Job Openings at the Embassy

SOLICITATION NUMBER:    72068519R00006
ISSUANCE DATE:                June 13, 2019
CLOSING DATE:                  July 4, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.  (Senegal time)

SUBJECT:     Solicitation for a U.S. Citizen /Third Country National Personal Service Contractor
(US/TCN PSC) – Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) Advisor – Burkina Faso

 Dear Prospective Offerors:

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from U.S. Citizens or Third Country Nationals (TCN) qualified to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation.

Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1, Sections I through VIII of this solicitation.  Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered.  Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records.

This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offers.

Any questions must be directed in writing to the Point of Contact specified in the attached information.

Enclosed: (PDF 940KB)

Sincerely,
Angela Williams-Bostic
Acting Supervisory Executive Officer

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION
SOLICITATION NO.: 72068519R10007
TO: Interested Candidates
ISSUANCE DATE: May 28, 2019
CLOSING DATE: June 10, 2019
POSITION TITLE:  USAID Development Assistance Specialist (Policy/G2G)
MARKET VALUE: Salary equivalent to grade FSN-10 equivalent, in accordance with

AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Senegal. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  The services provided under this contract are expected to be of a continuing nature that will be executed by USAID through a series of sequential contracts, subject to mutual agreement between the Contracting Officer and the Contractor, availability of funds, the continuing needs of the position and satisfactory job performance.
PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Dakar, Senegal
SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  Facility access

 

  1. STATEMENT OF DUTIES – FSN-10 level

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

Under the auspices of the Program Office (PRM), the incumbent contributes to USAID/Senegal Mission efforts to influence policy development and reform in support of USAID development results and Transformation outcomes, particularly as they relate to direct assistance, partner self-reliance, and domestic resource mobilization. The position is critical to Mission compliance with USAID and requirements related to direct financing and Automated Directives System (ADS) series 220.

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, 100 % OF TIME

Policy Analysis, Advice and Formulation (40%)

  • Perform analysis of Government of Senegal (GoS) policies and assessment of the policy environment to inform Mission decision making on strategy and programming that contributes to Senegal’s Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR). Conduct or coordinate research, reviews, and assessments on “government to government” (G2G) or policy reform questions on behalf of Mission management and technical teams. Map G2G partnership potential and policy reforms needed to advance J2SR and other Mission priorities.
  • Support Mission’s expanding use of direct financing mechanisms as a PRM subject-matter expert on G2G assistance. Advise USAID/Senegal technical teams on G2G designs, working with other Mission support offices, to select appropriate implementation approaches. This advice shall include support for teams in designing logical frameworks, milestones, budgets, and management plans for G2G activities. Contribute to design and review of policy-related USAID activities and policy advocacy efforts, including participation on technical evaluation committees.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the USAID Performance Management Plan (PMP) as it pertains to G2G, policy reform, and the J2SR.

Information Management and Training (30%)

  • Develop and implement methods to gather information in support of Mission policy advocacy efforts. Support the careful tracking and documentation of these efforts, including PRM oversight of the compilation and review of the Mission’s policy matrix.
  • Support the development, dissemination, and training on G2G tools and templates to advance Mission direct-financing objectives. Contribute to building the capacity of local counterparts (government, private sector, and NGO) in the areas of policy formulation and policy advocacy. Contribute to knowledge sharing, continuous learning, and USAID/Senegal’s communities of practice on G2G and policy reform, serving as a resource for quality information on lessons learned and Agency and Mission policy.

Coordination (20%)

  • Assist in coordination of Mission efforts to influence GoS policy development and reforms in support of USAID objectives. Support the Mission’s Governance Integration Team as secretariat of the G2G Working Group / sub-committee.
  • Coordinate with other Mission offices to ensure risk assessment processes, review of government systems, and oversight of risk mitigation plans comply with the ADS and best practices.
  • Support Mission coordination meetings with Implementing Partners by facilitating information-sharing on G2G and policy reform approaches. Help identify synergies in approaches that will advance Senegal’s J2SR.

Reporting and Communication (10%)

  • Prepare recommendations, guidance, and reports based on analyses and other data. Contribute to preparation of policy-related inputs on key issues and other components of the annual Performance Plan and Report, the annual Operational Plan, the Congressional Budget Justification, and other strategic planning documents and reports. Ensure policy-related talking points and briefs for high-level USG and GoS audiences reflect sounds analysis of the best data available.
  • Create relevant, effective visualizations of policy data including dynamic, interactive charts; graphs; and maps.
  • Collaborate with the Development Outreach Coordinator (DOC) to identify and disseminate G2G and policy reform successes and challenges, using stories, cables, and other platforms to familiarize a wide audience of stakeholders with USAID/Senegal’s contributions to Senegal’s J2SR.

