Forward Field Advisor/Security Supervisor
Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United States
Forward Field Advisor/Security Supervisor
Department of State
SA-4 Navy Hill, South Building
2430 E Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20037
Janette R. Dull, Senior Contract Program Support Specialist, Email DullJR@state.gov
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Forward Field Advisor/Security Supervisor
Issuance Date: 04/02/2018
Closing Date: 04/16/2018
SOLICITATION NUMBER: PSC-18-019-INL
A solicitation for a Personal Services Contractor (PSC), Department of State (DOS), Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
The United States Government (USG), represented by the DOS, seeks applications from US citizens interested in providing PSC services as described in this solicitation.
PRE-AWARD ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF PSC (JUN 2011)
This solicitation may result in the award of one or more personal services contracts as defined in FAR 2.101. Prior to contract award, all offerors or quotes must advise the cognizant Contracting Officer if they have a personal conflict of interest, such as a financial conflict, that would prevent them from either meeting the requirements of the clause entitled, “Post-Award Ethical Responsibilities of Personal Services Contractors,” or otherwise objectively performing their contractual duties upon contract award.
HOW TO APPLY
Offerors proposal shall be in accordance with the requirements stated in this solicitation at the place and time specified. A proposal will be determined non-responsive and ineligible for consideration unless all required documents and information are included in the submission. Offerors shall ensure their resume demonstrates their possession of the minimum qualifications outlined in this Solicitation, as well as their ability to fulfill all required duties. The Government is not responsible for any costs incurred by the offeror during the solicitation process.
NOTE REGARDING GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR THIS SOLICITATION
This solicitation in no way obligates the Department of State to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit the Department of State to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the application.
Proposals must include the following and not exceed twenty (20) pages:
1) Form SF 171 (Completed and signed)
3) Three letters of recommendation OR three references to include contact information
Note: Your resume should contain explicit 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 explicit information to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.
*** ONE PDF ATTACHMENT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Veteran’s preference is not applicable to this position therefore do not submit DD-214.
ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR, SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NONDISQUALIFYING DISABILITY, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.
Submit proposal via e-mail to the attention of:
Direct questions regarding this solicitation to:
INL will not accept proposals beyond the closing time/date; unless it can be determined DOS mishandled the proposal.
1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: PSC-18-019-INL
2. ISSUANCE DATE: 04/02/2018
3. CLOSING DATE: 04/16/2018
4. TIME SPECIFIED FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 3:00 PM, EST
5. POSITION TITLE: Forward Field Advisor/Security Supervisor
6. MARKET VALUE: $85,181 – $125,091 (FS-02 Equivalent)
7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year from date of award, with four optional years
8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Lima, Peru
9. JOB DESCRIPTION: See below
Personal Services Contractor (PSC)
Statement of Work (SOW)
U.S. Embassy – Lima, Peru
Forward Field Advisor/Security Supervisor
FS-02 (Equivalent GS-14)
A. GENERAL STATEMENT OF THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONTRACT
The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is part of the Under Secretariat for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J) within the Department of State (DOS). INL’s mission is to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States and its citizens by providing effective foreign assistance and fostering global cooperation.
The purpose of this personal services contract is to provide a Forward Field Advisor/Security Supervisor (FFA) and Embassy Field Coordination (EFC) support as required at forward deployed areas east of the Andes at all INL Section controlled and forward deployed units in Peru. Assists in effecting high level interagency coordination among the U.S. embassy, host nation Counter Narcotics (CN) police and military services, aviation support services contractors, and other participating USG agencies.
This position is located in the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section of the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. The INL Aviation team manages twenty-four rotary-wing aircraft and two fixed-wing aircraft, all USG/DOS owned. The FFA manages 125 host nation personnel in support of counter narcotic operations. S/he provides planning, operational, security, training, logistical and Embassy Field Coordination (EFC) support for the Main Operating Base (MOB) in Pucallpa and four forward operations bases east of the Andes. The position requires a minimum of 50% travel outside of Lima. Key duties will be performed from forward operations locations in the jungle east of the Andes.
B. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Manage and supervise six field advisors/security specialists and 125 Ministry of Interior contract workers, supervise sponsored/directed activities in support of Peruvian counter narcotics operations.
2. Procure aviation fuel for NAS B-1900, for Lima and forward operations bases refueling locations. Provide fuel quality control supervision for AAR contractor for 220,000 gallons of aviation fuel in Lima and forward operation bases. Train Peruvian national police refuelers as necessary to safely refuel USG aircraft in support of eradication and interdiction operations.
3. Supervise, coordinate and provide HF, FM, and VHF radio, satellite, telephone and e-mail communications support in Pucallpa and other forward operating sites supporting INL Section aviation east of the Andes for counter narcotic activities.
