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USAID/Afghanistan Vertical Structures Indefinite Quantity Contract (VS-IQC)

Solicitation Number: 306-09-0533 - Contract Award Date: January 28, 2011 - Contract Award Number: 306-I-00-11-00508

Contract Award Dollar Amount: This is a multiple award Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) with an overall ceiling price of US $500,000,000 ($500 Million)


The purpose of the USAID/Afghanistan Vertical Structures Indefinite Quantity Contract (VS-IQC) is to undertake selected facility assessment, renovation, refurbishment and construction activities. The task orders awarded under the VS-IQC will provide the USAID/Afghanistan Office of Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy (OIEE) with short and medium-term design and construction services relating to a variety of building facility types to support the objective of fostering sustainable infrastructure development in Afghanistan.

The VS-IQC will provide various services including design-build, construction, and construction management services required to erect vertical structures within Afghanistan. It is the intent of the VS-IQC to issue work by means of separate task orders. Task order statements of work will vary for each activity depending on the specific project requirements.

Pricing and completion schedules, whether firm-fixed price or cost plus fixed fee, will be required under each task order. The specific nature of the work to be performed will be as contained within the individual task order statement of work. A full range of services may be required, from the initial stages of program development and planning, through all aspects of design that may be performed by either the Contractor or others, to the end result of completion of a construction project or service contract including the turnover of facilities constructed or completion of the required services. The Contractor shall demonstrate a high degree of flexibility by providing design-build services, construction, and construction management services involving the fullest range of management, supervisory, administrative, planning, engineering, quality control, construction oversight, and project closeout activities associated with all aspects of the development of facilities infrastructure within Afghanistan in the present and foreseeable future.

The estimated period of performance of multiple-award IQC contracts to be awarded from this competition will be five years from date of award. The cumulative estimated value of all the task orders to be issued under all "basic" IQC contracts shall not exceed $500,000,000.

The objective of this pre-solicitation notice is to alert potential offerors that USAID/Afghanistan’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) intends to issue a request for proposals so as to afford potential offerors the advanced opportunity to:

1) Organize a proposal preparation team; 2) Begin recruitment of personnel; and, 3) Make teaming arrangements. 



The purpose of this contract is to undertake selected facility development, repair, renovation, construction and/or associated support for any vertical structures as required.

The task orders awarded under this contract will provide the USAID/Afghanistan Office of Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy (OIEE) and other USAID Missions in the region, including USAID/Pakistan with construction services relating to a variety of vertical structures/facility types to support the objective of fostering sustainable infrastructure development in Afghanistan and the region.


Infrastructure development is vital to improving the quality of life and stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Vertical structures provide the infrastructure to augment vital services that fuel both economic growth and social development. The VS-IQC will be used to improve vertical structure infrastructure.

The importance of vertical structures is reflected in the investments made in Afghanistan and its region in the past years and the projections of future investment needed to support economic growth and social development in coming years. Improving access to infrastructure in Afghanistan and the region directly contributes to transformational diplomacy in rebuilding countries, as described in the US Government’s Foreign Assistance Framework.

Although much progress has been made, Afghanistan’s infrastructure has not fully recovered from the devastation caused by the ravages of war and the consistent lack of maintenance, investment, and proper construction standards. The task of stabilizing and rebuilding Afghanistan is immense and requires the support of the donor community. The challenge is to construct and/or repair strong, functional, safe, long-life, low-maintenance and energy efficient buildings in short time frames and under difficult conditions.


The Contractor will provide various services required to construct vertical structures within Afghanistan and the region, including Pakistan. Work will be acquired via separate task orders under this VS-IQC.

Pricing and completion schedules, whether firm-fixed price or cost plus fixed fee, will be fully defined in each task order. Task orders awarded for work outside of Afghanistan will include specific requirements relative to implementing work in that region. The Contractor will provide the full range of services from the initial stages of program development and planning, through all aspects of design or re-design, construction to turnover of constructed facilities.

