USAID/Ukraine Solicitation for a Resident Hire U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC), Program/Project Development Specialist, GS-14

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72012118R00004

2. ISSUANCE DATE: February 09, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: February 23, 2018 (6 p.m. Kyiv Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Program/Project Development Specialist

5. MARKET VALUE: $89,370 - $116,181 equivalent to GS-14 

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Six months

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Kyiv, Ukraine

with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Secret Level

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

BASIC FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION

The Program/Project Development Specialist reports directly to the Program Office Director but may advise a wide-range of USAID and USG stakeholders.  The incumbent’s role is to support the Program Office Director with the Program Office’s day-to-day operations.  This could include serving as the Acting Deputy or Program Office Director in the absence of the Program Office Director.

The incumbent will be expected to establish effective working relationships within USAID and the embassy, and with the international community, when necessary and appropriate. The nature of the position requires that the individual be highly knowledgeable of USAID’s development assistance programs, policies, and budget in order to effectively represent the Agency among the various entities. 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Program/Project Development Specialist will carry out the following specific duties as listed:

  • Support the management and coordination of project design, program reporting, monitoring and evaluation (including geographic information systems analysis), interagency and donor coordination;
  • Provide advice on finalization and implementation of the Mission’s Country Development Coordination Strategy (CDCS), strategic development, and the implementation of the Agency’s program design, monitoring and evaluation initiatives;
  • Assist the PCS Office Director in managing Program Office personnel (leave requests, training requests, assigning tasks, etc.);
  • Support the Mission’s portfolio alignment to the new CDCS structure, implementation of the Mission’s Performance Management Plan, monitoring and evaluation efforts, and collaboration, learning and adapting models to be used in the Mission;
  • Assist the PCS Office Director to carry out day-to-day operations, including responding to requests for information from the Embassy, Washington, D.C., etc.;
  • Assist the PCS Office Director with the implementation and monitoring of any new processes, systems, procedures or organizational change to help the Mission function more efficiently and effectively;
  • Mentor staff as needed on project design; monitoring, evaluation and learning; reviewing scopes of work; leading Operational Plan, Performance Plan and Report, Portfolio reviews, budgeting, and other programmatic issues;
  • Other duties as assigned and appropriate.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The Program/Project Development Specialist will report to the Director of the Program Coordination and Strategy Office.

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.

10. PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands.  There may be some site visits during which there may be some additional physical exertion including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).

11.  WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work is primarily performed in an office setting.  During site visits, the work may additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.

12.  POINT OF CONTACT:  James Berscheit, Supervisory Regional Executive Officer, e-mail at jberscheit@usaid.gov

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

Education:   The successful candidate must have at least a college degree in International Development, Program Management or related field. A graduate degree in a development field, international affairs, public relations or related area is desirable but not required.

Work Experience:  Minimum of 5 years’ experience in program and project design, and or bilateral/multilateral assistance programs/organizations. Experience working in Ukraine is desirable but not required.

Job Knowledge:  Thorough knowledge of international affairs, U.S. foreign policy; demonstrated ability to work on normal USAID Program Office tasks.

Language:  Outstanding written English and communications skills, analytical ability, and editorial skills are necessary.  Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian is highly desirable but not required. 

Skills and Abilities:  Demonstrated ability to exercise sound independent professional judgment. The incumbent must have strong written and oral skills, be able to work in fast-paced environment, and work well with diverse teams.

Other Requirement:  Assignment is contingent on obtaining a medical and security clearance. Ability to quickly obtain security clearance is highly desired.

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

To be considered for this position, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications noted above. For those who do, further consideration and selection will be based on a panel assessment of the selection factors listed below.

Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on the following selection criteria to a maximum score of 100 points. The following factors will be the basis for determining the qualifications of all applicants:

  • Education (10 points)
  • Work Experience (25 points)
  • Job Knowledge (25 points)
  • Language (15 points)
  • Skills and Abilities (25 points)

The most qualified candidates will be interviewed and may be asked to provide a writing sample. Professional references will be evaluated for applicants being considered for selection.  Note:  Please be advised that references may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an applicant.

IV. APPLYING

In order to be considered for the position, a candidate must meet the minimum qualifications listed in the solicitation at the time of submission and must submit all the following required materials:

  • Cover Letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume;
  • Complete and signed Form AID 302-3 “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts” (available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms/);
  • List of three to five professional references.

All application packages are to be submitted via email to: KyivVacancies@usaid.gov.

Please cite the solicitation number and position title within the subject line of your email application.  Incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be considered.  Only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted. 

Any questions concerning this solicitation may be directed to James Berscheit, Supervisory Regional Executive Officer at jberscheit@usaid.gov

V. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR USPSCs

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)

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.
  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.
  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 (EEO) STATEMENT

The U.S. Mission in Kyiv provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The US Government also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

Issuing Country 
Date 
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 6:45am

Last updated: February 09, 2018