Development Specialist (Communications)

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72011720R00001 

ISSUANCE DATE: October 09, 2019 CLOSING DATE/TIME: November 01, 2019 (11:59 p.m. Chisinau Time) 

SUBJECT: Solicitation No.: 72011720R00001 for a Resident Hire U.S. Personal Services 

Contractor (USPSC), Development Specialist (Communications), GS-11, USAID/Moldova 

 

 

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 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. 

Sincerely, 

/s/ Nathan Drury Contracting Officer 

 

I. GENERAL INFORMATION 

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72011720R00001 

2. ISSUANCE DATE: October 09, 2019 

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: November 01, 2019 (11:59 p.m. 

Chisinau Time) 

4. POSITION TITLE: Development Specialist (Communications) 

5. MARKET VALUE: $53,805 - $69,951 equivalent to GS-11 

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value. 

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: one (1) year, with two (2) option years. Options may be 

exercised based upon satisfactory contractor performance, mutual agreement between the Contractor and USG, continued Mission requirements and the continued availability of funds 

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Chisinau, Moldova 

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Secret 

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES 

BASIC FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION 

The Development Specialist (Communications) reports directly to the Deputy Program Office Director or his/her designee. The Development Specialist (Communications) will be a member of the Program Office, providing key support to the Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) team, whose primary objective is to generate greater public awareness about, and support for, U.S. assistance to Moldova. Other responsibilities include: writing/editing Mission communications (in collaboration with the respective technical offices) to various external audiences; developing, monitoring, and improving Mission outreach tools, including social and digital media; planning, scheduling, and executing public events and activities; and providing media and communications support for high-level visitors. The Development Specialist (Communications) will also work closely with technical teams in support of core Program Office functions, including project and activity design and knowledge management and research. The incumbent will be responsible for supporting project design and implementation, including conducting analysis and market research and helping draft project appraisal documents and statements of work. 

The Development Specialist (Communications) will interact on a regular basis with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) and other sections within the U.S. Embassy to ensure that coordination with USAID activities. On an ad hoc basis, s/he may also serve as a liaison with other USAID colleagues, including the Legislative and Public Affairs Bureau (LPA) in Washington, D.C. 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Writing/Editing and Content Creation 

● Draft/edit communication products including: bi-weekly reports, talking points, scene setters, speeches, success stories, and other outreach documents, all the while ensuring that quality control standards are met. 

● Advise and coordinate with Mission leadership, respective technical offices, Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs)/Agreement Officer Representatives (AORs), and communications staff of Implementing Partners (IPs) in regards to public relations and information. 

● Oversee the quality and publication of materials, including developing success stories, writing fact sheets, directing photo shoots, producing videos, coordinating graphic design, and other development outreach and communications materials. 

● Ensure compliance of communications products with USAID branding and marking rules and regulations. 

B. Digital Media Management 

● Oversee digital communications work, including social media outreach, website updates, and digital photo and videography. 

● Develop daily content for the USAID/Moldova Facebook page and other social media pages. 

● Serve as site manager and manage content of USAID/Moldova website. 

● Serve as point of contact to Implementing Partners for social media guidance. 

● Enhance understanding of social media algorithms and other tools in order to accurately assess social media reach. 

C. Public Events and Activities 

● Collaborate with technical offices to plan, produce, and execute public outreach events. 

● Participate in site visits, field trips, and media events and as requested, accompany the Mission Director, Deputy Mission Director, and/or other Mission colleagues to public speaking engagements, conferences, public affairs activities, and site visits. 

● Prepare schedules and briefing materials in collaboration with technical offices for events. Ensure that scene setters, backgrounders, schedules, talking points, and speeches are prepared in a timely fashion and meet quality standards. 

● Photograph and/or shoot video of USAID events for appropriate websites, social media feeds, and Mission archives. 

● Produce media materials (including news releases, backgrounders, and fact sheets) designed to inform editors and reporters of USAID projects/activities and their achievements. 

● Help organize Communications Working Groups and/or other regular working level meetings. 

D. Project Design and Knowledge Management 

● Serve on Project Design Teams to help formulate projects and activities that contribute to the larger cooperation strategy as defined in the Country Development Cooperation Strategy. 

● Coordinate with technical offices to manage project design cycle in compliance with ADS 201 

● Conduct research and analyses and apply best practices in support of the project design process. 

● Help draft and/or revise project design documents, including (but not limited to) project design plans, project appraisal documents, and statements of work. 

● Support other Program Office activities on a limited/ad-hoc basis. 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: 

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Program Office Director of the USAID Mission for Moldova, or his/her designee. 

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: US Citizens, Resident Hire. 

AIDAR, Appendix D, 1 (Class Deviation M/OAA-DEV-AIDAR-17-02c) 

(b) Definitions: 

(5) Resident Hire U.S. Personal Services Contractor means a U.S. citizen or resident alien who, at the time of hire as a PSC, resides in the cooperating country – 

(i) for reasons other than employment that provides for repatriation to the U.S., including- 

(A) with a U.S. government agency; 

(B) under any U.S. government-financed contract or agreement; or 

(C) under any other contract or employment arrangement. 

(ii) as a spouse or dependent of a U.S. citizen with employment that provides for repatriation to the U.S., including – 

(A) with a U.S. government agency; 

(B) under any U.S. government-financed contract or agreement; or 

(C) under any other contract or employment arrangement. 

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands. 