The Contractor shall apply a high degree of flexibility and innovation in providing, design/engineering, engineering management, procurement, construction management and administrative services. The Contractor’s work will include the fullest range of project management, supervision, administration, planning, engineering, quality control, construction oversight, possible design-build services, safety, and project closeout activities associated with facilities infrastructure improvements.


The Contractor shall perform the following work requirements as specified in individual task orders:

C.4(a) Site Assessments

The Contractor shall develop and submit for USAID approval a Site Assessment Management Plan.

The site assessment management plan will establish “base-line” or prior existing conditions on the work sites and those areas adjacent to the work sites, which can be affected in some manner by the work activities. Unless specifically stated otherwise in the task order, the Site Assessment Management Plan shall be a mandatory deliverable from the Contractor under this IQC.

The site assessment management plan shall include, but not be limited to measurement and recording of the following parameters as may be appropriate to the project: ground and structural elevations; ground water levels; soil conditions; vertical alignment of structures; evaluation of existing natural hazards and other conditions affecting construction. The Contractor shall participate together with representatives of its subcontractors and USAID in regular monthly examinations of the “base-line” conditions and shall maintain a log of the values recorded and photos taken during these examinations, in such a fashion that comparison with previous values recorded can easily be done and trends readily identified.

The Contractor shall regularly review the subject logs and immediately discuss with the pertinent subcontractors and USAID, any finding determined to require consideration of a change in method of construction or remedial action.

C.4(b) Design, Engineering and Construction

Task orders that substantially or predominantly specify requirements for architect-engineer services, including incidental services that members of the architectural and engineering profession generally perform, shall not be issued under this IQC. However, architect-engineer services may be required as non-dominant portions of task order work and in such cases, the Contractor shall perform all design and/or engineering work required to accomplish the requirements of each task order.

The Contractor shall produce construction documents that are complete and in accordance with approved technical specifications and plans in compliance with applicable codes, policies, rules and regulations. The construction documents shall be fully sufficient for contractors or subcontractors to bid and execute the work and for incorporation in contracts or subcontracts as contract documents. The Contractor shall assure that projects are designed and engineered in a manner that the Contractor can complete the contract with the project budget provided in the task order. The design and engineering process will include design reviews and reports as specified in the individual task orders.

Partial or complete designs may be provided to the Contractor on some task orders for redesign and/or construction execution. Where not expressly specified, drawing scales shall be approved by the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR). All work shall be performed in accordance with the engineering instructions, directives, guides, specifications, drawings, technical manuals, and other instructions specified in this IQC or with each task order. The design and engineering of each project shall be the most economical, based on analyses of acceptable alternatives, with necessary consideration being given to efficient use of all materials consistent with the design criteria.

As required by task order, the Contractor’s construction management personnel shall be actively involved during the design process to effectively integrate the design and construction requirements. In additional to the typical required construction activities, the Contractor’s involvement shall include, but is not limited to actions such as: integrating the design schedule into the master schedule to maximize the effectiveness of fast-tracking design and construction (within the limits allowed in the task order), ensuring constructability and economy of the design, integrating the shop drawings and installations drawing process into the design, executing the material and equipment acquisition programs to meet critical schedules, effectively interfacing the construction quality control (QC) program with the design QC program, and maintaining and providing the design with accurate, up-to-date redline and as-built documentation.

The Contractor shall provide all construction superintendence, labor, material, equipment, and all related civil works, whether of a temporary or permanent nature, necessary to execute and complete the task order work and comply with all task order requirements. The Contractor shall mobilize and start construction in accordance with USAID’s notice to proceed and complete construction in accordance with the approved construction schedule. The Contractor shall accomplish all construction activities, whether self performed or subcontracted, in accordance with the task order requirements and construction industry best practice. The Contractor shall efficiently and effectively manage and coordinate subcontractors and accomplish all construction in accordance with design documents and specifications.

