SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72052220R10007
ISSUANCE DATE: November 13, 2020
CLOSING DATE/TIME: December 04, 2020 (Midnight Local Time - Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
SUBJECT: Solicitation for a USAID Project Management Specialist (HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment) under a Cooperating 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, Section IV – Submitting and Offer of this solicitation. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records. Please refer to the Suggested Checklist shown on the last page of this solicitation to make sure all the required documentation and information for a proper submission of your application is included. Incomplete applications or submissions received after the closing date and time specified will not be considered.
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 Attachment 1, Section of this solicitation.
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
SOLICITATION NO.: 72052220R10007
ISSUANCE DATE: November 13, 2020
CLOSING DATE AND TIME
FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: December 4, 2020 (Midnight Local time, Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
POINT OF CONTACT:
Department of State - Human Resources Office: E-mail: TGGUSAID@state.gov
USAID/Honduras – Human Resources Office:
POSITION TITLE: USAID Project Management Specialist (HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment)
MARKET VALUE: 826,630.00 – L.1,405,258.00 equivalent to FSN- 11
In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of
USAID/Honduras. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
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.
PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: USAID/Honduras, Education Development Office (EDO), with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Duties.
ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: All interested candidates. All applicants must be a citizen of the country or a non-country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country but 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.
SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: CCN/FSN standard clearance.
STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
General Statement of Purpose of Contract:
The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) represents the US government response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history. Thanks to American leadership and generosity, alongside the work of many partners, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives, averted millions of infections, and changed the course of the epidemic. As countries progress towards HIV/AIDS epidemic control, the point at which new HIV infections have decreased and fall below the total number of deaths among HIV-infected individuals, PEPFAR is now undertaking the challenge of controlling the pandemic.
The USAID Project Management Specialist (HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment) serves as a technical leader and resource in strategic planning, program and activity design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment programs/projects/activities. The Specialist serves as the in-house subject matter leader on HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment, and the Mission and U.S. Government (USG) representative in policy, strategic, and technical engagements with the host-country Ministry of Health (MOH), USG interagency, international and bilateral organizations, and donor agencies to address technical issues and coordinate efforts in implementation of HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment activities. The work includes serving as a Program/Project Manager and Contracting/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) for significant and targeted interventions, service as an Activity Manager for centralized programs, providing technical assistance to the appropriate host-country Ministry in the development of host-country policies, and the design and management of in-country programs/projects/activities, reflecting best practices in HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment. The Specialist works with the host government and other donors to ensure a well-coordinated approach to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment.
The position is located in the USAID Education Development Office (EDO). The incumbent reports to the Deputy Education Development Officer or his/her designee and has no supervisory responsibility.
Statement of Duties to be Performed:
Note: This is a Standard Position Description (SPD), designed for use in multiple locations; for this reason, percentages of time for each Major Duty are omitted.
A. TECHNICAL AND STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
The Specialist provides a high level technical guidance, including clinical HIV Care and Treatment recommendations, to the Mission and the Ministry of Health in HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment including counterparts and senior level officials; provides direction in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment programs/ projects/activities and interventions; and/ provides oversight to the annual HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment budget, ensuring costs remain within budget planning levels, and that efficiency is maximized. The Specialist works closely with other units within the Education Development Office, and across the USAID Mission, to optimize opportunities for cross-sectoral integration, and the leveraging of resources across the different program components; and, works closely with the Health Systems Strengthening Team to ensure adequate planning towards uninterrupted availability of key HIV commodities, including antiretrovirals (ARVs), test kits, and essential laboratory reagents. The Specialist provides technical leadership in quality and performance improvement, working with key stakeholders to improve the quality of facility and community-level HIV Care and Treatment services, by applying evidence-based guidelines, approaches, and tools; and, liaises with the other technical advisors and MOH staff to institutionalize and scale up quality improvement for HIV Care and Treatment service delivery
Through literature review, research and regular communication with local and international stakeholders, the Specialist keeps abreast of emerging developments in the national and global HIV Care and Treatment landscape, and advises accordingly on how policies, strategies, and technical guidelines can most effectively be incorporated to enable the Mission to maintain fidelity and relevance in its HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment programs. The Specialist provides advice and guidance to other Education Development Office and HIV/AIDS Team colleagues on matters relating to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment, and how best the other program components could contribute to ensure an effective service cascade.
