Notice Type: Combined Synopsis/Solicitation. Set Aside: N/A

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CNP Police Aviation (ARAVI) Senior Aviation Advisor
Bogota, Colombia

Issuance Date: 07/07/2016
Closing Date: 07/21/2016

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.

Proposals must include the following and not exceed twenty (20) pages:
1) Form OF-612 (Completed and signed)
2) Resume
3) Three letters of recommendation OR three references to include contact information


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/Deborah Strom

Direct questions regarding this solicitation to:
INL/Deborah Strom

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

2. ISSUANCE DATE: 07/07/2016
3. CLOSING DATE: 07/21/2016
5. POSITION TITLE: CNP Police Aviation (ARAVI) Senior Aviation Advisor
6. MARKET VALUE: $83,173 - $120,934 (FS-02 Equivalent)
7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year from date of award, with four optional years
8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Bogota, Colombia


The Department of State's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (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 Office of Western Hemisphere Programs (INL/WHP) is responsible for justice and anti-narcotics programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. INL/WHP provides policy guidance and develops, executes, and monitors programs to address the full range of criminal justice issue as they relate to international development.

This position supports the U.S. Embassy/INL Section in Bogota, Colombia; the actual workplace is located at the Colombian National Police (CNP) Guaymaral Air Base in northern Bogota. The goal of the counter-narcotics (CN) program in Colombia is to curtail the supply of illegal drugs from Colombia through the aerial eradication of illicit crops, interdiction of refining laboratories and trafficking activities, and related law enforcement and military operations.

The position oversees all facets of aviation program support provided to the Colombian National Police (CNP) in support of 48 USG-supported rotary-wing aircraft and four fixed with aircraft. The position assists in providing program oversight of the INL aviation support contract. The Senior Aviation Advisor will oversee the development and implementation of all program requirements to include training, logistics, safety, maintenance, and standardization sections. The advisor will provide manning recommendations and evaluation input of staff personnel to the ARAVI Program Manager.

1. Performs duties as a Government Technical Monitor/Alternate Contracting Officer's Representative on the ARAVI aviation services contract. Evaluates, oversees, and directs contractor performance. Develops Statements of Work, Independent Government Cost Estimates, Quality Assurance Surveillance Plans, and Request for Proposals. Performs duties as a member of the Technical Evaluation Panel.
2. Performs oversight and provides evaluation recommendations for PSC and Locally Engaged Staff (LES) aviation advisers. This oversight includes, but is not limited to, ensuring continued progress and improvement in the areas of maintenance, logistics, operations, standardization, training, safety and quality control.
3. Plans work, sets or negotiates deadlines and completion dates, and reviews and accepts or rejects final work.
4. Serves as the primary liaison with INL/A for program depot maintenance, Critical Flight Safety Program (CFSP) support, and issues related to aircraft configuration, conformity, and airworthiness.
5. Assigns work based on priorities, difficulty of the assignments, and capabilities of the employees. Gives advice and instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
6. Identifies developmental and training needs, finds ways to improve the quality of work, and develops overall performance standards for both USG and contractor personnel.
7. Assists and advises in the hiring of both USG/PSC/LES, and contractor personnel.
8. Provides a status report on operations and projects to the ARAVI Program Manager.
9. Advises CNP ARAVI staff on improving planning, operations, standardization, and safety. Meets regularly with the CNP ARAVI commander and other CNP officials, and is involved in all planning sessions.
10. Develops, coordinates, organizes, and advises on the implantation of comprehensive operational systems and procedures in coordination CNP ARAVI. These operational systems and procedures include, but are not limited to, Aircrew Training Programs, Aviation Operations Directives, Aviation Training and Standardization Guides, Aircrew Training Manuals, and host nation policies and procedures in support of the CNP operations throughout Colombia.
11. Works with the Standardization Adviser to provide direction and oversight for CNP aviation training and standardization. Implements DoS INL Office of Aviation flight regulations, aviation training and standardization, and aircrew training programs when appropriate for host nation operations.

1. Completes the Contracting Officer Representative (PA296) distance-learning (DL) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within 90 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.

The ARAVI Senior Aviation Advisor will serve as the principal advisor to ARAVI Program Manager and report directly to the ARAVI Program Manager for all matters related to the ARAVI program.

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: quarterly and annual evaluations of contractor performance, special reports when required, and a "Completion of Assignment Report," which shall be a compressive review of the projects in which the contractor was involved. The completions of assignment reports are due no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the expiration of this contract, and shall include a critique of and recommendations for the various projects. The Personal Service Contractor shall submit two (2) copies of each report as required to the following;
1. INL/Bogota ARAVI Program Manager
2. INL/Bogota Director(s) and;
3. INL/Program Officer

Per FAR Part 4, the Completion of Assignment Report 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 the Completion of Assignment Report and other technical report as required by the ARAVI Program Manager 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 involving U.S., Colombian, and in an international environment. Adaptability and flexibility are required. Assignments include analysis of all facets of aviation management and involve a fleet of primarily rotary wing aircraft, which function within an integrated program of diverse counter-narcotics missions. These missions include manual eradication, aerial interdiction, forward area aerial re-supply, replenishment, sustainment, and host nation aviation training.

