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    Summary

    AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Current Overseas Private Investment Corporation employees only serving on permanent competitive appointments in the Washington, D.C. local commuting area, OR current Overseas Private Investment Corporation employees who are eligible for consideration under a noncompetitive authority, regardless of their current status, in the local commuting area of Washington, D.C.. For example, 30% disabled veterans; appointment based on severe disabilities; reinstatement eligible; Pathways Interns and Recent Graduates who are eligible for noncompetitive conversion, etc.

    This position is part of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Office of Investment Policy (OIP). The incumbent serves as a program expert for one or more specific areas of activity related to the economic assessments of OPIC-assisted finance, insurance, and investment funds projects.

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    Responsibilities

    As an International Economist, typical work assignments include:

    • Serve as technical authority on OIP's assessment tools, methodology, and avenues of approach to determine projected impacts of OPIC-supported projects on the U.S. and host country economies.
    • Identify, collect, and analyze data concerning the effects of proposed and actual OPIC-supported private investments on the U.S. economy, including jobs and trade, and communicate conclusions in written and oral reports.
    • Identify, collect, and analyze data concerning the effects of proposed and actual OPIC-supported private investments on the host country economy, and communicate conclusions in written and oral reports.
    • Conduct on-site investigations and client interviews of selected projects to determine compliance with OIP's loan conditions and assess the project's actual impacts on the U.S. and host country economies, and communicate conclusions in written and oral reports.
    • Help develop and refine assessment tools and criteria to continually improve OPIC's ability to inform OPIC stakeholders on the impacts of OPIC-supported projects to the U.S. and host country economies.
    • Collaborate on in-depth analyses of projected and actual project impacts (e.g., by sector or region) to be used in internal and external reports.
    • Represent OPIC and OIP at high-level meetings and conferences both inside and outside the Agency.
    • Assist in the development and refinement of policies, procedures, and forms to improve efficiency and/or effectiveness of OIP functions.
    • Assist in maintaining and improving computer storage and retrieval systems.
    • Assist in the training of new staff, interns, and detailees.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • US Citizenship is required.
    • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
    • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
    • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
    • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade (see Requirements).

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp).

    Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:

    Qualifications

    All applicants must meet one of the following Basic Qualifications:

    A. A BA/BS degree in economics that included at least 21 hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR

    B. Courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education (Examples of qualifying experience include: individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems).

    Applicants at the GS-13, must also meet the following:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to:

    Provide economic assessments of the impact of finance, insurance, and investment funds projects on the U.S and host country economy; conduct on-site investigations of selected projects, interviewing management, workers, customers, and suppliers relative to economic impact,; write and present findings on the economic impact of assisted finance, insurance, and investment funds project to various audiences.

    Applicants at the GS-14, must also meet the following:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to:

    Provide complex economic assessments of the impact of finance, insurance, and investment funds projects on the U.S and host country economy; conduct on-site investigations of selected projects, interviewing management, workers, customers, and suppliers relative to economic impact,; write and present findings on the economic impact of assisted finance, insurance, and investment funds projects to high level audiences.

    A written test is not required.

    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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    This position has a basic education requirement, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

    Stipulations of Employment:

    Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

    Work Schedule:

    This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

    Miscellaneous:

    OPIC uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

    If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Compliance
    • Economics
    • Manages and Organizes Information
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
    2. SF-50 or DD-214

    • Current or /Former Career/Career-Conditional Federal Employees: Most recent non-award SF-50 and any other SF-50 that verifies time-in-grade, that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis. If this information is unverifiable, you may be rated ineligible. (LMWFA eligibles must also submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal or documentation of acceptable level of performance.)
    3. College transcript(s).
    4. Other supporting documents:
    • SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
    • Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
    • Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal)
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
    • Cover letter, optional
    It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/newprospective-employees/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
    • You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
    • Read the Eligibility questions carefully. The questions address if you are eligible to apply to this JOA. Your responses will affect your consideration for the position. You may qualify for more than one eligibility, so please choose carefully. You will only be considered under the options you have selected. If you respond that you do not meet any of the eligibility questions, you will not be considered for this position.
    • You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
    • To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • You may preview the Assessment Questionnaire at: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10106788
    If you have questions about this job, please contact the HR Office representative listed in the "Agency Contact Info" section of this vacancy announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please refer to the How to Apply section above and explore the Federal Application Process information on the USAJobs website.

    Agency contact information

    Samantha Miller

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    OPIC Office of Investment Policy
    1100 New York Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC
    US
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    Next steps

    For status updates on your application, please follow the directions listed above in the How to Apply section. Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. If you are selected for an interview for this position, you will be contacted directly. A final job offer for this position is typically made within several weeks after the closing date of the vacancy announcement. After confirming a job offer, all other applicants will be notified of their non-selection.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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