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Job Title:  International Trade Specialist (MAP) (TERM)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Commerce, International Trade Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ITA-MAC-2013-0011

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Competitive Service; Full-Time - Term Appointment, Not-to-Exceed 1 year may be extended up to 4 years.
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US
20230View Map

Current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; Applicants eligible under special hiring authorities; Veterans who are preference eligible, or separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service, may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).


Are you interested in assisting U.S. businesses compete globally? The International Trade Administration is instrumental in assisting businesses compete in the global economy.  Help create opportunities for U.S. workers and firms, by promoting trade, opening foreign markets to ensure compliance with trade laws and agreements.


This position is located in the International Trade Administration, Market Access and Compliance Division, Iraq, and Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force.  The incumbent will serve as an International Trade Specialist, developing and implementing programs for developing the private sector and trade in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.


  • Must be a United States Citizen; Must be suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met.
  • Investigations and clearances must be completed prior to appointment.
  • Must be able to obtain and hold a secret clearance.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (


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The incumbent will develop and implement programs designed to help Iraq and Afghanistan develop their private sectors; develop and implement business and trade related capacity building programs as well as develop and implement trade missions to Iraq and Afghanistan and reverse trade mission to the United States; provide advice to U.S. and foreign government officials on developing an environment conducive to trade, investment and private sector development; and prepare briefings, and implement programs designed to enhance bilateral trade.


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You must possess 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade level that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

  • To qualify for the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as experience with developing and implementaing business and trade related cpacity building programs in stabilizing markets; expereince with advising U.S. and foreign government officials on developing environments conducive to trade, investment, and the private sector; and experience developing and implementing trade missions abroad and reverse trade missions to the United States.  

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification Standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at

Applicants must meet requirements by 11:59 EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

1-Skill in helping to develop and enhance the private sector in stabilizing economies.

2-Knowledge of basic business skills particularly pertaining to priority sectors-mining, agribusiness, construction, rugs, and information technology. 

3-Knowledge of commercial skills needed by government entities to support commercial development.

4-Skill in preparing and managing the preparation of detailed reports on foreign countries business environment and industry sectors including supply chain analyses. 

5-Knowledge of laws, regulations and practices that stimulate economic growth.

6-Effective written and oral communication skills.

To preview questions please click here.


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CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice). 2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement. 2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.; 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact: Sherry Cox, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-4278 or email at


A complete application consists of the following: Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility. Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. For more information, please go to Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information). Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)


Sherry Cox
Phone: 202-482-4278
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are: 1. Application Received or Application Incomplete; 2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met; 3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and 4. Selected or Not Selected. By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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