Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
01/24/2020 to 02/24/2020
Pay scale & grade
$131,239 to $197,300 per year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Yes as determined by agency policy
This job is open to
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Family of overseas employees
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
Clarification from the agency
Status Candidates, Noncompetitive, Reinstatement Eligibles, ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles, VEOA Eligibles
"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."
"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."
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.
Learn more about this agency
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.
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.
Occasional travel - Up to 3 weeks at a time (domestically or internationally)
Conditions Of Employment
- Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
- Requires a financial disclosure statement, SF-278.
- This position has no promotion potential.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below 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.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
Applicants applying as General Engineers must show that they possess a professional knowledge of general engineer as evidenced by one of the following:
A. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by ONE of the following:
- Professional registration --Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence
provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering
- Written Test- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination AND have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, OR (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-05. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic
requirements in paragraph A.
Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
- Specified academic courses--successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical,
and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
- Related curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise, or unless he/she qualifies under the provisions of B.2 related to the EIT examination or BET degree.
Note: All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement, EIT documentation and/or copy of professional registration 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.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:
IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic qualification requirements listed above, the applicant MUST possess the following MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS.
FAILURE TO ADDRESS THESE SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS IN A SEPARATE NARRATIVE STATEMENT WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION. Please upload your narrative statements (mandatory technical qualifications) under the "additional documents" section where you will be uploading other required documents.
You must provide a separate narrative statement to each of the following technical qualifications. You must describe fully, but concisely, how your experience supports each of the following qualifications. Please keep in mind this is a senior level position which requires the highest levels of expertise.
Each technical qualification narrative should not exceed 2 pages.
1) Evaluating engineering, architectural, and construction projects related to construction of facilities worldwide to include vertical construction such as multi-story buildings, large-scale residential and commercial developments and warehouses.
2) Reviewing, interpreting, and evaluating construction and engineering plans and Federal contract administration practices to ensure compliance, recognize errors, ambiguities, or omissions and provide corrective recommendations.
3) Providing training to OIG personnel on construction acquisition procedures and the proper administration of construction contracts. Ensures the training remains current and reflects the latest changes to all federal and Department requirements, policies, and procedures.
4) Developing and applying construction scheduling techniques, monitoring project progress, identifying causes for delays and developing recommendations for corrective action.
In order to be considered for this position, ALL applicants MUST upload narrative statements (mandatory technical qualifications) under the "additional documents" section (where you will be uploading other required documents).
All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement, EIT documentation and/or copy of professional registration 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.
For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) – U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States - either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee’s information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
1) Ability to evaluate engineering, architectural, and construction projects related to construction of facilities worldwide to include vertical construction such as multi-story buildings, large-scale residential and commercial developments and warehouses.
2) Ability to review, interpret, and evaluate construction and engineering plans and Federal contract administration practices to ensure compliance, recognize errors, ambiguities, or omissions and provide corrective recommendations.
3) Ability to train OIG personnel on construction acquisition procedures and the proper administration of construction contracts. Ability to ensure the training remains current and reflects the latest changes to all federal and Department requirements, policies, and procedures.
4) Ability to develop and apply construction scheduling techniques, monitor project progress, identify causes for delays and develop recommendations for corrective action.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here.
Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.
If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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Background checks and security clearance
All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.
2. The Mandatory Technical Qualification Narrative which must be provided in the document upload section under "additional documents."
3. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department’s automated system “Gateway to State”.
4. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.
5. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.
6. All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.
7. All non-competitive eligible applicants must submit proof of eligibility (i.e., SF-50 documenting the full performance level of a position held on a permanent basis).
8. Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities act (VEOA). You must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this job announcement.
For Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.
If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.
If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the current or expected discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity as a preference eligible. To gain access to your DD-214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
Current Federal employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show you meet time-in-grade requirements.
For more information on Veteran Authorities, consult the Vet Guide.
9. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.
10. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:
11. If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application. For information related to special hiring authorities for veterans, click here. For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons visit: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.
To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.
You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.
STEP 4: Submit all required documentation (INCLUDING THE MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS NARRATIVES) applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department’s automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.
Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at email@example.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET
ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES
NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.
NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.
After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:
1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.
For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
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