USAID Senegal Vacancy Announcement Travel Assistant, FSN-9

 

 

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

 

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION

SOLICITATION NO.:

72068518R10008

ISSUANCE DATE:

April 21 , 2018

CLOSING DATE:

May 5, 2018

POSITION TITLE: 

Travel Assistant

MARKET VALUE:

Salary equivalent to grade FSN-9 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

As a key member of the Executive Office, the Travel Assistant is responsible for providing a full range of management, travel and administrative services required to support the USAID/ Senegal and Limited Presence Countries (LPC) of about 200 employees between United States Direct Hire (US/DHs), United States Personal Services Contractors (US/PSCs), Third Country Nationals (TCNs), and Cooperating Country Nationals (CCNs). The incumbent provides concrete and concise policy and technical guidance in the area of Federal and Agency Travel processes and regulations as it pertains to domestic and international travel for USAID/Senegal and LPC staff.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Management and Coordination of Travel Requirements (55%)

Prepare Travel authorizations (TAs) for all USAID/Senegal and LPC employees and their eligible dependents travelling on official USG business. Research and book travel arrangements including last-minute or large- scale requests. Responsible for ensuring TAs and Blanket Travel Authorizations (BTAs) are prepared in a thorough and timely manner in accordance with travel regulations and approved Agency Notices and Mission Orders; prepare all annual blanket TAs for USDHs, USPSCs and CCNs, entitlement travel, training, and TDYs as established by Mission directives; prepare and maintain up to date Emergency Evacuation TAs for all USDHs and USPSCs, and other eligible staff as appropriate; coordinates hotel accommodation and/or apartments for incoming TDY personnel, based on their length of stay in Senegal; when required, make arrangements with Department of State (DoS) Motor Pool for vehicle support well in advance, and communicates hotel reservations and transportation arrangements to incoming TDY personnel; maintain chronological files of all TAs and all employee travel files that are inclusive of all relevant documents that may be required for audit purposes; advise employees on travel policies and entitlements in a wide range of travel situations, such as but not limited to; TDY travel, Invitational Travel, Home Leave, Rest and Recuperation (R&R), Medevac, Emergency Evacuation, Emergency Visitation Travel (EVT), and Education Travel. Develop and maintain a good relationship with employees, customers and venues.

Provide assistance on regulations and policies relating to the transportation and storage of personal effects (household effects, personal vehicle, and airfreight) to and from overseas posts on assignment/repatriation orders. Assist employees with the resolution of problems relating to the transportation and storage of effects.

As the Mission travel expert, he/she may provide advice to staff on authorized travel routes and approved modes of travel. Based on an in-depth knowledge of U.S. Government travel rules and regulations, provide authoritative guidance to USAID/Senegal and LPC staff concerning all aspects of travel including specific information concerning various entitlements related to different types of USG authorized travel.

Provide all logistical support to USDHs and PSCs (accommodation/visas, conference fees, etc.) and processes payments using the assigned Executive Office Travel credit card.

Ensure that applications and requests for renewals of Diplomatic passports are processed for USAID official staff and neighboring missions to facilitate the receipt of required visas and country clearances.

Ensure accurate records are maintained of the current status of diplomatic passports, visas, inoculations and medical evacuation policies to ensure that all travelers have the appropriate documents when traveling.

Liaise with Office of Financial Management (OFM) on all matters regarding the Travel Agency contract, including review and clearance of ticket invoices.

Address any needs an employee or client may have in transit beyond normal business hours. Examines, evaluates and recommends alternative means of meeting travel requirements for unusual situations, i.e., interrupted travel due to illness or family emergencies, unplanned foreign travel with short time frames, and rerouting travelers due to program or emergency needs.

Handle minor to complex crisis management situations involving staff evacuation and repatriation. Ensure that any required visas have been obtained prior to departure. If difficulties arise in obtaining an entry visa to the Recognized Regional Medical Centre, an alternative destination within the region should be considered.

Based on pre-established list of hotels by RSO (Regional Security Office), ensure the quotations received from the local hotels are within the USG per diem rate for Dakar and the Region. Assist staff in obtaining proposals and quotations for conference facilities, meals and rooms for more than 30 to 50 events per year.

Establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships with administrative and financial personnel in USAID Missions and the Agency’s Travel Agent, to facilitate the timely processing of requests and resolution of problems encountered.

Collaborate with Procurement agents in the organizations of workshops/conferences. He/she collects required information from hotels and requests proposals and quotes

Directly supervise the Travel Assistant. Ensure he/she is highly qualified, trained, and mentored in all critical aspects of USAID travel policies and operations. Ensure that employee performance evaluations are completed in a timely manner in accordance with the Mission policy.

Travel as needed to provide expertise and training on travel management and E2 Travel Systems related issues and problems.

Keep up to date with developments in the travel industry. Review and remain current on all USAID and US related travel regulations.

