Program Procurement Agent - US Embassy

The US Embassy is seeking an individual for the position of Program Procurement Agent at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This is a full-time Personal Services Contract position.


Reporting to the Deputy Executive Officer, the procurement agent manages the entire procurement process for all USAID/Tanzania procurements and performs a full range of operating expenses and program support procurements for commodities and services through various procurement channels available under the Simplified Acquisition Rules and the Commercial Act. Tools can include but is not limited to; purchase orders, blanket purchase orders, credit card purchase orders, petty cash purchases, and negotiated contracts.

S/He oversees and performs the design, negotiation, procurement, post-award administration, monitoring and closeout of contracts. The incumbent procures both nonexpendable and expendable property. The incumbent assists in the preparation of the yearly Mission operating and program procurement plan, and serves as one of the resident experts for the Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS) direct staff using this system on the proper usage and monitor pending entries to ensure timely processes.

The incumbent also performs sub-cashiering duties and maintains a petty cash fund of assigned TZS amounts as may be revised from time to time.


Procurement Management:

The incumbent implements all procurement actions undertaken in the Executive Office. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

A. Pre-Awards

    Procurement Planning: Works closely with Mission staff in the planning stage of each procurement action by developing a procurement plan annually with input from all USAID/Tanzania offices on their requirements, working with the Executive Office Management team and the Financial Management Office staff to determine funds availability, documents justifications, and prioritizes requests. The incumbent obtains approvals for the procurement plan and manages it in its entirety ensuring that all purchases are made within the designated fiscal year.
    Procurement Reviews: Incumbent reviews and analyses commodity/service procurement requests generated within the Mission and completeness and preciseness in terms of specifications, scope of works taking into consideration time, cost, quality and other factors to permit maximum price competition while assuring the various AID requirements as addressed in the Simplified Acquisition Procedures are met. After a detailed review of the requested items to determine economical, workable solutions, the incumbent thoroughly documents the requirement with the requestor in a manner that ensures that suppliers understand the requirement in order to provide USAID with a comprehensive and proper bid that fully satisfies the request. This includes reviewing all bids and preparing a summary analysis (abstract of quotations), recommending best and final offer, considering price, bidder’s capabilities and past-performance. If necessary, conducts prices and other factors’ negotiation to the best interest of the US Government. S/he also conducts a market surveys which include consulting manufacturers’ catalogues and searching the Internet.
    Procurement methods/instruments: Recommends the most advantageous procurement methods in terms of reliability, cost and lead time for particular commodities, group of commodities or services then, initiates formal/informal advertisements through requests for quotation, invitation for bid or, consults catalogs, source lists or vendor websites to determine best price. In this capacity, incumbent solicits all procurements in accordance with the myriad of USG procurement regulations to promote competition and provide the USG the best value by following prescribed procedures in handling procurements including: preparing contract files; contacting vendors for quotes; preparing memorandums of negotiation; and sending copies of purchase orders to vendors and relevant staff. The incumbent acts under minimal supervision in negotiating most procurement actions.

B. Awards

    Procurement Actions documentation: Prepares negotiation memorandums (Neg Memos) and purchase orders, and submits them to the Deputy Executive Officer for final approval. In this role, incumbent is responsible for managing the entire procurement cycle including processing all invoices for accuracy of payment, following up with vendors in instances of late delivery. S/he directs final orders to suppliers and requests prompt acknowledgement of receipt which will constitute the official binding agreement between AID and Suppliers/Contractors and follows-up until confirmation of receipt. Upon receipt of all proper documentation, incumbent prepares vouchers for payment and circulates for authorizations and approvals.
    Purchase Card Management: The incumbent is a Government Purchase Card holder. S/he will make credit card purchases under the micro-purchase threshold (currently $3,000) when in the best interest of the USG. In this capacity, s/he makes micro-purchases using Mission GSA purchase card (SmartPay) in compliance with all applicable Federal and USAID agency regulations, controls, and approval requirements. These may include course registration for USAID/Tanzanian staff members.
    Blanket Purchase Agreements: The incumbent makes recommendations for establishing Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) then prepares, tracks, and maintains all BPAs with vendors. S/he also modifies purchase orders using procedures for other than full and open competition (FAR 6302) to reflect accurate description of items/scope of work, delivery date/performance period method of shipment, price increase or decrease etc.

C. Post-Awards

    Records and Monitors the procurement process in order to allow for complete and accurate viewing of the flow of procurement information from the acquisition stage to close-out. This includes resolutions of outstanding issues noted in the acquisition and closeout processes.
    Initiates the Customs Exemption requests for goods through the GSO/Shipping to allow for smooth and prompt customs clearances process of incoming shipments. In the meantime, traces and/or follows-up with Suppliers/USDA shipping details such as vessels/flight number, OB/L and AWB number until confirmation of Actual Date of Arrival.
    Undertakes the Sales Tax Exemption requests for all types of local procurements of goods and services.
    Coordinates with GSO/Shipping agents on customs clearances and deliveries to the GSO/Warehouse Keeper until issuance of Receiving and Inspection Reports.
    Files insurance claims against the shipping liner for any pilferage, lost or damaged goods during shipment, and takes all necessary actions until satisfaction.
    Initiates close-out actions based on final deliveries, performance and payments of goods/services ordered. S/he works closely with Financial Management Office (FMO) to ensure proper and timely close-out of all procurement files.
    Assists the FM Office in their pipeline review of Operating Expense procurements to finalize unliquidated obligations by reviewing, advising or providing comments regarding the final closeouts and/or the need to carry over the unliquidated obligations.

