Senior Program Manager

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


About the Position: The position is located in the Arlington, VA office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) with duty, on a long-term temporary duty (TDY) status, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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  • Oversee and manage teams of auditors, program analysts, engineers, and locally employed staff through the planning, conducting, and reporting on comprehensive performance audits and inspections of reconstruction programs and projects implemented using U.S. reconstruction funds to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and oversight of these efforts; detect and prevent waste, fraud and abuse; ensure compliance with laws and regulations; and review adherence to internal control and other applicable standards. These audits primarily cover efforts implemented by the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of State (State), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), but could involve any U.S. government department or agency funding and/or implementing reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
  • Oversee teams' efforts to obtain sufficient, relevant, and reliable evidence through site visits, observation, inquiries, document reviews, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and interviews to provide reasonable basis for an opinion regarding the activity or organization under examination. Ensure that audits and inspections comply with applicable standards, including generally accepted government auditing standards, CIGIE standards for inspections and evaluations, and SIGAR's audit and inspection policies and procedures.
  • Oversee teams as they conduct background research, prepare requests for information, and conduct analyses of documents and data from a variety of sources to obtain evidence that supports audit findings and conclusions.
  • Oversee the development and presentation of written reports and oral briefings for senior SIGAR leaders and external officials regarding significant findings that cover the conditions discovered, applicable criteria, their cause and effect, and recommendations resulting from audit and inspection work. Reviews teams' responses to agency comments and, when necessary, defending or developing suitable alternatives based on those comments. Represent SIGAR in coordination, facilitation, and discussions with Congressional and other federal agency officials relating to proposed, ongoing and completed audits. Participate in audit and inspection design commitments and report message agreement conferences for audits conducted by SIGAR staff and make recommendations to the AIG-A&I on go/no-go decisions for continuation, modification, or termination of audit and inspection projects.
  • Oversee in the development of recommendations to DOD, State, USAID, and other U.S. government department or agency senior leaders regarding actions they should take to remedy issues identified in audits and inspections to promote compliance, efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability in the administration of reconstruction programs, projects, and operations in Afghanistan.
  • Makes recommendations to the DAIG-A&I and AIG-A&I in the appointment, promotion, and reassignment of personnel within A&I and provides direction to staff and other A&I operations support personnel. Screens, interviews, and recommends applicants for positions within A&I, addresses employee concerns, and supports appropriate training opportunities.
  • Report to the DAIG-A&I and AIG-A&I on team, individual work accomplishments, progress, and problems in mastering tasks, work processes, and individual/team training needs. Support a management culture that provides for period performance appraisal reviews of all audit staff and managers; empowers employees to excel in their positions; improves the quality of life at the work place; provides fair and equitable treatment in all aspects of personnel management without regard to political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), marital status, age, or disability; and ensures proper regard for employees' privacy and constitutional rights.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of the Special Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General visits to Afghanistan. Interfaces directly with senior U.S. civilian and military officials (including the U.S. Embassy Mission, the Department of Defense, the Resolute Support mission, USFOR-A, and US Central Command (CENTCOM) to represent and secure support for SIGAR's mission and operational needs and to communicate SIGAR's staffing, direction, development, and planning efforts. Interactions and personal involvement will address, for example, travel and transportation security needs for SIGAR personnel operating in Afghanistan, work and housing space for SIGAR personnel in Afghanistan, information technology and communications requirements, and other general operational needs of the agency.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Overseas travel is required for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Incumbent occupies a position that may be considered essential to support of the SIGAR mission. If your position is considered emergency essential, failure to remain in your position may result in separation for the efficiency of the Federal Service (Ch. 75, Title 5 USC; FPM Ch. 752).
  • Overseas travel is required. 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.
  • This position requires the incumbent to complete a Form SF 312, Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement.
  • The incumbent may be required to submit an Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.
  • This incumbent must be eligible for and be able to maintain a TOP SECRET clearance.
  • Pre-employment and random drug testing is required.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the requirements described below. 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. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

Knowledge Requirements:

Extensive knowledge of auditing and program management techniques in an audit agency is necessary to conduct very broad audit or inspection assignments requiring an integrated analysis of a number of different operational programs, functions or accounting systems. Many of the audits are of national interest to the relevant agencies, Congress, the public, and the media, and, in some cases, have international involvement or impact.
Mastery of the theory, concepts, practices, and techniques of auditing, to include generally accepted government auditing standards and the identification of conditions, causes, criteria, effect, and recommendations.

Extensive knowledge of and ability to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in one or more of the following areas: federal contracting practices; program management, evaluation, and oversight; national security, foreign affairs, and development programs implemented or funded by the State, DOD, and USAID; strategic planning; and U.S. government funding mechanisms and requirements.
Interpersonal skills including the ability to interview, negotiate, and brief senior officials; superior ability to lead multi-agency audit teams in the development of audit plans, conduct highly complex audit projects, and write reports to substantiate findings.

Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to think strategically and identify needs, requirements, and develop expert recommendations based on qualitative and quantitative data, and arrive at a clear, logical, concise conclusion.

Ability to exercise sound judgment and form objective conclusions/recommendations, monitor compliance, and evaluate the effectiveness of recommendations based on empirical facts, evidence, and other pertinent information.

Skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to complex projects from the preplanning phase through completion and final delivery of the product.

Thorough knowledge of the overall mission of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Extensive experience managing multiple tasks and achieving stated goals and requirements. Expertise in interpersonal techniques to meet and deal effectively with others at all levels of authority and exert a positive influence.

Extensive experience to communicating technical information orally and in writing in preparation of required reports or other written products.

Seasoned professional with experience in the following areas: leading audit or inspection teams planning, performing, and reporting on the results of performance audits or inspections of U.S. government departments and agencies; developing and executing project work plans; defining objectives, scope, and requirements; reviewing and analyzing data, identifying deficiencies, writing reports, and making recommendations and/or recommending best practices to improve program operations; working effectively with individuals and/or other agencies; and providing guidance to less experienced staff.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

  • 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.
  • A trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet
  • You may claim military spouse preference.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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.

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