Vacancy

Administrative Assistant (Integrated Health Office – IHO) (m/f)

USAID

USAID is recruiting an Administrative Assistant (Integrated Health Office – IHO) (m/f), to be based in Maputo, Mozambique.
Description
  • The Administrative Assistant serves as the principal administrative support person for the Office Chief and reports to him/her directly and/or his/her designee, operating independently to ensure that administrative functions are performed effectively, efficiently, and in a manner that promotes harmony and problem-solving, ensuring other Office staff members may be more effective
  • The Administrative Assistant is the primary contact person responsible for Office customer service to internal and external partners and other stakeholders, including Mission staff, contractors and grantees and potential contractors and grantees, Implementing Partners (IPs), host-government officials, the Embassy, USAID/Washington, and other customers. In this capacity, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for coordinating information about the Office and making sure that information gets to customers on a timely basis and in a professional manner
  • Subject: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC) – Administrative Assistant (Integrated Health Office – IHO), FSN-07 Equivalent
  • Dear Prospective Offerors: The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Mozambique is seeking applications 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 offers will not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records
  • This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offers
  • Any questions must be directed in writing to the Point of Contact specified in the attached information
  • Solicitation No. 72065621R10003 opened to all Mission current employees and external candidates who meet the stated qualifications
  • Point of Contact: Mission-Maputo-HR@usaid.gov
  • Market Value: USD27,899– 39,064 USD per annum, equivalent to FSN-07 (Step1-12)
  • In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Mozambique). Final compensation will be negotiated within the market value
  • Period of Performance: The base period will be one year, estimated to start on or about February 2021. Based on Agency need, the Contracting Officer may exercise additional option periods for the dates estimated as follows:
  • Base Period:
  • February 2021 – February 2022
  • Option Period 1:
  • +February 2022-November 15, 2022
  • Eligible Offerors: To meet basic eligibility requirements, the applicant must be a cooperating country citizen or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country
  • Security Level Required: Employment Certification (RSO Certification)
  • Benefits and Allowances:
  • This is a local position and compensation will be in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan
  • USAID Regulations, Policies and Contract Clauses pertaining to PSCs:
  • USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources:
  • 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
  • Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms. Pricing by line item is to be determined upon contract award as described below:
  • Item No (A)
  • SERVICES (DESCRIPTION) (B)
  • QUANTITY (C)
  • UNIT (D)
  • UNIT PRICE
  • (E) AMOUNT
  • (F) 0001
  • Base Period - Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other Direct Costs (ODCs)
  • Award Type: PSC
  • Product Service Code: R497
  • Accounting Info: 1
  • LOT
  • $ _TBD__$_TBD at Award after negotiations with Contractor_1001
  • Option Period 1 – Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other Direct Costs (ODCs)
  • Award Type: PSC 1
  • LOT
  • $ _TBD__ $_TBD at Award after negotiations
  • Product Service Code: R497 - Accounting Info: with Contractor_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
Duties
  • The Administrative Assistant receives and places phone calls, sends and receives e-mail and faxes, and sets up meetings and makes appointments at the request of the supervisor and other Office staff with Mission, Host-Government, Implementing Partners (IPs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), donor organizations, private-sector, and other contacts; arranges transportation, as needed; and, takes minutes when requested. The Administrative Assistant schedules appointments based on a good knowledge of the Office Director’s commitments and maintains the Office calendar, reminding the supervisor and others of meetings and appointments. The Administrative Assistant takes messages in the absence of the Office Director and other staff, directing callers to other staff members, or answering questions personally; prepares visitor access requests, receives and assists visitors, answers questions, or directs them to a staff member who can assist them; schedules meetings for the Office Director, and ensures that attendees are briefed or provided proper background material for meetings; and, participates in arranging for conference/meeting room space as required by the size of the group and maintaining conference/meeting room schedules, in coordination with other Mission administrative staff. The Administrative Assistant meets with other Mission support staff on a regular and recurring basis to update and improve standard operating processes. 25%
  • The Administrative Assistant maintains control of correspondence for the Office, including program/project/activity files provided by Contracting/Agreement Officer’s Representatives (CORs/AORs) and other Specialists, establishing and maintaining computerized tracking systems to track Office actions, providing weekly reports to the Office Director, receiving and screening Office mail not addressed to a particular individual, drafting responses to routine correspondence and letters, distributing incoming official mail to Office personnel and attaching pertinent background material, and searching files and records to assemble background information for correspondence and other pending actions. The Administrative Assistant reviews outgoing mail for proper address, routing, attachments, etc., prior to dispatch, reviewing outgoing correspondence for accuracy and conformance with Mission formatting procedures and special instructions. The Administrative Assistant distributes internal policies and procedures and, as necessary, maintains a tracking system of when staff received new policies and/or procedures. 25%
  • The Administrative Assistant establishes and maintains files according to standards set by the Mission Correspondence and Records (C&R) Technician/Supervisor in the Executive Office (EXO) and by USAID/Washington, marks correspondence and other documents for filing, and files accordingly. Reviews all correspondence prepared in the Office or elsewhere for the supervisor’s signature, corrects errors by drafters and edits correspondence and ensures that responding correspondence meets requirements posed by incoming correspondence to which it pertains. The Administrative Assistant maintains and updates handbooks, operating procedures, and other documents, such as visitors’ lists, telephone listings, personnel rosters, and leave, travel, and training schedules. 25%
