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    AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Current career or career conditional Federal employees, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, including employees who are eligible for consideration under a special hiring authority (e.g. Peace Corps, Severely Disabled, 30% disabled, etc.), and current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) in the Washington, D.C. local commuting area are eligible to apply. Note: Applicants applying under LMWFA must apply under competitive merit promotion procedures. For more information regarding the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, P..L. 114-47, please visit: https://www.chcoc.gov/content/implementing-policy-guidance-land-management-workforce-flexibilitiy-act.

    Person eligible for non-competitive appointment under special authorities (e.g., Severely Disabled, 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Peace Corps returnees, etc.) in the Washington, D.C. local commuting area. Such individuals need not be current or former Federal employees.

    Veterans who are eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) may apply as well. To be eligible under the VEOA, applicants must be preference eligibles or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three or more years of continuous active service.

    This position is part of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Department of Management and Administration, Office of Acquisitions. The essence of the OPIC mission is to help U.S. businesses to cope with the risk inherent in investing and committing to business activity in politically and economically risky markets in developing countries.

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    As a Contract Specialist, typical work assignments include:

    • Serves as Senior Contracting Officer with warrant authority and will execute acquisition policy based on expert knowledge of contracting regulations, laws, principles and legal research.
    • Participates in operational planning with top management and key program officials in order to advise on the procurement implications of proposed management decisions and to recommend alternatives based on procurement considerations. Executes procurements for approved programs and projects. Provide guidance pertaining to acquisition processes and procedures. Provides authoritative interpretations of specific acquisition policy and procedural regulations and directives as it relates to assigned workload and existing contracts.
    • Prepares projections and develops reports to support acquisition planning.
    • Develops methods for controlling and reviewing contractual pricing arrangements and incentives, and performs audits of corporate acquisitions. Presents findings, recommends corrective actions and policy or procedural improvements. Executes approved operations procurement processes, procedures and policies.
    • Provides expert advice and guidance to program managers and Contract Officer's Representatives on contracting procedures, including providing assistance in the development of acquisition packages.
    • Plans, negotiates, leads, and administers complex procurements of goods, systems or services for specialized, state-of-the-art, critical or scarce requirements using various Federal Acquisition Regulations procedures.
    • Performs procurement planning. Advises program officials in the development of procurements objectives for the program in terms of competition and proce range. Constructs the contractual vehicle, including use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set aside policies, and similar considerations. Facilitates creation and maintenance of acquisition plans, appropriate milestone charts and related schedules.
    • Advises on the performance objectives to be used and assists in the preparation of requirements documents, such as performance work statements, statement of objectives, and statements of work. Prepares necessary determinations and findings and solicitation documents. Performs cost or price analysis as necessary, and makes competitive range determinations. Conducts pre-proposal conferences with prospective contractors to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required under the proposed contract. Obtains appropriate data from technical officials. Issues necessary solicitation amendments to clarify questions concerning such topics as specifications changes, language ambiguities, or clarification of contract clauses.
    • Serves as sole negotiator for program customer on procurement actions. Plans and coordinates negotiation strategy and leads the negotiations to develop contract prices and terms. Awards the contract.
    • Performs contract administration. Responsibilities typically include incremental funding, preparation of rate and price adjustments, redirection of effort, coordination of time extension, incorporation of change orders, issuance of stop work orders, issuance of cure notices or show cause letters, final payments, and contract closeout.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates, Veterans Recruitment, Individuals with Disabilities, Land Management, Military Spouses, Peace Corps, and Former Overseas Employees

    Questions? This job is open to 7 groups.

  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

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