USAID/SENEGAL PERSONAL SERVICE CONTRACTOR (US OR TCN PSC) FOR USAID/NIGER – HEALTH OFFICER
1. Solicitation Number: SOL-685-16-000024
2. Issuance Date: April 15, 2016
3. Closing Date/Time: 05/02/2016 at 17:00 p.m. (Senegal Time)
4. Position Title: HEALTH OFFICER
5. Market Value: GS 13 ($73,846- $96,004) Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate’s past salary history, work experience and educational background.
6. Organization Location of Position: USAID/Niger
7. Direct Supervisor: Country Representative
8. Supervisory Control: None
9. Period of Performance: A base of two (2) year with an option of three year extensions up to a maximum of 5 years.
(Exercise of option will depend on continuing need of services, availability of funds and satisfactory or better performance.).
10. Place of Performance: USAID/Niger
11. Security Access: The selected applicant must be able to obtain USAID Security and Medical clearances
12. Area of Consideration: U.S. Citizens/Third Country Nationals
13. Start Date: immediate upon receipt of security/medical clearances Statement of Work for a US/Third Country National Personal Services Contractor (PSC) Health Officer Education Officer, USAID/Niger
I – INTRODUCTION
USAID/Niger is seeking a Health Officer who will support the design, implementation and monitoring of its health programs. Niger offers the opportunity to address some of the greatest public health challenges of our time. USAID/Niger manages a dynamic health program that includes activities related to nutrition, resilience, family planning/reproductive health, maternal and child health and infectious disease. The Mission works closely with the Government of Niger, other donors, implementing partners and civil society. USAID/Niger works closely with Agency colleagues in Washington, DC and the region.
II – CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
The Health Officer will ensure the effective implementation of USAID’s health activities in Niger. In collaboration with other USAID/Niger technical staff and USAID’s regional health staff in Dakar and Accra, s/he will monitor the performance of USAID’s partners implementing health activities to ensure compliance with agreement requirements and project targets. S/he will ensure that these activities conform to USAID’s rule and regulations and are aligned with Government of Niger (GON) policies and international best practices. The Health Officer will represent USAID among key stakeholders active in the health arena in Niger. S/he will also ensure that USAID’s health activities are integrated within USAID’s wider resilience agenda and coordinated with other related programs in Niger.
III – SPECIFIC RESPONSABILITIES
1) Program Monitoring & Management (40 percent)
In close collaboration with USAID technical staff based in Niger and the region, the Health Officer will help monitor and manage USAID’s health programs in Niger. S/he will:
Monitor the performance of health activities through regular site visits, review of technical reports and regular interaction with implementing partners
Liaise with implementing partners to jointly identify solutions to program implementation challenges
Relay information related to program implementation to the AORs in Accra and Dakar, and implement actions recommended by USAID Agreement Officers and their representatives
Ensure that partners’ activities are aligned with GoN policies and international best practices
Ensure that USAID’s health activities are adequately tailored to the Nigerien context
Participate in review of annual workplans, monitoring and evaluation plans and technical reports
Participate in evaluations of health activities and ensure their inclusion in the regional learning agenda for resilience
2) Technical Assistance & Backstopping (30 percent)
● Participate in the design of new health programs, including the programming of new family planning resources within USAID’s resilience zone
● Consult, advise and mentor USAID FSN staff in health programming and Agency priorities and programming principles
● Advise/assist in planning of 2017 Demographic Health Survey (DHS)
● Strengthen data collection efforts for the Ouagadougou Partnership and Family Planning 2020
● Advise USAID on complex policy issues related to the implementation of health activities
● Provide technical input on GoN policies, guidelines and strategies, including the development of the GON’s Adolescent Reproductive Health Strategy
● Identify innovative approaches to improving the health of Nigeriens and participate in the execution and assessment of these activities
3) Representation & Coordination (30 percent)
● Develop/maintain relationships with USAID’s Sahel Regional Office in Dakar, Regional Health office in Accra and Global Health Bureau in Washington, D.C.
● Serve as USAID’s health representative by establishing and maintaining contacts with government representatives and community officials, including civil society organizations, implementing partners, cluster working groups (health, WASH & nutrition) and other NGOs.
