The United States Agency for International Development Office of Inspector General (USAID OIG) is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill a Contract Specialist position located in the Office of Management (M), Administrative and Overseas Operations Division (AOO), Contracting Team in Washington, D.C.Learn more about this agency
As a Contract Specialist for the Administrative and Overseas Operations (AOO) division, you will:
- Perform pre-award, including issuing solicitation, evaluation and negotiation, post-award and contract closeout.
- Administer contracts by assuring compliance with the terms and conditions of contracts, including solving problems.
- Manage assigned contracts to ensure timely receipt of all contractual data specified.
- Develop acquisition plans/strategies and contractual correspondence.
- Knowledge of the FAR and contracting principles and procedures using Simplified Acquisition and Federal Supply Schedule.
- Provide excellent customer service in contracting and procurement by resolving complex contracting issues.
- Create innovative solutions for customers and working well with customers from all OIG components
Occasional travel - 25% or less - Occasional travel will be required; incumbent must be willing and able to travel both domestically and internationally.
Job family (Series)
Conditions Of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid
Designated and/or random drug test required
Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
Must be willing and able to travel domestically and internationally
Certified (DAWIA) or FAC-C level II
Applicants currently holding a DAWIA/FAC-C Level II certification are considered to have met all mandatory acquisition training requirements for this announcement. You MUST submit your certification with your application package in order to be considered for the position.
Applicants must be actively working as a warranted Contracting Officer or Contract Specialist.
Basic Education Requirement: Contracting Series, 1102 (opm.gov)
A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;
B. 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.
In addition to the mandatory basic requirements/education requirements specified in this announcement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the increments shown below:
To qualify for the GS-11: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-09). Specialized experience is defined as: (1) applying a thorough knowledge of federal statutes, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), directives applicable to acquisition, experience administering contracts with complex requirements, and (2) negotiating and applying cost and price analysis techniques and/or performing risk management techniques and establishing a plan for monitoring contract performance.
GS-11 applicants may also qualify based on education: The experience requirements for the GS-11 level may be met by successful completion of three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education in an accredited college or university, in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management, OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree a year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours which the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of full-time study. If that information is not available. 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the one (1) year of full-time study requirement.
To qualify for the GS-12: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level GS-11. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) contract administration performing negotiations, monitoring contractors for progress and non-compliance with contract terms and conditions and (2) experience performing both contract receipt and contract closeout.
Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent. Applicants must meet basic eligibility requirements such as minimum qualifications, and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards for specific Education/Experience requirements for this position located at: www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/index-Standards.asp.
Submit copies of certifications and copies of transcripts listing courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average if you are qualifying on the basis of education. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.
FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS: If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities, 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. For more information on determining foreign degree equivalency, click on the following link: http://www.naces.org/aboutnaces.htm
The U.S. Agency for International Development is a part of E-Verify. E-Verify provides an automated link to Federal databases to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of the social security numbers. Please note that travel and relocation expenses will not be paid. Additional selections may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS: These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) under the Agency's approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency. SELECTIVE SERVICE: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/. EEO Policy StatementReasonable AccommodationTeleworkPeople with Disabilities
To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either: (1) a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR (2) a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. Points are not adjudicated and preference is not applied under this type of appointment.
Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp. ICTAP/CTAP candidates must be rated well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 88 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation. Handicapped applicants, disabled veterans, and VRA's or any others eligible for a noncompetitive appointment under special appointing authorities must clearly specify this eligibility on their application and attach documentation. SELECTIVE SERVICE:http://www.sss.gov/EEO Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_StatementReasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_StatementVeterans Information: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/Telework: www.telework.govDisability: www.opm.gov/disability/mngr_3-13.aspNoncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/
How You Will Be Evaluated
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100. You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the competencies listed on this vacancy announcement. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered. USAID/OIG must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process. Applicants who do not permit reference checks from previous employers may be disqualified. This position requires the following core competencies:
- Customer Service
- Technical Competence
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
Note: Your answers to the assessment questions, which attest to your work experience, must be supported in your resume.
The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).
- Your resume:
- Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
- If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
- For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
- For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
- Other supporting documents:
Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
- Copies of transcripts are required for professional series positions and when qualifying based on education for this announcement; failure to submit will result in removal from consideration. If you are selected for the position, official transcripts are required before appointment to official duty
- Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any veterans' hiring eligibilities such as VRA, preference point entitlement (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter). For a detailed list of documents, click here.
- Proof of United States Citizenship (birth certificate or other acceptable documentation, may be required upon request).
- Proof of military service (DD214s or other equivalent documents).
- Proof of government service providing reinstatement eligibility Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 or other equivalent document
- SF15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference and appropriate documentation (for 10-point compensable or non-compensable disability preference, Purple Heart, disability pension, or preference based on service of spouse or child).
- Proof of eligibility for priority placement consideration under Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); i.e., copy of appropriate documentation such as RIF separation notice, or other notice of eligibility.
- Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A) For a detailed list of documents, click here. Proof of disability from military service (i.e., letter from Veterans Administration or a branch of the armed forces indicating disability and the amount [%] of the disability, or certification from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or Veterans Administration).
- Status candidates can submit a recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action).
- Proof of government service documenting that you have met time-in-grade requirement: If you are applying for a higher grade and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
- Proof of completion of FAC-C/DAWIA Level II certification.
- Most recent performance evaluation if federal employee. If a performance appraisal is not available, you must submit a separate statement with the reason a performance appraisal is not available.
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.
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
Applications for this position are being processed through this on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. USAID provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative method, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date. Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes. Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button. Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status. Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:
- Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. OR
- You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
Agency contact information
AddressOIG - Office of Management
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20523
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- 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.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/614156000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.