Foreign Service Officer - Program Analyst - Requires Worldwide Mobility Agreement

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Dec-06-2019
  • Posted
    Nov 21

Position description

Responsibilities

As a junior Program Analyst assigned to Office of Audits, Global & Strategic Audits Division (GSAD) you will:

  • Assist lead auditor in defining audit scopes and objectives.
  • Coordinate information and schedules with relevant mission or headquarter entities.
  • Review audit information to develop findings and draft portions of audit reports.
  • Perform research prior to and during audits to address program or operation changes.
  • Participate in the entrance and/or exit conferences.

As a full performance Program Analyst assigned to Office of Audits, Global & Strategic Audits Division (GSAD) you will:

  • Conduct high quality performance audits in compliance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) and professional audit standards and Inspector General audit policies and procedures.
  • Determine efficiency and effectiveness of agency programs and operations, achievement of program objectives to prevent the occurrence of waste, fraud, and abuse.
  • Formulate conclusions and prepare written reports or segments thereof containing recommendations for corrective actions required on the part of program officials.
  • Perform quality reviews of audit reports, surveys, and special studies conducted by IG audit staff.
  • Brief audit mangers on progress of audits; identify significant audit areas which require decisions and presents recommendations and options on directions audits should take, including expansion or curtailment of initial audit efforts. 
  • Communicate with Agency representatives/internal stakeholders in order to acquire and/or disseminate information.
  • Analyze whether audit recommendations have been successfully implemented, recommends changes and modifications as necessary and prepares summaries of analyses for Congress.
  • Analyze and evaluate narrative, financial, and statistical reports and program data using quantitative and qualitative research methods and techniques, such as questionnaires, interviews, and reviews of computer data to assess the effectiveness of programs or operations in meeting established goals and measure applying relevant criteria.
  • Prepare and maintain audit working papers including analytical summaries, in accordance with GAGAS.
  • Assist senior staff in a full range of analytical steps, from planning and designing the audit through implementing the audit, to reporting results orally and in writing.
  • Work with team members to establish relevant facts, determine if evidence collected is sufficient and appropriate to support findings, and link those findings to the appropriate solution.
  • Participate in and lead interviews with federal agency officials and program recipients to collect information, conduct inspections, and/or present findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

 

Travel Required

50% or less - Overseas travel required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

01 - FS01 - (Foreign Service employees must meet eligibility requirements established for their class to get consideration for the next class level.)

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance
  • Designated and/or random drug test required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Medical Exam required
  • Requires worldwide mobility agreement.

 

Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, 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 further information, click on foreign education.

 

Qualifications

To qualify for the FS-07/GS-07 equivalent grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at the FP-09/GS-05 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) applying a variety of basic audit techniques to assist in an audit operation; (2) researching and compiling data for studies analyzing the effectiveness and efficiency of program support operations; and (3) providing guidance to staff on recurring or well-established administrative policy questions/procedures.

FS-07/GS-07 grade level applicants may also qualify based on education or a combination of specialized experience and education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 1 full year of graduate level education, or, superior academic achievement. 

OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants.

To qualify for the FS-06/GS-09 equivalent grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at the FP-07/GS-07 grade level or equivalent in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is defined as: (1) participating in the planning, preparation and execution of performance audits in accordance with GAGAS; (2) applying a variety of audit techniques to assist in an audit operation; and (3) participating in the analysis and reviews of information to develop audit recommendations of findings.

FS-06/GS-09 grade level applicants may also qualify based on education or a combination of specialized experience and education:  To qualify based on education, applicants must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. A combination of specialized experience and graduate education may also be qualifying. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100. You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the competencies listed on this vacancy announcement. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered. USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process. Applicants who do not permit reference checks from previous employers may be disqualified. This position requires the following core competencies: 

  • Auditing
  • Data Analysis
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Problem Solving

 
Note: Your answers to the assessment questions, which attest to your work experience, must be supported in your resume

Education

Submit copy of transcripts listing courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average if you are qualifying on the basis of education.   You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.

FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS: If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities, 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: http://www.naces.org/aboutnaces.htm

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

Application instructions

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