The incumbent serves as a multimedia reporter, editor, producer and/or host for the Zimbabwe Service, Africa Division. Incumbent has responsibility for researching, reporting, interviewing, writing, recording, editing and producing news and feature broadcasts, as well as preparing scripts and hosting segments and programs as needed. Incumbent is competent producing content from the field as well as in the office and must be available for all shifts.Learn more about this agency
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Initiates coverage of news and feature stories in consultation with the Service Chief and Senior Editors. Working on tight deadlines, participates fully in coverage of major events, and in preparation and execution of daily programs.
- As a multimedia journalist, serves simultaneously as a solo reporter, writer, producer, and/or videographer for news and feature stories considered of a competitive quality level for the Africa broadcast market. Handles all technical elements and equipment on assignment.
- Initiates and conducts original interviews with a variety of news sources and subjects. Cultivates a variety of sources in Zimbabwe and the African continent and elsewhere, including area experts and analysts, and monitors daily newspaper, magazines, digital news sources, etc., to track news developments.
- Contributes production elements including editing of recorded material and production of live air shows. Writes, prepares and voices scripts, segments and interviews for on-air and pre-recorded programs.
- Hosts broadcast newscasts, prime-time programs, discussion shows, feature segments, and interactive social media programs, as needed.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. citizenship required.
- Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
- Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
- This is a sensitive or national security position.
- If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
- Suitability Determination: If selected, you will be subject to a security investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The security investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.
- This position may require working nights, weekends, and holidays.
- THIS POSITION IS COVERED BY A UNION AGREEMENT
- Transcripts are required at the time of application.
- This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. Non-US citizens applicants MUST apply to NC-10610959-19-LM.
- Your application to this DE vacancy announcement will only allow consideration for this announcement. We cannot electronically or manually move your application to the corresponding NC announcement.
QualificationsYou must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for the GS-11 grade level:
Basic Qualifications; or
Combined Education and Experience
Applicants must be bilingual in Shona or Ndebele and English with the ability to fluently speak, research, write and accurately translate in both languages and applicants must have one year of specialized experience which is directly related to this line of work or the following education requirements.
Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Specialized experience for GS-11: Applicant's fluency in the Shona or Ndebele languages must be demonstrated by writing and producing for radio, TV, Internet and social media stories/news analysis, and/or feature stories for a recognized news organization such as a daily newspaper or a weekly news magazine; or for a wire service such as AP, UPI or Reuters; or a TV station.
Specialized experience for GS-12: Applicants fluency in the Shona or Ndebele languages must demonstrate journalistic news experience, specifically African and international news by conceiving, planning, researching, writing and producing highly-targeted original multimedia news stories and programs for live air.
Examinations Required: Candidates who meet all education and/or experience requirements at the GS-11 level, must demonstrate their knowledge and ability in language writing and translation/adaption through successful performance on a written examination and their ability to voice material for radio broadcast in a voice audition. You will be notified as to whether you will be scheduled for testing once qualification determinations have been made. Testing will be conducted by email and Skype.
Education requirements for GS-11:
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.
Combined Education and Experience for GS-11:
Equivalent combination of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION IF APPLYING BASED ON EDUCATION
1. If you are an eligible Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
2. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.
3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Once your resume or application is submitted, a review of your qualifications will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements and competencies required for this position.
- Social Media
- Target Area
Possession of competencies may be addressed in a cover letter and/or resume. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. You will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
Well Qualified Category
Best Qualified Category
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category Rating does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category. Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
- Cover letter
- Other Veterans Documentation; SF-15, VA Letter, Statement of Service
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, please contact the Human Resource office.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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.
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.
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.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click the Submit Application button to submit your application package.
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Agency contact information
330 Independence Avenue SW
Room 4700 Cohen Building
Washington, DC 20237
INTRODUCTION TO AGENCY: The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) formally known as Broadcasting Board of Governors is an exciting, multi-media, multi-cultural, global media agency that carries out all United States civilian international broadcasting. Our media networks complement and reinforce one another in a shared mission vital to U.S. national interests: to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. Our staff of dedicated professionals serve as an example of a free and independent media, bringing news, information, and relevant discussions to a weekly audience of over 278 million people worldwide in over 60 languages via radio, television, Internet, and social media.
USAGM networks include the Voice of America and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti) and three grantee organizations: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia.
Note: Budgetary conditions may delay or otherwise affect filling this vacancy. However, all interested candidates should apply now.
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