San Juan, PR

Posted: 02/07/2017 Employment Type: Full Time/Contract Job Number: 9439415
The Federal Transit Administration has a requirement for onsite contractor furnished " engineering support for the new FTA satellite office located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This new office falls under the FTA Region IV office located in Atlanta, GA headed by a Regional Administrator. FTA Region IV's responsibilities covers the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
C.2.1 The contractor shall furnish the service(s) of one (1) Engineer who shall work alongside and provide onsite " technical assistance to the resident Government Employee. The contractor furnished employee will receive broad work directions from the resident government official and all work assignments shall be coordinated through the Contracting Officer Representative (COR). Other than providing technical direction to the contractor personnel, the government shall not exercise any supervision or control over the contractor personnel performing the services. The Contractor personnel shall be accountable solely to the Contractor who is in turn responsible to the Government.
C.2.2. The contractor will be paid for services performed based on the hourly rates as submitted and negotiated with respect to the contractor's current GSA schedule. The number of hours paid by the Government will not include an allotted 1/2 hour for lunch for workdays exceeding 6-hours per day. The contractor furnished person shall be proficient in and able to understand and communicate (orally and in writing) in both English and Spanish.

The contractor furnished individual shall have specialized knowledge and experience in passenger rail or related transportation modes for the nine elements shown below:
o Engineering design management
o Project planning management
o Construction management
o Public outreach management
o Federal grant management process
o Regulatory and compliance experience
o Project oversight services
o FTA's procurement requirements
o FTA's Financial Management requirements; and-
o Be proficient in computer use
Minimum 10 years of management experience in Project Planning, Engineering and Construction of a major capital project including at least 5 years of project management oversight in passenger rail or related modes
Must have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Engineering or related field
Licensure as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) is desirable, but not required
Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is desirable but not required.
C.6.3. Specific Tasks/Major Duties and Responsibilities:
C.6.3.1 The Contractor furnished individual shall serve within the FTA Regional Office performing Transportation Engineering duties as a Project Management technical expert for all matters involving FTA grant administration issues. The position's primary mission is to provide oversight, technical expertise, assistance, and coordination in support of FTA's oversight duties/responsibilities including but not limited to:
Providing support to the FTA program manager with engineering advice and guidance assisting in the implementation and completion of FTA capital, projects and grants that result in efficient, effective, safe, dependable, and maintainable mass transit systems. This includes:
Pre-award support: Conduct on-site visit during the grant development stage. The contractor shall identify when the Grantee's actual and stated needs are in conflict and assure timely intervention when there are indications that the proposed project will not satisfy the Grantee's actual needs. The contractor shall also assist in the analysis of completeness and accuracy of cost estimates, and adequacy of project schedule.
Post- award support: Conducts inspection of projects during construction: Assists in project management activities including contract review, invoice review, and adherence to grant terms. Provides engineering advice and guidance to grantees on approved projects. Analyzes problems that arise during the development and management of projects and helps formulate practical solutions that are often adopted as general engineering practice. Also assist the FTA program manager in organizing quarterly review meetings with selected grantees including developing agenda and assisting with technical expertise.
Operations support: the contractor will conduct monitoring visits during project operations. Duties include conduct analysis of complex problems including special studies, as directed. Review and evaluate if the Grantee is adequately performing required preventive maintenance activities for its FTA funded projects.
Provide support in review and evaluation of the Grantee's management, organization, and project definition data to assist the FTA in determining the technical capacity and capability of the Grantee, to efficiently and effectively implement proposed and current Federal projects. This includes:
o The assessment shall include, but not be limited to key Grantee personnel and Grantee consultant personnel interviews, review of the Grantee's organization, policies, procedures and line of authority (including succession planning), as well as a review of Grantee's consultants and Contractors, and how these consultants are being integrated into the Grantee's organization without conflict of interest.
o If, in the opinion of the contractor, the Grantee does not possess the technical capacity and/or capability to carry out the proposed project, the contractor may be required to make written recommendations to correct the deficiencies identified.
Provide support to grantees in understanding and compliance of FTA's programs, objectives policies and requirements. This includes:
o Gathering and analyzing FTA oversight review (e.G. Triennial review, state management reviews, etc.) findings responses to reach full compliance.
o Assist FTA in overseeing Grantees' procurement of rolling stock, services and equipment to help achieve FTA's procurement requirements.
Review and evaluate if the Grantee is adequately performing required safety and security management activities for its FTA funded projects.
Review and evaluate grantees' Fleet Management plans: The contractor shall evaluate the extent to which the Grantee has met the requirement to have a Fleet Management Plan, as well as the Grantee's ability to carry out the Plan. The contractor will first examine whether all of the required factors have been included in the Plan, and then provide opinions on whether the Plan is: (1) feasible, based on the resources immediately available to the Grantee, (2) sustainable, based on the long term infrastructure and resources anticipated to be available to the Grantee, and (3) comprehensive, based on its consideration of the required factors to properly maintain and operate the new or refurbished vehicles contemplated. The contractor may be asked to share its knowledge of fleet management practices with the Grantee and serve as a resource by lending its experience and knowledge of other plans that exhibit " best practices in the industry. FTA may require the contractor to conduct on-site inspections of equipment, related facilities, data, documentation, or records to evaluate the Grantee's effectiveness in implementing the Fleet Management Plan in conformance with the grant agreement, sound operating or engineering practices, or other statutory and administrative requirements. Inspection visits may be made, for example, to follow up on information received from the Grantee about an event with significant impact on the project.

Security and Verification of Contractor Employee
As indicated in the contract's terms and conditions, contractor personnel must undergo and pass a Government " Public Trust security background investigation prior to assignment on the contract. .

Place of Performance:
The required services are to be performed in accordance with the statement of work on site at the FTA San Juan Metropolitan Office, 350 Avenue Carlos Chardon, San Juan, PR 00918.

Travel will be in accordance with the Government's Joint Travel Regulations and must be approved in advance by the COR. Mileage expenses to attend meetings locally in the performance of his/her duties will be reimbursed. Travel to Atlanta to participate in meetings with FTA will be eligible for reimbursement based upon prior approval by the Government's COR.

Period of Performance. The period of performance under this contract will be for an estimated 12 months and 4 one year option, if exercised, as follows except when it is determined to not be in the best interest of the Government. The resultant contract contains the appropriate FAR Option clauses.

Please provide resume and annual salary requirements no later than 2-28-17, close of business

Amanda Krape

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