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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
United States Agency for International Development
Position Title:
General Attorney (Counsel to the Inspector General)
Open Period:
05/09/2017 - 06/09/2017


ES - 0905 00
USD $124,406 - USD $172,100
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
G. Traore


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All groups of qualified individuals within the civil service  (only current Federal Civil Service employee may apply).
Security Clearance Required:
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
About the Agency
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is looking for a dynamic and energetic leader to join their Senior Executive Service (SES) Corps.  The SES is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government.  These leaders possess leadership and executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public commitment that is grounded in the U. S. Constitution.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is committed to detecting and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse within the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to providing oversight of USAID, OIG provides oversight of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Finally, OIG has statutory authorization to conduct reviews, investigations, and inspections for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and enters into agreements with OPIC for additional oversight work. OIG audits and investigations lead to significant recoveries, the identification of cost-savings opportunities, and program improvements that directly enhance the U.S. Government's ability to extend development assistance; support economic growth; combat the spread of disease; promote democratic reform; and address food insecurity to countries around the world.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the OIG maintains international audit and investigative offices throughout the world with offices in Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; Manila, Philippines; Pretoria, South Africa; San Salvador, El Salvador; Port au Prince, Haiti; Islamabad, Pakistan; Kabul, Afghanistan; Tel Aviv, Israel; Frankfurt, Germany; and Kampala, Uganda.  The OIG is centrally located in downtown Washington, D.C. at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Federal Triangle Metro – Blue, Orange and Silver Lines).  The office is within walking distance of some of Washington’s best restaurants, historical theaters, shops, national monuments, and museums. 
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Less than 25% travel is required


The incumbent manages and directs the full range of professional legal services and provides advice and support with respect to the execution of the entire OIG audit, investigative, and oversight program. 

These services include:

(1) providing expert legal guidance and opinions, both verbally and in writing, to support OIG audits and investigations, OIG policy development, OIG human resources (both civil service and Foreign Service), and procurement matters and all other matters related to carrying out the OIG’s mission and objectives;

(2) reviewing audit and investigative reports to ensure legal sufficiency and accuracy;

(3) reviewing and making recommendations to the Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General with respect to IG administrative subpoena requests, and requests for IG access to employees’ emails;

(4) providing litigation support for EEOC, MSPB, FSGB and other personnel matters, as well as litigation and liaison support deemed necessary for matters referred to, or handled by, the USAID General Counsel, the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and the Office of Special Counsel;

(5) representing the OIG, as necessary, before Congressional Committees and Members, the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), the Council of Counsels to the Inspectors General (CCIG), and other related bodies;  

(6) reviewing USAID and State legislative, regulatory, and other policy proposals; (7) representing OIG employees, as necessary, in civil and administrative proceedings related to their official duties; (8)  acting as the ethics officer for the OIG;

(9)  coordinating and managing OIG’s response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests;

(10)  managing the OIG financial disclosure program, and the OIG program for approval of outside employee activities;

and (11) supervising the Agency’s Whistleblower Protection program.

The incumbent manages and directs a staff of Assistant Counsels, as well as other non-attorney staff member.

This is a Tier 2 SES position as described per USAID OIG policy directive 4044.  As a Tier 2 position, the salary range is $124,406 to $172,100.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please refer to the following website for additional information on the Senior Executive Service:
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a one year probation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.
  • Top secret SCI security clearance is required.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) to determine the degree to which they possess the  mandatory technical and executive core qualifications.  Qualified non-competitive candidates are excluded from ERB review and will be forwarded non-competitively to the selecting official for further consideration.

    Falsifying your experience, education and/or your responses to questions may result in your removal from employment consideration.  Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible.
    1- Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited institution, 2- be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. 3- Applicants must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing and have at least 5 years post-J.D. experience.  4- Applicants must also have a high level of management/supervisory experience and 5- demonstrated knowledge of the Inspector General Act and statutes governing the conduct of foreign affairs agencies.

    Applicants must submit (1) academic transcripts demonstrating the J.D. degree requirement, (2) a resume demonstrating/describing experience and knowledge requirements, and (3) a separate narrative statement/response that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification factors related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.

    Note: failure to provide all required documents will result in the applicant not being considered for this position.

    OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications has guidance on how to compose an effective SES application.  The recommended Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model will prove helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses.

    To meet the minimum qualifications of this position, you must possess all of the technical qualifications and executive core qualifications.

    Instructions for non-competitive candidates:

    Applicants currently serving under a career appointment within the Senior Executive Service (SES), those who are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or those who have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), are not required to address the ECQs or the TQs.

    Applicants must submit proof of their status to be considered eligible for the position.  Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES or reinstatement eligibility, or documentation from the CDP showing OPM certification of your ECQs.  Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the duties and assignments of the position.

    Instructions for all other candidates:

    Applicants must provide a current SF-50 and provide narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs).

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) and TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs and TQs.  You must address each ECQ and TQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs and TQs.  If you fail to do so, you will be rated as "ineligible". Additional information on ECQs is available at Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. ECQ write-up cannot exceed 10 pages.


    1. Demonstrated experience addressing legal issues relating to audits and evaluations of federal programs and operations; and legal issues relating to criminal, civil, and administrative investigations of federal programs, employees, contractors, and grantees.

    2. Demonstrated knowledge of the Inspector General Act and statutes governing the conduct of foreign affairs agencies.

    3. Demonstrated experience addressing federal legal issues relating to issues such as procurement, appropriations, litigation procedures, employee relations, whistleblower retaliation, Freedom of Information Act, and the Privacy Act.

    4. Demonstrated experience providing legal advice and guidance to senior officials, supervisors, and other staff, through written products, or through oral presentations.


    ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.  Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking and Vision.

    ECQ 2- Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.  Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building.

    ECQ 3 - Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving and Technical Credibility.

    ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management and Human Capital Management.

    ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions/Communications: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Oral Communication, Partnering, and Political Savvy.

    Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for a career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


    Benefits and Other Info

    Working for USAID/OIG 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:
    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or/are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service law.

    The U.S. Agency for International Development is a participant of E-verify. E-verify provides an automated link to Federal database to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their social security numbers.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    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.


    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Applications for this position are being processed through an 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.

    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.
    Required Documents:
    Please upload the following documents:
    1. Resume (all candidates)
    2. ECQ Narrative Statements (noncompetitive candidates are not required to submit ECQs).
    3. Technical Qualifications Narrative Statements (noncompetitive candidates are not required to submit TQs).
    4. QRB-certified graduates of OPM approved SES candidate development programs need not address the ECQs.  Instead, applicants must submit a copy of the certificate as evidence of OPM's certification of their ECQs.
    5. Current or former members of the SES must provide evidence (SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action which shows your conversion or appointment into the SES, or recent pay increase showing career status in the SES) of eligibility for reassignment or reinstatement.  Current and former members of the SES need not address the ECQs or the Technical Qualifications (TQs).
    6. A current supervisory appraisal, if available, or at least two (2) current letters of reference dated within the last 24 months must also be submitted with your application.  Please note that Federal agencies are prohibited from accepting and considering political recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected State or Local government officials, and political party officials in support of your application for employment.
    7. College transcript supporting possession of a professional law degree (J.D.).

      You will be directed to fax or upload documents at the (htp:// site to attach to your application for this position.  If you select the fax option, please use the required cover sheet and follow the instructions provided.
    Next Steps:
    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.