USPSC Regional Advisor/Team Leader for the Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA) Team

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 April 2019
  • Baghdad, Iraq
  • Closing on 11 July 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Position Title: Regional Advisor/Team Leader for the Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA) Team
Solicitation Number: 720FDA19B00034
Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $89,370 - $116,181
Issuance Date: April 11, 2019
Closing Date: Open and continuous through July 11, 2019 with two (2) Review Periods closing on:
May 2, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
July 11, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
Closing Time: 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Dear Prospective Offerors:

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 Regional Advisor/Team Leader for the Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA) Team 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. Offerors 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. 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) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.
(d) U.S. Citizenship
(e) 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.
2. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Offerors 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

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

Offerors can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Offerors should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Your complete resume 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 Regional Advisor/Team Leader for the Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA) Team

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA19B00034

2. ISSUANCE DATE: April 11, 2019

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: This solicitation is open and continuous until July 11, 2019. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

May 2, 2019, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
July 11, 2019, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Candidates not selected during a previous review period must reapply in order to be considered for positions available in subsequent review periods. A review period may be cancelled at OFDA’s discretion.

4. POSITION TITLE: Regional Advisor/Team Leader for the Europe, the Middle East,
and Central Asia (EMCA) Team

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($89,370 - $116,181) not eligible for locality pay. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate’s established salary history. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Baghdad, Iraq

There may be an initial training program in Washington, D.C. for three months, which will include formal classroom training and on-the-job training; and may include security training. After completion of Washington training, the Regional Advisor/Team Leader for the EMCA Team will be assigned to the place of performance.

8. 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 (SA).

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 (HRM) Team, 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 the Food Security 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.
INTRODUCTION
To fulfill its mandate, and to effectively respond to disasters worldwide, OFDA has established six regional offices in the following locations: San Jose, Costa Rica; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Pretoria, South Africa; Budapest, Hungary, and Bangkok, Thailand. OFDA also has other, smaller sub-regional and program offices around the world.

The regional offices are head by Senior Regional Advisors (SRAs), who work closely with Team Leaders in Washington, D.C. and report to the appropriate Division Director. SRAs serve as the regional team leaders for all response, preparedness, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities. They serve as key interlocutors with embassies and missions in a disaster, and may serve as the DART Leader if needed. They are principally responsible for managing regional officers, monitoring all grants on humanitarian assistance program implementation, overseeing sub-regional offices as appropriate, supervising the office staff, and developing, in consultation with their respective Regional Advisors (RAs) and Washington-based Team Leaders, the multi-ear non-response program strategies for their respective regions. They coordinate with OFDA/Washington on disaster response activities, determine program priorities, and identify and formulate disaster preparedness, mitigation, and training programs for their respective regions.

The RAs report to the SRA. They ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster response and assistance, strategic reporting, and analysis are met. The RAs are responsible for monitoring and reporting on OFDA-funded programs and activities, and formulating disaster response, preparedness, mitigation, and training programs for the region.

OFDA has been responding to humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict in Iraq since August 2014. OFDA has allocated over $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to support humanitarian programs. These programs are currently being managed by a DART located in Baghdad and Erbil, Iraq, and the Middle East Crisis Humanitarian Response (MECHR) Team in Washington, DC. OFDA’s activities remain substantial in 2019 due to sustained internal displacement, populations resettling and returning to areas of origin, and increases in humanitarian access to areas previously inaccessible.
The Regional Advisor/Team Leader is responsible for overall management of USAID’s humanitarian programming in Iraq. The Regional Advisor/Team Leader will manage the overall humanitarian response and ensure the implementation of a consistent approach and strategy to address the region’s humanitarian needs.
OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of a Regional Advisor/Team Leader based in Baghdad, Iraq to serve as the Iraq DART Team Leader in order to meet its objectives of programming, monitoring, coordinating, and evaluating USAID humanitarian assistance programs in Iraq. Should the Regional Advisor/Team Leader no longer be required to maintain a full-time presence in Iraq to oversee USAID’s humanitarian response there, the Regional Advisor/Team Leader would be moved to Budapest, Hungary, to serve as a Regional Advisor for the Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia region.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Regional Advisor/Team Leader is required to reside in Baghdad, Iraq as determined in consultation with the U.S. Embassy and the USAID Mission and subject to security and programmatic considerations. The induvial must be prepared to function effectively in a challenging and restrictive work environment and be willing to adhere strictly to U.S. Embassy security guidelines. This position requires an individual who is able to travel outside of the country where he/she is based, on short notice for two to three weeks at a time, or longer, on occasion. The Regional Advisor/Team Leader is responsible for managing Iraq humanitarian response, monitoring all grants on assistance program implementation, overseeing the offices, supervising office staff, and developing, in consultation with leadership in Washington D.C., the multi-year strategy for Iraq. In addition the Regional Advisor/Team Leader will manage disaster response activities, identify and formulate disaster preparedness, mitigation, and training program for the Iraq response.

The Team leader will manage and oversee OFDA and the DCHA Office of Food for Peace (FFP) programs in the country; and ensure full coordination and cooperation with all other non-humanitarian elements of the USG response to the crisis in Iraq. Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the Response Director in Washington or designated leadership the Team Leader will:

Contextual Specialty
• Use extensive experience and knowledge to manage staff in analyzing and determining the scale and scope of a wide-range of challenges when complete information is not available and provide support to continued efforts to establish creative solutions.
• Provide expert guidance on political, humanitarian, organizational, structural and stakeholder interests specific to the region of responsibility.
• Supervise the preparation of regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on Iraq complex emergency.

