Management Sciences for Health

Contracts Officer

Job ID
US- Arlington, VA or Medford, MA
# of Positions
AtlasM (Atlas Management)
A000 - None Specified
Reports To
Director, Shared Project Services


The Contracts Officer (CO) provides contract compliance, management and administration support services to assigned Country and Project portfolios.  Activities include monitoring and reporting compliance with contract terms and conditions, contract negotiation and management, subcontract administration and supporting proposal submissions.  In addition, the CO provides training to project and support staff in contracts compliance, various donor regulations, and MSH policies and Standard Operating Procedures.  The CO is aware of, adheres to, and educates staff on the MSH Code of Business Ethics and Conduct in all activities.  International and domestic travel is required.

Specific Responsibilities

Subaward Administration (60%)

  • Assist project teams in the preparation of subaward solicitation documents, and assist in management of the solicitation process when required.
  • Review preaward survey results, and assist to create the compliance monitoring plan
  • After completion of the delegation process, develop, negotiate and sign subawards and modifications, including determining any special conditions based on the risk analysis.
  • Develop amendments to subawards in accordance with regulatory changes, changes mandated by the project reductions or increases to the SOW.
  • Perform integrity checks for subaward budgets for increase or decrease in scope of work and internal purpose and/or end of project pipeline budgets
  • Educate subawardees on donor regulations, monitor compliance with the terms and conditions of the subaward, perform spot checks and provide follow up training as necessary.
  • Review and approve subaward invoices for assigned projects, coordinate with the project FP&A lead as required.
  • Review provisional and indirect cost rate adjustments and reconciliation for subcontract invoices as needed.
  • Assist in training of project staff in subaward compliance related topics as assigned or needed
  • Facilitate subawardee indirect rate approvals by Deputy CFO or designee
  • Maintain electronic and hardcopy files to demonstrate compliance for projects in portfolio
  • Document subawardee monitoring in accordance with the subawardee monitoring plan.
  • After completion of the MSH certification and delegation process, determine daily rates of compensation for consultants proposed for work on assigned projects.


General (10%)

  • Manage the compliance and implementation processes from award through close-out of a multi-country and multi-project portfolio of contractual agreements (Contracts, Cooperative Agreements, Grants) and sub-awards to those agreements in support of project teams.
  • Actively identify and provide guidance to project and support staff on operational solutions or approaches available to be compliant with donor (USAID or other), MSH or national policies and regulations.
  • Facilitate the additional communication or review required with the appropriate compliance oversight offices in headquarters as needed to ensure timely resolution of compliance concerns.

Award Administration (10%)

  • Ensure compliance with the award (Contract, Cooperative Agreement, Grant) and any subagreement (Task Orders, subcontracts, subawards) terms and conditions, and the management of the project subcontractor process. 
  • Working in close coordination with the Project Director or Deputy Director, communicate with the USAID Contracts Officer in the management of the contract. 
  • Establish and maintain a positive working relationship with USAID and Project staff, ensuring a client-service approach. 
  • Assist program and finance staff in formulating Project response to USAID requests and identifying issues that require prior approval to be inserted into the response/submission. 
  • Coordinate with and provide support to the project team which monitors contract deliverables and performance; develop and administer subcontracts and consultant contracts; and collaborate with the procurement and freight forwarding units to complete vendor agreements for procurements. 
  • Disseminate contract information and interpret contract terms and regulations, advise and guide staff during negotiations, in collaboration with other technical units as appropriate. 
  • Review and update Project policies and procedures to ensure compliance with up-to-date USAID regulations, in collaboration with other technical units as appropriate. 
  • Serve as an on-call resource for the project regarding contractual issues as well as monitor and disseminate USAID regulatory and contractual updates. 

Support to Proposals (5%)

  • Lead and coordinate cost and business proposal support to proposals, including participation in Business Development planning meetings on the proposal schedule and timeline as required. 
  • Responsible for review of procurement documents for contractual ‘red flags’ (including any lead contracts, e.g., IQC for task order, LWA for associate awards) (examples include eligibility, staffing restrictions or approvals, construction, GUC, overhead caps, unallowable costs, etc.)
  • Responsible for final review and sign-off of the final budget prior to submission.  Obtain Technical Strategy Lead signoff on final budget.
  • Propose cost strategy to the Chief Finance Officer and Director of CPU (MSH Cost Proposal Unit) for approval of cost strategy that may include: fee ceilings, overhead ceilings; cost sharing, etc.
  • Correspond with specific collaborating partners on questions related to the proposal including drafting Teaming Agreements, Memorandum of Understanding etc.
  • Finalize pending cost proposal with donors and negotiate terms and conditions of resultant award as applicable.

Compliance Support (5%)

  • Perform integrity checks for subaward budgets for increase or decrease in scope of work and internal purpose and/or end of project pipeline budgets.
  • Provide desk reviews and guidance to support teams on compliance with USAID and MSH regulations and policies on COMU systems and documentation (inventory management, procurement, Administration) as required.
  • Perform on-site compliance checks in all offices within assigned portfolio.

Research & Documentation (5%)

  • Research, and document Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), and 2 CFR 200, and maintain documentation and files for reference. In addition perform research, and prepare written responses to questions posed by internal stakeholders (for example: allowable costs, compliance with regulations, etc.
  • In coordination with the appropriate compliance offices in headquarters, prepare initial responses to internal and external audit questions. Final responses to external audit questions must be submitted to the MSH CFO for review and submission.

Training (5%)

  • Provide direct training (on location and virtual) in compliance requirements, administration and review as required by project and support staff.
  • Provide a summary presentation of award requirements and regulations (“Contracts Readings”) to project staff at the beginning of each project, and periodically as required.
  • Identify training needs of support staff based on desk reviews of compliance functions, and provide training to mitigate concerns.
  • Actively maintain professional competency levels through research on changes in donor, MSH, and national regulations, and provide updates and training to project counterparts on key issues.
  • Attend Corporate Contract Office staff meetings (virtual), and present on assigned topics as required.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, financial management, internal audit, accounting, or other relevant discipline; contracts management certification (i.e., CFCM, CPCM or CCCM), or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience managing contracts compliance in organizations of similar scale as MSH required.
  • Demonstrated success in contract management and support in challenging compliance environments.
  • Experience working for international organizations with US Government funding strongly preferred.
  • Prior work experience with non-USG foundations and other donors a plus.
  • Knowledge of MSH policies and procedures is preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of US Government procurement processes, contracting procedures, regulations, policies (i.e. FAR, CFR, OMB Circulars).
  • Strong analytical and computer skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse, staff, clients and consultants.
  • Knowledge of effective management practices that lead to reliable internal controls and compliance with donor regulations, local laws and USAID policies and procedures required.
  • Fluency in English required. Professional Proficiency in additional languages (French, Portuguese, Spanish) is a plus.


  • Ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Ability to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities with attention to detail.
  • Ability to graphically and textually depict data in order to make recommendations to management.
  • Ability to adapt to new and/or unplanned situations to meet the dynamic needs of the organization.


Travel Requirements: Ability to travel up to 30% of the time

Keyboard use, Pulling drawers, Lifting papers <10lbs

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

Director, Shared Project Services
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