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Job Title:Analyst on the Middle East and Africa

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Library of Congress

Job Announcement Number:130034

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101/0130-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Open - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DCView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division (FDT) is seeking an Analyst on the Middle East and Africa to support the FDT Middle East and Africa Section as it conducts research and policy analysis relevant to congressional needs. Issues covered by the section include political, military, social and religious, and economic developments in the sub-regions and countries of the Middle East and Africa.

This entry-level analyst will work as part of the Middle East and Africa Section. The ideal candidate will have a solid background in contemporary affairs in the Middle East and Africa. Relevant language skills are not required, but would be a plus. The ability to write, clear, concise, balanced policy analysis is essential.

The analyst will locate and interpret factual information; conduct research; prepare objective, non-partisan descriptive, background, and analytical reports; and participate in team research projects and seminars. The analyst is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide public policy and legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • See QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED below.

DUTIES:

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Prepares a variety of analytical reports, memoranda, and written materials on public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge to support congressional decision-making.

Through personal consultation, assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.

Participates in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for committees, Members, and staff.

Prepares a variety of descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge.

Locates and provides information requested by Members and committees of Congress or their staff.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Knowledge of the Middle East and Africa**
  • Ability to analyze public policy issues**
  • Ability to design and utilize research and analytical methods and techniques**
  • Ability to write in a public policy context**
  • Ability to work effectively in a high pressure environment
  • Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation
  • Ability to communicate orally


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview.

The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Congressional Research Service is a service unit within the Library of Congress. To learn about our benefits, please visit the Library's Federal Benefits page.



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description numbers for this position are 4746 (GS-0101 social science analyst) and 4754 (GS-0130 foreign affairs analyst).

The incumbent of this position may elect to work a flexitime work schedule. Upon successful completion of the one-year probationary period, the incumbent of this position may be eligible to elect a compflex work schedule.

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THE PERSON(S) SELECTED UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

Applicants who are referred for interview will be required to submit a completed OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at (202) 707-6362 or email spp@loc.gov.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully follow all instructions below to ensure you are considered for the position.

You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed applications. To apply online, complete the following steps.

Step 1: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications and Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the application questions that you will be required to answer.

Step 2: Click the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account (if you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will be asked to build one). If you have not already created a resume in USAJOBS, you will be required to create one. Although you must enter your Social Security number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Congressional Research Service or the Library of Congress.

Step 3: USAJOBS will redirect you to the Library of Congress hiring management website, where you will complete the application process. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly, and follow all instructions for uploading required documentation.

Step 4: Click "FINISH" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your USAJOBS account. Your complete online application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact jobhelp@loc.gov, no later than 4:30 p.m. EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

DISABLED APPLICANTS CLAIMING SCHEDULE A ELIGIBILITY MUST SUBMIT proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If these documents are not attached to your application, the HRS staff will contact you and allow one week for submission of the documents. Applicants who do not submit this documentation after being contacted by the HRS staff will be disqualified from further consideration under Schedule A.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Customer Service Center
Phone: 202-707-5627
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: JobHelp@loc.gov
Agency Information:
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
101 Independence Ave. SE
LM-107
Washington, DC
20540
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking "My Applications." You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.


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Job Announcement Number:

130034

Control Number:

340656200