Job Overview


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

This position is part of the  Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement) - (DASA-P), position is located in Afghanistan.

As a Contract Specialist, you will provide responsive and effective theater contracting support to the Combined Joint Operations Areas of Afghanistan as well as coordination authority over all Department of Defense contracting activities operating in Afghanistan providing Unity of Contracting Effort and Support USCENTCOM Theater Security Cooperation plan and activity.

This is a TERM position NTE 27 December 2014.

This position requires the employee to be on business travel 100% of the time in Afghanistan.

This is a DoD Demonstration Project position.  Under the Defense Authorization Act, personnel management demonstration programs are operating in numerous Army activities and various other organizations supported by Army civilian personnel centers.  Under the streamlined personnel operations for demonstration projects, the familiar 15 General Schedule grade structure is replaced with broad pay bands that typically encompass a range of grades.  For example, acquisition jobs in level NH-II of broad banding encompass the traditional GS-05 through GS-11 grades.  Other initiatives under the demonstration projects include simplified classification, streamlined hiring process, and expanded developmental opportunities.

This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cutoff date for this vacancy is 09/18/2013 to fill immediate openings.  We will continue to accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants who apply will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file until 12/04/2013.


Who May Apply: US Citizens


  • Serve as contracting officer with unlimited warrant authority over contracts for material, equipment and services.
  • Responsible for the full range of acquisition activities to include the solicitation, evaluation, contract execution and contract administration throughout closeout.
  • Serve as a contingency contracting officer (COO) with the deployed theater of operations to supplement combatant service support.
  • Plan, develop, and establish in contractual strategy for the overall acquisition program.
  • Serve as lead during contract negotiations.
  • Negotiate with senior management personnel of foreign corporations and government entities.
  • Oversee and guide all negotiation and contract actions.

Travel Required

  • Not Required