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Contract Specialist

Job Overview


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

This position is located in Vicenza, Italy. Vicenza is situated midway between Venice and Verona, 45 minutes driving in either direction. It is less than 3 hours drive from Florence, Milan, and to the borders of Austria and Germany. Vicenza is a medium sized community with excellent infrastructure support, (DoDDS, Housing, etc). The climate is temperate with availability of a wide variety of outdoor activities in the nearby mountains (Dolomites) and beaches (Adriatic Sea). For additional information please visit http://www.usag.vicenza.army.mil/..

Who May Apply:

Only applicants WORLDWIDE who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.


Incumbent serves as the Operations Officer receiving broad guidance from the Contract Support Plans & Operations (CSPO) Chief in the form of general policy and overall program guidance, with broadly defined missions and/or objectives. Guidance may outline potential time and budgetary constraints. As a senior specialist provides consultation and guidance to lower grade contract specialists, management officials within the AFRICOM AOR and managers and/or customer officials at various OCONUS locations. Serves as the key assistant to the CSPO Chief and Deputy for Operations, with full responsibility to provide day-to-day oversight and staff supervision over actions relating to the operation of the readiness and operations. Prepares and presents briefings on the AMC operational footprint within AFRICOM AOR and status with respect to a variety of planning, operations and logistics functions (i.e. logistics assistance, Training, Mobilization, Program Management, etc.). Plans work on a long-range basis; sets goals and objectives; establishes overall priorities and functional responsibilities. Serves as technical advisor to the Command's senior level staff and subordinate commands on CSPO policies, programs, and procedures with respect to readiness, operations and mobilization contingency contracting. Displays subject matter expertise on contractors on the battlefield operations, responsible for major Command implementation of the synchronized pre-deployment and operational tracker (SPOT). Serves also as the Contingency Contracting Program Manager and is responsible for the Brigades (CSB) planning and operations. Serves as consultant/expert and point of contact for the Commander, subordinate, lateral and higher authorities regarding assigned responsibilities. Prepares, coordinates, authenticates, publishes, and distributes command Operational Plans (OPLAN), Operational Orders (OPORD), Fragmentary Orders (FRAGO), and Warning Orders (WARNO). Review plans and orders of subordinate units by synchronizing operations with staff and subordinate units. Coordinates Operational activities with the CSB Commanders. Supports Army in the field operations worldwide during peace, contingency, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and operations other than war (OOTW). Reviews and evaluates program execution to include directing of corrective actions when appropriate. Exercises significant responsibilities in dealing with officials of other organizations and in advising management officials of higher rank.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • TDY up to 20% of the time

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are authorized

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

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