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Job Border Police Advisor, Department of State, USA

Border Police Advisor

Solicitation Number: PSC-19-046-INL
 
Agency: Department of State

Office: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Location: Grants, Acquisitions, Procurement and Policy Division (INL/RM/GAPP)
 

General Information

Notice Type:
Combined Synopsis/Solicitation 
 
Posted Date:
April 3, 2019 
 
Response Date:
Apr 18, 2019 3:00 pm Eastern
 
Archiving Policy:
Automatic, 15 days after response date
Archive Date: 
 
May 3, 2019
Original Set Aside: 
 
N/A
Set Aside:
N/A
Classification Code:
99 -- Miscellaneous
NAICS Code:
921 -- Executive, Legislative, and Other General Government Support/921190 -- Other General Government Support
 
 
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PSC-19-046-INL
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Added: Apr 03, 2019 9:05 am
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AFFAIRS (INL)
You have received this "Personal Services Contractor" (PSC) solicitation through the Department of State (DOS) Internet site. If you have any questions regarding this PSC, you may contact the DOS Official named in this solicitation. The Department is not responsible for any data and/or text not received when retrieving this document electronically. Amendments to solicitation documents generally contain information critical to the submission of an application.


Position Title: Border Police Advisor
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Salary Level: FS-02 - $86,374 - $126,843 (Equivalent GS-14)
Period of performance: The period of performance for this contract is twelve (12) months from the date of award with four (4) optional one-year extensions.
Issuance Date: 04/03/2019
Closing date: 04/18/2019
Closing Time: 3:00 PM ET
Solicitation Number: PSC-19-046-INL
Job description: See below


Dear Prospective Offerors:

The Department of State is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services for the subject position under a personal services contract, as described in this solicitation. Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Applicants interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:

1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your offer your resume must include:
a. Paid a 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 any overseas 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. Names and contact information (phone and email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).
d. Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.
e. U.S. Citizenship


Note: Resume must contain explicit information to make a valid determination that the candidate meets the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information needs to be clearly identified in the resume. Failure to provide explicit information to determine qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

2. Supplemental document specifically addressing:
a. Each of the three (3) Evaluation Factors shown in the solicitation. Responses must be limited to 500 words per Evaluation Factor. Any additional words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.


Note: The Evaluation Factors are worth 70 out of 100 points. Offerors are required to address each of the Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have receive that are relevant to each Factor.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late offers will not be considered. Complete applications must be emailed to:

Dominique Chittum
U.S. Department of State
INL/RM/GAPP
ChittumDA@state.gov



Sincerely,




Andrew J. Lloyd
Contracting Officer
U.S. Department of State




SUBJECT
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 (additional pages will not be accepted or reviewed):
1) Form SF 171 (Completed and signed)
2) Resume and Evaluation Factor Responses
3) Three (3) names and contact information (phone and email) of current and/or previous supervisors to serve as professional references.


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. Additional documents submitted beyond the requirements will not be accepted or reviewed.

*** ONE PDF ATTACHMENT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE
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:
INL/Dominique Chittum
E-mail: ChittumDA@state.gov


Direct questions regarding this solicitation to:
INL/Dominique Chittum
E-mail: ChittumDA@state.gov


INL will not accept proposals beyond the closing time/date; unless it can be determined DOS mishandled the proposal.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONTRACT
Mission of the U.S. Department of State: The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the Secretary of state is the President's principal foreign policy advisor. The Department of State's mission is to advance U.S. national security interests, fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives that build a freer, prosperous and secure world.


Mission of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL): INL is under the Under Secretary for Democracy and Human Rights (J) and works to keep Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police, courts, and corrections systems. These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching U.S. shores.

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL) in El Salvador implements programs funded by the U.S. Department of State's (DOS) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Western Hemisphere Programs (INL/WHP). The Bureau is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation, and supervision of international narcotics control, law enforcement activities, and international criminal justice issues for the DOS.

The purpose of the Personal Service Contract (PSC) is to provide a Border Police Advisor who will serve in El Salvador on the full range of border security-related law enforcement issues confronting the Salvadoran National Civilian Police (PNC), evaluate training, and assist the PNC with implementing "best practices" to enhance border security, reduce narcotics, and gang-related crime and violence, and other criminal activities. The Border Police Advisor will manage projects/programs that provide technical law enforcement expertise, policy guidance, technical assistance, and training on behalf of INL in support of host-nation efforts to improve border policing techniques and infrastructure and reduce narco-trafficking/gang activity at and between El Salvador's ports of entry.

