Purchasing and Contracts Officer II

Democracy International, Inc.

About the organization

DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70+ countries.

Duties

Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a full-time Purchasing and Contracts Officer II. This role will be based in DI’s home office at Bethesda, Maryland. DI will only consider applicants based in the DMV area. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, work assignments are temporarily done remotely.

The Purchasing and Contracts Officer II will be responsible for helping DI develop, update, and implement its policies and procedures and related tools and guidance related to purchasing and contracting functions, and for providing support to other staff members as they engage in these functions.

Essential Responsibilities
Support efforts to establish, maintain, and update DI’s purchasing, contracts, and related policies and procedures, as needed;
Support collaborative processes for purchasing, contracts, and related policy and procedures changes to increase effectiveness and efficiency;
Lead rollout and socialization of these changes for DI HQ and DI field offices;
Tailor and update templates for various types of purchases, contracts, and grants;
Provide support on all aspects of purchasing and contracting, including reviewing client and vendor contracts, researching topics related to client rules and regulations, supporting negotiations with clients and vendors, and coordinating the efforts of outside experts (i.e., legal, cost accounting advisors, etc.) as needed ;
Provide support as needed so that DI’s grant and contract management policies are understood

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Bachelor’s Degree in finance, business administration, law, international development, or related field required. Advanced degree preferred;
Minimum of six years of technically relevant work experience;
Progressive experience managing purchasing and/or contracting processes for USAID contracts and grants,
Familiarity with relevant USG regulations, including FAR, AIDAR, and 2 CFR 200;
Experience drafting, revising, and/or reviewing contracts for USAID projects;
Strong planning and organizational skills including the ability to handle competing priorities;
Ability to be proactive in researching regulations and applicable best practices;
Ability to prepare and present training material;
Willingness and ability to adapt to new circumstances, information, and challenges;
Advanced writing skills and a high-level proficiency in Excel; and
Analytical and detail oriented.

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