Leadership and Strategy Advisor

US Agency for International Development



2. ISSUANCE DATE: July 11, 2023

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: This solicitation is open and continuous until December 27, 2023. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

August 28, 2023, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

December 27, 2023, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Offerors 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 canceled at the Contracting Officer’sdiscretion.

4. POINT OF CONTACT: FARO Recruitment Team, [email protected]

5. POSITION TITLE: Leadership and Strategy Advisor

6. MARKET VALUE: $99,908- $129,878 equivalent to GS-14

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value and will include Locality Pay for domestic USPSCs based on the location of the Official USAID Worksite, or the approved alternative worksite if approved for remote work. USPSCs performing overseas are not entitled to Locality Pay.

Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.


This position has been designated as suitable for remote work. The contractor will be authorized to perform the services under this contract from an alternative worksite. For PSCs authorized to remote work, the alternative worksite determines the locality pay for compensation purposes.

8. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Five (5) years, tentatively 145 day estimated start date from closing

9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S. Citizens Only


If there is a change in circumstances requiring access to National Security information classified at the Top-Secret level, the offeror may be asked to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.



The Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance’s (BHA) Office of Field and Response Operations (FARO) is a diverse, mission-driven team of experts leading operational readiness and excelling in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the world’s most vulnerable populations. Together, we create a safe environment where we inspire and enable our staff to achieve their full potential.

FARO requires the services of a Leadership and Strategy Advisor to provide integration, management, and coordination of strategic leadership initiatives in FARO, with a focus on cross cutting initiatives related to leadership development; office culture; diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA); and response readiness.


  • Manage integration, coordination, and strategy development across FARO, which will include relaying direction from office leadership and coordinating viewpoints and inputs from divisions, teams, and responsible units.
  • Engage closely with staff across FARO who are responsible for planning and implementing change, provide problem-solving support, and facilitate decision-making and consensus-building.
  • Coordinate engagements on behalf of the FARO Director and Deputy Directors to ensure a consistent, strategic focus and progress toward planned objectives.
  • Build on existing USAID, BHA, and FARO-led leadership development programs and lead FARO efforts to integrate existing opportunities and new ideas into a comprehensive, transparent, and accessible talent development program to build and maintain a strong and flexible pipeline of operational humanitarian leaders in FARO.
  • Drive project delivery, generating critical insights and tailoring and delivering effective communications to drive change, through the proactive solicitation and use of information, judgment, problem-solving methodologies and sector knowledge.
  • Proactively pursue sources of data and insight needed to complete analysis and ensure pace of progress and quality of analysis are maintained in line with the expectations.
  • Identify and coordinate with external and internal experts to support the development of training modules, particularly to enhance the integration of DEIA as a cross-cutting issue in the leadership development program.
  • Develop a results-based framework, setting up robust indicators of performance and monitoring activities to ensure the success of the leadership development program.
  • Identify and address additional opportunities for knowledge management and learning related to operational leadership.
  • Enhance lines of communication between staff and senior management on assigned projects to contribute to a working culture of transparency in FARO.
  • Coordinate and support the efforts of Responsible Units (RUs) in FARO to create clear, transparent pathways of professional growth and skill development across response management functions and positions.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of a FARO-specific operational plan to support a respectful, diverse, and inclusive workplace.
  • Work with staff throughout FARO, including the Anti-Racist Action Committee, to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion perspectives into the design, structure, functions, and procedures of the office.
  • Consistently models behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to building and maintaining a safe and respectful work environment free of discrimination, bias, exclusion, offensive behaviors and harassment of any kind.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of differing perspectives, cultural norms and gender in the work environment.
  • Demonstrate consistent accountability for adherence to and knowledge of laws, executive orders, and USAID’s policies which prohibit Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and non-EEO infringements as well as the Agency’s policy that strictly prohibits sexual misconduct, including harassment; exploitation or abuse of any kind among staff or implementing partners; and gender-based discrimination.
  • Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR), as assigned. The AOR/COR provides financial and programmatic oversight of all aspects of managing the agreement or contract; this includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, requests for approvals, program/project deliverables (i.e. work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key personnel requests, and financial/budget reports. They are responsible for drafting and submitting the annual contractor performance evaluation in Contract Performance Assessment Review System (CPARS). They prepare and review contract/assistance modifications documentation and assist the Contracting/Agreement Officer to ensure performance is compliant with the terms and conditions of the contract/agreement, the FAR, and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible for all related requirements in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.
  • The Leadership and Strategy Advisor does not have supervisory responsibilities. However, the Leadership and Strategy Advisor may serve in an acting leadership role within the bureau in order to meet short-term staffing needs, not to exceed 120 days in a 12-month contract year.
  • May be requested to be on-call or serve as needed, on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provide services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will vary.
  • As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time. 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). 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.
  • May serve on temporary details within the Bureau to meet operational needs during staff shortages. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities and will be directly related to the scope of work provided.


