Posted on :
14 Nov, 2016
14 Nov, 2016
When the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was created, it brought together several existing foreign assistance organizations and programs. Until then, there had never been a single agency charged with foreign economic development, so with the passage of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (pdf) by Congress, U.S. foreign assistance activities underwent a major transformation.
Leading this transformation was President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy recognized the need to unite development into a single agency responsible for administering aid to foreign countries to promote social and economic development. On November 3, 1961, USAID was born and with it a spirit of progress and innovation. November 3, 2011 marked USAID’s 50th Anniversary of providing U.S. foreign development assistance From the American People. Our workforce and USAID’s culture continues to serve as a reflection of core American values–values that are rooted in a belief for doing the right thing.
Job Title: Acquisition and Assistance Specialists
The U.S. Mission in Accra, Ghana is seeking a highly motivated and qualified Ghanaians for the position of Acquisition and Assistance Specialists in the Regional Acquisition & Assistance Office (RAAO) of USAID/West Africa. The incumbent performs the full range of contract administration and acquisition functions including developing comprehensive planning strategies and appropriate solicitation documents, and conducting the analysis, evaluation, and negotiation of a wide variety of acquisition and assistance documents, such as contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, endowments etc. S/he performs these duties for primarily procuring long-term, highly funded complex services, including independently carrying out full and open competitive transactions.
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION:
The position is located in the Regional Acquisition & Assistance Office (RAAO) of USAID/West Africa. The Regional Acquisition & Assistance Office is responsible for procurement of goods and services for regional programs implemented by USAID/West Africa and the in-country programs implemented by USAID/Ghana. The incumbent performs the full range of contract and assistance administration and acquisition functions including developing comprehensive planning strategies and appropriate solicitation documents, and conducting the analysis, evaluation, and negotiation of a wide variety of acquisition and assistance documents, such as contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, endowments, etc. S/he performs these duties for primarily procuring long-term, highly funded complex services, including independently carrying out full and open competitive transactions.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: % OF TIME
1. Procurement Planning 10%
As a fully empowered representative of the RAAO, s/he provides advice and guidance to strategic objective teams on procurement policy and procedures in the design and implementation of their activities. As a team member, s/he coordinates the development of procurement objectives for the assigned portfolio in terms of potential implementing organizations, competitive issues, socio-economic issues, and identifies and constructs the appropriate contract or grant instrument. Negotiates with the SO team to ensure acquisition plans are current, have appropriate milestones, and related schedules.
2. Review & Analysis of Acquisition Requests, & Issuance of Solicitation Documents. 25%
• Reviews Modified Acquisition and Assistance Documents (MAARDS) requesting acquisition or assistance instruments for complex services or programs. Analyzes the requirements and determines if the instrument selection or procurement approach is sound, if the work statements or program descriptions are complete, and if the entire package is in compliance with the FAR, ADS, AIDAR, Handbook 11 and Agency and Mission policies. Ensures that necessary Mission clearances have been obtained, and that waivers and other supporting documentation are complete. Recommends to the requesting team revisions regarding work statements, budget, classification of terms, reporting requirements, and any special conditions, and ensures that any required performance indicators are developed and included in the solicitation document (Request for Proposal or Request for Application).
• Develops the solicitation document in compliance with all appropriate regulations, and selects and includes correct clauses, and transmits the solicitation for proposals using Internet-based technology. Responds to offerors’ questions during the proposal submission phase; and determines the need for, and prepares, clarifying amendments, as required, of solicitation documents. As necessary, may hold pre-bid or consultative meetings with partners to fully explain the Agency’s and counterparts’ needs and to discuss the solicitation documents. This is a complex process requiring a high degree of analysis among, and between competing and often conflicting regulations and objectives, where the incumbent independently exercises judgment involving multi-million dollar issues with significant programmatic implications.
3. Evaluation & In-depth Cost Analysis of bids/offers 15%
• Evaluates bids and offers for responsiveness to the particular solicitation and documents the relative strengths and deficiencies of each proposal. Guides the SO team in best practices of ‘best value’ selection, and performance-based technical approaches. Obtains reports and references, ensuring that offerors’ past performance has been relevant and of a high quality.
