Senior Acquisition and Assistance Specialist-SOL-669-14-000009(Closing Date: June 24, 2014)

The United States Agency for International Development is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Senior Acquisition and Assistance Specialist.

This position is located in the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) at USAID/Liberia.  The position’s primary purpose is to execute acquisition and assistance actions in support of critical USAID programs in Liberia.  The mission portfolio includes the technical sectors of Education, Economic Growth, Democracy and Governance, and Health. The portfolio contains approximately 30 instruments with a combined TEC of approximately $487 million, including water, power, roads and other infrastructure activities, and covers programs involving every aspect of international development work and every type of procurement instrument. The responsibilities of the incumbent include providing support on all aspects of contract management relating to and affecting USAID assistance programs in Liberia.  This includes providing policy guidance, project planning, project design, and implementation and the evaluation of on-going programs.  He/she is responsible for planning, developing, carrying out, managing, and advising on all aspects of procurement and contract management relating to and affecting USAID/Liberia assistance programs, policy and project planning, design, implementation, and evaluation.  He/she will participate in projects, mission policy formulation, and project design.  He/she will develop and execute plans for the procurement of and provide contract management support to achieve program objectives.He/she reports directly to the Director of the Office of Acquisition and Assistance or his/her designee, and is expected to function at an expert level with minimal supervision.

The Senior Acquisition and Assistance Specialist will provide a full-range of acquisition and assistance support including but not limited to the negotiation, award, and administration of both Assistance- and Acquisition-type instruments to accomplish traditional development programs.  He/she prepares pre-award documents, conducts negotiations, and finalizes award documents and award file documentation for a Contracting/Agreement Officer's review and signature.  He/she must be available for consultation on contracting issues with Mission technical staff, other in-country U.S. Government officials and representatives, Government of Liberia (GOL) officials, Implementing Partners, and others, as required.  This effort requires extensive knowledge of Federal and USAID regulations, and the associated governing guidance (e.g., the FAR and USAID Supplement (AIDAR), CFR, OMB Circulars, FAM, and FTR) for all types of procurements.


  1. Baccalaureate degree and at least 24 semester hours among one or more of these disciplines: accounting, law, business, finance, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
  2. Professional Certification:  Completion of or has substantially completed the requirements for certification under the USAID/OFPP FAC-C Certification program at a minimum of Level II.  Certification requires successful completion of FAC-C specified courses in procurement, plus the achievement of certain competencies, through a combination of training and experience.  Candidates should successfully demonstrate how they meet FAC-C Level II certification standards.


Minimum of ten (10) years substantive and directly-relatable professional contracting or procurement work is required.  Experience working in various countries, with different cultures and under challenging circumstances is strongly preferred.  Such experience must include the full range of contracting responsibilities, including: acquisition and assistance award execution, administration, termination, cost and price analysis; procurement planning, and analysis and evaluation of proposals; negotiation of changes; execution of options; investigation and resolution of contractor delays; contractor performance appraisal; subcontractor surveillance; and, disposition of claims.


U.S. Citizens and Third Country Nationals


Please send a completed and signed Optional Form 612 and curriculum vitae to:

Sylvester Browne

Deputy Executive Specialist


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Optional Form OF 612 is available at the following website: Incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be considered.




Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:15am

Last updated: June 04, 2014