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Jeffery D. Bell

Jeffery Bell, Vice-President Claro KC, is a retired (2010) USAID Contracting and Agreement Officer with twenty years working directly with USAID in Washington and USAID Missions overseas, and twenty five years overall experience in federal acquisition and assistance positions. His USAID experience includes the positions of Mission Director, Deputy Mission Director and former Deputy Director for Operations of USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA); in addition to assignments overseas in the capacity of Contracting and Agreement Officer. Since retiring from USAID in 2010, Mr. Bell has provided acquisition and assistance consultant services and is a Senior Trainer for USAID’s Agreement and Contracting Officer Representative (AOR/COR) and Enhanced AOR/COR courses for USAID employees.

Experience

Vice-President, Claro KC, Pompano Beach, Florida (Jan 2013 – Present) – Lead Claro KC’s global client engagement with USAID Missions and international development implementing partners in managing the provision of technical assistance and training support and serve as Project Manager for Claro KC’s institutional manpower subcontract award for worldwide procurement support services to USAID’s Global Health Bureau and USAID Missions worldwide.  Activities include logistic arrangements, recruitment, payroll administration, deliverable deadlines, contract compliance and reporting.  Oversee and deploy Claro KC’s talent pool to support the provision of technical assistance and specialized manpower as requested by USAID and other Claro KC clients.  Through the use of strong interpersonal skills employed, Mr. Bell is responsible to ensure Claro KC continually recruits to maintain and expand a talent pool that currently of twenty professionals skilled and experienced in providing consultant services for direct acquisition and assistance support personnel, programming support to Assistance and Contracting Officer Representatives (AOR/CORs), accredited compliance training courses, cost/pricing analyses, capacity development and procurement strategy development.  Claro KC has an average yearly revenue of $1.5 million since its inception.

Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) Lead Trainer (Consultant), RTI/Allegro Global Procurement Solutions, Washington DC (Jan 2010 – Present) – Serve as subject matter expert (SME) facilitating training courses for Contracting Officer and Agreement Officer Representatives (CORs/AORs) for USAID.  Courses focus on USAID-specific procurement guidelines as they relate to COR/AOR duties under acquisition and assistance (A&A) instruments and the developmental impacts of A&A decisions.  Training employs use of advance verbal communication skills and serves as an essential element advancing core business competencies of newly employed USAID staff to be become eligible for appointment as a USAID COR/AOR.

Senior Grant Specialist (Consultant) USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Washington, DC (July – October 2011) –  Provided advanced level “surge” support to USAID/OFDA’s Grants Management Unit (GMU).  Duties included technical advice and professional input to OFDA’s senior leadership related to terms of reference for negotiations with USAID implementing partners, including U.S., non-U.S. and international entities.  Programs included emergency and disaster related responses to support US government foreign policy objectives.  Assistance awards often required the inclusion of special award conditions and waiver applications to work in areas of conflict and strife, with limited or no U.S government presence.   Led coordination and liaison efforts between USAID technical experts and legal staff and appropriate officials of potential USAID implementation partners to facilitate the expeditious conclusion of negotiations required by the USAID Grant Officer for award execution.

Acting Director (Personal Services Contractor USPSC), USAID/Colombia, Office of Consolidation, Livelihoods and Environment (CLE), U.S. Embassy, Bogotá, Colombia (October 2010 – May 2011) – As a senior member of the USAID staff, provided strategic leadership to the Mission Director and members of the Embassy’s Country Team in support of a $200 million program focused primarily on activities designed to assist the Government of Colombia (GOC) re-establish a state presence in zones of conflict that have been cleansed of armed combatants.  Management responsibilities included supervision of local US and Colombian staff, oversight responsibilities of both acquisition and assistance implementing partners and extensive engagement with USG officials within and with Colombian officials at the federal and local level.

Mission Director, USAID/Brazil, U.S. Embassy, Brasilia, Brazil (January 2008 – May 2010).

Mr. Bell provided overall management and leadership of USAID/Brazil, with an annual budget of $25 million and 35 professional staff. He represented USAID within the U.S. Mission and with the Government of Brazil at all levels with regards to development issues. He provided overall leadership on development strategy and implementation of programs focused on environment and health. Mr. Bell served as the U.S. Mission’s overall development advisor, including for public diplomacy outreach document preparation and oversaw the recruitment, training and career development of local and US staff at the Mission.

Deputy Mission, USAID/Mexico, U.S. Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico (July 2006 – September 2007). 

Duties and Responsibilities: Mr. Bell provided operational oversight and management of USAID/Mexico’s Mission. The office included 40 professional staff and 6 expatriate personnel in support of development programs in administration of justice, microenterprise, higher education and environment. Mr. Bell served as liaison to the US Mission inter-agency country team and represented USAID with high-level Mexican public and private sector officials.  Mr. Bell was responsible for external written communications outreach and managed the administrative support functions of the Mission for recruitment of US and local staff, travel and training oversight, as the Mission Executive Officer role remained unfilled during the majority of his assignment.

Deputy Director, USAID/Washington, Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA), Washington, DC (May 2003 – June 2006).

Mr. Bell managed overall operations for USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) and Overseas Operations based in the Bureau of Management. He supervised 4 separate divisions consisting of 17 branches and a civilian staff of 200+ acquisition and assistance professionals and had overseas staffing assignment responsibility for 94 Foreign Service Contracting Officers.  During his tenure, he supervised the increased staffing for OAA and Overseas operations (24 FTEs added to OAA budget, 16 overseas PEPFAR positions via interagency negotiations with DOS’s Global Aids Coordinator’s Office); lead the design and approval of New Alternative Global Development Alliance (GDA) instrument; designed and implemented the expanded FSN pay and benefits package for TDY service in Iraq and Afghanistan; approval of $4M in new funds to finance OAA manpower contract for surge capacity; approval of OAA’s reorganization; approval and roll-out of new Contract Specialist Intern Program in OAA (21 interns employed and under training); 42 new BS 93 Contracting Officer NEPs employed or in pipeline; establishment of permanent NEP/CSIP Mentor/Trainer in OAA; establishment of satellite procurement support centers to provide long-term procurement and support for Iraq and Afghanistan (Jordan/Iraq Liaison Office and Afghanistan Procurement Support Office); increased client satisfaction of OAA services (as detailed in Administrator’s annual survey); and participation in USAID’s Mission Management Assessment Teams for Dominican Republic and Botswana. 

Procurement Positions:

  • Contracting Officer, USAID/Colombia (2001 – 2003).
  • Regional Contracting Officer, USAID/Jordan (1998 – 2001).
  • Regional Contracting Officer, USAID/Dominican Republic (1997 – 1998).
  • Regional Contracting Officer, Regional Center for Southern Africa, Botswana (1995 – 1997
  • Contracting Officer, USAID/Ghana (1992 – 1994).
  • Senior Contract Specialist, USAID/Washington (1990 – 1992).
  • Contract Administrator, Rapid Transit District, California (1988 – 1990).
  • Contract Specialist, Department of Defense, Air Force Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, and Defense Fuel Supply Center (1984 –1990).

Education

B.S. Management

Southern Illinois University