Supervision Received: All the tasks are performed under the general supervision of the Program Office Deputy Director/Senior Technical Advisor or his / her designee. The Supervisor reviews all work for adherence to general policies and procedures and provides guidance on overall objectives, priorities, and deadlines. The incumbent’s work is accepted as technically accurate without detailed review.

Supervision Exercised: This position is designated non-supervisory.

  1. AREA OF CONSIDERATION:

USAID policy is that the use of CCNPSCs is preferred over the use of TCNPSCs in order to integrate the foreign assistance effort into the community, enhance the skills of the cooperating country’s population, and contribute to the local economy. USPSCs are also preferred over TCNPSCs with equivalent qualifications. 

  1. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

  1. POINT OF CONTACT: usaiddakar-hr@usaid.gov

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION AT FSN-10

  1. Education: At a minimum a university degree with a major in public administration, or related fields such as public policy, political science, social sciences is required. 
  2. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of experience in policy formulation or analysis.
  3. Post Entry Training: Short term training to learn USAID’s procedures and regulations is required during incumbent’s tenure.
  4. Language Proficiency: (List both English and host country language(s) proficiency requirements by level (II, III) and specialization (speak/read): Level IV (fluent) English and Level IV (fluent) French are required. Will be tested.
  5. Job Knowledge: The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of development approaches and methods of public policy development, as well as the policy environment in Senegal, in order to (a) advise USAID/Senegal and customers on effective approaches, and (b) to write effective analyses of country program or project specific policy issues. S/he must also have an excellent knowledge of the policy framework supporting Senegalese institutions relevant to USAID foreign assistance programming. S/he must be willing to learn relevant USAID procedures and regulations.
  6. Skills and Abilities: The incumbent must have professional expertise, knowledge, and experience in public policy formulation, and s/he must have a thorough understanding of the local political context. In addition, s/he must be proficient in analytical methods (such as political economy analysis or stakeholder analysis), and software applications (MS Office, and Google).

The incumbent must have excellent skills in the following areas: analysis and interpretation of data; written and oral communications; interpersonal relations. S/he must be able to work on multidisciplinary teams and in an environment in which there may be team members with varying backgrounds and skill levels.

S/he must be able to design and deliver training on policy analysis and formulation for both USAID staff and implementing partners.

  • EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Candidates will be evaluated and selected according to the qualifications described in Section II. Above, using the following weighting:

 

Education: University degree with a major in public administration, or related fields such as public policy, political science, social sciences is required.

Prior Work Experience (30%)

Candidates will be evaluated based on the level of experience in policy formulation or analysis.

Job Knowledge (40%)

Candidates will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Knowledge of development approaches and methods of public policy development;
  • Knowledge of public policy environment in Senegal; and
  • Knowledge of the public administration dynamics and policy framework supporting Senegalese institutions relevant to USAID foreign assistance programming.

Skills and Abilities (30%)

Candidates will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Proficiency in analytical methods (such as political economy analysis or stakeholder analysis) and software applications (MS Office, and Google);
  • Demonstrated skills in analysis and interpretation of data, written and oral communications;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multidisciplinary teams and in an environment in which there may be team members with varying backgrounds and skill levels; and
  • Demonstrated ability to design and deliver training on relevant topics.

PRESENTING AN OFFER

Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit a complete application package which includes:

  • AID 309-2 form dully filled and signed (https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-309-2)
  • Current Detailed Resume
  • Minimum three (3) to five (5) Professional References
  • A Cover Letter dully signed which must include the Job Announcement Number and Position Title
  • Copies of relevant Academic Degrees
  1. Offers must be received by June 10, 2019 and submitted in usaiddakar-hr@usaid.gov.
  1. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.

LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES

Once the Contracting Officer (CO) informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful Offeror instructions about how to complete and submit the required forms.

BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the benefits and allowances in accordance with Mission policy and Local labor laws in Senegal.

TAXES

In accordance with Mission policy and local labor laws.

USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs

USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources:

  1. USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad, ”including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf.
  1. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms .
  1. Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs . 
  1. Ethical Conduct. By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635.  See https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations.