Writer-Editor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 July 2020

Job Description

OIG audits and investigations lead to significant recoveries, the identification of cost-savings opportunities, and program improvements that directly enhance the U.S. Government’s ability to extend development assistance, support economic growth, combat the spread of disease, promote democratic reform, and address food insecurity to countries in the world.

This position is headquartered in Washington, DC; however, alternate duty locations are negotiable.

Responsibilities

As a Writer-Editor, you will:

  • Advise OIG staff and managers on the development of a wide variety of written products, including audit reports, testimonies, congressional correspondence, special reports, and brochures. Participate in key meetings with teams, managers, and senior leaders on report focus, message, and progress.
  • Review written products to ensure they comply with writing principles and established policies and procedures, e.g., GAO guidelines, Yellow Book reporting standards, etc. Identify where and why deviations from these standards occur, develops strategies to remove these deviations, and how to appropriately communicate results.
  • Revise documents for logic, clarity, and accuracy. Decipher highly complex and, at times, unclear or conflicting information.
  • Conduct independent research to identify and provide needed context for understanding complex material and audit messages.
  • Edit documents to comply with house style requirements; consults on design, graphics, and other illustrative materials; and complete final review of publications for style, design, layout, and editorial aspects before their release.
  • Assist AS Division managers and the Communications Officer in formulating and promulgating writing policies, procedures, and guidelines, and in developing products that support all OIG missions, including OIG’s semiannual reports to Congress, top management challenges, transition reports, budget reports, journal articles, speeches and presentations, and internal products such as OIG’s newsletter.
  • Provide guidance and support in developing visuals for audit reports, testimonies, presentations, and other OIG products, including charts, tables, and photographs.
  • Maintain a basic knowledge of and concerns related to USAID programs and operations.
  • Conduct formal and on-the job-training for OIG staff in message development, writing, and visual presentation of complex data.
  • Effectively work with and influences a highly diverse staff, often under extreme pressure and timelines to meet mandates and testimony time frames. Anticipate and solves problems, or takes corrective action when problems arise.
  • Maintain expert skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and other software to effectively and efficiently complete required tasks. Use various technologies to enhance collaboration and expedite product development.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel will be required; incumbent must be willing and able to travel both domestically and internationally.

Requirements Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.
  • Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.
  • Designated and/or random drug test required.
  • Overnight/overseas travel required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date. This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy.

Qualifications

Grade 12: Qualifying experience for the GS-12 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience for the GS-12 includes: (1) revising documents for logic, clarity, and accuracy; (2) deciphering highly complex and unclear or conflicting information;(3) conducting independent research to identify and provide needed context for understanding material and audit messages; (3) editing documents to comply with Government Publishing Office and other house style requirements; and/or (4) consulting on graphics, and other illustrative material and reviewed final draft publications for style, design, layout and editorial aspects.

Education

There is no substitution of education at the GS-12 and GS-13 levels.

Required Documents

Documents that are required for verification of eligibility, if applicable:

  • Resume
  • Most recent performance appraisal (if you are a current federal employee)
  • Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A) For a detailed list of documents, click here.
  • Status candidates must submit a recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code 1 or 2, and type of position occupied.
  • Proof of government service documenting that you have met the time-in-grade requirements.
  • Proof of military service (DD214s or other equivalent documents).
  • SF15, Application for 10-Point Veteran’s Preference and appropriate documentation (for 10-point compensable or non-compensable disability preference, Purple Heart, disability pension, or preference based on service of spouse or child).
  • Proof of eligibility for priority placement consideration under Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); i.e., copy of appropriate documentation such as RIF separation notice, or other notice of eligibility.
  • CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704, by submitting a copy of the following documents with your completed application: (1) A copy of your agency notice; AND, (2) Resume showing relevant experience; AND (3) A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal; AND, (4) A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

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