D. Other Relevant Duties

    The incumbent enters procurements in the electronic procurement system, currently the Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS). S/he tracks entries made by other offices to ensure processing continues in a timely manner, and assists others to properly enter information in GLAAS.
    The incumbent oversees the in-house automated procurement system and processes requests, ensuring that they are processed efficiently and properly to prevent funds control violations.
    The incumbent is responsible for filing procurement documents, correspondence, scanning all procurement documentations into the Agency Secure Image and Storage Tracking System (ASIST) in accordance with the established filing procurement procedures. S/he is responsible for ensuring that vital records are updated and providing the reports to the Correspondence and Records Management Clerk.
    The incumbent keeps aware of market conditions, including price and availability, of important commodities and services, and maintains contacts with officials of local supplier firms to facilitate resolving procurement problems. Prepares correspondence and reports relative to procurement function.
    The incumbent is directly responsible for ensuring that the equipment is properly maintained and has the authority and responsibility for arranging service.

Executive Office Sub-Cashier:

Petty Cash: Incumbent makes petty cash payments for micro-purchases within emergency situations arising in the Mission. He/She is responsible for maintaining accounting and control safeguards for all transactions for a petty cash fund of TZS. In this capacity, incumbent prepares and submits cash liquidation/replenishment vouchers to the Embassy’s Principal Class B Cashier, in a timely manner to ensure the appropriate amount of cash is on–hand at all times. S/he also collects, receives payments for personal use of official vehicles, phones and fax and pays them to the Embassy’s cashier.


All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

Education: A completion of a four years Bachelor Degree in one of the following fields: Business Management, Marketing, Accounting, Supply Management or any other purchasing and procurement related field is required.

Prior Work Experience: Four years of progressively responsible experience in procurement is required. At least one year experience in procurement with a US Government (USG) or International organization is required.

Language Proficiency : Level IV in both English and Kiswahili (fluent) is required. At Level IV, an employee is required to possess a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken and English, including the ability to translate Kiswahili into precise and correct English, and English into Kiswahili is required. On occasion, an employee at this level might be expected to act as an impromptu interpreter is required.

Job Knowledge: The incumbent must have comprehensive knowledge of procurement regulations including simplified acquisition and the commercial act, procedures, instructions and contracting procedures and practices. Shipping instructions and procedures are required. The incumbent must possess excellent knowledge of the local market practices together with the capability and reliability of local suppliers. The incumbent must understand local pricing customs and a practice is required.

Skills and Abilities: The incumbent must demonstrate excellent negotiating skills and ability to inspire confidence. The incumbent must demonstrate excellent tact and diplomacy skills, interpersonal skills, and maintain effective working relationship inside and outside the USAID/Tanzania Mission and the State Department. The incumbent must demonstrate a high level of accuracy, attention to details, punctuality, excellent multitasking skills, time management and excellent ability to operate under pressure. The incumbent must demonstrate excellent analytical skills needed to analyze options, select best practices and perform tasks. The incumbent must be able to track budget expenses, conduct market surveys, and demonstrate knowledge about manufacturing methods and procedures. The incumbent must maintain good working relationships with various vendors; have excellent customer service standards and operative in a high functioning team. The incumbent must demonstrate a high level of professionalism in attitude and appearance as s/he will represent the United States Government when dealing and meeting with vendors and service providers. The incumbent must have demonstrated excellent time management skills to ensure total work objectives for section are attained. The incumbent must demonstrate proficiency in the entire MS Office application suite (Work, Excel, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint) is required.


When fully qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and US Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.


1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.


Interested candidates for this position must submit the following for consideration of the application:

Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174). A hard copy of the application form (DS-174) is also available at the American Embassy, gate 3; or

A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1 -24 of the UAE along with a listing of the applicant’s work experience attached as a separate sheet; or

A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information found on the UAE (see section 3A below for more information); plus

Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application. Candidates who claim conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

If an applicant is submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, s/he must provide the following information equal to what is found on the UAE.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.
    A. Position Title
    B. Position Grade
    C. Vacancy Announcement Number (if known)
    D. Dates Available for Work
    E. First, Middle, & Last Names as well as any other names used
    F. Date and Place of Birth
    G. Current Address, Day, Evening, and Cell phone numbers
    H. U.S. Citizenship Status (Yes or No) & status of permanent U.S. Resident (Yes or No; if yes, provide number)
    I. U.S. Social Security Number and/or Identification Number
    J. Eligibility to work in the country (Yes or No)
    K. Special Accommodations the Mission needs to provide
    L. If applying for position that includes driving a U.S. Government vehicle, Driver’s License Class / Type
    M. Days available to work
    N. List any relatives or members of your household that work for the U.S. Government (include their Name, Relationship, & Agency, Position, Location)
    O. U.S. Eligible Family Member and Veterans Hiring Preference
    P. Education
    Q. License, Skills, Training, Membership, & Recognition
    R. Language Skills
    S. Work Experience
    T. References


American Embassy
Human Resources Office
P.O. Box 9123
Dar es Salaam


Telephone: 229 4000 , Ext: 4137/4148/4233/4024
Fax: 2294971 or 2294970

The US Mission in Tanzania provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

Only the shortlisted Candidates will be contacted