USAID/Ukraine Solicitation for an Administrative Assistant, FSN-7

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72012120R09

2. ISSUANCE DATE: 04/10/2020

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: 05/10/2020 at 11:59 p.m. Kyiv Time

4. POSITION TITLE: Administrative Assistant for the Office of Program Coordination and Strategy

5. MARKET VALUE: Basic Annual rate (in U.S. Dollars): $17,028-$22,128

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and ADS 309, the Local Compensation Plan (in effect at the time) of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine forms the basis of compensation. The LCP consists of the salary schedule, which includes salary rates, authorized fringe benefits, and other pertinent facets of compensation. Final basic compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated. This salary range is not inclusive of other benefits and allowances.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Employment under any contract issued under this solicitation is of a continuing nature. Its duration is expected to be part of a series of sequential contracts; all contract clauses, provisions, and regulatory requirements concerning availability of funds and the specific duration of the contract shall apply. The initial CCNPSC contract will be for five years, with the possibility of renewing. The renewal 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: Kyiv, Ukraine

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Foreign Service National Security Certification

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

The Administrative Assistant is located in USAID/Ukraine, Program Coordination and Strategy (PCS) Office, and serves as the principal administrative support person for the Office Director, operating independently of any other position to ensure that administrative functions are performed effectively, efficiently, and in a manner that promotes harmony and problem-solving, so that other Office staff members may be more effective.

The Administrative Assistant is the primary contact person responsible for Office customer service to internal and external partners and other stakeholders, including Mission staff, contractors, Implementing Partners (IPs) and grantees, host-government officials, the Embassy, USAID/Washington, and other customers. In this capacity, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for coordinating information about the Office, and making sure that information gets to customers on a timely basis and in a professional manner. The incumbent provides similar services to other offices (OFDA, OTI, etc.) when approved by supervisor.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

a. The Administrative Assistant receives and places phone calls, sends and receives e-mails and faxes, sets up meetings and makes appointments at the request of the supervisor and other Office staff within the Mission, the Host Government, donor, IP, NGO, private-sector, and other contacts; arranges transportation as needed; and, takes minutes at meetings when requested. The Administrative Assistant schedules appointments based on a good knowledge of the supervisor’s commitments, and maintains the Office calendar, reminding the supervisor and others of meetings and appointments. The Administrative Assistant takes messages in the absence of the supervisor and other staff, directing callers to other staff members, or answering questions personally; receives and assists visitors, answers questions, or directs them to a staff member who can assist them; schedules meetings for the supervisor, and ensures that attendees are briefed or provided proper background material for meetings; and, participates in maintaining conference room schedules, in coordination with the Administrative Assistant to the Mission Director, other Office Administrative Assistants, and with other Mission administrative staff, arranging for conference room space as required by the size of the group. The Administrative Assistant meets with other Mission support staff on a regular and recurring basis.

b. The Administrative Assistant maintains control of all correspondence for the Office, including program/project/activity files provided by CORs/AORs, establishing and maintaining computerized tracking systems to track Office actions, providing weekly reports to the supervisor, receiving and screening Office mail not addressed to a particular individual, drafting non-technical responses to routine correspondence and letters in English and the Host-Country language, distributing incoming official mail to Office personnel and attaching pertinent background material, and searching files and records to assemble background information for correspondence and other pending actions. The Administrative Assistant reviews outgoing mail for proper address, routing, attachments, etc., prior to dispatch, reviewing outgoing correspondence for accuracy and conformance with Mission formatting procedures and special instructions. The Administrative Assistant distributes internal policies and procedures and, as necessary, maintains a record of when staff received new policies and/or procedures.  

c. The Administrative Assistant uses PC-based word processing, spreadsheet, and charting software in the performance of a variety of assignments, types a variety of correspondence, creates electronic tables, develops charts, and prepares other documents in draft and final form, proof-reading for format and consistency with standard formatting requirements prior to submitting for signature. As required, the Administrative Assistant locates documents routed for clearance, and obtains and tracks clearances and signatures.  

d. The Administrative Assistant establishes and maintains files according to standards set by the Mission C&R Technician/Supervisor in EXO, and by USAID/Washington; and, marks correspondence and other documents for filing, and files accordingly. Reviews all correspondence prepared in the Office or elsewhere in advance of the supervisor’s signature, corrects errors by drafters and edits correspondence, and assures that responding correspondence fully meets the requirements posed by incoming correspondence to which it pertains. The Administrative Assistant maintains and updates Office Handbooks and other documents, such as visitors’ lists, telephone listings, personnel rosters, vacation schedules, etc.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: The Administrative Assistant receives supervision from the Office Chief and/or his/her designee.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None.

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to All Interested CCN (Cooperating Country National) Candidates.

“Cooperating country” means the country in which the employing USAID Mission is located.

“Cooperating country national” (“CCN”) means an individual who is a cooperating country citizen or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country.

NOTE: ALL CCNs MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION. THE MISSION DOES NOT SPONSOR WORK PERMITS.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

12. POINT OF CONTACT: Completed offers (including all required documents - see section IV below) must be submitted electronically to: kyivvacancies@usaid.gov. When submitting an application, the solicitation number and the title of the position are to be mentioned in the subject line of the email.

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Education: Completion of secondary schooling and two or more years of post-secondary schooling in Secretarial Science, Business Administration, or related area of study, equivalent to a US junior college or community college diploma, is required.

Prior Work Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible relevant work experience is required. Experience in an English-language work environment is required.

Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) speaking/reading and writing English and fluency in Ukrainian and/or Russian are required.

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

Foreign Service National Security Certification and Medical Clearances: The ability to obtain the required foreign national security certification and medical clearances for the position is considered a minimum qualification. See section V below.

The probationary period is three months.

