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    This position serves as the Contract Specialist responsible for preaward and/or postaward functions for a variety of supply, service and/or construction contracts within the CNREURAFSWA region.

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    •Maintains acquisition policies, procedures, and instructions and makes available to all team members.

    •Trains and arranges the appropriate Supply/Service NAF training for the team.

    •Maintains and recommends procurement policies and procedures capable of satisfying the needs of activities under the cognizance of CNREURAFSWA N9.

    •Coaches the team in the selection and application of appropriate problem solving methods and techniques, provides advice on work methods, practices and procedures, and assists the team and/or individual members in identifying the parameters of available solution.

    •Serves as a facilitator, trainer and, when a required, a negotiator in coordinating the team's initiatives and in consensus building activities among the team.

    •Seeks out procurement savings opportunities within the system, prepares plans to take advantage of those opportunities, and executes major and multi-installation procurement actions to achieve such savings.

    •Acts as an expert in advising and guiding activities in the proper procurement procedures and the administration of NAF allocated for procurement.

    •Advises and informs the acquisition team and other activities regarding procurement policy decisions and the rationale thereof.

    •Team representative and liaison with upper management in acquiring sufficient resources to accomplish the mission.

    •Provides leadership necessary to maintain an effective and productive workforce and ensures a continuous flow and exchange of information between employees. Specific contract specialist responsibilities include, but are not limited to: planning work to be accomplished; assisting with the assignment of work based on priorities; giving advice, counsel, or instruction to individuals on both work and administrative matters.

    •Acts as contract advisor by providing advice and guidance regarding the administration of different types of contracts.

    •Represents the team in communicating with other branch managers and supervisors regarding procurement actions and requirements to ensure the command mission is supported in accordance with established and mandated NAF procurement rules and regulations.

    •Train and lead the team regarding all internal administration, budgeting, and policy guidance.

    •Reviews contracting documents to ensure all files are complete and accurate throughout the procurement process through contract close-out.

    •Prepares and distributes solicitations for goods and services, evaluates and negotiates offers received, and awards major and multi-installation supplies and services contracts for all N9 NAF programs.

    •Reviews Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Awards for accuracy prior to legal review.

    •Performs special projects and other duties as directed.

    Travel Required


    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

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    Conditions Of Employment

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    •A 4-year course of study leading to a Bachelors 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 OR experience equivalent to the degree.

    •Knowledge of contracting principles and procedures applicable to preaward and/or postaward actions sufficient to procure and/or administer contracts for a variety of specialized equipment, services, and/or construction. This includes skill in negotiating sole source contracts and modifications.

    •Knowledge of a variety of fixed-price and cost contracts, use of special provisions and incentives and unique regulatory requirements pertinent to diverse procurements, e.g., construction, ADPE, research and development, complex equipment, and/or services.

    •Knowledge of market conditions and forces interested in and capable of performing a specific contract, including those where a limited number of sources are available, sufficient to identify potential contractors and to evaluate bids or proposals for responsiveness

    •Knowledge of cost and price procedures and techniques to evaluate bids or offers and responsibility of contractors on the basis of competition,  historical costs, reports from auditors or technical specialists, contractor cost breakdowns regarding labor, materials, overhead, and profit, or other evaluation criteria and selection processes where the information is usually available.


    Additional information

    Some positions have special requirements. Selection may be tentative pending the completion of these requirements. Applicants may be required to submit proof of education, participate in medical screening, drug testing, etc. All selections are contingent upon satisfactory employment reference checks. Employment is subject to successful National Agency Background Check. Occupants of this position must maintain the privacy of official work information and data and demonstrate the highest level of ethical conduct.

    Selectees initially recruited from the United States or who are already on a Transportation Agreement may be entitled to transportation and moving costs for themselves and their family members. Household goods may be shipped and a Living Quarter Allowance (LQA), is paid to cover monthly housing and utility costs.

    For useful information concerning living and working in Naples  Italy, please consult https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnreurafswa/om/services_and_resources.html

    Applicants recruited from the United States are entitled to a tax-free Post Allowance (PA) and Living Quarters Allowance (LQA). In addition, incumbents are authorized use of the Navy Exchange, Defense Commissary and MWR programs.  Use of Navy Medical Facilities is authorized on a reimbursable basis. Additional information will be provided upon selection. Information on allowances can also be obtained via internet at http://www.state.gov/travelandbusiness then click on foreign per diem rates.

    The Department of Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other non-merit factor. The DON provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should call 011-39-081-568-5612 or e-mail their request to NAFPersonnel@eu.navy.mil to ensure proper consideration. The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Using the qualifications of the position, a predetermined rating and ranking criterion of knowledge, skills, and abilities will be used for each application.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents


    • Attach an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment
    • Resume with complete work history including job title, start and end dates, and highlighting qualifications relevant to the vacancy announcement
    • Attach proof of education (transcripts, degree, etc.).
    • Veteran of U.S. Armed Forces? Attach the member-4 page of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty".
    • Current or former Federal employee? Attach most recent SF-50 or Personnel Action Report (PAR) from your personnel record.
    • Claiming Family Member Preference? Attached Preference Entitlement Survey and legible copy of sponsor's PCS orders
    • Claiming Military Spouse Preference? Attach Military Spouse Preference Form, Preference Entitlement Survey, and legible copy of sponsor's orders.
    • Copy of U.S. Government no-fee passport showing picture, passport number, expiration date; and visa page
    • Copy of Sojourner’s Permit (or receipt of application)
    • Overseas Residency Questionnaire

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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.

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    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.

    A comprehensive benefits package is available.

    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.

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    Agency contact information

    NAF Human Resources Office (N941)


    Commander, Navy Installations Command
    PSC 817 BOX 108
    FPO, AE 09622-0108
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    Note: The NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between Italy and the United States prohibits the hiring of any person who holds Italian citizenship and is considered a Dual National by the Italian Government into any U.S. position.  Those U.S. citizens who are considered “ordinarily resident” in Italy are also ineligible for employment by U.S. commands and activities in Italy.  Contractors and their family members are also ineligible as they do not have civilian component status.

    Next steps

    Please ensure that your submission contains all the information requested in the vacancy announcement. If your submission does not provide all the information requested on this form and in the job vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration for the job. Applicants can expect updated notification 4-6 weeks after closing.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • 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.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/544009600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.