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    Duties

    Summary

    OIG is responsible for preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse, and violations of law, and for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of USAID programs. OIG provides oversight of the U. S. African Development Foundation (USADF), the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

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    Responsibilities

    At the full performance level you will:

    • Conduct complex and large-scale criminal, civil, and administrative investigations.
    • Plan, conduct and coordinate sensitive and significant domestic and overseas criminal investigations affecting the integrity and efficiency of USAID, ADF, IAF, MCC and OPIC-financed activities and personnel in an assigned geographic region.
    • Plan, organize or direct investigations, determine scope and possible ramifications, develop methods, procedures and techniques to be followed.  Conduct research, data collection and analysis of information related to programs and projects that are subject to investigative oversight.
    • Oversee the gathering and development of technical/administrative evidence relating to phases of investigations, and utilize a broad range of investigative techniques such as interviews, subpoenas, search warrants, electronic surveillance, financial analysis, document examination and the use expert witnesses.
    • Lead teams or work directly with employees and other federal agencies' experts to complete investigations.
    • Prepare investigative reports and other written documentation for action officials, Congress, prosecutorial bodies and OIG management.
    • Brief and advise management/leadership, congressional staffers, prosecutors and law enforcement teams on various investigative matters/results. 

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Position requires frequent travel to domestic and overseas locations.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    FS01 - (Foreign Service employees must meet eligibility requirements established for their class to get consideration for the next class level.)

  • Job family (Series)

    1811 Criminal Investigation

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Medical and Physical Examinations are required.
    • Relocation expenses not authorized on initial appointment.

    MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather.  Manual dexterity with comparatively free range of motion of fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, and knee joints are required.  Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily.  Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily.  Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters.  Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels.  Since the duties of this position are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability.  Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.

    Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.  Applicants that have no prior series 1811 criminal investigator experience must meet the maximum age for entry into a covered position which is the date immediately preceding the applicant's 37th birthday and must be able to retire at the mandatory age of 57 years with 20 years of service as an 1811 criminal investigator.  Hiring exceptions will be made for veterans with  preference eligibility. 
     
    Foreign Service career candidates will be considered for tenure by a Tenure Board after they have acquired at least three years in the agency, of which a minimum of two years' overseas experience in the Service.  Each career candidate is afforded two opportunities to receive tenure based on the Board's review of the employee's written performance evaluations which are prepared by a supervisor at least once a year.  A career candidate who fails to perform satisfactorily may be separated at any time during their probationary period.  Any employee who remains untenured after two reviews will be separated from the Agency at the end of the five-year probationary appointment.  The appointment status of a career candidate who receives tenure will be changed from probationary to career.

    Qualifications

    You must have one year of specialized experience at the level similar, related, or relevant to the work of this job that has given you particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.  Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related.

    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.

    To qualify for the FS-05 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at the FS-06/GS-09 grade in the Federal service or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as: 1. Performing record searches, 2. Reviewing and analyzing contracts and business records, and 3. Applying appropriate legal/ regulatory guidelines and standard investigative techniques/procedures.

    FS-05 grade level applicants may also qualify based on education or a combination of specialized experience and education:
    To qualify on education at the FS-05 grade level, applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.  A combination of specialized experience and graduate education may also be qualifying.  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards

    To qualify for the FS-04 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at the FS-05/GS-11 grade in the Federal service or equivalent.  Specialized experience is defined as: 1. Conducting multi-faceted and or multi-jurisdictional criminal/Civil/ and administrative investigations, 2.  Investigating complaints and/or allegations of fraud and conducting appropriate research to determine courses of action, and 3. Writing interim and final reports of investigation detailing issues, status, contributing causes and recommendations.

    Selective Placement Factors:

    (1)  Applicants must have experience conducting investigations of Title 18, Civil False Claims Act, or investigations involving contractual remedies, or have prepared referrals for suspension/debarment.
     
    (2)  Applicant must have satisfactorily completed the Basic Criminal Investigative Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, or any one of the following equivalent programs: Army Criminal Investigations Division Academy, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Academy; Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Academy; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Academy; Postal Inspections Academy (Proof of completion must be provided at time of application).


    Key Requirements and Conditions of employment:

    • Must be available for worldwide service.
    • This is a position in the Foreign Service.
    • You will be required to maintain firearm proficiency and carry a firearm while performing the duties of this position.
    • Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver's license upon appointment and be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret SCI security clearance.
    • This position is a Testing Designated Position subject to the applicant testing and random drug testing
    • Must be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance - Prior to being hired to the Foreign Service, applicants must have a thorough medical examination and receive an unlimited medical clearance for assignment worldwide. 
    • Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical examination by an Agency designated physician to determine if they are physically and medically qualified to perform the full duties of the position. Any physical condition which could hinder an individual's full, efficient and safe performance of his/her duties as a criminal investigator, or failure to meet any of the required physical or medical qualifications, will usually be considered disqualifying for employment, except when sufficient evidence is presented that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job efficiently and without hazard to themselves and others. Applicants who refuse to submit to the required examinations will not be considered for employment as a criminal investigator.
    • Must agree to work an annual average of two hours extra per day to meet the requirements of law enforcement availability pay (LEAP) as described in Title 5 U.S.C 5545A (d) (1).
    • Applicants for this position are required to qualify with and use firearms and other weapons as part of assigned duties and to maintain such qualifications.  Because of an amendment to 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9), which became effective September 30, 1996, and is referred to as the Lautenberg Amendment, applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.  A qualifying conviction is a state or Federal conviction for a crime of domestic
      violence and any general or special court-martial for an offense that otherwise meets element of a crime of domestic violence, even though not classified as a misdemeanor or felony.

