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Job Title:  Systems Accountant
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  13-0009-DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
Federal Status Eligibles, meaning, those who are on Federal career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service, or who have reinstatement eligibility, or who have eligibility under a special hiring authority (i.e. VEOA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, ICTAP, or interchange agreement).


"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:

This position is located in The Bureau for Management, Office of The Chief Financial Officer, Financial Policy & Support Division (M/CFO/FPS).   In this position, you will serve as a Systems Accountant responsible for participating in all areas affecting agency-wide financial management.   You will be responsible for ensuring that USAID financial policies, procedures and systems are maintained in accordance with Federal laws, regulations, procedures and instructions set forth by Congress.  For more specific job duties, please see the "Duties" section of this vacancy announcement.

This same position is concurrently being announced under AID-13-0009-DM.  The area of consideration for that announcement US Citizens and Nationals. 

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


  • 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 be required to serve a 1-year probationary period


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  • Participates in all arenas affecting agency-wide financial management matters and is responsible for ensuring that USAID financial policies, procedures and systems are maintained in accordance with (1) Federal laws, regulations, procedures and instructions set forth by Congress, General Accounting Office (GAO), Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Treasury General Service Agency (GSA) and Joint Financial Management Improvement Program Requirements.
  • Serves as a Subject Matter Expert and manages all official communications related to financial directives for the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and worldwide financial management community; monitors and researches external and internal communications for impact on agency-wide financial policy related to USAID’s ADS600 Finance series and other applicable ADS.
  • Develops and/or participates on teams that develop strategies for planning and implementing financial policies, procedures, and management controls for a significant organizational component or to fulfill multi-year objectives for a program with agency-wide impact.
  • Provides financial advice to management officials for proper program planning and effective decision-making. Provides financial advice applicable to all stages of program planning and policy formulation;  serves as a technical authority in determining short- and long-range program goals, objectives, and key indicators that measure program performance; collaborates with high-level program management officials in planning annual program activities.
  • Exercises considerable judgment and ingenuity in advocating the benefits of implementing business-driven quality and process improvement approaches. Participates in the development of operational plans. Assists in the planning, directing, and coordination of the implementation and execution of approved policies, programs, and services related to accounting systems.
  • Develops procedural manuals, methods, and directives for the validation of accounting data. Maintains a comprehensive review and analysis of all executive, legislative, and regulatory actions as well as Agency internal policies and required procedures to ensure that all data requirements are imposed and are met in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Applies cost accounting standards and principles to ensure full and proper utilization of cost accounting functions, including analyses and reconciliations, financial reporting assignments, accounting control, obligations and cost documents reviews, USAID systems implementation, and procedure development and implementation.


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In order to qualify at the GS-14 level you must meet 1-year of specialized experience in the Federal service equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience are as follows: Served as technical authority using generally accepted accounting principles to provide advice and guidance, and recommendations on complex accounting systems within an organization that has worldwide impact; collaborated with teams (as a regular and recurring basis) to draft, develop, publish and implement financial management policies and procedures within an agency or organization with world wide impact; evaluated and determined accounting data requirements, developed resultant procedure manuals, methods and directives to validate accounting systems; disseminated information pertaining to newly promulgated and anticipated laws, regulations or procedures.    

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 education requirement has been met.   An official transcript will be required prior to an appointment.  If you are or were previously on a competitive civil service appointment in the 0510 job series, a copy of your SF50 can be used in place of transcript(s).

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.

May be required to complete form OGE 450, financial disclosure. 


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.

This position requires the following core competencies:

  • Accounting
  • Financial Information Data Management
  • Technical Application  
  • Research
  • Teamwork 
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication

Note: Your answers to the assessment questions must be supported by the relevant specialized experience 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


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

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. 

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:

VEOA - Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998, as amended (VEOA) is a competitive service appointing authority that can only be used when filling permanent positions that allows eligible veterans to apply to announcements that are only open to so "status" candidates, which means "current competitive service employees."   To be eligible for a VEOA appointment your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge) and you must be either be 1) a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)) or a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service.  For more information on VEOA please go to:


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


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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 cover sheet.


  • Resume showing relevant experience
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code “1” (Career) or “2” (Career-Conditional Appointment), and type of position occupied.  If applying as a reinstatement eligible, please submit your Resignation SF-50
  • If applying based on special hiring authority such as VEOA, Peace Corps, ICTAP/CTAP, or Schedule A, as examples, you must submit documentation that substantiates your eligibility.
  • 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 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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