Foreign Service Officer - Criminal Investigator

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 July 2020
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Job Description


Open & closing dates: 07/31/2020 to 08/12/2020

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: FP 04 - 05

Salary: $61,519 to $111,493 per year

Appointment type: Permanent - Under the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, Chapter 3, SEC. 306. (a)(1)(2) - Before receiving a career appointment in the Service an individual shall first serve under a limited appointment as a career candidate for a trial period of service.

Work schedule: Full-Time - Entry on duty location will be Washington, DC. Selectee(s) will be reassigned to worldwide locations. Criminal investigators receive additional availability pay of 25% of basic pay for being available to work substantial amounts of unscheduled duty.


At the full performance level you will:

  • Conduct complex and large-scale criminal, civil, and administrative investigations.
  • Plan, conduct and coordinate sensitive and significant domestic and overseas criminal investigations affecting the integrity and efficiency of USAID, ADF, IAF, MCC and OPIC-financed activities and personnel in an assigned geographic region.
  • Plan, organize or direct investigations, determine scope and possible ramifications, develop methods, procedures and techniques to be followed. Conduct research, data collection and analysis of information related to programs and projects that are subject to investigative oversight.
  • Oversee the gathering and development of technical/administrative evidence relating to phases of investigations, and utilize a broad range of investigative techniques such as interviews, subpoenas, search warrants, electronic surveillance, financial analysis, document examination and the use expert witnesses.
  • Lead teams or work directly with employees and other federal agencies’ experts to complete investigations.
  • Prepare investigative reports and other written documentation for action officials, Congress, prosecutorial bodies and OIG management.
  • Brief and advise management/leadership, congressional staffers, prosecutors and law enforcement teams on various investigative matters/results.

Travel Required

50% or less - Position requires frequent travel to domestic and overseas locations.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Medical and Physical Examinations are required.
  • Relocation expenses not authorized on initial appointment.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: The duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free range of motion of fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, and knee joints are required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of this position are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment. Applicants that have no prior series 1811 criminal investigator experience must meet the maximum age for entry into a covered position which is the date immediately preceding the applicant’s 37th birthday and must be able to retire at the mandatory age of 57 years with 20 years of service as an 1811 criminal investigator. Hiring exceptions will be made for veterans’ preference eligibles.

Foreign Service career candidates will be considered for tenure by a Tenure Board after they have acquired at least three years in the agency, of which a minimum of two years’ overseas experience in the Service. Each career candidate is afforded two opportunities to receive tenure based on the Board’s review of the employee’s written performance evaluations which are prepared by a supervisor at least once a year. A career candidate who fails to perform satisfactorily may be separated at any time during their probationary period. Any employee who remains untenured after two reviews will be separated from the Agency at the end of the five-year probationary appointment. The appointment status of a career candidate who receives tenure will be changed from probationary to career.


You must have one year of specialized experience at the level similar, related, or relevant to the work of this job that has given you particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related.

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.

To qualify for the FS-05 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at the FS-06/GS-09 grade in the Federal service or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as: 1. Performing record searches, 2. Reviewing and analyzing contracts and business records, and 3. Applying appropriate legal/ regulatory guidelines and standard investigative techniques/procedures.

FS-05 grade level applicants may also qualify based on education or a combination of specialized experience and education:
To qualify on education at the FS-05 grade level, applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. A combination of specialized experience and graduate education may also be qualifying.

To qualify for the FS-04 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at the FS-05/GS-11 grade in the Federal service or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as: 1. Conducting multi-faceted and or multi-jurisdictional criminal/Civil/ and administrative investigations, 2. Investigating complaints and/or allegations of fraud and conducting appropriate research to determine courses of action, and 3. Writing interim and final reports of investigation detailing issues, status, contributing causes and recommendations.

Selective Placement Factors:

(1) Applicants must have experience conducting investigations of Title 18, Civil False Claims Act, or investigations involving contractual remedies, or have prepared referrals for suspension/debarment.

(2) Applicant must have satisfactorily completed the Basic Criminal Investigative Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, or any one of the following equivalent programs: Army Criminal Investigations Division Academy, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Academy; Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Academy; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Academy; Postal Inspections Academy (Proof of completion must be provided at time of application).

Key Requirements and Conditions of employment:

  • Must be available for worldwide service.
  • This is a position in the Foreign Service.
  • You will be required to maintain firearm proficiency and carry a firearm while performing the duties of this position.
  • Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license upon appointment and be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret SCI security clearance.
  • This position is a Testing Designated Position subject to the applicant testing and random drug testing
  • Must be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance - Prior to being hired to the Foreign Service, applicants must have a thorough medical examination and receive an unlimited medical clearance for assignment worldwide.
  • Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical examination by an Agency designated physician to determine if they are physically and medically qualified to perform the full duties of the position. Any physical condition which could hinder an individual’s full, efficient and safe performance of his/her duties as a criminal investigator, or failure to meet any of the required physical or medical qualifications, will usually be considered disqualifying for employment, except when sufficient evidence is presented that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job efficiently and without hazard to themselves and others. Applicants who refuse to submit to the required examinations will not be considered for employment as a criminal investigator.
  • Must agree to work an annual average of two hours extra per day to meet the requirements of law enforcement availability pay (LEAP) as described in Title 5 U.S.C 5545A (d) (1).
  • Applicants for this position are required to qualify with and use firearms and other weapons as part of assigned duties and to maintain such qualifications. Because of an amendment to 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9), which became effective September 30, 1996, and is referred to as the Lautenberg Amendment, applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon. A qualifying conviction is a state or Federal conviction for a crime of domestic
    violence and any general or special court-martial for an offense that otherwise meets element of a crime of domestic violence, even though not classified as a misdemeanor or felony.

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