USAID Senegal PMI Specialist, FSN-10

 

Dear Prospective Offerors:

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

Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1, Sections I through V 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.

Sincerely,

Chadwick Mills

Contracting Officer

      I. GENERAL INFORMATION

SOLICITATION NO.:

72068518R10009

ISSUANCE DATE:

April 21 , 2018

CLOSING DATE:

May 12, 2018

POSITION TITLE: 

USAID Development Assistance Specialist (President Malaria Initiative Program Management Specialist)

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 the availability of funds, the need for services and performance.

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  

Dakar, Senegal

SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: 

Facility access

  1. STATEMENT OF DUTIES

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

The President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) accounts for 40 percent of the Health Office’s portfolio (approximately $24 million annually). With a national scope, implemented through USAID’s bilateral partners and a range of innovative government- to-government (G2G) agreements, the PMI program has a considerable and growing workload, particularly as its G2G programs have expanded to be larger than many traditional bilateral mechanisms. The jobholder will provide important managerial coverage for these growing and innovative activities; s/he will be expected to devote up to 20 percent to the National Malaria Control Program, to help support implementation. This position is for a Foreign Service National (FSN) professional to support the Mission's programs under PMI. The jobholder assists the USAID and Center for Disease Control (CDC) President's Malaria Initiative Resident Advisors as well as the PMI Technical Specialist in all aspects of management of PMI activities. The jobholder will be part of the Mission’s Health Team and assist in overseeing the planning, management and monitoring of multiple projects and activities in the malaria control project within the USAID’s Mission in the Senegal program portfolio. The position is based in Dakar.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The incumbent’s duties and responsibilities will focus on:

The jobholder will increase the malaria team’s capacity to implement its ambitious and growing program. The job holder will assist the existing PMI staff in maintaining relationships with partners (other donors, implementing partners, and the Government of Senegal (GOS)) and ensuring smooth planning, implementation, and documentation of the activities and agreements in the malaria portfolio. Specific additional responsibilities include:

Provision of technical inputs and support (30%)

Job holder is part of and works in collaboration with the PMI team, responsible for all aspects of agency malaria program management: planning, organizing, coordinating, and monitoring for results. S/he serves as a permanent member of the USAID/Senegal Health Team. S/he shall consider the macro picture of the health portfolio while focusing on managing G2G-supported malaria activities and other infectious diseases (human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB)). The incumbent will also work with the entire health team to understand health portfolio dynamic and contribute to the overarching maternal and child mortality reduction goals.

In carrying out these responsibilities, job holder:

  • Assist with planning Malaria Operation Plans (MOP) and ensure all technical resources and materials are shared with PMI partners in Senegal and PMI/Headquarters prior to the MOP planning visit.
  • Assists in the design, planning and implementation of malaria prevention and control activities consistent with USAID's strategy and with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and PMI. More specifically, the incumbent shall focus on managing the design or amendment of Implementation Letter (IL) under G2G mechanism and ensure timeline for design or amendment is respected.
  • Provides support to PMI partners and managerial support as needed during the design and implementation phases to ensure the quality of interventions and programmatic targets are met.

Management of Program Implementation (40%)

The Job holder:

  • Works with the PMI Team and the national malaria control program and other partners to ensure an effective monitoring and evaluation of PMI-supported activities.
  • Serves as Agreement/Contract Officer's Representative (A/COR), Activity Manager or G2G activity manager for selected Mission contracts, grants, and G2G agreements funded by the PMI or other USAID programs; regularly monitors and evaluates program performance and ensures that appropriate program documentation is provided.
  • Follows-up on malaria commodities procurement actions and ensure coordination with the Health Office Health System/Supply Chain Specialist, the Technical Assistance provider and the National Malaria Control Program point of contact. More specifically, the job holder ensure commodities ordered meet requirements of quantity and are delivered to the NMCP on a timely manner.

Administrative Management (20%)

Incumbent is responsible for providing oversight and monitoring the budgets allocated to implementing/ cooperative agreement partners within the job holder's portfolio. This includes reviewing budget requests for appropriateness, monitoring use of funds for adherence to proposed activities; quarterly pipeline reviews/budget status reports, following up on irregular findings, providing advice for realignments of budgets, accruals.

