This position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Acquisition and Contract Management (OCFO/OACM) of the Peace Corps. The incumbent serves as a Contracting Officer with up to unlimited signatory authority to obligate the government for a variety of requirements.Learn more about this agency
The Contract Specialist performs the following major duties:
The Contract Specialist performs the following major duties:
Intelligence Background Information
Peace Corps Manual Section 611 is applicable to this position. This section prohibits the employment of certain persons previously engaged in intelligence activities or connected with intelligence agencies within the past 10 years. If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), you are not eligible for employment at the Peace Corps in any capacity, and you should not apply for employment.
PC-1336 Form: Applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified will be required to submit upon request in the future a completed PC-1336 form, or narrative signed statement, indicating whether the applicant has been involved in or has had any connection with intelligence activities or related work and, if so, the nature and dates of his or her involvement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being rated ineligible for further consideration. If you have any other type of possible intelligence connection, your application will not be further considered until you submit this form. Except when the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA) is involved (see below), if your connection with an Intelligence Agency involves an immediate family member who works or has worked in intelligence, the immediate family member should complete the form, not the applicant. Usually relying on memory is sufficient to answer most if not all of the questions. If you have an immediate family member who works or has worked for the CIA, you should not give them this form to complete. Please contact your relative in person—not by phone, email, social networking, or any other means that is not in person— and ask him or her to contact the Office of General Counsel at the CIA.
If your intelligence connection involves the NSA, you (or, if the connection is with a family member, that person) must contact NSA’s Office of the General Counsel at 410-854-3910 before submitting this form to Peace Corps.
In addition to the educational requirements, you must meet the specialized experience at the grade level(s) in which you choose to be considered by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.To ensure full credit for your experience, please indicate dates of employment by month, day, and year and the number of hours worked per week in your resume.
This vacancy is being announced at two (2)(2)grade levels:
Qualifying experience for the FP-2 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-3 or GS-13 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilitiSpecialized experience includes:Has applied contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post-award actions sufficient to procure and/or administer contracts for major acquisitions, or experience in a procurement functional area sufficient to provide expert technical leadership, staff cooused business strategies in implementing contracting procedures;used program or technical requirements to perform or direct indepth evaluations of the financial and technical capabilities, or the performance of the contractor.
Qualifying experience for the FP-3 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-4 or GS-11/12 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilSpecialized experience includes:Has applied contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post-award actions sufficient to procure and/or administer contracts for major acquisitions, or experience in a procurement functional area sufficient to provide expert technical leadership, staff cooused program or technical requirements to perform or direct indepth evaluations of the financial and technical capabilities, or the performance of the contractor.
Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.It is available for your review on the OPM web site at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/.
Peace Corps (PC) Information
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated based on your resume, attached supporting documentation and your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. Your materials will be evaluated to validate your possession of any required knowledge, skills, abilities (KSA) and/or competencies. The following competencies will be evaluated in the self-assessment questionnaire:
This position is an open continuous position and will remain open for 12 months from the opening date. Applicants will be assessed five times in one year and five certificates of eligible applicants will be submitted for selection consideration to selecting officials. Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Certificates of eligibles will be submitted 14 days after the vacancy opens, followed by a new certificate every 90 days thereafter. The agency reserves the right to select any applicant eligible for appointment during the time the vacancy or a certificate of eligibles is open for selection. Should you be selected for the certificate, you will remain eligible for appointment for as long as the certificate of eligibles remains open.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and by going to the "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". For a more detailed update of your application status, you may go to "more information" under the individual vacancy.
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If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to the Selecting Official for further consideration.
Peace Corps (PC) Information
In order to verify the information you submit electronically, a complete application package is required. This includes: a detailed resume, a completed electronic self-assessment questionnaire and the submission of any required documents.
Resume: Include relevant work experience including job title, duties and accomplishments, employer name and address, supervisor name and phone number, start and end dates, hours per week & salary. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09).
Veterans Documents: If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must attach all required documentation; including a DD-214 reflecting the type of discharge, the SF-15 and a VA Letter if applicable. For more information regarding veterans’ preference, please review the OPM Vet Guide.
Federal Employees: If you are a current or former Federal employee, please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50.
Certificate: Federal Acquisition Certification Contracting (FAC-C) Level III certification or equivalent.
Qualifications Based on Education or a Combination of Education and Experience: If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) or an appropriate course listing with a diploma. Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be used towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by recognized institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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