Subject Matter Expert (Economic and Social Development)

Arlington, Virginia
Jun 08, 2017
Jun 23, 2017
Full Time

Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities. SIGAR conducts audits and investigations to promote efficiency and effectiveness of reconstruction programs and detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.

About the Position:
This position is located in the Headquarters Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in Arlington, VA and reports to the Director, Research and Analysis Directorate (RAD) or his/her designee. The primary responsibility is writing the Economic and Social Development section of SIGAR’s Quarterly Report to the U.S. Congress and serving as the agency's expert on U.S. efforts to promote, build, strengthen, and support Afghan-led sustainable economic growth, health, and other essential services. This position is an agency asset that will be available to assist all Directorates of SIGAR. The incumbent serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with specific expertise in the following areas:

  • U.S. and international assistance to improve Afghanistan's economic and fiscal outlook, trade, banking and finance, agriculture, power supply, infrastructure, transportation, education and health
  • U.S. economic and social development-related funding
  • Professional expert-level writing
  • Past and current Afghanistan reconstruction efforts by the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury and Justice, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and other U.S. government entities.

The incumbent will provide writing and analytical services to support all aspects of SIGAR's mission. All resources of SIGAR may be considered available to the incumbent in support of the projects assigned and is responsible for organizing the available assets to produce quality research and reports which address the issues assigned. Travel to Afghanistan may be required.

Who May Apply:

U.S. Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • overseas travel may be required

  • No

  • Required to submit Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Rpt
  • Requires completion of SF312 Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement
  • Requires Top Secret security clearance and random drug testing
  • Overseas travel to Afghanistan may be required
  • Mission essential position
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.

    Experience required:

    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).  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job.  Specialized experience is defined as: conducting independent research, analysis of documents, professional expert-level writing, writing economic and social development sections of reports, and interacting with senior officials/management. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

    • Knowledge of Afghan-led sustainable economic growth, education, health, and other essential services.
    • Skill in writing Economic and Social Development Reports.
    • Ability to conduct research and analyze documents.
    • Ability to apply oral and written communication techniques to effectively and accurately present technical and explanatory information.

    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 GS-11 grade (or equivalent).

    Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify.  For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

    Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • This position is in Career Program 22.
    • This position may be considered essential to the overall support of the SIGAR mission.  If considered emergency essential, failure to meet emergency essential requirements may result in separation for the efficiency of the Federal Service (Ch. 75, Title 5 USC; FPM Ch. 752).
    • Incumbent may be required to submit an Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.
    • Incumbent must complete a Form SF 312, Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement.
    • Incumbent must be eligible for and be able to maintain a Top Secret (SCI) clearance and be subject to random drug testing.
    • This position may require travel to Afghanistan.  In support of this travel, the incumbent will be required to meet minimum standards of fitness for deployment to the CENTCOM region to include the ability to wear personal protective equipment, including protective mask, ballistic helmet, body armor, and chemical/biological protective garments.

    Top Secret/SCI

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