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Job Title:Program Analyst

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Departmental Administration

Job Announcement Number:DA-OCE-2013-0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013




Full-time - Temporary NTE 1 year (May be extend for 1 additional year)




1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US


US Citizens or US Nationals.

CONCURRENT ANNOUNCEMENT: This is also being announced as vacancy number DA-OCE-2013-0008. Please review that announcement if you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion procedures. Note: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.


The United States Department of Agriculture's overarching mission is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. With USDA you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore a world of possibilities through a wealth of exciting and challenging career opportunities. By joining USDA, you can hone your career skills while helping to secure the U.S. future and make a real difference in the lives of Americans and people around the world.

The position is located in Washington, DC in the Office of Environmental Markets

(OEM) within the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE). The incumbent is a Program Analyst and provides assistance to senior staff on research and analysis related to ecosystem services and environmental markets.

The incumbent reports directly to the Director of the OEM. Incumbent independently plans and executes assignments, selects appropriate techniques and methodology, and determines approach to be taken. Incumbent resolves most problems that arise, keeping the Director informed of progress, potentially controversial problems, or other matters having far-reaching implications. Incumbents work and decisions are accepted by the Director and staff as technically accurate and are subject to review only for compatibility with organizational goals and effectiveness in

achieving intended objectives. 


  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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The incumbent prepares papers and presentations on best practices and issues related to the effectiveness of markets. Locates and organizes information from articles and publications obtained through searches of the reference collections and data bases of Congressional Research Service, the Library, or other institutions.

Assists in conducting workshops and meetings concerning vital ecosystem services and the development of emerging markets for these services. Assists in testing applications and methodologies for ecosystem services.

Develops blogs and other social media highlighting emerging market related publications and events suitable for posting on OEM homepage. Routinely reviews OEM website, updates web material as appropriate and is responsible for general website maintenance.

Works with internal and external partners on assignments related to environmental


Performs other duties as assigned.


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For the GS-11 level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of ecosystem services and functions, environmental markets, and related legal and scientific issues for development.OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.  Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level. For this position specialized experience is experience that requires training in environmental and resource economics, policy analysis, and environmental communications with experience in efforts to support environmental markets for agriculture. 


For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: 

No education requirement at this grade level.

All qualification requirements including time-in-grade must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


When the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system.  A quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents will be conducted by the HR Office 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.  Highly qualified candidates depending on their possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the vacancy will be referred to the selecting official. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your on-line resume. Note: If we determine that you have rated yourself higher than what is supportable in your resume, or if your resume is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.


The successful candidate for this position will possess the following KSAs/competencies:

Knowledge ofthe mission, major issues, program goals and objectives of OEM in order research and provide recommendations to program managers and policy officials.

Comprehensive knowledge of ecosystem services functions, environmental markets, and related legal and scientific issues in order to develop briefing materials, and to provide information to outside contacts and OCE leadership on key issues and problems.

Skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods to issues or special projects. Ability to carry out effective interpersonal relationships within and out ide OEM.

Skill in oral and written communication, including a highly developed sense of tact and diplomacy for dealing with individuals with opposing viewpoints to sensitive issues.

Applicants need not prepare written responses to these KSAs, unless asked in a second phase questionnaire.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories.

  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria

  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria

  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. 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.

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The Federal service offers a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. Explore the benefits offered at



Recruitment/relocation incentives will not be authorized.


Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement. 

Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a Top Secret/SCI security clearance. 

If you are a displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to receive special priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). Eligible ICTAP/CTAP employees within the commuting area must (1) submit documentary evidence of eligibility (a separation notice; a 'Notice of Personnel Action' (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456), (2) submit all required documents specified in the announcement, and (3) be rated in the Well Qualified definition as described above in the "how you will be evaluated" section. 

All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. 

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law, if selected. 

The US Department of Agriculture participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


