL.pdf Including planned new programming beginning in the fourth quarter of FY15, FFP expects to have made approximately $150 million in EVD response awards by the end of FY15. The results of the main 2015-2016-harvest season and transmission trends at that time will help determine the need to program the remaining $40 million in EVD supplemental IDA resources in FY16 to address any lingering food security impacts of the epidemic. Please see Annex 1 for the funding breakdown for the FFP EVD Portfolio. FFP currently has three development food assistance programs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The OIC International's $38 million Health, Agriculture and Nutrition Development for Sustainability Program (HANDS) program in Liberia will end in December 2015, having received a six-month extension pre-EVD. The ACDI/VOCA-led programs in Liberia (approximately $45 million) and Sierra Leone (approximately $70 million) will close out June 2016, both having received a one-year extension by FFP in response to the EVD emergency. To more effectively and regularly monitor, report on, and coordinate FFP EVD interventions, investments and strategies among key USG and non-USG stakeholders and partners across the three affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, USAID requires the services of a FFP Officer, to be hired through a U.S. or Third Country National (TCN) Personal Services Contract, for a period of at least six months, with extension options for a total of two years, subject to continued need and availability of funds. The primary roles and responsibilities of this FFP Officer are outlined in greater detail in the following section. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The USAID Food for Peace Officer (FFPO) will be based in Monrovia, Liberia and is a subject matter expert (SME) on the delivery and management of U.S. food assistance programming in emergency and development contexts. The FFPO will have a regional scope, and focus on the food security impacts of EVD, and FFP's response to it. The FFPO will be responsible for promoting and supporting the effective management and implementation of FFP's EVD supplemental IDA resources and projects across the affected countries. The FFPO will work primarily with the FFP staff in the Missions; however, close coordination with USAID and USG Mission staff, including the Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), will also be required to ensure consistency of approach, promote synergies, and avoid duplication of effort. On a broader level, the FFPO will be expected to work closely with other key actors in the response and recovery sector to ensure that FFP's humanitarian and development investments effectively promote household food consumption, support market recovery, and facilitate livelihood recovery for vulnerable populations. An important secondary responsibility is the assessment of food security conditions as they relate to the FFP EVD portfolio and food assistance needs. This includes coordination with other U.S. Government programs, host government counterparts, implementing partners, other donors, civil society organizations, and the private sector, among others. The FFPO will be expected to assist with emergency/recovery activities and programs as they occur, including those supported by other U.S. Government agencies and offices. The FFP Officer is expected to work closely with all U.S. Government staff in accomplishing his/her job, and represent its interests on food assistance policies and programs with host country officials, donors, and other stakeholders whenever needed. S/he will also be expected to take part in and recommend actions that inform FFP and USG's decision making and reporting capacities. This includes, for example, taking part in food security, crop, and/or nutritional assessments and surveys, etc. The position is based at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, with approximately 70 percent of the FFPO's time/level of effort (LOE) spent within Liberia, and the remaining 30 percent will be spent serving as the FFPO in Guinea (20 percent LOE), and in supporting the FFPO in Sierra Leone (10 percent LOE). The FFPO is expected to spend approximately 30 percent of her/his time in the field monitoring FFP projects, assessing food security conditions, and participating in assessments as possible. The FFPO may also travel to Dakar for meetings with FFP/WA, or to participate in meetings with key stakeholders there. The FFPO will report directly to the USAID/Food for Peace Officer in Liberia, with additional technical support from FFP/West Africa (WA). SPECIFIC DUTIES: The FFP Officer will undertake the following duties: • Serve as the primary point of contact for all issues pertaining to FFP EVD food assistance for USAID/Washington, USAID/Guinea, FFP/WA, the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, other parts of the U.S. Government, Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs), international organizations, host nation governmental ministries and agencies, and others in Liberia and Guinea. • Work closely with the Liberia DART and other USAID bureaus, to layer, sequence and integrate FFP's humanitarian and development investments in a manner that promotes household food consumption, supports market recovery, and facilitates livelihood recovery for vulnerable populations. • Liaise with the DART -- including providing updates/input to DART informational/reporting products, sharing and reviewing funding applications and reporting as requested, and participating in meetings and site visits as appropriate -- in order to ensure smooth coordination of efforts on the USG's emergency and recovery response to EBV. • Ground truth analysis and reporting on the food security impacts of the Ebola crisis -- including food production levels, staple food import flows, food consumption rates, household food production and consumption gaps, food security impacts of trade and travel restrictions, household income trends, food distribution networks. The results of these efforts should be shared within FFP, the USAID Missions, the DART, and other key stakeholders, as appropriate, to inform FFP decision-making. • Review and comment on emergency/recovery food security-related concept notes, applications, and reporting submitted to FFP or the Liberia DART, as requested. • Conduct field monitoring and assessments to partner field sites and interventions to support effective roll-out, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation FFP funded investments; track and provide feedback on performance to FFP, relevant USAID Missions, DART, and partners at field level; • Provide updates and reporting on food security context and FFP-supported interventions to FFP, the relevant USAID Missions, and the DART, as requested and appropriate for information products, taskers and general coordination purposes. • Represent FFP at, participate in, and report out on EVD related meetings and consultations with key stakeholders at the national and sub-national level - including, but not limited to, host government officials, USAID/Embassy staff, UN/PVOs/NGOs/IOs, other donors, and relevant national level working groups on food security, nutrition and cash programming. • Provide information and guidance to FFP assistance award recipients on FFP regulations, policies and procedures. • Participate regularly and actively in conference calls and meetings with the FFP EVD Team. • Supervise USAID/Liberia-contracted third party monitors as required. Provide orientation, training, and mentoring; 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; and approve administrative and programmatic requests. • Other duties as assigned. SUPERVISION: The incumbent's official supervisor will be the USAID Foreign Service FFPO in Monrovia, with technical support from the Liberia-based Foreign Service National FFP Specialist, FFP/WA and the USAID/Sierra Leone Country Program Manager. The TCN/USPSC FFPO is expected to be in regular contact with FFP/Washington, USAID/Guinea, the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, and FFP/WA to report any information pertaining to ongoing FFP programs. The FFPO's performance will be evaluated by the FS FFPO including feedback from the range of USAID stakeholders involved both in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Washington, DC. The FFPO is the primary liaison on all communications with FFP/WA on FFP-related technical issues. All financial and administrative issues, including local and international travel, time and attendance, and other USPSC support costs are processed and approved by USAID/Liberia. In addition, s/he will coordinate closely with FFP/Washington, FFP/WA and USAID/Guinea and Sierra Leone to ensure to the extent possible and appropriate the complementarity of development programs and a single USAID voice on FFP's Ebola response. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The incumbent is expected to take initiative and act independently, consistent with USAID and USG policies, rules and laws, with little direction. The FFPO is expected to take the lead in the reporting of information on issues pertaining to ongoing FFP programs as well as administrative issues related to FFP. FFP/W and FFP/WA are available to provide guidance on technical food assistance issues and support through regular visits. The FFPO is expected to work collaboratively and directly with donor and government officials and on a frequent basis assist with outreach and reporting efforts. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR HIRING: • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution with significant study in public health and/or nutrition, agriculture, community development, or other related field. The incumbent is required to also have a total of at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development, ideally related to health and/or nutrition programming. At least two (2) years of this experience should preferably be overseas; OR • A Master's degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution with significant study in public health and/or nutrition, agriculture, community development, or other related field. The incumbent is required to also have a total of at least three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development. At least one (1) year of this experience should preferably be overseas; • Background in health and nutrition, such as maternal and child health, food and nutrition programming, and community nutrition is preferred; • Advanced computer skills, to include knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, e-mail, and the internet; • Proven experience in conceptualizing programming, policies and plans and developing strategies for their implementation as well as in tracking and evaluating program implementation. • Working understanding of the legislative and policy mandates, objectives and functions of USG food assistance programs desirable; • Ability to gather, analyze and interpret complex data and financial information related to food assistance programs and prepare reports on commodity import data and financial information. Must also be able to prepare reports based on data collection, field analyses and assessment of food assistance activities; • Experience with building sustainability into programs; • Ability to form and solidify networks with government and the private sector; • Advanced English language skills and intermediate-level spoken French; • Proven capacity to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; • Ability to obtain a SECRET level security clearance; and • Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance for Sierra Leone. In addition, the Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen (see definitions below) or Third Country National and must state his/her nationality and, additionally, state country of residence immediately prior to the time of USAID job offer under this solicitation, if one is made. Applicants not meeting these minimum qualifications will not be evaluated further. QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and selective factors will be further evaluated based on the Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) listed below. A. Professional Experience - 50 points (i) Knowledge and experience with international development and relief (20 points) (ii) Knowledge and experience with Food for Peace food assistance programs (20 points) (iii) Technical expertise in public health and/or nutrition (10 points) B. Program Management - 30 Points (i) Ability to manage programs, to include programmatic and financial issues (10 points) (ii) Ability to monitor and evaluate programs, to include programmatic and financial issues (10 points) (iii) Ability to review, evaluate and apply complex policies and regulations (10 points) C. Interpersonal and Communication Skills - 20 Points (i) Ability to provide rapid, concise, accurate reporting in English, both verbally and in writing (10 points) (ii) Ability to analyze data and information and prepare reports to inform program development and management decisions (5 points) (iii) Ability to work effectively as a team member and in diverse cultures (5 points) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).  Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing.  Post Allowance (Section 220).  Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).  Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).  Education allowance (Section 270).  Educational Travel (Section 280).  Post differential (Chapter 500).  Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS:  Employee's FICA Contribution  Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance  Pay Comparability Adjustment  Annual Increase  Eligibility for Worker's Compensation  Annual & Sick Leave  Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less 97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts 97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services 97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract 96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave 96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs 96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 14 94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) 93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Form AID 302-3 **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62). **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or **4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **5. Finger Print Card (FD-258). Note: Form 5 is available from the requirements office. _____________ *Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas). **The forms listed 2 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts (AID 302-3), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices). b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester Browne Deputy Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Email: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.

