SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72052220R10001
ISSUANCE DATE: September 7, 2020
CLOSING DATE/TIME: September 25, 2020
1700 Local time, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
1900 Eastern Time
SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National or Third Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCN/TCN 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 contract as described in this solicitation.
Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1 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 1.
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72052220R10001
2. ISSUANCE DATE: September 7, 2020
3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: September 25, 2020
1700 Local time, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
1900 Eastern Time
4. POINT OF CONTACT:
Department of State - Human Resources Office:
USAID/Honduras – Human Resources Office:
5. POSITION TITLE: USAID Project Management Specialist (Rule of Law)
6. MARKET VALUE: 570,143.00 – L.969,237.00 equivalent to FSN- 10
In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of
USAID/Honduras. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Employment under this contract is of a continuing nature, estimated start date will be contingent upon the successful outcome of a security and medical clearance of the selected candidate.
8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: USAID/Honduras, Democracy and Governance (DG) Office, with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Duties.
9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: All interested candidates. All applicants must be a cooperating country citizen or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country, 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.
10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: CCN/FSN standard clearance.
11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Basic Function of Position
The USAID Project Management Specialist (Rule of Law) position is located in the Democracy and Governance Office (DG) and works under the supervision of the USAID
Project Management Specialist (Rule of Law) position. S/he will primarily act as the activity manager for a number of contracts/agreements, in support of the USAID/Honduras Democracy and Governance Office, and in some cases may be asked to serve as the Agreement or Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR), or alternate, for less complex mechanisms. S/he will provide support to the USAID/Honduras Mission in developing, planning, implementing, managing, and monitoring the Mission’s Rule of Law and good governance portfolio particularly related to the legal system, access to justice, including for marginalized groups, public administration, political/electoral reform, anti-corruption, transparency and accountability. In conjunction with other DG Office staff, s/he will contribute to Office and Mission actions related to: strategy development; project design; budgeting; program implementation and monitoring; conducting analyses, assessments, and evaluations; and the close-out of programs.
S/he will collaborate with mid-level colleagues from the local donor community, national government, and non-governmental organizations as well as with USAID/Honduras and other U.S. Government colleagues both in Honduras and Washington, D.C. The incumbent’s duties will involve participation in the full range of consultative, advisory, representation, monitoring, management, data collection and analysis, and evaluative aspects of the Rule of Law portfolio. S/he will be required to support and participate in a wide variety of technical activities and attend meetings, monitor programs through field visits, participate in the evaluation of programs, recommend solutions to problems that arise, and report on finances and achievements or problems in support of the USAID Project Management Specialist (Rule of Law) position or for other programs as required. The employee will assist in the identification and facilitation of public-private partnerships, supporting technical assistance and coordination with technical level governmental officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), professional associations, USAID implementing partners, and other donors.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Management: 30%
Serves as activity manager, AOR/COR, or alternate, for less complex awards related to Rule of Law (and if needed, good governance) programming.
Drafts and processes activity/programmatic documentation for clearance, including program descriptions, administrative and technical memos, and other documentation as required;
Reports the status of funds such as financial expenditures, sub-obligations, earmarks, commitments, disbursements, accruals and pipelines, and prepares reports on funding availability as required;
Tracks Initial Environmental Examinations for Rule of Law activities;
Resolves program issues (both self-identified and recommended) or brings them to the attention of appropriate staff.
Rule of Law and Good Governance Technical and Management Support: 30%
Assists the USAID Project Management Specialist (Rule of Law) position on all aspects of program management and day to day activities, which includes legal system, access to justice, including for marginalized groups, public administration, political/electoral reform, anti-corruption, transparency and accountability;
Performs a variety of research, reporting, and analytical duties to provide programmatic and technical activity management support including liaison functions for the Mission, civil society, media and governance activities in support of the DG Office;
Maintains information on the status and processes of the reforms to the judicial system, improvements in access to justice for vulnerable groups,
Performance Monitoring and Evaluation: 20%
• Assists in the regular monitoring and evaluation of various implementing partners working under the Democracy and Governance Office, as directed by the USAID Project Management Specialist (Rule of Law).
• Assists the USAID Project Management Specialist (Rule of Law) in the development of monitoring and evaluation plans within the annual work plans of specific programs.
• Collects and distributes programmatic and financial reports and develops and maintains a report tracking system.
• Compiles the quantitative and qualitative input from specific programs and provides input for the USAID/Honduras Mission’s Annual Report.
• Performs site visits, as required, to program locations to review and monitor the performance of the program to keep abreast of program developments.
Contribution to broader Mission Objectives: 10%
• Serves as a member (as assigned) to any Mission teams, including but not limited to, the Development Objective 3 (DO3) team responsible for guiding the development, implementation and evaluation of USAID/Honduras
Provides and follows up on recommendations to ensure effective program implementation assistance to support the rule of law and the justice system, good governance, improved service delivery, human and institutional capacity strengthening, and improved civil society sectors, cross-cutting themes and other sectors.