  • The Administrative Assistant uses computer and web-based word processing, spreadsheets, and software applications in the performance of a variety of assignments. Drafts electronic country clearances (eCCs); reports time and attendance; assists incoming personnel with check-in procedures and departing personnel with check-out procedures; prepares travel requests for the Office staff for official travel. Types a variety of correspondence, creates electronic trackers, develops charts, and prepares other documents in draft and final form, proof-reading for format and consistency with standard formatting requirements prior to submitting for signature. As required, the Administrative Assistant locates documents routed for clearance, and obtains and tracks clearances and signatures. As required by workload, the Administrative Assistant may be assigned to the Front Office, or assigned to support other office Administrative Assistants, during the absence of the job holder. 25%
  • Supervisory Relationship: The Administrative Assistant receives supervision from the Office Chief, and/or his/her designee, who provides assignments in terms of a discussion of the work to be performed, and Office priorities. Most work occurs as a result of normal Office operations, but special activities may be assigned at any time. The Administrative Assistant independently plans and carries out assignments and is responsible for the accuracy of their personal work; work is normally reviewed in terms of results achieved and in meeting Office objectives
  • Supervisory Exercised: None.
  • Available Guidelines: In addition to oral and written instructions from the supervisor, guidelines include USAID Mission Orders, Administrative Notices, USG Regulations, and other guidance and directives from the Automated Directives System (ADS), USAID Fact Sheets, E-mails, and other standard operating processes sources
  • Exercise of Judgment: The Administrative Assistant must use sound judgment in addressing tasks and responsibilities, and in setting work-related priorities. This is particularly important in dealing with working-level contacts within the Mission, Embassy, and with contractors/grantees, IPs, other donors, and host-government officials
  • Authority to Make Commitments: Within the scope of the assignment, the Administrative Assistant is regularly called upon to maintain calendars and/or otherwise schedule meetings; to advise staff, callers, and visitors when work items or particular individuals will be available; and, to otherwise provide appropriate information. The Administrative Assistant is not authorized to independently commit the USG to the expenditure of funds
  • Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: Contacts will be maintained in person, by phone, or by written or electronic communication with Office and Mission staff, and with relevant senior Host-Government officials, private-sector representatives, and staff other foreign donor institutions. The nature of these contacts will be principally administrative
  • Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level: One year
  • Post Entry Training: The Administrative Assistant will be provided familiarization training on USAID operations, and on specific regulations and procedures (such as records management, travel, and correspondence management). Additional training in-country may be provided from time to time, depending on course offerings and the availability of space and funds CCN PSCs may participate in temporary duty (TDY) travel to USAID/Washington and other Missions in order to participate in the Foreign Service National Fellowship Program described in ADS 495maa
Requisites
  • Minimum Qualifications Required for this Position:
  • Education: Two or more years of post-secondary schooling in Secretarial Science or Business Administration, or other related field equivalent to a US junior college or community college diploma, is required
  • Prior Work Experience: A minimum of three years of administrative or secretarial work experience, of which two years should be in related work with a U.S. Government Agency, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), other donor organizations, host-government organizations, or private-sector institutions is required
  • Language Proficiency: Level 4 (advanced professional proficiency) English and Portuguese proficiency, both oral and written, is required. (This will be tested)
  • Job Knowledge: The Administrative Assistant should be familiar, or able to quickly become familiar with the responsibilities and activities of the Office of assignment, as well as possess a general knowledge of standard office procedures and practices. The Administrative Assistant should have the ability to develop an excellent understanding of USG file management, mail handling, and correspondence formatting
  • Skills and Abilities: The Administrative Assistant must be proficient in keyboarding and in operating computers with standard software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software programs as designated. The Administrative Assistant must be proficient in using the Internet and E-mail
Evaluation and Selection Factors
  • The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. The FAR provisions referenced above are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far
The following evaluation factors are established:
  • Education 5 points
  • Prior Work Experience 25 points
  • Language Proficiency 15 points
  • Job Knowledge 25 points
  • Skills and Abilities 30 points
  • Maximum Points: 100 points
Notes
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
  • A cover letter in English with CV/Applicant Resume in English
  • Names, contact numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references from individuals who are not family members or relatives. Reference checks will be conducted for the final selected candidate for the Contracting Officer to make a responsibility determination. USAID/Mozambique reserves the right to solicit references from other sources as deemed appropriate
  • To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission
  • Only interviewed candidates will be informed in writing of the Selection Committee’s final decision
  • Per this scoring, Skills and Abilities is the most important factor, followed by Prior Work Experience and Job Knowledge, Education and Language Proficiency. Applications will initially be screened for conformity with minimum requirements. Only applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position will be considered
  • Candidates will be evaluated based on relevant education, prior work experience, knowledge, language proficiency, skills and abilities demonstrated in their application packages. A Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) will be convened to review applications and evaluate them in accordance with the evaluation criteria. Applications from candidates who do not meet the required selection criteria will not be scored. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and will be invited for an oral interview. Candidates successfully passing the oral interview will be invited for a language exam and may also be required to pass a written test. No response will be sent to unsuccessful applicants
  • Professional references will be conducted for the top ranked candidate and will be utilized to supplement the TEC’s recommendation to the Contracting Officer to offer the position to the top ranked candidate. USAID/Mozambique reserves the right to solicit references from other sources as deemed appropriate
  • Final selection will be based on the application package, language abilities, oral interview, reference checks and written test. This is a local position and compensation will be in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan
  • Please note that USAID and the U.S. Government NEVER require payment of any money in connection with a job application
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