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(TOPS) Senior Acquisition & Assistance Advisor (USAID Support)

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Job Description

The Kenjya-Trusant Group is supporting the USAID Management Bureau Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) with services for foreign operations. The Senior Level Acquisition and Assistance Professional serves as a subject matter expert for a broad range of Acquisition and Assistance activities, to include high dollar, complex competitive procurement actions, but also assistance (grants and cooperative agreements), modifications, delivery and purchase orders, interagency agreements and supply schedule or other related actions. The incumbent exercises managerial skills in conducting technically proficient procurement and assistance, while fully complying with all relevant laws, regulations, and procedures.

REQUIREMENTS: Must have FAC-C certification  

  • Provides senior technical guidance & analytical support to USAID Missions on development solutions reflecting strategic priorities.
  • Assist on-going efforts towards agency goals for localization and streamlining, by reducing regulatory barriers and overly burdensome requirements.
  • Help draft new or revised regulations, policy and guidance, as well as develop trackers and administrative coordination and consultation with stakeholders.
  • Coordinates closely with Mission Offices and Acquisition & Assistance teams (e.g., Contracting Officers and A&A Specialists).
  • Serves as an A&A technical expert offering educational, analytical, and advocacy resources for thorny, complex, or unique procurement related challenges.
  • Works directly with Mission senior leaders and technical and A&A workforce staff on procurement policy, evaluation, innovation, and strategic risk-taking advocacy with Mission and Washington stakeholders.
  • Research procurement and assistance laws, regulations and policy to inform case development, draft case documentation and coordinate consensus among multiple stakeholders;
  • Analyze and prepare responses to comments from the Federal Acquisition Regulations Council, OMB, industry associations, and other stakeholders; 
  • Formulate and justify new statutory and regulatory initiatives to address barriers to local partnerships and resolve critical acquisition and assistance process problems; 
  • Draft any proposed revisions to the statutory text to outline the proposed amendments and/or regulatory revisions and assist in chaperoning these regulatory changes through the legislative and/or rule-making process as well as internal Agency clearance processes;
  • Draft Agency policy and guidance in consultation with Agency specialists and stakeholders.
  • Provide expert responses to Congressional correspondence on complex and controversial issues, drafts, testimony and presentations designed to obtain USAID goals and objectives;
  • Serve as principal advisor(s) to M/OAA on assigned areas of work;
  • Guide development of and draft key messages and talking points for USAID officials; 
  • Write and present decision points for leadership, prepare formal responses to requests for   information.

Qualifications

  • Candidates should have a background in federal procurement and/or assistance, ideally in rulemaking and/or agency policy, and have strong writing skills.  
  • Candidates must be available for domestic assignments as well as overseas deployments within two to four weeks’ notice (remote telework is currently authorized).
  • Must successfully complete government background investigation for facility access. (Current Secret clearance preferred)
  • Holds an undergraduate degree or higher from an accredited school.
  • Candidate has extensive working experience with USAID Missions in A&A. (USAID Director level experience preferred)
  • Highly skilled in negotiation techniques and handling all procurement actions, including Contract Review Board (CRB) actions, and is an innate team leader and active decision maker, with extensive expertise in managing USAID contracts, overseeing local, regional, and international subcontractors and grantees.
  • Skilled in executing multi-million procurement actions, from the planning to the award stage and has demonstrated experience in conducting training and capacity building of the project staff, beneficiaries, stakeholders on the topics of Contract Administration, Cost Allowability, and IGCEs, among other things.
  • Broad experience working across USAID development portfolios and regions.
  • Extensive knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)/USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR) and uniform administrative requirements for assistance in 2 CFR 200.
  • Skill in the use of most elements of desktop and cloud-based office productivity software (e.g., word processors, spreadsheets, and presentations) is required.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Have working language proficiency in the country being supported. (Preferred but not required).
  • Must be medically fit for overseas deployment.
  • Minimum three (3) years United States Residency
THE KENJYA-TRUSANT GROUP, LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that was established in 2015 as a merger between The Kenjya Group, Inc. and Trusant Technologies, LLC. Our mission is to implement, support and protect the nation’s advanced technology systems, business processes and high-technology facilities. Working with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community, state and local governments, and commercial clients, Kenjya-Trusant provides cyber protection, information technology, engineering, construction management and acquisition support services. We are a small company with big company benefits, including Health, Dental, Vision, 401K, Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability, Paid Time Off, and a culture of teamwork and continuous learning. Come grow with us!


 
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