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  1. ONLINE APPLICATION: Application to this announcement requires the online submission of basic applicant information and responses to competency questions and submission of supporting documentation (described in the required documents section below). All application materials will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date. Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the number listed in the Contact information section. NOTE: Our online application system is 100% compatible with the following web browsers: Netscape; IE versions 5.5 and above and Safari 1.0 and above on Mac. If you are using any other web browser to complete your application you may experience errors, missing text or you may be unable to complete your application on-line.
  2. STEP ONE (On-line Resume): You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. The information you provide in your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to our system when you apply on-line. 1. Begin the application process by clicking on the [Apply Online] button at the bottom of the announcement. 2. Log into your USAJOBS account (if you are not already logged in) or create one (if you do not have one established). 3. Select the resume you would like to submit and click on [Apply for this position now!]. You will now be automatically transferred to our system where you will complete the application process.
  3. STEP TWO (Personal Information and Competencies): 1. Once you have been transferred, follow the on-screen prompts to complete your application. Be certain to read the on-screen instructions thoroughly before continuing. First, you will be asked to complete or update your information on file. 2. After completing or updating your information, you will be asked to respond to questions specific to this vacancy. You must respond to all questions in order to save or proceed with the application process. 3. Once you have answered all the vacancy questions click on [Finished].
  4. STEP THREE (Faxing Supporting Documentation): The next step of the application process is to fax all the required supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all of your supporting documentation submitted in order continue with the online portion of the application process. Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are properly faxed and received. All required documents must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  5. FAX INSTRUCTIONS: 1. After answering all vacancy related questions, you will be taken to a page containing a list of fax cover sheets for all required supporting documents. 2. If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status of those documents will indicate Received. There is no need to resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are submitting an updated copy. 3. You must use a separate cover sheet for each type of supporting documentation. Choose the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents column. 4. Click the Print Cover Sheets button. A window will pop up containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected. Print the cover sheet(s). NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to print the cover sheets. 5. Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any required fax cover sheets click on [Done]. You will be moved forward in the application process. 6. Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure the document is legible and all information is complete and signed, if necessary. Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Original documents with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes. 7. Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number specified on the cover sheet. NOTE: If you are faxing more than one document, EACH DOCUMENT MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet to the fax number specified on the cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS UNDER ONE COVER SHEET. 8. Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re-fax your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a unique identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly. 9. You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been successfully received by Human Resources. This EMAIL CONFIRMATION is our official receipt of submission. The fax confirmation generated by the fax machine is NOT your official receipt of submission. Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as specified under the required documents section by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  6. STEP FOUR (Review and Submit Application): The final step of the application process is to review and submit your complete online application package. 1. Review the personal information, core questions, vacancy questions and resume for accuracy and completeness. 2. Once you are satisfied with your application click on [Finished] to submit your application. If you do not click on [Finished] your application will not be submitted and you will not receive consideration. 3. Once you have submitted your application you will be redirected back to USAJOBS where you may view your application status, continue to browse for open positions and/or apply for additional positions. You may return at any time until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement to update or make changes to your application.
  7. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT APPLY ONLINE: You are strongly encouraged to complete the on-line portion of the application process via USAJOBS. If you cannot apply on-line, call the number listed under Agency Contact section between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. prior to the closing date to request a hard copy of the complete application package. If you do not request the complete application package, and your application does not include all the information requested within the web site How do I apply if I cannot apply on-line (See link below.), you will not be considered for this vacancy. Be advised, if you request an application package late in the announcement period, you cannot receive an extension past the closing date. Hard copy faxed applications must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy applications that are not faxed will be accepted at the Human Resources Office listed in the Agency Contact section of this announcement until 4:30 p.m. All hard copy applications must include all the information listed at How do I Apply if I cannot apply on-line. Application packages submitted via e-mail will NOT be accepted.
  8. ***Do NOT use government postage paid envelopes.
  9. ***Applicants who cannot apply on-line, click the link below for instructions on how to apply. How to apply if I cannot apply online.

10.  At the above web site, click on Frequently Asked Questions, then Appling for Jobs and finally How to apply if I cannot apply online.

11.  ***Be certain to submit all supporting documentation. This information should be submitted in the format prescribed within the Required Documents section of this announcement.

12.  ***If you are found qualified for this position, you will ONLY be considered at the grade level(s) for which you applied



Required Documents:

  • Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the “Major Duties,” “Qualifications,” and “How you will be evaluated” sections of this announcement.
  • Responses to the on-line Occupational Questionnaire;
  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veteran’s preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of your DD-214.  If still on active duty, you may submit certification of honorable service.   This certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
  • If you are claiming 10-point veteran’s 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
  • If you are using education to qualify (or if there is a positive education requirement) you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.  You must submit with your application evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards.  For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at  You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcripts; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty.
  • Displaced employees under ICTAP/CTAP (If applicable, provide these documents: copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application.)


Camelia Harris
Phone: 301-504-2232
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Departmental Management
Departmental Management/ DHROB
5601 SunnySide Ave
Room 2-2149
Beltsville, MD
Fax: 571-258-4052


After the announcement has closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your eligibility and qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will inform you of your status upon completion of the evaluation process.


You may check your application status any time after the
announcement closes. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to the
system to drive status updates notification for applicants.  We
recommend that you update your USAJOBS profile to receive these
status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will
continue to update your status on-line as changes are made.  You can
elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS
profile at any point during the application process.  Proactive
notification will provide you an opportunity to sign-up for
automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you
have applied.  These alerts will automatically notify you that your
status has changed and remind you to check your USAJOBS profile for
the specifics. Go to the USAJOBS web site, select MY USAJOBS and
enter your ID and Password and follow the onscreen prompts. If you
have other questions or need other assistance, you may contact the
Human Resources Specialist listed as the contact person in the
Vacancy Announcement.

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