Portfolio Management
• Serve as the lead humanitarian advisor to senior civilian and military officials, and engage in substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the host governments, other USG agencies, U.S. Military, UN/Private Voluntary Organizations /NGOs/IOs, and other assisting countries.
• Ensure close communication with senior Embassy officials. Foster open communications with USAID Mission and Embassy staff to ensure continued support of and collaboration on humanitarian programs.
• Ensure the OFDA programs for Iraq are appropriate for the humanitarian response by monitoring events and maintaining regular contact with OFDA’s funded partners and other USG entities providing humanitarian assistance.
• Ensure the development and implementation of strategic decisions.
• Conduct regular evaluations of all OFDA funded programs for effectiveness, validity of priorities, soundness of objectives, ability of partners to achieve program objectives, and institute changes as necessary.
• Lead frequent reviews and discussions on programmatic, safety, and security issues with team members.
• Ensure that timely and appropriate information is reported out from the team via a range of information means and products.
• Organize and lead high-level USG visits or briefings on Iraq.
• Regularly liaise with high-ranking officials outside of USAID in both structured and unstructured settings in order to negotiate serious and complex issues of considerable consequences related to humanitarian principles, access, and program objectives for Iraq.

Representation
• Develop and maintain relationships with representatives of host governments, donor governments, IOs, NGOs, U.S. embassies and USAID missions to ensure efficient and coordinated humanitarian response and DRR activities.
• Work with local and regional institutions and private/public sector organizations to incorporate DRR into appropriate programs.
• Serve as an expert advisor on humanitarian and DRR issues to senior USG personnel in the region to include Ambassadors, Mission Directors, and other heads of agencies.
• Establish and maintain relationships with representatives of host governments, emergency/humanitarian donor governments, international emergency and humanitarian organizations (including: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organization for Migration, etc.), emergency/humanitarian divisions of various NGOs, U.S. embassies, and ICRC DRR activities.
• Represent USAID in joint efforts to design, develop, and implement humanitarian strategies and interventions with local governments, donor, partner, and UN organizations, as appropriate.
• Advise regional officials, including host country authorities and other USAID officials on disaster response, mitigation and risk reduction efforts, including the review of sector disaster response and DRR plans.

Leadership
• Develop, in consultation with the Response Director in Washington, the multi-year strategy for Iraq.
• Ensure teams understand expectations and objectives and are working together to effectively manage deadlines and meet goals.
• Manage and prioritize daily activities of team.
• Provide regular evaluations of staff performance in both formal and informal settings.
• Serve as a peer-mentor for program staff working to increase exposure and experience in field-based humanitarian operations.

General Duties
• Travel frequently, on short notice and for extended periods of time, as required, in order to fulfill duties.
• Ensure timely reporting of OFDA’s activities in the region through written cables, analyses, strategies, and other requests for written information and/or oral briefings.
• Maintain regular communications with the regional (and/or sub-regional) office in the area of responsibility and with OFDA/Washington.
• As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.
• 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.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The Regional Advisor/Team Lead will report to the OFDA Response Director. In the event the position is moved to Budapest, the Team Leader/Regional Advisor will report to the Senior Regional Advisor.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:
Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work. Results are considered authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change.

10. 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).

11. 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.

12. START DATE: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.

13. POINT OF CONTACT: See Cover Letter.


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

Bachelor’s degree with study in, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy, or a specific country; and a minimum of nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in humanitarian assistance programming and management, which must include five (5) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy, or a specific country; and a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in humanitarian assistance programming and management, which must include three (3) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations.

SELECTION FACTORS
(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)
● Offerors 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 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
● Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.
● Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance.
● Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
● Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

OFFEROR RATING SYSTEM
The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors must demonstrate the rating factors outlined below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The evaluation of writing tests will also take into consideration the quality of written responses. Aspects of written responses including, but not limited to typos, grammatical errors, spelling errors, and incomplete sentences will be factored into the evaluation process. The rating factors are as follows:

Professional Experience (12 points):

• Experience in initial assessments of damages and needs and determining appropriate humanitarian interventions in international disaster situations.
• Experience in identifying incipient disaster situations and developing Disaster Risk Reduction or disaster preparedness strategies through working with an international humanitarian response organization.
• Experience in the design, development, and implementation of strategies for humanitarian assistance.

Skills and Abilities (12 points):

• Demonstration of diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in briefing and reporting at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
• Experience in coordinating with a team comprised of host governments, UN or NGO partners, and USG officials to develop policy and strategies in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.
• Demonstrated experience and expertise in international humanitarian policy and architecture, i.e. UN response systems, sphere guidelines, humanitarian policy development.
• Experience shaping policy, strategies and/or advocacy for major international humanitarian crises.

Leading Teams (6 points):

• Demonstrated experience managing staff in an international humanitarian response, including experience in building and recruiting teams and managing performance.
• Demonstrated experience leading diverse teams in a complex, international humanitarian crisis, including setting goals and objectives and providing direction.

Interview Performance (40 points)

Timed Writing Test (15 points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (15 points)

Total Possible Points: 100

BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Offeror Rating System. Those offerors determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks.

Offerors are required to address each factor of the Offeror Rating System in their resume, describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards 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 Offeror Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

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 offerors 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 offeror. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

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

2. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Offerors 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 (SA).

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 (HRM) Team, 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 the Food Security 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.

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