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    The U.S. Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of Information Management Technical Specialist - Radio (IMTS-R) vacancies based on the needs of the Department. 

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    This is a 2882 Foreign Service skill code equivalent to the 0391 series in the Civil Service.

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    The following are examples of the types of duties and responsibilities assigned to Information Management Technical Specialists - Radio (IMTS-R).  The duties vary according to location, the size of the post, and the requirements of the specific diplomatic mission.  IMTS-R regularly travel to different locations and they must have the abilities to perform all the essential duties listed below.  This list is neither exhaustive nor in priority order:

    • Design, install, and maintain various related radio and converged telecommunications systems.
    • Provide regional technical assistance to overseas missions via telephone, e-mail, and on-site visits.
    • Provide oversight for assorted hardware procurement, logistics, and maintenance programs.
    • Perform technical site surveys to determine structural and technical requirements.
    • Conduct fault isolation and technical control of radio network components.
    • Provide radio support for U.S. Government VIPs (e.g. President of the United States, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of State, Representatives of the United Nations, etc.) visits and other special events both domestically and abroad.
    • Other technical related duties as determined by the senior direct-report officer.
    • Complete trip reports. Draft and send formal communiqué to constituent posts.

    Physical Requirements:

    In the execution of any of these duties and tasks, IMTS-R personnel may frequently be required to:

    • Work in confined areas such as crawlspaces, attics, utility pits, tunnels, manholes, and other confined spaces.
    • Work and climb from heights to include rooftops, ledges, bucket trucks, scaffolding, communication towers, and extension ladders.
    • Perform manual installation operations to include hammer drilling, core drilling, pulling wire and cable, running and installing conduit, and terminating various cables.
    • Move and handle heavy objects such as crates, equipment racks, and other building materials as required.
    • Break open shipping crates; perform proper inventories of the contents while noting and reporting deficiencies.
    • Follow established safety regulations; work in and around electrical service panels and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). These duties include changing batteries, taking electrical measurements, and making appropriate electrical connections as required.

    Radio specialists work from one of the regional locations, overseas or domestically.  They travel extensively to provide support with the design, installation, and maintenance of radio telecommunications systems such as Land Mobile Radio (LMR), High Frequency (HF), Very High-Frequency (VHF), and Ultra High-Frequency (UHF) radio networks at U.S. Department of State missions around the world.  Travel might be required on a short notice to where unhealthful and hazardous conditions exist.

    Radio specialists provide remote and on-site support on Commercial-Off-the-Shelf applications, U.S. Department of State specific applications, and IT infrastructure projects.  They serve as technical advisors, and support building, moving and renovating diplomatic posts.  They perform site surveys, generate cost estimates, develop Bill of Materials, and support installing communications infrastructure backbone.  They must have in-depth technical knowledge of Radio Frequency (RF) systems, a solid understanding of wave propagation theory, and be able to perform major building surveys for upgrades or new HF/VHF/UHF radio communication systems.

    Some of the essential functions of the job have a physically demanding component.  For instance, in conducting radio system repairs, they are periodically required to perform work that requires regular and recurring periods of prolonged standing, bending, and stretching.  Radio specialists are required periodically to climb ladders, scaffolding, towers, and work from heights, and other essential duties of the job may involve recurring lifting of moderately heavy equipment and tools.  Related activities may include crawling, maneuvering, and working in cramped spaces as well as the occasional moving and crating/uncrating of diplomatic pouches.  At times, Radio specialists perform these tasks at construction sites with ambient noise and other environmental factors that are typical for such sites.

    Radio specialists must be willing to work independently without supervision.  They often act as their own technical engineers, and must be innovative, especially when working at isolated overseas posts.  They are frequently required to make on-site repairs or devise novel solutions to equipment problems in the field.  They may be required to work on equipment outside their area of specialty, such as digital and telephone equipment.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - Foreign Service Specialists generally spend the majority of his/her career assigned to the Department of State’s overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

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    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0391 Telecommunications

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