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Job Title:  Medical Officer, (OVERSEAS)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-OC-MP-13-790314

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$71,674.00 to $110,104.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Thursday, August 15, 2013
Full Time - Temporary Promotion NTE Two Years
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
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Shanghai ChinaView Map
Mumbai IndiaView Map
Guangzhou ChinaView Map
New Delhi IndiaView Map
More Locations  (7)
Food and Drug Administration employees ONLY


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.

Who May Apply:  Current permanent Title 5 Food and Drug Administration employees ONLY. Title 42 employees without reinstatement eligibility are not eligible.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position should also apply online in order to receive consideration.



* Cutoffs will be made as required.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the Commissioner (OC), Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (GROP) Office of International Program (OIP), FDA Foreign Post locations.

Overseas Assignments: Overseas assignments are for two years and a rotational agreement must be signed.  The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the agency.

* This position may be eligible for special pay allowances (e.g., post differential, housing, relocation, etc.) after selectee relocates overseas. Refer to Department of State, Office of Allowances at

* Immunizations may be required and will be administered by the FDA before relocating overseas.

* Before relocating overseas, the selectee may remain stateside until all clearances have been approved.
Citizens or permanent residents of the host country are not eligible to be considered.

* Current permanent status FDA employees will be processed using the appropriate authority for permanent employees of FDA.  The selectee will have statutory return rights to their permanent FDA position series and grade once the foreign assignment is completed. Returning to the last position before foreign posting is not guaranteed.

Additional information on living and traveling abroad may be found at and (click on "Travelers Health") Assignment to the foreign post is subject to:

The authority and approval of the Chief of Mission in country Applications and approval for applicable security clearance Medical clearance of the employee and dependent, family members by
the Department of State 

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

Salary information listed does not include locality pay but incumbents do receive post hardship differential pay and payments for cost of living adjustment, based on their designated location.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security and medical clearances required.
  • Travel required: Yes
  • Temporary Promotion/Reassignment
  • You must submit your most recent SF-50.
  • You must submit your transcript(s).


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Major Duties:


Serve as an agency senior specialist on FDA-regulated products (primarily  foods, feeds, medical devices, clinical trials/research, drugs or biologics)  with an important impact on international policy direction and the Agency's long-term public-health goals.

Work with the FDA Country/Regional Office Director at the foreign country duty station and other senior policy staff at FDA's Headquarters to provide in-country input into the development of Agency policies and national and international standards, procedures and guidance.

Follow the in-country news and developments within the foreign government's public health regulatory infrastructure to monitor activities and identify international trends and positions affecting FDA.

Represent FDA and U.S. Government policy and advocate for adoption as required.

Conduct analysis of foreign country programs and issues with a view towards their impact on FDA programs and activities.

Serve as the FDA local senior program expert in the area of foods, feeds, medical devices, clinical trials/research, drugs or biologics and under the leadership of the FDA Country/Regional Office Director, provide information or technical training to FDA's foreign regulatory counterparts, regulated industry, academia or other stakeholders in-country.

At the direction of the FDA Country/Regional Office Director, may represent FDA in discussions and negotiations with high-level foreign government representatives as appropriate.  Articulate, explain and defend the Agency's policies and international goals intelligently and accurately; and understand their importance to, and implications for, people and institutions having differing interests and responsibilities.  Maintain effective working relationships with foreign policymakers during deliberations and negotiations on subjects of great sensitivity and controversy.

At the request and direction of FDA Headquarters and with concurrence of the FDA Country/Regional Office Director, work with the international standard-setting organizations.

Represent the FDA Country/Regional Office Director or Deputy Country/Regional Office Director at conferences and meetings concerning international policy issues within the Department of Health and Human Services, with other U.S. government agencies, foreign government agencies and international organizations.  Explain program or project goals, seek to persuade others to support FDA positions and coordinate and complete projects.

Develop and exercise leadership skills necessary to lead and/or coordinate FDA efforts in complex new policy and program areas involving multiple Centers and product areas in the foreign duty station.

Lead or represent the Agency on task forces, planning groups or special study groups within the U.S. Embassy or in the foreign country.


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Must possess a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accredited body in the year of the applicant's graduation.  A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provide education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country.  Applicants who received a degree from a foreign medical school, but are license to practice medicine in a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States require no other certification with regard to the quality of their education.



Minimum Qualifications for Health Scientist GS-601-13/14:

In order to qualify applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (for which you are applying) in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience are experience related to the laws and regulations protecting consumers from products in violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act and related regulatory policy; experience analyzing and interpreting inspectional/analytical data; and experience communicating orally and in writing regarding FDA regulatory matters that relate to food, feeds, medical devices, clinical trials/research, drugs or biologics.


GS-13:  To be eligible for this grade you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level (or equivalent) in the Federal Service. 

GS-14:  To be eligible for this grade you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level (or equivalent) in the Federal Service.


Documenting experience:  In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.


Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:


1. Additional Security and Background Requirements:  May be referred depending on the position being filled.  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. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


3. Financial disclosure statement may be required.


4. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: Yes


5. Bargaining Unit Position: No


6. Drug Screening Required: No


7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No


8. Research position: No


9. Supervisory position: No


10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met by the time of the application.


Special Notes:

  • Although this announcement is advertised for multiple duty locations, and grade levels, it is not intended to convey any implication nor expectation that positions will be filled at all grade levels or locations.
  • This announcement is being used to create an inventory of applicants for Health Scientist positions and will be used to fill immediate and future needs.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to maximize their employment opportunities.  Your application will remain in the inventory of tentatively qualified applicants.  Applicants that are among the best qualified will be referred to the selecting official for consideration as requests to fill vacancies are processed by the Human Resources Center.  Thereafter, additional referral lists will be generated throughout the open period as vacancies occur.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


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.


Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


* Knowledge of FDA regulatory programs, and administrative processes related to food safety, medical devices, clinical trials/research, feeds, biologics or drugs.


* Knowledge of the federal laws, regulations, and policies related to food safety, medical devices, feeds, clinical trials/research, biologics or drugs.


* Ability to apply broad knowledge of international policy issues.


* Ability to analyze complex and sensitive regulatory issues.


* Ability to deal effectively with those in a leadership capacity.


*Ability to communicate in a highly effective manner in writing and in person-to-person contacts.



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


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


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  For information on how to apply as a CTAP 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 790314.  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 the Bethesda Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340; TTY/TDD: (866)-539-4484; or by email  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.      - SF-50 (if you are a federal employee or have reinstatement rights as a federal employee)

         - PHS Commissioned Corps Officer must submit a copy of latest personnel order

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

         - Current Medical License or Medical School Diploma

         - Most recent performance appraisal rating of record


Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 15, 2013.


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).

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
San Jose Costa RicaView Map
Shanghai ChinaView Map
Mumbai IndiaView Map
Guangzhou ChinaView Map
New Delhi IndiaView Map
London United KingdomView Map
Amman JordanView Map
Beijing ChinaView Map
Brussels BelgiumView Map
Mexico City MexicoView Map
Pretoria South AfricaView Map
Santiago ChileView Map

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