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Acquisition and Assistance SME at Credence Management Solutions in Washington, Washington DC

Posted in Government - Federal 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Credence is recruiting for Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) SMEs to provide advisory services for A&A support to USAID for an upcoming program to ensure the timely execution of contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, and other agreements to implement effective programs as an institutional support contractor. This position will also provide advisory services related to the full acquisition lifecycle of USPSCs, TCNPSCs, and CCNPSCs, and work with the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) on updates to templates and processes. 


The A&A SME should be very knowledgeable regarding all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, including but not limited to: 

  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), including but not limited to 2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 700, 22 CFR 211, 22 CFR 216, and 22 CFR 228; 
  • The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); 
  • The Food for Peace Act, as amended; 
  • The USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR); 
  • The USAID ADS (e.g. ADS 302, 303, 306, 308, 309, etc.); 
  • USAID OAA policies and directives, including: 
    • Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives (AAPDs) 
    • Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) 
    • Procurement Executive Bulletins (PEBs) 
    • Administrative Memoranda (OPAM) 
  • USAID standard provisions for Public International Organizations (PIOs) and non- governmental organizations (NGOs) 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • Assisting in developing and drafting requirements documents such as Statements of Work (SOW), Performance Work Statements (PWS) and Statements of Objectives (SOO). 
  • Assist with the technical evaluation process, including but not limited to: coordinating schedules for technical evaluation committee (TEC) meetings, assisting with document management and control, and reviewing TEC memos prior to OAA submission. 
  • As required, develop or revise templates associated with the administration of grants and cooperative agreements, including but not limited to: formal memos and letters, modifications, award documents, waivers, and closeout documentation. 
  • Assist in developing and drafting program descriptions, merit review criteria and resultant solicitations. 
  • Participate in the review of concept papers, applications, budgets and award conditions in accordance with current Federal and Agency regulations, policies, and guidance (e.g. participating in merit review committee kick-off meetings, assisting with cost analysis, etc.). 
  • Draft suggested specific award conditions based on pre-award risk assessment findings (in consultation with the designated Agreement Officer (AO), General Counsel and the audit support staff). 
  • Continuously review and evaluate existing processes and procedures to increase efficiencies, and compliance with US and USAID regulations and policies. 
  • Assist in the development of team and individual customized professional development training to enhance performance and promote career advancement. 
  • May require travel internationally and/or domestically, depending on assignment. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Education and Experience

  • PhD 8 years, MS with 10 years, BS with 12 years or HS with 16 years of relevant experience with processing the full lifecycle of Federal Government A&A processes and policies 
  • Exceptional attention to detail. 
  • Excellent communications skills – written and verbal. 
  • Required to have at least US permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access or have US citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance. 

Other Qualifications and Requirements

  • Familiarity with standard business software such as Google and Microsoft programs. 
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a large team. 
  • Experience with pricing and cost analysis. 
  • Relevant A&A training and certifications. 

Competencies/Performance Criteria

  • Innovation:  Takes initiative to propose new ideas/approaches and demonstrates ability to find new and better ways to accomplish work. 
  • Customer Service:  Handles customer questions and complaints, communicates with customers, handles service problems politely and efficiently, always available for customers, follows procedures to solve customer problems, understands program products and services, maintains pleasant and professional image. 
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of work responsibilities and holds high standards. Keeps commitments and takes appropriate actions to ensure obligations are met.  Pursues efficiency and effectiveness and adheres to organization policies and procedures. 
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates ability to work in cooperation with others and communicates effectively with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, clients, and other stakeholders. 
  • Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues professional development that is aligned with organizational role, contribution, and goals. Proactively shares knowledge with others to foster learning across the organization. 

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