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 Colombia, which is of significant interest to the public and to Congress.

The work is both physical and sedentary in nature and involves activity at both the main office location and in the field. Will require physical exertion and dexterity and must be able to perform fieldwork in remote areas.

The work is conducted in an office or aircraft hangar with travel to the field for meetings, conferences, activity reviews, and field inspections and or program evaluations. Field sites in Colombia have been declared hazardous duty locations by the Department of State, due to hostile activities of the narco-traffickers and therefore pose significant risk to the incumbent.

Assignments and objectives will require analysis and investigation to prevent detect and resolve problems.

The Advisor is expected to maintain close working relationships within the U.S. Embassy, with the CNP, INL/A, and other USG officials. The position requires good interpersonal skills and the ability to form cooperative relationships, articulate positions clearly, and persuade interlocutors.

1. Must be a U.S. citizen, and able to obtain a Department of State (DoS) secret security clearance, medical clearance, and ethics clearance, if applicable.
2. Demonstrated fifteen (15) years' experience as an Aviation Supervisor in a medium to large Aviation Organization of the U.S. Armed Forces or equivalent U.S. Civilian Agency/Corporation. Experience with Huey II and/or UH-60 model aircraft highly desirable.
3. Ten (10) years of experience in aircraft maintenance, of which five (5) were as a supervisor in either civil or military aviation programs. Maintenance supervisor experience at the Unit Level required; experience with Intermediate Level Maintenance and Depot Level Maintenance is highly desirable.
4. In-depth knowledge of Aviation Maintenance and Logistics Support Programs to include maintenance/logistics plans, procedures, and related documents.
5. In-depth knowledge of U.S. Federal Aviation Regulations as they relate to aircraft maintenance and logistical support.
6. Proficient Spanish language ability (reading/writing/speaking)
7. Broad knowledge of and experience as a staff officer or civilian equivalent in a medium to large aviation organization, related to the formulation of plans and policies pertaining to aircraft maintenance and logistics management.
8. Basic knowledge of command communications, government intelligence procedures, and logistics management procedures.
9. Knowledge of and skill in operation of desktop computer based word related documents.
10. Basic knowledge of U.S. Federal Aviation Administration regulations, including, but not limited to FAR Part 1, 61, 67, 91, 135, 137, 141, 143, and 830.
11. Possession of a US FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Rotorcraft, Helicopter Instrument and/or Airplane, Single/Multi-Engine Land with Instrument rating or military equivalent.
12. Basic knowledge of FAA Aviation Safety regulations and procedures, OSHA regulations, and experience as a military/civil aviation safety officer or formal training/education.
13. Basic knowledge of tactical employment of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft in a counter-narcotics operation, including capabilities, limitations, and techniques of employment of aircraft used by INL ARAVI.
14. Broad knowledge and experience in the contract solicitation process, technical oversight, and performance monitoring/management. Experience as a Contracting Officers Representative and/or Government Technical Monitor preferred. Applicant must either possess Contracting Officer's Representative certification or be able to successfully complete the FSI Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) course within the first 90 days of assignment, and receive a FAC-COR certification.
15. Knowledge and experience applying aviation program management practices, procurement regulations and guidelines, budget development, and program planning.

The PSC 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 DoS.

1. If applicable - Consultations with the INL Program Office and/or the INL Office of Aviation may be required.

Factor 1: Aviation program management (25 points)
Offeror's experience and knowledge in developing, coordinating, organizing, managing, and implementing a comprehensive aviation program, either civilian or military, to include experience with aviation maintenance and logistics management, operations, and safety.

Factor 2: Aviation Training and Standardization (25 points)
Offeror's demonstrated experience and in-depth knowledge of Aviation Aircrew Training and Standardization Programs, to include operations directives, training and standardization publications, aircrew training manuals, and related documents.

Factor 3: Contract management, evaluation, and oversight (30 points)
Offeror's demonstrated experience in performing oversight and evaluation of contractor aircraft maintenance, logistics, training, and safety programs. Offeror's experience in developing Statement of Work, Independent Government Cost Estimates, Determination and Findings, Sole Source Selection justification, Contract Evaluation Criteria/Factors, Contractor Performance Assessment Rating Systems (CPARS), Quality Assurance Surveillance Plans, Request for Proposal, and perform on a Technical Evaluation Panel.

Factor 4: Past Performance (20 points)
Past Performance: Offeror's previous experience and quality of performance. (Evaluator may use all evaluation information available at the time of the evaluation, whether provided by the applicant or obtained from references.

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 Reimbursement

• 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


Additional Info can be found at:
Contact details for this United States Federal Business Opportunity:
Deborah Strom, Email

Contracting Office Address:
SA-4 Navy Hill, South Building2430 E Street, N.W. Washington DC 20037