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    Summary

    These positions allow returning Peace Corps and certain Peace Corps Response volunteers the opportunity to gain experience in the Federal Government while continuing to support the Peace Corps mission. Applicants will be placed in a position, in the duty locations that they identify, and will be expected to perform the duties of the position, in that specific duty station.

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    Responsibilities

    These entry level positions will grant individuals who have recently completed volunteer service, the opportunity to grow and develop further with a career in public service. Many of the positions will require the performance of assignments that are designed to further develop applicable analytical and evaluative skills and techniques beyond those gained in the prior volunteer service. Although these are growth opportunities, promotions are based on individual performance, and therefore, are not guaranteed.

    These entry level positions include job categories in general administration, finance, human resources, medical, data management and analysis, communications, information technology, health services, training, contract management, and volunteer recruitment.  You may select more than one job category of interest; however, you will be placed depending on the needs of individual Peace Corps offices.

    • Communications - Work associated with written and oral communication; such as ones associated with marketing, public affairs, mass communication, journalism, television, radio and/or social media. Tasks may include contributing to brochures, training materials, reports and web-based communication for public consumption.
    • Contract Management - Work associated with the procurement of supplies, services, construction, or research and development; the evaluation of contract price proposals; and the administration or termination and close out of contracts. Tasks may include verifying the accuracy of financial transactions, purchase orders, contracts, travel obligations and disbursement of other agency funds.
    • Country Desk Unit - Work associated with the operations of overseas regional offices; including administrative coordination, operational support and program assistance to the Country Desk Officer and overseas staff, trainees and volunteers. Tasks may include compiling data for program or project requirements, compiling status reports and coordinating training activities.
    • Data Management and Analysis - Work associated with monitoring data collection processes and providing technical assistance on the use of data collection systems. Tasks may include performing data quality checks, manipulating data, producing basic statistical tests, and preparing tables and graphs for publication in multiple formats.
    • Finance/Budget - Work associated with financial management, reporting, accounting, budgeting, auditing and other fiscal-related functions. Tasks may include producing, acquiring or recording financial data, tracking daily transactions, budget reporting and monitoring authorized versus actual expenditures.
    • General Administrative - Work associated with the management of an organization, office or program which typically involves the principles, concepts, policies and objectives related to the program or administrative area. Tasks may involve analysis, research, writing and applying judgement in performing assigned duties.
    • Health Services - Work associated with assessing applicants prior to entering service or assessing patients prior to or after medical care has been given. Tasks may include supporting various functions within the Office of Medical Services.
    • Human Resources - Work associated with the hiring and developing of employees so that they become more valuable to the organization.  Tasks may include recruiting, placing and orienting employees, managing human resource systems, providing benefits, evaluating performance, and communicating with all employees at all levels. 
    • Information Technology - Work involving the application of computers or other related equipment; including design, development, application, implementation, support, network administration, software development and installation and hardware and software maintenance. Tasks may involve managing and implementing moves, adding or changing staff workstations, troubleshooting hardware and software problems, testing and employing non-standard software packages and participating in other projects as assigned.
    • Training Administration - Work associated with the design and implementation of training programs in order to successfully prepare individuals for Peace Corps service. Tasks may include supporting domestic and overseas locations to register new volunteers for service, orienting them to Peace Corps culture, preparing them for their overseas post location and may require domestic travel up to 30%.
    • Volunteer Recruitment - Work associated with the search and screening of qualified Peace Corps volunteer applicants and building general awareness of Peace Corps programs. Tasks may include performing searches for candidates utilizing computer databases, social networking and other recruiting resources and informing potential volunteers of duties and responsibilities, benefits and working conditions.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    05

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment".

    Intelligence Background Information

    Peace Corps Manual Section 611 is applicable to this position. This section prohibits the employment of certain persons previously engaged in intelligence activities or connected with intelligence agencies within the past 10 years. If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), you are not eligible for employment at the Peace Corps in any capacity, and you should not apply for employment.

    PC-1336 Form: Applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified will be required to submit upon request in the future a completed PC-1336 form, or narrative signed statement, indicating whether the applicant has been involved in or has had any connection with intelligence activities or related work and, if so, the nature and dates of his or her involvement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being rated ineligible for further consideration. If you have any other type of possible intelligence connection, your application will not be further considered until you submit this form. Except when the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA) is involved (see below), if your connection with an Intelligence Agency involves an immediate family member who works or has worked in intelligence, the immediate family member should complete the form, not the applicant. Usually relying on memory is sufficient to answer most if not all of the questions. If you have an immediate family member who works or has worked for the CIA, you should not give them this form to complete. Please contact your relative in person—not by phone, email, social networking, or any other means that is not in person— and ask him or her to contact the Office of General Counsel at the CIA.

    If your intelligence connection involves the NSA, you (or, if the connection is with a family member, that person) must contact NSA’s Office of the General Counsel at 410-854-3910 before submitting this form to Peace Corps.