Pertaining to serving as team member on various Mission Teams, including the DO3 team, the incumbent will contribute to the drafting and finalizing activity-related correspondence and documents, and to performance reviews; drafts technical justifications for new activities and changes to on-going activities; organizes donor or other related events in support of activities; and assists in other program implementation as required.
Provides support to the DG or other Offices when workloads are extreme or when other staff members are on leave.
Official Representation, Interaction, and Association: 10%
Builds and maintains a productive professional working relationship with the following parties: all USG employees (e.g., USAID/Honduras, USAID/Latin America Region, USAID/Washington, U.S. Embassy officials, etc.) and nonUSG partners, including Government of Honduras officials other donor agencies, local and national government officials and the general public. Professional working relationships will be important to ensure coordination and harmonization of investments, learn from other development initiatives, solicit ideas from beneficiaries, and explain USAID programming priorities.
With reasonable oral instructions or suggestions the incumbent is directly supervised by the USAID Program Management Specialist (RoL) or his/her designee. Work is reviewed primarily in terms of results achieved upon completion, rather than the detail of work while in progress.
Supervision of other USAID staff is not contemplated.
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.
12. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
A bachelor’s degree in the areas of political science, law, public financial management, public administration, social sciences, or related field is required. Applicants possessing higher level degrees are also strongly encouraged to apply.
Prior Work Experience:
Minimum three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing, monitoring, managing or contributing towards development activities and programs/projects that include rule of law, transparency and anti-corruption, good governance, inclusion, participation, capacity building, institutional strengthening or related 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 Design (PD), Acquisition and Assistance Management for AOR/CORs (A&A104), Advanced
Project Design Management (APD), as well as the courses for Financial Management, GLAAS, 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 as long as resources and opportunities are available. Specific job related on-line courses will also be provided as well as extensive on-the-job training on USAID organization, policies, procedures, and integrated systems. 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.
Level IV (Fluent) in English and Level IV in Spanish (Fluent) are required.
Knowledge of Honduran judicial systems, institutions, practices, and procedures within Honduran institutions, the rule of law, civic participation, transparency, and anti-corruption is required. The Incumbent must have a good understanding of the justice system, public administration, electoral reform, civil society development and transformation of government strategy. Knowledge of the political, economic, social, and cultural environment in Honduras.
Skills and Abilities:
Strong analytical and research skills are required in order to understand Mission strategies, policies, and regulations in program management. Leadership and initiative will be important in order to best support the management of complex program and the contribution to less complex program, using a team-based approach. Strong interpersonal, management, and communications skills are required. Must have the ability to perceive, anticipate, and adapt to changing circumstances, and to understand complex and politically sensitive issues. Tact, diplomacy, and discretion are critical. Computer skills required include, but are not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Google and web-based applications.
III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. The FAR provisions referenced above are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.
Candidates that meet the minimum requirements, as outlined in this solicitation, will be evaluated and ranked based on the following evaluation criteria:
A comprehensive and thorough application of exceptional merit.
Candidate meets and fully exceeds the Government expectations and presents very low risk or no overall degree of risk of unsuccessful contract performance.
Strengths significantly outweigh any weaknesses that may exist.
A candidate demonstrating a strong grasp of the requirements of the position.
Candidate meets position requirements and presents a low overall degree of risk of unsuccessful contract performance.
Strengths significantly outweigh any weaknesses that exist.
A candidate demonstrating a reasonably sound application and a good grasp of the position requirements.
Candidate meets position requirements and presents a moderate overall degree of risk of unsuccessful contract performance.
Strengths outweigh weaknesses.
The candidate shows a limited understanding of the requirements.
Candidate meets some or most of the position requirements, but presents a significant overall degree of risk of unsuccessful contract performance.
Weaknesses equal or outweigh any strengths that exist.
The candidate does not meet the position requirements.
Presents an unacceptable degree of risk of unsuccessful contract performance.
Deficiencies and significant weaknesses demonstrate a lack of understanding of the Government’s needs.
Weaknesses and or deficiencies significantly outweigh any strengths that exist.
Applicants meeting the above required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and obtained through reference checks. The hiring panel may check references that have not been specifically identified by applicants and may check references before or after a candidate is interviewed. USAID/Honduras reserves the right to conduct interviews with the most highly ranked applicants and make the interview a deciding factor in selection.
IV. SUBMITTING AN OFFER
1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the following:
Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member, which may be found in this website:
A current resume or curriculum vitae in English 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.
2. 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 4 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 (Rule of Law)”. 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.
3. Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number on all offeror submitted documents.
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 https://www.usaid.gov/honduras for additional information.
V. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS PRIOR TO AWARD
Once the Contracting Officer (CO) informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms after an offeror is selected for the contract award:
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
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.
VI. BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
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.
VIII.USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs
USAID regulations and policies governing CCN and 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. Pricing by line item is to be determined upon contract award as described below:
Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other
Direct Costs (ODCs)
- Award Type: Cost
- Product Service Code: R497 - Accounting Info:
Funding Type: Program
BBFY / EBFY: 2018/2019
Template: Mission Program Funds
Distribution Code: 522-M
Team / Division: HONDUR/DG
Resource Category: 1130007, 1210601, 1150957
$TBD at Award after negotiations with