Land Governance Advisor

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published December 6, 2014  -  Deadline December 27, 2014
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1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-15-000006 2. ISSUANCE DATE: December 6, 2014 3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME: December 27, 2014 4. POSITION TITLE: Land Governance Advisor 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION: The position is the equivalent of a GS- 14, ranging from $85,544 to $111,203 per annum. Final compensation will be based on individual's salary and work history, experience and educational background. 6. EVALUATION FACTORS: Evaluation will be based on a 100-point Scale: Education (15 Points) Relevant Development Experience (35 Points) Management Experience (35 Points) Communications (15 Points) 7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two years. 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia 9. SECURITY ACCESS: Employment Authorization 10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: United States (US) citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (non-U.S. citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residency) & Third Country Nationals (TCN). 11. STATEMENT OF WORK/POSITION DESCRIPTION: I. SCOPE OF WORK A. Introduction: The Democracy, Human Rights and Governance sector in Liberia faces a complex set of challenges. Liberia has experienced greater stability and security since 2005 and enjoys considerable freedom of expression and association and a significantly improved human rights environment. However, significant challenges in improving government accountability and rule of law, as well as political accountability and competition remain. The consequences of the lack of accountability manifest themselves in continued corruption and impunity at every level of government, including within the court system, which combined with a general lack of capacity, has resulted in low public confidence in government. Lack of political accountability and competition have resulted in continued executive dominance and the inability of the legislature and judiciary to act as checks on the executive. The citizenry remain uninformed while civil society remains weak, making it difficult for society to address these constraints. To address these challenges, USAID/Liberia's Democracy, Rights and Governance (DRG) Office supports more effective, accountable and inclusive governance, by strengthening accountable management of public resources, increasing access to justice, strengthening capacity to implement election processes, and building civil society and media's capacity to exercise their advocacy and oversight roles. Land governance is a cross-cutting focus of USAID Liberia, managed by the DRG Office, in close coordination with the Economic Growth (EG) Office, particularly the EG Natural Resource Management Team. The Democracy, Rights and Governance Office presently has an average annual budget of $30 million and a staff of ten, consisting of six Americans and four Liberians. The office is implementing programs in good governance, rule of law and access to justice, elections and political processes, and civil society and media. B. Position Objective and Principal Tasks: The objective of this contract is to obtain the services of a Land Governance Advisor to provide technical support to the USAID/Liberia Democracy, Rights and Governance (DRG) Team for the implementation of the Mission's Land Governance Project. The position will serve as one of two principal technical advisors for land governance in the USAID/Liberia DRG Team, and will coordinate closely with technical staff from other offices and units, including the mission Economic Growth Office and Natural Resource Management Team. The Land Governance Advisor will provide technical direction and guidance to USAID-financed activities within the DRG portfolio related to land governance. S/he will have broad responsibilities for planning and managing USAID-financed programs including collaborating on strategic planning, activity design (including developing scopes of work and program descriptions for technical services), oversight of work plan development and activity implementation, periodic review of financial performance, and monitoring and evaluation of programs and activities. The incumbent will be responsible for working closely with the Land Commission and other Government of Liberia counterparts on land governance activities, serving as a technical advisor to local counterparts as well as USAID management. The Land Governance Advisor will be the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA). S/he shall support the Mission in coordinating with other bilateral and multilateral donors working in the land sector in Liberia, including by managing USAID's participation in a multi-donor trust fund. Additionally, the Advisor shall liaise with technical and administrative backstops in USAID/Washington as necessary. C. Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Democracy, Rights and Governance Team Leader, the Land Governance Advisor shall fulfill the following duties: 1. Program Management and Development Objective Achievement Responsibility • As the senior land governance subject matter expert for the Democracy, Rights and Governance Team, the Advisor will provide leadership and have discretion to exercise judgment in the planning, development, and management of land governance programs including: development of policy recommendations; determination of work priorities; making decisions on activity implementation matters; identifying and resolving program issues; assuring that all activities are carried out in a technically-sound and cost-effective manner; and assuring activities are carried out in accordance with all applicable USAID requirements. • Land governance issues in Liberia are technically complex and politically sensitive, requiring analysis and decision making of unusual difficulty. The Advisor will design, report on, and oversee the implementation of a portfolio of activities responsive to country needs. • The Advisor will be relied upon to provide technical and policy advice to USAID, the Department of State, other USG agencies, donor agencies, implementing partners, recipients, contractors, customers, and other stakeholders. The Advisor will also consult with senior management of the US Mission on land governance issues. • Provide subject matter expertise on land governance issues and other issues relevant to the Democracy, Rights and Governance portfolio. The Advisor should also have an understanding of the other key elements of democracy, rights and governance. As the subject matter specialist, the Advisor will prepare written policy papers, and provide oral briefings as needed. • Coordinate closely with the Economic Growth (EG) Office, ensuring a strategic, coordinated approach to land governance as a cross-cutting issue across DRG and EG portfolios. • Maintain a diplomatic and productive dialogue with host country officials at the technical level up to and including the ministerial level. Develop a strong working relationship with host country government counterparts, implementing partners and key stakeholders including private sector and civil society actors to gain knowledge of Liberia, identify needs in the land sector, and further shared priorities. • Develop and maintain effective dialogue with USAID program implementers based in Liberia, and lead coordination in program design, information sharing, and activity implementation among stakeholders. The Advisor plays a critical role in formulating the content of USAID's assistance in Liberia and ensuring coordination with the State Department and other United States Government (USG) agencies. • Serve as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) or Assistance Officer's Representative (AOR) for assigned contracts and grants. The Advisor will take full project and activity management responsibility for land governance programs which will be assigned to his/her portfolio in accordance with USG procurement regulations. The COR/AOR functions include the day-to-day responsibility for monitoring the implementation of activities, monitoring pipelines, processing obligation actions, and responding to requests for approvals or modifications to specific activities. It also may include writing technical justifications for changes to on-going programs, objectives, activities or indicators. • Design development activities to meet Mission strategic objectives. This includes preparing statements of work or program descriptions, requests for proposals/applications, Acquisition and Assistance requests, decision memos, Congressional Notifications, inter-agency agreement letters, etc. • Participate actively in the procurement process, including activity design, in consultation with USAID/Liberia's Office of Acquisition and Assistance and USG stakeholders. • Fully understand U.S. foreign policy in Liberia. Serve as the USAID representative in international bodies and promote projects that help to meet U.S. foreign policy objectives. Provide briefings to U.S. and foreign officials and other donors on USAID programming in the region as necessary. Contribute to briefers or testimony for high level U.S. Government staff. Maintain contact with USAID/Washington staff on latest democracy, rights and governance policy and technical issues. • Develop assessment/evaluation documents. The Advisor may participate in, coordinate, and manage land governance assessments that are conducted in conjunction with other USG agencies, international organizations, or other donors. • Perform Monitoring & Evaluation function: The Advisor will be responsible for performance monitoring, and regular evaluations of USAID-managed rule of law and land conflict resolution activities. This includes: • review of quarterly and annual program and financial reports from program partners; • review the reports paying particular attention to the data pertaining to: o activity performance indicators as identified within the Performance Management Plan (PMP) and Operational Plan; o program objectives achievement, methodology and lessons learned paying particular attention to inputs, output and expected outcomes including economic, social, cultural, and technical factors; o financial indicators (e.g., expenditures, burn rate/pipeline analysis and congruity of expenditures against activities); and o justifications for incremental funding. • Travel regularly throughout Liberia to coordinate and monitor field operations, identify program implementation constraints, and assess and facilitate progress towards planned results. • Work closely with the Office of Financial Management to review and assess quarterly accruals and disbursements, and track funding pipelines to ensure compliance with the USAID guidelines. • Assess impact and propose new directions for rule of law, and land conflict resolution activities. The Advisor should ensure that activities are carried out in accordance with all applicable Mission and Agency directives and requirements. • Prepare required documents including trip reports, briefing papers, reporting cables, and results reports. • Write and review procurement documents including, but not limited to: GLAAS requests, requests for proposals, requests for assistance, action memos, justifications and annual program statements as applicable. • Serve, as needed, as a member of technical panels reviewing bids or proposals for the provision of technical assistance, commodities, or the award of contracts/grants. 2. Strategy Development Provide analysis, advice, and recommendations regarding the formulation of Mission strategy to the Democracy, Rights and Governance Team leader and Mission management on issues related to the Democracy, Rights and Governance portfolio. 3. Contribute to Mission-level Planning and Reporting: The Land Governance Advisor will be responsible for data collection and synthesis for select sections of the USAID/Liberia Congressional Budget Justification, Annual Operational Plan, Performance Plan and Report, Country Development Cooperation Strategy, and satisfying other program management requirements as described in USAID's Automated Directive System (ADS) 200 Series. To fulfill these tasks, the Advisor's duties/responsibilities will include but are not limited to: • Tracking the collection of performance data that originate from various sources such as USAID/Liberia's implementing partners, local partners, and other international organizations; • Preparing inventories of current indicators, information collected, and information still needed; • Devising more efficient methods for collecting information; • Verifying data reliability and accuracy; • Determining that the information gathered responds to the indicators of the Annual Report and related performance monitoring plans; and • Utilizing, as appropriate, partner reports to contribute quantitative and qualitative input into the USAID/Liberia's annual reporting requirement. 4. Other Tasks • Ensure effective responses to Program Office requests for participation or information, such as participation in strategic planning exercises, or information for newsletters, other USG agencies, USAID/Washington, the U.S. Congress, etc. • Gather the latest information about developments pertaining to the Advisor's portfolio and report such information as required to Team Leader and other Mission management and staff. • Perform other tasks as requested by the Team Leader or senior Mission managers which are consistent with the advisory, managerial, and reporting requirements of the Advisor's position. • Accompany, brief and guide visiting Congressional Delegations, Staff Delegations, and other mid-to-high level delegations from the United States and other countries as necessary. • Maintain contact and dialogue with donor organizations, as well as, non-governmental organization (NGOs). • Organize donor coordination events in support of program activities. D. Position Title of Direct Supervisor: Team Leader, Office of Democracy, Rights and Governance (or designee) E. Supervisory Controls: Though not presently envisioned, the incumbent may supervise FSN democracy, rights and governance program managers as needed. II. QUALIFICATIONS: In order to be considered for this position, a candidate must meet the Required Minimum Qualifications listed below. Consideration and selection will be based on panel evaluation of the Required Minimum Qualifications and Evaluation Factors. Additionally, interviews and writing samples may be requested. Applicants are encouraged to address each of the criteria on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, or awards that are relevant to each. Failure to address the minimum qualifications and evaluation factors may result in your not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training, and awards. Required Minimum Qualifications: The incumbent should meet the following requirements to be able to carry out the aforementioned duties and responsibilities. 1. Education: A graduate degree (Master's or doctorate) in law, human rights, international development, public administration, social sciences, or other closely related field. 2. Work experience: • At least six years of experience designing, managing and evaluating development projects related to good governance, civil society, or rule of law, with increasingly responsible project management, project design, and project development experience. • At least two years of experience designing, managing and/or evaluating development projects focused on land governance (including land policy, land administration, land dispute resolution, concessions management, land rights, and land management). • Current professional knowledge of development assistance issues and development approaches. • Current, specialized technical knowledge of relevant land governance evidence, guidelines, approaches, and best practices. • Knowledge of relevant evaluations, assessments and analyses. • Demonstrated technical skills related to the design, management and evaluation of development projects in general. 3. Management Skills • Demonstrated program management skills including previous experience in contract and grants management. • Field experience in developing/transition/post-conflict country environments. • Professional level management experience including budget and project management is required. 4. Communication: • A strong ability to work as a member of a team and to foster teamwork is required, as is the ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships at all levels, including with staff and colleagues, the U.S. Ambassador and members of the U.S. country team, ministerial-level officials in the Government of Liberia, the heads of other donor agencies, and leaders of the NGO and corporate community. • Ability to lead policy and program negotiations and dialogue with host country officials. • Excellent English language communications skills (native speaker level), both written and oral, including public speaking skills (as the incumbent may be called upon to deliver presentations before large and varied audiences) are essential. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations and briefings, written reporting and analysis, and information technology tools. 5. Post Entry Training: The incumbent will be expected to possess the necessary technical training and skills required to perform the duties/responsibilities required of the position. Post entry training will be focused primarily on the Agency's established policies, procedures and regulations that govern: 1) USAID specific Contracting/Agreement Officer's Representative responsibilities/duties; 2) USAID specific activity management and procurement systems; and 3) USAID-¬sponsored training in Project Design and Activity Management. In addition, the incumbent will be required to work within the existing USAID team management office structure. Organized/formal training (both internal & external) may be provided from time to time depending on the availability of program funds and determined to be in direct support of USAID/Liberia activities. 6. Physical Condition: The successful candidate will be required to pass a physical certification exam, paid for by the U.S. Government. USAID prohibits discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of physical or mental impairment. USAID promotes, with reasonable accommodation, the full realization of equal employment opportunities for the disabled in recruitment, promotion, assignment, and training. III. EVALUATION FACTORS Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on the following selection criteria: Education Background (15 points) a. Graduate degree (Master's or doctorate) in law, human rights, international development, public administration, social sciences, or other closely related field. Relevant Development Experience (35 points) a. Current professional knowledge of development assistance issues and development approaches. Knowledge of relevant evaluations, assessments and analyses. Demonstrated technical skills related to the design, management and evaluation of development projects in general. b. Current, specialized technical knowledge of relevant land governance evidence, guidelines, approaches, and best practices. c. At least six years of development experience related to good governance, civil society, or rule of law, with increasingly responsible project management experience is essential. d. At least two years of experience designing, managing and/or evaluating development projects focused on land governance (including land policy, land administration, land dispute resolution, concessions management, land rights, and land management). e. A sound understanding of political, rule of law, democracy and development realities of post-conflict/recovery nations. Experience in sub-Saharan Africa is strongly preferred. f. Working knowledge of USAID project development, and business practices is preferred. Management Experience (35 points) a. Experience communicating and managing relationships in a multi-cultural, international environment. b. Demonstrated program management skills including previous experience in contract and grants management. c. Extensive field experience in developing/transition/post-conflict country environments. d. Professional level management experience in personnel and budget management is also required. Communications (15 points) a. A strong ability to work as a member of teams and to foster teamwork is required as is the ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships at all levels, including with staff and colleagues, the U.S. Ambassador and members of the U.S. country team, ministerial-level officials in the Government of Liberia, representatives of other donor agencies, and key civil society and private sector organizations. b. Ability to lead policy and program negotiations and dialogue with host country officials. c. Excellent English language communications skills (native speaker level), both written and oral, including public speaking skills (as the incumbent may be called upon to deliver presentations before large and varied audiences) are essential. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations and briefings, written reporting and analysis, and information technology tools. Maximum Points Available: 100 1. TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for two years, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-14 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. 2. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).  Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing.  Post Allowance (Section 220).  Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).  Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).  Education allowance (Section 270).  Educational Travel (Section 280).  Post differential (Chapter 500).  Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS:  Employee's FICA Contribution  Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance  Pay Comparability Adjustment  Annual Increase  Eligibility for Worker's Compensation  Annual & Sick Leave  Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less 97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts 97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services 97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract 96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave 96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs 96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 14 94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) 93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Standard Form 171 **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62). **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or **4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **5. Finger Print Card (FD-258). Note: Form 5 is available from the requirements office. _____________ *Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas). **The forms listed 2 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-612), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices). b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester Browne Supervisory Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Email: sbrowne@usaid.gov and lhasson@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. NOTE: attachments to an e-mail must not exceed 3 MB.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published August 15, 2016  -  Deadline September 2, 2016
