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Solicitation for Resident Hire U.S. and Third Country National Personal Services Contractor (U.S./TCN PSC) Resilience Advisor – Somalia, GS-14

Background/Introduction

USAID/Somalia seeks to contract a U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC) to serve as the USAID/Somalia Mission’s Resilience Advisor who will facilitate broad support to mobilize household resilience efforts that utilize USAID development and humanitarian funding.

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Somalia faces recurring droughts and other weather-related calamities, together with conflict induced insecurity. This has put a significant portion of the population under duress, necessitating large international humanitarian interventions. Building household resilience will help the Somali people deal with these crises. The Resilience Advisor will provide intellectual leadership across the Mission’s resilience-related activities and provide technical guidance and administrative support to help manage and increase impact of activities that build resilience of Somali households.

S/he is expected to help align the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of resilience-related projects/activities as part of the ‘whole of Mission’ resilience investments. This will include serving as an Agreement/Contract Officer Representative (AOR/COR) for activities related to resilience. The Resilience Advisor will play a key role in resilience activity coordination among the broader donor community. S/he is expected to take a leadership role in resilience forums and working groups that link international partners and Somali government counterparts. S/he will also serve as a link to the USAID Center for Resilience in Washington.

The assignment may require occasional travel to Somalia depending on the need and security conditions in adherence to Mission standard operating procedures.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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Under the direct supervision of the EG Office Chief or designee, the duties and responsibilities of the Resilience Advisor include:

Resilience Coordination and Related Duties

The Resilience Advisor serves as a technical thought leader on resilience issues for USAID/Somalia. This includes facilitating the sequencing, layering, and integration of multiple development and humanitarian efforts within targeted geographies to improve household, community and national resilience. S/he provides guidance on resilience programming, cross-sectoral integration of resilience concepts, and current USAID policy. S/he will serve as a manager (AOR/COR) for resilience coordination and learning activities. As a senior member of the team, the Resilience Advisor is responsible for supporting the development of annual work plans, implementation, and evaluation and monitoring of programming that supports resilience as appropriate. S/he serves as the lead for collaboration, learning, and adaptation efforts. S/he also develops training materials and provides training to Mission staff and implementing partners on integrating resilience concepts in project design and implementation.

Technical Specialist Representational and Other Duties

Working in close collaboration with USAID’s other development and humanitarian offices, the Resilience Advisor serves as a convener and mobilizer for resilience activities. In doing so, the s/he ensures that projects/activities utilize good technical practices and innovative solutions to ensure efficient, effective, and meaningful results are attained in accordance with Agency standards and following best practices and procedures. The Resilience Advisor monitors and evaluates both directly managed or supported resilience projects/activities with an eye towards learning and constant improvement, and works in close collaboration with the other specialists in the Mission to seek complementarity among projects/activities. This includes working with third-party monitoring agents to capture resilience program impact. S/he prepares or contributes to high quality internal and external reporting and communications as required related to activities that support resilience, such as success stories and USAID and inter-agency planning and programming documents.

The Resilience Advisor plays a leading role in fostering and managing relationships with other donors, implementing partners, Somali government counterparts, and other stakeholders, in resilience activities, and for providing technical guidance as appropriate. S/he will promulgate good technical resilience programming practices developed by the USAID Center for Resilience, other USAID Missions, and other international and local partners. The Resilience Advisor represents USAID at official partner and coordination meetings and events and provides written reporting as appropriate. S/he coordinates VIP and other TDYs related to personally managed and Office-wide activities, as required. The Resilience Advisor participates in strategy development and financial analysis with other team and office staff. S/he will also serve as a link to the USAID Center for Resilience in Washington, serving as a conduit for good practices and lessons learned related to resilience.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

The incumbent must meet the following requirements in education and professional experience:

Education: Holds or will hold a graduate degree (Masters or higher) at the start of contract in a relevant area such as international development, social sciences, or agriculture.

Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible management experience with a USG entity, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in resilience, community development, humanitarian assistance or economic development, during which there must be a:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of overseas field experience working on programs related to resilience within a complex operating environment;
  • Minimum of one (1) year of supervisory experience (including mentoring, training, and guiding staff).

Language Proficiency: Fluent (Level IV) verbal and written English communication skills are required.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. FAR provisions of this solicitation are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.

USAID policy specifies that U.S citizens or resident aliens (USNs) are preferred over third country nationals (TCNs). Therefore, USN and TCN offers will not be evaluated together. USAID will evaluate USN offers first and if the CO determines that there are no qualified USNs, only then will USAID evaluate TCN offers.

Prior work Experience: 30 points

The extent to which candidate has experience:

  • Managing programs that undertake clearly articulated resilience approaches.
  • Facilitating the design of multi-sectoral programs and/or organizational strategies that take a resilience approach.
  • Engaging in rural and urban resilience building activities.
  • Managing programs in fragile contexts with inaccessible areas of operation, such as in Somalia.
  • Delivering resilience-related trainings.

Knowledge: 35 points

The extent to which candidate has knowledge of:

  • Latest technical resilience measurement approaches.
  • Local systems approaches and localization efforts in drought and conflict prone areas.
  • The Somalia context and learning from past disasters in Somalia.
  • Design approaches, including coordination with other programs.
  • Diverse partner funding portfolios and their limitations in sequencing, layering and integrating their activities.
  • How resilience capacities that matter most have been built through various aid sectors.
  • Humanitarian principals and humanitarian funded resilience efforts, including in drought/conflict prone areas.

Abilities and Skills: 25 points

The extent to which candidate has the skill or ability to:

  • Articulate resilience concepts to various audiences, from basic to advanced.
  • Articulate strategies for successfully influencing USAID colleagues, and other donors, working in diverse sectors to mainstream resilience approaches in their work.
  • Interact respectfully and effectively with stakeholders, including colleagues, Somali partners, and marginalized Somali populations.
  • Create compelling, finished-product presentations, briefing documents, graphs, tables, multimedia and other communication tools.
  • Demonstrate the approach to organizing their daily workflow and prioritize an overabundance of potential tasks.
  • Articulate strategies to develop and maintain an extensive range of contacts with development partners, donors, and other stakeholders.

Language Proficiency: 10 points

The incumbent must have outstanding verbal and written English communication skills.

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – Pass/Fail (no points assigned)

Total Possible Points: 100

U.S. resident alien means a non-U.S. citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Offerform AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with individuals,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-309-2
  2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume (no more than five pages), cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, copies of all relevant certificates, and include three (3) referees, who are not family members or relatives, with working telephone and e-mail contacts.

Applications must be submitted electronically via email to nairobipscjobs@usaid.gov by the closing date and time indicated above.

To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission/cover letter.

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