The incumbent serves as a Traffic Management Specialist and is responsible for overseeing the transportation element of USAID’s involvement in the P.L. 480 Title II program. The Title II program is described in the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954, as amended.
As a Traffic Management Specialist, you will:
- Apply mastery of transportation concepts, principles, and methodology to analyze and resolve very complex or controversial transportation problems, and implement new developments and technology to a major transportation area.
- Develop plans and procedures for managing transportation support requirements, such as cost studies, budget requirements, customs requirements, and other planning activities.
- Plan and execute the procurement of transportation services such as the movement of emergency commodities with very short notice for worldwide support of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) by either ocean, air, rail or truck. Confirm transportation specifications, solicit offers, negotiate rates and service directly with carriers, and prepare all necessary documentation required for such actions.
- Oversee the receipt of commodity availability information from USDA. Issue freight tender solicitation, evaluate offers received, negotiate rates, and approve booking notes/charter party documentation. Coordinate contracting freight forwarding activities with appropriate officials, and provide assistance to USDA in arranging for cargo inspection.
- Review, analyze, and evaluate contractor performance through continuous observation of the results of contractor operations, including meeting of deadlines, the orderly movement of commodities, and skillful negotiation in booking transactions in a manner resulting in better service and dollar savings to the U.S. government.
- Advise, confer, and coordinate with representatives of USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC and in Kansas City, other U.S. government agencies, representatives of foreign governments, and freight forwarders, in discussing delivery schedules, policies and established procedures.
- Monitor USAID’s compliance with cargo preference requirements under the Title II program.
- Use procurement concepts and possess an understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
Conditions of Employment
- United States Citizenship is required.
- Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
- Time in grade must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
- Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
- Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code “1” or “2” (see Required Documents).
Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date. This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.