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Job Title:Franklin Fellows Program (FFP)

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:FFP-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 13, 2013 to Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

NA-0130-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Temporary fellowship for approximately 1 year, with a possible of 1 year maximum extension.

DUTY LOCATIONS:

MANY vacancies - Washington DC, DC View Map
5 vacancies - New York, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to mid/upper-level professionals from both private-sector and non-profit entities (including NGOs, academia, foundations, associations and others). Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. This program is NOT open to current U.S. Government employees.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Note: This is an UNPAID fellowship program administered by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This is a TEMPORARY Federal government appointment and does not lead to permanent employment with the Department of State or USAID. Franklin Fellows are welcome to apply to advertised positions in either Agency, but must meet the applicable qualifications and complete the standard application and assessment process for such positions.
 
 "You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application WILL NOT get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined." Please note that if you are selected to participate in the Franklin Fellows Program (FFP) that this participation does NOT lead to a permanent position upon completion of the one-year service with the Department of State (DOS) or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Depending on the position, occasional travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This is a TEMPORARY Federal appointment.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Applicants must submit a Financial Disclosure Form prior to serving.
  • Must be able to receive an Ethics clearance prior to serving.
  • This program is NOT open to current U.S. Government employees.

DUTIES:

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The Fellows will contribute their knowledge and expertise to the strengthening of policy formulation and programs within the Department of State and USAID. Further, Fellows may interact with other government entities, such as the White House, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and other Executive Branch agencies, depending on their duties. At the same time, Fellows will enhance their own knowledge of government and global issues. Fellows will gain valuable professional experience and enrich their nominating organizations and communities upon their return.

Click here for a list of challenging positions for which the bureaus and offices of the U.S. Department of State and USAID wish to host Franklin Fellows. This list changes and is not necessarily fully inclusive, but it does represent most of the bureau requests. Please note that not every position may still be available at the moment a nominated Fellow and the Department or USAID are ready to begin discussion of assignments.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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The goal of the program is for Fellows, serving as consultants, to provide valuable and pertinent advice, views, opinions, alternatives or recommendations on foreign policy issues facing the nation.

Department professionals are dedicated to addressing critical national security challenges across the globe: conflict resolution, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, promoting democracy and economic stability, protecting the environment, conducting trade, assisting U.S. business abroad, providing disaster and humanitarian assistance and confronting the global scourges of AIDS, terrorism, human trafficking and child labor. The Department also protects U.S. citizens abroad, and adjudicates visas for visitors and new residents. The Department and USAID work with a broad spectrum of other government agencies, Congress, non-profit and private sector organizations and representatives of foreign governments. Since the end of the Cold War, the range and complexity of issues facing the international community has grown exponentially; the Department and USAID rely now on numerous bureaus and offices to manage all aspects of bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and development policy. In order to strengthen their ability to deal with this plethora of issues and to draw on expertise of individuals working in disciplines related to them, the Department of State and USAID manage the Franklin Fellows Program. This effort is providing unique opportunities for experienced professionals with a minimum of five years of relevant experience to serve a detail or sabbatical year as Fellows at the Department of State or USAID. The goal of the program is for Fellows, serving as consultants, to provide valuable and pertinent advice, views, opinions, alternatives or recommendations on foreign policy and development issues facing the nation.

The Franklin Fellows Program
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." Ben Franklin

Who Is Eligible?
The Franklin Fellows Program is open to mid/upper-level professionals from both private-sector and non-profit entities (including NGOs, academia, foundations, associations and others). Such professionals must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain a security clearance. The clearance will be processed prior to the start of the Fellowship. The Department and USAID will make the final selection and placement of Fellows but will take into account suggestions from the nominating / funding entity. This program is NOT open to current U.S. Government employees. The Department and USAID welcome professionals with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. There is no fixed percentage of nominees from any particular sector, but the Program seeks a good mix of candidates from both private and non-profit sectors. The Fellows will contribute their knowledge and expertise to the strengthening of policy formulation and programs within the Department of State and USAID. Further, Fellows may interact with other government entities, such as the White House, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and other Executive Branch agencies, depending on their duties. At the same time, Fellows will enhance their own knowledge of government and global issues. Fellows will gain valuable professional experience and enrich their nominating organizations and communities upon their return.

