SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72052219R10013
ISSUANCE DATE: February 4, 2019
CLOSING DATE/TIME: February 22, 2019
SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Services Contractor (CCN PSC) – Local Compensation Plan
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 a Cooperating Country National (CCN) contract as described in this solicitation.
Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1, Sections I through V 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 contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any costs 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.
Avenida La Paz
Frente a La Embajada Americana
P.O. Box 3453 Tegucigalpa, Honduras
ATTACHMENT 1 SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72052219R10013
- GENERAL INFORMATION
- SOLICITATION NO.: 72052219R10013
- ISSUANCE DATE: February 4, 2019
- CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: February 22, 2019
- POSITION TITLE: USAID Project Management Specialist (Education Violence Prevention – Youth Resilience)
- MARKET VALUE: 548,214.00 – L. 931,958.00 equivalent to FSN-10 in addition to a generous benefits package, as contained in the Local Compensation Plan (LCP). In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
- PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Employment under this contract is of a continuing nature.
- PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: USAID/Honduras, Education Office (EDO), with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.
- SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: CCN/FSN standard clearance.
- STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Basic Function of Position
The USAID Project Management Specialist (Education Violence Prevention – Youth Resilience) is located in the Education Office and receives direct supervision from the USAID Project Management Specialist (Education/CARSI Supervisor) position. The incumbent shall contribute to achieving results under USAID/Honduras Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and its development objectives as they relate to education.
S/he will support the USAID Project Management Specialist (Education/CARSI Supervisor) and the Education (EDO) Team to ensure that youth resilience and school-based violence prevention activities are designed and implemented in alignment with defined strategy and priorities. This may include strategy development and review, coordination with the DO teams and other technical offices, program and project design, implementation management, results monitoring and analyses of performance and technical reports. S/he will support the EDO Team in ensuring that USAID’s youth engagement investments (positive youth development, school-based violence prevention, and resilience strengthening) meet the highest standards of professionalism, efficiency, and quality in working with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Security, municipalities, communities, the private sector and other donors to achieve planned results. S/he will actively participate in Mission DO structures, and sub committees to ensure EDO office coordination and integration of projects.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Activity Implementation (40%).
The USAID Project Management Specialist (Education Violence Prevention – Youth Resilience) will provide technical guidance to implementing partners to ensure sound management of positive youth development, school based violence prevention and education interventions. The incumbent will provide the team with assistance in tracking and reporting against targets. S/he will provide oversight to contractors and grantees by serving as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) or Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) for the selected implementing partners.
As COR/AOR, the incumbent will manage all administrative, technical, and financial aspects of these programs. S/he will closely track how the programs contribute to the Education Strategy, the Mission’s CDCS and to the Government of Honduras priorities for youth development and violence prevention as well as related technical areas and ensure that program activities remain aligned to the Honduran government’s long term objectives in the education sector. The USAID Project Management Specialist (Education Violence Prevention – Youth Resilience) will conduct regular site visits and progress reviews with the implementing partners’ key personnel. S/he will analyze, interpret, and summarize findings to report on program progress and impact and to respond to requests for data and information.
- Strategy and Activity Design (30%).
The incumbent will support EDO’s youth engagement, school-based violence prevention, and positive youth development in programming USAID/Honduras’ annual basic education and CARSI budget in alignment with Basic Education Earmarks, USAID Strategies and Mission CDCS Development Objectives in accordance with Agency guidance and procedures. S/he will review and update strategy documents, design and amend activities, and prepare program design and procurement documents including concept papers, project and activity approval documents, scopes of work and program descriptions, and budgets.
- Technical Guidance (15%).
The incumbent will serve as the EDO and DO Teams resource person and subject matter expert in specified areas (such as school based violence prevention, education focused citizen security, youth resilience, positive youth development, gender in education, and youth mentoring and training) as assigned. S/he will investigate international trends and best practices, remain knowledgeable about local initiatives, and represent EDO in strategy sessions, coordination meetings, and other activities when the subject matter is relevant.
- Knowledge Sharing and Communication (15%).
The incumbent will draft, review, and edit key English and Spanish language materials related to positive youth engagement and education related violence prevention activities supporting DO teams. S/he will contribute to the Mission’s Development Outreach and Communications Strategy by writing success stories, designing and leading site visits for high-level visitors, developing briefing and reporting documents for senior USAID and USG officials, and finding other ways to share information on the activities with audiences in Honduras and the United States.
The incumbent reports to the USAID Project Management Specialist (Education/CARSI Supervisor) within the Education Office.
Supervision of other USAID staff is not contemplated.
- AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All interested candidates. All applicants must be a naturalized citizen of the host country or must have the required work permit or documentation that permits the applicant to work legally in the country in order to be eligible for consideration.
- PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
- POINT OF CONTACT:
Department of State – Human Resources Office:
Telephone: 2236-9320, Ext. 4743
USAID/Honduras – Human Resources Office:
Telephone: 2236-9320, Ext. 4859
- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
- Education: A bachelor’s degree is required in the areas of education, sociology, international development, political science, economics or any other related social science. Applicants possessing higher level degrees are also strongly encouraged to apply.
- Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience working in violence prevention in school settings or youth resilience. Experience must include program management in positive youth development, violence prevention in education, and/or other activities related to promoting violence reduction and youth resilience and well-being in formal or non-formal education settings. Technical knowledge of school based violence prevention and formal or alternative youth education systems are required. Within these five years, a minimum of one (2) years of youth engagement and violence prevention design or implementation experience is required. Those candidates with additional professional experience relevant to the position are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Post Entry Training: Contracting Officer Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) certification courses, such as but not limited to: Introduction to the Program Cycle (IPC), Project & Activity Development and Implementation (PADI), Acquisition and Assistance Management for AOR/CORs (A&A104), Advanced Project Design Management (APD), as well as the courses for Financial Management, GLAAS, Monitoring and Evaluation, Gender, USAID regulations and requirements, activity development and implementation, and others related to the job. Training on leadership and management skills, and other Agency specific courses required to fulfill certain responsibilities will also be provided based on the availability of resources. Specific job related online courses will also be provided. The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the “Foreign Service National” Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.
- Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) proficiency in English and Spanish. At this level, the employee is required to possess a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English, including the ability to translate the host country language into precise and correct English, and English into the applicable foreign language. On occasion, the employee might be expected to act as an interpreter in situations where considerable importance attaches to proper word meaning. This will be tested.
- Job Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of the youth and education sector in Honduras, particularly as related to positive youth development and safe learning spaces is required, including the range of issues impeding access to youth skill development and employment, violence prevention in schools and strengthening of youth resilience. The incumbent is expected to bring knowledge and best practices for developing viable protection, resilience and youth strategies based on a strong understanding of the Honduran context. In addition s/he will provide detailed knowledge related to the design and management of education-focused youth and citizen security development programs or projects; especially activities targeted toward at-risk youth and vulnerable populations.
- Skills and Abilities: Strong communication skills are required. Demonstrated ability to work in a team and apply relevant technical skills is required. Excellent organizational skills are required to plan, supervise, and evaluate complex activities. Demonstrated ability to establish realistic program workloads and short- and long-term objectives is required. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite and Google applications are required as well as the ability to learn proper management of other software.
- EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
Candidates that meet the minimum requirements, as outlined in the solicitation, will be evaluated and ranked based on the following evaluation criteria:
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- PRESENTING AN OFFER
- Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the following:
- Cover Letter;
- Universal Application for Employment (UAE) as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174), which may be found in this website: https://hn.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/;
- A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information found on the form DS-174; plus
- Any other documentation such as diplomas or proof of the education requirement listed above.
- 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 in English via a single .PDF file entitled “FIRST NAME_LAST NAME.PDF” to both e-mail addresses:
E-mail subject must be as follows: “USAID Project Management Specialist (Education Violence Prevention – Youth Resilience)”. The PDF file should not exceed 20MB. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.
- Interested applicants may also hand-carry applications and deposit in the drop box located at the entrance of the American Embassy, Post # 3, Avenida San Carlos.
The US Mission in Tegucigalpa, Honduras 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 Department of State 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.
See http://www.usaid.gov/where-we-work/latin-american-and-caribbean/honduras for additional information
- 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.
- Completed DS-174 form.
- Copy of your Honduran ID card.
- Copy of your Driver’s License if you have one.
- Croquis of your current home address.
- An original and current “Constancia de Antecedentes Policiales” from División Policial de Investigaciones (DPI).
- An original and current “Constancia de Antecedentes Penales” from the Honduran Court System.
All candidates for employment with the US Mission must pass a background/security investigation and a medical certification. Any employment offer with the US Mission is contingent upon a candidate’s ability to secure the necessary certifications.
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is authorized the following benefits:
- Bonuses: Christmas Bonus, Vacation bonus and 14th month bonus
- Medical, Optical, Dental, and Life Insurance. The Mission pays the full premiums for employee’s life and medical insurance and pays 80% of the premiums of the medical insurance for dependents.
- Local Retirement Plan. The Mission contributes 10% from the employee’s Basic Annual Salary and the employee a minimum of 5% of the Basic Annual Salary.
- Annual Leave according to the following:
Completion of 1 year 112 Hours (14 working days)
Completion of 2 years 120 Hours (15 working days)
Completion of 3 years 136 Hours (17 working days)
Completion of 4 years or more 184 Hours (23 working days)
- 1040 hours of Sick Leave per calendar year.
- Entitlement of American and Local Holidays.
Employees are expected to pay each just financial obligation in a proper and timely manner, especially one imposed by law, such as local taxes. In this context, “in a proper and timely manner” means in a manner which does not, under the circumstances, reflect adversely on the U.S. Government as the employer. If an employee refuses or fails to pay his/her financial obligations, this will constitute valid grounds for separation, without liability for severance or notice on behalf of the U.S. Government.
U.S. Citizens/U.S. Residents under Cooperating Country National Personal Services Contracts (CCN PSC) are subject to U.S. tax withholding (federal income taxes, OASDI, and Medicare). U.S. taxes are deducted in lempira equivalent.
- USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs
USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources:
- 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
- Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms
- All applicable Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals are available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs
- 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