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Grade: 12

1 GS-12: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question, see the qualifications section on this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
2 I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf
3 Which of the following BEST describes your experience with contract administration (i.e., developing statement of work (SOW); developing cost comparisons; managing contractor project activities; monitor contract costs, scheduling, and performance)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience with contract administration.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed contract administration duties on the job.
  • I have performed contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities on the job, with close supervision from my supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
4 Select the response(s) that describe your experience communicating orally and in writing with individuals involved in the acquisition process: Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience communicating orally and in writing with contractors regarding a wide range of pre and post award issues.
  • I have experience communicating orally and in writing with contractors and program personnel on serious performance problems, or on issues related to the need for expedited or increased action from the project officer or other program personnel.
  • I have experience communicating orally and in writing briefing the results of my analyses of acquisition issues to management.
  • I have experience presenting various opinions on an acquisition topic to management or to co-workers and recommending a course of action.
  • None of the above.
5 From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations. Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • None of the above
6 Which of the following have you performed during the pre and post-award contracts management process? Answer to this question is required
  • Draft contract technical documents
  • Monitor contractor performance under the direction of a contracting officer
  • Inspect and approve supply deliveries
  • Inspect and approve services deliveries
  • Inspect and approve construction deliveries
  • Perform contractor site visits and review contractor situation reports (SITREPs)
  • Validate contractor invoice amounts
  • Assist in contract closeouts
  • None of the above
7 Please select from the list below situations in which you have applied knowledge of policy, legislation, and practices to assess overall effectiveness in programs: Answer to this question is required
  • To manage programs, including budget and human resources
  • To implement programs
  • To make recommendations to improve programs / operations
  • To decide on continuation or termination of programs
  • To make recommendations to senior agency officials
  • To negotiate program direction and completion alternatives
  • To identify problems or vulnerabilities in a program
  • To develop new policies or procedures for the agency
  • To formulate policy to support executive direction (e.g. policy manuals, guides, training materials)
  • None of the above
8 Choose all examples that match your experience in preparing written material: Answer to this question is required
  • I have written technical information for internal & external audiences.
  • I have developed material for communicating information on policies and procedures to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on strategic plans to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on technical programs to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on subject matter issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  • I have reviewed reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have prepared scientific manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and technical publications.
  • I have published articles and reports in professional, scientific or industrial journals and newsletters, including national or international publications.
  • None of the above.
9 Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints.
  • I have experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints that required developing cooperation, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  • I have experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints that required agreement on complex issues, achieving cohesiveness, interacting with individuals constructively, and solving problems.
  • I have experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse individuals, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
10 Which of the following statements BEST describe your experience in analyzing guidelines, policies, and procedures for the management of records throughout their life cycle? Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently performed this task as a regular part of my job and usually without assistance from a supervisor or senior colleague.
  • I have performed this task on the job under the supervision of a supervisor or senior colleague.
  • I have education and/or training that demonstrates my analytical skills, but I have not performed this task.
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I am experienced at performing this task and lead and/or train others.
11 Which of the following best reflects your level and experience performing program and management analysis? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in analytical methods. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use different qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze programs and/or management processes. I work with others to develop recommendations or conclusions about specific program and/or management situations and issues.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use a variety of analytical methods to assess and evaluate programs and/or management practices. I typically work independently to complete this analysis and provide recommendations and/or solutions addressing programmatic and management concerns.
  • I have work experience conducting complex analysis of high visibility programs and/or management practices. I apply these highly developed analytical skills to provide direction to others.
  • None of the above.
12 I have communicated technical information to the following audiences: Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • None of the above
13 In which of the following events have you communicated orally or made oral presentations? Answer to this question is required
  • Speeches
  • Conferences
  • Meetings
  • One-on-one discussions
  • Telephone inquiries
  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Interviews
  • Briefings
  • None of the above
14 Select the response that BEST describes your experience composing complex correspondence or other written work that is controversial and politically sensitive for external high-level officials: Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task / competency.
  • I have education and training in performing this task / competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task / competence on the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task / competency on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task / competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task / competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task / competency.
15 Which of the following BEST describes your experience regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy.
  • I have education and/or training regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have routinely performed work regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy as part of my job, usually with review by a supervisor or senior employees.
  • I have routinely and independently performed work regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy as part of my job, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing work regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy, having trained others in this capacity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
16 Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience working in teams? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience working in teams.
  • I have experience working in teams that required developing cooperation of team members, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  • I have experience working in teams that required agreement on complex issues, building team spirit and cohesiveness, interacting with team members constructively, and solving problems as a group.
  • I have experience working in teams that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse members, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
17 Which of the following types of documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
  • Budget justifications
  • Correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Federal Register notices
  • Regulatory / statutory material
  • Policy guidance
  • Congressional testimony
  • Speeches
  • Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  • Option papers / decision memos
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Academic papers
  • None of the above
18 Which of the following statements BEST describe your experience serving in a liaison capacity? Answer to this question is required
  • I have served in a liaison capacity with a variety of persons inside and outside the organization for the purpose of receiving or providing information relating to the work OR to resolve operating problems in connection with recurring responsibilities.
  • I have served in a liaison capacity mainly with co-workers to exchange routine information relevant to daily work activities.
  • I have served as the initial point-of-contact and have functioned in a liaison capacity between the supervisor and staff at all levels.
  • I have served as a liaison between other government agencies, state and local officials, foreign officials and/or individuals from the private sector.
  • As an initial point-of-contact for internal and external customers, I have functioned in a liaison capacity for an organization.
  • None of the above.

