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    About the Position:
    The position is located in the Arlington, VA office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) with duty, on a long-term temporary duty (TDY) status, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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    Oversee and manage teams of auditors, program analysts, engineers, and locally employed staff through the planning, conducting, and reporting on comprehensive performance audits and inspections of reconstruction programs and projects implemented using U.S. reconstruction funds to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and oversight of these efforts; detect and prevent waste, fraud and abuse; ensure compliance with laws and regulations; and review adherence to internal control and other applicable standards. These audits primarily cover efforts implemented by the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of State (State), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), but could involve any U.S. government department or agency funding and/or implementing reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.

    Oversee teams' efforts to obtain sufficient, relevant, and reliable evidence through site visits, observation, inquiries, document reviews, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and interviews to provide reasonable basis for an opinion regarding the activity or organization under examination. Ensure that audits and inspections comply with applicable standards, including generally accepted government auditing standards, CIGIE standards for inspections and evaluations, and SIGAR's audit and inspection policies and procedures.

    Participate in defined milestone meetings and regular discussions with the AIG-A&I and DAIG-A&I to review the audit and inspection objectives, scope, and methodology; status of fieldwork and any obstacles impacting the work; preliminary observations; and proposed findings and recommendations. When the team confronts challenges, assess the impact on the work and proposes actions to resolve or lessen any negative impacts.

    Oversee teams as they conduct background research, prepare requests for information, and conduct analyses of documents and data from a variety of sources to obtain evidence that supports audit findings and conclusions.

    Lead and participate in meetings with agency officials and congressional staff to discuss the audit objectives, scope, and preliminary timelines; obtain information needed to meet the objectives; and present and explain the audit results and recommendations.

    Oversee the development and presentation of written reports and oral briefings for senior SIGAR leaders and external officials regarding significant findings that cover the conditions discovered, applicable criteria, their cause and effect, and recommendations resulting from audit and inspection work. Reviews teams' responses to agency comments and, when necessary, defending or developing suitable alternatives based on those comments. Represent SIGAR in coordination, facilitation, and discussions with Congressional and other federal agency officials relating to proposed, ongoing and completed audits. Participate in audit and inspection design commitments and report message agreement conferences for audits conducted by SIGAR staff and make recommendations to the AIG-A&I on go/no-go decisions for continuation, modification, or termination of audit and inspection projects.

    Oversee in the development of recommendations to DOD, State, USAID, and other U.S. government department or agency senior leaders regarding actions they should take to remedy issues identified in audits and inspections to promote compliance, efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability in the administration of reconstruction programs, projects, and operations in Afghanistan.

    Assess the progress of corrective measures taken by DOD, State, USAID, and other U.S. government departments or agencies to implement the recommendations.

    Coordinate with other SIGAR offices and directorates, such as Investigations, General Counsel, Lessons Learned, Research and Analysis, and Quality Control, as needed to complete audit work.

    Makes recommendations to the DAIG-A&I and AIG-A&I in the appointment, promotion, and reassignment of personnel within A&I and provides direction to staff and other A&I operations support personnel. Screens, interviews, and recommends applicants for positions within A&I, addresses employee concerns, and supports appropriate training opportunities.

    Assist the DAIG-A&I and AIG-A&I in anticipating information needs of external parties and facilitates making this information readily available.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Overseas travel is required for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0511 Auditing

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    Conditions Of Employment

    Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

    Incumbent occupies a position that may be considered essential to support of the SIGAR mission. If your position is considered emergency essential, failure to remain in your position may result in separation for the efficiency of the Federal Service (Ch. 75, Title 5 USC; FPM Ch. 752).

    Overseas travel is required. In support of this travel, the incumbent will be required to meet minimum standards of fitness for deployment to the CENTCOM region to include the ability to wear personal protective equipment, including protective mask, ballistic helmet, body armor, and chemical/biological protective garments.

    This position requires the incumbent to complete a Form SF 312, Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement.

    The incumbent may be required to submit an Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.
    This incumbent must be eligible for and be able to maintain a TOP SECRET clearance.


    Who May Apply: US Citizens

    In order to qualify, you must meet the education and knowledge requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    Basic Requirement for Senior Audit Manager, AD-0511-00 :

    A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.


    B. Combination of Education and Experience: Must include at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
    (1) Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; OR
    (2) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR
    (3) Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; AND (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; AND (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

    Knowledge Requirements:

    Extensive knowledge of accounting, auditing and program management techniques in an audit agency is necessary to conduct very broad audit or inspection assignments requiring an integrated analysis of a number of different operational programs, functions or accounting systems. Many of the audits are of national interest to the relevant agencies, Congress, the public, and the media, and, in some cases, have international involvement or impact.

    Mastery of the theory, concepts, practices, and techniques of auditing, to include generally accepted government auditing standards and the identification of conditions, causes, criteria, effect, and recommendations.

    Extensive knowledge of and ability to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in one or more of the following areas: federal contracting practices; program management, evaluation, and oversight; national security, foreign affairs, and development programs implemented or funded by the State, DOD, and USAID; strategic planning; and U.S. government funding mechanisms and requirements.
    Interpersonal skills including the ability to interview, negotiate, and brief senior officials; superior ability to lead multi-agency audit teams in the development of audit plans, conduct highly complex audit projects, and write reports to substantiate findings.

    Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to think strategically and identify needs, requirements, and develop expert recommendations based on qualitative and quantitative data, and arrive at a clear, logical, concise conclusion.

    Ability to exercise sound judgment and form objective conclusions/recommendations, monitor compliance, and evaluate the effectiveness of recommendations based on empirical facts, evidence, and other pertinent information.

    Skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to complex projects from the preplanning phase through completion and final delivery of the product.

    Thorough knowledge of the overall mission of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

    Extensive experience managing multiple tasks and achieving stated goals and requirements. Expertise in interpersonal techniques to meet and deal effectively with others at all levels of authority and exert a positive influence.

    Extensive experience to communicating technical information orally and in writing in preparation of required reports or other written products.

    Seasoned professional with experience in the following areas: leading audit or inspection teams planning, performing, and reporting on the results of performance audits or inspections of U.S. government departments and agencies; developing and executing project work plans; defining objectives, scope, and requirements; reviewing and analyzing data, identifying deficiencies, writing reports, and making recommendations and/or recommending best practices to improve program operations; working effectively with individuals and/or other agencies; and providing guidance to less experienced staff.


    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • A trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
    • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • You may claim military spouse preference.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
    • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process


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    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    1. Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
    • This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/13/2019 to receive consideration

    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10591238).
    • Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
    • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.
    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    Agency contact information

    Army Applicant Help Desk


    Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
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    Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities. SIGAR conducts audits and investigations to promote efficiency and effectiveness of reconstruction programs and detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.

    Next steps

    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/544116500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.