    Education

    Additional information

    Important note: Before receiving a career appointment in the Foreign Service an individual shall first serve under a limited appointment as a career candidate for a trial period of service not to exceed five (5) years. During such trial period of service, the career candidate may be terminated at any time for any reason including misconduct. Please see Sec. 306-309 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended.
    https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/fsa.pdf

    Applicants must be available for and willing to accept assignments throughout the world, including assignments to Washington, D.C. They must also be willing to travel frequently on short notice. In cases where both husband and wife are foreign affairs agency employees, both are expected to be willing to accept assignments to a post other than that of the tandem spouse in order to meet the needs of the Service.

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.  ICTAP/CTAP candidates must be rated well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority.  ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 88 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    Handicapped applicants, disabled veterans, and VRA's or any others eligible for a noncompetitive appointment under special appointing authorities must clearly specify this eligibility on their application and attach documentation.

    These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) under the Agency's approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.
     
    SELECTIVE SERVICE:  http://www.sss.gov/

    EEO Policy Statement:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement

    Veterans Information: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

    Telework:  www.telework.gov

    Disability: www.opm.gov/disability/mngr_3-13.asp

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities:  The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/ 

    Selections are made on the basis of merit without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other non-merit-based factor.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100. You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the work experience and training you report relative to this position that shows the degree to which you possess the competencies listed on this vacancy announcement. USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process. Applicants who do not permit reference checked from previous employers may be disqualified.

    The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

    • Investigative Practices and Techniques
    • Case/Project Management
    • Planning and Evaluation
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Problem Solving
    If applying as a Status applicant, you must provide proof of government service documenting that you have met the time-in-grade requirements.



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    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required

    Yes

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    Required Documents

    • Resume showing relevant experience.
    • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any veterans' hiring eligibilities such as VRA, preference point entitlement (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter). For a detailed list of documents, click here.
    • Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A) For a detailed list of documents, click here.
    • Status candidates can submit a recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code 1 or 2, and type of position occupied.
    • Proof of government service documenting that you have met the time-in-grade requirements.
    • Proof of completion of Criminal Investigator Training Course outlined under Selective placement factors.

    Documents That Are Required for Verification Of Eligibility:

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).

    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.
    1. Other supporting documents:

    Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.

    • (If applies) Copies of transcripts are required if qualifying based on education for this announcement; failure to submit will result in removal from consideration.  If you are selected for the position, official transcripts are required before appointment to official duty
    • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any veterans' hiring eligibilities such as VRA, preference point entitlement (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter). For a detailed list of documents, click here.
    • Proof of United States Citizenship (birth certificate or other acceptable documentation, may be required upon request).
    • Proof of military service (DD214s or other equivalent documents).
    • Proof of government service providing reinstatement eligibility Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 or other equivalent document.
    • SF15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference and appropriate documentation (for 10-point compensable or non-compensable disability preference, Purple Heart, disability pension, or preference based on service of spouse or child).
    • Proof of eligibility for priority placement consideration under Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); i.e., copy of appropriate documentation such as RIF separation notice, or other notice of eligibility.
    • Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A) For a detailed list of documents, click here.
    • Status candidates can submit a recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code 1 or 2, and type of position occupied.
    • Proof of government service documenting that you have met time-in-grade requirement: If you are applying for a higher grade and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).

    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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    Benefits

    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

    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants.

    To begin the application process, please click http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/312115300 then "Apply Online" button to the right.

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

    Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the USAID's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

    Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application If this is your first time on USAID's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.

    Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

    Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

    Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:

    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. OR
    2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
    In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

    Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the coversheet.

    If you are having difficulty with the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please e-mail the help desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov. The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am – 4:30 pm EST.

    Agency contact information

    Recruitment

    Phone

    202-712-4189

    Fax

    202-216-3392

    Email

    Recruitmentoig@usaid.gov

    Address

    United States Agency for International Development
    Office of Inspector General
    1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20523
    United States
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    Learn more about what it's like to work at U.S. Agency for International Development, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    https://oig.usaid.gov//

    Next steps

    Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system. After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. A final offer of employment is contingent upon the candidate successfully completing a worldwide medical, Special-Sensitive level security, and suitability investigation and determinations. Candidates who are offered employment are given probationary appointments as Foreign Service career candidates for a period not to exceed five years.

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled.

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/603854200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.