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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    ... From: Kirk Dohne [mailto:kdohne@globalcorps.com] Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 9:08 AM To: Emaillist Subject: OFDA Disaster Operations Specialist
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2000
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Kirk Dohne [mailto:kdohne@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 9:08 AM
      To: Emaillist
      Subject: OFDA Disaster Operations Specialist (Amended)

      You are receiving this email because you have, in the past, shown an
      interest in working for U.S. Agency for International Development.

      OFDA currently has a need for multiple people for the position of DISASTER
      OPERATIONS SPECIALIST in Washington, DC . This is initially a 2-YEAR
      contract. This position is at the GS-11/12 equivalent level ($42,724 to
      $66,564 annual). The solicitation closes May 8, 2000.

      IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an amendment of the previous solicitation to allow
      more applicants to apply for an expanded number of positions. If you
      applied for this position when it was originally open in February/March you
      do NOT need to apply again. Your materials will be reviewed in relation to
      the current number of open positions.

      If you are interested in this position and consider yourself suitable to
      the tasks and qualifications of the position please contact XL Associates
      by replying to this email or calling Kirk Dohne (extension 37) or Jesse
      Freese (extension 27) at (301) 770-0632. The full solicitation can be seen
      below. You can view the complete solicitation and get more information on
      how to apply at http://www.globalcorps.com

      Referrals of qualified candidates are welcome and encouraged.

      NOTE: If you do not want to receive position announcements in the future
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      Best regards,
      Kirk Dohne
      GlobalCorps Division Manager
      A Division of XL Associates, Inc.
      Disaster Operations Specialist

      CLOSING DATE: May 8, 2000 (amended)


      SUBJECT: Solicitation for Personal Services Contractor (PSC)

      The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for
      International Development (USAID), Bureau for Humanitarian

      Response (BHR), Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is seeking
      applications (Standard Form 171 or OF 612) from
      persons interested in providing the PSC services described in the attached.
      Submissions shall be in accordance with the
      attached information at the place and time specified.

      Questions may be directed to Kirk Dohne or Jesse Freese, GlobalCorps (a
      division of XL Associates), who may be reached at
      Phone No. (301) 770-0632 or Fax at (301) 770-2354 or via e-mail at
      ofda@.... Applicants should retain copies of
      all enclosures that accompany their proposals.


      Michael Walsh
      Contracting Officer

      2. ISSUANCE DATE: February 17, 2000
      4. POSITION TITLE: Disaster Operations Specialist
      5. MARKET VALUE: $42,724 to $66,564 Per Year
      OF PERFORMANCE: Approx. April 1, 2000 to March 31, 2002
      7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, DC

      Disaster Operations Specialist: EMCA

      The Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the U.S. Agency for
      International Development (USAID) is currently
      recruiting for the position of Disaster Operations Specialist for the
      Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia region of
      responsibility (EMCA). There is a summary of responsibilities and
      qualifications immediately below.

      RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will serve as part of OFDA's
      Enhanced Regional Team for EMCA. He/she will
      proposals from implementing organizations and coordinate interagency
      review. This will include the preparation of briefing
      packets, reports and official correspondence to PVO/NGOs, IOs, and UN
      Agencies. The Disaster Operations Specialist (DOS)
      will monitor disasters and review, coordinate and track program reports,
      administer and implement emergency relief and
      rehabilitation programs. He/She will become proficient in USAID's New
      Management System (NMS). Other duties will include
      timely response to declared disasters; the monitoring of prevention,
      mitigation, and preparedness plans for the assigned
      countries; serving on or backstopping assessment teams and Disaster
      Assistance Response Teams; reviewing cable traffic;
      maintaining office files and attending meetings. Disaster Operation
      Specialists participate as team members in developing
      country strategies integrating disaster response and preparedness. Disaster
      Operations Specialists have team responsibility
      to monitor incipient disaster situations, coordinate review and approval of
      program proposals; function as Cognizant
      Technical Officers for BHR/OFDA program grants and cooperative agreements;
      as well as monitor and evaluate program
      accomplishments. Disaster Operation Specialists are expected to perform
      these duties both in their home team and in teams
      to which they might be temporarily re-assigned. A high level of
      verbal/written communication skills and interpersonal
      skills are essential. Work or educational experience in the assigned region
      of responsibility is preferred. The candidate
      must be a U.S. citizen. Employment is contingent on the candidate's ability
      to qualify for and maintain a secret clearance
      with USAID.

      Specifically responsibilities are as follows:

      Grant Portfolio Management:

      Assume primary responsibility for the management of OFDA funded programs in
      assigned region of responsibility. In
      coordination with Regional Teams and TAG members:

      -- Interface with implementing organizations regarding project proposals
      submitted for OFDA funding to ensure proposals
      provide information required by OFDA's Grant Guidelines and to discuss the
      appropriateness to OFDA program objectives and
      budget line items;

      -- Coordinate interagency reviews proposals for relief programs in disaster
      stricken countries. This will include
      developing issues papers, preparing and distributing briefing packets for
      all invitees, determining the need for follow-up
      meetings, reporting on the outcome of the proposal review to US Government
      personnel in the field, and drafting official
      correspondence to PVO/NGOs, IOs and UN agencies;

      -- Prepare all documentation to expedite grant project approval. This will
      involve properly inputting data into the New
      Management System (NMS) for transmittal to the USAID Office of Procurement;
      -- Track program reports from grantees and ensure reports are received in
      a timely manner; read program reports to ensure
      that program objectives have been achieved; collate input from report for
      feedback to grantee, and share reports with
      Regional Team members, as appropriate;

