Senior Contracting Specialist (PSC Team Lead)

Macfadden, Now Part of PAE

About the organization

Macfadden is now part of PAE. Founded over 30 years ago, Macfadden has provided federal agencies with critical on-the-ground support to U.S. government humanitarian missions around the world as well as financial and IT system support. Through program management, human resources services, financial management systems support, information technology solutions, knowledge management, travel coordination and communications support, Macfadden enables effective U.S. government humanitarian response to international disasters. Macfadden’s workforce includes approximately 300 employees primarily located in the Washington, D.C. area.


This position will support the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), an office within USAID that is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. OFDA is part of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and is organized into six divisions. To successfully execute its mandate, OFDA is comprised of a professional team of staff including senior managers, experienced disaster responders, and technical experts, working to implement OFDA’s mandate at OFDA’s headquarters in Washington, DC and in regional and country offices, Combatant Commands, and coordination hubs strategically located around the world.

The primary duties of this position are to implement and execute an effective and strategic pre-award contract process of U.S Personal Services Contractors (USPSCs) and other possible mechanisms; participate in the engagement and retention of candidates and to participate in a variety of staffing projects. In performing these primary duties, the individual will exercises discretion and independent judgment with respect to helping to translate company goals into action plans, reinforcing the culture and values, assisting with resolving a variety of recruitment issues and implementing policies, guidelines, and plans.

Key Internal Interfaces: OFDA PSC Acquisition Team, OFDA Senior Managers

Key External Interfaces: PSC Candidates



Bachelor’s degree with 15 years of relevant experience; or
MS/MA/MB with 12 years of relevant experience; or
JD/ABD with 10 years of relevant experience; or
Ph.D. with 8 years of relevant experience; or
Less than BS/BA with 20 years of relevant experience

Must have 10 years of relevant and extensive contracts experience with a proven track record.
Experience working with USAID USG, State Department and Embassies strongly preferred.
Procurement experience with USG contracts in particular Personal Service Contracts is preferred.
Experience with USPSC recruitment preferred.
Extensive knowledge of ADS, AIDAR, FAR and other relevant policies and regulations required.

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored security clearance.

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