U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentJanuary 2012 to CurrentContract Oversight Specialist Washington, DC
Office of Budget, Contracts and Program Control, Policy Development and Research
Preparation of the Annual Strategic Acquisition Plan and oversight it through the Office of Chief Procurement Policy's review and approval process.
Facilitate the procurement process between Contracting Officer Representatives (COR) and contracting officers and specialists; provide technical assistance in PRISM, review statements of work and provide guidance.
Provide technical assistance PDR's liaison for COR training and requirements.
Manage PDR's internal Management Information System used to track program funding and obilgations.
Manage grant portfolio which includes approximately 40 grants.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentMarch 1999 to CurrentInternational Program Analyst Washington, DC
Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, Policy Development and Research Subject matter expert on Latin America, specifically Brazil and Chile; research current trends and topics in the field as they relate to the Western Hemisphere; develop ideas for policy and learning exchanges with foreign governments.
Spearheaded the design and implementation of Memoranda of Cooperation with foreign governments.
Designed learning goals, protocol and agenda for HUD's Global Visitor Program for over 400 annual foreign visitors.
Active Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR); served as the COTR on the Office for International and Philanthropic's Interagency Agreement with the State Department; facilitated all translation and interpretation services for the Office and the Secretary.
Cultivated and maintained relationships with international counterparts and representatives from various public and private organizations and agencies.
Represented HUD in the U.S.
Government interagency working groups on the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas and the Summit of the Americas.
Recruited, interviewed and supervised graduate and undergraduate interns.
Oversaw office travel and training budgets.
Developed protocols and guidelines for international travel; served as liaison to the U.S.
Passport Agency to facilitate the issuance of all official and diplomatic passports to HUD personnel; worked with foreign embassies to secure visas for HUD personnel.
Served on the Office of Policy Development's Library Advisory Committee and the Employee Viewpoint Task Force.
Served as the HUD lead on the Housing and Urban Development Working Group of the US-Mexico Binational Commission.
Former Policy Development and Research Division representative to HUD's working group on the Southwest Border.
Served as HUD alternate to the U.S.-Mexico Good Neighbor Environmental Board.
Represented HUD on the Commission for Assistance for a Free Cuba.
Traveled extensively to the border region to consider potential cross border collaboration with the Mexican government.
Christina Machion QuilaqueoMarch 1999 to July 1999Consultant
Office for International Affairs, Policy Development and Research U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Washington, DC Program development, planning, and management for the US-Mexico Binational Commission.
Workplan design and development and NGO coordination for Central America Reconstruction Program.
Contract grant and review evaluation for ten million dollar Hurricane Reconstruction Program.
U.S. Peace CorpsMay 1996 to August 1998Municipal Manager Alexandria Teodoro Schmidt, Chile, VA
Designed participatory methodology for the formulation of the township's Community Development Plan.
Led a team of 8 municipal workers in conducting a technical needs assessment of the township as well as 25 participatory meetings with the community.
Wrote grant proposals and received funding for 12 rural electricity projects and over 20 projects for rural sanitary houses to benefit more than 500 families.
Coordinated activities and training programs for over 300 women.
Facilitated participatory meetings to seek women's input into program schedule and to evaluate activities.
Strengthened contacts between the municipality and two national women's organizations to work with rural women and coordinate seminars on family violence.
Planned and directed activities and events for over 600 children to celebrate Children's Day.
Rutgers UniversityMay 2002M.P.A: International Public Service and DevelopmentCamden, NJInternational Public Service and Development
Catholic University of AmericaMay 1995B.A: Spanish for International ServiceWashington, DCSpanish for International Service
Universidad San Francisco de QuitoJuly 1994Quito, Ecuador
Universidad Católica de EcuadorAugust 1993Quito, Ecuador
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