NOTE: THIS IS A TERM POSITION NOT-TO-EXCEED 2 YEARS, WHICH MAY BE EXTENDED TO A MAXIMUM OF 4 YEARS BASED ON MANAGEMENT NEEDS.Learn more about this agency
Definition of a 'TERM APPOINTMENT' may be found at:http://https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Temporary_%26_Term
**Notice: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.
Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.
Attention: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, the job announcement will close at 11:59pm Eastern Time on either (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 100 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date the 100 applications were received, all applications submitted by 11:59 that day will be given consideration.
As a Trade Policy Research Assistantat the GS-0301-5/7/9some of your typical work assignments may include:
- Incumbent assists higher level staff in the research, review, analysis, abstracting, and development of a variety of trade information, including: economic and trade data.
- Assists higher-level staff in extracting and summarizing or abstracting pertinent trade and investment data, legislation, and analysis of policies and practices of countries. Prepares reports and briefing materials and using a variety of software, prepares presentations, charts, graphs, tables, etc. to be used by the AUSTR and/or senior staff members within and outside the office for the development of policy and implementation and enforcement of trade agreements.
- Analyzes problems, issues, or program requirements relevant to the assigned area of trade. Determines pertinent issues and collects relevant information and country specific data from a variety of sources. Reviews information and applies standard analytical techniques to develop recommendations and proposals.
- Assists staff by providing administrative support duties including receiving telephone calls and visitors, maintaining supervisor's calendar, arranging meetings, and making travel arrangements.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. citizen or national
- Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
- Be at least 18 years old and obtain a favorable security determination
- Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
- Direct Deposit is required
- RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID
- This position may be terminated at any time before the established not-to-exceed date.
- This position does not give status as a Current Permanent Federal Employee under Competitive Service. This is a 2 Year Not-To-Exceed Term Appointment under the Excepted Service.
- The position may be extended to a total of 4 years appointed. There is no guarantee of extension.
- If selected below the full performance level, you may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
QualificationsMINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: Applicant must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks in positions no lower than the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.
For the GS-05: GENERAL EXPERIENCE
At least three years of progressively responsible general experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 level or comparable pay band in the federal government or equivalent experience in the private sector performing work that provided: 1) Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions 2) Plan and organize work; and 3) Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Bachelor's degree in a related field.
Combination of the experience as above and the graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.
For the GS-07:
At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to or exceeding in levels of independence, responsibility, scale and variety of assignments to at least the GS-05 level or comparable pay band in the federal government or equivalent experience in the private sector performing work that provided: 1) Assists higher level staff to research and review a variety of trade information such as: economic data; provisions under existing trade legislation; administrative and other regulations related to trade policy; and the positions, objectives, and goals for implementing trade policy of other offices, agencies, and departments in the trade policy interagency process; 2) Assists higher level staff to extract, summarize and produce reports on pertinent trade data, legal language, and negotiating text.
1 full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement. Please see the Education Text below for additional information regarding Superior Academic Achievement.
Combination of the experience as described above and the graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.
For the GS-09:
At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to or exceeding in levels of independence, responsibility, scale and variety of assignments to at least the GS-07 level or comparable pay band in the federal government or equivalent experience in the private sector performing work that provided: 1) Researches and reviews a variety of trade information such as: economic data; provisions under existing trade legislation; administrative and other regulations related to trade policy; and the positions, objectives, and goals for implementing trade policy of other offices, agencies, and departments in the trade policy interagency process; 2) Extracts and summarizes and produces reports on pertinent trade data, legal language, and negotiating text.
A Master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education; OR a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), which has provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of a Trade Policy Research Assistant.
A combination of the experience as described above and the graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE: Education must demonstrate the applicant obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time [insert degree type] education is considered 18 semester hours.
If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Superior Academic Achievement:
In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. Superior Academic Achievement is based on: - (1) Class Standing - You must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision; OR - (2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - You must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR - (3) Honor Society Membership - You may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/). (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts and/or verification of class standing for further verification.)
Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.
Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ictap/index.asp, under CTAP http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
Note: Under ICTAP and CTAP to be considered well qualified and referred you must earn a score of 85 or above on the rating criteria developed for this position.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm
Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page
Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/)
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
How You Will Be Evaluated: Your resume will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and the extent to which your application shows that you possess the specialized experience associated with this position. Once minimum qualifications are determined, your resume will be ranked against the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) as addressed in the body of your resume. Experience which demonstrates how you meet the QRFs should be clearly documented in your resume.
QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: Address the following Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs)/Critical Elements within the body of your resume.
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Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
SF-50 (Current and former federal employees) must submit their SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing competitive status; Tenure 1 or 2 in Block 24; Position Occupied 1 in Block 34; and highest grade held on a permanent basis or full performance level of current position, whichever is higher.
Resume which must include the following information: announcement number and job title for which you are applying; beginning and ending dates (mo/yr) for paid or non-paid work experience; and average number of hours worked per week.
Education - If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript or an appropriate course listing. The transcript may be unofficial or photocopy at time of application, but MUST provide the original if selected.
Completed Occupational Questionnaire
Special Appointing Authority - Separate referral lists will be generated for applicants eligible to be appointed under a non-competitive special appointing authority. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not need to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility, please read the information below and click on the appropriate link for additional details.
VEOA and VRA must provide the following: : DD-214 (member copy 4) showing dates served, discharge type, and campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned and VA Disability Award Letter dated 1991 or later displaying the percentage awarded. If you do not supply the required documentation to verify your eligibility, you will receive an ineligible rating. If applicable, current federal employees who are applying under VEOA authority must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show you meet time-in-grade requirement. Veteran's preference points are not applicable to Merit Promotion announcements; veteran's documentation is requested only to verify eligibility. For additional details visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx.
Schedule A - The EOP welcomes and encourages applications from individuals with disabilities. The federal government has a streamlined hiring process for individuals with disabilities, known as Schedule A. To learn more about Schedule A and eligibility requirements please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/
Peace Corps/VISTA and other miscellaneous hiring authorities information may be found at:https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page
Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees (ICTAP and CTAP) must provide the following: certificate of expected separation or reduction-in-force notice; most recent performance appraisal with rating of at least "fully successful," unless eligible due to a compensable injury, illness, or disability; SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); and military department or National Guard Bureau notification showing you are receiving a special disability retirement. Applicant must be rated 85 or above on the rating criteria for his position to be Well Qualified and exercise selection priority. For additional details visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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 the Closing Date 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 is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veteran's documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means applicant must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.
Application packages will NOT be accepted via mail. Due to security processes, mail delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process at which time the vacancy announcement will be closed and no further consideration will be given to additional application packages.
Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10253483.
Agency contact information
Client Services EOP - OA
AddressOffice of the United State Trade Representative
725 17th Street
Washington, DC 20503
After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and may interview the best qualified applicants. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a security background investigation and drug screening. If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate.
You will be notified four times during the hiring process:
1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate(s) is issued.
4. After the final selection(s) is made.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
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.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504269200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.