Lead Inspector (Foreign Assistance)
U.S. Department of State
 Arlington, VA
  • Duties




This position is located in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Inspections (OIG/ISP). The incumbent serves as Lead Inspector with responsibility for overseeing and directing OIG/ISP's oversight of foreign assistance programs and activities through inspections of overseas missions and domestic bureaus. S/he reports to the Functional Coordinator for Foreign Assistance/Overseas Contingency Operations and to the Director of the Policy Implementation Division in OIG/ISP.

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The incumbent of this position plans and directs complex reviews of foreign assistance initiatives. These projects may include detailed reviews of foreign assistance implementing mechanisms, such as contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, interagency reimbursable agreements, and government-to-government assistance. In addition, the incumbent assesses strategic management of foreign assistance programs, including program design, chief of mission oversight of assistance activities, performance management, and strategic planning.

As Lead inspector, the incumbent also plans and conducts the portion of the inspection related to foreign assistance activities at overseas posts and domestic operations and programs and participates in reviewing operations of political and economic sections, as appropriate. Inspections typically include a wide variety of work processes carried out in diverse organizations and geographic locations. Inspections may involve exceedingly complex, novel, or highly controversial issues. The incumbent performs duties and carries out continuing responsibilities for inspections including the following:

  • Plans and organizes information, data, and sources. Assigns tasks to lower-graded or other inspectors as appropriate.
  • Conducts pre-inspection preparation and all pertinent background reviews.
  • Prepares appropriate sections of the inspection work plan and advises team leadership of areas of focus, identifies the scope and objectives, and recommends issues that should be examined during the assigned inspection.
  • Conducts on-site inspection activities including on-site interviews, document reviews, physical assessments, and observation of activities.
  • Informs team leadership of the inspection's progress, discusses initial findings, and consults on any issues or unusual problems that may arise. Redirects, redefines, broadens, or otherwise adjusts inspection activities to assure proper coverage of problems or issues.
  • Assesses findings and supporting data; the problems that have been identified, their cases, their effects on posts' management, and the implications on post's operations; and the corrective actions formulated to rectify the identified deficiencies.
  • Supports all findings with evidence in accordance with CIGIE Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation and maintains appropriate records and files. Reviews documentation of other team members as appropriate.
  • Prepares clear and succinct draft reports for team leadership. Ensures that draft reports include the most important problems and issues along with sound recommendations for improvements.
  • Effectively briefs senior Department and USAGM officials on inspection findings. Maintains effective relationships when representing ISP and OIG in negotiating with Department and USAGM officials for acceptance of inspection findings and for the resolution of any conflicts.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is required up to 30% of the year.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • This position has no promotion potential.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.


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.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience in managing or conducting oversight of foreign assistance programs.

Experience in obtaining, analyzing, and documenting data related to foreign assistance programs.

Experience in providing clear and concise briefings to senior officials on policy and/or program issues involving foreign assistance.

Experience in interpreting laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to foreign assistance programs.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.