4. Advise the INL director, Regional Security Officer (RSO), and other U.S. embassy staff on specific matters related to the security of human and material resources at all operational sites. Coordinate with other embassy elements and host country agencies to assess the threat level at operational sites to determine and implement appropriate security measures.
5. Direct, plan, and coordinate with Senior Aviation Advisor (SAA), RSO, and INL director on decisions regarding the safety and security of USG personnel and property.
6. Ensure that USG-provided commodities are effectively utilized and that there is no fraud, waste, or mismanagement in the program through continuous over sight and end-use monitoring at all INL aviation sites.
7. Oversee and directly supervise minor construction projects and facilities maintenance in support of counter narcotic operations.
8. Coordinate with U.S. embassy sections, USG agencies and host country counterparts to identify logistical support requirements. Provide required support as established by policy and guidance from the INL director, deputy director, SAA, and deputy SAA.
9. In consultation with the RSO, prepare and update as required: security instructions, operations plans and procedures, site emergency evacuation plans, site surveys for operations and security of operational areas and ensure that all official personnel in the area of responsibility are made aware of such instructions, plans, and procedures.
10. Provide operational and training expertise to National Air Police (PNP) and Counter Narcotics Police and civilian manual eradicators in field operations; direction and guidance in teaching paramedic programs for forward deployments, pathfinder program instruction, procedures for forward deployment missions, Airmobile and Fixed Wing Aircraft Operations, Fast Rope, STABO and emergency extraction techniques for internal search and recover missions.
11. Provide operational field support to humanitarian missions and search and rescue missions as requested by the Chief of Mission (COM). .
12. Train and oversee the safe use of M60D machine guns for helicopters for self-defense in hostile environments.
13. Support the INL aviation program in the implementation of U.S.-Peru counter narcotics and other bilateral agreements, and support ad hoc INL projects as directed by Lima INL leadership.
14. Serve as Contracting Officers Representative (COR).
B.-1 REQUIRED TRAINING & DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES
1. Complete the Contracting Officer Representative (PA296) distance-learning (DL) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within 120 days of arriving at post.
2. Complete the Introduction to Working in an Embassy (PN113) distance-learning (DL) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within the first six months of arriving at post.
3. Complete the mandatory Foreign Affairs Counter-Threat (FACT) Course (OT610) prior to deployment to post.
The FFA works under the direct supervision of the Senior Aviation Advisor; however, s/he exercises wide latitude for independent action, initiating projects and executing approved new programs with limited supervision. Provides security supervision and oversight for the U.S. embassy Torres security contractor in Pucallpa, Tingo, Maria, and other forward deployed locations. The FAA monitors and evaluates six Field Advisor/Security Specialist contractors’ performance in field operations, training, logistics, and security. Completed work is reviewed for timeliness and effectiveness.
The Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) is delegated the authority to act for the Contracting Officer in matters concerning technical clarification, inspection and, after concurrence by the Contracting Officer, acceptance of Contractor performance under the contract, including preparation of receiving reports, and the authorization of progress payments when appropriate. The COR will coordinate all work with the Contractor and review Contractor’s performance at significant stages of its development.
In no instance, however, shall the COR be authorized to alter or modify the specifications or the contract terms and the conditions or waive the government’s requirement, price, delivery, or other terms and conditions. Such changes must be authorized, in writing, to the Contracting Officer.
Deliverables are required under this PSC and shall include; monthly status reports, monthly evaluation of contractor performance, special reports when required and “Completion of assignment report,” which shall be a compressive review of the projects in which the contractor was involved.
Each report shall include a critique of and recommendations for the various projects. The completions of assignment reports are due no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the expiration of this contract. The Personal Service Contractor shall submit two (2) copies of each report as required to the following;
1. INL/POST Directors and;
2. INL/Program Officer/Supervisory Aviation Advisor
Per FAR Part 4, the above referenced documents shall be incorporated and copies stored in the PSC’s hard file under Section V.; Tab E – Receiving Reports.
The Contractor shall prepare and submit two copies of each technical report required by the schedule of this contract (e.g., progress reports, final reports, etc.), to the Embassy INL Section and to the Program Officer, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), Department of State Washington, DC. The title page of all reports forwarded pursuant to this paragraph shall include a descriptive title, the author’s name(s), contract number, project number, and title, contractor’s name, name of the State Department project office, and the publication or issuance date of the report.
When preparing reports, the Contractor shall refrain from using elaborate artwork, multicolor printing, and expensive paper/binding, unless it is specifically authorized in the Contract Schedule. Wherever possible, pages should be printed on both sides using single spaced type.
Assignments involve organizations, operations, and functions of significant complexity with inter-related USG programs in an international environment. Adaptability and flexibility are indispensible. The FFA occasionally initiates new or substantially modified methods and procedures, which results in significant program changes.
