USPSC Military Liaison Team Training Coordinator (Multiple Positions)

USAID/ Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 13 August 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 14 June 2018

Job Description

Position Title: Military Liaison Team Training Coordinator (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: 720FDA18B00055

Salary Level: GS-11 Equivalent: $68,036 - $88,450

Issuance Date: June 5, 2018

Closing Date: July 31, 2018 (Deadline Extended)

Closing Time: 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

NOTE: In addition to extending the solicitation deadline, this solicitation has also been amended to 1) Revise the number of years required for advancement from GS-11 equivalent to GS-12 equivalent as described in section 5, Market Value; and 2) Incorporate the newly released AAPD 15-02 (AIDAR Appendix D, General Provision (GP) 5, “Leave and Holidays”) as Attachment 2 to the solicitation. All other requirements will remain unchanged.

Dear Prospective Applicants:

The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Military Liaison Team (MLT) Training Coordinator under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the attached solicitation.

Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Applicants interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

(f) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

  1. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

  1. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS

AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT

All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data

Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award

Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an award. You will be disqualified if you either

fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list. The

selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.

NOTE: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed

notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity administrator for the entity associated with the

DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit

can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link:

https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&

sysparm_search=kb0013183

Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Your complete resume and the supplemental document addressing the QRFs must be emailed to:

OFDA Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: recruiter@ofda.gov

Website: www.OFDAjobs.net

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

Sincerely,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Military Liaison Team Training Coordinator (Multiple Positions)

  1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00055
  1. ISSUANCE DATE: June 5, 2018
  1. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: July 31, 2018 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
  1. POSITION TITLE: Military Liaison Team Training Coordinator
  1. MARKET VALUE:

If the candidate meets the GS-11 qualifications, the initial grade level of this position will be the equivalent of a GS-11 with the opportunity for advancement to the GS-12 equivalent after at least one year at the GS-11 level, if the individual receives a recommendation from the supervisor for advancement along with an Exceeds Fully Successful performance evaluation. Advancement to the GS-12 level is not guaranteed.

GS-11 equivalent ($68,036 - $88,450 - includes Washington, D.C. locality pay). Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate’s past salary, work history and educational background. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated. Candidates who live outside the Washington, D.C. area will be considered for employment but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

  1. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options
  1. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, D.C.
  1. STATEMENT OF WORK

POSITION DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the office within USAID that is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. OFDA is part of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and is organized into six divisions.

The Africa (AFD) Response Division and the Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Middle East (ALE) Response Division are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through a grants mechanism to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations including United Nations (UN) agencies and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. These divisions also oversee OFDA’s non-response efforts in disaster risk reduction and resilience. AFD and ALE Response Divisions also coordinate with other organizations for the provision of relief supplies and assistance. They devise, coordinate and implement program strategies for a variety of natural and complex disaster situations. Both Divisions encompass groups of operations specialists who provide technical expert capability in assessing the quality and strategic function of disaster response and risk reduction activities. The AFD Response Division is divided into two teams: East and Central Africa (ECA), and Southern, West, and North Africa (SWAN). The ALE Response Division is divided into four teams: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and South Asia.

The Operations (OPS) Division develops and manages operations for OFDA’s disaster responses by readying people and systems; projecting U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian capacity quickly into the field; and delivering material and technical assistance. The OPS Division maintains readiness to respond to emergencies through several mechanisms, including managing Urban Search and Rescue Teams, coordinating, staffing, training, and equipping Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), and Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), and stockpiling emergency relief commodities in key locations around the globe to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division provides technical guidance and expertise in Disaster Logistics, Urban Search and Rescue, Operations Center management, activation/readiness, Civil-Military Liaison, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Consequence Management. It also provides overseas support to OFDA offices and personnel and to other sectors necessary to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division is divided into four teams: the Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP), Military Liaison Team (MLT), Operations Support Team (OST), and Overseas Administration Team (OAT).