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/language tests, interviews, and reference checks to determine the most qualified/highest-ranked offeror. Reference checks may be conducted with individuals not provided by the offeror, and without prior notification to 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 offeror at the conclusion of evaluations.

10 points – Education: Completion of secondary schooling and two or more years of post-secondary schooling in Secretarial Science, Business Administration, or related area of study, equivalent to a US junior college or community college diploma, is required. Additional education in the aforementioned areas is desired.

20 points – Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible relevant work experience is required. Experience in an English-language work environment is required. Experience in related work with international organizations, NGOs, other donor organizations, host-government organizations is desired. Relevant experience working for the USG is desired.

30 points – Knowledge: The Administrative Assistant should be familiar, or able to quickly become familiar, with the responsibilities and activities of the Office of assignment, as well as  possess a general knowledge of standard office administrative procedures and practices. The Administrative Assistant should have the ability to develop an excellent understanding of USG file management, mail handling, correspondence formatting, and other administrative related duties. Knowledge of international development desired. Advanced knowledge in one or more of the aforementioned areas is desired.

40 points – Skills and Abilities:

The following skills and abilities are essential for this position -

  • Proficiency in keyboarding and in operating computers with standard software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software programs as designated.
  • Proficiency in using the Internet and email.
  • Good listening, writing, and verbal communication skills in English
  • Ability to prioritize and complete tasks quickly and efficiently, without close supervision
  • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work in a team setting

Advanced skills/abilities in one or more of the aforementioned areas are desired

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS: 100 points

IV. PRESENTING AN OFFER/APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION

1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit through email all the below documents in English in order to be considered for the position.

a. Completed DS-174 (application for Employment as Locally Employed Staff) which can be retrieved here: https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds174.pdf

Offerors must thoroughly complete the DS-174 form in English and are advised to include all of their current and previous work experience related to this position. Offerors may use continuation pages to further explain their relevant work experience, if needed.

An Internal Offeror’s experience acquired before/after joining U.S. Government should correspond to the information provided in the Official Personnel Folder (OPF). Any discrepancy found between the current application form (DS-174) and the information provided in the OPF related to offeror’s qualifications could make the offeror ineligible for the position.

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. Excess pages (beyond 2) will not be read or considered.

c. A CV or standard resume of no more than 4 pages.

Offerors who do not include all above required documents in their offer submission will not be considered for this position.

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.

2. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I, item 12 by email with appropriate attachments. Documents/offers received through links to Google Drive, Sky Drive, and/or any other private cloud computing database/websites will not be considered

3. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors are to prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.

NOTE:  Due to the high volume of applications received, we may only contact applicants who are being considered. Thank you for your understanding.

V. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES

Once the Contracting Officer (CO) informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the HR unit will provide the successful Offeror instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms, needed to obtain medical and security/facility access.

  1. Questionnaire for Employment Authorization (U.S. Embassy Kyiv form)
  2. Authorization for Release of Information (U.S. Embassy Kyiv’s form)
  3. Certificate of Criminal Records (obtained from the pertinent authorities)

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 salary offer letter and begin negotiations with the next most qualified/highest ranked offeror.

VI. BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES

The local compensation plan (LCP) is the basis for all compensation payments to locally employed staff /CCNPSCs. The LCP consists of the salary schedule, which includes salary rates, authorized fringe benefits, and other pertinent facets of compensation such as health and life insurance, and retirement allowance. As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

1. BENEFITS:

a) Health and Life Insurance coverage

b) Defined Contribution Fund 12%

2. ALLOWANCES (as applicable):

a) Meal Allowances: The annual amount is currently $853 for employees working on a full time basis.

b) Family Allowances: The mission provides a child allowance. Grants amounts are subject to change as determined by the Ukrainian State Budget Law.

Additional information may be provided to the selected offeror at time of salary offer.

VII. TAXES

Locally Employed Staff are responsible for paying local income taxes. The U.S. Mission does withhold year-end local income tax payments.

VIII. 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.

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

ITEM NO

(A)

SUPPLIES/SERVICES (DESCRIPTION)

(B)

QUANTITY

 

(C)

UNIT

 

(D)

UNIT PRICE

(E)

AMOUNT

 

(F)

0001

Year 1 – Compensation and Fringe Benefits/Other Direct Costs (ODCs)

Award Type: Cost

Product Service Code: R497

Accounting Info:

1 year LOT $ _TBD__ $_TBD at Award after negotiations with Contractor
1001

Year 2 - Compensation and Fringe Benefits/Other Direct Costs (ODCs)

Award Type: Cost

Product Service Code: R497

Accounting Info: 

1 year LOT $ _TBD__ $_TBD at Award after negotiations with Contractor
2001

Year 3 – Compensation and Fringe Benefits/Other Direct Costs (ODCs)

Award Type: Cost

Product Service Code: R497

Accounting Info:

1 year LOT $ _TBD__ $_TBD at Award after negotiations with Contractor
3001

Year 4– Compensation and Fringe Benefits/Other Direct Costs (ODCs)

Award Type: Cost

Product Service Code: R497

Accounting Info:

1 year LOT $ _TBD__ $_TBD at Award after negotiations with Contractor
4001

Year 5 – Compensation and Fringe Benefits/Other Direct Costs (ODCs)

Award Type: Cost

Product Service Code: R497

Accounting Info:

1 year LOT $ _TBD__ $_TBD at Award after negotiations with Contractor

3. 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.

  • AAPD 16-03 Expanded Incentive Awards for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals
  • AAPD 06-08 AIDAR, Appendices D and J: Using the Optional Schedule to Incrementally Fund Contracts

4. 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.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy:

nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

Issuing Country 
Date 
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 4:15am

Last updated: April 10, 2020