F. SCOPE AND EFFECTIVENESS
The FFA performs broad and extensive assignments related to a complex administrative/financial program spanning the full-range of citizen safety, law enforcement, rule of law, and counter narcotics programs in Peru, which is of significant interest to the public and to Congress.
G. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
1. U.S. citizen an able to obtain/maintain a Department of State Secret security and medical clearance, appropriate for service in forward operations locations throughout Peru.
2. Excellent oral and written Spanish communications skills, and proficiency.
3. Ten years of work experience in government or industrial security with at least five years in supervisory or managerial positions.
4. Demonstrated ability to perform essential functions under difficult conditions (e.g., limited resources, personal security risks, conflicting and changing priorities, difficult living conditions, language barriers etc.)
5. Demonstrated experience with procurement and financial processes; experience with federal government procurement and financial process is preferred.
6. Eight years of work experience in Latin America with counter narcotics or similar programs.
7. Ten years of experience in military special operations.
8. Proficient in Microsoft Office.
9. Proven ability to complete the FSI Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) course within the first 120 days of assignment successfully.
H. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
1. Prior experience with INL counters narcotics programs.
2. Prior experience working in Central or South America.
3. Demonstrated experience working with Peruvian National Police (PNP) in Counter Narcotics Operations.
4. Demonstrated experience working or coordinating with relevant USG agencies (DEA, MAAG, and USAID, etc).
5. Demonstrated experience working with U.S. embassies.
6. Superior interpersonal skills.
I. GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED EQUIPMENT
The FFA shall be able to use a furnished with office space, a computer, office telephone, and other supplies needed for job requirements. This property will be owned and maintained by the Department of State.
J. TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
The position requires the FFA to travel and reside outside of Lima approximately 50% of the time. The travel and up to a two-week stay is to the INL forward-operating base (FOB) in Pucallpa, Peru as well as several forward operating locations (FOL) in various parts of Peru east of the Andes. The facilities are Government of Peru-owned and operated and amenities are limited during this time.
K. PRE-DEPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS
1. Consultations with the INL program office may be required.
L. EVALUATION FACTORS:
Factor 1 Counter Narcotics Experience (35 points)
Ability to direct, plan aviation, field operations and provide oversight and supervision of counter narcotic activities. Ability to coordinate activities with other entities and agencies (U.S. Government and Government of Peru (GOP) and assess potential threat levels at operational sites and determine and implement appropriate security measures. Education level, years of special operations training, security supervisor, and years working in Central and South America.
Factor 2 Training Experience (25 points)
Experience, knowledge and supervision of training (in English and Spanish languages) in the following subject, but not limited to first aid, field sanitation and hygiene, pathfinder techniques, airmobile operations, FRIES, STABO, emergency extraction techniques, and external load operations. Setup and run HF, FM, and VHF communications systems and knowledge of INL policy and directives.
Factor 3 Program Management Experience (20 points)
Ability to monitor actions related to the development, operations, and maintenance of facilities and sites designated by INL Section leadership, including temporary eradication sites. Ability to monitor and ensure that resources and commodities are effectively utilized and that there is no fraud, waste or mismanagement in the Program through continuous oversight and end use monitoring.
Factor 4 Past Performance (20 points)
Past performance evaluation of applicant’s ability to perform under the contract. In conducting the evaluation, the Government reserves the right to utilize all evaluation information available at the time of evaluation, whether provided by the applicant or obtained from other sources.
The most qualified candidates may be interviewed, required to provide a writing sample, and demonstrate an ability to operate commonly used office applications. INL will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. In addition, applications (written materials and interviews) will be evaluated based on content as well as on the applicant’s writing, presentation, and communication skills. In the event that a candidate has fully demonstrated his/her qualifications and there are no other competitive applicants, INL reserves the right to forego the interview process. Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for applicants being considered for selection.
COMPENSATION (BASE PAY)
For award, INL will negotiate for this contract based on the market value as outlined above and overall experience relevant to the solicitation requirements.
BENEFITS & ALLOWANCES
AS A MATTER OF POLICY, INL NORMALLY AUTHORIZES THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES
BENEFITS – IF APPLICABLE
• Employee’s FICA/Medicare Contribution
• Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance
• Pay Comparability Adjustment
• Annual Increase
• Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation
• Annual, Sick and Home Leave
• 401K Plan
• MEDVAC Reimbursement
ALLOWANCES IN ACCORDANCE WITH DEPARTMENT OF STATE STANDARDIZED REGULATIONS (DSSR) – IF APPLICABLE
• Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance (TQSA) or Per Diem upon arrival at Post
• Housing Allowance
• Post Allowance
• Supplemental Post Allowance
• Maintenance Allowance (SMA)
• Education Allowance
• Educational Travel (full-time United States based secondary)
• Post Hardship Differential
• Danger Pay
• Shipment of HHE, UAB, POV and Consumables