Senior Regional Acquisition and Assistance Specialist

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 12 October 2020

Job Description


Basic Function:

USAID’s programs in the Southern Africa region aim to increase and integrate trade, fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic, mitigate food insecurity, support democratic processes, protect human rights, fight climate change and wildlife crime, and address cross-border issues. USAID’s operations in the Southern Africa region comprise of country offices in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the Power Africa office located in Pretoria. Each Mission/Office manages USAID country programs that aim to advance development through bilateral relationships with respective host country governments. These offices vary in size from full, large scale Missions led by a USAID Mission Director, to smaller non-presence country offices with few staff. USAID’s offices in those countries rely in varying degrees on services, or alternatively surge support, provided out of the USAID Southern Africa (USAID/SA) regional platform, located in Pretoria, South Africa.

In addition to bilateral programming, USAID Southern Africa implements regional activities that aim to complement country-specific programs by addressing cross-border issues and common development needs and provides support services to USAID Missions in the region. USAID/ SA, one of the Agency’s largest Missions, also houses and provides support to two other operating units in South Africa: The Regional Inspector General and Power Africa. USAID/SA provides technical, programmatic, legal, financial, and administrative services to USAID’s offices in 11 Southern African countries, and it serves as a regional center for conferences and training for the African continent.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent is responsible for providing expert acquisition and assistance (A&A) services for the full range of pre-award, award, post award and closeout functions involving highly complex, multiyear, multi-million dollar negotiated acquisition and assistance mechanisms of all types. Requirements for A&A actions are typically highly specialized and involve complex systems or sensitive international programs. The incumbent must conduct negotiations, prepare award documents and file award documentation. The incumbent must also be available to train and mentor more junior A&A Specialists on all steps of the USAID procurement cycle. The incumbent will work under the direction of a U.S. direct hire Contracting and Agreement Officer (CO/AO) to support USAID’s implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) activities in South Africa, activities of significant priority and importance to the Agency.


Education and Training: A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in international relations, accounting, law, business or other related field. Training equivalent to the requirements for Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) at Level II is desired.

Work Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the field of acquisition and assistance is required. Demonstrated professional experience in negotiation and administration of all types of A&A awards is required. A&A experience in an overseas environment in the field of development assistance with a nongovernmental organization, an international or U.S.

Government organization is highly desirable.


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