The Specialist provides oversight and guidance to USAID Implementing Partners (Ips) newly emerging and highly efficacious approaches to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment program/project/activity implementation; with the Strategic Information Team, advise on the development of tools (dash boards, league tables, etc.) that support continuous learning and adapting to further improve and evolve the USAID knowledge base and data management capability related to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment activities; and, advises on targeted analyses of HIV/AIDS data to inform program/project/activity planning and implementation. In addition, the Specialist provides technical assistance to USG financial teams and technical working groups in completing the PEPFAR Funding Allocation to Strategy Tool (FAST), and any other new tools that may be provided for use in the planning processes.
B. PROGRAM/PROJECT/ACTIVITY MANAGEMENT
The Specialist serves as a Contracting or Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) for Mission HIV Care and Treatment programs; keeps the supervisor informed regularly of program implementation progress, results, and issues/problems on a timely basis; perceives, determines, and arranges for procurement of Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA), ensuring that objectives and outcomes of the Technical Assistance are consistent with and support the furtherance of the Mission HIV/AIDS Care and
Treatment portfolio; participates in and ensures the effectiveness of Site Improvement Monitoring System
(SIMS) and other field visits to improve service delivery quality, including provision of clinical recommendations on HIV Care and Treatment; and, organizes site visits and prepares orientation materials for delegations from Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), USAID Headquarters, the Department of State, and other agencies, and plays a leading role in advising other Health Office colleagues on quality assurance/improvement methodologies and techniques in order to improve the performance of all health service providers.
C. REPRESENTATION AND REPORTING
The Specialist represents USAID and PEPFAR at designated national, regional, and international meetings, in particular those relating to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment, including regular participation in national-level HIV/AIDS technical working groups and related committees; represents USAID on the inter-agency USG PEPFAR Inter-Agency Technical Team, along with the Team Leader; represent USAID at meetings outside of the HIV/AIDS field, as requested by the Mission Director, Education Development Office Chief, or the Team Leader; responds to a wide range of work-related requirements as a member of the PEPFAR Team, including responding to requests for information from USAID Washington, OGAC, and the Congress; establishes strategic working relationships with senior hostgovernment officials at the national and district level, donor agencies, civil society organizations, privatesector health counterparts, and Medical Associations in order to enhance the sharing of information on HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment, including changes in key policies, and legal and regulatory environments that could affect the implementation of USAID programs/ projects/activities; and, serves as a USAID representative on inter-agency forums related to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment.
The Specialist provides strategic and technical leadership in the preparation of key annual and mid-term planning and reporting documents, including the Country Operational Plan, Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justifications, Technical Notifications, Quarterly, and Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports; and, supports the annual PEPFAR budget preparation processes.
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.
The Specialist works under the very general supervision of the Education Office Chief, and the closer but general supervision of the Deputy Education Development Officer or his/her designee. The supervisor makes assignments in terms of overall objectives and resources available. Completed work is reviewed in terms of achievement of program/project/activity goals, effectiveness in meeting host-country and USAID objectives, and integration with other initiatives in the Education Development Office and Mission portfolio. Some technical direction may come from other professionals in the Office; in general, however, the Specialist will be expected to exercise considerable autonomy and best judgment in discharging the duties of the assignment.
Continuing supervision of other Education Development Office and/or Mission staff is not contemplated.
Oversight of short- and medium- term technical contractors and TDYers is contemplated, requiring the
Specialist to prepare interim performance assessments for long-term TDYers and contractors. The Specialist provides mentoring and coaching in key areas of HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment, especially on newly emerging evidence and approaches to foster common knowledge across the portfolio.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
Education: The work requires the equivalent of a US-style Master’s Degree in Public Health, in a field related to HIV, Health, Social Work, International Development, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology, Biology, Infectious Disease, Organizational Development, Political Science, Business Administration or a closely related field. Applicants possessing higher level degrees are also strongly encouraged to apply.
