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This is a Foreign Service announcement. Worldwide availability is a requirement of the position. All potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire Vacancy Announcement to ensure that they meet all the requirements for this position before applying.
USAID provides development assistance in close partnership foreign governments and their people, both directly and through a variety organizations including private voluntary organizations, universities, American businesses, trade and professional associations, faith-based organizations, and others.
USAID Foreign Service (FS) Contracting Officers (COs) serve in Missions/US Embassies worldwide and are responsible for a wide range of activities throughout the Agency’s Program Cycle covering all USAID implementing activities. However, about 80% of the agency’s development assistance implementation is through Acquisitions (contracts) & Assistance (grants/cooperative agreements) mechanisms, and most of the day to day work centers on these mechanisms. As a result, well-developed expertise in USAID Acquisition & Assistance (A&A) tradecraft (i.e., the techniques, methods and technologies used in planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of development assistance) is mission critical and indispensable for ensuring effective planning, adaptive implementation, maximized development impact, and accountability. This is a highly specialized skill set that takes years to fully develop, is characterized by ongoing learning and professional development, and requires advanced proficiency in a variety of technical competencies (e.g., public procurement/government contracting, federal financial assistance, USAID A&A regulations and policies) and professional competencies (e.g., leadership, management, teamwork, interpersonal skills).
New FS CO’s go through a significant initial training regimen that begins with orientation in Washington and to complete required pre-deployment training and additional on the job training at their first overseas assignment. This training/orientation process leads to the issuance of a Contracting and Agreements Officer warrants in most cases just over a year after beginning their first overseas tour of duty, or approximately two years after initial onboarding.
*Key member of USAID Missions in-country development team supporting and/or leading various elements of the USAID program cycle, including strategic planning, project design, activity design, and activity implementation. Assists with strategic planning and project design by analyzing resources needed to effectively implement and manage technical assistance.
*Supports technical offices in understanding planning and design considerations. Supports the design of activities through which USAID projects are implemented. Analyzes activity requirements; recommends or requires, as appropriate, revisions to statements of work/activity requirement; and determines the appropriate type of acquisition or assistance instrument.
*Exercises warrant authority with independent judgement in selecting implementing partners and managing the processes leading to implementing partner selection. Develops, and administers solicitations leading to contracts, grants, and other agreements with individuals, firms, and institutions to carry out USAID financed activities. Ensures integrity and fairness throughout USAID Acquisition & Assistance processes. Leads technical evaluation process of proposals/applications for USAID funded projects. Leads selection of implementing partners, award monitoring and maintenance.
*Performs cost and price analysis and leads negotiations to determine fairness and reasonableness of proposed price/costs and budgets. Prepares records documentation to explain rationale and methods used in arriving at final cost recommended for award.
*Monitors contractor performance for compliance with applicable laws and regulations, delivery schedules, payment provisions, contract data reporting requirements, and satisfactory progress toward achieving contracted for results and deliverables. Engages with host country officials and implementing partners on a variety of implementation issues.
* Delegates authority for day to day implementation management to qualified agency staff and works through and with these officials in providing management oversight (monitoring) over implementing partner performance.
*Performs final closeout of assigned contracts/agreements; e.g., assures delivery, inspection and acceptance of contractual end items and that all administrative and reporting actions have been resolved before recommending final closeout of the contract. Continuously updates practices to incorporate changes in Agency policies, priorities, and initiatives.
*Develops self and other members of the Acquisition & Assistance workforce to assume increasing levels of responsibility and technical acumen within their respective roles.
Occasional travel - A Foreign Service Officer generally spends the majority of their career assigned to the Agency's overseas missions and works in assigned developing countries with a variety of challenges (civil war, political unrest, lack of modern conveniences).
SFS - Advancement to Senior Foreign Service on a merit basis is possible for employees who secure tenure and satisfy the requirements of promotion boards.
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