PSC Contracts Specialist, Junior-Level

Macfadden

About the organization

Macfadden is seeking a Junior PSC Contract Specialist to support the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) in Washington, DC. The Jr. Contract Specialist provides support to USAID offices in the procurement of humanitarian response personnel worldwide. The PSC hiring mechanism allows OFDA to establish contracts with disaster response subject-matter experts in a fast and flexible manner. The Jr. Contract Specialist on the PSC Team primary focus is on the pre-award component of the procurement workflow. The Jr. Contract Specialist will interface extensively with the government, contractors, and selectees for contract award. Because there is a human resources component to the position, the Jr. Contract Specialist must be comfortable with employee in-take procedures, such as facilitating salary negotiations, verifying contract pre-requisites, providing guidance on clearance processes, etc.

Duties

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
-Providing necessary onboarding documentation and information to selected candidates.
-Facilitating salary negotiations in compliance with USG regulations and procedures.
-Reviewing, proofreading, and processing pre-award contract documents in order to expedite the
Contracting Officer’s review/approval process.
-Monitoring actions and deadlines to ensure all assigned tasks are completed in a timely manner.
-Serving as the primary point of contact for OFDA, the Office of Acquisition and Assistance
(OAA), and the selected candidates on all aspects for assigned actions.
-Liaising with various DCHA offices and with OAA Contracting Officer(s) as required.
-Responding to OFDA and OAA inquiries on selected candidates status, progress, and issues;
responding to basic inquiries from current contractors.
-Providing ad-hoc and regular reports to OAA and/or OFDA, as required.
-Ensuring assigned actions and work products are in compliance with USAID, USG and OFDA
regulations, laws, standards, and procedures.
-Maintaining electronic, hard copy files and systems in compliance with USG, USAID and OFDA
standards.
-Providing administrative support duties including scanning, copying, filing and other
administrative support.
-Proposing ways in which the team can improve and/or processes can be streamlined.
-Participating in trainings and other opportunities as relevant to the position and role.

Qualifications

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
Basic Requirements:
-Bachelor’s degree (equivalent work experience may be considered)

Experience:
-Three (3) to five (5) years related experience
-Government contracting experience, including demonstrated understanding of and experience
with applicable laws, rules, regulations and procedures governing contracting operations
Skills:
Successful candidates must be reliable, highly organized, motivated, and able to excel in a deadline-oriented work environment. S/he will have:
-Analytical. Strong ability to identify problems and solve them with demonstrable mathematical
and reasoning ability.
-Communications. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Must communicate with
clients, team members, and other stakeholders in the contracting process.
-Organization. Process-oriented, efficient, and highly organized with high attention to detail. - Ability to balance priorities and manage multiple work streams.
Professionalism. Customer service oriented with the ability to build strong relationships.

Ability to obtain and maintain a US Government issued Secret clearance for the duration of your employment. One of the requirements for a US Government Secret clearance is US citizenship. Only applicants who currently hold an active Secret or higher level security clearance or who are eligible to receive a Secret security clearance will be considered for this position.

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