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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    Hardship posting in Barbados. ... From: Jesse C. Freese [mailto:jfreese@globalcorps.com] Sent: Friday, June 14, 2002 9:47 AM To: Emaillist Subject: OFDA is
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      Hardship posting in Barbados.

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      From: Jesse C. Freese [mailto:jfreese@...]
      Sent: Friday, June 14, 2002 9:47 AM
      To: Emaillist
      Subject: OFDA is recruiting a Regional Advisor


      Hello!

      You are receiving this email because you have, in the past, shown an
      interest in working for the U.S. Agency for International Development and,
      specifically, the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

      OFDA currently is seeking to fill the position of Regional Advisor for Latin
      America and the Caribbean. This position will be based in Bridgetown,
      Barbados. This is initially a 2-YEAR contract. This position is at the GS-14
      equivalent level ($70,205 - $91,265 Per Year). The solicitation closes June
      26, 2002. Applicants are encouraged to ensure that are all materials are
      received in this office prior to the closing date of the solicitation.

      If you are interested in this position and consider yourself suitable to the
      tasks and qualifications of the position please contact OFDA Recruiting by
      replying to this email or calling Ms. Heather Cameron at (202) 661-9369 or
      Mr. Jesse C. Freese at (202) 661-9366. The full solicitation can be seen
      below. You can view the solicitation and get more information on how to
      apply at http://www.globalcorps.com

      Please send the following materials:

      - A signed OF612 or SF171 (required by the solicitation - downloadable from
      our web page at http://www.globalcorps.com/of612.html)
      - Resume (possibly tailored to the position)
      - Cover letter (stating why you are the best candidate and discussing each
      of the quality ranking factors in the solicitation)
      - References (we ask for 5, we check references during the interview stage
      of the process and seek your permission first)

      Please note that it is absolutely required that we have a signed OF612 or
      SF171 in order to be considered for the position. No exceptions will be
      allowed.

      Referrals of qualified candidates are welcomed and encouraged.

      Jesse, Heather, and Bob
      GlobalCorps - OFDA Recruiting and Training
      202-661-9366

      NOTE: If you do not want to receive position announcements in the future
      please reply to this email with the phrase "Unsubscribe" or go to
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      Solicitation
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      Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean

      SOLICITATION NO: M/OP-02-1297
      ISSUANCE DATE: June 12, 2002
      CLOSING DATE: June 26, 2002 - 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

      SUBJECT: Solicitation for Personal Services Contractor (PSC)
      Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean

      Gentlemen/Ladies:
      The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for
      International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and
      Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
      (OFDA) is seeking applications (Standard Form 171 or Optional Form 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.
      Applicants are required to sign the certification at the end of the OF-612
      or SF-171. Applications that are received without signature will not be
      considered for the position.
      Questions may be directed to Heather Cameron 202-661-9369 or Jesse C. Freese
      202-661-9366, or Fax at 240-465-0244 or via e-mail at ofda@....
      Applicants should retain copies of all enclosures that accompany their
      proposals.
      Sincerely,

      Jean Horton
      Contracting Officer

      1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: M/OP-02-1297
      2. ISSUANCE DATE: June 12, 2002
      3. CLOSING DATE/TIME SPECIFIED FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: June 26, 2002 -
      11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
      4. POSITION TITLE: Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean
      5. MARKET VALUE: $70,205 - $91,265
      6. INITIAL PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: August 1, 2002 - July 31, 2004
      7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Bridgetown, Barbados
      8. JOB DESCRIPTION (TO INCLUDE EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
      FOR POSITION):

      Latin America and the Caribbean are extremely vulnerable to natural and
      technological disasters that have grown worse in recent years due to
      population pressures, large investments in infrastructure in vulnerable
      areas, and rapid industrialization. However, LAC's capacity to manage
      disasters has grown substantially in recent years and many nations are now
      generally capable of managing disasters up to moderate severity without
      external assistance. In major events, however, most nations of the region
      face a serious risk of having their overall coping capacities overwhelmed by
      disaster response requirements.

      OFDA's strategy seeks to reduce the demand for disaster relief, chiefly by
      increased preparedness and mitigation activities at the community level, and
      by strengthening governments' capacity to meet immediate post-disaster needs
      so as to prevent deterioration in the situation of disaster victims.


      STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

      The Regional Advisor for LAC will be based in Bridgetown, Barbados and will
      report to the Senior Regional Advisor for LAC in Costa Rica. The LAC
      Regional Advisor will be responsible for program monitoring and
      implementation of the 2001-2006 OFDA Strategic Plan for LAC in collaboration
      with the OFDA/Washington LAC Regional Team. The specific duties and
      responsibilities of the Regional Advisor for LAC will include:

      1) Responding to humanitarian emergencies--natural, technological and
      conflict-related disasters--in LAC and, as required, worldwide. The
      incumbent will be required to travel on short notice for periods up to 30
      days as a critical component of U.S. Government disaster and humanitarian
      response capacity. As a part of this travel, the incumbent will conduct
      initial assessments of damage and humanitarian needs, recommend appropriate
      relief assistance/interventions, and facilitate and coordinate actual U.S.
      Government emergency response activities;

      2) Maintaining close relations with USAID Missions, U.S. Embassies,
      host
      governments, and with national, international and non-governmental
      organizations that provide disaster relief assistance and/or engage in
      disaster preparedness or mitigation activities in LAC. As required, the
      incumbent shall assist (and coordinate, as appropriate) these entities with
      needs assessments and in identifying appropriate program content, and shall
      facilitate liaison with other regional, international and UN organizations;

      3) Assist national emergency organizations, non-governmental organizations,
      and other risk managers in LAC in developing strong emergency/disaster
      preparedness organizations. Specifically the incumbent will assist
      countries in:
      a. Preparedness, in the design, development, and implementation of
      technical assistance programs, training, and simulation exercises in risk
      management.
      b. Mitigation, in the development of program assistance for hazard,
      vulnerability, and risk analysis.

      4) Identifying opportunities for initiation of mitigation measures
      that
      could be linked to disaster response activities, with a view toward reducing
      the vulnerability of natural disaster-prone communities; and

      5) Serving as Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader or DART Member when
      DARTs are dispatched to LAC.

      BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the basic qualifications and selective
      factor(s) will be further evaluated based on the quality ranking factors
      listed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the
      factors on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what
      experience, training, education, and/or awards you have received that are
      relevant to each factor. Be sure to include your name, social security
      number, and the announcement number at the top of each additional page.
      Failure to address the selective and/or quality ranking factors may result
      in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience,
      education, training and/or awards.

      BASIC QUALIFICATIONS AND SELECTIVE FACTORS:
      (Determines basic eligibility for the position. Candidates not meeting all
      of the basic qualifications and selection factors are considered NOT
      qualified for the position)

      * Masters degree with significant study in or pertinent to the
      specialized
      field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics,
      food policy or a related field) or country, and two (2) years experience in
      emergency relief and humanitarian assistance.
      OR
      * Bachelor's degree with significant study in or pertinent to the
      specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations,
      economics, food policy or a related field) or country, and four (4) years of
      progressively responsible experience in emergency relief and humanitarian
      assistance.

      * 2 years of experience in disaster management in the assigned region.

      * Ability to obtain a security clearance as provided by USAID.
      * U.S. Citizen.


      QUALITY RANKING FACTORS:
      (Determines the ranking of qualified candidates in comparison to other
      applicants) The factors are listed in the order of importance from the
      highest to the least.

      * Knowledge and/or work experience with OFDA or other USG humanitarian
      relief agency.

      * Additional work experience surpassing the minimums stated in the
      Basic
      Qualifications and Selective Factors.

      * Demonstrated understanding of risk management including training,
      technical assistance, and mitigation activities related to disasters.

      * Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in French and
      Spanish.

      * Knowledge of and experience in dealing with foreign governments,
      other USG
      agencies including the State Department, Department of Defense, USAID
      Regional Missions, as well as other US organizations, donor governments, and
      international organizations involved in humanitarian response.


