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Notice Type: Sources Sought Notice
Subject: US/TCN PSC Climate Change Office Chief for the
Classification Code: R - Professional, administrative, and management support services
Place of Performance (address): USAID/ Dominican RepublicAv.
Place of Performance Country: DO
Dominican Republic USAID-
SUBJECT: Solicitation No. SOL-517-14-000001
Personal Services Contract --
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Submittals shall be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified.
Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to:
Ana Díaz or
Telephone Number: 809-731-7044/809-731-7042
Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosure which accompany their applications. All applications and the required documents should be submitted to the following persons by
Telephone Number: 809-731-7042/ 809-731-7044
Regional Executive Officer
STATEMENT OF WORK
Position Title: Climate Change Office Chief
Organizational Location: Climate Change Office (CCO),
Position Title of Supervisor:
Estimated Length of Position: 1 year
The primary components of the CCO portfolio are urban adaptation, disaster risk management, agriculture, and a new
USAID recently approved the FY 2014-2018 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for the
The USAID/DR climate change program is urban-focused and requires knowledge of urban planning in order to technically guide implementers, local government partners, and civil society in the creation of new planning processes. It also focuses on a subset of the many climate impacts that manifest in the
USAID/DR's climate change program and the new regional biodiversity project require coordination with USAID/
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The CCO Chief has principal responsibility for leading strategic planning, project design and implementation, and impact monitoring of USAID's programs to achieve climate change adaptation and other environmental objectives. As the senior technical expert within the Mission on climate change issues, the CCO Chief takes the lead in liaising with senior level public and private sector partners, as well as representatives of multilateral institutions (<org>World Bank,
Project Management and Implementation:
1. Technical Leadership: The CCO Chief will advise the
a. Provide technical analysis on specific issues relating to climate change adaptation, such as impacts on tourism, infrastructure, and other sectors/areas, and specific vulnerable populations, such as socio-economically disadvantaged persons, persons with disabilities, and youth, as requested;
b. Engage senior GODR officials, implementing partners, and other donors in high-level policy dialogue and discussions on issues related to climate change adaptation;
c. Establish and maintain relationships with appropriate USG agencies (Economic/Political Officers at the
d. Work closely with other donors and contribute to enhancing the coordination of donor activities in the climate change arena, seeking to ensure other donor resources complement USAID funding priorities and limitations to the maximum extent possible.
e. Prepare situation updates, overviews, and reports on climate change for the Mission Director, the
f. Brief USAID,
2. Program Management: The CCO Chief will ensure that CCO activities achieve desired results in an efficient and timely manner, consistent with USAID regulations and policies, including:
a. Provide overall technical guidance to the CCO team, implementing partners, and officials of the Government of the
b. Draft or coordinate the drafting, and ensure the quality of, documents related to the climate change development objective (e.g., Annual Reports, Congressional Presentation/Budget Justification, Program Reviews, Congressional and Technical Notifications);
c. Ensure the use of data collection and knowledge-based program management in regard to all aspects (implementation, technology, costing) of climate change adaptation and environmental strategies.
d. Provide leadership for performance management and monitoring activities that report reliable measures/indicators of portfolio impact;
e. Establish reporting systems to ensure that
f. Develop and keep up-to-date relevant briefing materials and public relations documents related to USAID's climate change, agriculture, and environment activities in the
g. Incorporate cross-cutting Mission themes (e.g. inclusive development, poverty reduction, civil society, policy reform, local governance, and strategic partnerships) into strategy development for climate change, environment, and agriculture to ensure themes are reflected in programming.