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SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-16-000013 ISSUANCE DATE: August 15, 2016 CLOSING DATE: September 2, 2016, at 4:00 pm, local time in Monrovia, Liberia POSITION TITLE: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) AdvisorMARKET VALUE: ($87,263 - $113,444 per annum). The market value for this position is equivalent to GS 14 level. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate's past salary, work history and educational background. Salaries over and above the top of the range will not be entertained or negotiated. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year, with one option year, to start on or about Mid-October 2016. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens/Third Country Nationals SECURITY/MEDICAL CLEARANCES: Selected applicant must obtain security clearance (Employment Authorization/ Facility Access) and Medical clearance within a reasonable period of time. USAID/Liberia will provide details regarding these clearances to the selected candidate. If such clearances are not obtained within a reasonable time or negative suitability issues are involved, any offer made may be rescinded. DIRECT SUPERVISOR: The M&E Advisor will report directly to the Supervisory Program Officer but will be expected to work independently with only broad direction and guidance I. POSITION DESCRIPTION: BACKGROUND: The global economic slowdown and sharp decline in iron ore and rubber prices have hit Liberia's economy hard, a further shock following the 2014-15 Ebola Virus Disease outbreaks. With GDP growth hovering around zero, a substantial budget shortfall, and scaling back of new investments, Liberia's prospects to achieve its goals for equitable economic growth are not encouraging. Facing a worsening economy and security concerns associated with the United Nations peacekeeping mission drawdown, the Government of Liberia (GOL) is focused on delivering on key priorities before the 2017 national elections. The goal of USAID's FY 2013 - 2017 Country Development Cooperation Strategy is: "Strengthened Liberian Institutions Positioned to Drive Inclusive Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction." USAID is Liberia's largest and most influential bilateral development partner, implementing a program portfolio which covers democracy, rights and governance, economic growth, health, education and six Presidential/multilateral initiatives. Cross-cutting themes of conflict mitigation, youth, and jobs are also emphasized. The current portfolio comprises 38 directly managed active awards with a total value of more than $600 million. In addition, the Mission shares management oversight with headquarters of approximately $150 million of Ebola recovery activities. The Mission's staffing is capped at 104 positions of which 88 are currently filled: 28 U.S. Direct Hires (USDHs), 13 Personal Services Contractors (PSCs)/Participating Agency Service Agreements (PASAs), and 47 Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs). PPD is a nine-person office that is charged with ensuring that USAID/Liberia (the Mission) implements and maintains a coherent and adaptable framework for development. It is responsible for leading, coordinating and providing policy, managerial, and technical support for the Mission's strategic planning and adapting processes; operational learning and analysis; project design and approval; performance monitoring and evaluation; budget formulation and tracking; communications and outreach; and compliance with Administration and Congressional priorities and requirements. In addition it provides direct guidance and support to the Mission's four technical teams and works closely with the Office of Financial Management on budget tracking and compliance. PPD is also the Mission's primary point of contact for the development, coordination and reporting of activities funded under the Ebola Emergency Act of 2015. In that regard, it works closely with all Washington Operating Units supporting the implementation of the U.S. Government's Ebola Strategy in Liberia, including the Africa Ebola Unit, Global Health Ebola Team, Global Development Lab, and the Office of Food for Peace. As the M&E Advisor, the incumbent provides leadership and serves as the principal advisor to the Mission on all M&E related activities with the Mission's four Development Objective (DO) technical team - Education; Economic Growth; Health; and Democracy, Rights & Governance. S/he will support the M&E work by liaising with all Mission staff and implementing partners in the development and implementation of project and activity M&E strategies and plans. The incumbent will lead the drafting, maintenance and update of the Mission Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP). S/he will also assist with the development and management of performance indicators, targets and monitoring systems for all Mission activities and provide expertise on the development of performance indicators. Position will require extensive support to and collaboration with as these offices make budget allocations, plan and design future programs, and conduct ongoing efforts to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of USAID investments in Liberia. The incumbent also serves as a principal advisor to the Mission on Automated Directives System (ADS) guidance in the areas of performance monitoring and evaluation. The incumbent provides assistance to the entire Mission, directing and coordinating activities related to analysis, M&E planning, and reporting, including leading the Mission's annual Performance Plan and Report (PPR) process. S/he will also contribute to representing the Mission with other development partners, local counterparts and stakeholders, and program participants in the M&E sector. The individual should possess extensive knowledge of USAID programming, reporting, and performance monitoring and evaluation activities. The incumbent may serve as the Alternate Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for the Liberia Strategic Analysis (LSA) Contract, which supports the Mission with a broad range of monitoring, evaluation, learning, and analytical services. The incumbent will assist the Collaborating Learning and Adapting (CLA) Advisor who is the full-time COR for the LSA contract and be the principal point of contact to LSA on the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation component of the contract. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The M&E Advisor will: 1) Lead the Mission's portfolio review process, specifically the annual strategic portfolio review. Participate in Quarterly Procurement and Financial Reviews and Government of Liberia bilateral reviews. 2) Lead the Mission's annual results reporting process, the Performance Plan and Report (PPR). 3) Serve as Mission support to DO teams on all M&E activities, including but not limited to project and activity design, design and carrying out performance and impact evaluations, identifying appropriate performance monitoring indicators, targets, and data sources; 4) Maintain and track progress towards the Mission's long term strategy utilizing the Mission's Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP). 5) May serve as Alternate Contracting Officers' Representative (A/COR) for LSA with specific focus on the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation component of the award. A/COR duties will include but are not limited to: approval of annual program work plans, approval of branding and marking plans, maintaining records of official program and financial reports, ensuring implementing partners adhere to sound financial management practices, liaising with USAID's Office of Acquisition and Assistance on program implementation issues, establishment and implementation of a program Performance Monitoring & Evaluation Plan (PMEP), arrange for program evaluations, and conduct regular field site visits. 6) Facilitate coordination between LSA, the DO teams, and the Mission's Implementing Partners (IPs) to ensure that IP's performance monitoring data is entered into the Mission's Performance Indicators Database System (PIDS) in a timely manner and certified by the DO teams.   II. QUALIFICATIONS AND SELECTION CRITERIA In order to be considered for the position, a candidate must meet the Minimum Qualifications listed below. Consideration and selection will be based on a panel evaluation of the evaluation factors. Additionally, interviews and writing samples may be requested only from the top scoring candidates. Please note that not all applicants will be interviewed or contacted. USAID will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews unless expenses are preauthorized. Reference checks may be conducted on those candidates selected for an interview. The applicant's references must be able to provide substantive information about his/her past performance and abilities. Applicants are required to write a brief cover letter to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training addresses the Minimum Qualifications and Evaluation Criteria listed below. III. EVALUATION CRITERIA: The following factors will be the basis for the evaluation of all applications. All applications will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted with the application. Applicants are required to provide a cover letter addressing how they meet the requirements of each criterion below and submit three to five professional references with complete contact information. Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on the following selection criteria (listed in descending order of importance):1) General: This is a Personal Services Contract. The incumbent must be willing to reside in Monrovia, Liberia for the duration of the contract period. 2) Education An undergraduate degree and completion of graduate studies in Public Policy or Administration, International Development, or other closely related field relevant to monitoring the performance of development assistance activities. 3) Prior Work Experience a. At least 5 years professional experience in performance monitoring and evaluation of development assistance activities. 4) Technical Knowledge a. In-depth understanding of concepts, systems, tools and best practices for foreign assistance program performance management, including: design and implementation of logical frameworks (log frames) and performance management plans/ activity M&E plans; selection of appropriate indicators for project inputs, outputs, outcomes and impacts; and design of high quality performance and impact evaluations.b. Familiarity with current USAID policies, regulations and procedures relating to performance management, including the Automated Directives System (ADS). 5) Language Proficiency Verbal and written fluency in Standard English is required. 6) Skills and Abilities Demonstration of strong:a. communication, teamwork and inter-personal skills in a multi-cultural work environment;b. organizational and management skills;c. leadership, initiative, and the ability to meet deadlines and complete tasks while working independently under limited supervision;d. Computer skills, including the ability to work efficiently with computer spreadsheet and database software. Skills and experience in survey design and implementation and knowledge of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies (including knowledge of statistical methods and statistical software packages for data analysis) are desirable, but not required. 7) Evaluation Criteria a. Education: College Degree & advanced studies. Pass/Failb. Experience: i. In performance management 25 pointsii. In related USAID systems, rules, and requirements 25 pointsc. Skills and Abilities iii. Communication and teamwork in a diverse, multi-cultural work environment 25 pointsiv. Organization, management (including leadership, initiative and self-direction) 25 pointsIV. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: Interested individuals are requested to submit fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (Form AID-302-3), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates their education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Broad general statements that are vague or lacking specificity will not be considered as effectively addressing particular selection criteria: 1. Personal Information: Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email address, day and evening phone numbers, social security number, country of citizenship, highest federal civilian grade held (also give job series and dates held); 2. Education: High school, name, city and state, date of diploma of GED; colleges and universities, name, city and state, majors, type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3. Work Experience: Provide the following information for your paid and non- paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying (do not send job descriptions); job title (includes series and grade if federal job), duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary. Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor; 4. Other Qualifications: Other pertinent information related to the qualifications required for the position, as noted above including job-related training courses (title & year), job-related skills; for example, other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery typing speed, job related certificates and licenses (current only), job related honors, awards, and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership, activities, public speaking and performance awards (give dates but do not send documents unless requested). 5. Reference: Applicants must provide a minimum of three and a maximum of five references within the last five years of the applicant's professional life from individuals who are not family members or relatives. Three references must be from direct supervisors who can provide information regarding the applicant's knowledge of contracting work. Applicants must provide e-mail addresses and/or working telephone numbers for all references. 6. Date of availability to begin assignment in Monrovia, Liberia Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/. Applicants should note that the salary history for the purposes of the Form AID-302-3 is the base salary paid, excluding benefits and allowances such as housing, travel, educational support, vehicle use, etc. NOTE: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described in this section. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your not being considered for employment. This office must receive your application prior to the closing date and time specified in this solicitation in order for you to be considered for this position. Please note all applications must be signed - unsigned applications shall NOT be considered. Please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any cover letter. Interested candidates should send above electronically to sbrowne@usaid.gov and amangou@usaid.gov to the attention of the addresses indicated below. To ensure that the application is considered for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number and title of position on your application and as the subject line in any cover letter. E-mail applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in the solicitation. Address: Supervisory Executive OfficerExecutive OfficeUSAID/LiberiaC/O American Embassy502 Benson Street1000 Monrovia 10 Liberia Monrovia, Liberia Only qualified and shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Additionally, only candidates that are interviewed will be notified if the position is filled. V. ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS AND LOGISTICAL SUPPORT: As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC recruited off-shore is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances: BENEFITS • Employer's FICA and Medicare Contribution*• Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance• Pay Comparability and Adjustment• Annual Salary Increase• Eligibility for Worker's Compensation (USPSC only)• Annual & Sick Leave• Shipment and storage of household effects• Shipment of POV (Private Own Vehicle)• Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service• Defense-based Accreditation and Medevac insurance*Note: If a US citizen, the contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. ALLOWANCES: TCNs will be paid allowances in accordance with USAID policy and regulations. Details are available on request. USPSCS will be eligible for allowances listed in the Standardized Regulations Government Civilian Foreign Areas Sections cited below - if applicable. 1. Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120)2. Living quarters allowance (Section 130)3. Post Allowance (Section 220)4. Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230)5. Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260)6. Education allowance (Section 270)7. Educational Travel (Section 280)8. Post differential (Chapter 500)9. Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600)10. Danger Pay (Section 650)11. Consumables Allowance VI. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC: Forms outlined below can found at: http://www.usaid.gov/forms 1. Federal employment form (Form AID-302-3).*2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62).*3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National 4. Security) (SF-86), or *5. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). *6. Finger Print Card (FD-258). ** Forms 2 through 5 shall be completed only upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job.ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR, SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NON-DISQUALIFYING HANDICAP, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.

