This vacancy announcement will be open from October 17-22, 2019 or when 250 applications have been received. The incumbent of this position is a Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) Fellow. The VIP Fellowship is a one-year temporary excepted service appointment, which is not eligible of being converted into a competitive appointment. The initiative is a strategic approach to helping the men and women who served in the military find employment in the Federal Government.Learn more about this agency
- Reviews existing policies, issuance, and directives on an ad hoc basis as substantive issues arise in the course of assignments and recommends refinements to these guidelines.
- Represents the Bureau at meetings and conferences, typically as an observer, as directed by his/her supervisor or higher level manager.
- Supports higher graded analysts by independently conducting assigned segments of projects involving development, implementation, or monitoring of sophisticated management information systems that focus on the Bureau's progress.
- Participates in the implementation of specifically assigned management programs impacting the Bureau. Conducts assigned segments of studies of conventional problems in program implementation at the operational level.
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Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
- Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
- Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
Applicants applying for the GS-09 grade level must meet the following requirements:
A. Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, public policy, public administration, or a related field. This education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position to be filled.
Note: All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for this position.
The positions will be in the following Offices:
- Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, The Office of Communications and Partnerships (CSO/CPP)
- Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs (DRL/WHA)
- Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Cultural Heritage Center (ECA/CHC)
- Bureau of Energy Resources, Office of Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy (ENR/PAPD)
- Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR/PD)
- Global Engagement Center (GEC)
- Bureau for International Security and Nonproliferation. Office of Counterproliferation Initiatives (ISN/CPI)
- Overseas Buildings Operations Bureau/ Planning and Real Estate Directorate / Office of Master Planning and Evaluations / Master Planning Division (OBO/PRE/MPE/MPD)
- Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Policy and Public Outreach (OES/PPO)
- Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Front Office (PM/FO)
- Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP)
- The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, The Office of Andean Affairs (WHA/AND)
See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.
For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov.
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) – U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States - either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee’s information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Candidates will be evaluated based solely on basic eligibility requirements using OPM Qualification standards. Candidates who meet the qualification requirements will be referred to the hiring official for consideration in an unranked order.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
1. Online Application
3. Declaration of Graduate Degree GPA (official transcript verification may be required at a later time)
4. Proof of veterans' preference.
5. VA Service Connected Disability Rating Letter, if applicable
6. A cover letter (not exceeding 450 words)
For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are currently on active duty, you must provide a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service date, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be within 120 days of the date the certification is submitted for consideration for this vacancy announcement. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your current or expected discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.
For 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met.
For Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.
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To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-servicerecords/get-service-records.html.
7. Unofficial transcripts showing cumulative GPA is equal to or higher than 3.2. Note: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the purpose of applying. Official transcripts will be required prior to final appointment.
Applicants must apply within two years of graduate degree completion, except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply.
All supporting documentation, applicable to you, must be attached to your online application via upload or fax using the cover sheet and phone number generated in the application.
If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.
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.
Employees hired under the Veterans Innovation Program are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. VIP Fellows are considered temporary employees and are generally eligible to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program if they are expected to work 130 hours per month or more for at least 90 days, in accordance with 5 CFR 890.102. Those who meet the criteria laid out in these provisions will receive healthcare benefits. There is no provision for temporary employees to be eligible for life insurance coverage.
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
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During the application process you can review, edit, delete, and update your information. We’ll automatically save your progress as you go, so you won’t lose any changes.
Please carefully read all the instructions before you apply. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.
STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the How You Will Be Evaluated section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the U.S. Department of State’s Gateway to State automated application system. The questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this position.
STEP 4: Submit all required documentation applicable to you, as listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement, to the Department’s Gateway to State automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click
Technical assistance with your on-line application is available through the Help Desk at email@example.com or by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET
There is a maximum number of applications for this vacancy announcement. Only the first 250 applications received will be considered for competition.
NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Agency contact information
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Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- 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.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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