USAID | DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72066018R10006
ISSUANCE DATE: July 23, 2018
CLOSING DATE/TIME: August 10, 2018
SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service
Contractor (CCN PSC)
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
Supervisory Executive Officer
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72066018R10006
2. ISSUANCE DATE: July 23, 2018
3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: Kinshasa time August 10, 2018 at 17.00
4. POSITION TITLE: (Re-advertisement) Project Management Specialist ( Climate Change)
5. MARKET VALUE: 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: 5 years renewable depending on funds availability
7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Work authorization/certification of employment
9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES
A. Basic functions of the position
The incumbent is a Senior Foreign Service National (FSN) and the Mission’s in-house Climate
Change expert who serves as a technical specialist within USAID/Central Africa Regional
Program for Environment (CARPE) Office. In this capacity, the incumbent manages projects and
activities in support of CARPE in the DRC, Republic of the Congo and other regional countries
as appropriate. The incumbent is responsible for the overall direction of all climate change
activities aimed at addressing climate change impacts related to land and water management
practices. The incumbent provides a full range of expert climate change advice and analytical
and technical support to the CARPE Office; supports program priorities that strengthen local
resiliency to climate change and forest protection; and liaises with other Mission programs to
identify synergies in programs. S/he develops internal Mission documentation supporting project
planning and implementation, such as Action Memoranda, Operational Plan, Performance
Reports, and others. S/he also monitors, manages, and ensures that deliverables are receivedfrom project contractors. The Specialist reports to the CARPE Office Director.
B. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provides advisory services on Climate Change, (40%)
1. Provide strategic, technical and organizational leadership and input on the design,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation of climate change program activities. Serve as a key
advisor in managing and implementing mission climate change interventions, working closely
with host country officials and project consultants.
2. Play a lead role in engaging with corporations and philanthropic organizations to build
public/private alliances to leverage private funding for climate change activities in the DRC and
3. Produce briefing papers, and semi-annual and annual reports on program status,
accomplishments, and implementation issues. Oversee monitoring and evaluation of programs
related to forestry and climate change.
4. Ensure effective coordination and integration with other USAID-funded activities, especially
those working in the same geographic areas and in the environment sector.
Serves as Agreements/Contracting Officer Technical Representative (AOR/COR) and/or
Activity Manager for assigned contracts, cooperative agreements, and/or grants, (40%)
1. As AOR/COR, the incumbent fulfills a full range of project management responsibilities
related to procurement, supervision, performance monitoring, and reporting and provides
technical guidance to the implementing partners in accordance with the terms of the
contract/agreement. Specifically s/he:
- Provides expert technical advice and direction to contractors’ staff; keep the Team,
Mission management, and the Agreements/Contracting Officer informed on progress of
- Ensures that activities achieve their intended results. Monitors technical and financial
adequacy and acceptability of delivered goods and services under approved activities
through field inspections, reviewing contractor reports, and meetings with project
personnel and contractor representatives;
- Provides technical assistance to the Agreements/Contracting Officer in responding to the
proposed changes in the Scope/s of Work for assigned activities, the validity of claims
and the reasonableness of contract/agreement time extensions: provides appropriate
technical assistance to the Acquisition & Assistance staff in issuance and negotiations of
change orders in accordance with the USG regulations and procedures;
- Receives and inspects completed services upon delivery, verifies that they meet the
acceptance standards and delivery schedules, as specified in the contract;
Reviews implementing partners’ work plans and financial and technical reports, evaluates
the implementing partners’ performance, and prepares written and oral reports for
Mission management, USAID/Washington, and the U.S. Congress;
- Submits status, analytical, and other reports, concept papers, and memoranda to the
Mission management regarding progress and performance, problems and corrective
actions, and general oversight. Reports shall be of sufficient scope so as to be useful to
USAID/DRC/CARPE in fully monitoring the progress of contract/grant administration
and reviewing contractor performance. Where deficiencies are noted, recommends
Performs other responsibilities including but not limited to: drafting project implementation
letters, preparing action memoranda and reports, estimating expenditures, reviewing payment
vouchers, responding to audits, assessing claims, and performing other related activities.
Act as primary Climate Change expert with USAID leadership and other partners, (20%)
- Participate in Development Partners Group meetings for Environment, Climate Change
and Agriculture, as appropriate.
- Maintain collaborative, professional relationships with mid- and senior-level
Government officials, major financial donors, corporate philanthropic foundations,
international organizations, and leading education research institutions to ensure effective
coordination of USAID activities related to Climate Change and forestry.
- Brief USAID leadership on project implementation, overall status of Climate Change in
the CARPE portfolio, and related development activities.
- Assist programming and negotiating with GOT on project design, implementation and
evaluation, ensuring that government officials are apprised of program progress as
- Attend national, regional, and global events related to Climate Change as requested.
10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All interested candidates
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
Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Climate Change, environmental impact assessment,
economics, Forestry, or closely related field.
b. Prior Work Experience:
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional-level experience in an area (s)
related to strategy and policy development, program design and management, especially in
environmental compliance, forestry, climate change related field and natural resource
management, which includes supervisory and coordination experiences.
Level IV (Fluent) English and French fluency are required.
III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
The selection and evaluation criteria of the selected candidate will be based on the analysis of
his/her experience in the technical domain, education required, 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 chair’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:
- Education and training in relevant field(s) (20 points);
- Relevant experience in climate change related field and natural resource management,
forestry, environmental compliance with a strong emphasis on Africa and especially
central Africa (35 points);
- International technical assistance experience including knowledge of donor programs, in
general, and USAID and US government programs, in particular (20 points);
- Interpersonal, negotiation, communication (including fluency in English and French
language), organizational, managerial and computer skills (25 points)
IV. PRESENTING AN OFFER
1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form- DS-174 Application
for U.S. Federal Employment along with a cover letter and a CV written in English.
The DS-174 Application form can be found in the US embassy website
2. Offers must be received by August 10, 2018 at 17.00 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently
reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.
V. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES
Once the Contracting Officer 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:
1. Authorization for release of information
The incumbent will benefit from following benefits and allowances: Housing, Transportation,
Meals, Family, and Miscellaneous; 13th and 14th month bonuses; annual and sick leave and
The employees are responsible for calculating and paying local income taxes. The U.S. Mission
does not withhold or make local income tax payments.
VIII. USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING
USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these
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-
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 U.S. 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.
U.S. Agency for International Development
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