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Grade: 04

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Grade: All Grades

1 Conduct Policy Statement

I am a bona fide applicant pursuing a Foreign Service career and I understand, acknowledge and agree to the requirements outlined below.

That the Department of State reserves the right to cancel or withhold results and/or disqualify my application when, in its judgment, an irregularity occurs, including but not limited to candidate misconduct, plagiarism, and/or misrepresentation of material fact.

  • By selecting "Yes," I accept the terms.
  • By selecting "No," I do not accept the terms and I understand that my application will be terminated.
Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note to Question One: These provisions are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter the employee obligations, rights, or liabilities created by existing statute or Executive Order relating to (1) classified information, (2) communications to Congress, (3) the reporting to an Inspector General of a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or (4) any other whistleblower protection. The definitions, requirements, obligations, rights, sanctions, and liabilities by controlling Executive Orders and statutory provisions are incorporated into this agreement and are controlling.
2 Are you willing to serve anywhere in the world, as well as at an unaccompanied post? (see below before answering) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: Worldwide availability is both an affirmed willingness to serve anywhere in the world and a matter of being medically qualified to do so. Both are essential requirements for appointment to the Foreign Service. Worldwide availability also means that, due to political instability and/or security concerns, in some cases family members cannot go to post (unaccompanied tours) or must leave post as security deteriorates (evacuations).
3 Are you at least 20 years old? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: Applicants must be American citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed.

Note: By law, all career candidates, except preference eligible veterans, must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60. For more information about Veteran's Preference and how it is applied in the FS Selection Process, please visit: http://careers.state.gov/faqs/faqs-wiki/are-veterans-given-hiring-preference-
4 In the last two years, have you received written notification that you were found unsuitable for employment by a Department of State Suitability Review Panel or Final Review Panel?

For more information, see https://fam.state.gov/ (3 FAM 2215). Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: Individuals who have been found unsuitable for employment by a Department of State Suitability or Final Review Panel within the previous two years are ineligible to apply (unless the individual was a candidate for a Special Agent position with the Diplomatic Security Service and the decision to deny eligibility was based on the candidate's inability to fulfill the unique duties of that position).
5 Have you applied for this position within the last year?