The Border Police Advisor may provide significant input in strategic planning and development of possible future law enforcement projects in El Salvador, notably counter-narcotics projects aimed at stemming the flow of illicit drugs through El Salvador. The Border Police Advisor will serve as INL's main point of contact for Border Security and Counter-Narcotics, often working with the interagency (DEA, FBI, DHS, USCG, and DOD) to design and implement strategies and projects intended to increase interdiction capacity in El Salvador. In addition, the Border Police Advisor will provide assistance to the PNC's Anti-Narcotics Division (DAN), which seeks to increase Salvadoran investigative and prosecutorial capacity to combat impunity in the laundering of proceeds from narco-trafficking.

The Border Police Advisor will coordinate programs with Salvadoran government entities, interagency partners working on counter-narcotics programming on behalf of the U.S. Embassy, other INL offices in the region, and other police advisors and/or contractors working for the INL program in El Salvador.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the direct supervision of the San Salvador-based INL Director or his/her designee, the Border Police Advisor will perform the following duties:


1. Review and assess the organizational and operational capacities of the Government of El Salvador (GOES), including the PNC, the DAN, and local actors, on border security and narcotics interdictions and other counter-narcotics operations. In consultation with INL/ES leadership, develop and maintain an assistance plan that will promote effective and sustainable policing practices with a focus on illegal drugs.

2. Establish collaborative partnerships between the GOES and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.

3. Assist the GOES and the DAN to develop best practices to oversee, coordinate, and establish a credible anti-narcotics program aimed at stemming the flow of illicit drugs through El Salvador destined for the United States.

4. Advise on, initiate, and coordinate activities related to preventing and reducing illicit migration and crime in El Salvador, and improving PNC effectiveness in investigating major crimes and executing counter-narcotics activities aimed at stemming the flow of illicit drugs through El Salvador.

5. Assist the GOES to implement, oversee, and coordinate best practices for achieving the goal of crime reduction and the interdiction of illicit drugs.

6. Work with the other INL advisors to identify PNC personnel training needs to enhance border security and counter-narcotics capabilities. Propose training options/course availability in the region or the United States.

7. Work with the other INL advisors to execute projects in accordance with the objectives and terms established in Letters of Agreement, Work Plans, or similar documents.

8. Provide advice and assistance in the preparation of procurement documentation for technical services, training, and commodities as well as monitoring procurement actions, including drafting source-origin waivers, bid solicitations, scopes of work, and delivery and acceptance of procured items.

9. Work with the INL personnel to prepare quarterly and annual progress reports. Prepare an annual strategic plan for each project of responsibility.

10. Supervise other PSC's and Locally Employed Staff (LES) and manage Third Party Contractors (TPCs) operating under their purview as required.

11. Attend meetings with U.S. and host-government officials as requested, including regional working group meetings.

TRAININGS & DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES

1. Completes the Contracting Officer Representative (PA296) distance-learning (DL) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within 120 days of arriving at Post.

2. Completes the Introduction to Working in an Embassy (PN113) distance-learning (DL) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within the first six (6) months of arriving at Post.

3. Completes the required Grants Officer Representative distance learning (DL) courses through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and obtains GOR certification within 90 days of arriving at Post. Certification must continue throughout life of contract.

4. Completes the Foreign Affairs Counter Threat (FACT) course (CT650) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) prior to arriving at Post.

5. Completes INL 101 Training within first year at Post.

6. Completes online EEO and Harassment Training within thirty days of arriving at Post.

7. If applicable - Consultations with the INL Program Office may be required.

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE & TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
US Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador. This position requires travel within El Salvador, as well as occasional (less than 10%) travel to other Central American countries and to the United States as needed.


RELATIONSHIP
The Border Police Advisor reports to an INL Program Officer at U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador. The Border Police Advisor is required to have effective and professional relationships with all members of the INL/ES team, coordinating efforts across programs, and ensuring an efficient and positive work environment.


COMPLEXITY

This position involves planning, organizing and completing financial and organizational analysis of enormous complexity. Due to the high visibility and political sensitivity of the issues in which INL is involved, there is extreme difficulty in identifying the nature of the issues and planning, organizing and determining the scope and depth of studies/audits to be undertaken. The PSC is expected to address difficult scenarios by separating the substantive nature of the programs or issues into their components and determining the nature and magnitude of programs or issues, as well as in discerning the intent of the legislation and policy statements and determining how to translate the intent into program actions.

SCOPE AND EFFECTIVENESS
The PSC 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 El Salvador, which is of significant interest to the public and to Congress.


PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
The period of performance for this contract is twelve (12) months from the date of award with four (4) optional one-year extensions.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
1. U.S. Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain Department of State Secret level security and medical clearances.
2. Graduate of an accredited U.S. university with a Bachelor's Degree or higher; or a minimum of twenty (20) years of experience as a sworn civilian law enforcement officer.
3. Demonstrated five (5) years of supervisory experience.
4. Demonstrated seven (7) years of police program experience, such as experience with border security, police liaison activities, counter-narcotics policing, and narcotics interdiction efforts.
5. Demonstrated experience in policing tactics and theories, the management of resources, and working with partner nation policing programs.
6. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with high-level officials, governmental and non-governmental.
7. Demonstrated five (5) years of relevant experience in law enforcement program management, training, and problem-solving methodologies. Demonstrated experience in the design, management, and oversight of international foreign assistance projects, including managing U.S. Government (USG) contracts, grants, inter-agency agreements, and/or donations to international organizations.
8. Demonstrated experience in reporting and program budget execution. Familiarity with metrics and evaluation.
9. Demonstrated communication and liaison skills appropriate to work with a wide variety of governmental, public, and private sector representatives; as well as with local community members and groups.
10. Demonstrated relevant work experience in establishing and advising counter-narcotics units in Latin America.
11. Ability to write and speak Spanish at the FSI 3/3 Level and English at the 4/4 Level.
12. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with USG regulations, standards of conduct, and ethics.


EVALUATION FACTORS
(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors.) Offerors should cite specific, illustrative examples for each factor. Responses must be limited to 500 words per factor. Any additional words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.


Factor 1: Coordination and Collaboration (25 points)
Demonstrated relevant experience planning and developing counter-narcotics and interdiction programs; ability to coordinate with host-country civilian and police officials, and donor community; ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural and overseas environment; and experience deploying techniques for improved police institutions, notably counter-narcotics and modern police philosophies. Demonstrated ability to advise program officers on project implementation and provide guidance on policy decisions related to project goals. Preferred experience and ability in managing police assistance programs to enhance the rule of law.


FACTOR 2: Development/Implementation (15 points)
Demonstrated capability to serve as a role model for trying new approaches and building collaborative relationships to implement improved policing methodologies, especially in remote high-crime areas, and use position to influence and educate others. Demonstrated ability to emphasize and reinforce modern police philosophy vision, values, and mission within an organization to support and articulate a commitment for improved policing techniques as the dominant way of doing business. Preferred demonstrated experience successfully working with and building consensus among high-level contacts within the Embassy Country Team and host government.


FACTOR 3: Knowledge and Ability (20 points)
Demonstrated knowledge of program management, concepts, practices, and principles to analyze and develop recommendations for program implementation and USG objectives. Demonstrated ability to manage resources, influence by design, and effectively collaborate to further goals, objectives, and activities. Demonstrated experience working in Latin America on law enforcement, border security, counter narcotics, foreign assistance, and biometrics understanding. Ability to communicate effectively in order to contribute to policy planning documents and to make recommendations to leadership and counterparts on INL support for programs. Preferred demonstrated experience managing U.S. assistance programs over $10 million.


FACTOR 4: Program Management (10 points)
Demonstrated knowledge of concepts, practices, and principles including the ability to prioritize requests, develop and track program plans and implementation timelines, and analyze results in order to effectively manage programs that meet United States government objectives. Prior INL and/or USG law enforcement/counter-narcotics/border security coordination experience, preferably in the Central American context.


BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who clearly meet the Education/Experience Requirements will be further evaluated based on scoring of the Evaluation Factor responses. Offerors are required to address each of the Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor. Failure to specifically address the Evaluation Factors may result in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

The Offeror Rating System is as Follows:

Evaluation Factors have been assigned the following points:
Factor #1 - 25
Factor #2 - 15
Factor #3 - 20
Factor #4 - 10
Total Possible - 70 Points


Interview Performance - 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks - Pass/Fail (no points assigned)
Past performance evaluation of applicant's ability to perform under the contract. In conducting the evaluation, the U.S. 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.


Total Possible Points: 100

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 an applicant has fully demonstrated his/her qualifications and there are no other competitive applicants, INL reserves the right to forego the interview process. Professional references 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 (provided by DOS Med)


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

:
SA-4 Navy Hill, South Building
2430 E Street, N.W.

Washington, District of Columbia 20037
United States
:
San Salvador,
El Salvador
:
Dominique A. Chittum,
Contract Specialist
 
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Solicitation

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Posted Date:
April 3, 2019
Description: Solicitation

SF-171

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Posted Date:
April 3, 2019
SF-171.pdf (58.04 Kb)
Description: SF-171
Description: SF-171 Continuation Sheet
 

Good Luck!
 

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