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Job Title:Contract Specialist-NICHD-DH

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NICHD-DH-13-837532

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 18, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is recruiting for several Contract Specialists in two branches of the Office of Acquisitions (OA):  The Acquisition Support Branch and the NICHD R&D Contract Management Branch. 

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Office of Acquisitions (OA) is responsible for managing the administrative aspects of NICHD, NIAAA, NIMHD and FIC’s scientific research and development and station support contract portfolio. NICHD, Office of Acquisitions ensures that government, NIH, and NICHD, Office of Acquisitions policies, standards and procedures pertaining to Research and Development and station support contracting are followed; participates in the planning and formation of research contracts; provides contract management services and makes contract awards; and manages and monitors business aspects of both research and in support of research contracts and assists project officers in managing the technical aspects of contracts.

For more information about the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, you may visit the (NICHD) website at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/Pages/index.aspx

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.

DUTIES:

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You will serve as a Contract Specialist with responsibility involved in acquisition planning, preparation of price and cost analyses for designated actions, formulation of negotiation strategies, development of negotiation objectives, negotiation of one or more of the following types of contracts including complex Research and Development (R&D), Non R&D, and Simplified Acquisitions (SA), performing the following duties:

  • Perform specialized contract award and administration work;
  • Research, interpret, and apply the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures governing NIH acquisitions to plan, manage, and participate in various aspects of contracting;
  • Evaluate bid responsiveness, contractor responsibility and performance;
  • Apply knowledge of contract types, methods, and techniques;
  • Apply knowledge of contract administration and termination techniques sufficient to administer and close out contracts;
  • Coordinate and conduct negotiations on assigned programs;
  • Apply critical thinking and judgment skills to various work assignments to identify and troubleshoot potential problems and to develop remedies and solutions.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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 BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

 

Must have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree with a major in any field;

 OR

Have 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

Occupied a GS-1102 position on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12.

 

In addition to the basic qualifications requirements, you must also meet the specialized experience and/or educational requirements listed below for each grade level you are applying for. 

To Qualify for this position at the GS-9 Grade Level:

 

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service;

 OR

Have completed a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or an LL.B. or J.D. 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

Have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.  Examples of qualifying experience includes: performing developmental and/or recurring assignments in support of a local installation or in a centralized procurement activity; procuring supplies or services primarily through formal advertising, or through limited use of negotiation techniques; reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; and/or evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses.

 

To Qualify for this position at the GS-11 Grade Level:

 

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service;

 OR

Have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education 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

Have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. Examples of qualifying experience includes: performing recurring assignments in support of a local installation or in a centralized procurement activity; procuring supplies or services primarily through formal advertising, or through limited use of negotiation techniques; reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; and/or evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses.

 

To Qualify for this position at the GS-12 Grade Level:

 

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: serving as Contract Specialist responsible for all aspects of the contracting transactions from initiation to recommendation of award of the: (1) central procurement of commodities or services for several activities in a geographic area, or for an agency, a department or departments; or (2) procurement of variety of supplies, services, or construction in support of an installation or activity; reviewing requisitions and determining appropriate methods of procurement; developing procurement plans by reviewing history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data packages; compiling bidders' list from qualified bidders' applications, knowledge of suppliers, contacts with trade associations, Small Business Administration, or other sources; preparing and issuing solicitation documents; performing detailed analysis of bids or proposals received; administering a variety of contracts with various and complex terms; conducting conferences with contractors to clarify issues on contractual requirements; monitoring contractor performance; providing guidance to contractor concerning obligations to perform within contractual terms; reviewing, analyzing, and recommending action on problem situations; and/or negotiating changes to contracts.

 

 

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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education .  If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines.  Veteran's Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this bulletin will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service.


BENEFITS:

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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.

OTHER INFORMATION:

 We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

 

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

  

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire.   Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)  
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV.   Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS.   (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.

  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
  • To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the fax coversheet found at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf .    Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 837532.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process,  please contact the HR staff member listed below.   If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or hrsystemssupport@mail.nih.gov.

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select "My Applications", and click on the "more information" link under the application status for this position.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, February 22, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (CTAP/ICTAP, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tammy McClure
Phone: (301)402-8379
Email: MCCLURET@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD
20892

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, February 22, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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Job Announcement Number:

NIH-NICHD-DH-13-837532

Control Number:

337812200