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Job Title:RSO Kabul Personnel Recovery Specialist

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:DS-2013-0214

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 26, 2013 to Friday, March 08, 2013




Full-Time Non-Permanent - Temporary Non-Status Position: 1 year renewable for up to 4 years.




1 vacancy in the following location:
Rosslyn, VA, USView Map


Open to all U.S. citizens

"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."

"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."


The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide.

Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!

This is a non-status, non-permanent position.  You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position. 


This incumbent of this position serves as an RSO Kabul Personnel Recovery Specialist in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of International Programs.  This position is based in Arlington, VA and requires frequent, extended temporary duty deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan (approximately 75% of the year in Kabul).  The incumbent of this position will serve as an advisor to senior management on all Personnel Recovery related issues, assist in the development and implementation of a U.S. Mission Afghanistan Personnel Recovery Plans that coordinates with Chief Of Mission security measures with those of interagency community and Afghan Government. 


  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Medical clearance is required
  • Extensive Overseas travel is required


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-Serve as a Personnel Recovery (PR) Subject Matter Expert (SME) and advisor to the senior Regional Security Officers (RSO) on all Personnel Recovery (PR) related issues, as well as advisor to Post leadership and to other civilian agencies under Chief of Mission authority on personnel recovery issues.

-Develops and implements a U.S. Mission Afghanistan Personnel Recovery Plan (PRP) that coordinates Chief of Missions security measures with those of the interagency community and Afghan Government.

-Coordinates RSO/COM efforts with other Government Agencies (OGA), military, private/civilian organizations and appropriate Afghan entities on all aspects of the PRP to include prevention, preparation and response to hostage taking or isolation of personnel, in accordance with current U.S. government policy.

-Develops and manages individual collective PR training program consistent with COM and U.S. government policy requirements.  This training may include, but is not limited to, individual isolation training, training for PR responders/managers, and training usage of multiple "tag, track, and locate" (TTL) devices as dictated by COM security policies and directives.

-Implements PR Standard Operating Procedures in accordance with Diplomatic Security policies and identify resources to support the RSO operations throughout Afghanistan.

-Assess procedures and capabilities currently in place for recovery of COM personnel and American citizens from anywhere in Afghanistan.

-Performs other security related duties and responsibilities as directed by the Regional Security Officer (RSO).


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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized
experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the
Federal service which provided the applicant
with the particular knowledge, skills and
abilities to perform the duties of the position.
Qualifying specialized experience must
demonstrate the following:


1. Experience with all aspects of U.S. Government Personnel Recovery operations, including interagency operations/coordination; U.S. Government operations and overseas embassies and consulates, command, control, communication, intelligence and special operations.

2. Experience conducting Personnel Recovery training and development.

3. Experience utilizing a Tracking and locating system and their applications related to personnel recovery programs.

4. Experience reacting to an crisis situations, such as kidnapping and hostage taking.

5. Experience analyze personnel recovery issues and identifying appropriate solutions.


There is no substitute of education for
specialized experience for the GS-12




Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:


1. Expert knowledge of all aspects of U.S. Government Personnel Recovery operations, including interagency operations/coordination; U.S. Government operations and overseas embassies and consulates, command, control, communication, intelligence and special operations.

2. Expert knowledge of conducting Personnel Recovery training and development.

3. Knowledge of a Tracking and locating system and their applications related to personnel recovery programs.

4. Ability to react promptly, appropriately, and decisively in crisis situations, such as kidnapping and hostage taking matters.

5. Ability to provide technical advice and guidance to managers, co-workers, headquarters staff and decision-makers on undefined issues and elements for programs critical to an agency's mission.

6. Ability to analyze complex issues and identify appropriate solutions.


Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.  In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity.  Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

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The Bureau of Diplomatic Security has a program that allows personal services employees to be reimbursed for their health insurance premium costs that they incur during their period of performance.  The program pays up-to-5% of the employee's base salary or up-to-50% of the insurance premium cost (not to exceed 5%) of a GS-15/Step 10 salary equivalent) towards either an individual policy or a family policy.  To be eligible for this Health Insurance Reimbursement Program, the employee must provide proof of insurance coverage and the cost of the premium for which s/he is responsible.


All official international travel will require MEDEVAC insurance prior to departure.  This insurance will be reimbursed in full upon proof of insurance coverage and cost.


Former Military Service and Annual Leave Accrual Rates:


Personal services employees entering on duty with prior military service can credit their years of uniformed military service for higher annual leave accrual rates.  Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 form for consideration of higher annual leave accrual rates.


Personal Services employees are eligible for overtime compensation as approved by supervisor and budgetary constraints, and Sunday Differential.


Personal Services employees are eligible for Post Danger and Differential pay while TDY to Afghanistan (35% Danger each day in country and 35% Differential retroactive after 42 days)



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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET



NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application.  If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to



4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.


Eyvonne Klink
Phone: 571-345-3761
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
1801 N. Lynn St
SA-20 9th fl
Rosslyn, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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