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Grade: 13

The mandatory training that follows is required by the head of the U.S. Department of State for this position. Please review this list and answer the question below:
6) CON 214 Business Decisions for Contracting
7) CON 215 Intermediate Contracting for Mission Support
8) CON 216 Legal Considerations in Contracting
9) CON 217 Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques
10) CON 218 Advanced Contracting for Mission Support
12) 5 elected courses in related fields
11) CON 353 Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support
1) CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements
2) CON 110 Mission Support Planning
3) CON 111 Mission Strategy Execution
4) CON 112 Mission Performance Assessment
5) CON 120 Mission Focused Contracting
1 I have completed ALL of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or DAU equivalent mandatory training listed above AND at least five elective courses in related fields. (Proof of completion will be required. Without transcripts and/or certificates you will be rated ineligible for this position.) Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False
GS-13: Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Choose the one answer that best describes your experience, education OR combination of education and experience AND indicate your response below: (See the Qualifications Section of the vacancy announcement for additional information.)
A) In addition to completing the mandatory training requirements listed above, I have at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions AND at least 1 full year of this experience is specialized and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service AND I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited college or university AND my degree included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
B) In addition to completing the mandatory training requirements listed above I have continuously occupied my position, which is classified in the GS-1102 series, since January 1, 2000 AND I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service 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.
2 Based on your review of the basic qualifications listed above for the GS-13 grade level, choose the corresponding letter that best describes your education, experience OR combination of education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • A
  • B
  • I do not meet any of the basic qualification requirements described above.
3 Please indicate the position title(s), organization, and dates of employment where you acquired the necessary specialized experience and/or the dates, name of the college / univeristy, and major field of study where you acquired the educational requirements. (Do not paste your resume here.) Maximum length of 550 characters.
4 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.
  • 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
5 I understand that to qualify for this position based on education, I must submit a copy of my transcripts to receive consideration. However, if selected for this position, I will be required to provide official documentation prior to being appointed. (Please follow the instructions in the vacancy announcement). Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: All Grades

1 Which phases of the contracting process have you led?
  • Acquisition planning
  • Contract formation
  • Contract negotiation
  • Contract administration
  • None of the above
2 Which of the following choices BEST describes your experience with contracting and procurement laws, regulations, practices, procedures, and processes?
  • I have no experience with contracting and procurement laws, regulations, practices, procedures, and processes.
  • I have education or training in contracting and procurement laws, regulations, practices, procedures, and processes.
  • I have applied contracting and procurement laws, regulations, practices, procedures, and processes with supervision.
  • I have applied contracting and procurement laws, regulations, practices, procedures, and processes as part of a team.
  • I have independently applied contracting and procurement laws, regulations, practices, procedures, and processes.
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)?
  • 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 Based on the descriptions that follow, choose the level that best describes your experience and/or education reviewing contracts and negotiating terms and agreements with various contractors for the procurement of goods and services.
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet applied this knowledge on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  • I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
5 From the following list check the tasks that you perform or have performed on a daily basis in administering contracts:
  • Recommend appropriate actions when the contractor is not in compliance with contract provisions.
  • Monitor such matters as payments, claims, and contractual changes, to ensure requirements of the contract are met.
  • Conduct contract reviews to evaluate contractor's performance and monitor activities, ensuring compliance.
  • Negotiate the terms of contracts and agreements with contractors for the procurement of goods and/or services.
  • Review completed contract files, to ensure administrative matters are resolved and/or completed.
  • None of the above.
6 Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing statements of work and specifications for adequacy and recommending revisions?
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by 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.
7 Which of the following statements BEST reflects your experience conducting analyses of present and future capabilities of armored vehicles?
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior co-worker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior co-worker.
  • I have instructed other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
8 Which of the following best reflects your ability to analyze complex issues and identify appropriate solutions?
  • I have analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions under close supervision.
  • I have assisted others in the analysis of complex issues and identification of appropriate solutions.
  • I have participated on a team that analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions.
  • I have independently analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions.
  • I have led others charged with analysis of complex issues and identification of appropriate solutions.
  • I have no experience analyzing complex issues and identifying appropriate solutions.
9 I have performed the following project management tasks. (Select all that apply).
  • Developed a comprehensive plan that included a project timeline and allocation of duties
  • Assured accuracy of technical details by consulting with relevant experts
  • Developed or approved project budget and/or forecast
  • Negotiated project details with external individuals or organizations
  • Tracked project progress
  • Managed project staffing
  • Served as a technical consultant and assisted in resolving technical issues
  • Drafted and submitted progress reports
  • Managed project's conclusion
  • None of the above
10 Which of the following best reflects your level and experience performing program and management analysis?
  • 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.
11 Which of the following BEST describes your ability to evaluate and analyze activities?
  • I have evaluated and analyzed a few factors and proposed projects to determine if resources can support it.
  • I have evaluated and analyzed at least two closely related factors and proposed projects to determine if resources can support it.
  • I have examined work sequences such as accounts for planned expenditures and reorganizing filing systems.
  • I have reviewed facts against criteria and routed for action.
  • I have no experience in performing this task.
12 Which of the following forms of communication have you used to communicate technical information?
  • Formal presentations
  • Informal presentations
  • Information memoranda
  • Policy or other briefing documents
  • Journals
  • News media
  • Instructional aids
  • None of the above
13 Which of the following statements BEST describe your experience serving in a liaison capacity?
  • 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.
14 Which of the following choices BEST reflects your highest level of experience negotiating complex issues?
  • I have no experience negotiating complex issues.
  • I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required developing cooperation and coordinating activities.
  • I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required agreement on complex issues, achieving cohesiveness, interacting with individuals constructively, and solving problems.
  • I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, defusing conflict, building coalitions and consensus, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
  • People seek me out for advice on how to negotiate complex issues, the resolution of which required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, defusing conflict, building coalitions and consensus, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
15 Please select from the list below situations in which you have applied knowledge of policy, legislation, and practices to assess overall effectiveness in programs:
  • 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