U.S Embassy in South Africa Acquisition & Assistance Specialist Jobs in South Africa

U.S Embassy in South Africa Acquisition & Assistance Specialist Jobs in South Africa


The Acquisition and Assistance Specialist (Entry Level/EL) is located in the Regional/Mission Office of Acquisition and Assistance. The function of the Office is to provide Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) support to Technical Offices and Development Objective (DO) Teams in the Mission, and in any Offices that may be supported by the Mission.

The primary purpose of this position is to support the cognizant Mission Contracting/Agreement Officer, by performing a variety of A&A duties including, writing grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and other procurement instruments, and preparing amendments/modifications to such instruments in support of the Mission.

The Specialist reviews and recommends approval or revision of requisitions in the Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS); reviews and recommends approval or revision of statements of work (SOW); drafts A&A solicitation documents; performs cost and price analysis; analyzes A&A offers or applications received; drafts A&A award instruments and modifications; analyzes budgets; recommends special A&A award requirements; writes memoranda of negotiation; and, prepares other required documentation.

The Specialist maintains up-to-date A&A files and records, manages Contractor Performance Assessment Reports (CPARs), and supports award closeout. The Specialist provides guidance to supported Teams related to A&A award modifications. The Specialist is responsible for carrying out day-to-day activities under the mentorship of more senior Office employees.

This is a Standard Position Description covering A&A EFM Specialist positions worldwide. Family Member Appointment (FMA) hiring authority positions are typically made at a level below the full performance level, where the selected Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM) AEFM demonstrates high potential to achieve the full performance grade level, but cannot meet the full training and/or experience requirements of the full-performance position description at the time of award.

The following Major Duties and Responsibilities are representative of the occupation and not a specific description of any one job.

Qualifications and Evaluations


  • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in acquisition and assistance, development assistance, or a position that requires closely related skills, such as program management, law, or financial
    management, is required.

  • One year of this experience must have been gained working in a position equivalent to responsibilities in this job description or an occupation that requires similar skills.

    Specific minimum requirements include:

  • At least two (2) years of this experience should have been with an international/local organization, U.S. Government department or agencies or other international development organizations within the A&A landscape.


  • Additional experience will NOT be substituted for Education.

    Additional minimum prior work experience requirements include:

  • General knowledge of office management procedures and specialized knowledge of administrative work is required.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage A&A actions and filing systems effectively; ability to deal effectively with mid and high-level officials of agency/host government/private sector.

  • Must have analytical skills in order to determine applicability of USG regulations pertaining to filing and closeout of A&A actions.

  • Must have the ability to learn federal acquisition regulation and code of federal regulation with respect to procurement rules and regulations.

  • Working knowledge of standard software packages including Microsoft Word, Excel, and the ability to do research on the internet.

    Education Requirements:

  • Mandatory: Possession of a Baccalaureate Degree or the equivalent of a four-year US college/university (or equivalency accreditation if a non-US institution) degree is required. Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Commerce or Law.

    Note: Additional education will NOT be substituted for Experience.



  • Advanced professional proficiency, speaking and reading English

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; U.S Embassy in South Africa Acquisition & Assistance Specialist Jobs in South Africa

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