• Ensures that offerors have adequate management, accounting, personnel, and procurement systems, corporate leadership, available resources, and quality control to satisfactorily carry out contracts. Requests audit reports or pre-award surveys from the Office of the Inspector General, and other cognizant agencies.
• Analyzes cost proposals and technical scores from the technical evaluation committee, and based on this analysis, establishes the competitive range and presents documentation for signature to the Contracting Officer.
• Performs extensive analysis on cost issues with consideration to economic conditions & factors of material, labor, and transportation costs. Closely examines cost and pricing data submitted by offerors to substantiate direct and indirect costs and profit. Determines reasonableness of costs submitted. Ensures that data provided is consistent with all USAID requirements on eligible geographic sources, and that salary structures are consistent with Agency policies. Identifies circumstances that will require a waiver.
• Coordinates issues of technical weakness and excessive costs with the SO team prior to the commencement of negotiations. Clarifies, and, as necessary, instructs the members of the SO team, host country counterparts, and other Mission staff on the USAID procurement process as implemented in the Agency.
• Formulates the negotiation strategy, identifies areas subject to negotiation, and consults with technical specialists concerning data submitted by offerors. Conducts extensive negotiations on cost and technical issues prior to contract award, presenting USAID issues of concern and persuades offerors to upgrade technical deficiencies and reduce costs where appropriate. Requests submission of Revised Final Proposal and prepares appropriate contract or grant instruments for award. Coordinates last stages of selection with the technical evaluation team(s). Similarly, s/he negotiates and awards grants and cooperative agreements with U.S.-based and indigenous PVOs and NGOs, colleges and universities and other non-profit organizations. Analyzes transactions to ensure compliance with Agency cost-sharing and registration policies as well as local laws governing status.
• Presents award decision of ultimate contractor/recipient to the Contracting Officer with all the appropriate supporting documentation, including the development of appropriate performance indicators in conjunction with the SO team.
• Organizes and conducts an orientation meeting with the selected contractor to ensure that mobilization efforts will be conducted efficiently and that all terms and conditions of procurement instruments are clear and well-understood by all parties. Provides support debriefing to unsuccessful offerors
4. Monitoring Contractor Performance 10%
• Monitors contractor/recipient performance in relation to the completion schedule required by the contract or assistance instrument. Ensures timely submission of technical progress reports, making periodic visits to the contractor’s work site and at all performance-related Team meetings held by the Mission. Ensure that the Contractor/recipient is fully compliant with the performance
• standards contained in the Contract and seek corrective action in cases of non-compliance. Expedite Change Orders or revisions to the contract when circumstances require. Issue “show cause” or “cure notices”, and/or recommend termination of contracts for default or convenience and negotiate termination settlements. Review and enter Contractor Performance Assessment Reports (CPARs) into the US Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS).
5. Analysis & Resolution of Audit Reports Findings 5%
• Analyzes, and takes actions to resolve findings contained in audit reports, such as cost items questioned or unresolved. Support recommendations with detailed analysis of each cost, category or element as necessary. Prepare necessary documents to resolve all aspects of audits, questioned or ineligible costs, and accounting issues. Present documentation to the Contracting Officer for signature. Reviews completed (after full performance) official contract files to determine that all contractual actions are satisfied and that there are no pending administrative actions to be resolved. Ensure that all file documents are signed, that there are no litigation actions pending, and that the contract is complete in every respect and ready to be closed. Ensures that contracts nearing annual anniversaries or final completion have a performance report filled out by the Technical Officer, and submits the report to the Contractor for comment.
6. Host Country Contracting 10%
• Maintain good knowledge of the policies, principles and procedures of Host Country Contracting (HCC) and may be assigned to review and recommend revisions to various HCC documents implemented within the mission, such as tender documents, pre-qualification lists, etc., to ensure compliance with applicable policies and procedures.
7. Mentoring and Guidance 10%
• As necessary, provide guidance and coaches junior-level staff on the basic principles of Federal and USAID acquisition, general procurement management and procurement policy direction, new/changed procurement policies, etc.
