Contract Oversight Specialist

Website Miami-Dade County Office of the Inspector General

Nature of Work
Professionals in this position provide general observation, oversight, and analysis of various aspects of the governmental contracting process, including bid process, evaluation, negotiations, and contract implementation, including design and construction.  Primary objectives are: to ensure transparency; that tax dollars are spent efficiently, effectively and wisely; and that decision-makers’ actions are fair, objective, honest, and, most importantly, without bias or prejudice.  Contract Oversight Specialists notify the Inspector General of any detections of suspected conflict of interest, fraud, waste, or abuse, which may warrant further investigation or audit.  The work activity of OIG Contract Oversight Specialists is performed in accordance with the Association of Inspectors General’s Principles and Standards for Office of Inspector General, Quality Standards for Inspections, Evaluations, and Reviews.

Illustrative Tasks

  • Ensures that proposed negotiated terms of contract are consistent with the bid or request requirements.
  • Performs independent performance analysis of proposed contracts.
  • Performs complex financial and/or statistical analyses of proposed contracts and interprets results.
  • Attends meetings to observe process and interviews project staff to obtain information relative to contract oversight.
  • Researches project issues or areas of concern.
  • Reviews proposed contracts to determine efficiency and/or cost effectiveness.
  • Performs an independent evaluation of internal procedures, controls and contract management to determine the adequacy, effectiveness and sufficiency to validate and verify that all work being performed is within the scope of the contract and that the County has received all required contract deliverables.
  • Observes activities at project sites to evaluate the operations against defined objectives.
  • Reviews the processes for initiating and issuing contract modifications.
  • Maintains current knowledge of design, engineering, construction and construction management principles.
  • Acts in a quality assurance capacity to ensure that departmental staff is providing quality control.
  • Briefs supervisory personnel on assignment status, presents preliminary findings, evaluates effectiveness of the assignment work program, and suggests changes to the assignment’s plan, scope, or objectives based on an evaluation of current data and any preliminary findings.
  • Writes reports and memoranda to document and present observations, findings, and recommendations.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

Working knowledge of governmental contracting practices, financial principles, construction management, design principles, and/or government operations.  Excellent computer skills including word processing applications, spreadsheet applications and internet research skills.  Ability to organize and maintain large volumes of documents.  The professional in this position must be highly observant, possess reasoned and sound professional judgment, exercise poise and tact, work well with others, and have considerable written and oral communication skills.

  • Minimum Qualifications
    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Accounting, Business Management, Finance, Public Administration, Construction Management Engineering, Architecture, or related field.
  • Eight years of progressive experience in administrative, operational, or managerial functions; or experience in investigations or auditing or public entities, programs, and contracts, or a combination thereof.
  • Master’s Degree in a related field or Juris Doctorate may substitute for four years of professional experience.
  • Professional designations, such as Professional Engineer, Registered Architect, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), preferred.

Salary — Commensurate with experience. To be determined by the Inspector General.


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