Note: Applicants must wait one year between applications for the same position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 I am aware that this position has essential physical requirements (as described in the vacancy announcement) that I must meet with or without reasonable accommodation. Note: To learn more about reasonable accommodation, please visit: US Department of State Diversity & Inclusion Accessibility and Accommodations. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 In which of the following disciplines have you earned a degree? Answer to this question is required
  • Civil or Structural Engineering which is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Electrical Engineering which is accredited by (ABET)
  • Mechanical Engineering which is accredited by (ABET)
  • Architectural Engineering which is accredited by (ABET)
  • Architect which is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • None of the above
  • Other: Please write in
    7.1 If answered 'Other' please state: Maximum length of 250 characters.
8 Identify the areas in which you have had work experience. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Cost Estimating
  • None of the above
9 Identify the highest cost estimate that you have developed for a design, engineering or construction contract. Answer to this question is required
  • Large (above $1 million)
  • Medium ($100,000 to $1 million )
  • Small (below $100,000 )
  • None of the above
10 Identify the types of cost estimates which you have experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Planning documents
  • Early design to final construction plans and specifications
  • Contract change orders/ negotiations
  • None of the above
11 Identify your highest level of project management responsibility. Answer to this question is required
  • I served as a project manager requiring extensive coordination both internal and external to my organization
  • I served as a project engineer providing expert support to my organization
  • I was tasked to handle sensitive and complex project situations
  • I served as a disciplinary engineering manager or supervisor on a project
  • None of the above
12 Identify your work experience from the types of projects listed below. Answer to this question is required
  • Construction of office complexes
  • Construction of institutional facilities
  • Construction of medical facilities
  • Construction of retail complexes
  • Construction of industrial facilities
  • Construction of residential developments
  • Construction of roads, highways, and site works
  • None of the above
13 Identify the highest design, engineering and/or construction contract value you have managed. Answer to this question is required
  • Large (above $25 million dollars)
  • Medium ($1 million to $25 million )
  • Small (below $1 million )
  • None of the above
14 Identify your highest level of experience using oral communication. Answer to this question is required
  • I negotiated, and/or resolved matters involving significant or complex issues with department heads or foreign government officials
  • I served as a program representative and participated in meetings to plan, coordinate, or consult to resolve project issues
  • I provided briefings to my supervisor and/or senior management
  • I conducted training sessions
  • I discuss with colleagues to clarify or exchange information needed to complete assignments
  • None of the above apply
15 Identify the types of contract administration you have had experience. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Construction work and modifications
  • Quality assurance
  • Payment and accounting
  • Contract Closeout or termination
  • None of the above
16 Identify your competency using computer software applications (scheduling, estimating, contract/project administration, etc.) that are commonly used in the development, planning, design and execution of a construction project. Answer to this question is required
  • I have complete working knowledge of project management computer applications and have extensive experience in their use in every phase of project work
  • I have a working knowledge of basic project management computer applications, but have not used them heavily in my previous work
  • I have limited training and experience using basic scheduling and estimating computer applications and have only used them with the guidance of a supervisor
  • I have not had formal training or experience using project-related computer software applications
17 Select from the following list all computer applications with which you have work experience. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Primavera
  • AutoCAD or other CAD programs
  • Microsoft Project or other project scheduling software
  • Microsoft Office or other office suite applications
  • RS Means or other cost estimating programs
  • Expedition
  • Photo-archiving programs
  • PowerPoint or other presentation programs
  • None of the above
18 Identify your knowledge of design and/or construction standards and codes to apply them as part of your project management responsibilities? Answer to this question is required
  • Reviewed designs for compliance with US building codes/standards
  • Reviewed designs for compliance with international building codes/standards
  • Inspected construction for compliance with local and US codes
  • Inspected construction for compliance with international codes
  • None of the above
19 Identify the codes below that you have knowledge and experience? Answer to this question is required
  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • Uniform Building Code (UBC)
  • National Fire Protection Association Code
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act Standards
  • International Standards Organization (ISO) Standards
  • National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • Uniform Federal Accessibility Standard (UFAS)
  • American Concrete Institute Code (ACI)
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • None of the above
20 Identify your highest level of work experience in budgeting and financial planning for a design, engineering or construction project. Answer to this question is required
  • I have advanced work experience in providing direction to senior management on budgeting and financial planning of construction projects
  • I have work experience that demonstrates the ability to handle complex construction project budgeting/planning issues
  • I have one or more years of full time experience in budgeting and/or planning process of construction projects
  • I have formal training or education in financial management techniques; however I have not yet applied this ability in work situations
  • None of the above
21 Indicate the types of security standards, policies, procedures, and practices with which you have knowledge and/or experience. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Private sector security standards, policies, procedures, and practices
