Washington, D.C
Jul 11, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Full Time


This position is part of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Department of Management & Administration, Office of Acquisitions. OPIC's mission is to help US businesses cope with the risk inherent in investing and committing to business activity in politically and economically risky markets in developing countries. As a senior advisor provides expert advice/assistance to managers and customers on planning, executing, and administering each phase of the contract life cycle.
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  • Directs acquisition strategies for complex, long-term, high dollar, multi-agency acquisitions.
  • Serves as the focal point for formal source selection procedures, and makes source selection decisions and briefs senior officials within OPIC.
  • Plans, develops and establishes contractual strategies for acquisition and contract management.
  • As a warranted Contracting Officer (CO), provides expert guidance on developing pre-negotiation or post award change negotiation positions; determining the types of contracts and negotiation authorities to use; and preparing justifications.
  • Serves as lead negotiator during complex contractual negotiations to interpret contract provisions for contractors and clients; and ensure contract compliance.
  • Provides expert guidance to contracting officers, contract specialists, and administrators on all aspects of contracting, including unique, extremely complex acquisitions that may set precedent or imply policy within the agency.
  • Exercises unlimited contracting authority to solicit contractual proposals and negotiate/award/execute/administer/terminate public contracts
  • Provides operational leadership and supervision to subordinate employees in planning, developing, and administering a comprehensive acquisition program.
  • Advises, counsels, and instructs employees on work, administrative matters, and management policies. Plans for accomplishment of work, sets priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade (see Qualifications).
  • If selected, you will be required to file, prior to entrance on duty, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).


Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

NOTE: Must submit college transcript(s) to verify that the education requirements (as stated above) has been met, in order to be considered for this position.

You must also have a FAC-C III; DAWIA; OR equivalent certificate to qualify for this position. Certificate must be uploaded to be considered. The incumbent of this position is required to obtain/maintain a Contracting Officer's (FAC-C Level III) certification. If your FAC-C certification is not dated within the last two years, applicant should submit recertification requirement of 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) of skills currency training obtained within the last two years and/or be able to complete recertification within the first 6 months of employment.

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One year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes assignments that involve developing and implementing contracting plans that typically include:

1) planning, leading, reviewing, and auditing complex procurement functions; acquisition planning, procurement of supplies, services, or equipment to include financial assistance transactions, research, and development contracts;
2) developing solicitations for bids, evaluating contract bids/proposals;
3) performing price/cost analysis, contract award, administration, termination, and close-out;
4) providing expert technical leadership, staff coordination, and consultation in a functional area of procurement including responsibility for formulating guidelines, implementing new developments, and providing policy interpretation;
5) Making decisions or recommendations that significantly affect the content, interpretation, or development of complex, long-range, or interrelated agency policies or programs concerning the management of procurement matters.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade. If using this exception to qualify you MUST submit an SF-50 that supports the title, series, and grade occupied on 01/01/00.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).

A written test is not required.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR EDUCATION: You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or pre-accredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: .

Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities
OPM Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities

Telework Suitability:
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

Stipulations of Employment:
Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.
Selection may require completion of a 1-year supervisory or managerial probationary period.
If selected, you will be required to file, prior to entrance on duty, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).

Work Schedule:
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

OPIC uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application:

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Customer Service
  • Influencing / Negotiating
  • Legal, Government, & Jurisprudence
  • Manages Human Resources
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competency - Contracting / Procurement
  • Technical Competency - Technical Documentation

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
2. SF-50 or DD-214
  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional Eligible: Your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis
3. Other supporting documents:
  • College transcript(s) required
  • FAC-C or DAWAII Certiifcation; or recertification transcript of 80 continuous learning points (CLPs)
  • SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
  • Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal)
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • Cover letter, optional

Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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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