The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the BHA/FARO Office Director or their designee.


The supervisor provides administrative direction in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out project, studies, and programs. Results of the work are considered technically authoritative. There is no higher level official technically responsible for administering the program/project.


The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.



(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 plus a minimum of nine (9) years of relevant work experience in project management, human resources, business/public administration, communications, staffing development, DEIA, or coordination. Such experience should include four (4) years of progressive responsibility in developing workforce strategies and implementation for a large, complex organization.


Master’s degree plus a minimum of Seven (7) years of relevant work experience in project management, human resources, business/public administration, communications, staffing development, DEIA, or coordination. Such experience should include four (4) years of progressive responsibility in developing workforce strategies and implementation for a large, complex organization.


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. FAR provisions of this solicitation are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.

The technical evaluation committee may conduct reference checks, including references from individuals who have not been specifically identified by the offeror, and may do so before or after a candidate is interviewed.


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

  • Offeror is a U.S. Citizen.
  • Complete resume submitted. See Section IV for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
  • USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures may be accepted.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance. If there is a change in circumstances requiring access to National Security information classified at the Top-Secret level, the offeror may be asked to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of State medical clearance throughout the contract.
  • Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
  • Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.


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 rating factors are as follows:

MATRIX (30 points)

Professional experience:

  • Developing and directing organizational or leadership development initiatives. (5 points)
  • Developing and leading diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives. (5 points)
  • Independently analyzing business practices in an international organization, and leading implementation of changes. (4 points)
  • Managing workforce-related programs for an international civilian-based humanitarian assistance or development organization. (4 points)
  • Developing and utilizing results-based frameworks (4 points)
  • Coordinating organizational or leadership development projects among multiple layers of stakeholders. (4 points)
  • Strategy development and implementation for leadership or organizational development projects. (4 points)

Interview Performance (50 points)

Satisfactory Professional References Check (20 points)

Total Possible Points: 100 points

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 offerors may be interviewed and required to provide a writing sample. BHA 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. BHA reserves the right to select additional offerors if vacancies become available during the future phase of the selection process.


  1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals,” available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms.
  2. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I.
  3. Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number on all offeror submitted documents.
  4. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your offer, 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. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (SAM.gov, BHA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information must 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.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your offer materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the offer is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the offer to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your offer 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 offers for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your offer, and as the subject line in any email.

  1. NOTE: If the full security application package is not submitted within 30 days after the Office of Security determines eligibility, the offer may be rescinded. If a Secret security clearance is not obtained within nine months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If Top Secret is required, and clearance is not obtained within nine months after award, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government. If Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access is not obtained within nine months after Top Secret clearance is granted, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government.
  2. NOTE: If the full medical clearance package is not submitted within two months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If a Department of State medical clearance is not obtained; the offer may be rescinded.
  3. NOTE REGARDING GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR THIS SOLICITATION: 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 offer.


The CO will provide instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms after an offeror is selected for the contract award.

Forms outlined below can be found at:

http://www.usaid.gov/forms/ or at http://www.forms.gov/bgfPortal/main.do

  1. Resume.
  2. USPSC Offeror Form (AID 309-2)
  3. Medical History and Examination Form (DS-6561). **
  4. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or **
  5. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). **
  6. Finger Print Card (FD-258). **
  7. Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form). **

** Forms 3 through 7 shall be completed ONLY upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an offeror is the successful candidate for the job.


As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a USPSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:


(a) Employer’s FICA Contribution

(b) Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance

(c) Pay Comparability Adjustment

(d) Annual Increase (pending a satisfactory performance evaluation)

(e) Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation

(f) Leave and Holidays


Section numbers refer to rules from the Department of State Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas), available at https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=282&menu_id=101

(a) Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).

(b) Living Quarters Allowance (Section 130).

(c) Post Allowance (Section 220).

(d) Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).

(e) Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).

(f) Education Allowance (Section 270).

(g) Education Travel (Section 280).

(h) Post Differential (Chapter 500).

(i) Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600)

(j) Danger Pay. (Section 650)


USPSCs are required to pay Federal income taxes, FICA, Medicare and applicable State Income taxes.

How to apply

How to apply: via email: [email protected]