The Program Support (PS) Division provides operational management support, including general administration, budget and financial services, procurement planning, information technology, human resources management including staff care, and contract and grant administration support to OFDA. The PS Division supports OFDA’s mandate by providing innovative solutions in the areas of Information Technology, staffing, funds control, budgeting, human resource management, and procurement to facilitate timely disaster responses. The PS Division is divided into four teams: the Award, Audit, and Risk Management (AARM) team, Human Resources Management Team (HRM), Budget, Finance, and Information Technology (BFIT) Team, and the Acquisition and Management (ACQ) Team.

The Preparation, Strategic Planning and Mitigation (PSPM) Division is responsible for the technical oversight of all OFDA response and mitigation programs, as well as preparation for response, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction activities. The PSPM Division houses technical experts in all sectors potentially affected by disasters, and leads the Agency in developing and promoting best practices for programming in these specific sectors. In addition, PSPM will be the focal point for technological innovations for humanitarian assistance in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, assessment, and information management. The PSPM Division is divided into four teams: Cross-Cutting Sectors Team, Natural Hazards Team, Health Team, and Livelihoods Team.

The Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement (HPGE) Division assists the DCHA front office, the OFDA Director and OFDA Deputy Director with tracking trends and policy developments in the humanitarian assistance field. It engages in policy dialogue with other parts of USAID, the USG interagency, other donors, multilateral agencies, and NGO partners; recommends strategies for action to DCHA; initiates development of policy and internal guidance for OFDA; maintains global relationships with implementing partners, other donors, and the broader humanitarian architecture; and engages with the UN to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally. The HPGE Division leads OFDA’s communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences. It serves as the office’s primary interlocutor on strategic issues with other federal partners to provide guidance to OFDA on policy issues pertaining to the interagency, and to improve USG humanitarian coordination and response during large-scale crises. The HPGE Division staff manages global programs, policy and outreach, strategic communications, and interagency training and engagement. HPGE is divided into seven teams: Policy Team, Global Programs Team, Strategic Interagency Team, Strategic Communications Team, Global Capacity and Leadership Development Team, Public-Private Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN) in New York, Geneva, and Rome.

OPERATIONS DIVISION VALUES

OPS team members ensure that the following division values are incorporated into all aspects of work:

  1. Spiritus Operandi/Espirit De Ops
  • Demonstrating trust and openness among staff by assuming the best regarding our colleagues’ intentions and efforts.
  • Acting with eagerness and willingness to support one another and work together on tasks.
  • Maintaining top-down and bottom-up transparency while promoting a strong work ethic as paramount.
  • Demonstrating that optimism, humor, and perspective are powerful components of success, even in crisis-driven work.
  1. Positive Interactions
  • Owning how the OPS Division is perceived by others to ensure people maintain a positive impression of the division by treating everyone, regardless of seniority or organizational affiliation, in a professional, courteous, and respectful manner.
  • Building a reputation that when OPS is on an issue, it’s going to get addressed.
  • Doing our jobs consistently, competently, and effectively, with a focus on results.
  • Paying attention and listening mindfully to others, with the intent to really understand how they view a situation and what issue they are trying to address.
  • Exhibiting partnership and enthusiasm in helping others solve problems; including delivering hard messages with a smile.
  1. Competency
  • Adopting flexible and creative solutions to provide partners and beneficiaries with quality, effective, consistent, and timely results.
  • Maintaining proficiency and leadership in our areas of expertise, through engagement, training, field deployments, and exposure to other communities of thought.
  • Holding a long-term strategic perspective in the face of current crises.
  • Maintaining a global and functional focus for the office.
  1. Resourcefulness
  • Using innovating contracting, engagement, administrative, and programmatic approaches to meeting emerging requirements, while being flexible to changing needs.
  • Reaching out within the office, agency, interagency, and community beyond to seek innovative and creative solutions.
  • Proactively seeking and embracing positive change in order to provide and better service to our customers and stakeholders.
  • Viewing challenges as opportunities and focusing on finding a solution rather than just highlighting complications or issues.
  1. Staff Depth and Sustainability
  • Cultivating a breadth of experience and expertise by hiring individuals from diverse professional, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.
  • Proactively developing relationships with other industries and communities in order to learn and innovate.
  • Encouraging staff to service in a variety of roles, through staff rotations, shadowing, mentoring, and OPS liaison positions.
  • Continuing to support and staff responses through a variety of hiring mechanisms and resources.
  • Achieving response readiness while prioritizing personal life for both self and team members.
  • Bolstering staff wellness by incorporating flexible work schedules, leading to increased staff dedication, high-quality work, and flexibility.
  1. Commitment to Safety and Security
  • Recognizing that staff safety and security is everyone’s responsibility and enables OFDA access in the field.
  • Holding as a hallmark an underlying orientation towards managing risk for staff.
  • Preparing staff through training, mentoring, standard operating procedures, and provision of contextual knowledge.
  • Displaying professional conduct and integrity during crisis response operations.
  • Advocating for professional assessments of security risks prior to deployment of staff.

