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FBO DAILY ISSUE OF DECEMBER 30, 2012 FBO #4054
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R -- PSC - Senior Justice Center Advisor Parwan (JCIP), Afghanistan - OF-612 Application Form

Notice Date
12/28/2012
 
Notice Type
Sources Sought
 
NAICS
541990 — All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
 
Contracting Office
Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Grants, Acquisitions, Procurement and Policy Division (INL/RM/GAPP), SA-4 Navy Hill, South Building, 2430 E Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia, 20037, United States
 
ZIP Code
20037
 
Solicitation Number
PSC-13-012-INL
 
Archive Date
2/11/2013
 
Point of Contact
Larry S. Parr, Fax: 202-776-8775
 
E-Mail Address
ParrLS@state.gov
(ParrLS@state.gov)
 
Small Business Set-Aside
N/A
 
Description
OF-612 Application Form 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. Senior Justice Center Parwan(JCIP)Advisor, Afghanistan Issuance Date: 12/28/2012 Closing Date: 01/27/2013 SOLICITATION NUMBER: PSC-13-012-INL 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. HOW TO APPLY Offeror's proposals 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. Proposals must include the following: 1) Form OF-612 (Completed and signed) 2) Resume 3) Three letters of reference, including contact information 4) Reference the Solicitation Number, on all documents 5) Full Mailing Address and Phone Number Submit all proposals via e-mail or facsimile to the attention of: INL/Larry Parr Email: parrls@state.gov Fax: 202-776-8761 Direct questions regarding this solicitation to: INL/Larry Parr Email: Parrls@state.gov INL will not accept late proposals unless it can be determined DOS mishandled the proposal. 1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: PSC-13-012-INL 2. ISSUANCE DATE: 12/28/2012 3. CLOSING DATE: 01/27/2013 4. TIME SPECIFIED FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 12 midnight, EST 5. POSITION TITLE: Senior Justice Center in Parwan (JCIP) Justice Advisor, Afghanistan 6. MARKET VALUE: $80,728 - $129,517 (FS-02 / FS-01 Equivalent) 7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year from date of award and four option years 7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Parwan, Afghanistan 8. JOB DESCRIPTION: See below STATEMENT OF DUTIES GENERAL STATEMENT OF THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONTRACT AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CONTRACTOR A. BACKGROUND. The Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs (INL/AP) is part of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the U.S. Department of State. INL is responsible for the development, supervision, coordination, and implementation of international narcotics control assistance activities and international criminal justice issues for the Department of State. INL/AP provides policy guidance and develops, executes, and monitors programs to address the full range of criminal justice issues as they relate to stabilization and reconstruction activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. INL is engaged in an effort with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to build the capacity of the Afghan justice sector, specifically including its ability to try national security cases against former U.S. law of armed conflict detainees. Program activities include institutional capacity building; professionalizing justice sector personnel through legal education and training initiatives; fostering coordination within the criminal justice system especially between police, prosecutors, courts, and prisons; creating conditions in which Afghan Constitutional and international human rights guarantees can be upheld; increasing public awareness and access to justice; reporting to Embassy Kabul and INL/AP regarding Afghan prosecution and U.S. capacity-building efforts; and effectively promoting the rule of law. B. PURPOSE. The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor works closely with INL program managers and specialists responsible for developing and implementing INL programs at the Justice Center in Parwan (JCIP). The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor will be under the leadership and direction of the INL Section's (INL/Kabul) Director and Deputy Director, reporting through the INL/Kabul's Senior Liaison to Combined Joint Interagency Task Force (CJIATF) 435 or other individual as designated by the INL/Kabul Director. The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor will work with the INL section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan and INL/AP to manage the day-to-day operations of INL's programs at the JCIP. The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor will also serve as a liaison with various U.S. Government agencies, GIRoA institutions, and international entities working on rule of law, focusing specifically on criminal justice and national security crimes. The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor will assist in overseeing and managing INL efforts to mentor and advise GIRoA personnel at the JCIP. The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor will assist in overseeing any INL contract for justice advisor services at the JCIP. The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor will provide technical expertise in a wide variety of settings, including internal U.S. embassy and multi-national meetings, and will assist GIRoA in reaching its stated goals in reforming its justice system. The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor will offer assistance in a variety of areas, including justice sector development; mentoring and training legal practitioners; legal education promotion; implementing anti-corruption initiatives; and combating major crimes, including national security crimes. He or she would also serve as a resource to the INL/Kabul Director, the Senior Liaison to CJIATF-435, the INL/Kabul Justice Program Manager, the Afghan leadership in government justice organizations, the Afghan leadership of civil society organizations, and the INL/AP Corrections Team Lead and Rule of Law Team Lead on justice issues. The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor is expected to draw on expertise from U.S. sources, as well as innovative justice projects from other countries that GIRoA might consider implementing. C. STATEMENT OF WORK This solicitation will be used to fill a single position in Parwan, Afghanistan. The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor will work with INL/Kabul on all substantive and bureaucratic tasks relating to INL's legal operations work at the JCIP. This effort shall include: • Developing and maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of the Afghan legal system, with a particular focus on national security cases, criminal justice, human rights standards, and humanitarian law. • Leading an international, interagency team of more than 50 accredited attorneys in mentoring and advising high-level, trained Afghan attorneys at the JCIP. • Advising senior U.S. policymakers in Washington, D.C. and Kabul as to the appropriate role of the JCIP in the transfer of detention operations from U.S. to Afghan control. • Drafting and reviewing high-level plans to monitor and assist the court's efficacy in addressing U.S. strategic needs in Afghanistan. • Overseeing U.S. efforts to facilitate fair, legitimate, and transparent trials of approximately 3,000 military detainees for their alleged violations of Afghan criminal law. • Providing subject-matter expertise to INL and Embassy Kabul on international justice system development and the Afghan criminal justice system, including on humanitarian law, international human rights standards, national security law, and international and domestic criminal law best practices. • Coordinating with INL/Kabul and INL/AP to conduct strategic planning in the justice sector, developing new initiatives, and reviewing programs for compliance with U.S. and Afghan law and for effectiveness in achieving the goals of GIRoA. • Serving as an advisory resource for INL/Kabul, INL/AP, the Coordinating Director of Rule of Law and Law Enforcement, CJIATF-435, and Afghan justice officials on specific aspects of planning and implementing justice reform programs in Afghanistan. • Assisting in overseeing, monitoring, coordinating, and assessing INL programs to ensure the fulfillment of program deliverables and foreign assistance priorities set by the Embassy. • Supporting the development and maintenance of relationships with members of the international community including other Coalition partners, non-governmental organizations, Afghan justice officials, the United Nations, and NATO. • Organizing and overseeing large-scale conferences to develop programs for implementing judicial sector assistance at the JCIP. • Participating in outreach activities with domestic and international rule of law communities to increase awareness of the JCIP as well as other INL programs and policies. • Assisting GIRoA in conducting outreach to the Afghan population. • Developing and overseeing training for GIRoA personnel as necessary and ensuring that all resulting capacity is internally sustainable. • Overseeing the training, mentoring, and support of Afghan justice officials in developing sensitive and high-profile cases at the JCIP and reporting on these cases to INL/Kabul and INL/AP. • Mentoring GIRoA officials on improving government functioning and organizational reform targeted at building capacity. • Advocating and lobbying GIRoA and CJIATF-435 for greater transparency in the informal and formal justice sectors. • Introducing innovative and sustainable technological applications that increase the efficiency, expediency, and organization of the justice delivery system. • Attending domestic and international conferences on national security-related justice reform. • Ensuring that INL/AP receives timely information and reporting to ensure that senior department, interagency, and budget leaders are fully informed of developments on the ground. • Editing reports and cables detailing pertinent activities in the justice sector. • Assisting with designing, developing, and writing contract proposals, bilateral letters of agreement, and budget plans. • Working effectively under pressure, within short time constraints, and during times of rapidly developing events in austere conditions in or outside Parwan. • Other duties as requested and assigned by the INL/Kabul Director and Senior Liaison to CJIATF-435, including supporting other INL projects. Guidelines Guidelines consist of U.S. Government and Department of State Acquisition Regulations, and accepted legal principles and theories. In addition, the incumbent must be able to determine the application of basic administrative policy statements concerning the issue or problem being studied, and may include reference to pertinent legislative history, related court decisions, state and local laws, or policy initiatives of agency management. The incumbent must also consider and adhere to various other existing federal regulations, and the interaction between Department of State policies; legislation, including the Foreign Assistance Act, and other authorization and appropriations relevant to INL; applicable National Security and Presidential Decision Directives; OMB Circulars; and Department of State financial operating procedures and policies. The incumbent is recognized as a substantive authority on overall management and interpretation of guidance on program- and project-planning and evaluation in a specialized area. Complexity The Senior JCIP Justice Advisor develops detailed plans and objectives for the long-range implementation and administration of the program and develops criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the program. Coordinating plans with various other groups including international donors, the U.S. military, and GIRoA can be complicated. Projects require dynamic leadership, subject-matter expertise, complex innovation, strict adherence to high-level policy without lower-level interpretive assistance, and the ability to resolve critical problems and achieve difficult goals that may impact other programs, either single-handedly or with a variety of other stakeholders. These projects are broad in scope, and their technical, administrative, and political features further increase their complexity. Physical Demands Although in Afghanistan the work is principally sedentary, at the JCIP much time is spent outside, assisting with the administration of a busy court complex. There are physical demands associated with travel to and from remote areas abroad in restrained time frames over underdeveloped infrastructure and conveyances - the position requires an above average resistance to fatigue and physical hardships. Extended onsite visits to remote project sites will occasionally be required, necessitating the ability to walk medium to longer distances (hundreds of yards or more) on generally