C.4(c) Procurement and Construction Subcontracting

If the Contractor needs to subcontract to accomplish construction of the vertical structure projects, the Contractor shall subcontract with private local subcontractors to the maximum extent possible. The Contractor shall identify qualified local subcontractors and maintain a list of said subcontractors during the contract implementation period. In determining the qualifications of the local subcontractors, consideration will be given to such factors as construction experience, prior work in the area, knowledge of customs and practices of the area, ability to provide equipment and skilled and unskilled labor, organization as a legal business entity in the geographical area of subcontract performance, etc. The Contractor shall regularly update the list and maintain performance data on all subcontractors who have accomplished work for the Contractor.

The Contractor shall implement a subcontractor selection criteria process in accordance with the terms of this IQC and the individual task orders awarded to the Contractor under the IQC. To the maximum extent possible, competitive procurement, using procedures acceptable to USAID, shall be used in selecting subcontractors. The preferred type of subcontract is firm-fixed-price for construction work. All subcontractors must possess all required certifications and licenses for the work being accomplished.

Each Contractor task order proposal shall include a discussion of subcontractor selection criteria. While local construction companies are preferred, it is recognized that international subcontractors may be needed. These international subcontractors will to the extent possible hire and train Afghans. The Contractor shall assure that its subcontractors have obtained all required local approvals, permits and registrations and have satisfied all applicable laws and USAID requirements in the performance of subcontracted work.

C.4(d) Construction Management

The Contractor shall ensure that the various stages of the construction process are completed in a timely and seamless fashion and shall be responsible for coordination and accomplishment of the overall project including the organizing, supervising, subcontracting, and purchasing of all materials and equipment necessary to complete the task order per approved construction document in accordance with applicable codes, rules and regulation. The Contractor shall assure that construction is completed in accordance with approved technical specifications and plans and in compliance with all contract documents.

C.4(e) Management and Supervisory Responsibilities

The Contractor shall provide direct management and supervision of the Contractor personnel and subcontractors assigned to work on this contract regarding matters pertaining to specific work assignments. The quality of performance of the Contractor personnel and subcontractors is the direct responsibility of the Contractor. The USAID COTR may, on a frequent basis, directly coordinate with or provide technical guidance and direction or other types of information to the Contractor personnel and subcontractors concerning the technical or administrative aspects of work being performed.

However, at all times the direct lines of communication for establishing work requirements and standards of quality shall come through the Contractor’s management chain of supervision. As such, the Contractor shall establish a sufficient managerial and supervisory structure to ensure that work being performed by the Contractor personnel and subcontractors is in accordance with the various task order scopes of work and that the quality of work being performed by the Contractor personnel and subcontractors is representative of the Contractor’s best professional standards and is in accordance to applicable codes and regulations required under this contract.

C.4(f) Construction Documents Submittals

The Contractor shall prepare design and/or construction documents submittals and monitor the timeliness of all such submittals in order to ensure their completion within the time frames required in each task order.

C.4(g) Coordination and Implementation of Work

The Contractor shall furnish, as applicable and required by individual task orders, all labor, facilities, supplies, equipment and material, and perform all items necessary for the performance of the work described in the various task order statements of work. In addition, the Contractor shall furnish all required personnel, equipment, instruments, transportation, etc., as necessary to accomplish the task order requirements.

The Contractor shall make all necessary corrections and/or revisions to construction plans and specifications, design analyses, quantity surveys, cost estimates, schedules, reports, and drawings, as may be required under individual task orders. The Contractor shall also make any corrections thereto as may be necessary due to errors or omission identified by the Contractor or USAID or its supporting organizations. This includes the preparation of addenda during the solicitation period, or changes during construction, which may be required as a result of such deficiencies.

The Contractor shall advise the COTR of any discrepancies, ambiguities, and lack of clarity noted in drawings, and other data furnished for use in connection with any task order. The review periods established in the completion schedules set forth in task order contracts are the maximum anticipated periods required with the contractor making every effort to accomplish reviews within shorter periods. All engineering manuals, guides, specifications, and other data if furnished by the USAID shall be returned to the task order COTR following completion of the task order contract. Final implementation and mobilization plans for the activities under this VS-IQC will be based on the work plan to be developed by the Contractor under the specific task order.

