The U.S. Mission in Abuja, Nigeria is seeking to employ eligible and qualified candidates for the position below:
Fraud Prevention Assistant
Announcement Number: Abuja-2018-077
Series/Grade: LE - 1430 8
Security Clearance Required: Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type: Permanent
Appointment Type Details: Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Job Type: Full Time (40 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
- Basic Function of the Position – The incumbent reviews suspected fraudulent documents and makes preliminary judgment regarding authenticity.
- S/he interviews applicants presenting fraudulent documents and elicits information on where the documents were acquired, makes preliminary determination of bona fides, and alerts consular officers to potential problems.
- S/he conducts verification and case assessment both over the phone and in the field, to verify the authenticity of documents and claims by applicants. Directly supervised by Consular Fraud Prevention Manager .
Qualifications and Evaluations
- Experience: Four (4) years work experience as an investigator or fraud examiner for the Police, Court, Law Firm, Insurance Company, Government or private agency is required.
- Knowledge of the Nigerian legal system, bureaucracy, customs, family relationship norms, and ethnic groups, as well as knowledge of Nigerian financial fraud, specifically common techniques and trends.
- Knowledge of basic fraud detection techniques - forensic and interrogatory are required.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Psychology, Forensics, or Criminology is required.
This might be tested:
- Language: Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing in English . Level IV speaking/reading Hausa, Igbo or any one of the over 500 local languages spoken in Nigeria is required.
Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to interview suspected perpetrators of fraud and other individuals to elicit information, detect document fraud, and produce logical and coherent reports of findings. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite with quick and accurate typing skills, and ability to learn the Consular Affairs software quickly. Basic math 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.
Benefits and Other Info
- Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Abuja, 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.
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”), 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:
- The military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and
- 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 Click here (Pdf)
Method of Application
Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:
- Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
- Residency and/or Work Permit
- Degree (not transcript)
- DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
- SF-50 (if applicable).
- All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.
- All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.
- 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".