Contract Specialist - #7931851
US Department of State
This position is located with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Executive Director, Grants Acquisitions and Procurement Policy, (INL/EX/GAPP).
- Performs the full range of contract administration duties to include incremental funding, preparation of rate and cost adjustments, redirection of effort, coordination of time extensions and incorporation of change orders.
- Reviews contractor performance through site visits, correspondence, and telephone conversations for completion of applicable contract clauses.
- Performs market surveys to identify potential sources for contracted goods and services in the U.S. and overseas, as well as the availability of products or producers
- Sets project priorities and deadlines; schedules projects and tasks based on priorities and in consideration of the contract’s constraints and requirements. Recommends procurement objectives in terms of competition and price range.
25% or less - Some occasional travel may be required.
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Conditions of Employment
- Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
- Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position.
- Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
- Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.
Applicants applying for the GS-12 grade level must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for this position:
A. Have 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position AND completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field from an accredited college or university.
Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
- Experience assisting with all pre-award activities and resolving complex acquisition issues.
- Experience administering various contract types and requirements encompassing the full contracting lifecycle.
- Experience implementing procurement plans.
- Experience assisting with multi-year programs, systems, goods, and/or services.
B. Have occupied your position, which is classified in the GS-1102 series, since January 1, 2000 AND have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in paragraph A above under qualifying specialized experience.
C. Have 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in paragraph A above under qualifying specialized experience AND completed 24 semester hours of "undergraduate" study in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
D. Have 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in paragraph A above under qualifying specialized experience AND completed 24 semester hours of "graduate" level education in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
Note: All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will be rated ineligible for this position.
See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov.
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) – U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States - either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee’s information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply. For this announcement, all applicants will be assessed to determine if they meet the qualifications for this position, specifically the education, specialized experience, and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary to perform the work of the position. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that meet the required qualifications will be referred to the selecting official in the order in which the applications were received.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following KSAs and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
1. Knowledge of contract administration techniques and principles
2. Ability to analyze, evaluate, interpret and apply contract / procurement laws.
3. Ability to negotiate complex, high risk acquisition-related issues.
4. Knowledge of complex contract pricing techniques and regulations.
5. Ability to communicate in writing
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.
For assistance with creating a resume, please click here. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for selection priority. Candidates are considered well qualified if their knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) exceed the minimum qualifications described in the announcement.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Your application package must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying and support your answers to the self-assessment questions related to basic eligibility.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness, National security
All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.
2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department’s automated system “Gateway to State”.
3. Transcripts - if applicable, see the Qualifications section of the announcement. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.
4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.
5. Veterans’ preference does not apply to this vacancy. If you are a veteran, you may indicate your veteran’s status on your resume. Any supporting documentation received from veterans will be retained to document veteran’s status if selected. If you are a 5-point veteran, you may provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are currently on active duty, you may provide a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this vacancy announcement. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your current or expected discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.
If you are a 10-point veteran, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you may also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted.
For further information regarding Veterans, click here. If you are a Sole Survivor veteran, you may provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.
To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:
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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.