INTRODUCTION

MILITARY LIAISON TEAM

Program areas of common interest between USAID and the Department of Defense (DoD) include, but are not limited to, humanitarian assistance (disaster response), counter-terrorism, strategic communications, conflict prevention and mitigation, counter-insurgency, post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization, resiliency, and transformational development. To ensure cohesion among policy goals and operational execution, USAID assigns Senior Development Advisors (SDAs) and OFDA Humanitarian Assistance Advisors/Military (HAA/M) to DoD Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the Pentagon.

The USAID SDA serves as the principal USAID officer to the relevant COCOM and to the Pentagon, supporting the full spectrum of policies and activities across USAID’s regional and functional bureaus and enabling and empowering the USAID perspective and operational priorities within DoD. The OFDA HAA/M has the lead on coordinating disaster response activities for USAID within the COCOM area of responsibility and to the Pentagon and reports directly to the OFDA Director.

In all areas of activity, the SDA and HAA/M closely collaborate on their messaging to and activities with the GCCs, including sharing information and back-filling one another as necessary. It is also a joint responsibility of the SDA and the HAA/M to keep one another informed of the other’s activities. The OFDA and CMC Directors, through OFDA’s MLT Team Leader and the CMC Plans Division Chief, prioritize and monitor close collaboration and coordination between their respective offices. At all points, policy and operational guidance is coordinated with broader technical guidance from the relevant USAID bureau, office, and/or team.

The MLT serves as OFDA’s principal point of contact to coordinate with DoD on foreign disaster response and humanitarian assistance operations. In addition to coordinating the on-going activities of the MLT staff, the MLT Team Leader will also ensure that OFDA has sufficient coverage for DART deployments and RMT activations and oversee the portfolio for CBRNE disaster planning and preparedness. The MLT also manages the facilitation of and curriculum for USAID’s Joint Humanitarian Operations Course (JHOC), a two-day training geared toward DoD civilian, uniform, and contractor staff on policies, procedures, and best practices for the U.S. government’s provision of foreign disaster relief.

The MLT Training Coordinator will be assigned to Washington, D.C. Limited travel is possible but not required.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a MLT Training Coordinator in order to meet its objective of conducting regular training for and with U.S. military and relevant audiences to fulfill OFDA’s responsibility for Civil-Military Coordination for international disaster response and humanitarian assistance.

  1. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

For the GS-11 Equivalent:

Working under the guidance and supervision of the MLT Team Leader or designee, the MLT Training Coordinator will perform the following:

Specific Duties will include:

