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Job Title:Supervisory Contract Specialist

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:13-0209-ASH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 to Tuesday, July 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This position is not in the bargaining unit. - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status eligibles-a current or former federal employee of any department or agency in the Executive Branch who is not a temporary, time-limited employee or is reinstatement eligible.  This includes USAID employees on career or career-conditional appointments, individuals eligible for special appointing authorities such as VEOA, ICTAP/CTAP, Schedule A, and individuals on Interchange Agreements with Other Merit Systems.

JOB SUMMARY:

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.  With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world.  Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance.  

We operate in four regions of the world:  Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.  USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct.  For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit http://www.state.gov/g/tip

 

As a Supervisory Contract Specialist, you will be responsible for exercising delegated supervisory authority and management of the assigned Teams including the planning, directing the solicitation, evaluation, negotiation, awards, administration and terminations of direct contracts as it pertains to the assigned areas of responsibilities. The incumbent also serve as Contracting Officer with unlimited signatory authority to obligate the Government and commit the Agency on procurement matters which support the USAID worldwide assistance programs.

 

This position is located in the Bureau for Management/Office of Acquisition and Assistance, the incumbents of these positions, are stationed in various units within the Operations Divisions”

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen or National
  • Relevant experience (See Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit is required.

DUTIES:

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As a Supervisory Contract Specialist you will be assigned to Bureau of Management, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, the incumbents of these positions, are stationed in various units within the Operations Divisions providing acquisition and assistance services. The incumbent will serve as Supervisor of an established Team, supervising a group of employees performing work in journeymen positions up to the GS-13 level. Providing administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.  Incumbent plans, directs, implements and monitors the solicitation, evaluation, negotiation, awards, administration, and termination of USAID direct contracts and interagency agreements for the procurement of services and equipment.   Conducts in-depth analyses of contractor's financial and management systems and facilities for their ability to perform and to comply with Federal regulatory requirements.  The incumbent is responsible for promoting the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap. Plans, directs, implements and monitors the solicitation, evaluation, negotiation, awards, administration, and termination of USAID direct contracts and interagency agreements for the procurement of services and equipment. Assure that all facets including regulatory and legal requirements of the process are considered and complied with. Reviews completed procurement packages for technical sufficiency and accuracy prior to the execution of the contract on behalf of the Government. In cases of termination, ensures that all documentation is prepared which supports and justifies the termination decision. Coordinates the review and analysis of findings and recommendations in pre-award surveys and audit reports.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes:Responsibility for exercising delegated supervisory authority and management of assigned Teams including the planning, directing the solicitation, evaluation, negotiation, awards, administration and terminations of direct contracts.


This position has a positive education requirement.  Proof of successful completion of required course work MUST be provided to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements for the position.  Without this proof, your application will be rated ineligible.  If you are not currenlty working in the 1102 series, you must provide a copy of your school/college transcripts or a list of courses including course title, credit hours and grades.

 

 

In addition to the above qualifications you must meet both A and B:

  

A.  Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting, positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related position.  At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of this position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

 

B.  A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. 

 

C. Exceptions: Employees in 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. 

 

D.  Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities job performance, and qualifying experience.  With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record of the basis of the waiver.  If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

 

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date.  This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement. 

This requirement does not apply when applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) competitive appointing authority.  This allows veterans that meet the criteria below to apply to announcements open to Federal employees only.

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:

  • a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR
  • 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 announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Program/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 a ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

 

Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems:  An agency may noncompetitively appoint an employee covered by an interchange agreement to a career or career-conditional appointment subject to the conditions listed below.  For mor information to determine if you meet this criteria, please go to: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp#InterchangeAgreementsWithOtherMeritSystems

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 evidences 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.  USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process.  Applicants who do not permit reference checked from previous employers may be disqualified.

 

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following competencies by the closing date of this announcement:  

  • Managing  Human Resources
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Project Management
  • Technical Competence
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Problem Solving

Please be advised that a narrative is not required, but the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOC's) must be displayed within your resume. 

  • Mastery knowledge of contracting methods and contract types to plan and carry out long-term pre-awards and/or post-award procurement actions.
  • Mastery knowledge of procurement principles and technical or program requirements to plan and manage.
  • Ablility to and skill sufficient to mange all contractual aspects of a major program involving coordination of a number of contracts.
  • Mastery knowlege of negotiation techniques.
  • Skill or expert knowledge of contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post award coordination.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of international business and industry practice, price/cost analysis techniques.

 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the Federal Employees Retirement System.  You can explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/.   USAID's headquarters is in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., on the Federal Triangle Metro Blue and Orange Lines.  The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums, and Washington Monument.  A physical fitness facility and food court are on site.  You will be eligible for telework in accordance with Agency policy.



OTHER INFORMATION:

You may have to serve a one year Supervisory probationary period.

 

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 5 months of the closing date.

 

 

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) 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.

 

Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized

 

ICTAP:  Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant.  http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap 


EEO Policy:  EEO Policy Statement


Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  Reasonable Accommodation


Veterans' Information:http://www.fedshirevets.gov


Telework: www.telework.gov


Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/.



HOW TO APPLY:

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The following instructions outline our application process.  You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  An alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.  

Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.  

Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement.  Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.  

Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)

-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement.  For resume tips, click here.

-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

Step 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. 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 documents in one of two ways:
1.    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

 

2.    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've 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.  
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions.  The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.

 

If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov. The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST. 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code “1” or "2", and type of position occupied.
  • Most recent performance appraisal
  • Veterans' documentation, if applying under a veterans' hiring authority such as VEOA (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter) For a detailed list of documents, click here
  • 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Alice Holland
Phone: 202-712-1083
Fax: 202-712-3368
Email: alholland@usaid.gov
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , DC
20523-0016
US
Fax: 202-712-3368

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system.  After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews.  We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

13-0209-ASH

Control Number:

346780800