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Job Title:Financial Economist

Agency:Export-Import Bank of the United States

Job Announcement Number:D001-13-CRM-763468

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 to Monday, November 26, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Be part of a dynamic, self-supporting Federal agency with a nearly 80-year record of supporting U.S. export-related jobs and over $40 billion in export sales in 2011. Work in the heart of Washington, DC two blocks from the White House across from the McPherson Square metro station.

The position of Financial Economist is in the Country Risk and Economic Analysis Division (CREA) and is under the direct supervision of the Vice President of CREA. CREA is primarily responsible for assessing the external credit worthiness of approximately 160 countries. In that capacity, CREA participates in two important country risk forums: 1) it serves as the Secretariat for the Inter-Agency Country Risk Assessment System (ICRAS), whose risk ratings estimate potential loss levels for all USG international loans, guarantees, and insurance; 2) it is a major participant in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Country Risk Experts’ Group, which determine risk classifications that set minimum risk premia for all member export credit agencies. In addition, CREA is responsible for researching country risk methodological issues and making recommendations intended to refine the country risk rating process. Finally, CREA conducts economic analysis of issues pertinent to the operations of Ex-Im Bank.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies, large and small, to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background and Security/Suitability Investigation
  • Random Drug Testing

DUTIES:

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The selectee has full responsibility for an assigned portfolio of countries. This requires independently identifying and researching country credit worthiness issues, ensuring the accuracy of research results, and presenting the findings to internal and external customers. This includes, but is not limited to, the following duties:

  • Determines recommended ICRAS ratings for the assigned portfolio of countries.  The rating recommendations are based on a quantitative and qualitative analysis (i.e., the “ICRAS report”) that incorporates both economic variables (historical and projected) and subjective judgments. When necessary, defends recommended ICRAS ratings before the ICRAS forum.
  • Develops arguments to justify a country’s appropriate OECD risk classification. This requires analyzing OECD country risk model output to determine if it accurately reflects a country’s repayment risks and also analyzing risk factors explicitly excluded from the OECD country risk model, e.g., political risks.
  • Composes summaries of country economic and political conditions for use in Board memos.
  • Provides written and oral briefings for board directors, senior management, and staff on country conditions and medium-term repayment prospects.
  • Attends Board meetings as well as various committee meetings when necessary to provide input on country conditions and repayment risks.
  • Represents Ex-Im Bank at various inter-agency or public forums.

A second major responsibility concerns general economic analysis. This includes analyzing, either independently or as part of a team, economic issues of relevance to country risk methodology or of relevance to Ex-Im Bank operations.  This could include such tasks as:

  • Analyzing the impact of various macroeconomic indicators on country credit worthiness and formulating recommended alterations to ICRAS and/or OECD country risk modeling.
  • Examining economic and/or country risk issues associated with new Ex-Im Bank policies or programs.

The incumbent will also carry out other duties as assigned by the Vice President of CREA.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENT:

A. Degree: Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition you must have the following:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

GS-11: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience includes: conducting macroeconomic analysis; conducting statistical or econometric analysis; reporting on technical or specialized issues both orally and in writing.

OR

If you are substituting education for experience to qualify for at this level, you must have have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

OR

If you are combining both education and experience to qualify for this level, equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

GS-12: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience must include: conducting macroeconomic analysis; conducting statistical or econometric analysis; reporting on technical or specialized issues both orally and in writing.

Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-12 grade level.

GS-13: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience must include: conducting macroeconomic analysis; conducting statistical or econometric analysis; reporting on technical or specialized issues both orally and in writing.

Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-13 grade level.


 

All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Using the Category Rating system, applicants will be evaluated on their resume as it relates to the position along with the Specialized Experience required. The competencies required should be reflected and demonstrated by the extent and quality of your experience, education and training in your resume. Based on the evaluation of your resume you will be placed into one of the following three categories:

Best Qualified applicants demonstrate an outstanding proficiency in the needed competency on review of the application package by a Subject Matter Expert(s) and/or evaluator(s).
Well Qualified applicants demonstrate an excellent proficiency in the needed competencies based on review of the application by a Subject Matter Expert(s) and/or evaluator(s). (This category must be met to be considered under ICTAP procedures)
Qualified applicants demonstrate and meet the basic qualifications based on review of the application by a Subject Matter Expert(s) and/or evaluator(s).


To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions.


BENEFITS:

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We offer an attractive benefits package to include health, life insurance, retirement, 401(k) like plan, and metro subsidy. Additional information for Federal employee benefits can be found here.

Relocation benefits are not authorized.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): You must be well qualified for the position to receive special selection priority under the ICTAP. A qualified ICTAP eligible achieving a score of 85 or above will be considered "well qualified". For more information, go to: www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

Application of Veteran's Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veteran's preference points or apply the rule of three, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% must be listed in the highest quality category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible is in that category unless the objection or passover requirements of 5 USC 3317 (b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire.
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below).

Applications will only be accepted online or by fax. If you are unable to apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 763468. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you need assistance applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

1. Your Resume (applicants are required to submit a resume with job title, series/grade (if federal employee), duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, starting and ending dates of employment, number of hours worked per week, and annual salary)
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:

  • Veterans Preference Documentation (a DD-214, a letter from the VA (for disabled veterans), and an SF-15), if applicable.
  • College transcript(s). Failure to provide transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Stefan M. Semeniuk
Phone: (202)565-3323
Email: STEFAN.SEMENIUK@EXIM.GOV
Agency Information:
Export Import Bank of US
811 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20571

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information in the Occupational Questionnaire and may interview best-qualified applicants.



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Job Announcement Number:

D001-13-CRM-763468

Control Number:

328783400