Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is seeking offers from
qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) under
a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the solicitation.
Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified.
Offerors interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:
Your resume must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully
meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information must be clearly
identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your
qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.
NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS
AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT
All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data Universal
Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management
(SAM) database prior to receiving an award. You will be disqualified if you either fail to comply
with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list. The selectee will be
provided with guidance regarding this registration.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)
Bachelor’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, West African studies, or a related field or country; and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including four (4) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.
Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, West African studies, or a related field or country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including four (4) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.
(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)
This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
OFFEROR RATING SYSTEM
The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified
offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors must demonstrate the rating factors outlined
below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The
evaluation of writing tests will also take into consideration the quality of written responses.
Aspects of written responses including, but not limited to typos, grammatical errors, spelling
errors, and incomplete sentences will be factored into the evaluation process. The rating factors
are as follows:
Professional Experience (10 points):
the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and
transition, DRR, and resilience.
strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development,
and program management.
Skills and Abilities (10 points)
effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis
effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of
international humanitarian crisis situations.
effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at
senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with
Department of Defense, Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch
staff the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.
Leading Teams Experience (10 points)
working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.
including senior U.S. professionals, working in a constant state of in complex, international
Interview Performance (40 points)
Timed Writing Test (20 points)
Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (10 points)
Total Possible Points: 100
BASIS OF RATING
Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection
Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Offeror Rating System. Those offerors
determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and
satisfactory professional reference checks.
Offerors are required to address each factor of the Offeror Rating System in their resume,
describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they
have received as it pertains to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement
number at the top of each additional page. Failure to address the selection factors and/or Offeror
Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education,
training and/or awards.
The most qualified offerors may be interviewed and required to provide a writing sample. OFDA
will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Professional references and academic
credentials will be evaluated for offerors being considered for selection. Note: Please be advised
that references may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided
by an offeror. OFDA reserves the right to select additional offerors if vacancies become available
during future phase of the selection process.