Job Title: Franklin Fellows Program (FFP)Job Announcement Number: FFP-2014-0004
Department: Department Of State
Agency: Department of State - Agency Wide
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 to
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
One year fellowship
WHO MAY APPLY:
Open to mid/upper-level professionals from private-sector and non-profit entities, including businesses, NGOs, academia, foundations, and associations. Applicants must be experts in their field and have a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience (Internships do not count.) Applicants 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.
NOT OPEN TO CURRENT U.S. GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.
About the Agency
This is an UNPAID fellowship program administered by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Successful applicants will often be employed by another entity that continues to provide their salary and benefits during their year at the Department of State. Fellows are expected to return to their current employer at the end of the fellowship. (Note: This is a TEMPORARY Federal government appointment and is not intended to lead to permanent employment with the Department of State or USAID.) You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Please note that we will only be able to consider applications that are submitted according to the instructions.
- Occasional Travel
- Depending on the position, occasional travel may be required.
- Must be a U.S. citizen .
- This is a TEMPORARY Federal appointment.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level 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:Back to top
Fellows have the unique opportunity to serve in a Department of State or USAID office, where they will help formulate policy or implement programs. If selected, your skill set will be matched with bureaus needs to identify the best placement for you. Fellows bring their substantive expertise to bear on pressing issues. In recent years, Fellows have worked on issues as diverse as human rights, international organizations, technology, regional affairs, and international security. Fellows may interact with the White House, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and other Executive Branch agencies as well. Fellows have a unique opportunity to serve their country while also enhancing their knowledge of government, foreign and domestic policy, and global issues. Fellows will gain valuable professional experience and enrich their nominating businesses and organizations upon their return.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
The goal of the program is for Fellows, serving as consultants or experts, to provide valuable and pertinent advice, views, opinions, alternatives or recommendations on foreign policy issues facing the nation. Because of this, applicants without the necessary, relevant experience should not apply for this program.
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 professional, relevant experience to serve a detail or sabbatical year as Fellows at the Department of State or USAID.
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." Ben Franklin
Program Details: Fellows will be matched with Department of State and USAID bureaus and offices that seek their unique expertise. The expected duration of the Fellowship will be one year. Fellows must recuse themselves from matters that might directly and predictably affect the financial interests of their employers and must comply with other pertinent 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: Non-federal entities may participate in the Franklin Fellows Program as follows:
- First, approved entities may continue the salaries and benefits of their nominees who are selected to serve as a Franklin Fellow. 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 of State or USAID as unpaid experts or consultants.
- Second, approved, non-federal entities may donate funds as a gift to the Department of State for support of 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.
See Key Requirements above.
In addition, applicants must identify the bureau(s) in which they wish to be considered. Click here for a list of bureaus within the U.S. Department of State.
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.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
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 you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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. However, you can check the status of your application by following the instructions here