Project Management Specialist (Private Sector)
SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72066018R10008
ISSUANCE DATE: September7, 2018
CLOSING DATE/TIME: September 28, 2018
SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC)
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, 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.
Supervisory Executive Officer
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72066018R10008
2. ISSUANCE DATE: September 7, 2018
3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: September 28, 2018
4. POSITION TITLE: USAID Project Management Specialist (Private Sector)
5. MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-11 in accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Democratic Republic of the Congo. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The period of performance is five years. The services provided under this contract are expected to be of continuing nature executed by USAID through a series of sequential contracts, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory job performance and need for continued services.
7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Regional Security Office Clearance
9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES
A. Basic Function of Position
The Private Sector Specialist (Specialist) is an integral member of the Economic Growth (EG) office of USAID/Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Specialist’s primary responsibility is to work on all issues pertaining to private sector development, including playing a leading role in identifying, designing, and brokering public-private partnerships (PPP) which help to improve the social and economic conditions in the DRC and deepen USAID’s development impact. S/he will work directly with government actors, private sector contacts, donors, and other development stakeholders to help develop, refine and advance private sector participation (PSP) and public-private partnerships related development policies, principles and goals, applying a high degree of autonomy in selection of work methods. The specialist will help lead the development, design, implementation, processing, negotiation and administration of projects with a focus on PPP or PSP, particularly in power, energy, agriculture, mining, health, education, environment, civil society and governance. The specialist will also provide technical input to procurement actions and projects, including but not limited to statements of work (SOW), program descriptions (PDs), global development alliances (GDAs); and supporting USAID work in power sector reform, agricultural value chain development, access to finance, entrepreneurship development, responsible minerals trade, and the policy and regulatory environment for private sector development. S/he requires a strong private sector background as well as timely decision making, judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, and strong interpersonal, organizational, and teamwork skills.
B. Major Duties and Responsibilities
USAID’s strategy for integrated, transformational development in DRC seeks to leverage private sector involvement in development activities to improve the social and economic conditions in the DRC and deepen USAID’s development impact. The private sector plays an increasingly critical role in shaping sustainable economic and social development. USAID engages corporations, local businesses, financial institutions, investment firms, private foundations and others as core partners in efforts to drive economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve business outcomes. By working together to jointly identify, define, and solve key business and development challenges, USAID and the private sector can build mutually beneficial partnerships that leverage respective expertise, assets, technologies, networks and resources to achieve greater development impact. In many cases, these transformational partnerships take the form of GDAs. The main function of this position is to assist the EG Office in providing leadership to the Mission to achieve this strategic vision.
The incumbent will take an active, results oriented role in helping to increase PSP throughout the Mission’s vast development portfolio. The position will also provide technical expertise and support leadership, management, policy dialogue and coordination for the USAID/DRC’s Economic Growth Office. This includes providing requested technical advice in private sector development issues and policies in DRC. The position is also responsible for developing and maintaining comprehensive knowledge of current economic growth issues and model networking best practices for establishing and maintaining professional working relationships with other USAID technical offices, key implementing partners, donors, local leaders, and private sector contacts. The Specialist position is to serve as an expert within the EG office on private sector growth and development.
a) Play a leading role within the EG team in identifying, designing, and brokering PPPs in collaboration with other USAID offices (Education; Health; Office of Democracy; Human Rights; and Governance; Food for Peace; and Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment), governments, private sector actors, donors and other development stakeholders. (40% of time)
c) Network, build and maintain strong relationships with local and international private sector contacts, multilateral and bilateral development funding agencies, domestic and foreign universities, stakeholders in all levels of government, and other development actors. (20% of time)
d) Help manage assistance program areas in GDA, power sector reform, access to finance, and agribusiness acting as the Contract/Agreement Officers Representative (COR/AOR) or Alternate COR/AOR for contracts and/or assistance mechanisms. (15% of time)
e) Support the EG team on providing technical input on procurement actions and projects with PSP and economic implications. (10% of time)
f) Provide advice and counsel on necessary policy reforms to improve the business enabling environment for inclusive economic growth. (10% of time)
g) Assist EG team to develop micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) development programs and activities. (5% of time)
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.