  • Domestic security standards, policies, procedures, and practices
  • International/foreign security standards, policies, procedures, and practices
  • Military security standards, policies, procedures, and practices
  • None of the above
22 Identify your highest ability of using scheduling tools during the various phases of a project? Answer to this question is required
  • I have working knowledge of computer-aided cost and resource loaded critical path network schedules and perform extensive analysis on scheduling applications common to the construction industry
  • I routinely perform scheduling tasks as a regular duty in my job, generally in an independent manner under limited supervision
  • I have performed scheduling functions on a project under close supervision of a supervisor
  • I had formal training in scheduling techniques and/or computer-aided scheduling software, but have not yet applied this knowledge on a construction project
  • I have not had training or experience in project scheduling
23 Identify your highest experience in developing project schedules. Answer to this question is required
  • I am a full time scheduler and have developed comprehensive planning, design and/or construction schedules using project management software, such as MS Project or Primavera, that are logic driven, resource loaded
  • I developed project construction schedules using project management software, such as MSProject or Primavera
  • I worked closely with a scheduler to develop and update schedules for projects under my management
  • I used schedules developed by others
  • I do not have experience in developing project schedules
24 Select your highest level of experience in performing quality assurance (QA) and/or quality control (QC) activities. Answer to this question is required
  • I served as a QA/QC officer or representative
  • I developed a QA/QC program for a construction project
  • I provided information for the development of a QA/QC program
  • I received training in QA/QC practices, but have not applied the training
  • None of the above
25 Identify the types of projects you have performed QA/QC functions. Answer to this question is required
  • Construction
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Cost Estimating
  • Management/Administration
  • None of the above
26 Identify from the following list those areas in which you have education, training, or work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Conflict resolution
  • Mediation / Problem solving
  • Negotiation
  • Facilitation
  • Arbitration
  • Settlement
  • Counseling
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • None of the above
27 Identify your field experience in construction safety activities. Answer to this question is required
  • I was the safety manager or representative in the field on a construction project
  • I identified construction safety concerns and achieved corrections in the field
  • I assisted the safety manager in monitoring construction safety in the field
  • I reported safety violations to the safety manager on a construction project
  • I received training in safety practices, but have not applied the training
  • None of the above
28 Identify your highest capacity in construction safety activities. Answer to this question is required
  • I developed safety program for construction projects
  • I was the safety manager or representative for a construction project
  • I hold certifications in certain construction safety practices/areas
  • I provided information for the development of construction safety programs
  • I received training in safety practices, but have not applied the training
  • None of the above
29 Do you speak a foreign language? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    29.1 Maximum length of 100 characters.
    29.2 Please indicate your first foreign language speaking proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
    • 0 - No practical proficiency
    • 1 - Elementary proficiency
    • 2 - Limited working proficiency
    • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
    • 4 - Full professional proficiency
    • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
    29.3 Please indicate your first foreign language reading proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
    • 0 - No practical proficiency
    • 1 - Elementary proficiency
    • 2 - Limited working proficiency
    • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
    • 4 - Full professional proficiency
    • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
    29.4 Maximum length of 100 characters.
    29.5 Please indicate your second foreign language speaking proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
    • 0 - No practical proficiency
    • 1 - Elementary proficiency
    • 2 - Limited working proficiency
    • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
    • 4 - Full professional proficiency
    • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
    29.6 Please indicate your second foreign language reading proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
    • 0 - No practical proficiency
    • 1 - Elementary proficiency
    • 2 - Limited working proficiency
    • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
    • 4 - Full professional proficiency
    • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • No
The following questions pertain to your educational background.
Please select from the lists provided. If you do not see your school or major on our list, please select "Other" from the list. You may then type the name of your school or major after the auto-populated text.
30 Highest Education Level Completed Answer to this question is required
  • No Formal Education (01)
  • Bachelor's Degree (13)
  • Post Bachelors (14)
  • First Professional (15)
  • Post-First Professional (16)
  • Master's Degree (17)
  • Post Masters (18)
  • Sixth Year Degree (19)
  • Post Sixth Year (20)
  • Doctorate Degree (21)
  • Post Doctorate (22)
Undergraduate Study
31 Maximum length of 100 characters. Answer to this question is required
32 Maximum length of 100 characters. Answer to this question is required
33 Maximum length of 100 characters. Answer to this question is required
34 End Undergraduate Study: Answer to this question is required
Graduate Study
35 Maximum length of 100 characters.
36 Maximum length of 100 characters.
37 Maximum length of 100 characters.
38 End Graduate Study:
39 How Did You First Learn About This Opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • Article/interview with Secretary of State or other Department spokesperson
  • careers.state.gov
    39.1 careers.state.gov - Choose one:
    • Desktop
    • Mobile Device
  • Diplomat in Residence
    39.1 Diplomat in Residence - Choose one region:
    • Central (KS, MO, NE, OK, SD)
    • Central South (AR, MS, LA)
    • DC Metro (DC, DE, MD, WV, and northern Virginia)
    • Midwest (IA, IL, MN, ND, WI)
    • Mid-Atlantic (NC, SC, and southern Virginia)
    • New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
