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Job Title:Writer/Editor

Agency:Peace Corps

Job Announcement Number:DPC12-A0096-KC

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$65,840.00 to $96,689.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to Tuesday, May 1, 2012




Full Time - Term




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, Dist of Columbia


United States Citizens


Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Peace Corps applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


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Provides an initial review of specialized products to ensure that they meet approved editorial standards of objectivity, style, and manner of presentation. Recommends major changes in the organization, presentation, and factual coverage of products. Independently edits copy and tracks and monitors the layout of materials. Makes interpretations and tailors products to meet requirements or objectives.
Initiates and maintains relationships with subject-matter specialists responsible for preparing the products. Periodically apprises subject-matter specialists of editorial standards adhered to in the preparation of products. With regard to subject content and agency policy, obtains agreement or concurrence with major changes in approach, emphasis, or manner of presentation for a proposed product with interested parties in other divisions of the Agency.
Serves as proofreader and format editor for all OPATS materials, ensures adherence to Agency and Associated Press style guidelines, assures stylistic consistency, and promotes OPATS' voice through a variety of documents. These documents include training packages, training manuals, handbooks, guides and other formal publications for broad distribution to Peace Corps staff, Volunteers and the general public. Other materials include but are not limited to promotional pieces, newsletters, presentations and departmental reports.
Coordinates the review and editing of publications with the Office of Communications. Incorporates required changes and provides finalized copy for the next steps in production/publication


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Knowledge of the principles and techniques of writing.

Ability to interact with people at all levels regarding writing and editing.

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of editing.


I have experience writing and editing technical training materials and/or materials related to international development programs.


Qualifying experience for the GS-12 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 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.

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You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


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Ten Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 4 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" for small agencies in 2011, (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 chance to be selected for an annual Leadership Development Academy. (7) The working environment is highly flexible with alternative schedules, credit hours, teleworking. (8) There's a Distinguished Speaker Series, and (9) work-life programs including Metro and bicycle subsidies. (10) Peace Corps has a vibrant "Community" atmosphere; established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants "what you can do for your country" . . . and the world.

Reminder: In Peace Corps' Foreign Personnel (FP) pay plan (grade level system), as FP grades go higher, the corresponding numbers go lower. For example, the highest grade level is FP-1 (equivalent to GS-15) and the lowest grade level is FP-9 (equivalent to GS-5).

Peace Corps positions are normally filled for an initial 2 1/2 year period, but may be extended to a total 5 year limit. This keeps our workplace vibrant and our ideas fresh.

Qualified Peace Corps employees will receive first consideration,

This position is located in the Knowledge Management and Exchange Unit within the Office Overseas Programming and Training Support (OPATS). The purpose of OPATS is to build capacity of field staff through training that will help staff better support Volunteers. Face-to-face and e-learning training is delivered to improve post staff performance competence, evaluate post staff effectiveness and capitalize on lessons learned. OPATS partners with and directly supports the three regional offices (Regions) Africa, Europe, Mediterranean and Asia (EMA); and InterAmerica and the Pacific (IAP) and supports overseas posts with their programming and training needs. In partnership with the Regions and other parts of the Agency, OPATS shares responsibility for the effectiveness and success of Volunteers and staff in the field.

The incumbent serves as Writer/Editor and is responsible for carrying out and monitoring a full range of activities related to the writing and editing of OPATS materials, such as Focus In/Train Up training packages as well other ICE publications.

If you have engaged in intelligence activity or related work, you may not be eligible to apply for positions at Peace Corps. Please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.

If you are claiming Veteran's Preference you must attach your supporting documents to receive your preference points. For more information please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.


Both online and offline application assistance can be obtained by contacting the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 or or by clicking on the "TECHNICAL SUPPORT" button while working in the automated system.
When completing your Avue application online, you will receive a pop-up warning message after 45 minutes.  It is strongly recommended that you save your data often, and turn off your pop-up blocker in order to receive any system time-out warning. 

The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualification form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted.

Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system. Additionally, the Peace Corps Human Resources Office will conduct a quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents before your rating becomes final. This quality review will be based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training as it relates to the duties of this position. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your application and work history information.

Applicants submitting documents can electronically attach them, or scan and attach them, to the employment application. If this is not possible, copies of documents can be faxed to 253-573-9869, or mailed to the following address: Peace Corps, c/o Avue Technologies Corporation, ATTN: Direct Services, 1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 800, Tacoma, WA 98402. All faxed or mailed proof documents must be identified with applicant's name and vacancy announcement number.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

If you have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation, please contact our American Diversity Program office at 202-692-2139. You can send an email to or

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; 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 schedule, and a family/worklife program.

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 an intelligence 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 Peace Corps employment ceases.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming 5-point Veteran's Preference, a DD-214 must be submitted with your application. To receive 10-point preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must also submit an SF-15 and an official statement, issued in 1991 or later, from the Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more. This documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement; failure to submit will disallow the additional points for preference being added to your score.

This position is excluded from provisions of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).

A six-month trial period is required.


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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Peace Corps applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


See Other Information.


Avue Help Desk
Phone: 8004070147
Fax: 2535739869
Agency Information:
Peace Corps
Office of Human Resources
1111 20th St NW
Washington, Dist of Columbia
Fax: 2535739869


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