  • Prepare JHOC materials to include printing, collation, and lamination of workbooks, case studies, CDs and all other materials for an estimated 100 JHOC courses per year.
  • Manage and maintain adequate stocks of training materials. Organize and maintain JHOC supply closet, order JHOC materials and supplies as needed.
  • Coordinate logistics and ensure shipping of all needed materials for JHOC Trainings around the world, in synchronization with travel schedules of team instructors.
  • Create and advise MLT staff of JHOC administrative processes such as shipping, planning and scheduling requirements, and procedures for return shipments following the completion of JHOC courses.
  • Maintain JHOC course schedule and identify and fill instructor staffing gaps for JHOCs.
  • Track and collate curriculum updates for JHOC participant workbooks and CDs.
  • Collate feedback from JHOC evaluations.
  • Manage monthly JHOC conducted at the OFDA facility in Arlington, VA. Maintain enrollment rosters, send registration confirmation emails, schedule monthly guest speakers, maintain Power Point presentations, and set up and break down the classroom.
  • Monitor incoming requests for scheduling JHOCs at field locations using standardized JHOC request form, seeking additional guidance from MLT Team Leader regarding priority of requesting unit or team, if necessary.
  • Respond to inquiries from individuals seeking enrollment in JHOC.
  • Archive course evaluations and rosters/sign-in sheets for each JHOC.
  • Manage JHOC electronic (server and online) files and update database/historical record of all courses.
  • Maintain submissions to the MLT library for historical research
  • Complete functional training as required (OFDA training, e-learning training, etc).
  • Deploy on short notice to serve on DARTs or serve on the Washington-based RMTs, as a program officer supporting an experienced program staff;
  • Serve as DCHA/OFDA Duty Officer on a rotational basis; and,
  • Serve on DCHA/OFDA assessment teams and DARTs to disaster sites when deemed necessary, and follow up with appropriate reports and/or cables.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office, not to exceed six months. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly related to the scope of work provided.

For GS-12 Equivalent (if the PSC is promoted during contract performance):

At this grade level, the MLT Training Coordinator has demonstrated satisfactory competence in the duties and responsibilities described above. He/she will perform these duties with limited guidance from and limited supervision of the MLT Team Leader. Additionally, he/she will take on an increased level of responsibility for management of the JHOC course curriculum and methodologies, expansion into additional JHOC platforms, and supervision of surge staff. At this grade level, he/she will:

  • Ensure JHOC training methodologies and evaluation methods are in line with best practices and industry standards.
  • Analyze feedback from JHOC evaluations to recommend changes or updates to the course, or to inform MLT Team Leader of trends or potential issues.
  • Research and assist in designing and expanding the JHOC through online training platforms and distance learning programs.
  • Supervise and direct MLT surge staff, intern(s) on JHOC and other related projects.
  • Oversee requests for scheduling JHOCs and make recommendations regarding use of staff and resources to MLT Team Leader.
  • Plan and facilitate annual JHOC curriculum review and implement course changes in all JHOC materials once updates have been finalized.
  • Provide liaison with DoD staff regarding JHOC training coordination and related logistics.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The incumbent will take direction from and report to the MLT Team Leader or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available; employee consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. Employee is responsible for carrying out assignments, and consults with the supervisor for policy interpretations. Employee is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

  1. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, there may be some additional physical exertion including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).

  1. WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is primarily performed in an office setting. During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, the work may additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.

  1. START DATE: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.
  1. POINT OF CONTACT: See Cover Letter.


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, emergency management, political science, or a related field) plus three (3) years of progressively responsible experience with organizing, scheduling, coordinating and managing training courses or other events/meetings, especially in a fast-paced work environment.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, emergency management, political science, or a related field) plus two (2) years of progressively responsible experience with organizing, scheduling, coordinating and managing training courses or other events/meetings, especially in a fast-paced work environment.

SELECTION FACTORS

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

  • Applicant is a U.S. Citizen.
  • Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
  • USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  • Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) submitted.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.
  • Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
  • Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (QRFs)

(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. The factors are listed in priority order from highest to least.)

QRF #1 Describe your experience coordinating and managing training courses or other events/meetings, especially in a fast-paced work environment;

QRF #2 Describe an example of a situation in which you analyzed a team’s administrative processes and made successful recommendations for innovative improvements; and

QRF #3 Describe your experience working in a fast-paced and dynamic team environment in which you have been required to manage competing priorities, meet aggressive deadlines, and complete tasks that require attention to detail.

BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the QRF responses. Those applicants determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks.

Applicants are required to address each of the QRFs in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, and/or education they have received as it pertains to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to address the selection factors and/or Quality Ranking Factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, and/or training.

The most qualified candidates may be interviewed and required to provide a writing sample. OFDA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for applicants being considered for selection. Note: Please be advised that references may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an applicant. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

The Applicant Rating System is as Follows:

QRFs have been assigned the following points:

QRF #1 – 20 points

QRF #2 – 15 points

QRF #3 – 15 points

Interview Performance – 30 points

(OFDA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews.)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100

APPLYING:

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

(f) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

  1. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.
  1. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your application materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the application to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your application may result in you being eliminated from consideration for this position, or being terminated after award, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: recruiter@ofda.gov

About the Organization

BACKGROUND

The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the office within USAID that is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. OFDA is part of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and is organized into six divisions.

The Africa (AFD) Response Division and the Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Middle East (ALE) Response Division are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through a grants mechanism to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations including United Nations (UN) agencies and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. These divisions also oversee OFDA’s non-response efforts in disaster risk reduction and resilience. AFD and ALE Response Divisions also coordinate with other organizations for the provision of relief supplies and assistance. They devise, coordinate and implement program strategies for a variety of natural and complex disaster situations. Both Divisions encompass groups of operations specialists who provide technical expert capability in assessing the quality and strategic function of disaster response and risk reduction activities. The AFD Response Division is divided into two teams: East and Central Africa (ECA), and Southern, West, and North Africa (SWAN). The ALE Response Division is divided into four teams: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and South Asia.

The Operations (OPS) Division develops and manages operations for OFDA’s disaster responses by readying people and systems; projecting U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian capacity quickly into the field; and delivering material and technical assistance. The OPS Division maintains readiness to respond to emergencies through several mechanisms, including managing Urban Search and Rescue Teams, coordinating, staffing, training, and equipping Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), and Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), and stockpiling emergency relief commodities in key locations around the globe to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division provides technical guidance and expertise in Disaster Logistics, Urban Search and Rescue, Operations Center management, activation/readiness, Civil-Military Liaison, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Consequence Management. It also provides overseas support to OFDA offices and personnel and to other sectors necessary to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division is divided into four teams: the Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP), Military Liaison Team (MLT), Operations Support Team (OST), and Overseas Administration Team (OAT).

The Program Support (PS) Division provides operational management support, including general administration, budget and financial services, procurement planning, information technology, human resources management including staff care, and contract and grant administration support to OFDA. The PS Division supports OFDA's mandate by providing innovative solutions in the areas of Information Technology, staffing, funds control, budgeting, human resource management, and procurement to facilitate timely disaster responses. The PS Division is divided into four teams: the Award, Audit, and Risk Management (AARM) team, Human Resources Management Team (HRM), Budget, Finance, and Information Technology (BFIT) Team, and the Acquisition and Management (ACQ) Team.

The Preparation, Strategic Planning and Mitigation (PSPM) Division is responsible for the technical oversight of all OFDA response and mitigation programs, as well as preparation for response, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction activities. The PSPM Division houses technical experts in all sectors potentially affected by disasters, and leads the Agency in developing and promoting best practices for programming in these specific sectors. In addition, PSPM will be the focal point for technological innovations for humanitarian assistance in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, assessment, and information management. The PSPM Division is divided into four teams: Cross-Cutting Sectors Team, Natural Hazards Team, Health Team, and Livelihoods Team.

The Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement (HPGE) Division assists the DCHA front office, the OFDA Director and OFDA Deputy Director with tracking trends and policy developments in the humanitarian assistance field. It engages in policy dialogue with other parts of USAID, the USG interagency, other donors, multilateral agencies, and NGO partners; recommends strategies for action to DCHA; initiates development of policy and internal guidance for OFDA; maintains global relationships with implementing partners, other donors, and the broader humanitarian architecture; and engages with the UN to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally. The HPGE Division leads OFDA's communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences. It serves as the office’s primary interlocutor on strategic issues with other federal partners to provide guidance to OFDA on policy issues pertaining to the interagency, and to improve USG humanitarian coordination and response during large-scale crises. The HPGE Division staff manages global programs, policy and outreach, strategic communications, and interagency training and engagement. HPGE is divided into seven teams: Policy Team, Global Programs Team, Strategic Interagency Team, Strategic Communications Team, Interagency Training Team, Public-Private Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN) in New York, Geneva, and Rome.

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