Advisory Assistance

Provides appropriate guidance, feedback and resources.

Key Behaviors
  • Advises managers and program staff on appropriate acquisition actions such as record of call, Federal Supply Schedule, GSA fedstrips, credit cards, purchase orders and contracts, and explains documentation requirements.
  • Provides advice to managers on appropriate acquisition action necessary to obtain contract workers.
  • Explains documentation and policy requirements and limitations to managers.
  • Assists managers in preparing justifications for sole source and exemption from using mandatory sources, and for emergency orders and statements of work.
  • Develops specifications for the use in soliciting goods and services.
  • Evaluates the qualifications of vendors/suppliers.
  • Provides guidance through the review, negotiation and evaluation of bids and the proposal process.
  • Seeks information to understand problems, expectations, and needs of clients in assigned area.
  • Provides accurate and timely guidance.
  • Provides resolution-based information when identifying problems and recommending solutions.
  • Supports leadership and staff by planning, preparing, organizing and managing information and materials.
  • Facilitates submissions of required documentation and in the appropriate format.
  • Serves as an advisor and resource to improve process, designs, functionality and management.

Developmental opportunities for this competency are available from the NIH Training Center.