C.4(h) Quality Control / Quality Assurance

USAID strictly follows the three phase quality control system. As required in the task order, a Quality Control Plan (QCP) shall be prepared in accordance with those requirements. Unless otherwise stated, construction quality at sites will be ensured through an integrated system of Quality Control by the Contractor and Quality Assurance services provided by USAID.

The Contractor will be responsible for constructing the work in accordance with approved plans and specifications and in compliance with applicable codes and regulations. The Contractor is responsible for establishing procedures, checks and controls during the construction process which will assure that construction quality (as required by contract documents) is maintained. The Contractor shall prepare and submitted to the COTR for approval a QCP that fully defines the Contractor’s quality system, procedures, checks and balances. Unless specifically stated otherwise in the task order, the QCP shall be a mandatory deliverable from the Contractor under this IQC.

Quality Assurance will be performed by USAID and serve to verify that the levels of workmanship and quality of materials stipulated in the contract specifications are met. USAID will accomplish these tasks by assigning a Quality Assurance Engineer (QAE) to the project and working closely with the Contractor’s Quality Control Manager on compliance. Notwithstanding Quality Assurance efforts of USAID, the Contractor remains fully responsible for the quality of work performed under this IQC.

C.4(i) Safety

The Contractor shall develop and implement a comprehensive and effective Safety Program to protect life, property and environment. Unless specifically stated otherwise in the task order, the Contractor Safety Program shall be a mandatory deliverable from the Contractor under this IQC.

The Contractor’s Safety Program shall be submitted to the COTR prior to the Contractor commencing field work. Unless specifically exempted in a task order or waived by the CO, the Safety Program shall conform to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Safety and Health Requirements Manual, EM 385-1-1 and US Occupational Safety and Health standards for the site conditions experienced.

(1) Safety Program and Safety Plan: The Contractor shall implement safety measures to accomplish the Work in the safest manner possible at the Site. The Contractor’s safety program shall define roles, responsibilities, programs, policies, and procedures to accomplish the goal of achieving superior safety performance during all phases of the Project.

(2) General Safe Work Practices: The Contractor shall establish standard operating procedures for the Project to guide employees in safe work practices. All employees, including managers and supervisors, shall have training and instruction on general and job-specific safety and health practices.

Workplace safety and health training practices shall include the following:

(i) Explanation of the Contractor's Accident Prevention Plan, Emergency Action Plan, and Fire Prevention Plan, and measures for reporting any unsafe conditions, Work practices, and injuries.

(ii) Use of appropriate clothing, including gloves, footwear, and personal protective equipment.

(iii) Information about chemical hazards to which employees could be exposed and other hazard communication program information.

(iv) Availability of toilet, hand-washing, and drinking water facilities.

(v) Provisions for medical services and first aid, including emergency procedures.

In addition, the Contractor shall provide specific instructions to each employee regarding hazards unique to his or her job assignment, to the extent that such information was not already covered in other training. the Contractor shall establish written safe work practices covering all phases of the Work. Safety, Quality and all other project programs and requirements that are placed upon the Prime Contractor shall all be required of all subcontractors.

C.4(j) Contract Performance Support

The Contractor shall be responsible for contract performance support which typically will include: regular client reporting (including costs), monitoring of schedules, contract change management, management of permitting requirements, preventative maintenance inspections, certification of contract completion, document control, commissioning services, dispute resolution, monitoring and resolution of deficiencies and warranties, resolution of the Contractor performance issues, general technical assistance, and/or certification of progress payments.

C.4(k) Cost Control Reporting System

The Contractor shall develop and implement a cost control reporting system including financial data required by USAID to monitor progress of cost versus budget for all activities under the contract.

The Contractor shall forecast cost based on changes in project conditions as each element progresses through its various stages. The Contractor’s cost control and reporting system shall include provision of “look ahead” schedules, “earned value” analysis and simulations capable of depicting “what if” scenarios.

Unless specifically stated otherwise in the task order, the Cost Control Report shall be a mandatory deliverable from the Contractor under this IQC. Further, and unless stated otherwise in the task order, the Contractor shall, at the end of performance, submit a final Cost Control Report reflecting initial, all changes and final costs.