    Qualifications

    You must meet the specialized experience at the time of your application. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To ensure full credit for your experience, please indicate dates of employment by month, day, and year and the number of hours worked per week in your resume.

    Minimum Federal Qualification Requirements

    FP-9 (GS-5)

    Qualifying experience for the FP-9 (GS-5) level includes one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-4 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience may include: Providing general clerical support (e.g., greeting visitors, maintaining files, and typing routine correspondence); or gathering program data or information following routine search procedures.

    or

    The experience requirements for the FP-09 level may be generally met by completion of a bachelor's degree or four years of education beyond the high school level.

    or

    A combination of successfully completed post high school education and specialized experience that combined account for a total of 100% may be generally used to meet the total experience requirement.

    Some positions may require a different set of specialized experience and/or specific education depending on the job category and/or grade level.

    Additional information on qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    Education

    Depending on the series of the position being filled, some positions may include Individual Occupational Requirements such as specific education and/or experience in addition to the minimum federal qualification requirements in the 'Qualifications Required' section.

    Additional information

    Peace Corps (PC) Information

    • This vacancy is only open to recently returned Peace Corps and Peace Corps Response volunteers eligible for non-competitive hire.
    • This is a Federal civilian job in the Excepted Service. Peace Corps employees are paid on the Foreign Service scale & employment is limited NTE (not to exceed) 5 years.
    • Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy or 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 factors.
    • Peace Corps is drug free workplace and promotes a drug free environment.
    • We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Our goal is to attract and develop the best and brightest from all lifestyles and backgrounds. We strive to create a culture of inclusion where individuals feel respected and are treated fairly in all aspects of differences. Our commitment is to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
    • Peace Corps provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources or the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity at 202-692-2139. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

    Conditions of Employment

    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
    • You must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
    • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, you must sign a statement certifying your registration, or you must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
    • Prior Intelligence Activity or Related Work: Individuals who have been engaged in certain intelligence activity or related work or who have been employed by or connected with such an agency are ineligible for employment with Peace Corps. Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after PC employment ceases.
    • All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
    • An up to one (1) year trial period is required. Appointments consisting of less than 5 years have trial periods equivalent to 20% of the term period.

    If you have questions, you may contact peacecorpsjobs@peacecorps.gov. In the subject line of your e-mail, include the vacancy #, position title and the date of your recent application or recertification. In the body of your e-mail, provide your question(s). Please do not contact this mailbox for general application status inquiries. You will be contacted by the requesting office if you are selected for an interview.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Eligibility

    A Human Resources Specialist will review your application package to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. Please review the required documents section to ensure your application is complete. Failure to submit documents that validate your eligibility will disqualify you from consideration.

    RPCVs can apply for a non-competitive appointment under this announcement if you meet one of the following and have not already used your Peace Corps NCE (non-competitive eligibility) for Federal employment:

    1. You are within 60 days of completing a qualifying Peace Corps volunteer assignment; or

    2. You completed a period of qualifying Peace Corps volunteer experience within the last year; or

    3. You completed a period of qualifying Peace Corps volunteer experience more than one (1) year ago but are requesting a waiver for extended eligibility (to no more than 3 years) due to military service, academic studies or other service deemed by the Peace Corps as being an appropriate activity.

    NOTE: If you entered into service as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) immediately after your Peace Corps volunteer experience without a break in service, your RPCV NCE eligibility will not begin counting down until AFTER your PCR time ends.  As of the date you COS (completion of service) your PCR assignment, the one-year window of NCE eligibility begins.

    Qualifying volunteer service means satisfactory completion of a full term of Peace Corps service or satisfactory completion of at least twelve months, including training, when termination is determined to be for reasons beyond the volunteer's control.

    Please review the Required Documents section for more information regarding extended eligibility.  

    PCRVs can apply for a non-competitive appointment under this announcement if you have completed one year or more of qualifying Peace Corps Response volunteer experiences (either by one appointment or multiple appointments) over a two-year period.  This eligibility only applies to positions within Peace Corps.

    NOTE: If you have two or more back-to-back PCRV services (any combination of PCRV assignment lengths totaling two years or more without any break in service between them), you will be granted NCE eligibility applicable for other Federal agencies as well as Peace Corps.  If applying to other Federal agencies, please contact: certify@peacecorps.gov.

    Qualifications

    In your application, identify all work experience and education (degree(s), GPA, credit hours, honor societies, etc.) to assist in determining minimum qualifications. Supporting documentation must also be provided. You may qualify for some positions based on experience, education, or a combination of the two; others may require additional experience or education (e.g. specific coursework).

    Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for disqualification.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    In order to verify the information you submit electronically, a complete application package is required. This includes:

    Documentation of Qualifying Volunteer Service: In most cases, this will be your Description of Service (DOS). Please include this under the "Proof of Volunteer with PC, VISTA, ACTION etc." document place holder.

    The following statement must be included in the final paragraph of the signed DOS: This is to certify in accordance with Section 6.0 of Peace Corps Manual Section 285 that (NAME) served satisfactorily as a Peace Corps (Response) volunteer for a full term of service under an appointment of (X) months.

