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Peace and Security Specialist

Washington, DC
Location: Washington, DC
Must have an Active Secret Clearance
  • Regularly liaise with AQM, PM, AF/SA, and contractors regarding process changes, procurement protocols, and data calls.
  • Respond to information request and data calls as guided by the COR.
  • Provide general coverage for contract management matters at AF/USSESSS.
  • Organize meetings related to contract operations and personnel visits to DC.
  • Utilize strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relations at all levels.
  • Shall provide support services for the U.S. Special Envoy’s Office’s security assistance portfolio in Sudan and South Sudan.
  • The P/S Specialist shall assist in the design and monitoring of programming related to security reform and DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration).
  • The P/S Specialist shall be multi-faceted, self-reliant, and capable of appropriate professional conduct and performance under challenging conditions and close scrutiny by U.S. and foreign diplomats, military officials, and international audiences.
  • Research and prepare Independent Government Cost Estimates for logistics, training, advisory, and constructions services in Sudan and South Sudan. Provide cost estimate data and briefings to other DoS personnel.
  •  Gather, organize, analyze, and compose technical/programmatic information for contract pre/post-award management.
  • With guidance from COR, prepare draft Statements of Work (SOW), Performance Work Statements (PWS), Scope changes or any other customer deliverables and documents to AF/USSESSS and AQM specifications.
  • Prepare contract modification documents, trackers, and financial data to assist COR in delivering timely contractual services.
  • Conduct research on program specifications, technical terminology, cost models, and appropriate acquisition vehicles/contract types for specialized peace and security programs.
  • Provide assistance to the Contract Officer’s Representative (COR) by reviewing invoices, handling funding requisitions and assisting with contract oversight duties.
  • Develop and maintain program budgets and work breakdown structures.
  • Evaluate cost proposals for accuracy, consistency, and vendor submission compliance.
  • Conduct cost analysis on program and procurement related activities.
  • Prepare and document all Purchase Order (PR) checklist requirements and submit PR packet through internal databases and tracking systems (Ariba, GFMS, SharePoint, ILMS, etc.)
  • Prepare program justifications, acquisition planning forms, source selection forms, etc.
  • Serves as a technical expert on contracts management processes, providing advice and guidance to resolve, implement, or manage issues that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach or methodology.
  • Prepares summary statements for management's decisions. For example: plans, designs, and conducts analyses of agency contract-related procedures and internal controls to develop guidelines for grant processes where there are no precedents on sources to collect viable data.
  • Acts as primary liaison with critical persons and groups both inside and outside of the agency; exercising full commitment authority. Supports and directs all levels of internal communication initiatives for a major agency organization such as a center or region. Ensures that an internal communication system exists across all organizational levels. Provides information and communications services, coordinating liaison activities in support of the program. Provides internal communications strategies and updates.
  • Assist the COR with Technical Evaluation Panels.
  • Author analytical policy aspects to enhance program decision-making within AF/USSESSS, specifically in programming, peace monitoring, security, and counterterrorism issues in Sudan, its Darfur region, and South Sudan.
  • Perform analysis and initiate recommendations for policy, program, and operational improvements as desirable to meet program and policy needs. In particular, provide policy recommendations to the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan in the form of verbal and written briefings on how to engage in such areas as general next steps for peace processes and communications and engagement with armed movements in Sudan and/or South Sudan. Identify emerging issues in these fields in order to prepare a range of policy options and possible actions for consideration.
  • Author analytical aspects of program design to enhance program decision-making within S/USSESSS, specifically in programming, security, and counterterrorism issues in Sudan, its Darfur region, and South Sudan.
  • Develop, coordinate, and provide program guidance on peace and security programs in Sudan and South Sudan while assisting with the development of programs for combating South Sudan’s critical security challenges.
  • Monitor AF/USSESSS security initiatives and programs in South Sudan and identify sensitive national issues, which might impact current and planned assistance activities.
  • Travel to Sudan and South Sudan to provide first-hand monitoring and evaluation of program activities to include traveling to remote sites in both countries to observe ongoing security assistance programs.
Required Qualifications:
  • Education: Minimum BS/BA, Master’s Degree in Business, Public Administration, Public Affairs, or International Affairs or equivalent preferred.
  • 10 years of experience in government contracting preferred.
  • 2 years’ experience in Department of Defense contracting or Security Sector Reform programs preferred.
  • Knowledge of current U.S. foreign policy objectives in Sudan and South Sudan.
  • Previous experience working at Department of State, Department of Defense, USAID, or other USG department preferred.
  • Proven knowledge of the FAR, JTR, and general contract policy.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple actors’ and agencies’ priorities and programming.
  • Ability to operate independently.
  • Ability to draft and clear action and briefing memoranda, talking points, checklists, and other substantive material.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior experience in Sudan and/or South Sudan.
  • 5 years of program or project management experience.
All staff employees are eligible for paid company benefits, paid time off, sick leave and federal /national holiday pay.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested candidates should apply to the position via our career portal at

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