Grade: 13

1 GS-13: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question, see the qualifications section on this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
2 I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf
3 Which of the following BEST describes your experience with contract administration (i.e., developing statement of work (SOW); developing cost comparisons; managing contractor project activities; monitor contract costs, scheduling, and performance)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience with contract administration.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed contract administration duties on the job.
  • I have performed contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities on the job, with close supervision from my supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
4 Select the response(s) that describe your experience communicating orally and in writing with individuals involved in the acquisition process: Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience communicating orally and in writing with contractors regarding a wide range of pre and post award issues.
  • I have experience communicating orally and in writing with contractors and program personnel on serious performance problems, or on issues related to the need for expedited or increased action from the project officer or other program personnel.
  • I have experience communicating orally and in writing briefing the results of my analyses of acquisition issues to management.
  • I have experience presenting various opinions on an acquisition topic to management or to co-workers and recommending a course of action.
  • None of the above.
5 From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations. Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • None of the above
6 Which of the following have you performed during the pre and post-award contracts management process? Answer to this question is required
  • Draft contract technical documents
  • Monitor contractor performance under the direction of a contracting officer
  • Inspect and approve supply deliveries
  • Inspect and approve services deliveries
  • Inspect and approve construction deliveries
  • Perform contractor site visits and review contractor situation reports (SITREPs)
  • Validate contractor invoice amounts
  • Assist in contract closeouts
  • None of the above
7 Please select from the list below situations in which you have applied knowledge of policy, legislation, and practices to assess overall effectiveness in programs: Answer to this question is required
  • To manage programs, including budget and human resources
  • To implement programs
  • To make recommendations to improve programs / operations
  • To decide on continuation or termination of programs
  • To make recommendations to senior agency officials
  • To negotiate program direction and completion alternatives
  • To identify problems or vulnerabilities in a program
  • To develop new policies or procedures for the agency
  • To formulate policy to support executive direction (e.g. policy manuals, guides, training materials)
  • None of the above
8 Choose all examples that match your experience in preparing written material: Answer to this question is required
  • I have written technical information for internal & external audiences.
  • I have developed material for communicating information on policies and procedures to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on strategic plans to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on technical programs to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on subject matter issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  • I have reviewed reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have prepared scientific manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and technical publications.
  • I have published articles and reports in professional, scientific or industrial journals and newsletters, including national or international publications.
  • None of the above.
9 Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints.
  • I have experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints that required developing cooperation, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  • I have experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints that required agreement on complex issues, achieving cohesiveness, interacting with individuals constructively, and solving problems.
  • I have experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse individuals, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
10 Which of the following statements BEST describe your experience in analyzing guidelines, policies, and procedures for the management of records throughout their life cycle? Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently performed this task as a regular part of my job and usually without assistance from a supervisor or senior colleague.
  • I have performed this task on the job under the supervision of a supervisor or senior colleague.
  • I have education and/or training that demonstrates my analytical skills, but I have not performed this task.
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I am experienced at performing this task and lead and/or train others.
11 Which of the following best reflects your level and experience performing program and management analysis? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in analytical methods. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use different qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze programs and/or management processes. I work with others to develop recommendations or conclusions about specific program and/or management situations and issues.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use a variety of analytical methods to assess and evaluate programs and/or management practices. I typically work independently to complete this analysis and provide recommendations and/or solutions addressing programmatic and management concerns.
  • I have work experience conducting complex analysis of high visibility programs and/or management practices. I apply these highly developed analytical skills to provide direction to others.
  • None of the above.
12 I have communicated technical information to the following audiences: Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • None of the above
13 In which of the following events have you communicated orally or made oral presentations? Answer to this question is required
  • Speeches
  • Conferences
  • Meetings
  • One-on-one discussions
  • Telephone inquiries
  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Interviews
  • Briefings
  • None of the above
14 Select the response that BEST describes your experience composing complex correspondence or other written work that is controversial and politically sensitive for external high-level officials: Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task / competency.
  • I have education and training in performing this task / competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task / competence on the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task / competency on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task / competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task / competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task / competency.
15 Which of the following BEST describes your experience regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy.
  • I have education and/or training regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have routinely performed work regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy as part of my job, usually with review by a supervisor or senior employees.
  • I have routinely and independently performed work regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy as part of my job, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing work regarding Africa region, including political and economic developments and security policy, having trained others in this capacity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
16 Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience working in teams? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience working in teams.
  • I have experience working in teams that required developing cooperation of team members, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  • I have experience working in teams that required agreement on complex issues, building team spirit and cohesiveness, interacting with team members constructively, and solving problems as a group.
  • I have experience working in teams that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse members, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
17 Which of the following types of documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
  • Budget justifications
  • Correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Federal Register notices
  • Regulatory / statutory material
  • Policy guidance
  • Congressional testimony
  • Speeches
  • Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  • Option papers / decision memos
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Academic papers
  • None of the above
18 Which of the following statements BEST describe your experience serving in a liaison capacity? Answer to this question is required
  • I have served in a liaison capacity with a variety of persons inside and outside the organization for the purpose of receiving or providing information relating to the work OR to resolve operating problems in connection with recurring responsibilities.
  • I have served in a liaison capacity mainly with co-workers to exchange routine information relevant to daily work activities.
  • I have served as the initial point-of-contact and have functioned in a liaison capacity between the supervisor and staff at all levels.
  • I have served as a liaison between other government agencies, state and local officials, foreign officials and/or individuals from the private sector.
  • As an initial point-of-contact for internal and external customers, I have functioned in a liaison capacity for an organization.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

No questions specified.