C.4(l) Pre-Construction Conferences

The Contractor shall conduct pre-construction conferences with each project subcontractor to acquaint key personnel, local authorities and inspectors and other involved parties with the procedures, lines of authority and the interrelationship with the monitoring activities of the Contractor, USAID, and others. These conferences shall take place before construction is started.

C.4(m) Schedule

The Contractor shall create and maintain schedules for all task orders and assure that all work is completed in accordance with the schedules approved by the COTR. The Contractor shall integrate subcontractors’ schedules into the project work plan and overall project schedule and submit to USAID as required. Schedules shall reflect: baseline schedule (award schedule), schedule critical path(s), actual progress, forecast schedule for remaining work, estimated completion date, performance schedule, and other data as specified in the task.

The Contractor shall advise USAID in writing within 5 workdays of any actual or potential delays due to performance and other reasons and recommend steps to mitigate the problem as well as alternatives to overcome such problems.

C.4(n) Project Completion and Turnover Activities

The Contractor shall prepare and submit final as-built drawings of completed work and operation and maintenance manuals for all major systems and ensure the proper start-up and usability of each separate project. In addition, the Contractor shall prepare contract closeout and turnover documentation pertaining to construction according to contract requirements. Unless otherwise indicated, the Contractor shall provide a one year warranty.


C.5(a) Cultural and Aesthetic Considerations

The Contractor shall be sensitive to the cultural climate in the relevant regions and pay particular attention to such items as interior decoration, interior finishes, and adequate illumination suited to expected use of the lighted space, and other features of work that may be identified during the course of work.

C.5(b) Capacity Building (Applicable to Afghanistan only)

Local capacity building for construction contractors, institutions and individuals and local employment generation is important objective USAID. In some cases, capacity building or employment generation may be a primary objective of an activity under the program.

The Contractor shall assure that these objectives are addressed in performance of the task order. The Contractor shall aggressively promote local employment generation and implementation of capacity building on task orders that include construction within the statement of work. This effort shall focus on the Contractor and its subcontractors hiring and training Afghanistan or region workers and mentoring Afghanistan or regional companies and individuals to develop to the point that they can undertake subcontract work or direct contracts.

Given the fact that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIROA) and local government agencies must eventually be completely capable of maintaining physical installations in an acceptable operating condition and also be capable of assessing and specifying further needs, the Contractor shall provide various forms of training for local personnel, most likely in the form of on-the-job training and mentoring.

The Contractor shall channel a portion of the program implementation to Afghanistan implementers to carry out these activities. In keeping with the principles of designing a program for Afghanistan, and where the Contractor determines that program content and efficiency of implementation will be beneficial, the Contractor is strongly encouraged to subcontract with Afghan firms and other Afghanistan entities in the implementation of task orders. This requirement is applicable to task orders that are performed in Afghanistan.

C.5(c) Gender Issues

USAID anticipates that gender issues will exist on many projects therefore the Contractor shall address gender when planning and implementing projects. Contractor shall take steps to identify and then resolve or mitigate to the maximum extent possible task order gender-based constraints or issues (e.g., participation in decision-making, access to/quality of employment, education or health).

This includes promoting gender equity and coordinating gender equity activities with national and local officials and leaders of Afghanistan, other donors and international and local NGOs, and other USAID assistance providers.

C.5(d) Zoning Considerations (Applicable to Afghanistan only)

Zoning regulation in Afghanistan is likely to be non-existent or in a primitive state. The Contractor will not be responsible for the identification or development of zoning regulations.

Nevertheless, during the course of task order implementation, the Contractor is expected to render its opinions freely on the need for zoning restrictions through a series of discrete memoranda to COTR, each covering a specific situation. Examples are opinions on limiting building heights and areas, the use pattern for structures in the vicinity of project location, the extent of parking areas, and access to the building in terms of designing for security. Notwithstanding the terms of this section C.5(d), The Contractor shall fully comply with the requirements stated in section C.5.(h). This requirement is applicable to task orders that are performed in Afghanistan.