      -- Expedite the flow of programmatic and other documents through the
      clearance process;

      -- Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned by the Regional

      Disaster Mitigation and Response:

      Assume responsibility for monitoring threatening and incipient disasters
      and reviewing, coordinating, administrating, and
      implementing emergency relief and rehabilitation programs in the assigned
      region of responsibility consistent with OFDA's
      regional/country strategy. In coordination with Regional Teams and TAG

      -- Review and monitor national disaster prevention, mitigation and
      preparedness plans for assigned countries in
      collaboration with regional team;

      -- Share in the oversight and updating of OFDA's regional and country
      strategies for the region;

      -- Assure a timely and appropriate response to the Ambassador's disaster
      declaration, including reviewing
      Mission/Embassy recommendations for assistance, and prepare/clear
      appropriate guidance to the U.S. Mission/Embassy on
      resources and strategies to respond to the disaster situation;

      -- Coordinate with USAID regional bureaus, other BHR offices, the State
      Department, Department of Defense, other donor
      governments, United Nations agencies, PVOs/NGOs, and other international
      organizations to develop an inclusive US response
      to the declared disaster;

      -- Review the conceptual soundness, technical feasibility and budget for
      disaster assistance activities and
      emergency projects;

      -- Maintain contact with OFDA field representatives and the OFDA Regional
      Office to discuss implementation of activities
      and assessment of disaster mitigation program/needs;

      -- Serve on or backstop BHR/OFDA assessment teams and Disaster Assistance
      Response Teams (DARTs) to disaster sites when
      deemed necessary and follow up with appropriate reports and/or cables.

      -- Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned by the Regional

      In coordination with Regional Teams and TAG members:

      -- Maintain standardized office files for activities that are assigned as
      principle responsibilities;

      --Develop a tracking system for all funded activities including pipeline

      -- Review daily cable traffic and highlight important information for
      Regional Team;

      -- Attend team, office and other meetings as assigned by the Regional
      Coordinator; when necessary prepare
      summaries of these meetings.

      -- As assigned by Regional Coordinator, develop and execute official
      documents, including but not limited to entries into
      the NMS, memos, cables, and information requests.

      -- Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned by the Regional

      MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for the GS-12 equivalent salary range
      indicated above, candidates must have 2 years
      experience working in OFDA. In addition, applicants should have a total of
      4 years of relevant work experience with United
      States Government (USG), Private Voluntary Organizations
      (PVO)/Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), International
      Organizations (IO) and/or United Nations (UN) Agencies (preferably in the
      area of disaster management) OR 2 year of
      relevant work experience with USG, PVO/NGO or UN Agency (preferably in the
      area disaster management) and a Masters
      in a related field. The salary and grade equivalent of preferred applicants
      not meeting the above-stated qualifications
      will depend on previous experience and education.

      A GS-11 equivalent shall be applicable for those preferred applicants with
      a 4-year college degree in a related field and 3
      years relevant experience OR a Masters Degree in a related field and 1 year
      relevant experience. Upon satisfactory
      performance and accrual of requisite qualifications for the next higher
      grade, successful applicants may be provided grade
      increases to the GS-12 equivalent.

      Send application materials to:

      Jesse Freese or Kirk Dohne
      GlobalCorps, A Division of XL Associates
      11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 709
      Rockville, MD 20852
      Phone (301) 770-0632
      Fax (301) 770-2354
      Email: ofda@...
      Web: http://www.globalcorps.com


      1. BENEFITS

      Employee's FICA Contribution
      Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance
      Pay Comparability Adjustment
      Annual Increase
      Eligibility for Worker's Compensation
      Annual & Sick Leave

      2. ALLOWANCES (if Applicable).

      * (A) Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).
      (B) Living Quarters Allowance (Section 130).
      (C) Post Allowance (Section 220).
      (D) Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).
      (E) Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).
      (F) Education Allowance (Section 270).
      (G) Education Travel (Section 280).
      (H) Post Differential (Chapter 500).
      (I) Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600), and
      (J) Danger Pay (Section 650).


      98-25 Defense Base Act (DBA) Coverage and DBA Waiver List _
      98-24 Use of Compensatory (Comp) Time by PSCs _
      98-23 Guidance Regarding Classified Contract Security and Contractor
      Personnel Security Requirements _
      98-16 Annual Salary Increase for USPSCs _
      98-14 Change in Required Application Form for USPSCs _
      98-10 Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) Annual Health Insurance Costs
      98-3 Class Deviation to 31.205-6(g)(3), Foreign National Severance Pay
      Under Professional Services Contracts _
      97-16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Competition for
      Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens
      Contracted with Locally with CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local
      Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of
      $250,000 or Less _
      97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicate Tax Rates for Personal Services
      Contracts _
      97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services _
      97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination _
      96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract _
      96-19 U. S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave _
      96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs _
      96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D, Handbook
      14 _
      94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contractors (PSCs) _
      93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services
      Contractor (PSC)


      1. Standard Form 171 or Optional Form 612.
      **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62).
      **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security)
      **4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85).
      **5. Finger Print Card (FD-258).

      NOTE: Form 5 is available from the requirements office.
      * Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).
      ** The forms listed 2 through 5 shall only be completed upon the advice of
      the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the
      successful candidate for the job

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