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Contract Specialist

Washington, District of Columbia, United States
January 15, 2019

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Saulat Rehan

**** ****** *****, ******* ****, Apt. 2307

Norcross GA, 30093

Cell: +92-300-*******


●Contracting and Procurement professional with 20 years of experience, including ten years in U.S. government procurement.

●Expert in federal contract solicitation, award and administration from cradle to grave, in connection with the USAID Education, Health, Stabilization, Resilience and Humanitarian portfolios.

●Perceptive business adviser who finds solutions to acquisition challenges in coordination with other USG agencies, donors and international development partners.

●Effective manager who fosters teamwork, collaboration, and professionalism in the efficient delivery of U.S. government foreign assistance.


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), February 2010 – Present

Acquisition and Assistance Specialist

●Issued and completed seven full and open competitive procurement actions from start to finish in fulfillment of USAID’s development goals, including:

Citizens Voice Program ($45 million) under the Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy; waiver for local competition.

Political Party Development Program ($25 million), Full and Open RFA.

Health Systems Strengthening and Service Delivery ($44 million), Full and Open RFA.

Gender Equity Program ($40million) under the Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy; waiver for local competition.

●Skilled in all aspects of the contracting and procurement process in connection with procurement actions ranging from simple to highly complex including both fixed-price and cost-reimbursement contract types.

Issued Requests for Proposals (RFPs) with option years.

Pre-award and post-award acquisition support services, including researching, analyzing, and reviewing applicable regulations, policies, procurement instruments (e.g., modifications, orders, etc.), cooperative agreements and grants.

Provided support to the Contracting Officer in the development and preparation of Scopes of Work (SOW), technical evaluation factors, performance plans, acquisition planning, IGCEs, etc.

Responded to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and contractor protests. Analyzed and applied FAR rules as appropriate.

Experience with the Global Acquisition and Assistance Systems GLAAS (PRISM).

Developed A&A procurement plans in collaboration with technical teams requiring one or more implementation mechanisms. Prepared modifications and Contractor Performance Assessment Reports (CPARS). Completed all contract awards within the established Procurement Administrative Lead-Times (PALT). Supported the Contracting Officer in source selection; negotiated and prepared procurement documents for a wide range of acquisition and assistance awards.

●Skilled in grant processing and administration.

Processed and administered grants to Public International Organizations, such as the World Bank for water and sanitation and the World Food Program for livelihood support to internally displaced persons in conflict areas.

Negotiated and processed grants to UNDP to provide support to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in conducting free and fair elections for Pakistan’s 2013 general elections. This grant helped the ECP in initiating election reforms and strengthened the Pakistani government’s ability to conduct credible, inclusive and transparent elections, a high priority for the USG and a major focus of USAID/Pakistan’s elections programing.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), July –August 2018

Management Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA), Washington DC

Contract Specialist

I was selected on USAID Fellowship Program in USAID/Washington. I worked here as Contract Specialist in the Bureau of Education, Economic Growth and Environment (E3) for a period of six weeks. I supported the Office of Land and Urban, Education, Office of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, Planning, Learning and Coordination under the E3 bureau. Worked on Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts and task orders.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), November 2007 – February 2010

Human Resources Assistant

●Responsible for issuing solicitations and drafting Personal Service Contracts (PSCs) and modifications.

●Administered the recruitment process for locally hired contract employees, including preparation of vacancy announcements, advertising, shortlisting applicants, and arranging interviews. Administered appropriate pre-employment job skills testing. Served as the training coordinator for the staff; coordinated job-related training, both locally and internationally.

Department of State, July 2005 – November 2007

Human Resources Assistant/ Training Coordinator

●As Training Coordinator, developed the Mission's professional training requirements.

●Planned and implemented the training schedule, including conducting in-house classes and seminars and coordinating outside seminars. Arranged training for employees from a variety of sources, including regional hubs, local institutions, and on-line training. Coordinated funding for training activities.

●Coordinated with USG Regional Training Centers to export certain courses for in-house training, including communication skills workshops, and management and leadership courses.

U.S. Mission Local Staff Provident Fund, August 1998 – July 2005


●Managed the U.S. Mission’s local employees Provident Fund (PF). Responsible for all administrative, accounting, reporting and financial analysis of the Fund’s accounts, valued at PKR 200 million (approximately $16.25 million).

●Provided investment guidance to the Fund’s Board of Trustees. Closely coordinated with brokers and investment companies to obtain information regarding maximum yield investment options.

●Prepared bank reconciliations, schedules of withdrawals, schedule of loans, and details of all investments, including maturity date. Independently closed out the financial year and released financial statements for external audits. Distributed annual account statements to all members and assisted them in completing forms for enrollment, loans, and separation payments.


●Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Punjab

●Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Punjab

●FAC-C Level I Certified, 2013; Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI), USA

●FAC-C Level II Certified, 2015; Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI), USA


●Three Honor awards from the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan

●Various cash awards from the Mission Director of USAID Pakistan

●Certificate of Appreciation from the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Mission Local Staff Provident Fund

●Consistent “Commendable” and “Exceptional” performance evaluation reports at the U.S Embassy in Pakistan

References available on request.

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