AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Current career or career conditional Federal employees, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, including employees who are eligible for consideration under a special hiring authority (e.g. Peace Corps, Severely Disabled, 30% disabled, etc.), and current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) in the Washington, D.C. local commuting area are eligible to apply. Note: Applicants applying under LMWFA must apply under competitive merit promotion procedures. For more information regarding the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, P..L. 114-47, please visit: https://www.chcoc.gov/content/implementing-policy-guidance-land-management-workforce-flexibilitiy-act.Learn more about this agency
Person eligible for non-competitive appointment under special authorities (e.g., Severely Disabled, 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Peace Corps returnees, etc.) in the Washington, D.C. local commuting area. Such individuals need not be current or former Federal employees.
Veterans who are eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) may apply as well. To be eligible under the VEOA, applicants must be preference eligibles or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three or more years of continuous active service.
This position is part of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Department of Management and Administration, Office of Acquisitions. The essence of the OPIC mission is to help U.S. businesses to cope with the risk inherent in investing and committing to business activity in politically and economically risky markets in developing countries.
As a Contract Specialist, typical work assignments include:
- Serves as Senior Contracting Officer with warrant authority and will execute acquisition policy based on expert knowledge of contracting regulations, laws, principles and legal research.
- Participates in operational planning with top management and key program officials in order to advise on the procurement implications of proposed management decisions and to recommend alternatives based on procurement considerations. Executes procurements for approved programs and projects. Provide guidance pertaining to acquisition processes and procedures. Provides authoritative interpretations of specific acquisition policy and procedural regulations and directives as it relates to assigned workload and existing contracts.
- Prepares projections and develops reports to support acquisition planning.
- Develops methods for controlling and reviewing contractual pricing arrangements and incentives, and performs audits of corporate acquisitions. Presents findings, recommends corrective actions and policy or procedural improvements. Executes approved operations procurement processes, procedures and policies.
- Provides expert advice and guidance to program managers and Contract Officer's Representatives on contracting procedures, including providing assistance in the development of acquisition packages.
- Plans, negotiates, leads, and administers complex procurements of goods, systems or services for specialized, state-of-the-art, critical or scarce requirements using various Federal Acquisition Regulations procedures.
- Performs procurement planning. Advises program officials in the development of procurements objectives for the program in terms of competition and proce range. Constructs the contractual vehicle, including use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set aside policies, and similar considerations. Facilitates creation and maintenance of acquisition plans, appropriate milestone charts and related schedules.
- Advises on the performance objectives to be used and assists in the preparation of requirements documents, such as performance work statements, statement of objectives, and statements of work. Prepares necessary determinations and findings and solicitation documents. Performs cost or price analysis as necessary, and makes competitive range determinations. Conducts pre-proposal conferences with prospective contractors to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required under the proposed contract. Obtains appropriate data from technical officials. Issues necessary solicitation amendments to clarify questions concerning such topics as specifications changes, language ambiguities, or clarification of contract clauses.
- Serves as sole negotiator for program customer on procurement actions. Plans and coordinates negotiation strategy and leads the negotiations to develop contract prices and terms. Awards the contract.
- Performs contract administration. Responsibilities typically include incremental funding, preparation of rate and price adjustments, redirection of effort, coordination of time extension, incorporation of change orders, issuance of stop work orders, issuance of cure notices or show cause letters, final payments, and contract closeout.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Status Candidates, Veterans Recruitment, Individuals with Disabilities, Land Management, Military Spouses, Peace Corps, and Former Overseas Employees
Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.
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Conditions Of Employment
- US Citizenship is required.
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
- Direct Deposit of pay is required.
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
- Status candidates must meet time-in-grade (see Requirements).
Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp).
Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities
OPM Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities
QualificationsAt the GS-14 level, all applicants must meet the following qualifications:
A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. (Note: You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position. The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade, number of credits earned, and degree(s) conferred. In the case that your transcripts do not show that a degree was conferred, you may submit your unofficial transcripts AND a copy of your degree certification. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to establishing an entrance on duty date.)
At least 4 years experience in contracting or related positions - 1 year of which is specialized experience or equivalent to work at the next lower level in the Federal service.
One of the following:
Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C) Level III, dated within the last two years. If not dated within the last two years, must meet the recertification requirement of 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) of skills currency training for each two year continuous learning period since certification; OR
Completed training requirements for the FAC-C Level III, this includes: all required training for Level I and II as well as CON 360 Contracting for Decision Makers, an HBS module other than HBS 428, and at least one of the following: 32 hours of electives, ACQ 265 Mission-Focused Services Acquisition, ACQ 315 Understanding Industry, ACQ 370 Acquisition Law, CON 244 Construction Contracting, CON 252 Fundamentals of Cost Accounting Standards, or CON 370 Advanced Contract Pricing.
(Note: You must submit either proof of Level III certification dated within the last two years OR Level III certification and Continuous Learning Achievement Certificates for each Continuous Learning period thereafter OR Level I or II certification and proof of advanced courses with transcripts from accredited education institutions with your application package.)
One year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and has equipped you with the knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position. More specifically, this requirement involves experience in: soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, and awarding contracts using GSA ordering, simplified, and negotiated acquisitions Federal Acquisition Regulations procedures; administering contracts by assuring compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations and contract terms and conditions; analyzing, negotiating, and settling contract termination claims and proposals; analyzing and evaluations cost/price proposals; planning, establishing, or reviewing contracts, programs, policies, or procedures; formulating and administering policies and procedures to ensure achievement of socioeconomic goals; developing acquisition strategies and independently directing or management procurements; and providing functional staff advisory services within the contracting occupation.
Exception: Employees in the GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver (see http://www.opm.gov/for qualification requirements.) If using this exception to qualify you MUST submit an SF-50 that supports the title, series, and grade occupied on 01/01/00.
A written test is not required.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.
Stipulations of Employment:
Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.
OPIC uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information
How You Will Be Evaluated
Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Influencing / Negotiating
- Legal, Government, & Jurisprudence
- Oral Communication
- Technical Competency ? Contracting / Procurement
- Technical Competency ? Technical Documentation
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
2. SF-50 or DD-214
- Current or /Former Career/Career-Conditional Federal Employees: Most recent non-award SF-50 and any other SF-50 that verifies time-in-grade, that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis. If this information is unverifiable, you may be rated ineligible. (LMWFA eligibles must also submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal or documentation of acceptable level of performance.)
4. FAC-C Level III Certification or required coursework documented in the Qualifications section of the vacancy announcement.
5. Other supporting documents:
- SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
- Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
- Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal)
- Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
- Cover letter, optional
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
- Read the Eligibility questions carefully. The questions address if you are eligible to apply to this JOA. Your responses will affect your consideration for the position. You may qualify for more than one eligibility, so please choose carefully. You will only be considered under the options you have selected. If you respond that you do not meet any of the eligibility questions, you will not be considered for this position.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
- To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- You may preview the Assessment Questionnaire at: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10099399
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- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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