Program Details: Fellows will be matched with State Department and USAID bureaus and offices that can utilize their expertise. The expected duration of the Fellowship will be approximately one year, with a possible one-year extension. Fellows must recuse themselves from matters that might directly and predictably affect the financial interests of their employers and must comply with other federal ethics regulations. Applicants must submit a financial disclosure form and receive an ethics clearance, prior to serving. Information for Organizations Interested in Funding/Nominating Fellows: Approved, non-federal entities may participate in the Franklin Fellows Program as follows:

* First, such approved entities may continue the salaries and benefits of their nominees who are selected. Remuneration for Fellows who are being funded directly by their nominating organizations shall remain the sole jurisdiction of the Fellow and the home organization. These Fellows will serve in the Department or USAID as "unpaid consultants."
* Second, approved, non-federal entities may donate funds as a gift to the Department of State for support of otherwise-unfunded Fellows.
* Third, approved, non-federal entities may nominate Fellows whom they fund partially or not at all. Because appropriated funds are not available to support the salaries and benefits of Franklin Fellows, the Department of State would rely on donations to support unfunded or partially funded Fellows.

The Department of State will cover costs associated with the security investigation and clearance, as well as transportation and per diem necessary for official travel, once the Fellow begins service. Applicants will cover costs for fingerprinting, document preparation and mailing.

For general questions regarding the Franklin Fellowship Program, receipt of your supporting documentation, or the status of your application, see the "How To Apply" and "Benefits & Other Info" tabs.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Applicants must be mid/upper-level professionals from private- sector or non-profit entities (including NGO's, academia, foundations, associations, and others) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Applicants must submit a financial disclosure form AND receive an Ethics clearance, prior to serving.
  • Submit a statement of funding support from a third-party, parent organization, or yourself prior to the discussion of placement in the Franklin Fellows Program.




On the online assessment questionnaire, applicants must identify the bureau(s) in which they wish to be considered. Click here for a list of challenging positions for which the bureaus and offices of the U.S. Department of State and USAID wish to host Franklin Fellows. This list changes and is not necessarily fully inclusive, but it does represent most of the bureau requests. Please note that not every position may still be available at the moment a nominated Fellow and the Department are ready to begin discussion of assignments.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be evaluated by the Franklin Fellows Program staff. They may request additional data and conduct a personal interview.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

More than one selection will be made from this announcement.
Contacts / Website: Additional information about the Franklin Fellows Program can be found here. Points of contact at the Department of State are:
  1. Inquiries from the private sector and foundations: William P. Pope, Senior Advisor for Fellows, can be reached at FranklinFellowsProgram@state.gov.
  2. Inquiries from academia and non-governmental organizations: Please send to: Attn: Joanne Martin at FranklinFellowsProgram@state.gov.


HOW TO APPLY:

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Applicants must submit an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State application system when you apply on-line. The submission of anything other than the below on-line application process will result in your not being considered for this UNPAID Fellowship opportunity.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following three-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions provided.
STEP 2: In the Gateway to State, you will answer general program questions necessary to evaluate your potential for this fellowship opportunity. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS, your responses to the Gateway to State questions and your fax supporting documentation will become your application. This information will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this fellowship opportunity. Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the user information questions and the general program questions.
STEP 3: Submit all required documentation listed in the "required documents" section of this announcement prior to the closing date.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Please contact the FFP Program Office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the FFP Program Office no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents listed below must be submitted at the time of application. Applicants who do not submit the required documentation WILL NOT be considered for this fellowship opportunity.

Each application package must consist of:

1. General program questions (completed through the Gateway to State online application).

For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

DO NOT ATTACH ANY ADDITIONAL MATERIALS SUCH AS POSITION DESCRIPTIONS, DEGREES, CERTIFICATES OF TRAINING, OR PUBLICATIONS. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS STATED ABOVE OR THE INFORMATION YOU SUBMIT IS INSUFFICIENT TO VERIFY YOUR ELIGIBILITY, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS "UNPAID" FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Franklin Fellows Program
Phone: 202-261-8863
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: FranklinFellowsProgram@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
Applications are not being accepted by Mail
Washington, DC
22209
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You should receive an email letting you know that your application was received. You will not receive another email as long as your application is still being considered.  For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

FFP-2014-0001

Control Number:

357462900