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Vacancy Details

Grade: 15

The following questions will determine if you possess the basic requirements to qualify for this position.
1 Choose the one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities.
  • I have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; OR 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines AND 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.
  • I have a combination of education and experience where my coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUS appropriate relevant experience or additional education.
  • I have completed at least 4 years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.)
  • My education and/or experience does not match any of the above choices.
2 GS-15 Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position: Answer to this question is required
  • In addition to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, 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-14 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.
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 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
4 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 Select the choice that BEST represents your highest level of experience in managing and interacting with various groups and individuals: Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience that involves routinely working with both external and internal management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving, such as sharing options and initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships.
  • I have experience that involves routinely working with internal managers to resolve issues and problems that arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised regulations and discussing policy alternatives.
  • I have experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  • I have experience that involves explaining agency policy and regulations and providing background of the rationale for such policies, and using negotiating techniques to ensure full compliance.
  • None of the above.
2 Which of the following best describes your experience in setting priorities to meet your professional responsibilities? Answer to this question is required
  • I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are generally completed independently and within the assigned deadlines and milestones.
  • I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I normally resolve the conflicts independently.
  • I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I adjust my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. In resolving conflicts, I involve the team leader or supervisor.
  • In addition to managing multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I assist my team or staff in determining how best to use their time and reprioritize their work as situations warrant.
  • None of the above
3 Which of the following BEST illustrates your experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience performing this task.
  • I have studied conflict resolution and relationship building in coursework at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  • I have helped to resolve differences between my colleagues and have been involved in team-building exercises.
  • I have been responsible for the resolution of differences between colleagues and have conducted team-building exercises.
  • I have instructed or assisted others in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
4 Which of the following BEST describes your background regarding the technical aspects of conventional weapons and military systems? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience regarding the technical aspects of conventional weapons and military systems.
  • I have education and/or training regarding the technical aspects of conventional weapons and military systems, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have routinely done analysis regarding the technical aspects of conventional weapons and military systems as part of my job, usually with review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I have routinely and independently done analysis regarding the technical aspects of conventional weapons and military systems as part of my job, usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled at doing analysis regarding the technical aspects of conventional weapons and military systems, having trained others in this capacity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
5 Which of the following BEST describes your background in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in foreign policy / international affairs.
  • I have education or training in foreign policy / international affairs, but have not applied it on the job.
  • I have routinely and independently performed work in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs as a regualar part of my job, and usually with review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I have routinely and independently performed work in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled at performing work in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
6 Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience negotiating complex issues? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience negotiating complex issues.
  • I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required developing cooperation, coordinating activities, and reaching consensus.
  • 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.
7 Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in communicating persuasively. Answer to this question is required
  • I have persuaded team members or subordinates to work toward an objective or goal
  • I have persuaded senior officials to take action or make a decision of considerable import to the organization`s mission
  • I have made formal presentations to officials inside or outside my employing organization for purposes of persuading them to take action
  • None of the above
8 Please indicate the manner in which you have 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
  • Negotiations
  • None of the above
9 Which of the following BEST describes your experience gathering and assembling facts, and drawing conclusions for senior leadership? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training in gathering and assembling facts, or drawing conclusions for senior leadership.
  • I have completed formal education or training in gathering and assembling facts, and drawing conclusions for senior leadership. However, I have no experience applying this in work situations.
  • I have gathered and assembled facts, and drawn conclusions for senior leadership on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have gathered and assembled facts, and drawn conclusions for senior leadership as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor.
  • I am considered an expert in gathering and assembling facts, and drawing conclusions for senior leadership. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in performing this task because of my expertise.
10 Which of the following BEST describes your background providing advice, guidance, and consultation on complex issues pertaining to conflict prevention and response and stabilization exercises? Answer to this question is required
  • 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.
  • 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 have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
11 Which of the following BEST describes your background in dealing with U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs in order to assess the relevance and implications of global economic issues? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience dealing with U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs to assess the relevance and implications of global economic issues.
  • I have education or training in dealing with U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs to assess the relevance and implications of global economic issues, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have routinely and independently performed work in dealing with U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs in order to assess the relevance and implications of global economic issues as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled at performing work in regard to U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs to assess the relevance and implications of global economic issues having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
  • I have routinely performed work in regard to U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs to assess the relevance and implications of global economic issues, as a regular part of my job with review by a supervisor or senior employee.
12 What is the highest level for which you have made a decision? Answer to this question is required
  • Organizational level
  • Office/Regional level or equivalent
  • Division level or equivalent
  • Unit level or equivalent
  • Sub-unit level or equivalent
  • None of the above
13 Which of the following best describes your depth of experience establishing liaison with officials throughout the foreign policy community? Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing this task, but have yet performed it on the job.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
14 Which of the following statements BEST describes your ability to research and analyze information and to formulate recommendations and/or draw conclusions on conflict assessment and prevention matters? Answer to this question is required
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in the performance of this task and or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my work without regular review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task, but with close supervision from my supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not performed it on the job.
  • I have no experience, education or training performing this task.
15 Select the choices that describe your experience conducting legal, policy or investigative research and analysis: Answer to this question is required
  • Occasionally (i.e., monthly or less) prepared reports identifying legal or policy issues for consideration by supervisor.
  • Frequently (i.e., weekly or more) prepared reports identifying legal, policy or investigative issues for supervisor and/or higher-level (above immediate supervisor) consideration.
  • Identified any regulatory, policy, and legal issues through research and analysis and independently resolved these issues.
  • Researched and analyzed legal, policy or investigative issues and produced reports or published results.
  • None of the above.
16 Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of education or experience in applying advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience in applying advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues.
  • I have education or training applying advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues, but have NOT yet applied it on the job.
  • I have applied advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues on the job under close supervision.
  • I have routinely and independently applied advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues as a regular part of the job without supervision.
  • I am highly skilled at applying advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues on the job and have trained others to perform these tasks.