The Consular Investigative Assistant at the U.S. Consulate assists consular operations, carry out a broad range of anti-fraud investigations, which will involve site inspections, document analysis, phone and in-person interviews, and official document and case information verification.
Details Of The Job:
Job Title: Consular Investigative Assistant – All Interested Candidates (Fraud Prevention)
Announcement Number: Lagos-2023-020
Hiring Agency: Consulate General Lagos
Series/Grade: LE – 1430 9
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential: LE-9
- Hiring Path: Open to the public
- Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
- For USEFM – FP is 05/Step 1. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
- All Interested Applicants / All Sources
- Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
- Appointment Type: Permanent
- Appointment Type Details: Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
- The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 number of hours per week)
- Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (6 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
- Supervisory Position: No
- Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
- Travel Required: Not Required
- The incumbent will perform wide-ranging anti-fraud investigations in support of consular operations, including document analysis, phone and in-person interviews, verification of documents and case details with government officials, and site visits.
- Investigations primarily focus on analysis of facts to support fraud determinations that can affect whether an applicant is eligible for a citizenship or an immigration benefit.
- The position requires a high-level of independent judgement, decision-making and careful protection of sensitive information.
- On a daily basis, the incumbent must distill complex investigations into succinct summaries of fact that consular officers use in forming case adjudications and drafting denial and revocation memos.
Qualifications and Evaluations
- A University Degree in Law, Psychology, Forensics, Economics or Criminology is required.
- NYSC Certificate Or Exemption Or Exclusion is required.
- Minimum of four (4) years experience as an investigator or researcher for the Police, Court, Law Firm, Insurance company, Government or private agency is required.
- Thorough knowledge of the Nigerian legal system and official documents is required. Knowledge of Nigerian culture, customs and family relationships is required.
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to gain the confidence of those with access to information about fraudulent documents and criminal activities.
- This may be tested. Please specify your level of proficiency in the language listed.
- Fluent in speaking/reading/writing of English is required.
Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent skills in conducting interviews and reviewing documents are required. Working knowledge of Microsoft applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) is required.
- Ability to work calmly and professionally while dealing with contacts and applicants to gain confidence of others and to draft sensitive documents is required.
- Excellent analytical skills and the ability to summarize complex information quickly and succinctly in writing is required.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO):
- The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
- All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.
Benefits and Other Info
- Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Lagos, Nigeria may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
- For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
- The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.
- For the current COVID-19 Requirements please visit the following link.
- Hiring Preference Selection Process: Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.
Hiring Preference Order:
- AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
- AEFM / USEFM
- FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **
- Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, equivalent documentation, or certification.
- A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant.
- The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.
- This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.
- For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.
- We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
NGN 14,526,446 (USD 57,021) / Annum
Application Closing Date
27th February, 2023.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
- All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.
- To apply for this position click the “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY” button at the top of the page. Click on the “Submit Application” button to complete your application process. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.
- To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.
- Residency and/or Work Permit
- Degree (not transcript)
- NYSC Certificate/Exclusion/Exemption
Eligible Family Member Applicants:
- Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
- DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
- SF-50 (if applicable)
Important Information and Notice
- Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.
- For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.
- Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Lagos, Nigeria.