● Maintain contact with senior management officials of the embassy, other USG agencies, bilateral and multilateral organizations and diplomatic missions
● Serve as USAID’s representative by establishing and maintaining contacts with high level officials of local government and international organizations, and representatives of civil society organizations, implementing partners, and NGOs
● Ensure USAID is appropriately represented at functions and meetings; and each stakeholder has an understanding, appreciation, ownership, and participation in USAID supported programs
IV – EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED /DESIRED FOR THE POSITION:
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 Required Minimum Qualifications, and Evaluation Factors. Additionally, interviews and writing samples may be requested. Applicants are encouraged to write a brief appendix to a resume, OF-612 to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training addresses the Required Minimum Qualifications and Evaluation Factors listed below:
a) REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in public health (MPH), Social Sciences, International Development and/ or in a related field
Work Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of health programs, with a preference for experience in the Sahel
Language: English and French language proficiency (FSI rating 3/3 or equivalent)
Skills Abilities and Knowledge: Demonstrated technical knowledge in public health, with a preference for family planning and reproductive health; Proven ability to represent and communicated US government positions with host government officials; Strong interpersonal, communication and team building skills
b) . EVALUATION CRITERIA:
Education (20 POINTS): a minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in public health (MPH), Social Sciences, International Development and/ or in related field Work Experience (30 POINTS) : a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of health programs. Preference given to experience in the Sahel and with US government programs.
Job Knowledge (25 POINTS): Expert knowledge on health, population and nutrition technical and programmatic issues required, with a preference for family planning and reproductive health. Knowledge of local health systems and US government program regulations and management requirements preferred.
Skills/Abilities (25 POINTS): Demonstrated managerial, administrative, analytical and decisionmaking abilities required. Ability to readily analyze, understand and discuss new program design, implementation and monitoring approaches. S/he must demonstrate ability to mentor local staff.
Strong interpersonal, communication and teambuilding skills also required. S/he must be able to represent and communicate US government positions with host government officials.
V. POSITION ELEMENTS
a) Supervision Received: The immediate supervisor will be the USAID Representative in USAID Niger’s Office. The supervisor sets the overall objectives and resources available. The incumbent has responsibility for independently planning, designing and carrying out programs, projects, studies or other work. The incumbent keeps the supervisor informed of progress and potentially controversial matters.
b) Supervisory relationship : The Health Officer will take direction from and will report to the AID Representative
c) Supervisory controls: During deployment, the supervisor at the USAID mission will set overall objectives and provide technical direction and day-to-day supervision. The employee and the supervisor together will develop deadlines, projects, and work to be accomplished. The incumbent is expected to take initiative, act independently, and manage her/his tasks with minimal supervision while remaining in line with agreed upon work plans and overall mission objectives
d) Available Guidelines: Guidelines are available in the form of USAID Auto Directive System (ADS), policy papers and determinations, and strategy papers. In performing the above duties, the incumbent will also be expected to rely on a variety of published material from government and analytical reports and assessments commissioned and/or conducted by donor organizations, international and national NGOs. The incumbent uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods or researching trends and patterns to develop new methods, criteria or proposed new policies.
e) Exercise of Judgment: To carry out major duties, the incumbent will be expected to exercise considerable professional judgment and acumen in the advice and direction given to officers within the Mission and to partners and stakeholders outside. S/he will exercise considerable judgment in the analysis and interpretation of data, particularly when published sources of data are unreliable. Decisions regarding what needs to be done include major areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, or interpretation and evaluation processes that result from such elements as continuing changes in program (level of funding), technological developments, unknown phenomena, or conflicting requirements. The work requires originating new techniques, establishing criteria or developing new information.
f) Authority to Make Commitments: Incumbent will be expected to serve as a representative of USAID and perform important liaison functions in highly substantive or sensitive matters, e.g., promoting USAID’s development strategy and aims.
g) Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: The incumbent is required to associate with, communicate with and maintain an extensive range of contacts with the Nigerien government officials, and regional organizations, and other bilateral and multi-lateral donors and international organizations, to further her/his responsibilities. S/he will be expected to maintain regular and substantive liaison with these contacts and on occasion, these dealings can be expected to involve sensitive matters. S/he must be able demonstrate effectiveness in presenting substantive issues to contacts particularly in relation to influencing important policy or organization changes that impact on the U.S. Mission sectoral interests. The purpose is to influence or motivate persons or groups.
The incumbent must be skillful in approaching them in order to obtain the desired effect, such as gaining acceptance and agreement with established policies and regulations by persuasion and negotiation.
V. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:
A base of two years with the option of up to three years extensions, for a total contract period not to exceed five years. Exercising the options to extend will depend on continuing need of services, availability of funds, and satisfactory or better performance.
Qualified individuals are requested to submit:
1. A U.S. Government Standard Form 171 or An A302.3 form (form can be found on this following link: https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1866/a302-3.doc or at the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/procurement- bus – opp/procurement/forms or internet http://fillform.gsa.gov, or at Federal offices)
2. A cover letter addressing how they meet the required qualifications for this position (see Qualification section of this Solicitation).
3. Three references, who are not family members or relatives, with telephone and email contacts;
4. Biographical Data Sheet – Form AID 1420.
Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter.
To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation
number on your application, and as the subject line in any cover letter. The highest ranking applicants
may be selected for an interview. USAID will not pay for any expenses that may be associated with the
This position is classified at a U.S. Government GS 13 ($73,846- $96,004)- The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate’s past salary history, work experience and educational background). Salary is not negotiable beyond this range. In addition, USAID/Niger is a post with a 30 percent differential and currently has a 10 percent COLA.
VIII. MEDICAL AND SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS
1. The successful applicant must receive medical clearance for serving in Niger. Details of how to obtain US Department of State Medical Unit medical clearance will be provided once a job offer is made and accepted.
2. The successful applicant must be able to receive USAID security clearance that involves applicant’s comprehensive background investigation performed by a US Government Agency.
The successful applicant must be able to report to post in Niamey, Niger to assume duties promptly upon medical and security clearances being granted.
IX. NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS:
All individuals contracted as PSCs are required to have a DUNS Number.
USAID will provide a generic DUNS Number and PSCs are not required to register with CCR.
For general information about DUNS Numbers, please refer to FAR Clause 52.204-6, Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number (10/2003)
http://acquisition.gov/comp/far/current/html/52 200 206.html#wpl137
All incomplete applications will be rejected
I. SUBMIT APPLICATION
All the above mentioned documents are REQUIRED and must be prepared in English and should be addressed to:
Attn.: Scott Spencer OR Papa Babacar Niowy Senghor
Executive Officer Human Resources Specialist
To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number in the application, and as the subject line in any cover letter and/or email, as well as using the address/delivery point specified in this solicitation.
For submission, email subject should be: USAID/Niger Education Officer Position
II. CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSTION: May 6, 2016
The US Mission in Senegal provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter or they will not be considered eligible for evaluation or award, unless the Contracting Officer determines that the documents were mishandled by the receiving agency or there is acceptable evidence to establish that it was received by the Government installation prior to the time and date specified in the solicitation. You are directed to Federal Acquisition Regulation, Part 15.208 “Submission, modification, revision, and withdrawal of proposals” for further information.
The position will be filled subject to availability of funds.
III. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSCS:
Forms outlined below can found at http://www.usaid.gov/business/business_opportunities/psc_solicitations.html
1. Standard Form A302.3
2. Standard Form 171 or Optional Form 612.
3. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62). **
4. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or **
5. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **
6. Finger Print Card (FD-258). **
**Forms 3 through 5 shall be completed only upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job.
IV. CONTRACT INFORMATION BULLETINS (CIBS)/ACQUISITION AND
ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVE (AAPDS) PERTAINING TO PSCS: CIBs/AAPDs contain changes to USAID policy and General Provisions in USAID regulations and contracts. Please refer to this website http://www.usaid.gov/business/business_opportunities/cib/subject.html#psc to determine which CIBs/AAPDs apply to this contract.
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a USPSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances: (NOTE: An individual defined as a Resident Hire employee may only be eligible for those benefits listed under item A below.)
Employee’s FICA Contribution
Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance
Pay Comparability Adjustment
Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation
Annual & Sick Leave
Access to Embassy medical facilities, commissary and pouch mail service
B. ALLOWANCES (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) Post Differential (Chapter 500)
(6) Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600) and
(7) Danger Pay (Section 650)
(8) Educational Allowance (Section 270)
(9) Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260)
(10) Educational Travel (Section 280)
*Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).
Security & Medical Clearances
The Contractor will be required to obtain a medical clearance prior to service overseas. Also, a temporary employment authorization security clearance must be initiated prior to travel to post of duty.
FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income taxes.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The US Mission in Senegal provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. USAID/Senegal also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.
The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.