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Job Title:Medical Officer

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:FDA-OIP-14-DE-1086438KBH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$100,624.00 to $130,810.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to Wednesday, July 02, 2014




Full Time - Term NTE two (2) year




1 vacancy in the following location:
London, United KingdomView Map


United States Citizens






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.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (OGROP), Office of International Programs (OIP) and is based in London, England.


Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens


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


Overseas assignments are for up to two years and an employment agreement must be signed.  The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the agency and may be extended for up to 4years.


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


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


Continued employment will be subject to submission of all documentation necessary to obtain the medical and security clearances (including documentation for any accompanying dependents), within thirty 30 business days of the entrance on duty date and inability to secure clearances necessary for overseas duty will result in the termination of the appointment to the position.


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:

Assignment to the foreign post is subject to: 1) The authority and approval of the Chief Mission in-country; 2) Applications and approval for applicable security clearance; 3) Medical clearance of the employee and dependent family members by the Department of State.


Immunizations may be required and will be administered by the FDA or authorized medical personnel before relocating overseas.


  • 25% or Greater
  • International Travel is Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation and Travel authorized


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Only experience gained by closing date announcement will be considered.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • Term Appointment NTE 2 years; may be extended.
  • Medical and security clearances required.
  • Immunization maybe required.


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The incumbent participates fully with the Director and Deputy Director in providing assistance and leadership in directing the FDA presence and responsibilities in the Europe region.  This includes, but is not limited to:  (1) relevant and timely information exchange and analyses on policy issues, regulatory science, and inspections between the FDA and regulatory counterparts in the Europe region; (2) developing the necessary policy drafts, briefing materials for high level meetings, white papers, policy monographs, and creative strategies as key inputs for FDA regulatory decisions and actions; (3) landscaping trends in European regulatory policy, scientific development, and industry manufacturing; (4) providing strategic advice to FDA at various levels on the European perspective and policies and the potential impact on FDA's work; and (5) serving as the FDA representative at the European Medicines Agency (EMA).  The incumbent is responsible for maintaining regular and consistent communication with the Office of Regulatory Affairs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Center for Tobacco Products and Center for Veterinary Medicine.


Serves as an Agency senior representative and focal point in support of FDA Directorates, Centers, and Offices, as well as with USG Agencies, and with regulatory counterparts, governments, multilateral and academic institutions and other relevant entities with the Europe Region and specifically with the EMA.


Lead, maintain and strengthen strategic working relationships and knowledge networks with high level foreign government officials and institutional leadership within the Europe region.  He/she provides leadership and guidance to FDA officials in their engagement with foreign officials.  The Liaison engages effectively across institutions and government levels and with varied stakeholders and partners for successful deliberations and negotiations on subjects of great sensitivity and potential controversy.


Serves as an Agency expert who works proactively and strategically with senior, policy-level officials and technical specialists at other U.S. agencies who work in areas that have an impact on or intersect with FDA, such as, the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and the United States Trade Representative.


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Qualifications Required:


In order to qualify for Medical Officer, GS-602-15, you must meet the following:


Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).]


Additional Qualification Requirements for Medical Officer, GS-602-15 

Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service, that includes: implementing new policies/guidance; negotiating/deliberating the validity of existing policies on international public health issues; serving as a senior advisor in the strategic planning and development activities of international public health concepts; communicating with and serving as an advisor to senior management, and other agency officials on issues affecting global public health.

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. 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.  For further information, click on foreign education.


Conditions of Employment: 
1. Security and Background Requirements:  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. 
2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 
3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.  

4. All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
5 Pre-employment physical required: Yes
6. Drug testing required: No

7. License required: No
8. Employment agreement required: Yes

9. Moving expenses authorized: Yes
10. Relocation Incentive authorized: Yes

11: Immunization: May be required.
12. Recruitment Incentive authorized: May be authorized
13. Student loan repayment incentive authorized:  May be authorized
14. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: May be authorized
15. Bargaining Unit Position: No

16. Financial disclosure statement required: Yes, Please be advised that this position will be subject to FDA’s strict prohibited financial interest regulation and therefore, may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests.  Applicants are strongly advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the FDA hiring official before accepting this position.


Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé 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 résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Basis of Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the following quality categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

Best Qualified – Applicants who have experience that is almost identical to those required by the position, including any quality ranking factors identified.

Well Qualified – Applicants who have experience that is very similar to those required by the position.

Qualified – Applicants who meet minimum qualification requirements, but do not identify any additional qualifying experience or skill.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). You do not have to respond to the KSA’s separately, but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the Compentencies/KSA’s.

1. Knowledge of global public health issues and regulatory policy development. 

2. Ability to analyze and evaluate complex and sensitive policy issues and develop new strategies.

3. Skill serving as spokesperson and interacting with high-level officials.

4. Ability to communicate effectively orally.


5. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy) or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see

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 Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed “surplus” or no longer needed, or an employee who has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated “well-qualified”.  Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, see:


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • 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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other Veterans Document

Other Supporting Documents:  (only submit if applicable)
  • College transcripts (unofficial copy acceptable)
  • Veterans’ Preference documentation [e.g., DD-214 which shows type of discharge/character of service (Copy 4), SF-15, VA letter, etc.]
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1086438.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 02, 2014  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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 Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


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. Once this process is completed, you will be notified of your status via e-mail.

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