PSC Auditor (Kabul)
U.S. Department of State - OIG - Washington, VA

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THIS VACANCY IS FOR A PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACT (PSC). YOU MUST BE A US CITIZEN TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AND YOU MUST RESPOND TO ALL OF THE MANDATORY SCREENING QUESTIONS LOCATED AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

JOBSUMMARY

The U.S. Department of State, Office of Inspector General, has two (2) openings for Auditors at the GS-14 equivalent salary level. These positions are located in the Middle East Regional Office (MERO). The incumbent of these positions will be assigned to an extended duration TDY assignment to Kabul, Afghanistan and other shorter duration TDY assignments to other post conflict countries in the region. This organization, within the OIG, has responsibility for planning, conducting, supervising, and coordinating performance and contract evaluations and program evaluations in overseas posts including those in Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Iraq.

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Position requires travel to the Middle East & crisis/post conflict areas.
  • Must obtain/maintain Top Secret security and worldwide medical clearances.
Major Duties:
Under the general supervision of the MERO Director or designated Supervisor or Lead Auditor, the incumbent is responsible for carrying out individual evaluations that comprise the comprehensive evaluation program of the American Embassy located in Kabul, Afghanistan and, when needed, at other post conflict posts. The incumbent personally performs work on and in connection with a comprehensive evaluation or special inquiry.

The focus of the incumbent in these activities is to evaluate the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of program and management operations, to identify instances of fraud, waste, and mismanagement, and to determine compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies dealing with a variety of management and program areas. In doing so, the incumbent performs the following duties:

-- planning, organizing and coordinating evaluations or special inquiries which includes developing the scope, objectives, and methods to be used in the work;

-- assist the project manager in the conduct of major segments of specific assignments while providing technical assistance to team members in conducting the work;

-- interpreting and applying the appropriate administrative laws, regulations, policies, and precedents pertinent to specific situation;

-- review, edit draft assignment reports of other team members and provide assistance in preparing or sharpening the content of the drafts.

Qualifications:
All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement OR a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination OR panel recommendation that includes all the requirements as described under Combination of Education and Experience below by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

All applicants MUST meet one of the basic qualification requirements described below for this position:

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS : A. Applicants must have a degree from an accredited college or university in accounting and/or auditing 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 and/or auditing. (The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law);

OR B. Combination of Education and Experience: Have 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 AND meet 1, 2 or 3 below:

1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses. (Thiscan include up to 6 Hours of business law.)

2. A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor obtained through a written examination.

3. Have at least 4 years of experience in accounting AND 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 described in paragraph A above, AND (a) have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, (e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining); AND (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors determined that I have 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 ofthe 4-year course of study described in paragraph A above; AND (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, my education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

When an applicant has less than one year of specialized experience as described in the announcement, he or she may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements. Generally, 18 graduate semester hours is equivalent to 1 full-time year of graduate study (your school and department determine what constitutes 1 full time year of graduate study). The percentage of specialized work experience (for example, 6 months equals 50%) and the percentage of graduate study (for example, 9 graduate hours for a GS-07 equals 50% where 18 graduate hours constitute a full time year) must total at least 100%.

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of the announcement.

IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic qualifications requirements listed above, the applicant MUST have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

-- Mastery of a professional knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles, and practices of accounting, financial auditing, and financial management sufficient to conduct difficult assignments involving interfaces and inter-relationships between and among programs, systems, functions, policies, and various issues.

-- Comprehensive knowledge of the functions and organizational structures of the Department of State and the BBG, as well as the missions, objectives, and goals of the organizational entities within these agencies.

-- Comprehensive knowledge of the administrative laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to the organizational entities subject to audit and evaluation.

-- Knowledge and skills in effectivecommunications, both oral and written, are needed to make oral presentations and to develop clear, concise, logical, and accurate reports of audits.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

How Will You Be Evaluated:
You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. You will also be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.

Your answers to the job specific self-assessment questions and your resume are used to evaluate your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies for this position. If you are found to have rated yourself higher in the self-assessment than is supported by the information in your resume and supporting documents, a score will manually be determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score, which may also eliminate you from the best-qualified listing.

