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Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-DE-13-786899

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 19, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Global Reg Ops and Policy, Office of International Programs, Silver Spring, Maryland 

Who May Apply:  Open to all United States Citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.
  • You may be required to serve a one (1) year Supervisory Probationary Period
  • Be sure to read the "How To Apply" Section for all required documents.


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The incumbent of this position provides leadership, organization, policy and strategy development across commodities, in negotiation strategy (ies), and through coordination of FDA proactive efforts and engagement within an increasingly complex trade environment.  Specifically, the incumbent will:


  • Help to coordinate and manage an FDA Public Health and Trade Executive Leadership Committee (FDA>PHTELC) and a Public Health and Trade Policy Coordinating Committee (FDA/PHTPCC) in support of proactive, strategic, effective approach(es) to public health with clear roles and responsibilities.
  • Serve as an agency senior representative and focal point for cross-cutting public health and trade issues pertaining to FDA Directorates, Centers, and Offices, with USG Agencies, and with regulatory counterparts, governments, multilateral institutions and other relevant entities around the globe within the public health and trade arena(s).
  • Represents the Agency within the USG trade policy context and within global governance (and global health) arenas on cross-cutting issues whenever global trade interests intersect with the Agency's ability to ensure the safety and quality of products it regulates.
  • Develops evidence-based strategies (long-,medium-, short-term) to underpin and effectively champion FDA product-regulations products within an increasingly complex public health and trade paradigm.
  • When representing FDA or the Department, the incumbent speaks on behalf of the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, Associate (ACIP) and Assistant Commissioners, Center Directors, or other agency senior leadership.
  • Leads, maintains, and strengthens strategic working relationship and knowledge networks with high-level foreign government officials and institutional leadership within the trade and global public health contexts.
  • Serve as an Agency expert that works proactively and strategically with senior, policy-level officials and technical specialists at other US regulatory agencies that work in areas that impact on or intersect with FDA.
  • Oversees the effectiveness of administration of FDA trade policy and strategy with foreign representatives and institutions.
  • Advises the Assistant Commissioner/Medical Officer and the ACIP in developing, evaluating, and negotiating positions and proposals for the solution of complex national and international issues, articulates and champions FDA positions effectively within complex settings.
  • Leads a small, yet very strategic team of FDA experts and yet, working collaboratively across FDA Directors, Centers, and Offices, coordinates and supports team(s) of FDA policy and science experts, for the Agency's collective good.


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In order to qualify for this position, applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade of GS 14 or equivalent band level of responsibility in the Federal Service which has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skill and ability to perform successfully in this position.  Specialized experience includes experience overseeing the development, coordination and management of intersections between trade, policy and strategy as it relates to public health. Experience developing policy drafts, conceptual papers, and negotiating strategies; engaging with domestic and global public/private stakeholders to promote regulatory systems strengthening and science-based regulations. 


Conditions of Employment:


1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.


2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


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


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


5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.


6. One-year probationary period may be required.


7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid:  YES


8. Bargaining Unit Position:  NO


9. Drug Screening Required:  NO


10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized:  YES


11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized:  YES


12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized:  YES


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.


The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


1. Knowledge of Public Health and trade programs and Global Health Policy issues.


2. Knowledge of political forums, economic communities and bilateral engagements.


3.  Ability to analyze and evaluate sensitive issues.


4.  Ability to manage and lead multi-faceted matters and teams.


5.  Ability to communicate orally.


6.  Ability to communicate in writing.



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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 786899.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment 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.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact <Enter your information or the NCR information here>.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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


  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement)


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 10, 2012.


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
200 Independence Ave SW
HHH Building
Suite 801
Washington, DC
20201 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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