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OPEN TO:  All interested candidates

POSITION: Project Management Specialist, FSN-11  USAID/Lebanon

OPENING DATE:      September 14, 2018

CLOSING DATE:      September 27, 2018

WORK HOURS:        40 hours/week

GRADE:                     Foreign Service National (FSN) Grade-11

SALARY:                   Ordinarily Resident (OR): LL 79,034,753 – 126,455,597 basic per annum

(Benefits are paid in addition to salary), (Grade: FSN-11)

 

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Beirut, Lebanon

ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED LEBANESE RESIDENCY AND/OR WORK PERMIT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is seeking an individual for the position of Project Management Specialist in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office.

Note: Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information please see attached USAID solicitation 72026818R10001

 SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72026818R10001

ISSUANCE DATE:                September 14, 2018

CLOSING DATE/TIME:        September 27, 2018

SUBJECT:      Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National (CCN)

                        (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, 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 personal services contract (PSC), 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.

Sincerely,

Susan Cheung

Regional Deputy Executive Officer

 

Clearance: Jim Harmon:_     9/5/2018_________

 

 

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION

 

  1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72026818R10001

 

  1. ISSUANCE DATE: September 14, 2018

 

  1. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: COB September 27, 2018

 

  1. POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Local Development)

 

  1. MARKET VALUE: 79,034,754 – 126,455,597 Lebanese Pounds equivalent to FSN-11

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/ Lebanon

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

 

  1. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Five-Year Period of Performance with possibility to extend in accordance with ADS 309: – Personal services contracts are subject to the five-year limitation in accordance with FAR Part 17. In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J, CCNPSCs are of a continuing nature and expected to be part of a series of sequential contracts, each not to exceed the five-year limitation in the FAR.

 

  1. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: USAID/Lebanon with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.

 

  1. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Facility access (CCN/FSN Clearance)

 

  1. STATEMENT OF DUTIES

 

  1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

 

Under the supervision of the USDH General Development Officer in charge of the Local Development Office (LDO), and in close coordination with LDO Team, the Project Management Specialist provides expert technical advice and analysis of all matters relating to democracy, human rights, elections and governance activities in Lebanon, with a strong programmatic emphasis on municipal development work and improved service provision. The incumbent performs the full range of advisory, analytic, strategic planning, project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation support to the LDO. S/he works closely with Mission’s senior management, USG stakeholders, international donors and key high level Lebanese sector stakeholders (including Ministries) to identify sector priorities, provide valuable input to the Mission’s five year strategy, and provide vision/programmatic direction to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives.

  1. Statement of Duties to be Performed

 

Specific project management duties include program/project design and implementation, advice to USAID management on technical issues, analysis of project implementation issues and recommendation on remedial measures, program monitoring and visits to project sites, budget review and management, reporting on results, and project assessment and evaluation. Incumbent also provides technical leadership, advice and direction to the Mission Director, Local Development Office Director, and other staff on achieving foreign policy objectives and carrying out operational policies and procedures. S/he serves as the contract and grant manager on one or more high profile projects, develops and monitors the project’s expenditure plans, approves work plans, provides strategic and technical direction to the Chiefs of Party of project implementers, and makes technical recommendations to the procurement office on extending or ending activities. S/he plays a lead role in carrying out key management exercises like the annual performance plan, semi-annual portfolio reviews and ad hoc reviews, as well as responses to requests for information. Incumbent focuses on technical areas that include strengthening governance and municipal service provision, building capacity of government institutions (particularly local government) and civil society organizations, promoting municipal infrastructure development, enhancing job creation and economic development, providing elections and rule of law support, and promoting conflict mitigation. Incumbent will work with local government, civil society and the private sector, and conduct briefings on USAID’s programs in Lebanon for senior Department of State, USAID and Congressional visitors and other VIPs, in addition to Government of Lebanon officials and private sector representatives.

 

 

  1. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: External announcement for Cooperating Country National (CCN). CCN is an individual who is a Lebanese country citizen or a non-Lebanese country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country.

 

NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

 

  1. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

 

  1. POINT OF CONTACT: For additional information please contact USAID/MERP HR Office, e-mail usaidmerphr@usaid.gov.  Application needs to be submitted to  USAID/Beirut, email usaidbeirutemployment@state.gov

 

  1. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

 

  1. Education: The incumbent must have a University Bachelors degree in  Economics, Public Administration, Political Science, or other social science field related to development assistance.
  2. Prior Work Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible management positions with an international development agency/organization, host government organization or private sector entity in Lebanon is required to manage complex relationships with municipalities, civil society organizations and the private sector. Experience is required in one the following technical areas: civil society, rule of law, municipal development, transparency and accountability, or governance.
  1. Language Proficiency: Level IV fluency in both English and Arabic is required. Must have excellent English writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively with USAID and Embassy staff, senior-level contractors and grantees, consultants, Lebanese government officials, NGOs, and business representatives.

 

  1. Job Knowledge:  Thorough knowledge of the concepts, principles, policies, regulations and practices of governance, rule of law, and civil society issues is required. Excellent knowledge of development assistance, local institutional development, accountability, transparency, governance principles and approaches; and good experience with spreadsheets, database management, and project management computer programs is required. Must understand USAID procedures and regulations, and be able to manage USAID supported activities.
  1. Skills and Abilities: Must have excellent analytic skills for evaluating the technical feasibility of various development programs and policy alternatives. Must have initiative and resourcefulness to identify and assess complex development problems, policies and programs. Must be able to provide sound advice on program direction and implementation; and be able to manage experts for the development of various analyses and assessments. Must have sound interpersonal skills to develop and maintain a wide range of senior level contacts in government, NGOs, and private sector circles. Must be able to defend USAID policies and programs. Must be able to prepare precise, factual analytic reports; and be able to travel periodically, including to remote areas in Lebanon.

