The Office of International Affairs returns fugitives to face justice, transfers sentenced persons to serve their sentences in their home countries, and obtains essential evidence for criminal investigations and prosecutions worldwide by working with domestic partners and foreign counterparts to facilitate the cooperation necessary to enforce the law, advance public safety, and achieve justice.Learn more about this agency
As an International Affairs Specialist, your responsibilities may include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Reviewing high volumes of U.S. and foreign requests for extradition, mutual legal assistance, and prisoner transfer to ensure that required documents are translated, authenticated, and submitted in accordance with U.S. law and applicable treaty provisions.
- Maintaining OIA's physical and electronic case records.
- Referring requests to U.S. government agencies and attorney's offices to obtain the evidence requested from foreign authorities.
- Analyzing documents received from foreign governments in criminal matters, including factual portions of legal assistance and extradition requests, often in the source language.
- Preparing clear and concise summaries of investigative reports, allegations, and facts in international criminal cases and prisoner transfer cases for attorneys' review.
- Utilizing open access legal databases to assist in gathering evidence (i.e. documents and investigative materials), and the U.S. Electronic Court Filing System (ECF) to conduct routine casework.
- Using Microsoft Excel and other software applications to track treaty deadlines and prioritize cases.
- Drafting proposed diplomatic correspondence for transmission to the Department of State and U.S. Embassy personnel.
- Assisting attorneys and supervisors in drafting briefing papers for senior officials in preparation for bilateral and multilateral meetings with foreign counterparts.
- Communicating with representatives of U.S. private sector entities regarding the service of subpoenas and to review evidence to ensure compliance with U.S. legal process.
Occasional travel - Occasional foreign and domestic travel may be required.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
- You must complete the online questionnaire and additional assessment(s).
- You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
- Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
- You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
- Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
QualificationsSelective Placement Factor: To qualify for this position at the GS-05/07/09 grade level, applicants must be proficient in (English) writing. Applicants' proficiency in (English) writing will be assessed through an online (USA Hire) writing assessment. Applicants who do not display a minimum level of proficiency on the USA Hire Writing Assessment will be ineligible for further consideration.
Additionally, to qualify at the GS-05 grade level, applicants must have one of the following:
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; OR
- Three years of experience, one year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04, that demonstrates your ability to: communicate effectively in writing; develop informal and formal written materials, to include various correspondence and summaries of information; and review and edit documents; OR
- Combination of education and experience may also be used to qualify. Please note that only education in excess of 60 semester hours of an undergraduate degree is creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement at the GS-05 grade level.
Additionally, to qualify at the GS-07 grade level, applicants must have one of the following:
- A bachelor's degree AND meet one of the following provisions for Superior Academic Achievement: (1) A standing in the upper third of your college class or major subdivision (e.g. school of business) at the time you apply; (2) A grade point average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed; (a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) A "B+" (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed in a qualifying major field of study, either (a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum; or (4) Election to membership in one of the national honorary societies (other than freshman societies); OR
- One full year of graduate level study, or a Master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B, J.D. LL.M., Ph.D; OR
- At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 that demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively in writing; translate or draft correspondence and other written materials; and analyze documents to ensure processes and procedures are followed; OR
- Combination of education and experience may also be used to qualify. Please note that only education in excess of a completed undergraduate degree is creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement at the GS-07 grade level.
If you are qualifying for the GS-07 based on Superior Academic Achievement, please make sure you submit all relevant documents if you are claiming any of the provisions described above.
- Completed two full academic years of progressively higher graduate education; masters or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university; OR
- At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 that demonstrates your ability to: analyze and draft clear and concise narratives, draw on disparate sources to identify salient facts; obtain, analyze, and interpret factual and statistical data; and apply basic knowledge of international affairs; OR
- Combination of education and experience may also be used to qualify. Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first full year is creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement at the GS-09 grade level.
Combination of Education and Experience - Your current education completed is credited as a percentage of the education required for the grade level and your current experience is credited as a percentage of the total experience required for the grade level. The two percentages are added and must equal 100% in order to qualify for the desired grade level
There is no education requirement for this position.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced federal competitive service employees with selection priority over candidates from other agencies for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority over other applicants who are not employees of the Department of Justice if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instruction in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the DOJ with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your DOJ component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ctap/.
USA Hire Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's category rating and selection procedures. In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
You will be assessed on the following KSAs/Competencies:
- Attention to Detail
- Customer Service (GS-09)
- Decision Making
- Interpersonal Skills
- Learning (GS-09 only)
- Reading Reasoning
- Teamwork (GS-09 only)
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. In order to verify your veterans' preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member 4 Copy of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran, or the parent of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. Although veterans' preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described above, veterans' preference eligibles are listed ahead of non veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service connected disability of 10% or more are placed in the highest quality category (i.e. Best Qualified) http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
- Resume (cover letter is optional) - Applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position. Your resume must include the following information for each job listed: month and year, start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008), and full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week).
- Unofficial Transcripts (if qualifying based on education).
- USA Hire Reasonable Accommodations Requests - If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here.
- Documentation of Eligibility for Special Hiring Authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
- Current or Former Political Appointees (if applicable) - Please note on your resume and attach an SF-50. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office.
- Schedule A Documentation (if applicable) - The Criminal Division welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. The Criminal Division also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes directly to the Criminal Division disability POC, Megan Keate at Megan.Keate@usdoj.gov.
- Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable):
- If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character discharge (Member 4 Copy), or other documentation of service and separation under honorable conditions. If you do not have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at http://www.archives.gov/veterans.
- If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
- If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or parent or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 (https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable, if you do not have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000.
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 initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on 05/29/2019. The application process is as follows:
- To begin the application process, click the Apply Online button.
- Answer the questions presented in the application and attach all necessary supporting documentation.
- Click the Submit Application button prior to 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on 05/29/2019.
- After submitting an online application, you will be notified whether or not you are required to take additional online assessments through the USA Hire Competency Based Assessment system. This message will be delivered to you both on screen and via email notification.
- If you are asked to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be presented with a unique URL to access the USA hire system. Access to USA Hire is granted through your USAJOBS login credentials. Be sure to review all instructions prior to beginning your USA Hire Assessments. Note, set aside at least 3 hours to take these assessments; however, most applicants complete the assessments in less time. If you need to stop the assessments and continue at a later time, you can re-use the URL sent to you via email and also found on the Additional Application Information page that can be located in the application record in your USAJOBS account. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact Tiffani McEntegart at (202) 514-2811. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Agency contact information
AddressOffice of International Affairs
c/o Human Resources
1331 F. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 30004
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, you will receive an email from email@example.com with a link to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. This assessment must be completed within 48 hours after the close of this job announcement. If you have not received the link to the assessment within 24 hours of the closing date and you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request the invitation to be re-sent. To be considered for the position, you must meet all qualifications, including meeting or exceeding the cut score on the required assessments.
After a review of your complete application package you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. If a tentative job offer is made, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
An in-person interview in Washington, D.C. may be required for this position prior to final selection. The cost of travel to the interview site will be the responsibility of the applicant unless otherwise stated. Reasonable accommodations requests will be considered on an individual basis as requested by a person with a disability. Declining an invitation to interview may remove you from further consideration.
Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.
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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/534584800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.