12. POINT OF CONTACT: All questions and offers must be submitted by email to 

ChisinauHR@usaid.gov 

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION 

Education: A bachelor's (or equivalent) degree in international development, international relations, communications, journalism, marketing, or a related field to the Statement of Duties is required. 

Prior Work Experience: Five years of relevant work experience is required. At least three years of experience in a related field such as international development, marketing, public relations, journalism, and/or communications is required. 

Only offerors clearly meeting the above minimum qualifications will be considered for further evaluation. 

Security and Medical clearances: The ability to obtain the required security and medical clearances in a reasonable timeframe is considered a minimum qualification. See Section V. 

III EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS 

Selection Process and Basis of Evaluation: Offerors who clearly meet the aforementioned minimum education and work experience qualification requirements may be further evaluated through review of the offeror’s submitted required documents (see section IV below) and ranked based on the below evaluation and selection factors. A competitive range may be established of the highest-ranked offerors, who may be further evaluated through technical tests, interviews, and reference checks to determine the most qualified/highest-ranked offerors. Reference checks may be conducted with the highest-ranked offerors. Reference checks may be conducted with individuals not provided by the offeror. Any offeror not receiving satisfactory reference checks will no longer be considered for the position. Negotiations may be conducted with the most qualified/ highest-ranked offerors at the conclusion of evaluations. 

Education (10 points): A bachelor's (or equivalent) degree in international development, international relations, communications, journalism, marketing, or a related field to the Statement of Duties is required. A master’s (or equivalent) degree in a relevant field is highly desirable. 

Prior Work Experience (30 points): Five years of relevant work experience is required. At least three years of experience in a related field such as international development, marketing, public relations, journalism, and/or communications is required. Previous work experience in federal or state government or an international development organization is highly desirable. Relevant overseas work experience, especially in former Soviet republics, is highly desirable. 

Knowledge (25 points): Specialized knowledge related to international development and communications; an understanding of the local landscape as well as U.S. foreign policy considerations; high level understanding of social media mediums; excellent knowledge of English grammar; and excellent written communication skills, is essential. The position requires 

a broad understanding of international development issues - including transitioning economies and democracies. Working knowledge of public relations and marketing-communications strategy is highly desirable. 

Skills and Abilities (35 points): Demonstrated Skills and Abilities in the below areas are essential: 

● Superb, native-level (or equivalent) English communication skills (written and spoken) are required. 

● Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work professionally in a high-stress, multi-cultural team setting with diverse stakeholders; 

● Ability to effectively communicate USAID's development objectives and achievements. 

● Demonstrated ability to work as a team member. 

● Excellent ability to work independently with minimal supervision along with the ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize on tight deadlines. 

● Language proficiency (written and spoken) in Romanian is highly desirable. 

● Ability to use MS Office and/or Google suite is desirable. 

Total Points: 100pts 

IV. APPLYING 

1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit all the following documents and 

information in order to be considered for the position: 

a. Completed and signed form AID 309-2,“Offeror Information for Personal 

Services Contracts,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-309-2. Only include base salary information in box 4 of sections B and C. Do not include bonuses, differentials, cost of living allowances, or other types of compensation. During negotiations, salary history may be verified through pay slips, earnings and leave statements, or other appropriate documentation. 

b. A cover letter of no more than 2 pages that demonstrates how the Offeror’s qualifications meet the evaluation and selection factors in section III of this solicitation; 

c. A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) of not more than 3 pages which, at a 

minimum, describes education, experience and career achievements relevant to the evaluation and selection factors in section III of this solicitation; 

d. Names of three professional references, including at least one current/former 

supervisor, that have knowledge of the offeror’s ability to perform the duties set forth in the solicitation. This information may be included in the cover letter or resume/CV. 

Late, incomplete, and/or un-signed offers will not be considered 

2. Offers containing all required documents must be received by the closing date and time 

specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted electronically to the email Point of Contact in Section I, item 12. 

3. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors should prominently 

reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission. 

V. PRE-AWARD DOCUMENTATION / 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, needed to obtain medical and security clearances. 

1. Medical History and Examination Form/ Medical Clearance Update (DS-6561/DS-3057) 2. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions for National Security (SF-86), or 3. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85) 4. Finger Print Card (FD-258) 

Timely completion and submission of the required documents are needed to obtain the necessary Security and Medical Clearances. Failure of the selected offeror to accurately complete and submit required documents in a timely manner may be grounds for the CO to rescind any conditional pre- contract offer letter and begin negotiations with the next most qualified/highest ranked offeror. Selected offerors who are unable to obtain required Security and Medical Clearances in a reasonable timeframe are considered un-qualified for this position. 

Within 2 weeks after written notice from the CO that all required clearances have been received, or unless another date is specified by the CO in writing, the selected offeror shall proceed to Kiev, Ukraine to perform the services specified in section I, item 9. 

VI. BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES 

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a Resident Hire USPSC is normally authorized the following benefits: 

BENEFITS: Employer's FICA Contribution Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance Pay Comparability Adjustment Annual Increase (pending a satisfactory performance evaluation) Eligibility for Worker's Compensation Annual and Sick Leave 

VII. TAXES 

USPSCs are required to pay Federal income taxes, FICA, Medicare and applicable State Income taxes. 

VIII. USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs 

USAID regulations and policies governing USPSC awards are available at these sources: 

1. USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix D, “Direct USAID Contracts with a 

U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Resident Alien for Personal Services Abroad, ” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf

2. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms. 

 

Date 
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:15am

Last updated: October 10, 2019