SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72052219R10014
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 PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost 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: 72052219R10014
- GENERAL INFORMATION
- SOLICITATION NO.: 72052219R10014
- ISSUANCE DATE: February 4, 2019
- CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: February 22, 2019
- POSITION TITLE: USAID Project Management Specialist (M&E and Learning)
- MARKET VALUE: 746,325.00 – L. 1,268,741.00 equivalent to FSN-11 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 (M&E and Learning) is located in the Education Office and will provide management and technical support to the education team and directly reports to the Education Office Chief. The incumbent shall work closely with the Office Chief to manage the Mission’s program objectives in basic education, violence prevention in schools and institutes and workforce development. With an annual budget of approximately $13 to $17 million in Basic Education funds (and additional CARSI funding of $5-7 million per year), USAID’s education program focuses on promoting the quality of education systems, to improve teaching, increase relevance of materials, create safe learning environments, promote community engagement for education, improve student assessments systems and increase employment for the most vulnerable youth.
The USAID Project Management Specialist (M&E and Learning) will provide support to the team in the areas of monitoring, evaluation and learning. This may include support in developing Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Plans (MELPs), Scopes of Work for evaluations, assessments, sector specific research, guidance on use of indicators, and analyses of performance and technical reports. The incumbent will serve as a senior manager and technical advisor for all monitoring, evaluation, learning and training aspects of the Mission’s education program, supporting the Office Director in ensuring that the USAID meets the highest standards of professionalism, efficiency, and quality in working with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Security, municipalities, communities, and other donors to achieve planned results.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Program Management – 45%
The USAID Project Management Specialist (M&E and Learning) shall provide the Education Office and USAID Mission with in depth expert guidance on monitoring, evaluation and learning components of USAID/Honduras’ education and workforce development portfolio. The incumbent will provide leadership and structure from an impact perspective to the process of programming USAID’s annual education budget in accordance with Agency guidance and procedures. S/he will work closely with the Office Director and other team members to design, manage, and report upon a complex portfolio of contracts and grants. S/he will provide technical expertise to the team on monitoring, evaluation and learning. This will include support in developing project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plans (MELPs), Mission Performance Management Plans (PMPs) Evaluation plans, Scopes of Work for evaluations, research and assessments, guidance on use of indicators, and analyses of performance and technical reports. In addition, s/he will promote the application of learning and the use of performance information in resource allocation decisions by the Office Director and Senior Management through leading discussions, preparing analysis and other methods. The USAID Project Management Specialist (M&E and Learning) will be one of the key technical writers on the team, expected to draft various strategic, briefing, procurement, and reporting documents based on technical information and data analysis. S/he will report to the Education Office Director and have frequent direct contact with senior State Department and/or Mission management, with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Security and other donors, and with USAID/Washington regarding all aspects of program management and reporting.
- Management of Activity Implementation – 40%
The USAID Project Management Specialist (M&E and Learning) will provide technical guidance to implementing partners to ensure sound management, design and implementation of robust M&E systems within education and workforce development interventions. At the same time, s/he will ensure that USAID/Honduras’ education office activities are complementary to efforts of other donors and the priorities of the Education Sector in Honduras. S/he will provide the team with assistance in tracking, analyzing and reporting against targets for all EDO awards; in addition s/he will facilitate adaptation of activities based on changing conditions, new evidence, and learning. The USAID Project Management Specialist (M&E and Learning) will provide oversight to contractors and grantees by serving as Contracting Officer Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) for selected implementing partners. As COR/AOR, the incumbent will manage all administrative, technical, and financial aspects of these programs. S/he will lead an M&E collaborating and learning strategy group including all M&E specialists from all EDO awards. S/he will closely track the Ministry’s priorities for related technical areas, engage in dialogue on these priorities with the Ministry and other donors, and ensure that USAID programming contributes to the Honduran government’s long-term objectives for the education sector. The USAID Project Management Specialist (M&E and Learning) will conduct regular site visits and progress reviews with the implementing partners’ Key Personnel. S/he will verify and report on program impact at the level of the Ministry of Education and targeted beneficiaries. In addition, s/he will contribute to the team’s Development Outreach and Communications strategy by writing up program success stories and finding other ways to share information on USAID/Honduras’ education program with audiences in Honduras and the United States.
- Representation to the Ministry of Education, Other Donors and Stakeholders –15%
The USAID Project Management Specialist (M&E and Learning), in coordination with other education team members, will establish and maintain collaborative relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders including central and decentralized levels of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Security, other donors, and private sector and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) representatives working to improve education and workforce development in Honduras. S/he will participate regularly in donor working groups including the “Mesa Redonda de Cooperantes en Educacion” (MERECE), and in the various working groups that the Ministry uses to coordinate partner interventions. This may include providing support to MERECE’s joint efforts, such as monitoring missions to assess progress under the GOH Priorities for the education sector in Honduras. ME&L Specialist will represent USAID in a variety of different official settings, including to senior levels of the Ministry of Education. S/he must demonstrate strong diplomatic and communication skills, and have previous experience working for bilateral organizations or international development programs as part of similar education sector reforms.
The incumbent reports to the EDO Office Chief or his/her designee. The incumbent will be expected to suggest assignments and practical overall approaches to their execution. The supervisor will review these suggestions and, if approved, will provide wide latitude to the incumbent in determining the details of their execution.
Assignments are made orally and in writing. The supervisor provides a review of the assignment, the goals and objectives to be achieved, and the results expected. The job holder will seek advice and assistance as required. Work is reviewed in terms of results achieved.
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 University degree in the areas of Monitoring and Evaluation and/or Psychometrics in Education, areas related to Social Sciences, Project Management, Administration, Social Work or related field is required. Applicants possessing higher level degrees are also strongly encouraged to apply.
- Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience managing bilateral/multilateral international development programs in basic education/international educational development is required, out of these five years, a minimum of two (2) years of experience working in the area of monitoring and evaluation is required. This must also include experience in formative, summative, and impact evaluations; sector assessments; monitoring systems development, applied research; and program/project monitoring and evaluation is required. Expertise and technical knowledge of education systems and policy reform 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: Knowledge of education issues specific to Honduras is required. Knowledge of international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals, Education for All and of sector-wide approaches including multi-donor sector investment programs is required. The incumbent is required to bring state-of-the-art knowledge of international best practices in the area of monitoring and evaluation of education systems and programs, to include student and teacher assessment, cost-benefit analyses, and sector-wide performance. Knowledge and/or previous experience with the focal technical areas of Honduras’ basic education program: education system decentralization, education sector planning and management, capacity-building, pre-service and in-service teacher training, use of radio and/or other technologies to improve education, student assessment, community participation in education, school based violence prevention, and youth workforce development is required. Must have robust knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection and data analysis techniques for social sciences.
- Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to work in a team, with excellent management and technical skills, is required. Strong communication skills are required. Advanced research and evaluation design, indicator development, and statistical analysis skills are required. Strong analytical skills and the ability to summarize disparate information in a clear and concise manner. Excellent organizational skills are required to plan, supervise and evaluate complex activities. Demonstrated ability to establish realistic team and program workloads, benchmarks, and short- and long-term objectives is desirable. Skill in conceptualizing programs, policies, plans and developing strategies for their management and implementation is required. Knowledge and use of statistical and data analysis software 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. Good information management skills, excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills are required to ensure smooth and effective flow of information.
- 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 (M&E and Learning)”. 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.
3. 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