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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent component of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). OIG has unusual statutory responsibilities and authorities that ensure its independence. For example, the Inspector General is, by statute, the appointing authority for all OIG personnel, rather than the Secretary of State.

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    The OIG arranges, directs, and conducts inspections, investigations, audits, and special inquiries in offices, bureaus, missions, and overseas posts.  It conducts independent assessments of how effectively U.S. foreign policy is being implemented and how the interests of the United States are being represented overseas. It also assesses the efficiency and economy of DOS and BBG activities and operations, security standards, and intelligence operations. It coordinates and leads inquiries into allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement.

    The incumbent reports to the Assistant Inspector General for Audits (AIG AUD), who heads the Office of Audits, within OIG. As a General Engineer (Senior Advisor for Construction and Contracts), you will have a leading role in helping DOS and USAGM improve management, strengthen integrity and accountability, and ensure the most efficient, effective and economical use of resources. Our activities are global in scope, supporting the highest priorities of DOS and USAGM. Our oversight extends to DOS' and USAGM's 60,000+ employees and 270+ missions and other facilities worldwide. We remain at the forefront of efforts to identify potential savings and cost efficiencies for DOS and USAGM, and strive to provide timely, relevant, and useful feedback on the progress of their programs and initiatives. Our mandate includes the traditional areas of emphasis for the Department and USAGM--including diplomatic and consular affairs, security, international broadcasting, contracting, administrative, and financial management, and information technology--as well as new initiatives and priorities such as food security, global health, climate change, and construction contracting related to the oversight of buildings, embassies, and other DOS facilities with our primary responsibility being the oversight of the billions of dollars dedicated to design and construction projects.

    The incumbent:

    Serves as OIG’s principal official to provide technical advice on OIG’s comprehensive oversight role involving all aspects and phases of construction projects performed by DOS and USAGM.

    Advises senior management, auditors, inspectors, evaluators and investigators when complex or subjective construction engineering or contract administration issues are encountered.

    Possesses expert knowledge of the functions, processes, and principles of evaluation and management sufficient to best present technical construction and contract deficiencies in terms understandable to senior non-technical government officials and the public.  

    Determines construction material requirements by reviewing and analyzing engineering drawings.  

    Participates fully in the planning and executive direction of evaluations, inspections, audits, and investigations of construction projects and construction contracting issues.

    Serves as a recognized expert and technical advisor to OIG leadership and as an internal as well as external OIG spokesperson on advanced technical matters relating to the development, evaluation, and utilization of construction engineering technologies.

    Advises the Inspector General and other OIG senior officials on oversight methodologies to ensure that DOS and USAGM, as well as other entities under the oversight purview of OIG, execute their responsibilities thoroughly and are technically accurate.

    Presents project ideas to OIG leadership to ensure that high risk areas in construction and construction contracting are adequately addressed

    Keeps current with advances, trends, and directions in construction engineering and construction contracting.

    Serves as the expert on all audits, inspections, and investigations that have construction engineering and/or construction contracting equities. Provides recommendations to mitigate construction deficiencies that would otherwise result in substandard products and/or illegal practices. Identifies and reports risks and vulnerabilities associated with construction engineering and construction contracting that generalist auditors, inspectors, or investigators would not otherwise glean.

    Performs quality assurance tasks, ensuring contractor’s work is properly inspected, evaluating the suitability of selected laboratories for testing, determining if trades are certified, determining if materials meet contract specifications.

    Evaluates changes in costs and contractors’ claims.

    Evaluates safety tasks, including approved project safety programs, safety training and equipment, and whether health requirements are complied with.

    Evaluates commissioning tasks, including close outs and the commissioning of systems.

    Evaluates bids, the design of new facilities, provides guidance to auditors, makes recommendations to auditors, analysts, and investigators, and prepares progress information reports.

    Conducts physical observations and inspections of work sites.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Up to 3 weeks at a time (domestically or internationally)

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    SL - No Known Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)

    0801 General Engineering

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/557637400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.