Peace and Security Contract Specialist

Akima, LLC
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 29

Position description

Tuvli, LLC, an Akima Company, is an agile and innovative technology company aggressively pursuing a leadership in dynamic markets that support the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and federal civilian agencies.

We continually seek motivated people with professional skills and work experience in an extremely wide range of employment fields—from systems engineering and modernization, to IT and cyber security to support personnel for virtually every business operation for today’s military installations. We are a military friendly employer that strongly encourages veterans to bring their relevant experience and expertise on board. What unites us is a passion to deliver the very best value to every Tuvli customer every day we’re on the job.

U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDAN AF/USSESSS has a requirement for full-time support services of one AF/USSESSS Office Manager.



  • Regularly liaise with AQM/PM/RSA regarding process changes, procurement protocols, and data calls

  • Respond to information request and data calls as guided by the COR

  • Provide general coverage for contract matters at S/USSESSS

  • Organize meetings related to contract operations and personnel visits to DC

  • Utilize strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relations at all levels

  • Shall provide support services for the U.S Special Envoy’s Office’s security assistance portfolio in Sudan and South Sudan

  • The P/S Contract Specialist shall assist in the design and monitoring of programming related to security reform and DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration)

  • The P/S Contract Specialist shall be multi-faceted, self-reliant, and capable of appropriate professional conduct and performance under challenging conditions and close scrutiny by U.S. and foreign diplomats, military officials, and international audiences


Technical Duties:

  • Research and Prepare Independent Government Cost Estimates for logistics, training, advisory, and constructions services in Africa. Provide cost estimate data and briefings to other DoS personnel

  • Gather, organize, analyze, and compose technical/programmatic information for contract pre/post award management

  • With guidance from COR, prepare draft Statements of Work (SOW), Performance Work Statements (PWS), Scope changes or any other customer deliverables and documents to S-USSESSS/AQM specifications

  • Prepare contract modification documents, trackers, and financial data to assist COR in delivering timely contractual services

  • Conduct research on program specifications, technical terminology, cost models, and appropriate acquisition vehicles/contract types for specialized peace and security programs

  • Provide assistance to the Contract Officer’s Representative (COR) by reviewing invoices, handling funding requisitions and assisting with contract oversight duties

  • Develop and maintain program budgets and work breakdown structures

  • Evaluate cost proposals for accuracy, consistency and vendor submission compliance

  • Conduct cost analysis on program and procurement related

  • Prepare and document all Purchase Order (PR) checklist requirements and submit PR packet through internal databases and tracking systems (Ariba, GFMS, SharePoint, etc.)

  • Prepare program justifications, acquisition planning forms, source selection forms, etc.

  • Serves as a technical expert on contracts management processes, providing advice and guidance to resolve, implement, or manage issues that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach or methodology

  • Prepares summary statements for management's decisions. For example, plans, designs, and conducts analyses of agency contract-related procedures and internal controls to develop guidelines for grant processes where there are no precedents on sources to collect viable data

  • Acts as primary liaison with critical persons and groups both inside and outside of the agency; exercising full commitment authority. Supports and directs all levels of internal communication initiatives for a major agency organization such as a center or region

  • Ensures that an internal communication system exists across all organizational levels. Provides information and communications services, coordinating liaison activities in support of the program. Provides internal communications strategies and updates

  • Assist the COR with Technical Evaluation Panels

  • Author analytical policy aspects to enhance program decision-making within S/USSESSS, specifically in programming, security, and counterterrorism issues in Sudan, its Darfur region, and South Sudan

  • Perform analysis and initiate recommendations for policy, program and operational improvements as desirable to meet program and policy needs. In particular provide policy recommendations to the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan in the form of verbal and written briefings on how to engage in such areas as general next steps for peace processes and communications and engagement with armed movements in Sudan and/or South Sudan. Identify emerging issues in these fields in order to prepare a range of policy options and possible actions for consideration

  • Author analytical aspects of program design to enhance program decision-making within S/USSESSS, specifically in programming, security, and counterterrorism issues in Sudan, its Darfur region, and South Sudan

  • Develop, coordinate and provide program guidance on peace and security programs in Sudan/South Sudan while assisting with the development of programs for combating South Sudan’s critical security challenges

  • Monitor S/USSESSS security initiatives and programs in South Sudan and identify sensitive national issues which might impact current and planned assistance activities

  • Travel to Sudan and South Sudan to provide first-hand monitoring and evaluation of program activities to include traveling to remote sites in both countries to observe ongoing security assistance groups


  • Education: Minimum BS/BA, Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration preferred
  • 10 years of experience in government contracting
  • 2 years’ experience in DOD contracting or Security Sector Reform programs
  • Knowledge of current U.S. foreign policy objectives in Sudan and South Sudan
  • Previous experience working at Department of State, Department of Defense, USAID, other USG department
  • Proven knowledge of the FAR, JTR, and general contract policy
  • Ability to coordinate multiple actors’ and agencies’ priorities and programming
  • Ability to operate independently
  • Ability to draft and clear action and briefing memoranda, talking points, checklists, and other substantive material
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Ability to obtain a Secret clearance
  • Prior experience in Sudan and/or South Sudan strongly preferred
  • 5 years of program or project management experience preferred
  • Active Secret clearance required

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