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Vacancy Details

Grade: 13

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-13 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-12 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 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.
2 Which of the following choices BEST reflects your highest level of negotiating experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education or training in negotiating issues.
  • I have completed formal education or training that would facilitate me in performing this task, but I have not yet applied this knowledge in a work environment.
  • I have defended my positions and negotiated specific issues under the direction of my supervisor OR a senior colleague.
  • I routinely and independently defend my positions and negotiate an array of issues under the direction of my supervisor OR a senior colleague.
  • I defend my positions and negotiate issues as a central or major part of my work. I perform this task routinely and usually independently. I consult with the supervisor OR a senior colleague in negotiating more complex issues.
3 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
4 From the following list please select the interpersonal communication skill that you routinely and successfully apply: Answer to this question is required
  • Interact effectively in situations where changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
  • Convince others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve office and/or program operations.
  • Diffuse confrontational situations with people who may be difficult, unpleasant or distraught.
  • Develop trusting, productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Work cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a specific goal.
  • None of the above.
5 Which of the following best describes your background preparing and presenting the results of analyses? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have education in performing this task, and have performed it on the job, under the supervision of a supervisor or senior employees.
  • 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.
6 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
7 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.
8 Which of the following BEST describes your background conducting research and analysis of economic topics (including fiscal policy, energy, labor issues, trade, finance, or economic development)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience conducting research and analysis of economic topics.
  • I have education or training in conducting research and analysis of economic topics, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have education or training in conducting research and analysis of economic topics, and have applied it on the job, usually with review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I have routinely and independently conducted research and analysis of economic topics as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled at independently conducting research and analysis of economic topics having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
9 Select the response(s) that reflect your experience working with persons representing diverse backgrounds and interests as a team member to accomplish work-related issues: Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience collaborating with others to accomplish work-related activities.
  • I have successfully worked with a variety of individuals, including customers, contractors, employees, and supervisors.
  • I have interacted with groups and/or individuals of all levels, both within and outside the organization to accomplish goals.
  • I have extensive training, education, and experience in team building skills, and successful application of the skills learned.
  • I have experience in leadership within a social organization, civil group, or club where the goals are internal to the organization.
  • I have experience as a member of a team that addresses projects that encompass the development of procedures and practices.
  • I have experience in various team settings and situations where the activities of several people with diverse backgrounds are involved, preparation time is limited and the outcome is successful.
  • I have experience as a member of a team charged with developing systems that encompass various processes, authorities, and responsibilities, or focuses on research and problem solving where the problems are of moderate complexity.
  • None of the above.
10 Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience using qualitative or quantitative methods to analyze, assess, and improve program effectiveness? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in various qualitative and quantitative analytical methods. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze and evaluate programs. I typically work with a supervisor or someone else to conduct analyses, and develop conclusions or recommendations based on analysis.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to independently conduct program analyses and make recommendations. I have experience applying these analytical skills to a variety of projects and programs and presenting conclusions and recommendations to others.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to conduct complex program and project analysis and developing corresponding recommendations. I routinely apply these highly developed analytical skills to provide direction to others and present these recommendations to senior management leadership.
  • None of the above.
11 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.
12 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
13 Which of the following best describes your background in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources? Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have education, training or experience in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources.
  • I have education or training in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have education or training in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources, and have applied it on the job, usually with review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I have routinely and independently analyzed and evaluated information derived from a variety of sources as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled at independently analyzing and evaluating information derived from a variety of sources having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
14 Select one choice that BEST describes your level of experience applying knowledge of a broad range of foreign affairs policies, priorities, and/or initiatives in order to provide advisory services: Answer to this question is required
  • I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  • 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 performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • 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.
15 From the following list indicate the countries in the South and Central Asia region for which you have work experience in conducting policy / program analysis in the administration of foreign policy programs: Answer to this question is required
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Kazakhstan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • None of the above
16 Which of the following BEST describes your experience analyzing the economic affairs of South Asia, including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience analyzing the economic affairs of South Asia, including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan.
  • I have education, training, and/or experience analyzing the economic affairs of South Asia, including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have routinely performed work analyzing the economic affairs of South Asia, including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan as a regular part of my job, with review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I have routinely and independently performed work analyzing the economic affairs of South Asia, including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan as a regular part of my job, usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled at analyzing the economic affairs of South Asia, including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan as a regular part of my job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.