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Job Title:  Economist
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Hiring Organization:  Office of Fossil Energy
Job Announcement Number:  DOE-HQ-FE-14-00141-CR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$75,621.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 16, 2014 to Monday, June 30, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC View Map
All U.S. Citizens
This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy # DOE-HQ-FE-14-00141-MP.
Not Applicable


About the Agency

The position is located in the Division of International and External Partnerships, Office of Strategic Engagements in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Office of Fossil Energy (FE).  The Office of Strategic Engagements is responsible for strategic planning, energy and environmental policy and regulatory analysis, international outreach and coordination, and intra-governmental and industrial support.
A successful candidate in this position will:

  • Be responsible for conducting research and analyzing international economic phenomena including energy market data and trends, investments, trade issues, and economic policies pertinent to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), with particular focus on China.
  • Provides advice and consultation on international economic matters to senior managers of the Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management.
  • Support the planning and execution of international efforts under numerous bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements coordinated by the Office of Strategic Engagements.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 5 days per month


  • No


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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As a Economist, you will:

  • Research and analyze international economic phenomena including energy market data and trends, investments, trade issues, and economic policies pertinent to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), with particular focus on China. The ability to read and analyze the Chinese-language version of such documents is critical to work done by the office due to the time sensitive nature of current and future international efforts with China. Based on such research and economic analysis, provides both written and verbal advice to the Office Director on international key economic issues impacting CCS research, development, and demonstration.
  • Use economic techniques, theories, and analytic skills to gather, organize, and interpret power generation, energy market, and macroeconomic data from foreign countries to prepare technical and graphical presentations and reports for clearly identified subjects provided to the incumbent by the Office Director.
  • Support the development and documentation of technical studies concerning the relationship of advanced low-carbon fossil energy technologies, including CCS, to the larger economy, especially in the event of climate policy adoptions.
  • Support the preparation of background papers, briefings, talking points, and presentations for senior FE and senior DOE leadership. Often requests for these materials come from senior Administration officials with extremely tight deadlines, so well developed written communication skills are required for this position.
  • Support the planning, development, and implementation of bi-lateral and multi-lateral collaborations on research, development, and demonstration of CCS technologies between FE and other country governments, institutions, and also with multi-national organizations such as the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. While the majority of this work focuses on China, the ability to multi-task and keep current with numerous bi-lateral and multi-lateral efforts in parallel is essential.
  • Study the potential of CCS development and deployment in developing nation economies, based on the application of contemporary economic theory in the areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and welfare economics. These studies reflect routine application of quantitative economic analysis techniques including statistical analysis.


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A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Conducting research and analyzing international economic energy market data and trends, investments, trade issues, and economic policies pertinent to carbon capture and storage, with particular focus on China.
  • Developing overseas deployment opportunities for U.S. coal and power technologies and promoting international partnerships for the deployment of emerging technologies.
  • The ability to read and analyze the Chinese-language version of document is critical.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
  1. Knowledge of computer data processing as it relates to economic analysis techniques to perform complex economic analysis.
  2. Ability to carry out complex economic and statistical analysis utilizing primary and secondary sources and a variety of statistical techniques to carry out complex research studies.
  3. Skill in complex data analysis and report writing to present findings to a wide range of audiences.
  4. Ability to read and analyze the Chinese-language version of documents.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

  1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

   2.  Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


  • A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee cn begin work.  Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.
  • Status and non-status applicants from outside DOE may be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period.
  • ALL supplemental documentation MUST be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Applicants MUST meet ALL eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:


  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the 'How you will be evaluated' section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.  
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
Steps to modify or withdraw your application:
  1. Return to USAJOBS and log in.
  2. In the "My Account" screen, click "Application Status" in the left-hand column.
  3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you've applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.
  4. If the announcement is still open the button which normally says "Apply Now" will instead say "Edit Application", click that button. (If you want to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)
  5. You will be directed to the application where you can make changes or you can click "Withdraw Application" to delete your application.
  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours from 8:30-5:00.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


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