8. Other Relevant Duties 20%
As a key member of the RCO, s/he provides information and advice to the Office Director on critical procurement issues, and attends key Mission meetings on behalf of the office as assigned. Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
• Performs a range of acquisition and assistance tasks including managing the process for reporting/recipient’s performance; preparing correspondence related to contract/assistance closeout; initiating administrative close out; evaluating financial and technical data, invoices, past performance closeout information and submittals, property reports and disposition requests, and final reports; as well as analyzing and resolving audit findings related to award closeout.
• Assists in maintaining necessary internal systems to ensure the status of acquisition and assistance instruments is kept current. Manages a system to ensure administrative close out of instruments is performed within prescribed Federal and USAID time standards. Manages a system to help RAAO ensure contractor performance reports and contractor/recipient property reports are performed when required.
• Has prime responsibility for the administrative close out of all types of acquisition and assistance instruments administered by the RAAO. Provides final compliance reviews of terms and conditions on a wide range of contracting and assistance instruments to determine business and regulatory compliance in order to administratively close instruments. Reviews official files to ensure resolution of all administrative actions, to ensure contract is complete in every aspect and ready to close, and to obtain approval of all closeout documentation. This process often includes analysis of alternatives, adaptation, or modification of procedures, or resolution of incomplete or conflicting technical or contractor data.
• Performs physical retirement and storage of officially closed and retired contract and assistance instrument files.
• Develops and maintains a closeout tracking system database of physically closed instruments throughout the administrative close out process until files are retired.
• Issues pre-completion notices and requests close out plans from contractors and recipients in advance of instrument completion dates.
Qualification Required & Experience
Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.
• Education: Completion of University degree in business administration, accounting, marketing, economics, public administration, or other social science is required.
• Prior Work Experience: A minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in procurement or, as appropriate, a closely related field is required.
• Language Proficiency: Level IV English (fluent) in spoken & written English is required. Language proficiency will be tested.
• Job Knowledge: Must have thorough knowledge of contracting policies, rules, principles and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post-award actions to procure and/or administer contracts and other instruments for a variety of complex technical services. Good Knowledge of the various performance-based fixed price and cost reimbursement award fee contracts, use of special incentives and provisions, and the unique regulatory requirements pertinent to diverse procurements, e.g. ADP, research & development, endowments, and technical services. Good knowledge of results-based assistance instruments (grants and cooperative agreements) and how these documents can help fulfill Mission objectives. Good knowledge of market conditions, the political context and social conditions impacting procurement actions. Knowledge of the organizations interested in and capable of performing contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, etc. Knowledge of the concerns from PVOs, NGOs, 8(a) firms, small businesses, and large businesses.
• Skills and Abilities: Must have excellent negotiation skills to negotiate multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts and other instruments. Excellent analytical skills and sound judgment to select appropriate acquisition or assistance instrument types, to evaluate bids or offers and determine the responsibility of contractors on the basis of competition, historical costs, reports, etc., and to conduct cost and price analysis; Must have excellent writing skills to draft various procurement-related documents and to develop sound solicitation and instrument documents and Excellent interpersonal skills to deal effectively with various officials, usually with highly divergent points of view, diplomatic and tactful in setting forth ideas, constraints, or courses of action. Proficiency will be tested.
1. Grade (FSN 09) GH¢48, 168.00 – GH¢72, 247.00 p.a.
2. Grade (FSN 10) GH¢63, 369.00 – GH¢95, 060.00 p.a.
3. Grade (FSN 11) GH¢77, 305.00 – GH¢115, 970.00 p.a. (depending on Qualification and Experience)
How To Apply For The Job
Interested individuals should submit cover letter, Curriculum Vitae with references and relevant certificates to:
Regional Executive Office
P.O. Box 1630, Accra
By Email to: [email protected]
Closing Date: 22 November, 2016
Note: Applicants must address each required qualification listed above with specific information supporting each item to be eligible for consideration. When submitting your application via email, start the subject line with the position title. Failure to state this and submit signed letter with required document will result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified. No relocation expenses are provided to the job location, Accra-Ghana. If transportation to Accra is required, it will be the employee’s responsibility.