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Job Title:  Country Director, GS-301-15
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FDA-OIP-DE-14-1116889-LH

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
Friday, June 6, 2014 to Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Full Time - Term NTE 2 Years
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Brussels, BelgiumView Map
Beijing, ChinaView Map
New Delhi, IndiaView Map
United States Citizens
Top Secret


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 Food and Drug Administration, Office of Global Regulatory Operations, Office of International Programs, FDA Foreign Post either in the China Office in Beijing, China; Europe Office in Brussels, Belgium; or India Office in New Delhi, India.  The Office of International Programs (OIP) plans, directs, manages, and coordinates a comprehensive international relations program for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   


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

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.


This is an overseas assignment.  Overseas assignments term appointments not to exceed two years, may be extended based on the needs of the agency.  A service agreement must be signed.  The service agreement requires a commitment to complete an initial overseas assignment of 25 months.  Failure to complete the initial 12 months of the overseas assignment will result in reimbursement to the Agency for the cost of relocation overseas and selectee's responsibility for any relocation expenses to return to the U.S.  Failure to complete any service period after the initial 12 months will result in the selectee's responsibility for any relocation expenses to return to the U.S.  


·         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

·         Immunizations may be required before relocating overseas.

·         Employment is contingent upon selectee being granted required medical and security clearances.

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

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

·         Current permanent status FDA employees will be processed using the appropriate authority for permanent employees of FDA.  The selectee will have statutory return rights to their permanent FDA position series and grade once the foreign assignment is completed. Returning to the last position before foreign posting is not guaranteed.

·         Additional information on living and traveling abroad may be found at and (click on "Travelers Health").

·         Assignment to the foreign post is subject to:  1) The authority and approval of the Chief of Mission; 2) Applications and approval for applicable security clearance; and 3) Medical clearance of the employee and dependent, family members by the Department of State.  Inability of selectee to initiate requirements to secure the clearances for overseas duty within six (6) months will result in termination of appointment to the position.

·         Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


  • 25% or Greater
  • International and Domestic Travel Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation authorized


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Only experience gained by closing date announcement will be considered.
  • 1 year trial period required
  • 1 year supv probationary period to be served concurrently may be required.
  • TERM Appointment Not to Exceed 2 years
  • May be extended for additional 2 years based on needs of the Agency


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Serves as the Office Director of a Foreign Post and provides FDA with program management expertise, and determines whether policies, procedures, and administrative program practices effectively meet the objectives of the Office of International Programs (OIP).  The incumbent is responsible for a broad range of activities related to the management of the administrative functions and financial controls of the international office/foreign post, and provides broad oversight for the Agency's work in the country or region in the area of food and feed, veterinary drugs, biologics, and medical devices. 

 The Office Director will do the following:

- Serve as the Agency's expert for foreign officials in the assigned area, including foreign embassy personnel in the United States, and U.S. embassy personnel in the foreign country or region. 

- Serves as the agency senior expert in the assigned area, with a technical expertise of the cultures, societies, peoples, languages and current public health issues. 


- Represent FDA in discussions and negotiations with high-level representatives from foreign governments, articulate, explain, and advocate for the agency's policies, guidance documents, rules, regulations, and international goals intelligently and accurately build, maintain, and enhance effective working relationships with foreign officials, maintain productive and positive working relationships with foreign policymakers.

 - Articulate, explain, and defend the agency's policies, guidance, rules, regulations, and international goals intelligently and accurately; and understand their importance to, and implications for, people and institutions having differing interests and responsibilities.

 - Serve as an Agency expert who works with senior policy officials and technical specialists from other U.S. Government regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

- Oversees the effectiveness of FDA agreements with foreign regulations, and develop and maintain strong relationships with relevant government ministries, and appropriate non-governmental organizations.

- Oversees administrative responsibilities related to agency and U.S. Embassy processes for human resources, travel, budgeting, and work tracking, for the specific assigned FDA Foreign Post.


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In order to qualify for Country Director, GS-301-15, you must meet the following:
Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service or equivalent level of responsibility which has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully in this position. Specialized experience includes experience implementing the laws and regulations of a regulatory agency's programs and international public health issues affecting product safety, policy issues on regulatory and technical matters.  Experience with global public policy priorities and programs involving multi-country initiatives to include work multilateral agreements or bilateral agreements or international cooperative work on regulations, guidance, and policies that relate to foods, medical devices, drugs, biologics or feed.

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. Pre-employment physical required: Yes

5. Drug testing required:  No

6. License required:  No

7. Employment agreement required: Yes

8. Moving expenses authorized: Yes

9. Immunization required: Yes

10. Relocation Incentive authorized: Yes

11. Recruitment Incentive authorized: No

12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: Maybe

13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized:  Maybe

14. Bargaining Unit Position:  No

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 Competencies/KSA’s.


1. Technical expertise regarding a public health focused agency's regulatory organization programs and international public health policies, including legislation, and implementing rules, regulations and processes related to foods, medical devices, clinical trials/research, biologics or feed.

2.  Ability to analyze complex and sensitive regulatory issues involving numerous variables to identify and the ability to identify root causes and anticipates ancillary problems.

3.  Knowledge of laws, regulations and policies related to global public health and regulatory policy development.

4.  Ability to communicate in a highly effective manner, both in public speaking and 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

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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 Thursday, July 03, 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 1116889.

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 Thursday, July 03, 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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