C. Supervisory Relationship: The Specialists will receive supervision from the Economic Growth Office Director.
D. Supervisory Controls: The Specialist will not serve as a supervisor.
10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All interested CCN candidates. Cooperating Country National (CCN) is defined as an individual who is a cooperating country citizen or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country.
11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
12. POINT OF CONTACT: email@example.com
II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
A. Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, in Business, Economics, Finance, Trade and/or related fields preferably with specialization in private sector development, or trade.
B. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of prior work experience in private sector or business development/project management/trade positions building private sector partnerships, analyzing and coordinating programs in the field of economic development, private sector promotion, trade, finance, or international business is required. Demonstrated experience building both international and domestic private sector partnerships preferred. This can also include knowledge and experience in such areas as fostering of the business enabling environment, agribusiness, trade and investment, and access to finance. The incumbent should have a broad understanding of DRC’s business environment and its relationships to DRC law, policy, and private sector operations.
D. Language Proficiency: (High level of proficiency in both French and English (Level IV is required). This position will have a strong component for high level oral communication in both French and English. Specialist must be able to prepare complex papers documenting program activities and/or individual and/or team conceptualization processes, and other correspondence and materials in English. The Specialist must be able to fully participate in meetings and discussions conducted in English.
D. Job Knowledge: The incumbent requires a strong skill-set in private sector development and demonstrated experience in building and managing private sector partnerships. A comprehensive knowledge is required of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices for the policy, technological and institutional factors constraining growth and diversification in the DRC economy, especially in the areas of trade, agriculture, power, and/or agribusiness. Appropriate understanding of issues constraining private sector development, transparent and efficient administration and implementation of business policies is desirable, as is that of financial institutions’ operating practices, venture capital development, trade, marketing and sales of financial and savings products, loan guarantees, foreign direct investment, and international trade. Computer literacy in word processing, spread sheet preparation and analysis, project scheduling and data base management is required. The incumbent must have broad knowledge of current political, social, economic and strategic factors in DRC and an excellent understanding of the complexity of DRC organizational structure, bureaucracy and the reform processes which are on-going.
E. Skills and Abilities: Candidate must be a self-starter. Must be innovative and resourceful in dealing with the various components and stakeholders of this position. Must have a high degree of initiative and seek and persistently pursue opportunities both cooperatively and independently to achieve development outcomes. S/he requires highly astute communication, interpersonal, organizational, and networking skills. S/he must have strong quantitative and analytical skills as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. The Specialist must have the ability to work effectively in a team to meet tight deadlines that require researching and developing appropriate responses to requests from USG units, private sector, government actors, and other development stakeholders. The candidate must be persistent, yet have the patience to develop, nurture, and maintain long-lasting partnerships with private sector, governmental, and NGO contacts.
III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
The evaluation and selection criteria of the selected candidate will be based on a review of his/her qualifications, work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities, and level of language required. The applicants who obtain the highest score based on the criteria defined will be interviewed and may also be required to pass a written test (depending on the TEC Chairperson’s decision). The security clearance and medical clearance is required for the top ranking candidate, after conducting and receiving the positive reference checks.
Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs):
- Experience: 30 points
- Knowledge: 30 points
- Skills and Abilities: 20 points
- Language: 20 points
Total Possible Points: 100 points
The candidate with the highest score will be selected based on the above criteria.
IV. PRESENTING AN OFFER
1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete, sign and submit the offer form- DS-174 Application for U.S. Federal Employment. The DS-174 Application form can be found in the US embassy website https://cd.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/job-opportunities/
2. A cover letter and a CV written in English.
4. Offers must be received by September 28, 2018 at 17:00 (Kinshasa Time) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
5. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation Number in the offer submission.
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:
- Medical History and Examination Form (Department of State Forms)
- Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85)
- Finger Print Card (FD-258)
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances: Child Allowance, Spouse allowance, 13th and 14th Month Bonuses, Transportation Allowance, Meal Allowance, Housing Allowance, and Miscellaneous Allowance, Medical Coverage, Annual Leave and Sick Leave.
The employees are responsible for calculating and paying local income taxes. The USAID/DRC does not withhold or make local income tax payments.
VIII. USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs
USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources:
1. 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
2. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms
3. Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins ( AAPDs/CIBs ) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs
4. 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
END OF SOLICITATION
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY : The USAID Mission in DRC 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. USAID/DRC also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations.
The EEO complaint procedure is 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.
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