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Job Title:  Trade Enforcement Analyst
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Commerce, International Trade Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ITA-IA-2013-0017

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

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$51,630.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 to Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Competitive Service - This is a Term Appointment NTE 13 months.
FEW vacancies - Washington, DC, US  View Map

All qualified United States citizens. This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures & is open to all U.S. citizens.  


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 is a Term Appointment NTE 13 months, however this appointment may be extended, for no more than 2 years total.

This position is located in the Import Administration (IA), Office of Policy.  Serves as Trade Enforcement Analyst for the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC).  Primary purpose of this position is to provide expert Mandarin-language research, and analytical support to ITEC on a number of technical trade issues related to trade-enforcement related negotiations and dispute settlement.


  • Must be a United States Citizen,
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment,
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized,
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (,
  • One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade,
  • One year probationary period may be required.


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- Researches, reviews, analyzes, and develops a variety of trade information including: economic data; provisions of existing trade legislation; administrative and other regulations related to trade policy; and the positions, objectives, and goals for implementing trade policy of other offices, agencies, and departments in the trade policy interagency process.

- Prepares positions and strategies for negotiations and dispute settlement proceedings with foreign governments on major trade issues related to a specific area or region, including trade issues with China.  Conducts economic analytical studies and develops reports and recommendations for U.S. policy positions on technical trade issues regarding negotiations on trade enforcement matters and dispute settlement.

 - Extracts and summarizes or abstracts pertinent trade data, legal language, and negotiating text.  Develops reports, briefing materials, charts, graphs, tables, etc., for the development of negotiating or dispute settlement positions on a variety of trade issues.

 - Researches and analyzes current market access, trade policy structure, and negotiating proposals of key trading countries, including China. Using a variety of software, organizes and produces profiles of tariffs, trade policies, and negotiating stances of key trading countries.

 - Serves on a variety of task forces and committees to analyze specific trade problems or issues.  Attends interagency meetings as agency representative on issues related to assigned area.  Serves as liaison with professionals in other agencies to prepare briefings for ITEC Director or  senior level staff.  Follows up with reports and recommended actions


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This position has a selective placement factor (SPF) requiring applicants to speak, read and write fluently in the Mandarin Chinese language. Applicants who do not meet the SPF are determined ineligible and will not receive further consideration. In addition to meeting the SPF, applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience.  If you are invited for an interview, you may be required to demonstrate your ability to read and explain information in the Mandarin Chinese language.

Substitution of Education for Experience:For GS-09 level: a master's or equivalent graduate degree OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.  For the GS-11 level: You may qualify for this position with either (A) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M if related. If you wish to substitute education for specialized experience, you must fax in a copy of your college transcript (official or unofficial) from an accredited education institution for verification.

This position is being advertised at the GS-9/11/12/13 levels. You must possess 1 year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level as follows:

For the GS-9, one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 or equivalent pay band. Specialized experience is defined as experience in researching laws, regulations, policies, news articles, scholarly journals and websites written in the Mandarin Chinese language; experience in researching and analyzing empirical trade and economic data and information; experience summarizing trade data and information clearly and concisely; experience navigating research sites (e.g. Lexis/Nexis), the internet and other reference materials to research, gather, download, and extract information.

For the GS-11, one year of specialized experience at the GS-9 or equivalent pay band. Specialized experience for the GS-11 includes all experience listed above, as well as, experience or education accurately summarizing outcomes of meetings.

For the GS-12, one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 or equivalent pay band.  Specialize experience for the GS 12 includes all experience listed above, as well as, experience researching, analyzing and interpreting empirical trade and economic data and information, as well as international trade policy and international trade law, experience summarizing trade data and information clearly and concisely, experience providing support for negotiation, implementation or enforcement of U.S. trade agreements. 

For the GS-13, one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent pay band.  Specialized experience for the GS-13 includes all experience listed above, as well as experience analyzing U.S trade policy including provisions of existing trade agreements, experience using information on economic, market, political and other factors which influence U.S. trade objectives to develop recommendations for U.S. policy positions on technical trade issues, experience representing a client or government office in the interagency process within the U.S. Government and briefing senior officials.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements 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

U.S. Citizenship: You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship. Selective Service System: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an exemption. If selected, confirmation of registration status is required. Position Requirements: Applicants must meet requirements by MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement. Security Clearance: This position requires a secret security clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.


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) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories.  These categories are “gold,” “silver,” and “bronze.”  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.  Candidates placed in the “gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. 

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans’ preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.  The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response: 

1. Knowledge of U.S. trade policy including provision of existing trade agreements.

2. Knowledge of the economic, market, political and other factors which influence U.S. trade objectives and positions.

3. Ability to research, analyze and interpret documents and other information written in the Mandarin Chinese language.

4. Ability to research, analyze and interpret empirical trade and economic data and information, as well as international trade policy and international trade law.

5. Ability to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing.

6. Ability to navigate several research sites, the internet and other reference materials.

To preview questions please click here.


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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 ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; 2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - 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. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: 1. VRA - 2. VEOA - 3. 30% or more disabled veteran - 4. Persons with disabilities - 5. CTAP - 6. ICTAP -


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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 on the right side 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 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: Christine Covington at 202.482.3041 or


A complete application consists of the following: 1. 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. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 2. Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: 3. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see "Other Information"). 4. Education, if qualifying based on education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
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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