Under the G2G mechanism, jobholder tracks milestones as they are submitted by the NMCP to ensure timeliness of submission maintains files and records and follows-up on milestone payment after approval, in consultation with appropriate Office of Financial Management (OFM) staff. Working closely with the PMI team, job holder is responsible for data integrity and security of information specific to malaria. S/he ensures that files including reports, meeting summaries and minutes, copies of all milestones are filed electronically and in G2G paper archives.

Other technical responsibilities (10%)

The job holder is expected to spend part of his/her time monitoring infectious disease activities (HIV, TB) when appropriate, in collaboration with other technical interventions in the health portfolio.

Supervision Received:  The jobholder applies a technical body of knowledge to complex and sensitive programs in Senegal. Although the jobholder will report directly to the USAID PMI Resident Advisor, s/he is expected to work with minimal supervision and oversight from the Malaria Technical Specialist (who will provide substantial inputs to his/her performance evaluation) and take initiative to improve program management, planning, and results. The jobholder liaises daily with the other Health team members to ensure synergies and effective management of activities. The jobholder drafts correspondence and presentations as requested by the PMI Resident Malaria Advisors, the PMI FSN Advisor, Health Office Director, and other relevant staff related to USAID policy and implementation.

Supervision Exercised: None.

  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

 

  1. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
  2. Education: A graduate degree in Public health, Social Sciences, International Development, nursing or similar discipline, and training in infectious diseases is required.
  3. Prior Work Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience managing health programs.
  4. Post Entry Training: On-going training in Agency approaches to project design, implementation, and reporting. A/COTR training, technical update in malaria prevention techniques being used in Senegal, computer skills and other information technology training.
  5. Language Proficiency:  Level 4 (Fluent) French and level 3+ (professionally fluent) English.
  6. Job Knowledge: A thorough knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques, and best practices of health systems, health policies, and in particular of high impact interventions in malaria, is required. Also, a strong knowledge of direct health financing will be an important asset. A thorough understanding of Senegal's national health policies and international priorities is necessary, as well as knowledge about Senegal's development prospects, priorities, and resources in the health sector with particular emphasis on health issues affecting women and children and Senegal's health system. Familiarity with United States (U.S.) Government legislation relating to development assistance and experience with USAID program regulations and management requirements are desirable.
  7. Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated managerial, administrative, analytical, and decision-making abilities. Ability to readily analyze, understands, and discusses new program design, management, and implementation approaches are essential to this position. Demonstrated ability to identify priority actions and generate and complete work plans within short time frames. Strong oral, written skills and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to rapidly create text, such as correspondences, timelines, spreadsheets, and other types of documents to meet specific program and reporting needs.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

 

 

Written Application (80 points)

Interview (120 points)

Education

Extent to which diplomas earned are relevant to requirements described in the position description (10 points)

Extent to which diplomas earned are relevant to requirements described in the position description

(10 points)

Prior Work Experience

Extent to which the applicant’s prior work experience matches the specific responsibilities in the Position Description above (30 points)

Extent to which the applicant’s prior work experience matches the specific responsibilities in the Position Description above

(30 points)

Knowledge

n/a

Extent to which applicant demonstrates relevant job knowledge as described in the Position Description above

(25 points)

Language proficiency – oral

Level of oral language proficiency cited in the applicant’s resume (10 points)

Extent to which applicant clearly articulates his or her ideas verbally in English and French. (15 points)

Language proficiency -- Written

Extent to which applicant’s writing samples demonstrate the ability to express ideas clearly; quality of writing in written application as a whole (15 points)

Extent to which applicant’s writing test is clear and concise; overall quality of writing in writing test

(20 points)

Skills and abilities

Extent to which written application demonstrates the skills and abilities described in the Position Description above (15 points)

Extent to which the interview demonstrates the skills and abilities described in the Position Description above

(20 points)

 

Maximum Evaluation Score: 200 points

  1. PRESENTING AN OFFER
  2. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit a complete application package which includes:
  • An a-302-3 form (form can be found on this web site: http://www.usaid.gov/senegal under career.
  • A cover letter
  • A detailed resume plus 3 to 5 references
  • Copies of relevant degrees
  • Two short writing samples, one in English and one in French
  1. Offers must be received by May 12 , 2018 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.
  1. 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 following forms.

  1. 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.

  1. TAXES

In accordance with Mission policy and local labor laws.

  1. 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

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Date 
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 9:15am

Last updated: April 20, 2018