Supervisory Executive Officer

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published May 15, 2015  -  Deadline June 8, 2015
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SOLICITATION NO: SOL-669-15-000023 ISSUANCE DATE: May 15, 2015 CLOSING DATE: June 8, 2015, 4:30 pm LOCAL TIME SUBJECT: Solicitation for Personal Service Contractor (PSC) for Supervisory Executive Officer, USAID/Liberia To All Interested Applicants The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications (Optional Form 612) from qualified U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents (non-U.S. citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residency) and Third Country National (TCN) to provide services as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Systems Advisor under a Personal Services Contract, as described in the attached solicitation. The place of performance for this position is Monrovia, Liberia. Submissions to this solicitation shall be in accordance with the attached information, at the place and time specified. Email submissions shall be sent to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be considered. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Applications received after the closing date and time contained in this solicitation will be considered late and will not be considered. USAID/Liberia will not consider an extension to the submission deadline for this procurement. Any questions or comments regarding this solicitation should be in writing and directed to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Applicant should retain for their record copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Phone calls or e-mail to any address other than the one specified in this solicitation will not be accepted. Sincerely, Phillip M. Cherry Supervisory Executive Officer USAID/Liberia Mailing Address: 8800 Monrovia Pl Dulles, VA 20189 Solicitation for U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC) Supervisory Executive Officer, USAID/Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia 1. SOLICITATION NO.: 669-15-000020 2. ISSUANCE DATE: May 15, 2015 3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: June 8, 2015 (4:30 pm Liberia Time/12:30 pm Washington, DC time) 4. POSITION TITLE: Supervisory Executive Officer 5. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U. S. Citizens only 6. MARKET VALUE: GS-15. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate's past salary, and educational background, work history and qualifications. This position is taxable; incumbent will be required to pay US Taxes. NOTE: Experience and education which exceed the requirements set forth in the position description but which are not directly related to or required in the performance of expected duties WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AS JUSTIFICATION FOR UPGRADING THE POSITION OR DESIGNATED SALARY AS SET BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER. 7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Employment shall be through an USAID Personal Services Contract for an initial period of one year with an option to extend the contract in yearly increments for up to an additional one year. This Personal Services Contract is subject to the availability of funds. 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia 9. STATEMENT OF WORK A. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION The contractor, under the direct supervision of the USAID Deputy Mission Director, or his/her designee shall be responsible for managing the full range of EXO services at USAID/Liberia. The contractor shall: In accordance with AID policy (Automated Directives System 527) the Supervisory Executive Officer serves as the principal advisor to the Mission Director and mission staff with full responsibility for providing leadership, advice and staff support in the administrative management functional areas of: management analysis; office services management; budget planning, formulation and control; procurement of services, supplies, equipment and facilities; property and supply management; personnel management and services; transportation; and participant training; and communication resources. In this capacity is tasked with developing innovative methods for providing improved administrative and logistical support services. The Supervisory Executive Officer is the focal point and is responsible for ensuring that adequate management and logistical support is provided for all mission administrative services. The Supervisory Executive Officer: Plans, directs, and administers the management functions of the mission including supervising Executive Office staff; Develops, interprets, and ensures implementation of administrative management policies, regulations, and procedures; Formulates, interprets, and communicates long-range principles, policies, and objectives for administrative services programs. Serves as a key communicator of new administrative policies and procedures. Ensures successful implementation of large-scale administrative, Human Resources, and organizational changes. Prepares workforce planning scenarios based on various budget scenarios; Works with implementing partners to ensure an orderly close-out of their activities, particularly as they dispose of USG purchased property; Provides policy advice and guidance on the management and support functions and services required for effective program implementation; Participates in project planning and review to evaluate administrative support implications, feasibility, projected costs, and drafting or advising on appropriate administrative support budgets; Provides expert advice to the Director on the support services required by AID that are provided under the consolidated services arrangement under ICASS and monitors the adequacy of such services in terms of quality and quantity. Act as the advisor to the Director on what actions are required to ensure compliance with the ICASS agreements; Advises and supports the Mission Director on the full range of personnel matters, including development and implementation of appropriate personnel procedures and workout planning. Analyzes mission management requirements and develops the operating expense and administrative program support budgets for the mission. Directs the administration of the operating expense budget and administrative portion of the program support budget to ensure prompt and legal obligation of funds; Serves on Post Boards and Committees as required including the Joint Awards Program, ICASS Council, Housing Board, etc.; Administers the mission security program under the guidance of the RSO; Manages the following functional areas: general services, supply and property management, contract services and contract administration, procurement, communications and records management, management analysis, security, computer systems and USAID mail room. B. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS The contractor reports directly to the Deputy Mission Director, USAID/Liberia C. SUPERVISION/OVERSIGHT OVER OTHERS Supervises and mentors: Computer Center Human Resources General Services Financial Management Communications and Records Contracts and Purchasing Motor pool 10. PHYSICAL DEMANDS The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. 11. WORK ENVIRONMENT Work is primarily performed in an office setting. 12. START DATE: October 1, 2015, upon necessary clearances is obtained. 13. POINT OF CONTACT: Sylvester Browne Deputy Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Monrovia, Liberia E-mail: sbrowne@usaid.gov 14. QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS A. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION The minimum educational requirement is Bachelors degree in business administration, public administration or related field is required. Additional work experience may be considered in lieu thereof. An MBA or related degree is desirable. USAID training courses (Acquisition and Contracting and Grants and Assistance) preferred. Candidates must possess seven to ten years of relevant overseas experience, with the USG or large organization required. USAID experience preferred. - Candidates must have good working knowledge of sound administrative policies and programming is essential. Demonstrated ability to develop innovative solutions to provision of administrative and logistical support services. Proficiency in apply policy and regulations and developing budgets. - Candidates must possess demonstrated ability to work within a team framework and positive interpersonal skills as well as an ability to work independently with minimal supervision is required. Cultural sensitivity, previous management, supervisory and staff development skills are required. B. ADDITIONAL FACTORS USAID Liberia will consider issues such as conflict of interest, nepotism, budget implications, visa status and whether candidates have a work permit in determining successful candidacy. When equally qualified, American Family Members (American Family Members are defined as adult dependents of U.S. Government employees) will be given first preference. 15. SELECTION FACTORS Criteria Evaluation Points Bachelors in business administration, public administration or related field is required. Additional work experience may be considered in lieu thereof. An MBA or related degree is desirable. USAID training courses (Acquisition and Contracting and Grants and Assistance) preferred. 10 Seven to ten years of relevant overseas experience, with the USG or large organization required. USAID experience preferred. 40 Working knowledge of sound administrative policies and programming is essential. Demonstrated ability to develop innovative solutions to provision of administrative and logistical support services. Proficiency in apply policy and regulations and developing budgets. 40 Demonstrated ability to work within a team framework and positive interpersonal skills as well as an ability to work independently with minimal supervision is required. Cultural sensitivity, previous management, supervisory and staff development skills are required. 10 Total 100 16. APPLYING: TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for two years, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-15 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. 1. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).  Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing.  Post Allowance (Section 220).  Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).  Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).  Education allowance (Section 270).  Educational Travel (Section 280).  Post differential (Chapter 500).  Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS:  Employee's FICA Contribution  Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance  Pay Comparability Adjustment  Annual Increase  Eligibility for Worker's Compensation  Annual & Sick Leave  Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less 97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts 97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services 97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract 96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave 96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs 96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 14 94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) 93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Standard Form 171 **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62). **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or **4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **5. Finger Print Card (FD-258). Note: Form 5 is available from the requirements office. _____________ *Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas). **The forms listed 2 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-612), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices). b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester Browne Deputy Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Email: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.

Senior Community Health Advisor

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published April 24, 2015  -  Deadline May 15, 2015
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•1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-15-000019 •2. ISSUANCE DATE: April 24, 2015 •3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME: May 15, 2015 •4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Community Health Advisor •5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION: The position is the equivalent of a GS- 14, ranging from $86,399 to $112,319 per annum. Final compensation will be based on individual's salary and work history, experience and educational background. •6. EVALUATION FACTORS: Evaluation will be based on a 100-point Scale: Education (15 Points) Knowledge/Experience (30 Points) Interpersonal/Management Skills (40 Points) Communication (15 Points) •7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two years, with the possibility of extension pending need, performance and funding; not to exceed a total of five (5) years •8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia •9. SECURITY ACCESS: Secret Level/Employment Authorization •10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: United States (US) citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (non-U.S. citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residency) & Third Country Nationals (TCN) •11. STATEMENT OF WORK/POSITION DESCRIPTION: I. SCOPE OF WORK Background: USAID/Liberia works closely with the Government of Liberia (GOL), aligning program priorities with Liberia's priorities and goals. In the health sector, USAID's program supports the Ministry of Health (MOH) to implement Liberia's ten-year National Health and Social Welfare Plan and Policy (NHSWPP), 2011-2021, which aims to improve the health status of all Liberians by increasing access to and utilization of quality services, decentralizing management and decision-making, and ensuring affordability of services. The Mission's average annual health program budget is approximately $46 million, and supplemental funding to support Liberia's recovery from the Ebola crisis is expected to substantially increase the size and scope of USAID/s bilateral health portfolio in FY 15-16. Presently, a substantial portion of this support is channeled directly through GOL systems through an innovative Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement (FARA) with the MOH. USAID/Liberia remains at the forefront of USAID/Forward reforms aimed at increasing the use of partner country systems to improve aid effectiveness. The 4-year, $42 million FARA is USAID's primary vehicle for supporting health service delivery in Liberia. The FARA is coupled with "wrap-around" technical assistance provided through grants and contracts to non-governmental organizations to assist the MOH in managing service delivery while strengthening core health system functions and building institutional capacity. As part of the nationwide investments, USAID/Liberia works closely with the MOH to plan and implement Behavior Change Communication (BCC)/Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) activities and a community mobilization strategy that benefits Liberia as a whole through increased healthy behaviors and demand for health services. USAID/Liberia efforts complement MOH activities with community-level support that increases access to and utilization of services, promotes demand for health and child welfare services and appropriate health related behavior change, supports decentralization and financial sustainability of community based services, builds local capacity to implement and manage programs, and improves safe water supply and sanitation. Emphasis is placed on key cross-cutting issues such as promoting gender equity, quality and accountability in community service delivery; leveraging key partnerships and private sector engagement; community approaches, behavior change interventions and involvement of civil society. Collaborative efforts are focused on sustainable strengthening of the community health, social and WASH systems that deliver through evidence-based, tailored intervention strategies. Specific activities employed by USAID/Liberia will be wide ranging, influencing family planning and reproductive health; maternal, neonatal, and child health; malaria; nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); HIV prevention and control; and post Ebola health care services restoration programming. Organizational Structure The Senior Community Health Advisor will sit in the Health Office of the USAID/Liberia Mission. One of four technical offices within the USAID/Mission (Education, Economic Growth, Democracy and Governance, and Health), the Health Office currently has a staff of 14 members including 2 US Direct Hires and a combination of U.S. and Third Country National (TCN) Personnel Services Contractors (PSCs) as well as local Foreign Service National staff. The Health Office is organized into two sub-teams: the Health Service Delivery Team, and the Health Systems Strengthening Team. The USAID/Liberia health activities fall under Development Objective Three: Improved Health Status of Liberians. The Senior Community Health Advisor is under the supervision of the Health Office Director. S/he supervises one or more FSN staff. Major Role and Responsibilities The Senior Community Health Advisor will provide leadership to USAID/Liberia's community health, WASH and nutrition portfolios. S/he will oversee USAID/Liberia's main community health flagship activity and serve as the activity manager on several centrally funded mechanisms. Additionally, s/he will supervise and mentor local staff serving on the community health portfolio for the USAID/Liberia Health Office. The Senior Community Health Advisor will serve as the key technical guide, strategic planner, resource and staff manager and interlocutor with external partners. As a senior manager, s/he will exercise significant independent judgment on matters of policy, management and technical direction and will make decisions and provide recommendations to help ensure successful program implementation and successful external partnerships. S/he will supervise foreign service national (FSN) staff and be responsible for managing the newly awarded $24.8 million Partnership for Advancing Community-Based Services (PACS) as well as provide technical leadership and management to a range of USAID/Liberia programmatic activities related to community health, demand creation, nutrition, WASH and risk communications. Major duties and responsibilities of the position include: Oversee the Community Health Portfolio of the USAID/Liberia Health Office including staff and all community health and social mobilization activities. Provide technical leadership and programmatic guidance in the planning, development, and managerial aspects of the community health, behavior change, demand creation, and enabling environment components of the portfolio, including: determination of work priorities; making decisions on implementation matters; identifying and resolving program issues and bottle necks; assuring that all activities are implemented in a technically-sound and cost-effective manner; and that activities are carried out in accordance with all applicable USAID regulations. Participate as an active member of the Mission's Health Development Objective team. Provide leadership, technical and organizational input and oversights for USAID/Liberia's overall community-based health programming, including WASH, nutrition, risk communication, sanitation and hygiene, infection prevention, gender equity, HIV prevention, stigma reduction as well as other program opportunities as they arise. Serve as the USAID focal expert on nutrition and lead the coordination between the Health and Economic Growth Teams on all matters related to nutrition programming. Function as the Agreement Officer's Representative (AOR) or Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for activities within the Health Office. Establish and maintain strong and effective working relations and coordination with senior-level officials within the national and local governments of Liberia, the multilateral and bilateral donor community, Liberian and international civil society organizations (NGOs and PVOs), and members of the academic and scientific community. Actively foster and facilitate USG interagency collaboration and cooperation. Provide strategic, diplomatic and management support to Health Office staff working on community-based health activities, WASH, nutrition and risk communication. Represent USAID/Liberia in meetings, technical working groups, seminars and conferences on community-based health, nutrition, risk communication, and hygiene and sanitation issues, locally, regionally and internationally. In consultation with the Health Office Director, advise USAID/Liberia's Mission Director, Embassy staff, senior USAID/Washington personnel and technical offices and the Government of Liberia regarding community-based health, nutrition, WASH, and risk communication related issues affecting policy, strategic planning, technical direction, programming, activity design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, managing for results and other USAID program management matters. Design health development activities to meet Mission strategic objectives, as needed. This includes preparing statements of work for program descriptions, requests for proposals/applications, action memos, decision memos, Congressional Notifications, etc. Participate actively in the procurement process, as needed, in consultation with the USAID/Liberia's Office of Acquisition and Assistance and other US government stakeholders. Undertake other tasks, as required by the Health Officer Director, and which are consistent with the advisory, managerial and reporting requirements of this position. Supervisory Controls: The Senior Community Health Advisor is expected to demonstrate a high level of independence, professionalism, judgment and responsibility. The Senior Community Health Advisor will report directly to the Health Office Director. Supervisory Duties: The Senior Community Health Advisor supervises one or more Foreign Service National Staff. The staffing pattern is currently being revisited as the USAID/Liberia program increases significantly in size due to an influx of post-Ebola emergency funding. •A. Minimum Qualifications The applicant should meet the following requirements in education, work experience, interpersonal and management skills, and language and communication skills to be able to carry out the aforementioned duties and responsibilities: Required Qualifications: •1. Education and technical knowledge: •i. Masters level or higher degree in health, health related science or a related field. •ii. Knowledge of and expertise in at least one of the following fields: community heath, WASH, risk communication, nutrition, or other health development field relevant to USAID. •iii. Demonstrated knowledge of development program administration and management. •2. Work Experience: •i. Minimum 10 years in working in public health and/or science field. Must have field experience managing community health or related programs in a developing or an emerging economy country setting. Recent experience is West Africa is preferred. •ii. Demonstrated experience in program strategic planning and management. •iii. Demonstrated experience in leading and managing teams and exercising independent judgment. •iv. Demonstrated experience producing high profile deliverables under tight deadlines. •v. Demonstrated experience building partnerships with appropriate stakeholders in order to expand and deepen impact. •vi. Demonstrated experience managing activities with comparable complexity and diversity; and demonstrated effectiveness in engaging all relevant stakeholders including other donors, NGOs, government counterparts, the private sector, etc. •vii. Demonstrated strong problem solving and analytical skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment. •3. Interpersonal and management skills: •i. Demonstrated strong management and organizational skills. •ii. Demonstrated ability to interact with a broad range of internal and external partners. •iii. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team environment. •4. Language and communication skills: •i. Must be fluent in English and have proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. •ii. Demonstrated ability to prepare briefing documents, presentations, program reports and correspondence in a professional and competent manner requiring little to no editorial changes (in English). •iii. Demonstrated superior analytical, writing and oral presentation skills, preparation of contractual scopes of work, technical reports, and policy briefs. II. EVALUATION FACTORS Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on the following selection criteria: •1) Education and Technical Knowledge (15 points): Masters level or higher degree in health, health related science or a related field; knowledge of and expertise in at least one of the following fields: community health, hygiene and sanitation, nutrition, demand creation, risk communication or other health development field relevant to USAID programs; and demonstrated knowledge of development program administration and management. •2) Work Experience (30 points): Minimum 10 years in working in public health and/or science field including field experience managing community health programs in a developing or an emerging economy country setting; demonstrated experience in program strategic planning and management; demonstrated experience in leading and managing teams and exercising independent judgment. Experience in West Africa is strongly preferred. In addition, the following demonstrated experience is necessary: •a. Demonstrated experience producing high profile deliverables under tight deadlines •b. Demonstrated experience building partnerships with appropriate stakeholders in order to expand and deepen impact •c. Demonstrated experience managing activities with comparable complexity and diversity; and demonstrated effectiveness in engaging all relevant stakeholders including other donors, NGOs, government counterparts, the private sector, etc. •d. Demonstrated strong problem solving and analytical skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment. •3) Interpersonal and Management Skills (40 points): Demonstrated strong management and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to interact with a broad range of internal and external partners. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team environment. •4) Communication (15 points): Must be fluent in English and have proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to prepare briefing documents, presentations, program reports and correspondence in a professional and competent manner requiring little to no editorial changes (in English). Demonstrated superior analytical, writing and oral presentation skills, preparation of contractual scopes of work, technical reports, and policy briefs. Maximum Points Available: 100 At USAID's discretion, reference checks and interviews may be conducted as part of the selection process. •1. TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for two years, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-14 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. •2. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.* •- Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120). •- Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing. •- Post Allowance (Section 220). •- Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230). •- Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260). •- Education allowance (Section 270). •- Educational Travel (Section 280). •- Post differential (Chapter 500). •- Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS: •- Employee's FICA Contribution •- Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance •- Pay Comparability Adjustment •- Annual Increase •- Eligibility for Worker's Compensation •- Annual & Sick Leave •- Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less 97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts 97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services 97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract 96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave 96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs 96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 14 94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) 93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Standard Form 171 **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62). **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or **4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **5. Finger Print Card (FD-258). Note: Form 5 is available from the requirements office. _____________ *Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas). **The forms listed 2 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-612), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices). Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester Browne Deputy Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Email: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-15-000019 2. ISSUANCE DATE: April 24, 2015 3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME: May 15, 2015 4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Community Health Advisor 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION: The position is the equivalent of a GS- 14, ranging from $86,399 to $112,319 per annum. Final compensation will be based on individual's salary and work history, experience and educational background. 6. EVALUATION FACTORS: Evaluation will be based on a 100-point Scale: Education (15 Points) Knowledge/Experience (30 Points) Interpersonal/Management Skills (40 Points) Communication (15 Points) 7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two years, with the possibility of extension pending need, performance and funding; not to exceed a total of five (5) years 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia 9. SECURITY ACCESS: Secret Level/Employment Authorization 10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: United States (US) citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (non-U.S. citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residency) & Third Country Nationals (TCN) 11. STATEMENT OF WORK/POSITION DESCRIPTION: I. SCOPE OF WORK A. Background: USAID/Liberia works closely with the Government of Liberia (GOL), aligning program priorities with Liberia's priorities and goals. In the health sector, USAID's program supports the Ministry of Health (MOH) to implement Liberia's ten-year National Health and Social Welfare Plan and Policy (NHSWPP), 2011-2021, which aims to improve the health status of all Liberians by increasing access to and utilization of quality services, decentralizing management and decision-making, and ensuring affordability of services. The Mission's average annual health program budget is approximately $46 million, and supplemental funding to support Liberia's recovery from the Ebola crisis is expected to substantially increase the size and scope of USAID/s bilateral health portfolio in FY 15-16. Presently, a substantial portion of this support is channeled directly through GOL systems through an innovative Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement (FARA) with the MOH. USAID/Liberia remains at the forefront of USAID/Forward reforms aimed at increasing the use of partner country systems to improve aid effectiveness. The 4-year, $42 million FARA is USAID's primary vehicle for supporting health service delivery in Liberia. The FARA is coupled with "wrap-around" technical assistance provided through grants and contracts to non-governmental organizations to assist the MOH in managing service delivery while strengthening core health system functions and building institutional capacity. As part of the nationwide investments, USAID/Liberia works closely with the MOH to plan and implement Behavior Change Communication (BCC)/Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) activities and a community mobilization strategy that benefits Liberia as a whole through increased healthy behaviors and demand for health services. USAID/Liberia efforts complement MOH activities with community-level support that increases access to and utilization of services, promotes demand for health and child welfare services and appropriate health related behavior change, supports decentralization and financial sustainability of community based services, builds local capacity to implement and manage programs, and improves safe water supply and sanitation. Emphasis is placed on key cross-cutting issues such as promoting gender equity, quality and accountability in community service delivery; leveraging key partnerships and private sector engagement; community approaches, behavior change interventions and involvement of civil society. Collaborative efforts are focused on sustainable strengthening of the community health, social and WASH systems that deliver through evidence-based, tailored intervention strategies. Specific activities employed by USAID/Liberia will be wide ranging, influencing family planning and reproductive health; maternal, neonatal, and child health; malaria; nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); HIV prevention and control; and post Ebola health care services restoration programming. B. Organizational Structure The Senior Community Health Advisor will sit in the Health Office of the USAID/Liberia Mission. One of four technical offices within the USAID/Mission (Education, Economic Growth, Democracy and Governance, and Health), the Health Office currently has a staff of 14 members including 2 US Direct Hires and a combination of U.S. and Third Country National (TCN) Personnel Services Contractors (PSCs) as well as local Foreign Service National staff. The Health Office is organized into two sub-teams: the Health Service Delivery Team, and the Health Systems Strengthening Team. The USAID/Liberia health activities fall under Development Objective Three: Improved Health Status of Liberians. The Senior Community Health Advisor is under the supervision of the Health Office Director. S/he supervises one or more FSN staff. C. Major Role and Responsibilities The Senior Community Health Advisor will provide leadership to USAID/Liberia's community health, WASH and nutrition portfolios. S/he will oversee USAID/Liberia's main community health flagship activity and serve as the activity manager on several centrally funded mechanisms. Additionally, s/he will supervise and mentor local staff serving on the community health portfolio for the USAID/Liberia Health Office. The Senior Community Health Advisor will serve as the key technical guide, strategic planner, resource and staff manager and interlocutor with external partners. As a senior manager, s/he will exercise significant independent judgment on matters of policy, management and technical direction and will make decisions and provide recommendations to help ensure successful program implementation and successful external partnerships. S/he will supervise foreign service national (FSN) staff and be responsible for managing the newly awarded $24.8 million Partnership for Advancing Community-Based Services (PACS) as well as provide technical leadership and management to a range of USAID/Liberia programmatic activities related to community health, demand creation, nutrition, WASH and risk communications. Major duties and responsibilities of the position include: • Oversee the Community Health Portfolio of the USAID/Liberia Health Office including staff and all community health and social mobilization activities. • Provide technical leadership and programmatic guidance in the planning, development, and managerial aspects of the community health, behavior change, demand creation, and enabling environment components of the portfolio, including: determination of work priorities; making decisions on implementation matters; identifying and resolving program issues and bottle necks; assuring that all activities are implemented in a technically-sound and cost-effective manner; and that activities are carried out in accordance with all applicable USAID regulations. • Participate as an active member of the Mission's Health Development Objective team. • Provide leadership, technical and organizational input and oversights for USAID/Liberia's overall community-based health programming, including WASH, nutrition, risk communication, sanitation and hygiene, infection prevention, gender equity, HIV prevention, stigma reduction as well as other program opportunities as they arise. • Serve as the USAID focal expert on nutrition and lead the coordination between the Health and Economic Growth Teams on all matters related to nutrition programming. • Function as the Agreement Officer's Representative (AOR) or Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for activities within the Health Office. • Establish and maintain strong and effective working relations and coordination with senior-level officials within the national and local governments of Liberia, the multilateral and bilateral donor community, Liberian and international civil society organizations (NGOs and PVOs), and members of the academic and scientific community. • Actively foster and facilitate USG interagency collaboration and cooperation. • Provide strategic, diplomatic and management support to Health Office staff working on community-based health activities, WASH, nutrition and risk communication. • Represent USAID/Liberia in meetings, technical working groups, seminars and conferences on community-based health, nutrition, risk communication, and hygiene and sanitation issues, locally, regionally and internationally. • In consultation with the Health Office Director, advise USAID/Liberia's Mission Director, Embassy staff, senior USAID/Washington personnel and technical offices and the Government of Liberia regarding community-based health, nutrition, WASH, and risk communication related issues affecting policy, strategic planning, technical direction, programming, activity design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, managing for results and other USAID program management matters. • Design health development activities to meet Mission strategic objectives, as needed. This includes preparing statements of work for program descriptions, requests for proposals/applications, action memos, decision memos, Congressional Notifications, etc. Participate actively in the procurement process, as needed, in consultation with the USAID/Liberia's Office of Acquisition and Assistance and other US government stakeholders. • Undertake other tasks, as required by the Health Officer Director, and which are consistent with the advisory, managerial and reporting requirements of this position. Supervisory Controls: The Senior Community Health Advisor is expected to demonstrate a high level of independence, professionalism, judgment and responsibility. The Senior Community Health Advisor will report directly to the Health Office Director. Supervisory Duties: The Senior Community Health Advisor supervises one or more Foreign Service National Staff. The staffing pattern is currently being revisited as the USAID/Liberia program increases significantly in size due to an influx of post-Ebola emergency funding. A. Minimum Qualifications The applicant should meet the following requirements in education, work experience, interpersonal and management skills, and language and communication skills to be able to carry out the aforementioned duties and responsibilities: Required Qualifications: 1. Education and technical knowledge: i. Masters level or higher degree in health, health related science or a related field. ii. Knowledge of and expertise in at least one of the following fields: community heath, WASH, risk communication, nutrition, or other health development field relevant to USAID. iii. Demonstrated knowledge of development program administration and management. 2. Work Experience: i. Minimum 10 years in working in public health and/or science field. Must have field experience managing community health or related programs in a developing or an emerging economy country setting. Recent experience is West Africa is preferred. ii. Demonstrated experience in program strategic planning and management. iii. Demonstrated experience in leading and managing teams and exercising independent judgment. iv. Demonstrated experience producing high profile deliverables under tight deadlines. v. Demonstrated experience building partnerships with appropriate stakeholders in order to expand and deepen impact. vi. Demonstrated experience managing activities with comparable complexity and diversity; and demonstrated effectiveness in engaging all relevant stakeholders including other donors, NGOs, government counterparts, the private sector, etc. vii. Demonstrated strong problem solving and analytical skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment. 3. Interpersonal and management skills: i. Demonstrated strong management and organizational skills. ii. Demonstrated ability to interact with a broad range of internal and external partners. iii. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team environment. 4. Language and communication skills: i. Must be fluent in English and have proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. ii. Demonstrated ability to prepare briefing documents, presentations, program reports and correspondence in a professional and competent manner requiring little to no editorial changes (in English). iii. Demonstrated superior analytical, writing and oral presentation skills, preparation of contractual scopes of work, technical reports, and policy briefs. II. EVALUATION FACTORS Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on the following selection criteria: 1) Education and Technical Knowledge (15 points): Masters level or higher degree in health, health related science or a related field; knowledge of and expertise in at least one of the following fields: community health, hygiene and sanitation, nutrition, demand creation, risk communication or other health development field relevant to USAID programs; and demonstrated knowledge of development program administration and management. 2) Work Experience (30 points): Minimum 10 years in working in public health and/or science field including field experience managing community health programs in a developing or an emerging economy country setting; demonstrated experience in program strategic planning and management; demonstrated experience in leading and managing teams and exercising independent judgment. Experience in West Africa is strongly preferred. In addition, the following demonstrated experience is necessary: a. Demonstrated experience producing high profile deliverables under tight deadlines b. Demonstrated experience building partnerships with appropriate stakeholders in order to expand and deepen impact c. Demonstrated experience managing activities with comparable complexity and diversity; and demonstrated effectiveness in engaging all relevant stakeholders including other donors, NGOs, government counterparts, the private sector, etc. d. Demonstrated strong problem solving and analytical skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment. 3) Interpersonal and Management Skills (40 points): Demonstrated strong management and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to interact with a broad range of internal and external partners. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team environment. 4) Communication (15 points): Must be fluent in English and have proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to prepare briefing documents, presentations, program reports and correspondence in a professional and competent manner requiring little to no editorial changes (in English). Demonstrated superior analytical, writing and oral presentation skills, preparation of contractual scopes of work, technical reports, and policy briefs. Maximum Points Available: 100 At USAID's discretion, reference checks and interviews may be conducted as part of the selection process. 1. TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for two years, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-14 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. 2. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).  Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing.  Post Allowance (Section 220).  Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).  Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).  Education allowance (Section 270).  Educational Travel (Section 280).  Post differential (Chapter 500).  Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS:  Employee's FICA Contribution  Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance  Pay Comparability Adjustment  Annual Increase  Eligibility for Worker's Compensation  Annual & Sick Leave  Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less 97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts 97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services 97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract 96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave 96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs 96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 14 94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) 93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Standard Form 171 **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62). **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or **4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **5. Finger Print Card (FD-258). Note: Form 5 is available from the requirements office. _____________ *Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas). **The forms listed 2 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-612), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices). b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester Browne Deputy Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Email: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.

Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor, USAID/Liberia

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published January 5, 2016  -  Deadline January 26, 2016
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SOL-669-16-000003 ISSUANCE DATE: January 5, 2016 CLOSING DATE: January 26, 2016 SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC) "Local Hire" for Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor, USAID/Liberia To All Interested Applicants The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications (Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - Form AID 302-3) from qualified U.S. Citizens resident in Liberia or Eligible Family Member (EFM) interested to provide services for Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor under a Personal Services Contract, as described in the attached solicitation. The place of performance for this position is Monrovia, Liberia. Submissions to this solicitation shall be in accordance with the attached information, at the place and time specified. Email submissions shall be sent to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be considered. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. USAID/Liberia will not consider an extension to the submission deadline for this procurement. Any questions or comments regarding this solicitation should be in writing and directed to sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Phone calls or e-mail to any address other than the one specified in this solicitation will not be accepted. Sincerely, Barnett Chessin Supervisory Executive Officer USAID/Liberia USAID/Liberia Mailing Address: 8800 Monrovia Pl Dulles, VA 20189 ATTACHMENT 1: Solicitation 1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-16-000003 2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 5, 2016 3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: January 26, 2016 4PM Local time 4. POSITION TITLE: Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor, USAID/Liberia 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION (Base Pay): GS-13. ($73,115.00 - $95,048.00). Salary is not negotiable beyond this range. Salary to be paid within this grade will depend on experience, qualifications, and salary history. The standard compensation package also includes a contribution for life and health insurance and a contribution to FICA. 6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year, to start on or about March 1, 2016 with the possibility of extensions. Extensions will depend on the need for continuation of such services, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance. 7. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U. S. Citizen resident in Liberia or Eligible Family Member (EFM) only. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Based in Monrovia, Liberia 9. JOB DESCRIPTION: 1. Overview: Since the end of Liberia's civil war in the fall of 2003, USAID's programs have been instrumental in aiding the transition from relief and reconstruction. USAID/Liberia has shifted its emphasis to sustainable development, with programs that concentrate on establishing a stable democracy, changing the culture of impunity, systematic corruption and poor governance, closing severe gaps in access to quality education and health care, expanding economic opportunity through agricultural enterprise and natural resources management, and helping to rebuild essential infrastructure and sources of renewable energy. USAID is the largest bilateral donor in the country and maintains close relationships with a range of Government of Liberia counterparts. The Mission's development program focuses resources in four technical areas - Economic Growth, Health, Education and Democracy, Rights & Governance, which are supported by four support offices - Program and Project Development, Acquisition & Assistance, Financial Management and Executive. The Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor is located in the Mission's Program and Project Development Office. 