 

  • EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

 

  1. Education: (10 points)
  2. Previous Experience: (35 points)
  3. Knowledge: (25 points)
  4. Skills and Abilities: (30 points)
  5. Reference Verification: (Pass/Fail)

 

Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).

USAID reserves the right to interview only the highest ranked applicants in person or by phone OR not to interview any candidate.

 

After the closing date for receipt of applications, a committee will be convened to review applications and evaluate them in accordance with the evaluation criteria.  Applications from candidates which do not meet the required selection criteria will not be scored. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

As part of the selection process, the short listed candidates may be interviewed either in person or by telephone at USAID’s discretion.  Candidates may be tested during the interview process.  Reference checks will be conducted only for applicants considered as finalists.  If an applicant does not wish USAID to contact a current employer for a reference check, this should be stated in the applicant’s cover letter, and USAID will delay such reference check pending communication with the applicant.

 

The final selected candidates must receive a Security Clearance and Medical Clearance (Health Certificate). USAID will provide details regarding these requirements to the selected candidate.  An inability to obtain either the medical clearance or background check will make the applicant ineligible for selection.

 

  1. PRESENTING AN OFFER

 

  1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit all the required documents listed down below enclosed with a cover letter addressing all the vacancy announcement requirements/selection criteria respectively. Otherwise, the application will be considered incomplete and shall not be taken into consideration.

 

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Application for Federal Employment DS-174;
  3. A detailed current resume or curriculum vitae providing a mailing address and a daytime telephone number; plus
  4. Copies of any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, and copies of degrees earned which do not have to be translated) that addresses the minimum requirements of the position as listed above;
  5. Provide the USAID HR Office with at least three references quoting their telephone numbers and email address; and
  6. Copies of valid Lebanese residence and work permits for Non-Lebanese and American citizens, which are in compliance with host government laws and regulations (if applicable).

 

  1. 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 12.

 

  1. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.

 

 

  1. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES

 

Once the 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:

 

  1. Health Certificate
  2. Documents required for Security Clearance Procedure

 

  1. BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES

 

As per Local Compensation Plan for U.S. Embassy Lebanon

 

  • TAXES

 

The U.S. Mission does not withhold or make local income tax payments.

 

  • 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

 

  1. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms

 

  1. 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

 

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

U.S. Mission                                 Lebanon

Announcement Number:             Beirut – 2018-103

Position Title:                               Passport and Citizenship Assistant

Opening Period:                           September 14, 2018 – September 27, 2018

Series/Grade:                                LE-1410 Grade 7

Salary:                                            LL 36,797,279 – LL 36,797,279

For More Info:                                Human Resources Office

E-mail Address:  brtembemp@state.gov

FP-7/1 $36,218.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

Who May Apply:

All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required:     Local Security Certification or Public Trust

Duration Appointment:   Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period

Marketing Statement:  We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.

Summary: The U.S. Mission in Beirut, Lebanon is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Passport and Citizenship Assistant.

The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time – 40 hours per week

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:  No

Duties:  Position is located in the Consular Section in the American Citizen Services Unit.  Serves as lead passport and Citizenship Assistant with primary responsibility for maintaining records, implementing standard operating procedures, and mentoring the Passport and Citizenship Assistant.  Assists Supervisory ACS Specialist in communicating with the public and handling the shelters portfolio.  Prepares reports for the Consular section and manages all Consular website content.  Preforms direct passport and citizenship services, such as examining and checking passport applications, checking for signs of alterations, and making sure all documentation is in order.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education:   Completion of Secondary school.

Requirements:

EXPERIENCE:  Minimum of two years work experience in a field that involves interpretation and application of regulations or pertinent laws.  Additional work experience required in a position that focuses on assisting the public and customer service.

Job Knowledge: Preference for applications with familiarity with procedural and related requirements pertaining to the rendering of passport and citizenship services and a working knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and procedures.  Also, an understating of controls over the custody and processing of cash and the concept of the principle of accountability.

Evaluations:

LANGUAGE:  Level 3 (good working knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing of Arabic is required.

Level 3 (good working knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required.

(This may be tested.)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must be able to assist, at the highest level of customer service, with public inquiries while accurately and completely assisting the inquirer without referring to the supervisor on routine inquiries.  Must have the ability to deal with a contentious public and maintain self-control.  Must exercise excellent judgment and know how to independently conduct research using reference material including manuals, legal documents, and policy guidelines.  Must have strong written and oral communication skills.  (This may be tested)

 

Qualifications:  All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission 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.

Benefits:  Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Beirut, Lebanon may receive a compensation package. For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office. The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.

HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

(1)          AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*

(2)          AEFM / USEFM

(3)          FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link: https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va

How to Apply:  All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance.  Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is also available on HR/OE Intranet Site.

To apply for this position, applicants should electronically submit the documents listed below

E-mail Address:  brtembemp@state.gov

Required Documents:  Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • DS-174
  • I D

 What to Expect Next:  Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email or phone call.

For further information:  The complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Beirut, Lebanon.