Level of Authority
The CCO Chief reports to the
1 Project Management Assistant, FSN-08
1 Secretary, FSN-06
The incumbent is authorized broad latitude to deal with senior government officials, representatives of international institutions, donor representatives, senior
Work Environment and Travel
Work is primarily performed in an office setting within USG offices in
Qualifications and Evaluation Factors
In order to be considered for this position a candidate must meet the required minimum qualifications listed below. The following factors will be the basis for the evaluation of applications meeting the required minimum qualifications. All applications will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted with the application. Applicants are encouraged to write a brief appendix to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training addresses the minimum qualifications and evaluation factors listed below. USAID reserves the right to contact previous employers for relevant information concerning the applicant's performance and may consider such information in its evaluation. The highest ranking applicants may be selected for an interview, but an interview is not always necessary.
Required Minimum Qualifications and Experience
This position requires a highly qualified and experienced individual with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to foster team work, the capacity for strategic thinking, and an understanding of the technical and policy requirements to achieve USAID climate change goals in the
A. Education (15 points): Must possess an advanced degree (Masters or Doctorate) in a relevant professional discipline, such as Environmental Science/Studies, Urban Planning, Public Policy, International Development or related subject, is required
B. Technical Experience (35 points):
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional level experience at the international program management level and experience working internationally in the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental programs, preferably with a focus on climate change adaptation and/or urban planning.
* Comprehensive knowledge and work experience in technical, scientific, socioeconomic, and cultural aspects of climate change, especially as it relates to climate change impacts and adaptation in developing nations, particularly urban areas.
* Knowledge and experience in human and institutional capacity building programs for improving the delivery of climate-related services, such as climate data and information, to developing country populations.
* Proven ability to evaluate program performance, analyze issues, design workable solutions and improve program impact as it relates to climate change issues.
* Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with USAID procedures and policies including procurement, financial and programmatic management, performance monitoring and evaluation of impact.
C. Language, Writing and Communication Skills (25 points):
* Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
* Proven ability to clearly and concisely, in writing and orally, convey technical concepts, technical information and policy positions regarding climate change.
* Demonstrated fluency in English and Spanish (Level IV written and spoken), with outstanding public speaking, negotiating, writing, and communication skills.
* Demonstrated ability to present complex material, including data, clearly, concisely, and persuasively in presentations, technical reports, and other media, at times within short timeframes.
* Ability to draft speeches for high-ranking officials, as well as press releases and success stories.
D. Teamwork and Management skills (20 points):
* Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to proactively build consensus.
* Ability to interact effectively and persuasively with a broad range of internal and external partners, especially high-ranking officials of the host country government, national NGOs and international organizations.
* Ability to function productively as a member of a multidisciplinary team and demonstrate experience and skills in managing human and financial resources.
* Demonstrated strong management and analytical skills to develop and implement effective climate change programs.
* Demonstrated strong financial management and administrative skills to track the performance of implementing partners.
E. Computer Literacy (5 points):
Proficiency with computer word processing, e-mail, worldwide web applications, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and spreadsheet programs, and related logistics software for management, forecasting, etc.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter. Qualified individuals are required to submit:
- A complete U.S. Government Optional Form 612 with hand-written signature (downloadable forms are available on the USAID website, http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/forms.
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 application.
List of Required Forms for PSCs
Forms outlined below can be found at: http://www.usaid.gov/forms/
1. Optional Form 612
2. Medical History and Examination Form (DS-1843) **
3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (SF-86) ** or
4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85)**
5. Finger Print Card (FD-258)**
** Forms 2 through 5 shall be completed ONLY upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the job.
Benefits and Allowances:
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
Employer's FICA Contribution
Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance
Pay Comparability Adjustment
Annual Increase (pending a satisfactory performance evaluation)
Eligibility for Worker's Compensation
Annual and Sick Leave
ALLOWANCES (if Applicable): *
(A) Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120)
(B) Living Quarters Allowance (Section 130)
(C) Post Allowance (Section 220)
(D) Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230)
(E) Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260)
(F) Education Allowance (Section 270)
(H) Post Differential (Chapter 500)
<p>(I) Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600) and
(J) Danger Pay (Section 650)
* Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas)
FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are required to pay Federal Income Taxes, FICA and
ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR, SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NON-DISQUALIFYING HANDICAP, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AND AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.
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