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Job Title:Supervisory International Relations Officer

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Bureau of International Labor Affairs

Job Announcement Number:DE-14-HRC-ILAB-151

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 27, 2014 to Friday, July 18, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0131-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

Also being advertised as job announcement #MS-14-HRC-ILAB-151 for status applicants, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) applicants & persons eligible under these non-competitive authorities: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans; persons w/disabilities (Schedule A); present/former Peace Corps (PC) personnel & former PC volunteers.  To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Special Employment Consideration: DOL encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e. intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT). The incumbent serves as Chief of the Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Europe Division.  This position reports to the Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, and is part of the senior management team.  Responsibilities will include supervision of a division team involved in oversight of international technical cooperation projects; researching and drafting of Congressionally-mandated reports for these regions; and engaging in policy discussions and making recommendations on issues related to child labor, forced labor and human trafficking in these regions.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-15.  Promotion Potential:  There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected.  Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.
- This position is outside the bargaining unit.  
- Relocation costs will not be paid.  
- This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional, similar vacancies. 
-Writing sample(s) may be required at time of interview.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some domestic and international travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Requires United States Citizenship and at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a probationary period if requirement has not been met.
  • Background investigation is required if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a Top Secret security clearance which may be obtained upon hire.
  • Position subject to annual mandatory random drug testing.

DUTIES:

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ILAB seeks international affairs and international development specialists to undertake the following activities: (1)Developing and advocating for sound and ambitious policies for improving international employment, livelihoods and worker rights; (2)Creating innovative programs to improve livelihoods and labor rights in countries that demonstrate sufficient political will; (3)Conducting research and developing analytical recommendations to inform policy makers and practitioners on the incidence and relative effectiveness of efforts being taken in developing countries to address exploitive child labor, forced labor and human trafficking; (4)Engaging in the inter-agency process and with foreign governments to address labor rights in countries with pending or new free trade agreements; and (5)Designing programs and strategies to address child labor and ensure sustainable improvement in the status of child laborers and their households' incomes.

In the duty statements below, "CFT" will refer to activities and issues related to international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking in developing countries. This could include activities and issues affecting children-in-need in developing countries related to primary or secondary education and social protection, poverty alleviation, employment generation, livelihood promotion, microfinance, development or labor economics, or labor law and enforcement.

Responsibilities include managing, supervising, providing day-to-day direction, support and leadership to a division of professional staff to meet OCFT’s responsibilities related to research, reporting, technical cooperation programming, and advancement of office policy objectives.

Develops strategic plans for division; provides regular guidance and feedback to staff; manages staff workplan; delegates assignments and helps staff prioritize work; holds regular team meetings; conducts annual performance reviews; supports staff training and professional development; handles personnel matters affecting division; and plays a lead role in hiring new staff for division.

Conducts research and makes recommendations for OCFT on issues related to short and long-range planning, human resources development, operating program and administrative policy, and matters related to internal and external coordination.

Leads division efforts to prepare annual CFT reports that serve as policy and factual underpinning for Congress and other government decision makers, human rights groups, business and labororganizations, the media, and the general public.

Promotes proper and effective oversight by division staff of international technical cooperation projects to address CFT issues in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, North Africa and Europe regions;

Proposes, advocates, and develops plans for ILAB and DOL-wide programs regarding international CFT issues. 

Develops policy recommendations, which form the basis of departmental positions regarding international CFT issues.

Represents the department at meetings of governmental bodies, international organizations, and non-governmental human rights organizations where international CFT issues are discussed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for the GS-14, you must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service.  This specialized experience:

 (1)    Involves having served as a team lead or coordinator on a major work area for an office or other work unit engaged on issues related to child labor, forced labor or human trafficking.  Such issues could include primary or secondary education or social protection for children-in-need; poverty alleviation, employment generation, livelihood promotion, microfinance, development or labor economics, comparative labor law;

AND

(2)    Involves contributing to the formulation of policy and/or program recommendations; providing input for reports and research; writing papers and briefing materials; participating in work related to technical assistance projects, including planning, development, implementation, oversight, evaluation, and/or improvement of such programs. 

To qualify for the GS-15, you must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service.  This specialized experience includes the experience listed above for the GS-14, but also

 (1)    Involves having served as a supervisor for an office or other work unit engaged on issues related to child labor, forced labor or human trafficking.  Such issues could include primary or secondary education or social protection for children-in-need; poverty alleviation, employment generation, livelihood promotion, microfinance, development or labor economics, comparative labor law;

 AND

 (2)    Involves playing a lead role in formulating policy and/or program recommendations; overseeing and reviewing staff input for reports and research; writing and reviewing staff work on papers and briefing materials; playing a lead role in substantive discussions with foreign government counterparts; overseeing staff engaged in work related to technical assistance projects, including planning, development, implementation, oversight, evaluation, and/or improvement of such programs. 


If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.  If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.  
If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

 

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

 

Basic Requirements:
A. Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.
OR
B. Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
OR
C. Experience--four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs. To qualify on the basis of experience alone, this experience must have included either (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in A above, or (b) specialized professional work involving a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields.


 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.  Categories include Category A, B, and C. 

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Team Leadership and Staff Supervision : Develops strategic plans to achieve goals; provides appropriate guidance to staff to promote effective performance; seeks to foster a positive work environment; helps staff prioritize work; assigns tasks and monitors staff work; assesses and provides timely feedback to staff on performance; makes informed recommendations to office and bureau management.

Project Management: Manages efforts to design, award and effectively oversee technical cooperation programming ; develops recommendations and proposals for effective technical cooperation programs; engages in dialogue with inter-agency partners, foreign governments and civil society actors to assess needs and strategies ; conducts site visits to assess and verify effective implementation of projects; ensures project design scoping missions are carried out in an appropriate and effective manner; advises on current programming and potential future programming

Research and Reporting: Assigns research and writing of report to division staff in line with office needs and staff standards; provides guidance in line with established report guidelines; reviews reports prepared by staff and provides appropriate and timely feedback; edits reports, as necessary, to ensure quality products; works effectively with office’s research division and senior staff to plan and implement research and reporting processes with the aim of producing quality research products that meet established deadlines.

Oral and Written Communication: Consistently writes, reviews and edits written documents to ensure they are accurate, clear, concise, organized, and convincing, including: Congressionally mandated reports, memorandums, draft policies, standard operating procedures, data analysis summary reports, presentations, talking points, issue papers, and various documents technical cooperation. Ability to present to varied audiences of senior level officials and staff members in a clear, effective, and persuasive manner. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.  FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week).STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.  Also, do not upload password protected documents.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty).  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position.  If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc).  If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit).  If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date.  Reference the “Education Section” for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Brady Smith
Phone: 202-693-0410
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Smith.Brady.E@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs
200 Constitution Ave., NW
C-5516
Washington, DC
20210
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

DE-14-HRC-ILAB-151

Control Number:

374130600