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Job Title:Training Specialist (Technical)

Agency:Peace Corps

Hiring Organization:Office of Human Resources

Job Announcement Number:DPC13-A0120-KC

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$65,840.00 to $96,689.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 14, 2013 to Friday, June 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

FP-1712-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, Dist of ColumbiaView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Ten Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 4 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" for small agencies in 2012, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the chance to be selected for an annual Leadership Development Academy. (7) The working environment is highly flexible with alternative schedules, credit hours, teleworking. (8) There's a Distinguished Speaker Series, and (9) work-life programs including Metro and bicycle subsidies. (10) Peace Corps has a vibrant "Community" atmosphere; established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants "what you can do for your country" . . . and the world.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Peace Corps applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=RPPJD.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Works in cooperation with a team of Technical Training Specialists to ensure the quality and consistency of Peace Corps training materials and to support overseas staff in implementing training materials. In collaboration with Program Sector Specialists, designs and develops technical training curricula using the Training Design & Evaluation process (Peace Corps' instructional systems design process). Collects, assesses and recommends promising practices with respect to technical training learning objectives, session plans, and assessment tools. Researches and analyzes newest technical training methodologies, materials and tools (including e-learning materials). Identifies and collects professional technical training materials which would be useful to posts.
Provides expert advice and guidance to posts on technical training issues. Provides long distance and on-site technical assistance to overseas posts as needed. Supports post and regional strategic planning efforts involving technical training programs. Reviews and analyzes technical training designs and materials in response to post requests for assistance. Provides feedback to posts along with recommendations for technical training improvements.
Designs and facilitates Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops for overseas programming and training staff. Provides on-going training and technical assistance to field-based program and training managers on technical training issues and lessons learned.
Participates in the evaluation of Peace Corps technical training programs by promoting continuous assessment of technical training activities in order to determine those training models which are most effective in achieving programmatic goals. Conducts studies of Peace Corps technical training practices and formulates recommendations for how both consistency and quality can be improved.
Analyzes annual training reports and develops a global summary including promising practices and challenges in training. Consults with field staff to design effective training evaluation systems to measure Volunteer learning and application of that learning.

Additional experience and expertise related to e-learning and/or cross-cultural education is desired.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of training instruction principles, practices, techniques, and procedures.

Ability to develop and implement training instruction programs.

Ability to meet and deal with others.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

I have experience developing technical training for an international development organization.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Qualifying experience for the GS-12 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 level that demonstrated a practical knowledge of the subject area of the position and of the methods and techniques of instruction. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: (1) Teaching or instructing an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field(s). (2) Supervising or administering a training program. (3) Development or review of training/course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluation of training results. (4) Work in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis.

This is an Excepted Service Appointment. Initial appointments to the Peace Corps normally are for 60 months (5 years). Employees are paid on the Foreign Service pay scale and receive the same benefits as other Federal employees. A background security investigation will be required for all hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Qualified internal applicants will receive first consideration. If you are a current Peace Corps employee, you must select "I am a federal civilian employee" in the Eligibilities section of the application. You must also select "Peace Corps" as your Employer Name. An incorrect response may result in your being found ineligible for this vacancy.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Ten Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 4 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" for small agencies in 2011, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the chance to be selected for an annual Leadership Development Academy. (7) The working environment is highly flexible with alternative schedules, credit hours, teleworking. (8) There's a Distinguished Speaker Series, and (9) work-life programs including Metro and bicycle subsidies. (10) Peace Corps has a vibrant "Community" atmosphere; established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants "what you can do for your country" . . . and the world.

This is an Excepted Service Appointment. Initial appointments to the Peace Corps normally are for 60 months (5 years). Employees are paid on the Foreign Service pay scale and receive the same benefits as other Federal employees. A background security investigation will be required for all hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Qualified internal applicants will receive first consideration. If you are a current Peace Corps employee, you must select "I am a federal civilian employee" in the Eligibilities section of the application. You must also select "Peace Corps" as your Employer Name. An incorrect response may result in your being found ineligible for this vacancy.

This position is located in the Training Unit within the Office of Overseas Programming and Training Support (OPATS). The position reports to the Washington DC headquarters of the Peace Corps. The purpose of OPATS is to build capacity of field staff through training that will help staff better support Volunteers. Training is designed and delivered to improve post staff performance and competence. OPATS partners with and directly supports the Peace Corps three regional offices (Regions) Africa (AF); Europe, Mediterranean and Asia (EMA); and InterAmerica and the Pacific (IAP) and supports overseas posts with their programming and training needs. In partnership with the Regions and other parts of the Agency, OPATS shares responsibility for the effectiveness and success of Volunteers and staff in the field. The incumbent will focus primarily on designing and developing technical training for Peace Corps Volunteers and working with program specialists in Peace Corps' six sectors: Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Youth in Development. The Technical Training Specialist will be one of the agency's primary resources on general Volunteer training issues.

If you have engaged in intelligence activity or related work, you may not be eligible to apply for positions at Peace Corps. Please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.

If you are claiming Veteran's Preference you must attach your supporting documents to receive your preference points. For more information please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.

Both online and offline application assistance can be obtained by contacting the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 or joeavue@avuetech.com or by clicking on the "TECHNICAL SUPPORT" button while working in the automated system.
 
When completing your Avue application online, you will receive a pop-up warning message after 45 minutes.  It is strongly recommended that you save your data often, and turn off your pop-up blocker in order to receive any system time-out warning. 

The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at www.avuedigitalservices.com/pc/applicant.html. If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualification form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted.

Familiarity and/or experience with diversity and inclusion strategies and tactics within the workplace preferred.

If you are a current federal employee and are interested in reemployment rights as explained below, you should discuss your options with your employing agency.

An employee of any (federal) agency who accepts, with the consent of the head of that agency, a limited appointment in the Foreign Service under section 309 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3949) is entitled, upon the expiration of that appointment, to be reemployed in that employee's former position or in a corresponding or higher position in that agency.

Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system. Additionally, the Peace Corps Human Resources Office will conduct a quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents 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. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your application and work history information.

Applicants submitting documents can electronically attach them, or scan and attach them, to the employment application. If this is not possible, copies of documents can be faxed to 253-573-9869, or mailed to the following address: Peace Corps, c/o Avue Technologies Corporation, ATTN: Direct Services, 1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 800, Tacoma, WA 98402. All faxed or mailed proof documents must be identified with applicant's name and vacancy announcement number.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

If you have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation, please contact our American Diversity Program office at 202-692-2139. You can send an email to adp@peacecorps.gov or americandiversityprogram@peacecorps.gov.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; and training and development opportunities. Employees located in the United States may also receive subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, and a family/worklife program.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming 5-point Veteran's Preference, a DD-214 must be submitted with your application. To receive 10-point preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must also submit an SF-15 and an official statement, issued in 1991 or later, from the Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more. This documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement; failure to submit will disallow the additional points for preference being added to your score.

This position is excluded from provisions of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).

A 12-month trial period is required.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Peace Corps applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=RPPJD.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Avue Help Desk
Phone: 8004070147
Fax: 2535739869
Email: joeavue@avue.com
Agency Information:
Peace Corps
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, Dist of Columbia
20056
US
Fax: 2535739869

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Job Announcement Number:

DPC13-A0120-KC

Control Number:

345700600