Prior Work Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of public health programming in developing or middle-income countries, with a focus on HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment, is required. This experience must demonstrate that the Specialist has strong clinical skills in HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment. The Specialist must have demonstrated technical leadership in public health program management, planning, policy experience, and problemsolving skills while working on complex programs/projects/activities in a highly sensitive environment. Those candidates with additional professional experience relevant to the position are strongly encouraged to apply.
Language Proficiency: Level 4 (fluent proficiency) English and local language proficiency, both oral and written, is required. This will be tested.
Job Knowledge: The Specialist must have in-depth professional-level knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to managing HIV/AIDS care and treatment activities in the host country, and the problems and policies of the host country from the business, political, civil society, and social perspectives. The Specialist must have knowledge and understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of the host country and the region; development problems in the HIV/AIDS sector in the host country and the region; an understanding of the resources, resource constraints, and overall development prospects and priorities of the host country and the region; and, knowledge of USG legislation, policy, and practice relating to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment activities, of USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation, and of the objectives, methodology, and status of assigned activities.
Skills and Abilities: The Specialist should be able to facilitate and link culturally appropriate assessments, counseling, treatment deficits, and related issues and facilitation of linkages to food security programs, including water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion; and, be able to use this data for decision making. The Specialist must be able to provide technical leadership in HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment; and apply this knowledge to advanced programming in the host country and the region. The Specialist must have the ability to present information, analyses, and recommendations in clear written and oral formats. The ability to independently conceive, plan, organize, manage, and evaluate important, diverse and complex work projects, to drive high-level performance and outcomes of USAID HIV treatment programs is required. The Specialist must possess the ability to respond professionally and adjust in fluid situations in order to meet deadlines in the face of competing priorities and time pressures. Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and tact, to work effectively with people at all levels in a culturally diverse environment, accept divergent points of view and help find consensus to achieve team goals, is required. Excellent computer skills including in Microsoft Office, web-based databases, and electronic filing, including the ability to help others and to learn new programs quickly is required.
III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.2151. The Contracting Officer (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 adjectival evaluation criteria and characteristics:
EVALUATION CRITERIA / ADJECTIVE DEFINITION
- 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
Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the following:
A current resume or curriculum vitae in English;
Any other documentation such as diplomas or proof of the education requirement listed on Section II of this solicitation.
Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, Item 3, and submitted to BOTH e-mail addresses:
Offeror submissions must clearly reference in the e-mail Subject Line the following:
“USAID PMS (HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment) SOL. No. 72052220R10007”. The PDF file should not exceed 20MB.
The US Mission in Tegucigalpa, Honduras provides Equal Opportunity Employment (EEO) and fair and equitable treatment 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 on USAID’s work and programs.
V. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS PRIOR TO AWARD
Once the 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 – Employment Application for LE Staff or Family Member form;
Copy of the Honduran ID card;
Copy of the Driver's License if available;
Croquis of the current home address;
An original and current "Constancia de Antecedentes Policiales" from the 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.
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 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”
Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other
Direct Costs (ODCs)
- Award Type: Cost
- Product Service Code: R497 - Accounting Info:
Funding Type: Program
2019 2023 GH-H
Appropriation: 72-1919 / 231031
Template: Mission Program Funds
Resource Category: 1130007, 1210601, 1150957
$TBD at Award after negotiations with
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.
Suggested Checklist for proper submission of information and application requirements
Complete Solicitation has been read.
Cover Letter prepared.
Curriculum Vitae in English. Curriculum Vitae in Spanish is not required but suggested.
Curriculum Vitae converted in PDF. format not exceeding 20MB.
Naming convention for Curriculum Vitae in PDF. file is:
“First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name”, i.e. “John A. Doe”.
Proof of diplomas to support the Education Requirement are included. Only include diplomas of Mater’s and University degree or above or any other diploma that is relevant to the position.
The Subject Line on the email reads as follows:
“USAID PMS (HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment) SOL. No. 72052220R10007”.
The full application package must be submitted by December 4, 2020 (Midnight Local Time - Tegucigalpa, Honduras). Application packages submitted after this Closing Date/Time will not be accepted.