Benefits:
You will earn annual vacation leave and sick leave. You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. Contractors assigned to Kabul will be eligible for additional incentives, allowances and compensation which include: 1) Foreign Post Differential (35% of base salary); 2) Danger Pay (35% of base salary); 3) Holiday Pay; 4) Night Differential; 5) Sunday Differential (25% of base salary); 6) Overseas living accommodations

Other Information:
You must submit all required information, including responses to the mandatory questionnaire, by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

HOW TO APPLY

STEP 1 On a separate sheet of paper, answer the mandatory screening questions. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this job. Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the user information questions and the on-line job specific self-assessment questions.

STEP 2: Fax your DETAILED resume, assessment question responses, and supporting documents to (703) 284-1966 or mail your application package (resume, question responses and supporting documents) to U.S. Department of State, Office of Inspector General, 1700 N. Moore Street, Ste 840, Arlington, VA 22209, ATTN: Dianna Wolridge by COB Friday, February 11, 2011 , attention: PSC-11-0001. At the top of your resume, you must include the following information: Announcement Number (PSC-11-0001); Full Name; Home Address; Home/Cell telephone number; e-mail address; and last 4-digits of your Social Security number (XXX-XX-1234).You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to submit your complete application package.

MANDATORY ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

1. Are you a U.S. citizen?

__ Yes __ No

2. Choose the answers that best describe US government laws, regulations, guidelines you use (or have used) in performing accounting/auditing functions.

__ Treasury Financial Regulations

__ Office of Management and Budget Business Rules for Intra-Governmental transactions.

__ Office of Management and Budget Bulletins.

__ Office of Management and Budget Circulars

__ Office of Management and Budget Circulars A-11, A-123, A-127, A-129, A-134, A-136.

__ Government Accountability Office guidance (e.g. Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book).

__ U.S. Government Standard General Ledger

__ Prompt Payment Act.

__ Financial management legislation, including the CFO Act of 1990, the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act.

__ Foreign Service Act of 1980

__ Federal Acquisitions Regulation (FAR).

__ Other financial laws and regulations.

__ None of the above.

3. Do you have experience researching laws and regulations to develop policy?

__ I have independentlyresearched laws and regulations for research and/or work projects.

__ I have investigated laws and regulations for research and/or work projects as part of a team.

__ I have investigated laws and regulations for research and/or work projects with close supervision.

__ I have education or training in this area.

__ I have no education or experience related to policy analysis.

4. I have experience in the following areas of accounting.

__ Generally accepted accounting principles, issued by the FASAB.

__ Generally accepted accounting principles, issued by the FASB.

__ Cost accounting standards and requirements.

__ Federal budget formulation and execution.

__ Revenue, including recognition for reimbursable agreements, revolving funds and user fees.

__ Reporting, including regulatory reporting requirements.

__ None of the above.

5. Evaluate your knowledge of auditing and evaluation standards, procedures, and practices for planning and conducting audits and evaluations involving a variety of programs, functions, and systems.

__ I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.

__ I have education/training in performing this task, but not yet performed it on the job.

__ I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision.

__ I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently.

__ I have supervised other auditors in performing this task, and/or I have trained others.

6. Evaluate your experience in conducting audits, including performing tests to identify and assess an agency's or program's internal controls and producing reports on the reliability and weaknesses of those controls.

__ I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.

__ I have education or training in performing this task, but not performed it on the job.

__ I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision.

__ I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently.

__ I have supervised other auditors in performing this task, and/or I have trained others.

7. Select from the following list the option that best represents your experience with interpreting and applying accounting and/or audit principles to programs.

__ I have no experience in performing these tasks.

__ I have done this under supervision.

__ I have done this as a member of a team.

__ I have done this independently.

__ I have supervised others.

8. In which of the following events have you made oral presentations?

__ Conferences

__ Meetings

__ Audit entrance / exit conferences

__ None of the above

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__ Audit reports

__ Audit proposals

__ Audited Financial Statements

__ Audit responses

__ Performance and Accountability Reports

__ Policy documents

__ Congressional testimony

__ Answers to congressional inquiries

__ Waiver requests

__ Procedures and guidelines

__ Official correspondence

__ Responses to OIG, GAO reports / inquiries

__ None of the above

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__ Perform financial system queries

__ Develop databases to compile and analyze financial data

__ Create spreadsheets to compile and analyze financial data

__ Link multiple spreadsheets in order to retrieve, analyze, and interpret financial data

__ None of the above
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