C.5(e) Demining

The Contractor shall perform the demining assessments for each project site requiring demining as per the task order, determine the exact area to be demined in consultation with USAID, conduct the demining as required, and certify the area is clear of mines, typically through UN Mine Action Center for Afghanistan (UNMACA), or similar entity in the other countries.

Despite official designation and notification that an area or community is free of unexploded ordinance (UXO), the possibility still exists that some UXO remains undiscovered. The Contractor assumes all such risks. This requirement is applicable to task orders that are performed in Afghanistan.

C.5(f) Maintenance of Confidential and/or Proprietary Information

The Contractor shall at all times maintain the confidentiality of proprietary information pertaining to other construction the Contractors, service providers or the Contractor firms with whom its employees come into contact during the course of the performance of work.

The Contractor shall institute procedures acceptable to the COTR and fully comply with all USAID’s requirements in regards to maintaining the confidentiality of information and procurement integrity. The Contractor shall maintain and preserve all records and information whether in electronic, audio, video or paper format that is directly or indirectly generated during performance of its work in regard to this contract in an orderly and readily accessible manner.

All documents created as the result of operational activities in conjunction with work being performed as the direct or indirect result of scopes of work contained within the issued task orders are to be considered as the property of the US Government in addition to being the work product of the Contractor.

C.5(g) Environmental Compliance

The Contractor is responsible for performing all work in such a manner as to minimize the pollution of air, water, or land and to control noise and dust in accordance with all applicable U.S., Afghan and/or region environmental laws, regulations and programs that relate to the performance of work awarded in individual task orders.

Where there is a conflict between U.S., Afghan and/or region law, the requirements that are more protective of health and the natural environment shall be used. In no case will the requirements be less stringent than those required by U.S. law and/or regulation.

C.5(h) Codes and Standards

USAID is committed to the safety and quality of construction projects, particularly in relation to seismic activity. At a minimum, the Contractor shall comply with the higher-level quality standards specified in Section E.7 of this IQC.

All codes shall be the version in effect on date of contract award or as stated in the task order. Any conflict between standard manuals and specific instructions furnished or required by individual task orders shall be brought to the immediate attention of the task order COTR for resolution. The instructions contained in individual task orders shall govern and the most stringent technical requirement shall apply.

C.5(i) Record Keeping

The Contractor shall establish and maintain the appropriate number and sizes of technical libraries to ensure the appropriate degree of access by quality assurance, technical services and contract administrative personnel. Approved sets of drawings and specifications shall be maintained for the use by the Contractor and USAID in the performance of quality control and assurance, technical services and contract administration activities.

C.5(j) Security

The Contractor shall be responsible for providing all life-support and security services required for its personnel deployed to project locations except when it is expressly stated in individual task orders that such facilities and services are to be provided by other means. The Contractor responsibilities shall include all life support, communications, and transportation of materials, personnel, and equipment to work sites unless otherwise specified in the task orders.

The Contractor may be required to provide similar services to USAID personnel when so specified in a task order. In addition, the Contractor shall be responsible for maintaining the security of its personnel, materials, and equipment. The Contractor shall be prepared to take appropriate actions in order to provide for its own safety and security and that of its employees. The Contractor shall avail itself of authorized safety and security protections and services. For each task order, unless otherwise stated, the Contractor shall prepare a comprehensive safety and security plan pertaining to all aspects of its activities and the activities of its employees in the performance of all work related to this contract as well as the off-duty activities of its employees serving in Afghanistan or elsewhere within the region as it relates to performance of the work.

The Contractor shall continuously monitor and update this comprehensive safety and security plan by means of qualified and competent staff of personnel. The Contractor shall work closely with and establish liaison and cooperate with all authorized and appropriate safety and security organizations and entities for the protection and safety of its operations and employees.


As part of the overall effort, the Contractor may be required to purchase and install commodities and equipment, including refurbishing buildings in which the equipment might be installed. The procurement of commodities and equipment should support the provision of vertical structure construction, and not constitute the majority of any task order.

