U.S. Agency for International Development - Washington, DC

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As a Writer/Editor, in the Office of Audit of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG/IO), you will produce and edit a variety of written products.

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance in less developed countries and countries that are experiencing or emerging from conflict. The OIG is responsible for preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse, and violations of law, and for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of USAID programs. The OIG is responsible for auditing and investigating USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the Inter-American Foundation, and the United States African Development Foundation. OIG is organized into four operational units: Audit, MCC, Investigations, and Management. OIG maintains overseas offices in Baghdad, Iraq; Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; Manila, Philippines; Pretoria, South Africa; San Salvador, El Salvador; Islamabad, Pakistan; Kabul, Afghanistan; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit http://www.state.gov/g/tip . For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • US Citizenship required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Travel and Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • Designated and/or random drug test required.
  • Overnight travel and/or international travel may be required.

  • Edits draft reports, Congressional testimony, and other official documents for senior managers.
  • Establishes and oversees the consistent implementation of OIG policies related to document style, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Researches, gathers, analyzes, selects, and organizes information to write a variety of professional documents including reports, speeches, and press releases.
  • Conducts final reviews of in-depth audit, evaluative, and inspection reports for style, layout, content, and editorial aspects.
  • Uses desktop publishing technology to format information to best convey information for intended audiences.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify for this position at the GS-13 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service) that included: developing, writing, and editing a variety of written products (e.g. Journal articles, publications, speeches, and press releases); using publishing/graphic design technology to develop a variety of visual aids (e.g. graphs, charts, tables, etc.) for inclusion in written products; and planning and leading projects relating to the publication of written products.

Time-in-Grade : Career or career-conditional current and former Federal employees who select to apply under merit promotion procedures must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level of this position.

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens: Applicants who meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for the position(s) to be filled will be placed into one of three quality categories as defined in the following:

Gold : Applicants who demonstrate significant proficiency, experience, and training in all or most of the competencies for the position will be placed in the Highly Qualified/ Gold category.

Silver : Applicants who demonstrate proficiency, experience, and training in all or most of the competencies for the position will be placed in the Well Qualified/Silver category.

Bronze: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications required for the position, but demonstrate less proficiency, experience, and training as described in the higher quality categories, will be placed in the Qualified/Bronze category.

For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Noncompetitive Applicants: All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:
  • Technical Competence
  • - Writing and Editing Graphic Design Software
  • Project Management
  • Oral Communication
To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following Link: View Assessment Questions

BENEFITS: Working for the USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/insure/index.aspx . This position may be eligible for telework, in accordance with Agency policy.

The USAID/OIG offers excellent benefits program some of which may include:
  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive Salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, annual and sick leave
  • Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Subsidized transportation (Metro check)
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degree, as applicable
  • Incentives and awards, as appropriate
  • Long Term Care Insurance is offered
  • Flexible Spending Account is offered
  • Thrift Saving Plan (401 K Plan)

OTHER INFORMATION: Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see www.fedshirevets.gov .

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. ( you must submit a DD214-member copy 4 ).

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility; and 3) be rated well-qualified for the position. To be well qualified the evaluation of your resume and supporting documentation must place you at an 85 or above for consideration under merit promotion procedures.

For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:


Hiring Authorities for Veterans

People with Disabilities

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.

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