      WHERE TO APPLY:
      Via mail: GlobalCorps, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC
      20004
      Via facsimile: 240-465-0244
      Via email: ofda@...
      FOR INFORMATION ON OTHER VACANCIES OR FOR INFORMATION ON THE STATUS OF THIS
      VACANCY, CALL (202) 661-9369 or (202) 661-9366
      PLEASE READ ATTACHED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION. IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT
      INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
      ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR,
      SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NON-DISQUALIFYING
      HANDICAP, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE
      ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.
      A Voluntary Background Survey can be obtained from the above listed contacts
      or on-line at http://www.usaid.gov/about/employment/idi79-2.pdf . The
      information from this survey is used to help insure that agency personnel
      practices meet the requirements of Federal law. Your responses are voluntary
      and not required.
      (I)How To Apply
      A. Submit a signed OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, or
      SF-171, Application for Federal Employment. You include a resume as an annex
      to either of these forms. You must include the following information
      regardless of which application form/format you choose:
      1) The announcement number, title and grade and/or pay band of the position
      for which you are applying.
      2) Personal Information
      a) Full name, mailing address (including ZIP Code), home and work telephone
      numbers (including area code)
      b) Social security number AND country of citizenship
      c) Veterans' preference.
      d) Competitive status.
      e) Highest Federal civilian grade held, including job series and dates held.
      3) Education
      a) High school - name, city, state and ZIP Code (if known) and date you
      received diploma or GED.
      b) Colleges and universities - name, city, state and ZIP Code (if known),
      major(s), type(s) of degree(s) received and date(s) received. If you did not
      receive a degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or
      quarter hours.
      4) Job-Related Work Experience (Paid and Nonpaid)
      a) Job title (include series and grade if Federal) AND salary
      b) Starting and ending dates (month and year) AND hours per week
      c) Employer's name, address, and telephone number (including area code)
      d) Supervisor's name and telephone number (indicate if we may contact your
      current supervisor)
      e) Duties and accomplishments
      5) Other Qualifications
      a) Job-related training courses (title and year)
      b) Job-related skills (i.e., other languages, computer hardware/software,
      communications equipment, etc.) c) Job-related certificates and licenses
      (current only).
      d) Job-related honors, awards and special accomplishments (i.e.,
      publications, Memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership
      activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.). Give dates but do
      not send documents unless requested.

      General Information
      A. A separate application must be submitted for each announcement.
      B. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that applications are mailed in
      time to get them to the destination by the closing date of the announcement.
      Applications received after the closing date and time will be considered
      late, unless there is acceptable evidence to establish that it was received
      at the Government installation prior to the time and date specified in the
      solicitation.
      C. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

      AS A MATTER OF POLICY, AND AS APPROPRIATE, A PSC IS NORMALLY AUTHORIZED THE
      FOLLOWING BENEFITS:

      1. BENEFITS
      Employer's FICA Contribution
      Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance
      Pay Comparability Adjustment
      Annual Increase
      Eligibility for Worker's Compensation
      Annual & Sick Leave
      Eligibility for 401(k)

      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).

      3. CONTRACT INFORMATION BULLETINS (CIBs) PERTAINING TO PSCs
      01-09 Competitive Process - Personal Service Contracts ("PSCs") with U.S.
      Citizens for Support of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Initiatives
      01-07 Clarification of the Extension/Renewal Policy Regarding Personal
      Service Contracts (PSCs)
      00-08S Revision of Competitive Process - Personal Service Contracts ("PSCs")
      with U.S. Citizens
      00-08 Revision of Competitive Process - Personal Service Contracts ("PSCs")
      with U.S. Citizens
      00-05 Personal Service Contracts (PSCs) Annual Health Insurance Costs
      00-03 2000 FICA and Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts
      (PSCs)
      99-7 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services
      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
      98-12 Advertisement of and Requirements for Evaluating Applications for PSCs
      98-11 Determining a Market Value for PSCs
      98-3 Class Deviation to 31.205-6(g)(3), Foreign National Severance Pay Under
      Professional Services Contracts
      97-17 PSCs with U.S. Citizens or U.S. Resident Aliens Recruited from the
      U.S.
      97-16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Competition for
      Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted locally with CCNs
      and TCNs Subject to the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts
      of $250,000 or Less
      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
      94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contractors (PSCs)
      93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services Contractor
      (PSC)
      LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSCs
      1. Standard Form 171 or Optional Form 612.
      **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62).
      **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86),
      or
      **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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