Activities under this area can include, but are not limited to: (1) Assessing, analyzing, developing specifications for, and installing commodities or equipment (including but not limited to software, computer-related equipment and telecommunications equipment) as required. (2) Undertaking the procurement and/or installation of approved commodities and equipment according to contract requirements, including refurbishing the buildings where the equipment will be installed if necessary. This could include computer and office equipment, telecommunications equipment, testing and metering equipment, field and training tools, and other commodities, supplies, and equipment required for assistance.


The Contractor shall provide the following Key Personnel. Key Personnel shall meet the requirements listed below. (Name to be inserted at Section F.10 at upon IQC award):

IQC Manager

The Contractor shall designate an IQC Manager to provide overall substantive, administrative and logistical management. These management responsibilities will include, as appropriate, coordinating task orders with other USAID-supported programs and partners.

The IQC Manager shall be solely responsible for the management of all task orders awarded under this IQC. In the event the IQC Manager should change, the USAID/Afghanistan CO and COTR shall be promptly notified.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: BA/BS degree is required for the IQC Manager and a relevant graduate degree is strongly preferred. A Professional Engineers’ License or equivalent is also required.

Work Experience: The qualified candidate for this position must have:

(a) at least 15 years or more of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing infrastructure programs;

(b) substantial managerial and technical experience in infrastructure issues in developing countries (conflict and post-conflict country experience is preferred); and

(c) demonstrated strong management and coordinating skills.

Supervisory Experience:

The IQC Manager must have at least ten years of progressively responsible supervisory work experience including:

(1) direct supervision of professional and support staff;

(2) assembling teams of infrastructure professionals to respond to complex assignments;

(3) quality evaluation of staff performance and deliverables; and

(4) contract management.

Position Description:

The IQC Manager will be required to carry out activities such as:

(1) ensuring access to and recruitment of personnel to administer and respond to technical staffing needs specified in awarded task orders;

(2) overall supervision of the Contractor’s administrative and support personnel used on this contract;

(3) supervision and coordination of technical backstopping services as needed to resolve administrative, technical, and personnel issues as they arise during the conduct of all awarded task orders;

(4) monitoring all task order work plans to ensure quality control and timely delivery of all deliverables;

(5) preparation, review, and delivery of all financial, logistical, and other documents as scheduled for this contract;

(6) initiation and preparation of task order documentation, including recommendation of personnel;

(7) attend monthly meetings; and

(8) serving as the primary contact point and liaison between the Contractor and the government.


The Contractor shall provide staff with education, experience and credential qualifications commensurate to the responsibilities and compensation of the position and sufficient to accomplish the requirements of the task orders.

Generally, as the position titles increase in seniority, staff qualification requirements must also increase accordingly (i.e. A mid-level engineer must have at least 10 years experience while a senior engineer must have 15 years experience and education requirements increase [M.Sc. versus B.Sc.].). The following table provides minimum staff qualification requirements for positions that may be required on task orders:  (See PDF).


The following terms and acronyms are used in this IQC and subsequent task orders with meanings as reflected below:

Term/Acronym Meaning

ADS USAID Automated Directives System

AIDAR USAID Acquisition Regulation

CCN Cooperating Country National

CO Contracting Officer

COTR Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative

CPR Contractor Performance Report

CST Contractor Salary Threshold

CTO Cognizant Technical Officer (wherever this acronym or term appears, it shall mean COTR)

FAR Federal Acquisition Regulation

FFP firm-fixed-price

GIRoA Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

IBC International Building Code

IEE Initial Environmental Examination

IMC International Mechanical Code

IPC International Plumbing Code

IQC Indefinite Quantity Contract

MoPH GIRoA Ministry of Public Health

NEC National Electrical Code

NFPA National Fire Protection Association

101 Life Safety Code

NICRA Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement

NTP Notice to Proceed

ODC other direct costs

PMR Performance Monitoring Report

QCP Quality Control Plan

Region Afghanistan and Pakistan

RFP Request for Proposal

RFTOP Request for Task Order Proposal

SOW Scope of Work

TCN Third Country National

TO task order

TOCO Task Order Contracting Officers

TOCOTR Task Order Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative

UFGS Unified Facilities Guide Specifications

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