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Job Title:  Accountant
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  AID-13-0111-DM

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,209.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 to Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
MANY vacancies - Washington, DC, US  View Map

US Citizens or Nationals.


"Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives..."

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. For more information on USAID please click on the link:

The Bureau for Management, Office of The Chief Financial Officer is recruiting for several Accountants to fill positions in the following three Divisions:

The Central Accounting and Reporting Division (M/CFO/CAR) administers the financial control and reporting, at the appropriation and account level, of all foreign assistance funds appropriated for Agency program activities and operating expenses. These funds include U.S. dollar and foreign currency appropriations, special deposit, trust fund, and miscellaneous receipt accounts, Treasury suspense accounts; and funds appropriated to other government agencies serviced by USAID. M/CFO/CAR also manages the Agency's automated on-line systems for administrative control of funds, as well as the Standard General Ledger and Accounts Receivable. The Division

The Cash Management and Payment Division (M/CFO/CMP) maintains the official record of incoming invoices/bills/vouchers and obligations and monitors and obtains administrative approval for headquarters vouchers to ensure delivery of goods and services. M/CFO/CMP processes requests for stop-payment actions through the Department of Treasury; and provides continuous monitoring and management of cash resources flowing to grantees through cash advances, reimbursements, interagency billings, and Letters of Credit.

The Washington Financial Services Division (M/CFO/WFS) serves as the accounting station for USAID/Washington; manages the USAID accruals process and reporting; conducts ongoing reviews for de-obligation of funds; and processes upward adjustments to obligations. The Division processes centrally funded commitments and obligations, prepares Agency-wide spending reports (i.e., Iraq Program and Tsunami reports), processes Bills of Collection (BOCs), researches and applies collections to obligations and advances, records incoming reimbursable agreements and collections; and records commitments and obligations for miscellaneous obligations and for payroll. The Division also manages the Agency’s direct loan and guaranty programs.

Vacancy announcement 13-0111-DM is concurrently posted with an area of consideration of "Federal Status eligibles".  

If you are interested in applying, please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety and follow the instructions listed under "HOW TO APPLY".  


  • If born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Services
  • Must be able to maintain a SECRET level security clearance
  • May be required to complete a 1-year probationary period


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  • Analyzes portions of existing accounting systems with problems of a routine nature; applies general well-known principles; techniques, and theories of accounting to devise solutions to problems of efficiency or effectiveness.
  • Monitors internal controls, participates in management control planning and review, and addresses audits and audit recommendations; generates operating procedures for use throughout the Agency that are reflective of current operating policies and applies policies through daily work routines; troubleshoots and resolves problems within existing accounting systems; performs diagnostic testing in specialty areas; responds and resolves problems of a routine nature.
  • Performs analysis and reconciliation of day-to-day accounts, making adjustments using well-established accounting practices; participates in various reconciliation activities to ensure that subsidiary ledgers are reconciled to general ledger accounts by appropriation and out of balance conditions are resolved.
  • Performs continuous analyses and reconciliation of transactions; prepares correction inputs that reflect appropriate accounting information in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Validates straightforward data using well-established accounting principles and practices; maintains up-to-date and accurate bills that follow regulatory requirements of the Financial Management Manual.


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In order to qualify at the GS-7 level you must meet 1-year of specialized experience in the Federal service equivalent to the GS-5 grade level.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:  Utilized Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to assist in providing professional accounting services; examined accounting data to ensure accuracy; assisted in recording and reporting on obligations and expenditures of funds; and assisted in the preparation of accounting and financial statements and reports.

In order to qualify at the GS-9 level you must meet 1-year of specialized experience in the Federal service equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: utilized Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to provide professional accounting services and assistance for structured and defined accounts; examined accounting data to ensure accuracy; recording and reporting on obligations and expenditures of funds; and assisted in the preparation of accounting and financial statements and reports.

In additional to the above specialized experience requirement, this position has a basic educational requirement.  Applicants must meet one of the following basic educational requirements described below:

A. Degree

A degree from an accredited college or university 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; OR

B. Combination of Experience and Education

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:

  • 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
  • A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
  • 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) you have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that you 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, your education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

Note: Unofficial transcripts must be submitted as a part of this application by the closing day.  The transcript(s) must show that the basic educational requirement has been met.   An official transcript will be required prior to an appointment. 

If you are currently or previously served within the Federal 0510 job series, you do not have to re-submit a transcript.  A copy of the SF-50 (that indicates the 0510 job series) will satisfy the education requirement.  

FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS:   If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the basic educational requirement, you must show that 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. For more information on determining foreign degree equivalency, click on the following link:

Multiple selections may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement. 


CATEGORY RATING: Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veterans preference.  Generally, only candidates in the top-tier quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.  For this professional position, qualified veterans will be placed ahead of other applicants within the category to which they are assigned based upon the rating of their application. There are three quality categories: Gold (100-90), Silver (89.99-80), Bronze (79.99-70). The gold category represents the most highly qualified individuals.

For further clarification of veterans preference please refer to the vet guide:

This position requires the following core competencies:

  • Accounting
  • Problem Solving
  • Financial Management
  • Customer Service 
  • Technical Application
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication  

Note:  Your answers to the assessment questions, that attest to your work experience, must be supported in your resume. 

To preview questions please click here.


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Working for USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package You may explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at by clicking on the link: Federal Benefits

METRO ACCESS: This position is located at State Annex (SA-44) in the Federal Center Plaza buidling, 301 4th St., Washington, DC 20547, within close proximity to the Federal Center Southwest and L'Enfant Plaza metro stations.



WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO: Washington, D.C.'s historic monuments 


TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS (TDPs) - This is a TDP 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. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. For more information click on the link:

RELOCATION OR MOVING EXPESES: will not be considered or reimbursed.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

For more information please click on the following links:

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation


People with Disabilities


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Applications for this position are being processed through this on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. USAID provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. 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 ( - 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.


  • Resume showing relevant experience
  • transcript(s) that show that the education requirement has been met


Deborah Melton
Phone: 202-712-0949
Fax: 202-216-3345
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
RRB/ITC, Room 2.07-.33
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-216-3345


Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system. After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the gold category applicants who will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  We will notify you of the outcome after each of the necessary steps has been completed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.

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