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Construction Project Manager/COR

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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: Construction Project Manager/COR
Location: Tunis, Tunisia
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: July 24, 2019
Closing date:    August 7, 2019
Closing Time: 3:00 PM ET
Solicitation Number:     PSC-19-070-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.    Form SF 171 (Completed and signed)
2.    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.

Supplemental document specifically addressing:
f.    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.

3.    Three (3) names and contact information (phone and email) of current and/or previous supervisors to serve as professional references.

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


Anthony Pierce
Contracting Officer
U.S. Department of State

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.

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.

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.


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):
4.    Form SF 171 (Completed and signed)
5.    Resume and Evaluation Factor Responses
6.    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.


Veteran's preference is not applicable to this position therefore do not submit DD-214.


Submit proposal via e-mail to the attention of:
INL/Dominique Chittum

Direct questions regarding this solicitation to:
INL/Dominique Chittum

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

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.

INL's Office of Africa and the Middle East (INL/AME) develops and executes foreign assistance programming to promote civilian security and criminal justice sector reform in support of U.S. policy objectives. We support these reform efforts in partnership with the host governments, U.S. embassies, and implementers throughout the region. In addition, INL/AME has responsibility for coordinating development of programs with other United States Government (USG) departments and agencies involved in security sector reform to ensure efficient coordination of policy and program implementation.

The U.S. government efforts to support Tunisia's transition focus on three key areas: enhancing economic growth and opportunity, ensuring a secure and peaceful Tunisia, and supporting successful electoral processes and transparent and accountable governance. INL is playing a crucial role in promoting U.S. priorities by supporting Tunisian efforts to reform security and justice institutions to ensure they protect the rights of the Tunisian people, rather than the interests of those in power. INL's strategy in Tunisia is to focus on broad reform of the police, justice sector, and prisons system to complement more immediate-term efforts to bolster basic capacities through training and equipment.

INL/AME requires the services of a Construction Project Manager (CPM) to oversee foreign assistance-funded infrastructure projects such as prison refurbishments and the construction of a police-training academy in support of INL's police and corrections reform efforts. The expert will be designated as the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for all INL foreign assistance-related construction activity in Tunisia; the CPM will provide overall guidance and subject-matter expertise to Tunisia program officer(s) and the INL section at Embassy Tunis, and support project development and oversight.

Under the direct supervision of the Tunis-based INL Director or his/her designee, the CPM will perform the following duties:

•    Advise INL/AME program officer(s) and INL/Tunis staff in the preparation of program objectives as they relate to foreign assistance-funded construction projects, construction specifications, cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports.
•    Provide program and construction-related financial guidance (e.g., materials and labor cost estimates) to INL/AME program officer(s) and INL/Tunis staff.
•    Analyze and evaluate (on a quantitative and qualitative basis) cost proposals for construction projects and related services.
•    Advise INL/AME program officer(s) and INL/Tunis staff in the development of work requirements for construction contracts on Design, Design Build and Design Bid Build projects in support INL foreign assistance programing in Tunisia.
•    Evaluate and advise on the foreign assistance implementers' organization, methods, and procedures for providing administrative support systems such as records, communications, directives, forms, files, and documentation, as it relates to construction management.
•    Research and investigate new or improved construction methodologies and technologies to meet unique program objectives.
•    Assist in evaluating INL implementor engineering specifications and drawings.
•    Review INL implementor field surveys, inspections or technical investigations of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, and buildings and structures to provide data for engineering projects.
•    Review implementor job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.
•    Assist INL/AME program officer(s) and INL/Tunis staff in the preparation and submission of budget estimates and progress and cost-tracking reports for each foreign assistance-funded construction project.
•    Liaise with Government of Tunisia (GOT) interlocutors under the supervision and guidance of INL/AME program officer(s) and INL/Tunis staff.
•    Draft and edit reports, documents, data calls responses, and other official documents related to this SOW.
•    Participate in relevant Technical Evaluation Panels (TEP) and review cost proposals.

COR responsibilities shall include the following:

•    Serve as the COR on all INL foreign assistance-funded construction projects in Tunisia.
•    Coordinate with the contractor(s) on all technical matters, which may arise in the administration of delegated contract(s).
•    Give technical clarification as to the meaning of the specifications, including inspection, testing, and acceptance procedures.
•    Monitor and inspect the contractors' technical progress and performance and the expenditures of resources to assure compliance with the contract terms and conditions.
•    Inspect and accept deliverables (supplies, services, and/or reports) on behalf of the Government.
•    Verify satisfactory delivery of contract items and prepare receiving reports and/or approving invoices for payments.
•    Verify efficient and satisfactory performance of work by contractor(s).
•    Notify the CO and contractor in writing of any deficiencies in workmanship or materials immediately, and monitor response and repair items as stipulated in the contract.
•    Notify the CO in writing of any performance or schedule failure by the contractor.
•    Verify contractor receiving, inspection, and acceptance reports.
•    Maintain constant cognizance with respect to technical compliance with contract terms on part of the contractor.
•    Resolve technical issues arising under the contract which fall within the scope of the COR's authority, and refer to the CO any issues which cannot be resolved without additional cost or time.
•    Inform the CO in writing of any needed changes in the scope of work or specifications.
•    Ensure the Government meets its contractual obligations to the contractor, e.g., timely Government review and approval of documents if such reviews are required by the contract.
•    Know and understand the terms and provision of the contract.
•    Know the scope and limitations of COR authority.
•    Protect privileged and sensitive information including, without limitation, procurement information.
•    Periodically visit the contractors' site to check on the work of the contractor.
•    Serve as the primary liaison between the contractor and the CO.
•    Perform all acceptance tests required by the contract.
•    Establish and maintain adequate COR files.
•    Prepare statements of satisfactory performance or deviations, shortages, or deficiencies.
•    Monitor the contractors' use of key personnel and notify the CO of any changes in key personnel proposed by the contractor.
•    Review and approve the contracts' vouchers or invoices.

