Contracting Officer's Representative (Mexico City)

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Proposals Due: 15 October 2018

Position Type

Independent Contractor

Telework Eligibility


Clearance Required

Secret (U.S. Federal)

Estimated Salary

$85,181 - $125,091 (FS-02 Equivalent)

Physical Work Location:

Department of State

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Paseo de la Reforma 305

Colonia Cuauhtemoc

06500 Mexico, D.F.

Phone: (01-55) 5080-2000

Fax: ( 01-55 ) 5080-2005


Position description:

INL seeks to obtain the services of a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) that will administer a variety of contracts implemented in Mexico as well as provide assistance throughout the acquisition process, and to supervise a group of other CORs, GTMs, Budget Analysts and administrative personnel.

Why is this role important?

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City manages assistance activities funded through the Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). INL manages bilateral assistance programs that help design, build, and nurture the capabilities of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in Mexico by investing in the professionalization of host government personnel and improvements to the infrastructure of host government agencies through the provision of professional training, equipment, technical assistance, and other needed goods and services. In particular, these programs address: counternarcotics and trafficking issues; port, airport and border security issues; operational technology for law enforcement; police crime prevention modernization; drug demand reduction; criminal justice system reform; and anti-corruption, transparency and human rights issues; and law enforcement training. Many of these programs are implemented through contracting actions with U.S. and host country companies.

Once hired, you will:

Under the guidance of the INL Management Officer and COs, and in coordination with Program Coordinators/Deputies, the COR will complete the following duties, either directly or through supervision of team members/staff:

  1. Work closely with project stakeholders to analyze program needs, define and document the program's contractual scope, schedule, site-specific considerations, work requirements, milestones and activities.

  2. Assist program managers from inception to completion of the contract to develop clear, accurate, current, and detailed contractual requirements.

  3. Represent INL Mexico interests and priorities when coordinating efforts among multiple federal agencies and organizations internal and external to DOS. Facilitates the regular flow of information among stakeholders, such as by organizing, hosting and documenting project meetings.

  4. Evaluate contractor performance and deviations from the contract requirements through surveillance techniques, including direct observation at the contractor's work site. Review and document performance in relation to original contract award amount and completion time, ensuring appropriate approvals. Monitor, prepare progress reports, and update plans and schedules. Review, monitor, and report the status of multiple contractor projects to ensure the results achieve the Bureau's goals.

  5. Identify and recommend solutions or corrective action to resolve any problems that interfere with contract progress and with the completion of the project. In those cases where problems cannot be resolved within the incumbent's realm of authority, make recommendations to NAS management and the Contracting Officer on appropriate corrective action, and implement these actions upon approval.

  6. Develop and maintain effective contract administration processes, such as invoice review, quality assurance/surveillance, and project file maintenance.

  7. Serve as a technical advisor to management on contract terms and conditions, performance requirements and operations, providing updates as required. Review reports and papers from staff and contractors to ensure technical accuracy and compliance with Bureau and Department objectives, policies, and guidelines.

  8. Deploy based on successfully completing training required to receive the Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representatives (FAC-COR.)

  9. Serves as the supervisor of the INL COR group of CORs, GTMs, Budget Analysts and administrative personnel.

  10. Supervises personnel and contract activities with respect to budgets, budget problems, financial projections, financial recoveries and general fiscal issues of all types involving INL contracts.

What do we offer?

  • Employee's FICA/Medicare Contribution

  • Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance

  • Pay Comparability Adjustment

  • Annual Increase

  • Eligibility for Worker's Compensation

  • Annual, Sick and Home Leave

  • 401K Plan

  • MEDVAC (provided by DOS Med)

  • Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance (TQSA) or Per Diem upon arrival at Post

  • Housing Allowance

  • Post Allowance

  • Supplemental Post Allowance

  • Maintenance Allowance (SMA)

  • Education Allowance

  • Educational Travel (full-time United States based secondary)

  • Post Hardship Differential

  • Danger Pay

  • Shipment of HHE, UAB, POV and Consumables

Minimum requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of State Secret level security clearance, ethics and medical clearances.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution: or,

    • Five (5) years of equivalent professional experience working on contracts; or,

    • Three (3) years of professional experience as a COR on other U.S. Government contracts.

  • Two (2) years of professional experience working in international, post-conflict or emerging state environments.

  • Two (2) years of experience managing highly complex, high dollar value projects/programs, of which one (1) year must be equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal service.

  • Demonstrated training or professional experience with contract administration principles, policies, regulations, and procedures.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Deployment is contingent upon successful completion of training to receive the Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representatives (FAC-COR.) Existing FAC-COR Level II (or equivalent) or higher certification required.

  • Two (2) years of experience as a supervisor or manager.

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