irregular dirt or stone surfaces, on both hilly and flat terrain. Those who use wheelchairs, have respiratory difficulties, or require assistance walking will find this difficult. Additionally, those undergoing medical treatment or taking certain medicines that limit their physical or mental abilities may find it difficult to adhere to the limitations recommended by their physician(s). The position also requires travel on helicopters or cargo-oriented fixed wing aircraft. Those with ear or other problems, who do not easily adapt to pressurized environments or higher but non-pressurized environments, will find the travel requirements of these positions difficult. Climate conditions are also often a factor. Work is often done in extremes of cold and heat, in dusty,windy, and polluted environments, and frequently outdoors. Those with circulation problems or difficulties adapting to climate extremes or extremely dusty or polluted environments will find this aspect of the position difficult. D. POSITION ELEMENTS Supervisory Controls: The incumbent reports to and receives broad policy guidance and general direction from the INL/Kabul Director and the Senior Liaison to CJIATF-435. The incumbent proceeds independently in planning and implementing many aspects of organizational, project, and logistical operations. The incumbent coordinates and communicates directly with the INL/Kabul Senior Liaison to CJIATF-435 and the INL/AP Corrections Teams. The incumbent's actions, decisions, and recommendations are reviewed on the results achieved and his or her conformity with appropriate laws and regulations. Because the incumbent receives only general policy guidance, he or she must constantly depend on his or her professional judgment to further INL's mission. E. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS a. U.S. citizen, eligible for a Department of State Secret or Top Secret security clearance. b. J.D. from an accredited law school. c. At least 15 years of legal experience. d. Excellent writing and communication skills. e. Superior negotiation, interpersonal, and managerial skills. f. Experience in planning, strategizing, implementing, and reporting on projects. g. Proven ability to work well with others. h. Proficient at basic office computer programs. i. At least three years prior international experience. j. Advanced understanding of U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan. k. Experience in a civilian supervisory position. F. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Experience in post-conflict nations, especially Afghanistan or Iraq. b. Knowledge of Sharia law and civil law systems. c. Regional language skills. d. Overseas experience working in implementing rule of law projects. e. Experience prosecuting international criminal cases. f. Experience working at the Department of State. g. Experience working at a legal development organization. h. Demonstrated experience managing large U.S. assistance programs. i. Ability to work effectively with host-nation counterparts, departments, and ministries to further U.S. program objectives and to communicate any issues in a timely and concise manner. j. Familiarity with international organizations involved in justice program components in missions around the world. k. Demonstrated ability in coordinating programs in a multi-agency, multi-donor environment. G. EVALUATION CRITERIA i. Ability to provide expert justice subject matter and policy recommendations to senior policy makers in the Embassy and INL. 25 points x ___= ___ ii. Experience and ability to assess current programs and assist in developing and planning for improving U.S. capacity to implement justice programs. 25 points x ___ =____ iii. Ability to liaise with members of relevant U.S. Government agencies, Host National representatives, and the international community in developing and coordinating justice programs. 15 points x ___ =____ iv. Ability to communicate complex issues in a timely and concise manner, both orally and in writing. 10 points x ___ = ____ v. Ability to effectively supervise and direct a large multi-national, interagency team. 15 points x ___ = ____ vi. Experience as a lawyer or legal mentor working in a complex, stressful, or overseas environment. 10 points x ___ = ____ H. COMPENSATION For award, INL will negotiate for this contract based on the following: • Entry-level salary is at Step 1 of the grade range assigned to solicitation • Consideration given for experience relevant specifically to the solicitation requirements • Level and extent of experience dictates the salary level within the grade range I. ETHICS REQUIREMENTS 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 quoters must advise the congnizant Contracting Officer if they have personal conflict or interest, such as a financial convlict, 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. "Post-Award Ethical Responsibilities of Personal Services Contractor" - This is a personal services contract as defined in FAR2.101. The contractor shall be subject to the same ethical requirements and responsibilities as a member of the Civil Service or Foreign Service, including but not limited to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 5CFR part 2635 and employee Responsibiliies Abroad, 3 FAM 4120. The contractor is required to complete and file the appropriate financial disclosure form, either form OGE-450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, or form OGE 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, with the Department of State Ethics Office (L/Ethics) within thirty (30) days of the contract award if the position is one designated for filing. J. BENEFITS & ALLOWANCES INL NORMALLY AUTHORIZES THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES BENEFITS • Employee's FICA Contribution • Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance • Pay Comparability Adjustment • Annual Increase • Eligibility for Worker's Compensation • Annual & Sick Leave • 401K Plan ALLOWANCES • Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance • Living Quarters Allowance • Post Allowance • Supplemental Post Allowance • Separate Maintenance Allowance • Education Allowance • Education Travel • Post Differential • Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure • Danger Pay
 
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Place of Performance
Address: Parwan, Afghanistan
 
Record
SN02956889-W 20121230/121228234103-3f06e0b4cd46030a6750e06d122ff246 (fbodaily.com)
 
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