Security Investigator (Substitution) at U.S. Consulate General

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria comprises of the Embassy in Abuja, FCT, and the Consulate General in Lagos. U.S. Consulate General Lagos is the Mission’s representative to the Nigerian people in the southern region.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Security Investigator – All Interested Candidates (Criminal Fraud Investigator (Substitution))

Announcement Number: Lagos-2022-070RA-S
Location: Lagos
Hiring Agency: Consulate General Lagos
Series / Grade: LE – 0705 10
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential: LE-10
Telework Eligible: No


  • Hiring Path: Open to the public
  • Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
    • For USEFM – FP is 05.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
    • All Interested Candidates
  • 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 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 Criminal Fraud Investigator (CFI) is embedded in the Consular Section and works under the direct supervision of the Assistant Regional Security Officer- Investigator (ARSO-I).
  • The incumbent conducts sensitive, routine, and complex criminal investigations of counterfeit/forged travel documents, human trafficking, and smuggling, U.S. fugitive extraditions, identity theft, bribery, extortion, conspiracy, misrepresentation, malfeasance, and terrorist travel.
  • To facilitate these investigations, the incumbent builds relationships with contacts of all levels throughout the region to include but not limited to relationships  with the respective police  forces, immigration agencies,  airport security, and prosecutors’ offices, etc. The incumbent is also responsible for working level liaison with U.S. law enforcement  agencies and U.S. attorney’s offices throughout the United States and its territories.
  • Incumbent may also manage non-RSO Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) when they are involved in supporting criminal investigations within the DSS purview as well as fulfilling interagency requests for investigative support that perpetuate national security interests.
  • Incumbent can also work under the direction of the Senior Regional Security Officer {SRSO) with concurrence from the ARSO-I. The CFI is managed by the ARSO-I who is supported by the Overseas Criminal Investigations Division {DS/INV/OCI) in Washington DC.

Qualifications and Evaluations
Education Requirements:

  • Completion of two (2) years of University Studies is required.


  • A minimum of seven (7) years working in a professional capacity in a related criminal or investigative field within the local government or experience working in conjunction with the U.S. or government in the field(s) of criminal justice, security, or administrative investigations, or court processes with emphasis on technical, analytical or procedural investigations and/or applied operations with a concept of needs focused on identification, interception, interruption, or denial of criminal activities is required.

Job Knowledge:

  • Good working knowledge of documentary sources of information and familiarity with pertinent local laws such as invasion of privacy, marriage, divorce, etc. is necessary.
  • Knowledge about criminal activities and modus operandi of criminal organizations within the AOR.
  • The work requires a comprehensive command of local criminal law, judicial proceedings, analytical and legal research, as well as the ability to produce reports of investigations based on investigative efforts.
  • The incumbent must be able to rapidly coordinate large scale, high profile investigations for both host nation and U.S. law enforcement and maintain a cadre of key contacts with a like interest in program goals. Basic knowledge of U.S. travel document concerns, objective ideas in respect to the overall fraud trends, methods, and strategies in visa and passport fraud is required.


  • This may be tested. Please specify your level of proficiency in the language listed.


  • Fluent in Written / Speaking / Reading English is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Critical and independent thinker; self-starter, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work as a team toward a common goal are requirements. Strong computer skills, (word processing, spreadsheet management, presentations software) are required.
  • Incumbent will use analytical computer software such as 12 link analysis, or open source internet investigative tools to secure digital evidence and must be able to manipulate data exports from DOS databases for analytical review/import.
  • Must have skills to speak in public and do public presentations on a regular basis.
  • The incumbent must be able to write detailed and accurate reports in English that require little to no correction.

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.

Agency Benefits:

  • 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.

Other Information:

  • 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*
  • FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* Important

  • 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 (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.

Marketing Statement:

N12,772,559 (USD54,775) annually.

Application Closing Date
3rd August, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information

  • 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

Required Documents
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.

All Applicants

  • Residency and/or Work Permit
  • Degree (not transcript)
  • University Transcripts

Eligible Family Member Applicants:

  • Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • Passport copy
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

  • 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.

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