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Administrative Assistant

USAID

The USAID is recruiting an Administrative Assistant, to be based in Maputo, Mozambique.
Description
  • Background: USAID/Mozambique manages one of USAID’s largest country programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Its employees are organized into four assistance objective offices and four support offices implementing programs in health, democracy and governance, economic growth, and education. The Agriculture, Environment, and Business (AEB) Office within USAID/Mozambique supports activities related to improving the livelihoods of people producing and using local agricultural products, increasing the competitiveness of the Mozambican business environment, expanding access to water and sanitation, and supporting increased care for the nation’s critical biodiversity resources
  • Basic Function: The Administrative Assistant serves as the administrative support person for two or more of AEB Teams, operating independently to ensure administrative functions are performed effectively, efficiently, and in a manner that promotes harmony and problem-solving, ensuring other staff may be more effective
  • The Administrative Assistant is the primary contact person for the Teams’ customer service to internal and external partners and other stakeholders, including Office and Mission staff, contractors, Implementing Partners (IPs) and grantees, host-government officials, the Embassy, USAID/Washington, and other customers. In this capacity, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for coordinating information about the Teams and making sure that information is provided on a timely basis and in a professional manner
  • Subject: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC) – Administrative Assistant, FSN-6 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. 72065620R100022 opened to all Mission current employees and external candidates who meet the stated qualifications
  • Point of Contact: Mission-Maputo-HR@usaid.gov
  • Market Value: USD20,865– USD29,214 per annum, equivalent to FSN-6 (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 July 2020. Based on Agency need, the Contracting Officer may exercise additional option periods for the dates estimated as follows:
  • Base Period: July 2020 – July 2021
  • Option Period 1: +July 2021-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)
  • List of Required Forms Prior to Award:
  • Once the Contracting Officer (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 required forms
  • 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:656-MOD-656-20- 0002-08 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
  • Product Service Code: R497
  • Accounting Info: 656-MOD-656-20-0002-08 1 LOT $ _TBD__ $_TBD at Award after negotiations 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 phone calls, sends and receives Emails and faxes, and arranges meetings and appointments at the request of the supervisor and other staff with Office, Mission, Host-Government, Implementing Partners (IPs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), donor organizations, private-sector, and other contacts; arranges transportation as needed; and, takes minutes at meetings when requested. The Administrative Assistant maintains the supervisor’s appointments based on a good knowledge of the supervisor’s commitments, and maintains the Teams’ calendar, reminding the supervisor and others of meetings and appointments. The Administrative Assistant takes messages in the absence of the supervisor and other staff, directing callers to other staff members, or answering questions personally; receives and assists visitors, answers questions, or directs them to a staff member who can assist them; schedules meetings for the supervisor, and ensures that attendees are briefed or provided proper background material for meetings; and, participates in maintaining conference room schedules, in coordination with other Mission administrative staff. 25%
  • The Administrative Assistant maintains correspondence control for the Teams, 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 Team actions, providing reports to the supervisor, receiving and screening mail not addressed to a particular individual, drafting non-technical responses to routine correspondence and letters, distributing incoming official mail to Team personnel and attaching pertinent background material, and searching files and records to assemble background information as requested. The Administrative Assistant reviews outgoing mail for proper address, routing, attachments, etc., prior to dispatch, reviewing 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 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 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. 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; and, marks correspondence and other documents for filing, and files accordingly. The Administrative Assistant reviews all correspondence prepared 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%
Supervisory Relationship
  • The Administrative Assistant receives supervision from the Team Leader, 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 operations, but special activities may be assigned at any time. The Administrative Assistant 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, 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 of other foreign donor institutions. The nature of these contacts will be principally administrative
  • 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
  • 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 two years of administrative, secretarial, clerical experience 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 local language proficiency (if appropriate), both oral and written, is required. (Will be tested)
  • Job Knowledge: The Administrative Assistant should be familiar, or able to quickly become familiar with Office responsibilities and activities and possess a general knowledge of standard office procedures and practices. The Administrative Assistant should have the ability to develop an 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
  • Job Knowledge - 10 points
  • Education - 15 points
  • Prior Work Experience - 15 points
  • Language Proficiency - 25 points
  • Skills and Abilities - 35 points
  • Maximum Points: 100 points
Notes
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
  • Per this scoring, skills and abilities, and language proficiency are the most important factors, followed by education, prior work experience, and job knowledge. 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 a language test. Candidates successfully passing the language exam will be invited for an oral interview 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 and reference checks. This is a local position and compensation will be in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan
  • 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
  • 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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  • Publicado 17.06.2020
  • Expira 01.07.2020
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