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Job Title:  Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-MP-13-868076

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Full Time - Temporary Promotion NTE 2 Years
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Shanghai ChinaView Map
Guangzhou ChinaView Map
Mumbai IndiaView Map
Hyderabad IndiaView Map
New Delhi IndiaView Map
Open to current FDA 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.

The Office of International Programs (OIP), plans, directs, manages, and coordinates a comprehensive international relations program for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Office serves as the agency focal point on international relations and policy for all the agency's program areas to provide leadership in decision making on international policy and directs and manages FDA representation in the international policy arena, consistent with FDA's strategic goals.


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 Programs (OIP), China Office located in Shanghai, China or India office located in Mumbai, New Delhi, or Hyderabad India.


Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees with competitive status only.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment. Title 42 employees without reinstatement eligibility are not eligible.


PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.


YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 (AND DD-214 IF APPLICABLE) or your application will be disqualified.


There is an Education Requirement - College Transcripts are required.


This is an Overseas Assignment; located in Shanghia, China or Mumbai, Hyderabad, or New Delhi India.


Overseas Assignments: Overseas assignments are for up to two years and a rotational agreement must be signed.  The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the agency and may be extended for up to 12 years.

Immunizations are required and will be administered by the FDA before relocating overseas, when applicable.

Before relocating overseas, the selectee may remain stateside until all clearances have been approved.

Security clearances are required for the selectee only and medical clearances are required for selectee and all family members before being posted overseas. 

Citizens or permanent residents of the host country are not eligible to be considered. 


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. 

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

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

Upon completion of the overseas assignment, FDA employees on temporary promotion/assignment will be placed in accordance with FDA placement procedures. Subsequent employment for other FDA positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.



  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Temporary position NTE 2 years; may be extended.
  • You MUST submit your SF-50 or your application will be disqualified.
  • Salary information listed does not include locality pay.
  • Travel required.
  • You MUST submit unofficial transcripts or list college courses.


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As Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, you will; 


 - Serve as an Agency focal point on FDA-regulated products (drugs, foods, medical devices, clinical trials/research, biologics, or feed) coordinating, directing, and assisting the foreign and headquarters offices with international investigative activities with an important impact on international policy direction and Agency's long-term public health goals in China or India.

 - Work with the Office Director managing the Agency’s international inspection program.  Develop, review, and recommend policies and operational procedures (include guidance manual and documents) for investigating and evaluating the compliance of regulated international industries with laws and regulations administered by the Agency.

 - Coordinate international regulatory activities, including international harmonization, with other FDA components and national and international governments. Serve as an operational liaison to FDA Center/ORA international offices.  Serve as the agency senior expert in the assigned country, with a working knowledge of the culture, society, people, language and current public-health issues.

 - Manage foreign inspectors located at FDA Foreign Post.  Coordinate activities of dedicated foreign inspection cadres.  Exercise leadership skills necessary to lead and/or coordinate FDA efforts in complex new policy and program areas involving multiple Centers; develop, evaluate, and gain agency consensus on important new policies, concepts, strategies, negotiating positions, procedures, and other courses of action.

 - Serve as an agency expert working with senior policy-level officials and technical specialists at other U.S regulatory agencies.

 - Monitor emerging issues and advancements in technology; recommends, coordinates and implements into the Agency’s investigative activities.  Keeps informed on new developments in his/her assigned area. 




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Basic Qualifications:


A.    Degree: that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, or related scientific fields that provided knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work. The 30 semester hours can include up to 8 semester hours in statistics, or course work that included the principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming.



B.     Combination of education and experience -- courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Additional Qualifications:


You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Government.


Examples of specialized experience include: providing counsel, direction and guidance in the overall foreign investigational and inspectional operations; skill in working in an international geographical region and expert knowledge of the feed, foods, medical devices, drugs, biologics, clinical trials/research; skill in monitoring emerging issues and technology and recommends and coordinates implementation into the agency activities; skill in serving as technical expert and authoritative investigator in foreign assignments primarily for foods, medical devices, clinical trials/research, biologics, or feed.


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.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


2. Security and medical clearances required. Yes


3. Background Investigation Required. Yes


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: Yes


10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


11. Financial disclosure statement may be required.


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):   


* Expert knowledge of and experience with inspection/investigative and compliant follow-up for foreign inspections in the areas of foods, biologics, medical devices, drugs, clinical trials/research, or feed.

* Expert knowledge of FDA legal and regulatory requirements.


* Ability to communicate orally and in writing regarding FDA regulatory matters.


* Ability to analyze the most complex and sensitive issues involving numerous variables to identify root causes and advise on required processes.



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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 868076.  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)

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 Wednesday, May 15, 2013.


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 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).

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