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Venatore LLC Senior Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) Specialist in Washington DC, District Of Columbia

Venatore is seeking a Senior Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) Specialist to support the Regional Contracting Office (RCO) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

This is a full-time position for 12 months of high-level virtual support, beginning in summer 2024, to provide expert A&A services. Duties include the full range of pre-award, award, post-award and closeout functions involving highly complexity, multi-year, multi-million dollar negotiated acquisition and assistance mechanisms of all types. The Senior A&A Specialist will work closely with Foreign Service Contracting and Agreement Officers (CO/AOs) and a talented team of Cooperating Country National (CCN) A&A Specialists to support Mission activities and portfolios.

This position requires an expert understanding of USG and/or USAID systems and policies.

Position responsibilities include, and are not limited to:

  • The provision of expert-level A&A services throughout the procurement process for complex A&A mechanisms, including, and not limited to, competitively negotiated contracts, task orders, cooperative agreements, grants, Interagency Agreements (IAA), and sole source or limited competition awards.

  • Coordination of A&A objectives development, taking primary responsibility for all phases of the pre-award A&A process for complex actions and producing all required documents to make compliant awards.

  • Completion of post-award A&A actions.

  • Provision of guidance and mentoring to junior-level staff on foundational principles of USG and USAID acquisition, assistance, general A&A management, A&A policy direction, new/changed procurement policies, etc., as required.

  • Development of training sessions to teach A&A and AOR/COR colleagues about A&A best practices.

  • Robust participation in RCO’s overall execution of the Mission’s A&A program.

To be considered for this role, you must possess at minimum:

  • Expert understanding of USG and USAID laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing each type of A&A mechanism.

  • Advanced knowledge of the procedures for pre- and post-award A&A actions.

  • A minimum of 10 years of directly relevant experience.

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Proven ability to handle complex procurement actions.

  • Proven ability to work under pressure and complete procurement actions within vastly accelerated timelines.

  • Expert knowledge of Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS) and ASIST.

  • Expert knowledge of Federal and USAID regulations, and the associated governing guidance (e.g., the FAR, AIDAR, CFR, OMB Circulars).

  • FAC-C Professional Level II certification or equivalent.