    PCRVs should also include their Verification of Service letter, which is important retirement and leave documentation.

    References: Contact information for two (2) references from your recent volunteer service is required.

    Resume: Include relevant work experience including job title, duties and accomplishments, employer name and address, supervisor name and phone number, start and end dates, hours per week & salary. If you are a current Federal employee or former Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09).

    Veterans Documents: You may attach Veterans Documents; including a DD-214 reflecting the type of discharge, the SF-15 and a VA Letter. For more information regarding veterans’ preference, please review the OPM Vet Guide.

    Federal Employees: If you are a current or former Federal employee, please provide a copy of your appointment and most recent SF-50.

    Qualifications Based on Education or a Combination of Education and Experience: If you are seeking to qualify for a position based on education or a combination of education and experience from the FP-9 up to and including the FP-5 level, you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) or an appropriate course listing with a diploma. Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be used towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by recognized institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website.

    Extension Documents (applicable for Peace Corps positions only)

    If you have exceeded the one-year period since completing your qualifying Peace Corps service and are requesting an extension for one of the reasons below, requests must be clearly outlined in your application and supported by documentation which must be provided in your application package.

    At the discretion of Peace Corps, the year may be extended to not more than three (3) years for the purposes of: 

    1) performing military service; 2) the pursuit of academic studies at an accredited institution of higher learning; or 3) activities, such as additional volunteer service with another agency or institution (e.g. Americorps).

    Requests for extensions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.

    1) Performing Military Service: If your extension request is based on performing military service, submit a Member 4 copy of your DD-214 for military service and/or the NGB-22 for National Guard Service. More than 1 document may be required to account for the full requested extension time.

    2) Academic Studies: If your extension request is based on academic studies at an accredited institution of higher learning, you must submit a copy of your transcript(s). Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and can verified at the following website.

    3) Activities/Volunteer Service: If your extension request is based on other activities/volunteer service; either at Peace Corps or another agency or institution, a Description of Service (DOS) or related document from the other program(s) is required.

    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.

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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.

    Peace Corps employees receive the same benefits as other Federal employees. This includes health insurance plans, a retirement system with investment options, paid holidays, paid sick and annual (vacation) leave, life insurance, incentive systems and training and development opportunities.

    Employees located in the United States may also receive subsidized transportation, flexible work schedules, and family work life programs. Peace Corps employees receive the same benefits as other Federal employees. This includes health insurance plans, a retirement system with investment options, paid holidays, paid sick and annual (vacation) leave, life insurance, incentive systems and training and development opportunities. 

    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

    Positions may be filled at the DC Headquarters location or at one of three (3) regional offices (New York, NY; Oakland/San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL), or in a variety of field-based locations throughout the continental United States. The starting grade, pay and promotion potential will vary by position and location.

    Other locations may also be available depending on the type of position and the office in which the vacancy exists.

    When a position is requested to be filled utilizing this RPCV/PCRV standing register, eligible applicants will be forwarded to management for review and possible selection.

    Positions filled through this announcement may be at the FP-9 through FP-5 grade levels (equivalent to GS-5 through GS-9).

    Your resume and any submitted documents will be retained for 90 days after your first application. You will need to certify your continued interest every 90 days to be considered for future opportunities.

    1. Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account.
    2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
    3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
    4. Applications are valid for 90 days. To be considered for a position, you must recertify your eligibility by updating your application every 90 days. Failure to do so will remove you from consideration.
    5. Check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Return to your application to update your eligibility by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

    If you experience any technical difficulties as you complete your application within the CareerConnector system, please e-mail careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov. Please only direct system-related technical errors to this mailbox. If your question is in regards to your application status, please contact the peacecorpsjobs@peacecorps.gov e-mail.

    Agency contact information

    Human Resources

    Phone

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    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    peacecorpsjobs@peacecorps.gov

    Address

    Peace Corps
    1275 First St, NE
    Washington, District of Columbia 20526
    United States
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    Top Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government for mid-size agencies in 2018, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the opportunity to pursue leadership development opportunities and many more ... established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants what you can do for your country ... and the world.

    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.

    Positions may be filled at the DC Headquarters location or at one of three (3) regional offices (New York, NY; Oakland/San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL), or in a variety of field-based locations throughout the continental United States. The starting grade, pay and promotion potential will vary by position and location.

    Other locations may also be available depending on the type of position and the office in which the vacancy exists.

    When a position is requested to be filled utilizing this RPCV/PCRV standing register, eligible applicants will be forwarded to management for review and possible selection.

    Positions filled through this announcement may be at the FP-9 through FP-5 grade levels (equivalent to GS-5 through GS-9).

    Your resume and any submitted documents will be retained for 90 days after your first application. You will need to certify your continued interest every 90 days to be considered for future opportunities.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and by going to the "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". For a more detailed update of your application status, you may go to "more information" under the individual vacancy.

    USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

    If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a Selecting Official for further consideration.

    Please remember that this open continuous announcement requires recertification every 90 days.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/558485000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.