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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is located in the Voice of America's, Lao Service. The incumbent serves as an International Broadcaster with the responsibility for translating, writing, reporting, interviewing, and broadcasting stories for multimedia platforms. Work is performed in the Lao and English languages.




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    Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:
    -Translates/adapts a significant proportion of English language scripts into Lao.
    -Announces/voices materials broadcast by the Lao service for radio and TV.
    -Writes news-related stories for use in radio, television, and social media programming for Lao Service's web page.
    -Writes feature stories on a variety of subjects for radio, television, or web and social media postings.
    -Participates in the development of regularly scheduled radio, television, and social media programs.
    -Contributes to production elements including editing of taped material, evaluation of stringer reports, and production of live air shows and edits video for internet inclusion.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. citizenship required.
    • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
    • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
    • This is a national security position. If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
    • Candidate is required to take and pass a written and voice test to move forward in the selection process.
    • 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.
    • The full performance grade level of this position is GS-12.
    • This position is covered by a union agreement.
    • This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.
    • 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.
    • Non-U.S. citizen applicants MUST apply to announcement NC-11070970-21-JB.

    Qualifications

    Basic Qualifications: Applicants must be bilingual in Lao 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 related directly to this line of work or the following education requirements.

    You must meet one of the following three experience/education requirements to be eligible for this position.

    Specialized experience: writing and producing for radio, TV and Internet stories/news analyses, and/or feature stories for a recognized news publication 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, such as ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN or Fox News, etc. Such experience must have a clearly demonstrated ability to (1) understand and write about domestic and international affairs, (2) write for audiences of varying backgrounds and interests, (3) write under deadline pressure, (4) exercise sound and independent editorial judgment and (5) write, voice, and produce complete packages.
    OR Education:
    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education with major study in journalism, communications, history, economics, political science, international relations or other field related to the position leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.
    OR Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combination of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

    If applying based on education, unofficial transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.

    Examinations Required: Candidates who meet all education and/or experience requirements must demonstrate their knowledge and ability in language writing and translation /adaption through successful performance in a written examination and 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 qualifications determinations have been made. Tests are conducted by email and via SKYPE. APPLICANTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THEIR OWN EXPENSES TO AND FROM THE TEST SITE. APPLICANTS THAT OPT TO TAKE THE TEST VIA SKYPE MUST HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER WITH A WEBCAM. A PRINTER IS OPTIONAL.


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    Additional information

    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 80 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.
    4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Additional selections may be made if additional/identical vacancies occur within 90 days of certificate issuance.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once your resume or application is submitted, a review of your qualification will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements required for this position.

    Experience should 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. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your application package.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    National security

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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    • Resume


    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
    • Cover letter
    • DD-214
    • Other Veterans Documentation; SF-15, VA Letter, Statement of Service
    • Transcripts
    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an Application of 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) plus the proof required by that form. 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.

    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.

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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.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-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 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 4/09/2021.

    • 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.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://login.usajobs.gov/account/signin. The page will display the positions for which you've applied as well as the status of each application. Click on the plus sign (+) next to the job title to expand information about the job, then click on Additional Application Information to see the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on the plus sign (+) next to the job title to expand information about the job. Next click on Update Application to complete the application process.
    • Note: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described previously. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials, by 11:59 P.M. on 4/09/2021.

    Agency contact information

    Jennifer Boswell

    Address

    East Asia and Pacific Division
    330 Independence Avenue SW
    Room 4700 Cohen Building
    Washington, DC 20237
    US
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    The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), formerly 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 350 million people worldwide in over 61 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.

    The USAGM is conveniently located within walking distance to the Green, Orange, Silver, Yellow, and Blue Metro lines.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at U.S. Agency for Global Media, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.usagm.gov/

    Next steps

    Once the online package is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified if you are referred to take the required language exam. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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/596512500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.