Assistant Inspector General for Strategic Communications and Programs (Legal Advisor)

Washington, D.C
Mar 14, 2023
Mar 21, 2023
Full Time

The Assistant Inspector General for Strategic Communications and Programs (AIGSCP) works closely with the Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General in the day-to-day operations of the OIG and on special projects as necessary. The incumbent is a trusted advisor and resource and serves as the critical link in communication between the front office and OIG staff and stakeholders. The incumbent is responsible for key programs including communications, organizational development, internal controls, budget, enterprise risk management, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) programs.
  • Serve as a high-level lega l advisor on a wide variety of OIG issues involving audits, investigations, legal, legislative, external affairs, management, and administration.
  • Represent the agency to various legal bodies including but not limited courts of various jurisdiction and administrative law judges.
  • Draft legal memoranda.
  • Collaborate with Senior Leaders to ensure the program offices carry out the IG's initiatives.
  • Build programs focused to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility.
  • Develop and formulate policies and procedures for OIG-wide programs and initiatives.
  • Plan and assign work and set priorities through subordinate supervisors; evaluate the performance of subordinate supervisors and review performance ratings of their subordinates; provide counsel, advice, and make decisions on work related problems.


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • The individual selected will be required to file an Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Initial Senior Executive Service (SES) Career appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment and random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires the incumbent to successfully obtain and maintain a top secret/SCI clearance.
  • Travel to overseas and domestic locations is required.


You must have the skills and ability to perform the duties described above as d emonstrated by progressively responsible supervisory/leadership experience, normally obtained over several years by serving in positions at the GS-15 level, equivalent, or above. To meet the minimum qualifications of this position, you must possess and address each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQ). We recommend you provide two (2) examples of relevant experience for each ECQ. Responses to ALL ECQs must not exceed ten (10) pages; TQ responses must not exceed one (1) page per MTQ. Please include your full name on all documents submitted.

If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program and have been certified by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) you MUST submit a resume and in a separate document address the TQs. Any ECQs submitted will not be considered. Your resume must clearly state that you are a current career SES, eligible for reinstatement, or SESCDP certified and year of certification. Submit proof of your status to be considered eligible for the position (SF-50 showing career status in the SES or reinstatement eligibility, or documentation from the SESCDP 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.

All other applicants must submit a resume, provide narrative responses to the ECQs and mandatory TQs. When preparing your responses to the ECQs and mandatory TQs, you are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.


required applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. 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.


TQ 1. Demonstrated ability and or experience in collaborative strategic planning such as: working across organizational entities; restructuring/reorganizing offices; responding to external and internal surveys, changing regulations, and hiring authorities; building programs focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility; analyzing alternative courses of action; communicating results and/or an effective way forward; and implementing decisions to meet mission needs.

TQ 2. Proven and demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication for a wide variety of audiences and topical areas including technical, non-technical, executive and non-Government entities.

TQ 3. Experience leading and directing projects: demonstrated experience planning, managing, and implementing ad-hoc projects, including defining scopes, project resources, goals, and deliverables. Experience with implementing and managing change when necessary to meet Agency/project output; and with leading issue identification and resolution and working with multiple projects simultaneously.

TQ 4. Experience representing the organization and building consensus among various stakeholders at all levels and across an organization, including defending controversial decisions on a variety of policy matters in meetings, conferences, and other interactions with senior officials.

TQ5. Experience providing legal counsel to agency leadership in a government setting. Demonstrated experience advising senior agency leadership on a host of legal issues, drafting legal memoranda, and representing the agency to various legal bodies including but not limited courts of various jurisdiction, administrative law judges, etc.


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. 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. Additionally, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
  • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
  • Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

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. Please refer to the following website for additional information on the Senior Executive Service: SES Basic Qualifications:


You must meet the minimum education requirement of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (L.L.B. or J.D.). You MUST submit copies of transcripts at time of application. Failure to provide proof of education requirements will result in non-consideration for this position. OFFICIAL ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS will be required prior to entrance-on-duty for the person selected.

You must be a current member in good standing of the BAR of a state or territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. You must provide a copy of this certification.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see Department of Education .

Additional information

This is a Tier I SES position as described per USAID OIG policy directive 4044. The Tier I maximum rate of basic pay is equivalent to the maximum rate of basic pay of EX-II as authorized under 5 U.S.C. § 5382 and 5 CFR Part 534 for a certified SES performance appraisal system.

This is a position with the Office of Inspector General (OIG), characterized by excellence and professionalism, and responsible for assisting the OIG in its efforts to increase accountability and promote good stewardship of foreign assistance funds.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the OIG maintains international investigative and audit 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; Tel Aviv, Israel; Frankfurt, Germany; Kampala, Uganda and Bangkok, Thailand. The OIG is centrally located in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Federal Triangle Metro - Blue, Orange and Silver Lines).

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) 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.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.

Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.

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