Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

As an Acquisition Program Specialist in the Food Drug and Administration (FDA), Center for Food, Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Management (OM), Division of Budget and Planning (DBP), you will provide broad administrative and policy direction on acquisition and contracts policy matters, mission objectives.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-CFSAN-DE-13-881639 under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement under noncompetitive merit promotion procedures. Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


  • Serve as a liaison on all Acquisition Program activities between the Center and the Office of Acquisitions and Grants Services (OAGS), FDA Office of Financial management, Health and Human Services (HHS), Public Health Service (PHS), components, federal agencies regarding Interagency Agreements (IAA); and collaborators regarding technology transfer agreements;
  • Provide guidance and expertise on contracting and grant processes to include pre-and post-award processes;
  • Develop procurement strategies for a large number of contracts;
  • Assist in developing, monitoring, maintaining and evaluating the Acquisition budget, which includes participating in the overall planning and development of the funding levels.
  • Work with Project officers and other program staff, assisting them in the development of Memorandum of Need (MON) and/or Acquisition Plan;
  • Serve as the representative to the competitive panels for technical review of all grant applications assigned to the Center;
  • Analyze new or amended regulations, and provide support for the development and procurement policies required to carry out the Center's major acquisition workload.