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 may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov. Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified.BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; OR have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; OR have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods. OR have a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUS appropriate relevant experience OR additional education. OR have completed at least 4 years of appropriate experience in one OR more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.) Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position. IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This experience must be related to the work of the osition. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following: *Experience in dealing with theories and principles of political science, international relations, economics, history, geography or other related disciplines in order to assist others in analyzing and evaluating factors and conditions involved in the administration of U.S. foreign policy programs. *Experience in developing pertinent facts, policies, procedures and data using qualitative or quantitative methods. *Experience in drafting written analytical products, including policy memoranda and position papers for decision makers and other officials. Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position. IN ADDITION to meeting the basic requirements listed above, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at the GS-09 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This experience must be related to the work of the position. Qualifying experience must demonstrate the following: *Experience analyzing and evaluating factors and conditions involving foreign policy. *Experience utilizing qualitative or quantitative methods to assess and recommend improvements based on program needs. *Experience participating in the development of policy recommendations for senior officials concerning difficult/sensitive issues in an assigned country(ies). *Experience providing policy analysis, advice and coordination on important foreign grants programs and assisting in multilateral, regional or bilateral negotiations, projects, and agreements. *Experience developing written analytical products, including policy memoranda and position papers for policy makers, other officials and participating in briefings, meetings, and conferences involving foreign policy issues. Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures on the quality and extent of your education (if applicable), experience, and training that is relevant to the duties of this position. If you are found minimally qualified for the job, your application package will be further evaluated to determine your possession of the critical knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics of this announcement. Your responses to the job specific self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position. Your resume must provide enough detail to fully support your answers to the job specific self-assessment questionnaire. Applicants found to be among the top candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. When answering the self-assessment questions, keep in mind that information contained in your resume is subject to verification. If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position. Based on the responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below: Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position. Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the major aspects of the position. Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstratie a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position. In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics and must be supported by information in your resume: *Knowledge and/or skills sufficient to develop, manage and/or assess foreign assistance-funded projects supporting broad USG foreign policy goals. *Knowledge of U.S. government funded assistance programs, preferrably related to at least 3 of the following 17 countries/territories: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, or Yemen. *Ability to communicate orally. *Ability to communicate in writing. *Ability to plan, initiate, organize and coordinate activities within and outside the government. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and in order to fully evaluate your application it must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf. To receive full consideration, your resume must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Failure to identify the required experience in your resume will result in loss of consideration. You may receive credit for unpaid or volunteer experience on the same basis as paid experience, provided it is directly related to this job. To receive proper credit, you resume must include: (1) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to the position; (2) examples of the specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work for each job listed; (3) actual time spent in such activities (percentage of time worked in each position); (4) beginning and ending dates of employment (dates must be listed with both month and year for qualifying purposes); (5) frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.); (6) number of hours worked; and (7) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). This information must be clearly identified in your resume. For tips on writing your resume, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/resumeandapplicationtips.asp#icc. Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit the appropriate documentation (DD-214, SF-15, letter from VA, etc.) with your application materials to receive preference. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority. 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Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.