2. Functions of the Position: Located in USAID/Liberia's Program and Project Development (PPD) Office, the Environmental Compliance, Science and Technology Advisor serves as a U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC) or Eligible Family member (EFM) who supports: i) the management of the Mission's environmental compliance activities; ii) the integration of USAID's Global Development Lab initiatives, in response to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), into the Mission's longer-term development portfolio; and iii) the coordination of the U.S. Government's (USG) interagency health activities with a primary focus on the implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The principal responsibility of the incumbent is working to ensure the successful implementation of mandatory environmental assessments as well as environmental compliance monitoring and reporting for all activities in the USAID/Liberia portfolio. USAID/Liberia intends to recruit for a Foreign Service National (FSN) Environmental Compliance Specialist to serve as the Mission Environmental Officer (MEO). The Advisor will work closely with the Environmental Compliance Specialist to assist that individual to come fully up to speed on the requirements of the position. Both of them will coordinate with the Deputy MEO as well as with the Mission Environmental Compliance Team (comprised of representatives from technical and support offices) to fulfill monitoring and reporting responsibilities on environmental compliance for USAID/Liberia's health; infrastructure; agriculture; natural resources management; democracy, rights and governance; education and other programs. In order to ensure prudent environmental management and compliance, he/she works closely with all Contracting/Agreement Officer's Representatives (COR/AOR) and their alternates, activity managers, Team Leaders and Office Directors. The incumbent develops and maintains professional contacts in both the public and private sectors, including Government of Liberia (GOL) officials, implementing partners, consultants, non-governmental organizations, and other relevant development partners in Liberia. Secondary responsibilities for the Advisor include working closely with the Global Development Lab's Ebola Response Technical Advisor (ERTA) and PPD's Team Leader for Planning and Resource Management to coordinate Lab-funded and USAID/Liberia-funded activities that relate to the utilization of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). In addition, the Advisor will assist with the implementation of the GHSA by supporting the coordination of the GHSA-related activities of USAID/Liberia and other U.S. Government agencies. Under the supervision of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer in the Knowledge and Implementation Management Team in PPD, the Advisor shall fulfill the following duties (60%): • Advising Teams, Activity Managers and CORs/AORs, Operating Unit heads and, as needed, Mission Management on: (1) how best to comply with USAID's Environmental Procedures over life of the project, including effective monitoring of partner implementation of the environmental mitigation measures required by Initial Environmental Examinations (IEEs) and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) and (2) how to obtain additional environmental expertise to assist in compliance with USAID's mandatory environmental procedures when needed. • Through DO Team Leaders, ensure that A/CORs, COs and Acquisition staff are applying the Environmental Compliance Language (ECL)ADS 204 Help Document to all new solicitations and awards, especially the requirements for development, budgeting, implementation and monitoring of Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plans (EMMPs). • Draft environmental documentation, or help identify technical drafting services, when needed for complex IEEs and EAs. The incumbent will work closely with members of the Environmental Compliance Team as they support these functions within their Teams. In addition, s/he will maintain a log tracking the status of environmental documentation for the Mission's portfolio to support reporting functions, as well as the other responsibilities enumerated herein. • Advising implementing partners on how to ensure compliance with the environmental threshold decisions and monitoring and mitigation measures pertaining to their projects. • Serving as the Mission Point of Contact with the Bureau Environmental Officers and Regional Environmental Advisors until such time as a full-time MEO has been recruited and is able to perform the full range of duties of the position. • Conducting occasional training of implementing partner and Mission staff on implementation of 22 CFR 216 and environmentally sound project design and management. • Reviewing quality and completeness of all 22 CFR 216 documents. All Mission 22 CFR 216 documents must be cleared by the MEO; the incumbent and deputy MEO will clear these documents in the absence of a full-time MEO. These documents include Initial Environmental Examinations (IEE), Requests for Categorical Exclusions (RCE), Environmental Screening Form and Environmental Review and Reports (ESF/ERRs), Environmental Assessment Scoping Statements (EASS), Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plans (PERSUAP), Water Quality Assurance Plans (WQAP), IEE or EA Amendments or other documents developed in fulfillment of 22 CFR 216 requirements. • Serving as USAID/Liberia's principal expert on environmental compliance monitoring of all projects covering a range of technical areas including: health, infrastructure, agriculture, natural resources management, democracy and governance, education and other cross-cutting areas. The incumbent will work closely with AORs/CORs and their alternates, discussing any compliance issues and accompanying them on regular site visits. Site visits will be documented with a site visit report that details compliance issues, if any, and recommendations for corrective actions. Based on monitoring experience, the incumbent develops environmental monitoring checklists for different technical sectors and a tracking log for projects and activities. • Preparing a quarterly monitoring report that summarizes the quarter's site visits, compliance issues and recommended corrective actions. In addition, the report documents the implementation of previous quarters' corrective actions until resolved. • Ensuring that "best practices" for environmental compliance and environmentally sound project design and management are documented and shared within and outside the Mission. Under the supervision of the Team Leader for Planning and Resource Management in PPD, the Advisor shall fulfill the following duties (30%): • Support current initiatives and the development of new opportunities in the areas of digital payments, connectivity/inclusion, and data system harmonization. • Liaise with USAID/Liberia's technical teams and the ERTA to ensure that Lab-funded ICT investments and USAID/Liberia ICT investments are integrated and support the implementation of the Mission's Country Development Cooperation Strategy (FY 2013 - 2017). • Facilitate the transition of Ebola-funded ICT programs into sustainable longer-term digital development activities to be funded by the Mission or other parties. • Serve as AOR or Activity Manager for Mission-funded digital development activities. • Provide support to and serve as the USAID/Liberia coordination point of contact on behalf of the Embassy Monrovia Interagency Health Working Group (HWG). • Facilitate/support HWG meetings and ensure the free flow of information and program documentation. • Assist HWG represented agencies in reporting to and coordinating with agency headquarters units. • Synthesize and disseminate HWG input into reporting products. Under the supervision of the Team Leader for Planning and Resource Management in PPD, the Advisor shall fulfill the following duties (10%): • Participate in USAID/Liberia program design and planning activities as appropriate including strategy development, portfolio reviews, program design, cross-cutting and special projects, technical evaluation committees, etc. 3. Minimum Qualifications a. Education: A Bachelor's degree, from any recognized university, in environmental science, environmental management, environmental engineering or other closely related field, is required. A graduate degree (Master's or doctorate) in one of the above listed disciplines is preferred. b. Prior Work Experience: Five-seven years of increasingly responsible relevant work experience, three of which must be in an environmental monitoring and/or evaluation position. Must have a proven track record of professional involvement and achievements, particularly in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and environmental compliance monitoring. Demonstrated program management skills and experience managing professionals of multidisciplinary backgrounds. Experience developing environmental procedures and guidelines is strongly desirable. Experience in designing projects, contract and grants management and budget development and management is desirable. c. Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) oral and written English is required d. Job Knowledge: Knowledge of Liberian and other development institutions working in Liberia is required. The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of environmental problems, policies and constraints that can be applicable in Liberia. Genuine understanding of sustainable policy and strategic options that consider socio-economic, environmental and cultural aspects is critical as is a working familiarity with current international "best practices" and Liberia-appropriate models for environmental assessment, mitigation and monitoring. Knowledge of the work of other donor agencies in Liberia with respect to environmental management activities is a plus. Incumbent must be able to write analytical reports on environmental compliance and monitoring issues. e. Skills and Abilities: Must have strong analytical skills. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels within the US government's Liberia Mission, as well as with national and local GOL institutions, and the private sector. The ability to develop and maintain mid- to senior-level contacts with GOL and USG officials, the private sector and NGO representatives is required. Must be able to clearly and diplomatically provide technical and policy guidance to project managers and contractors as and when needed. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is required professional competency, both written and oral. 4. Selection Criteria Applicants meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and obtained through reference checks. Following are the evaluation criteria for this position: a. Education Background (10 points) b. Work Experience (30 points) c. Job Knowledge (30 points) d. Skills and Abilities (30 points) INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an (Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - Form AID 302-3),, cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices). b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester Browne Supervisory Executive Specialist USAID/Liberia Email: sbrowne@usaid.gov and kpaudel@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. NOTE: attachments to an e-mail must not exceed 3 MB. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).  Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing.  Post Allowance (Section 220).  Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).  Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).  Education allowance (Section 270).  Educational Travel (Section 280).  Post differential (Chapter 500).  Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS:  Employee's FICA Contribution  Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance  Pay Comparability Adjustment  Annual Increase  Eligibility for Worker's Compensation  Annual & Sick Leave  Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less 97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts 97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services 97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract 96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave 96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs 96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 14 94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) 93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Form AID 302-3 **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62). **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or **4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **5. Finger Print Card (FD-258). Note: Form 5 is available from the requirements office. _____________ *Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas). **The forms listed 2 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job.

Senior Education

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published June 6, 2016
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1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-16-000007 2. ISSUANCE DATE: May 23, 2016 3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME: June 14, 2016, 4:30 pm Local Time, Monrovia, Liberia 4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Education Advisor 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION: The position is the equivalent of a GS-15 ranging from $102,626 to $133,443 per annum. Final compensation will be based on the individual's salary and work history, experience and educational background, within the above salary range. 6. EVALUATION FACTORS: Evaluation will be based on a 100-point Scale: Experience (30 Points), Technical knowledge and abilities (40 Points),Written communication (20) and Education (10 Points). 7. Period of performance: A base of one (1) year with an option of a one-year extension. Exercise of option will depend on a continuing need for services, availability of funds and satisfactory or better performance. 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Monrovia, Liberia 9. SECURITY ACCESS: Secret Clearance (USPSCs) and Facility Access (TCNPSCs) 10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens or Third Country Nationals 11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: BACKGROUND: USAID/Liberia's Education Office supports development goals and objectives as set out in USAID's 2013-2017 Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) under the Development Objective "Better Educated Liberians" (DO4). USAID aims to increase educational achievement in Liberia by improving the educational opportunities provided to Liberian children, youth, and young adults. USAID seeks to address the critical shortage of qualified teachers, as well as strengthen institutional capacity, which is necessary to support teachers. Long standing impacts from the 14-year civil war, compounded by the recent school closure due to the Ebola Viral Disease outbreak continue to take a toll on the fragile education system. After nearly 14 years of peace, Liberia is still in the process of rebuilding its educational system and remains significantly behind most other African countries in nearly all education statistics. The ability to make headway in reversing declines in Liberia's education system is further challenged by frequent turnover of key policy and technical staff within the Ministry of Education. The key donor-partners active in the education sector include the European Union, UNICEF, World Bank, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Food Program and the Open Society Foundation (OSF). With contributions exceeding those of all the other partners combined, USAID is the largest donor in the sector. USAID's recent education programs focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning in early grade reading and math, and increasing equitable access to safe learning opportunities for girls and for youth who missed out on education due to postwar reconstruction and a weak education system. USAID is helping rebuild the curricula, teaching and management staff, instructional and learning resources, data systems and policy environment essential to providing quality basic education services to all Liberians. For more information about USAID/Liberia and its Education Programs, please see: https://www.usaid.gov/liberia USAID/Liberia's Education Office (EO) Overview: USAID EO is currently putting in place new activities to achieve its CDCS DO4; "Better Educated Liberians" and the Quality, Access and Governance Project. These activities fit the Liberian political and developmental environment and contribute directly to the goals of USAID's Education Strategy. The CDCS identifies staffing needs for the EO to implement a range of programming in educational strengthening and reform at both the basic and higher education levels. These are aimed to improve access equitable access to education, increase school enrollment, improve the quality of education, and enhance education sector governance and management. The EO is working towards meeting identified staffing needs in the CDCS and for the DO4 activities. Current staffing is capped at eight full-time persons. The staffing plan includes: • Education Office Director (EOD) and Deputy Education Office Director (DEOD)• Senior Education Advisor• Local staff of five including four education specialists and one project assistant The EO portfolio is in a period of transition. Flagship programs in teacher training and girls' education have closed while the youth program is coming to a close. The team is entering an intense period of activity design that will set the course for the portfolio over the next 3-5 years. Government counterparts have issued new policy priorities and are eager to see tangible improvements in the education sector before elections take hold in 2017. As the largest bilateral donor in Liberia, USAID exercises strong leadership in coordinating donor responses to the Government's engagement in education. To program resources effectively in shifting internal and external contexts, it is essential that the EO team be organized appropriately, staffed with qualified personnel, and has an effective division of responsibility. The team needs a strategic approach to making design decisions and engaging in a reorganization process.11. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Senior Education Advisor will serve primarily as one of the Mission's senior technical and policy analysts in this sector. S/he will provide senior-level technical support to the Education Office. S/he will bring state-of-the-art knowledge and international best practices of education policy, strategy, programming and impact measurement, and be able to apply these to the team's portfolio. S/he will also be expected to coordinate with the Mission's other DO/Technical Office teams to identify opportunities to maximize synergies across portfolios. The incumbent will liaise with host government partners, other donors, and implementing partners, and the Global Partnership for Education and represent the EO in events sponsored by USAID development partners, including conferences, workshops, donor subgroup meetings and other relevant meetings on education. The Senior Education Advisor will contribute to mentoring staff in the EO and represent USAID with a diverse set of education stakeholders. The Advisor will use her/his professional experience to promote collaboration and mutual accountability within USAID Liberia, with senior Liberian government officials and other stakeholders. As such, the incumbent is expected to exercise a high level of professional judgment on technical and political sensitivities make recommendations to the EO Director and other USAID Mission senior leadership. The position will be highly visible and a key component of broader US government efforts to advance objectives in Education. S/he advises the Senior Management team to help with the Education program's budgeting, planning, design, procurement, implementation, evaluation and monitoring, reporting, and activity management efforts. The Senior Education Advisor may serve as Acting Office Director during his/her absence. In the absence of EOD and Deputy the Advisor may directly supervise and provide activity management and planning guidance to the EO team. S/he reports to the Education Office Director. 1. Technical and Policy Adviser (40%) The incumbent is expected to serve as a senior and trusted technical and policy adviser to the EOD. This includes, but is not limited to: • Supporting the EO in planning, designing, implementing and monitoring activities under the education portfolio in order to achieve a high level of excellence in program impact and cost-effectiveness • Reviewing USAID and other donor activities in education to ensure maximum coordination and leverage for USAID policy initiatives• Supporting the EOD to cultivate contacts with other education donors and implementing partners the Liberia with respect to best practices in planning, implementing, managing and monitoring education activities • Playing an active role in the ESDC and serving as the chief liaison to the GPE; thus playing a pivotal role in the effective management of donor resources directed to improving education and educational facilities in Liberia• Advising the EOD and other senior Mission management on political, economic and social developments affecting education and educational development in Liberia• Serving as one of the USG's principal liaisons with the Liberia Minister of Education and education counterparts 2. Program Monitoring, Reporting, and Budgeting (30%)The incumbent supports the EO's evaluation and budgeting requirements by providing advice as follows:• In coordination with the Program and Financial Management Offices, ensure that correct funding levels and appropriate expenditures are maintained and accounted for; that funds are used appropriately and within budgetary limits; and prepare budget analyses for activity monitoring and reporting• Advises and collaborates closely with the EO staff in estimating budgetary requirements, following-up and evaluating the results of education activities • Designing or directing appropriate research activities to collect information from a variety of sources. Prepare factual, statistical, and analytical reports, on the effectiveness of education, both written and oral • Advises the EOD M&E Education Specialist about measurement of the education programs' progress against established goals and objectives in the Mission Strategy and the Education Program Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP), and updates the PMP as required. Aids in drafting responses to incoming EO queries and requests, ensuring Mission clearance and timely responses 3. Program Management and Oversight (30%)As appropriate, the Senior Education Advisor is expected to play a major role related to the conceptualization, design, documentation, and/or management of education activities. This includes but is not limited to:• Serving as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), Agreement Officer's Representative (AOR) or as an alternate COR or alternate AOR to provide project management, oversight, and support • Drafting and finalizing scopes of work, budgets, and scheduling of technical assistance for EO portfolio activities • Ensuring timely and systematic submission of reports, preparing oral and written reports, and keeping the EOD informed of activity status • Reviewing all activity reports and collaborating with A/COR to take action, including recommending activity evaluations, modifications, measures to rectify implementation problems or to improve monitoring and reporting • Identifying existing and potential problem areas and propose specific actions to resolve them after consulting with appropriate Mission staff and contractors/grantees• Supporting EOD to cultivate contacts with other education donors and implementing partners in Liberia with respect to best practices in planning, implementing, managing and monitoring education activities within compliance with established strategies and regulations • Advises other A/CORs and the Contracting Officer to ensure that all EO activity procurement actions are coordinated in a timely fashion with contractors/grantees 12. POSITION ELEMENTS The Senior Education Advisor will handle all assigned work either independently or, as required, as part of the teams identified above, according to established Mission policies, practices and programmatic guidance, and in accordance with all applicable USAID regulations and guidance as provided in the USAID ADS and elsewhere. The Senior Education Advisor is expected to make independent judgments that can be defended as necessary. As a highly qualified professional, substantial reliance is placed on the employee to independently plan and carry out the specific activities entailed in fulfilling major duties and responsibilities. The employee will resolve problems that arise by determining the approaches to be taken and methodologies to be used, developing, coordinating, and clearing proposed solutions with all necessary parties, and taking appropriate actions necessary to resolve the problem. a. Supervision Received/Exercised: The Senior Education Advisor will work under the general supervision and policy guidance of the Education Director or his/her designee. The Education Director or his/her designee will review and approve the Senior Education Advisor's work plan and performance measures. Supervision will be generally confined to weekly staff meetings and scheduled biweekly consultations. In carrying out specific assignments, the Senior Education Advisor will consult and work closely with the Liberian government, international donors and their implementing partners. The Senior Education Advisor will also work closely with senior USG officials in Liberia and with USAID headquarters and the Department of State. As Senior Education Advisor, he/she will collaborate with members of other technical and support offices in the Mission, as well as other USG agencies and implementing partners who will implement the full range of USAID/LIBERIA's programs over a strategy period. The Senior Education Advisor may serve as Acting EOD during the absence of a US Direct Hire officer. In the absence of the EOD, the Advisor may directly supervise or provide activity management and planning guidance to the EO team. b. Available Guidelines: The incumbent is required to understand and analyze Mission and Agency-specific policies and procedures which govern implementation of educational development activities, in addition to the USAID/LIBERIA established administrative operating procedures, policies and formats. The incumbent will be required to be proactive in keeping abreast of evolving guidelines and policies which affect overall support to educational reform within the Liberia Mission; including but not limited to the Automated Directives System (ADS), Mission Orders, Mission Notices, USG Procurement regulations, and USAID and State Program Strategy and Policy Documents. The incumbent will be required to follow mandatory guidelines in ADS 103.3.1.1 on the delegation of roles and responsibilities to USPSCs. c. Decision Making /Exercise in Judgment: At the full performance level, it is expected that the incumbent will exercise considerable independence and decision making authority in carrying out duties, subject to final review by the Education Director d. Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent will have no independent authority to commit U.S. Government (USG) Mission funds. e. Nature, Level and Purpose of Contacts: Contacts are with senior management within USAID, high-level government officials in Liberia, government officials from other countries as appropriate, consultants, contractors, grantees, or business executives f. Complexity: Analyzes inter-related issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of individual contracts, grants and cooperative agreements. Develops detailed plans, goals, and objectives for the long-range implementation and administration of the education program, and/or develops criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the program. Decisions concerning design, planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating individual educational development activities are complicated by the difficulty of operating in a politically sensitive country. Coordination of several grantees and contractors requires in depth knowledge of the educational background, capabilities and interests of the government of Liberia 13. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is at times physically demanding. During site visits, there may be some additional physical exertion; including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain or the carrying of moderately heavy material. 14. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Travel within Liberia is required. The Senior Education Advisor will be required to prepare and provide reports as required to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities described above. The Senior Education Advisor will also provide in writing such reports on work progress or advice on education issues as may be required from time-to-time by Senior Mission Management or other senior USAID officials. The Senior Education Advisor will also submit in-country trip reports on all travel performed during the contract period. The Senior Education Advisor will maintain contact and interact technically and professionally in a highly collaborative manner with a wide range of parties, including high level officials in Liberia, and other international organizations; senior officials of Liberian government ministries; and experts provided under assistance programs sponsored by non-governmental organizations and foreign government donors. The Senior Education Advisor may also be required to interact with officials of other USG agencies involved in education endeavors. The Senior Education Advisor will also closely coordinate with the Mission's other technical offices and Program Office on all matters of mutual programmatic interest. In the absence of EOD and the Deputy, the Advisor may directly supervise or provide activity management and planning guidance to the EO team. 15. START DATE: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained. 16. POINT OF CONTACT: See Cover Letter. 17. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SELECTION CRITERIA: 1. Education (10 points): The successful candidate must have at least a Bachelor Degree in education, international relations, or a related field. An advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in international education, international relations, African regional studies, or a related field is desirable but not required. 2. Work Experience (30 points): a) A minimum of 10 years work experience in educational development, training, African development, or a related area, preferably working for an international donor organization with programs fostering development of education, is required. b) A minimum of 10 years of progressive levels of authority and responsibility managing programs, resources and personnel in overseas, developing country settings. c) A minimum of five years of experience in strategic planning and education program design, program planning and budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation of education and training activities is required.d) Experience resolving problems in a team context, while maintaining an aggressive work pace, in order to produce results under intense scrutiny is strongly preferred.e) Experience and familiarity with Africa, and sensitivity to sociocultural aspects bearing on education within an African context is strongly preferred. 3. Technical Knowledge and Abilities (40 points):a) Demonstrated ability to provide oversight of large complex activities that are implemented under challenging social and political conditions, in particular education projects.b) Demonstrated ability to function with minimal supervision to address complex and challenging interagency and political dynamics is required.c) Experience-based knowledge of USAID educational design, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge of USAID budgetary and procurement processes and property management principles in a developing country context, preferably with an international donor organization.d) Demonstrated analytical and independent decision-making skills in demanding work environments.e) Knowledge of USAID management and monitoring systems is preferred.f) Demonstrated expertise and knowledge of education systems, methods, models and approaches is desirable. Demonstrated ability to lead systemic planning and to establish realistic benchmarks, milestones, and intermediate and terminal project targets is desirable. g) Knowledge and experience in the design, implementation and/or evaluation of development programs that have improved basic education h) Ability to creatively identify, propose and win support of major stakeholders to solve complex issues and to work collaboratively. 4. Communication Skills (20 points)(a) Ability to engage in discussions with government officials, other donors, international implementers, non-governmental organizations, U.S. Embassy and USAID officials.b) Demonstrated skills in facilitating meetings and making oral presentations logically and persuasively to senior officials and partners in a multi-cultural context.c) Demonstrated skills in communicating quickly, clearly, and concisely in both speech and writing. Maximum Points Available: 100. 18. APPLYING: Qualified applicants are requested to submit: A. Most current Curriculum Vitae or Resume;B. Completed and signed AID Form 302-3 (Offeror Information for PersonalServices Contracts), which can be found at the followingWebsite: https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1866/a302-3.doc;C. Three references, who are not blood-related, with telephone and e-mail contacts;D. Brief appendix to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training address the minimumQualifications and Selection Criteria shown in the solicitation. Applications must be received by the closing date and time as specified in the Solicitation. TERM OF PERFORMANCE The base term of the contract will be for one year, which may be extended upon mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. This position has been classified as equivalent to a GS-15 position in the USG Civil Service. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. In addition to the basic salary, differentials and other benefits in effect at the time and which are applicable and subject to change on a similar basis as for direct-hire USG employees, will be added. 1. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance including Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits. 1. ALLOWANCES: as applicable.*  Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120). Living quarters allowance (Section 130) or government furnished housing. Post Allowance (Section 220). Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230). Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260). Education allowance (Section 270). Educational Travel (Section 280). Post differential (Chapter 500). Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600), and 2. BENEFITS: Employee's FICA Contribution Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance Pay Comparability Adjustment Annual Increase Eligibility for Worker's Compensation Annual & Sick Leave Access to Embassy medical facilities, and pouch mail service Note: If a US citizen, the Contractor's salary will be subject to employee's FICA and Medicare contribution. FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes. 3. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) Pertaining to PSCs. 97- 16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Completion for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract96-19 U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook 1494-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contracts (PSCs)93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements under a Personal Services Contract (PSC) List of Required Forms for PSCs 1. Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - (AID Form 302-3) **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62). **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or**4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85).**5. Finger Print Card (FD-258).Note: Form 5 is available from the requirements office. _____________*Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).**The forms listed 2 thru 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job. INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: All Applicants must address how they meet the Minimum Qualifications, as described below: a. Submit a fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts - (AID Form 302-3), cover letter and a current resume/curriculum vita (CV) containing the following information which clearly demonstrates your education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the evaluation criteria. Forms are available at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or internet http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/formslibrary.do?formType=ALL or at Federal offices).b. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID Form 1420-17) All applications packages are to be submitted to: Sylvester BrowneDeputy Executive SpecialistUSAID/LiberiaEmail: sbrowne@usaid.gov and amangou@usaid.gov Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application. Any attachments provided via email shall be Microsoft Word or PDF and should not be zipped. Note that attachments to email must not exceed 3 MB.
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