E2 Travel Solution Systems (20%)

In collaboration with OFM, the incumbent is considered to be the Mission expert and advocate for utilization of E2, the mandatory Travel Solution Systems, by all staff. The incumbent is responsible for entering travel data into E2 that will generate TAs in support of approximately 200 USAID employees. With FMO, he/she will serve as the Mission E2 trainer and is responsible for training all Administrative Assistants to become proficient E2 Arrangers, as well as training employees, travelers, and supervisors on how to initiate the TA process and informing them of their role and responsibilities in the TA and E2 process. When required, or upon request, the incumbent will assist staff who are experiencing difficulties with initiating TA requests in E2.  In collaboration with OFM, he/she will also serve as the Mission’s E2 troubleshooter and will take the lead in resolving E2 issues locally, or with the Washington based experts.

Coordination of travel activities with Local Travel Management Company (25%)

Directly responsible for the coordination and liaison with local Travel Agent for travel reservations and issuance of travel tickets.  He/she will ensure that the Agency’s travel needs are satisfied by establishing a positive interactive working relationship with the Travel Agency and USAID Travel and Transportation Office in Washington. He/she will review all tickets prior to issuing them to the traveler, to ensure that the agency staff is fully aware of USG travel regulations with respect to the use of American flag carriers, USG contract fares and special fares of international carriers existing for Senegal.  In compliance with USAID Travel and Transportation Office, stay aware of any changes or updates posted in USAID Agency Notices. He/she will also ensure that reservations and fare quotations reflect the best routing and costs for the USG, and that alternative routings are being explored, as appropriate.

Supervision Received:  The job holder will report directly to the Supervisory Regional Executive Officer or his/her designee, who establishes basic work guidelines and provides general supervision. S/he should require little supervision in carrying out routine responsibilities, and only general guidance for most tasks.  The scope and flexibility of the duties will demand a great deal of initiative and the ability to work independently.

Supervision Exercised: The incumbent supervises one (1) Travel assistant. As Activity manager for the contract with local Travel Agency, the incumbent is responsible to conduct an annual customer survey to assess the performance of the Travel Agent.

  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
  1. Education: Minimum of college/ University studies in office management, business administration, or related field is required.
  2. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible duties in travel, administrative/office management or related field is required.
  3. Post Entry Training: Travel and Transportation workshop, Voucher examiner training, Supervisory training, simplified acquisition course, and on the job training on USAID administrative procedures will be provided.
  4. Language Proficiency:  Level 4 (fluent) English and French language proficiency, speaking and writing, are required.
  5. Job Knowledge: Must be able to work in a multi-cultural organization and have a thorough understanding of travel and administrative management procedures. Must also have a good understanding of the customs services, local travel industry and its capabilities. Good knowledge of negotiating skills, price comparison is highly desirable. Knowledge of Fly America Act, Standardized regulations (Government civilians, foreign areas) and USG Travel regulations such as the Automated Directives System (ADS), General Notices as well as USG regulations in FAM, FAH, are desired.
  6. Skills and Abilities: The incumbent is a strategic thinker, articulates innovative ideas and presents solutions. He/she must be able to work with discretion, with a high level of integrity and attention to detail. The incumbent must be able to work closely with all Mission staff and effectively explain procedures and requirements tactfully while gaining their cooperation and understanding. Because of the unpredictable nature of the transportation industry and the complex task of coordinating employees and client schedules with business deadlines, the incumbent should be an exceptional organizer, communicator, multi-tasker and problem-solver. Ability to assess unexpected situations and find creative solutions. Working oftentimes under pressure with many different departments and varied clientele necessitating excellent interpersonal skills and unlimited accessibility. High degree of reliability and follow through. Excellent customer service skills, strong communications skills and the ability to prioritize. Ability to use computers and standard software programs used by the USG and the ability to operate standard office equipment.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

  1. Education: Minimum of college/ University studies in office management, business administration, or related field is required. (5 Points)
  1. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible duties in travel, administrative/office management or related field is required. (15 Points)
  1. Language Proficiency: Level 4 (fluent) English and French language proficiency, speaking and writing, are required. (10 Points)
  1. Job Knowledge: Must be able to work in a multi-cultural organization and have a thorough understanding of travel and administrative management procedures. Must also have a good understanding of the customs services, local travel industry and its capabilities. Good knowledge of negotiating skills, price comparison is highly desirable. Knowledge of Fly America Act, Standardized regulations (Government civilians, foreign areas) and USG Travel regulations such as the Automated Directives System (ADS), General Notices as well as USG regulations in FAM, FAH, are desired. (30 Points)
  1. Skills and Abilities: The incumbent is a strategic thinker, articulates innovative ideas and presents solutions. He/she must be able to work with discretion, with a high level of integrity and attention to detail. The incumbent must be able to work closely with all Mission staff and effectively explain procedures and requirements tactfully while gaining their cooperation and understanding. Because of the unpredictable nature of the transportation industry and the complex task of coordinating employees and client schedules with business deadlines, the incumbent should be an exceptional organizer, communicator, multi-tasker and problem-solver. Ability to assess unexpected situations and find creative solutions. Working oftentimes under pressure with many different departments and varied clientele necessitating excellent interpersonal skills and unlimited accessibility. High degree of reliability and follow through. Excellent customer service skills, strong communications skills and the ability to prioritize. Ability to use computers and standard software programs used by the USG and the ability to operate standard office equipment. (40 Points)

Maximum Evaluation Score: 100 points

  1. PRESENTING AN OFFER
  1. 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
  1. Offers must be received by May 5, 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 - 9:30am

Last updated: April 20, 2018