Global Capacity and Leadership Development Deputy Team Leader

  • 13 Apr 2019 9:26 AM
    Message # 7280683

    Position Title: Global Capacity and Leadership Development Deputy Team

    Leader Solicitation Number: 720FDA19B00039

    Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $117,191- $152,352

    Issuance Date: April 12, 2019

    Closing Date: May 10, 2019

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


    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 (IOs) including United Nations (UN) agencies and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. These Divisions also oversee OFDA’s nonresponse 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 Solicitation for a USPSC Global Capacity and Leadership Development Deputy Team Leader 720FDA19B00039 4 | Page 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 (IT), 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 for IT, staffing, funds control, budgeting, information and 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 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 Solicitation for a USPSC Global Capacity and Leadership Development Deputy Team Leader 720FDA19B00039 5 | Page guidance for OFDA; maintains global relationships with implementing partners, other donors, and the broader humanitarian architecture; engages with the UN to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and to promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally. HPGE Division leads OFDA's communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences; and 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, PublicPrivate Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN) in New York, Geneva and Rome. INTRODUCTION The HPGE Division serves as the principal focal point for humanitarian policy development, engagement and institutional relationships with IOs and other donor governments. As one of the core teams in the HPGE Division, the Global Capacity and Leadership Development Team (globalCLD) focuses on intergovernmental trainings within the USG, specifically related to OFDA’s role in humanitarian assistance and disaster response, as well as humanitarian capacity and leadership development in the broader international community. HPGE’s globalCLD Team is responsible for developing and maintaining humanitarian assistance specific courses, as well as tailoring them for different audiences across the interagency. The globalCLD Deputy Team Leader position serves as an integral part of the HPGE Division and closely coordinates with other parts of the USG and international community on humanitarian capacity development and intergovernmental training. The position supports the planning and development of training and outreach approaches on humanitarian issues; provides expertise on humanitarian capacity and leadership development; helps provide strategic direction for globalCLD; prepares key briefings and guidance to support capacity and training requirements; and helps the globalCLD Team Leader manage the team. OBJECTIVE OFDA requires the services of one globalCLD Deputy Team Leader in order to meet its objectives of capacity development, intergovernmental training, education, and coordination within the USG. 9.


    The globalCLD Deputy Team Leader is an integral part of the globalCLD team that coordinates closely with other parts of HPGE and OFDA, advises on humanitarian capacity development, develops curriculum for humanitarian training courses, and facilitates training for other USAID Bureaus and federal agencies on the international humanitarian architecture, humanitarian Solicitation for a USPSC Global Capacity and Leadership Development Deputy Team Leader 720FDA19B00039 6 | Page assistance, and disaster response. He/She will help the globalCLD Team Leader plan organizational strategies, guide capacity development programs, and strategize approaches to training including course development, validation, delivery, and review. The role involves providing expert training for the planning, development, and execution of U.S. humanitarian policy. The work requires applying a rigorous analytical and detail-oriented approach to capacity development and learning. The globalCLD Deputy Team Leader will receive general guidance, but will also be expected to execute independent judgment and analysis at times. The role requires significant interaction with other offices and demands strong diplomatic, facilitation, and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting. Contacts will be within the USG, training counterparts in the UN and other agencies, experts, and representatives of NGOs. Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings and conferences.

    The globalCLD Deputy Team Leader will have the following duties and responsibilities :

    • Assist in managing the globalCLD Team.

    • Support the HPGE strategy for internal and external education and training courses on humanitarian assistance, international humanitarian architecture, and disaster response issues.

    • Assist in the development of detailed strategic plans for external training for the intra- and inter- agency.

    • Analyze training needs and requirements to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs.

    • Design courses from inception to polished final product, at times taking overall responsibility for external training courses, specifically applying the principles of adult learning design to both synchronous and asynchronous (e.g. online courses) learning.

    • Draw in subject matter expert expertise and work closely with other teams within HPGE, particularly the Policy and Interagency teams.

    • Support capacity and leadership development programming with external partners.

    • Maintain strong understanding of the USG interagency, humanitarian policy issues and USAID/OFDA coordination responsibilities and response operations that contribute to the USAID/OFDA training strategy for external partners.

    • Plan, develop, and facilitate training using knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as classroom training, demonstrations, meetings, conferences, simulations, and workshops.

    • Assist in producing trainer development programs and coach others involved in training efforts.

    • Evaluate instructor performance and the effectiveness of training programs, provide recommendations for improvement.

    • Assist in developing and monitoring funding commitments for partner efforts.

    • Work effectively as a team member with other members of the HPGE Division and OFDA.

    • Mentor and liaise with facilitators, panelists, and guest instructors.

    • Develop course evaluation procedures and conduct follow-up review of all completed training to evaluate and measure results. 

    • Develop and organize effective training manuals, multimedia visual aids, and other educational materials using a variety of media.

    • Build solid cross-functional relationships and assist with development of HPGE strategic plans and maintain internal and external OFDA relationships.

    • Ensure appropriate scheduling and coordination of training, including logistical support.

    • Provide support on the registration process and support all administrative and logistics requirements to hold a training course.

    • Assist in coordinating and scheduling training support required from other HPGE Division members. Work with USAID/OFDA Information Technology Unit to make sure that all technical elements of the training (e.g. slides, video, video teleconference) are set up for delivery during the training.

    • In support of the globalCLD Team Leader, coordinate with other training teams of humanitarian agencies and communicate at Senior Executive level of USG and IOs.

    • Review and analyze what the UN, other IOs, NGOs and other humanitarian entities currently provide on humanitarian assistance and disaster response capacity development, leadership development and learning. Incorporate recommendations whether USAID/OFDA should incorporate any part of the UN training, e.g. videos and simulations.

    • Sign-up for and serve multiple times or as needed throughout the year on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.

    • Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.

    • As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas.

    • 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 globalCLD Deputy Team Leader will take direction from and report to the globalCLD Team Leader, with guidance from the HPGE Division Director, or his/her designee.

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