    • New York Metro (NJ, NY, PA)
    • North Central (IN, KY, OH, MI)
    • Northwest (AK, OR, WA, and northern California)
    • Rocky Mountains (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)
    • South (TN, northern Alabama, and northern Georgia)
    • South Florida and PR
    • Southeast (southern Alabama, southern Georgia, and north Florida)
    • Southern California (HI, NV, and southern California)
    • Southwest (AZ, NM, and greater El Paso)
    • Texas (all TX with the exception of greater El Paso)
  • Direct email from DOSCareers@state.gov
  • Direct email from careers@state.gov
  • Disability career fair or organization
  • DOSCareers mobile app
  • Fellowship/scholarship program manager
  • Friend or relative
  • High school guidance counselor
  • Military/Veteran career fair or organization
  • Other (please specify)
    39.1 Other (please specify): Maximum length of 100 characters.
  • Other Department/Foreign Service employee
  • Other website
    39.1 Other website - Choose one:
    • Administrative Jobs
    • AMightyRiver
    • Advance for Lab Professionals
    • African American Career World
    • Asian American Media
    • AsianLife
    • Asian Hires
    • Beyond
    • Black America Web
    • Black Ivy League Online
    • Black Planet
    • Boren/NSEP
    • Buildings.com
    • CareerBuilder
    • Careers and the disABLED
    • ClearanceJobs
    • CollegeRecruiter
    • CoreNet
    • Daily Muse
    • Development Exchange
    • DICE
    • Diversity Careers in Engineering & IT
    • DiversityMBA
    • Engineering News Record
    • Essence
    • FacilitiesNet
    • FMJournal
    • FMLink
    • Glassdoor
    • GoAbroad
    • GoldSea
    • Google
    • GovJobs
    • Government Jobs
    • HBCUConnect
    • HealtheCareers
    • HireDisability
    • HireDiversity
    • Hispanic Career World
    • Hispanic College Fund
    • Idealist
    • Indeed
    • Indian Country Today
    • Language Jobs
    • LatPro
    • Latino Fox News
    • MedPage Today
    • Military.com
    • MeetUp
    • Monster
    • NACE
    • National Society of High School Scholars
    • Native Peoples
    • National Black MBA
    • NSBE
    • Psych.org
    • PsychiatryOnline
    • RecruitMilitary.com
    • RPCV.org
    • Saludos
    • Scholarships.com
    • SimplyHired
    • Society of Women Engineers
    • TAOnline
    • TeachAbroad
    • Univision
    • USAToday
    • Winds of Change
  • Professional career fair
  • Professional organization (please specify)
    39.1 Professional organization - Choose one:
    • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
    • American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
    • American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
    • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    • American Medical Association (AMA)
    • American Psychiatric Association (APA)
    • American Society of Clinical Lab Science (ASCLS)
    • American Society of Construction Engineers (ASCE)
    • American Society of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
    • ASIS International
    • Association of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (AEEE)
    • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
    • Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals (AEAP)
    • Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)
    • Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
    • Association of International Educators
    • Black Data Processing Association (BDPA)
    • Clinical Lab Management Association (CLMA)
    • Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
    • Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)
    • Equal Justice Works
    • Forte Foundation
    • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
    • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
    • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
    • National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)
    • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    • PeaceCorps
    • SACNAS
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Social media
    39.1 Social media - Choose one:
    • Facebook
    • Facebook Live Event
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Other
  • Teacher/professor or other faculty
  • U.S. Department of State recruiter
  • University/college career fair
  • University/college career services
  • USAJobs.gov
Accomplishments Questionnaire
These required questions provide an opportunity to describe examples and accomplishments from your education, life, and/or work experience that demonstrate your qualifications for becoming an FSS. Examples can be drawn from any part of your professional or personal experience. The information you give may be used in your oral assessment should you be invited and is an important factor in the competitive evaluation of applicants. Each response is limited to 300 words or fewer (maximum length 2,000 characters) for each item. You should compose your replies carefully, as one of the skills necessary to succeed as an FSS is the ability to write clearly and concisely. Answers to the all of the items in the Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest are required and must be completed in the online application.
40 Knowledge of Construction: Describe your education and work experience that demonstrates you have the various knowledge areas required of a Construction Engineer. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
41 Skill in Administering Contracts: Describe examples of past accomplishments that demonstrate your skill in planning and organizing, leadership, customer service, and other skills needed to administer contracts. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
42 Problem Solving: Give examples demonstrating your ability to think logically and objectively, to analyze problems, and to apply sound judgment in assessing practical implications of alternative solutions. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
43 Communication Skills: Give examples displaying your ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
44 Computer Skills: Describe specific instances which show how you used computer software and other technologies to manage construction-related projects. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
45 Citing specific examples from your background and experience summarize your professional knowledge, skills and abilities which would apply to a career as a Construction Engineer. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
Statement of Interest
46 Required narrative Statement of Interest, which discusses your:

  • Motivation for joining the Foreign Service,
  • Comments about your work experience, include special skills (e.g. computer), current licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, and/or training (with date completed) relating to this position,
  • Experience living or working in a multicultural environment, overseas or in U.S.
Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required