1.    Obtains required Federal Acquisition Certification Program for Contracting Officer Representatives (FAC-COR) Certification within 30 days of arriving at Post. This position requires a FAC-COR Level III. The Department's Procurement Information Bulletin 2012-15 provides the required training and experience requirements to obtain the FAC-COR Certification. The PSC must have all the requisite experience for obtaining a FAC-COR Level III in accordance with PIB 2012-15 prior to coming on board but will be granted 30 days to take the Department of State specific online or in-person training to receive a DOS FAC-COR Level III Certificate.

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 mandatory Foreign Affairs Counter-Threat (FACT) Course (OT650) prior to deployment to Post.

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

Embassy Tunis, Tunisia. Frequent travel throughout Tunisia is required with this position. International travel may be required.

The CPM will report directly to the INL Director at Embassy Tunis. The incumbent will work closely with and receive direction from INL/AME program officer(s), and the INL Director at Embassy Tunis, or his/her designate.

After obtaining the required FAC-COR Certification, the Contracting Officer will designate in writing, the position of COR, to take certain actions under the contract(s) requiring oversight. The designation memorandum will specify the scope and limitations of the authority to be delegated.

The 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. The COR will be responsible for:

•    Developing a strong working relationship with the Contracting Officer
•    Promptly notifying the Contracting Officer in writing of any noncompliance or deviation in performance or failure to make progress
•    Maintaining constant cognizance with respect to technical compliance with contract terms on part of the Contractor
•    Knowing and understanding the terms and provisions of the contract
•    Knowing the scope and limitations of the COR position's authority
•    Using good judgment, skill and reasonable care in the exercise of the COR position's authority
•    Protecting privileged and sensitive procurement information
•    If appropriate, periodically visiting the Contractor's workplace
•    Serving as the property administrator for the contract(s) assigned
•    Establishing and maintaining adequate COR files
•    Preparing performance assessments for input into the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS)

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 Director(s) and;
2.    INL/Program Officer

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.

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.
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 counternarcotics programs in Tunisia, which is of significant interest to the public and to Congress.

1.    U.S. Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of State Secret level security, Medical, and Ethics clearances.
2.    A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in:
a)    Civil or construction engineering, technology, or science; or,
b)    Construction management or technology and management; or,
c)    Engineering.
3.    A minimum of ten (10) years of professional work experience, of which:
a)    At least two (2) years include monitoring projects of a scale, scope and complexity commensurate with INL's multi-million dollar projects; and,
b)    At least four (4) years of experience in senior project management roles that involve strategic planning, project management using critical path methodology, resource management, quality control processes, and budgeting; or,
c)    At least two (2) years of program/contract management oversight OCONUS, in a high threat, austere environment.
4.    A minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated experience in contract administration principles, State Department Policies, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and other State Department policies, regulations and procedures.
5.    Proficient in Microsoft Office, primarily Microsoft Excel experience and expertise is required.
Conditions for Contracting Prior to Receipt of Ethics Clearance: The Contractor may commence work prior to the completion of the ethics clearance. The Contractor shall not perform Contracting Officer Representative functions until clearance received. Further, if Contractor does not obtain ethics clearance within 30 days of commencing work, this contract may be terminated in accordance with paragraph (a) (2) of General Provision 16 of this contract.

(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:     Technical Expertise                            25 points
Demonstrated expertise and ability to manage complex, multifaceted international construction projects, e.g. determine needs, define goals and develop work plans for multi-million dollar construction projects, and as part of a professional team, carry out the full range of responsibilities from inception to completion.

Factor 2:     Project Management                            25 points
Demonstrated experience in providing contractor oversight on high dollar construction contracts, ensuring contractor requirements are being fulfilled per the Statement of Work and other deliverables; evaluating and documenting contractor performance, especially through a well-developed Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP).

Factor 3:     Knowledge/Abilities                            20 points
Demonstrated ability to assist the contracting officer, INL/AME program office, and INL/Tunis in all aspects of the position including the architect-engineer source selection process. Also, their ability to prepare all required documentation as required by the INL/AME Program Office and INL Tunis and to support the Department's position and to analyze all documents related to the contract prior to making final recommendations to senior DOS officials.

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 - 25
Factor #3 - 20
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.

For award, INL will negotiate for this contract based on the market value as outlined above and overall experience relevant to the solicitation requirements.


•    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)

•    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


Dominique A. Chittum, Contract Specialist, Email

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