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Job Title:Systems Accountant

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:13-0142-DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 12, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0510-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Federal Status Eligibles, meaning, those who are currently on Federal career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service, or who have reinstatement eligibility, or who may have eligibility under a special hiring authority (i.e. VEOA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, ICTAP) or Interchange Agreement.

JOB SUMMARY:

"Since it's 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: www.usaid.gov

This position is located in The Bureau for Management, Office of The Chief Financial Officer, Audit, Performance & Compliance Division.   In this position, as a Systems Accountant, you will support an Internal Audit and Assessment function while carrying out the planning, monitoring, and assessment of Agency operations and development programs or projects of national and international significance.  You will provide support in establishing standard procedures and providing guidance in the conduct of formal reviews and assessment of Host Country Government Entities, Partner Organizations, and Agency Programs.  You will assess the accounting systems operations and maintenance to address the adequacy of systems design, the adequacy of current data in providing financial information, or ways to use the systems to satisfy new information requirements. 

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Time in grade must be met by the closing date of this announcement
  • If born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Services
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance
  • May require a 1-year probationary period

DUTIES:

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  • Conducts audits and assessments for a wide range of information technology systems and issues, such as determining if adequate security and integrity controls are in place by auditing/assessing computer systems, management controls, information technology strategies, and organizational structures of the assigned program.
  • Works with highly interpretative laws and regulations, and targets audit at highly controversial problems; while ensuring and satisfying compliance with legislative requirements of the Government Accounting Office (GAO), Treasury Department, Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) and the Office of Federal Financial Management’s (OFFM) guidance. 
  • Evaluates complex accounting systems on a continuing basis by analyzing problems which are new or precedent setting and where there is a necessity for reconciling diverse needs and viewpoints in arrive at a final system or decision.
  • Serves as an expert in design, development, test, checkout, and readiness of systems or equipment that involves new concepts and new and varied requirements or problems; acts as a technical specialist on the procedures, methods, and techniques used for checkout, acceptance testing, and preparation of software systems or hardware.
  • Develops requirements and specifications for a variety of accounting systems; formulates and devises methods to lead and carry out financial system studies’ consolidating information from throughout a region-wide operating or administrative programs.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to qualify at the GS-13 level you must meet 1-year of specialized experience in the Federal service equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.  Qualifying specialized experience includes (and must be indicated on the resume):  Used the theories, concepts, principles and practices of accounting and financial management in order to analyze and resolve complex accounting issues in accordance with professional standards in the Federal Information Systems Controls Audit Manual (FISCAM) and in compliance with the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) and the Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) guidance; developed and maintained complex automated subsystems to produce accounting and financial information; presented findings and made recommendations related to accounting systems requirements and deficiencies; served as a technical advisor in the design, development, test, checkout, and readiness of accounting systems or equipment that involved new concepts and new and varied requirements problems. 


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 coursework 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. 

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: http://www.naces.org/aboutnaces.htm

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

BASIS OF RATING: Once the job announcement closes, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your assessment questionnaire responses to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements for the job with a score of 100 to 70. Those candidates deemed most highly qualified will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. If, after a review of your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may be eliminated from consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants:  The highest rated candidates will be referred to the selecting official.  For more information on VEOA or on any of the veterans eligibility appointment mechanisms, please click on the link: www.fedshirevets.gov

This position requires the following core competencies:

  • Accounting
  • Technology Application
  • Financial Data Management
  • Internal Controls/Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication

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


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.

TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS: 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. 

RELOCATION OR MOVING EXPENSES: Will not be paid.

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 a ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems:  An agency may non competitively appoint an employee covered by an interchange agreement to a career or career-conditional appointment subject to the conditions listed below.  For more information to determine if you meet this criteria, please go to: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp

For more information please click on the following links:

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation

Telework

People with Disabilities

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 (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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience
  • Most recent copy of you SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code "1" or "2" (Career-Conditional Appointment ONLY) and type of postion occupied.  If applying as a reinstatement eligible, please submit your resignation SF-50
  • Veterans' documentation, if applying under a veterans' hiring authority such as VEOA (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter)
  • Supporting documentation if applying seeking eligibility under any other special hiring authority (e.g., Schedule A, Peace Corps)
  • Transcript(s) that show that the educational requirement has been met

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah Melton
Phone: 202-712-0949
Fax: 202-216-3345
Email: dmelton@usaid.gov
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
RRB/ITC, Room 2.07-.33
Washington, DC
20523-0016
US
Fax: 202-216-3345

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

 

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.

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. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

13-0142-DM

Control Number:

341674700