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Grade: 13

The following questions will determine if you possess the basic requirements to qualify for this position.
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
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.
3 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
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. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Which of the following BEST describes your highest level of work experience with providing advice, guidance, and consultation based on results of analyses? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task 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.
6 Do you have experience in researching difficult and complex legal issues? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 Which of the following BEST describes your experience reviewing and evaluating legal documents to determine sufficiency for meeting applicable treaty and legal standards? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task 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.
8 Which of the following have you used in conducting legal research? Answer to this question is required
  • Public Library
  • Territorial Codes (e.g., Guam Code Annotated)
  • Law Library
  • Westlaw
  • Lexis / Nexis
  • Internet Search Engines
  • US Code (USC)
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • Federal Register
  • Docushare
  • Hawaii Law
  • Periodicals
  • HO'OHIKI and/or JIMS Court Connect
  • PACER
  • Treaties and International Agreements
  • Official documents of the United Nations (UN)
  • Foreign Legal Codes
  • None of the above
9 From the choices below, please select the choice that BEST describes your experience in communicating complex technical matters, in person and in writing, in a clear, concise and logical manner, to be able to present the views of the organization on program and policy matters to high-ranking officials both inside and outside the organization: Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
10 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
  • Internal memorandum
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Academic papers
  • Journal articles
  • Thesis
  • Dissertation
  • Assessments
  • Newspaper articles
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Legal / Criminal Justice Analysis
  • None of the above
11 Which of the following most accurately describes your ability to analyze and evaluate the relevance, significance, and validity of information in order to draw conclusions and make recommendations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have some education or training in the process of analyzing and interpreting information to draw conclusions or to generate new questions to pursue.
  • I have some work experience assisting others analyzing and interpreting information in order to draw conclusions or to generate new questions to pursue.
  • I work closely with the supervisor and/or a senior employee in analyzing and interpreting information, drawing conclusions and/or generating new questions to pursue.
  • I have demonstrated the ability to independently collect information from a variety of sources, analyze and interpret the information, and draw conclusions to solve problems.
  • I have demonstrated a high level of experience collecting and synthesizing information from a variety of sources involving complex issues, analyzing and interpreting the information, and drawing conclusions to solve problems.
  • None of the above.
12 From the following list of topics, please identify those areas relative to US foreign policy and/or national security in which you have experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Arms Control
  • Human Rights
  • Area Studies
  • International Law
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Democratization and elections
  • Trade, Transportation, Aviation
  • Non-proliferation
  • Educational and/or cultural exchanges
  • Political-Military Affairs
  • International Organizations
  • Environment, Science and Technology
  • Marine Environment and Fisheries
  • Marine Sciences and Technology
  • Ocean Sciences and Law of the Sea
  • Energy
  • Consular
  • Homeland Security
  • Labor
  • Intelligence
  • Global Issues
  • Economics and/or International Development
  • Verification of, and compliance with, international agreements / commitments / regimes
  • International crimes and drugs
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Civilian Policing and Rule of Law
  • Anticorruption
  • Bilateral and Multilateral Treaties
  • None of the Above
13 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.
14 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
15 Which of the following BEST describes your experience establishing and maintaining liaison with other offices necessary to ensure the uniform administration of applicable laws and regulations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task 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 others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
16 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
17 I have performed the following activities related to the preparation and/or review of diplomatic correspondence, decision memoranda, and legal documents (e.g., surrender warrants, etc.): Answer to this question is required
  • Proofreading for spelling and punctuation.
  • Proofreading for adherence to appropriate legal document format.
  • Editing for content and grammar.
  • Editing for correct legal document style (e.g., local rules and appellate rules).
  • Retrieving, organizing, indexing file materials to be used as exhibits.
  • Checking citations to treaties for accuracy and applicability.
  • Verifying the accuracy of references to indictments and identification documents.
  • Verifying that all charges in an indictment have been included in an extradition request and all citations to criminal code violations are accurately reflected in the extradition requested.
  • None of the above.
18 Which of the following BEST describes your experience developing and presenting briefings to high-level agency officials within an organization? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task 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 others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
19 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.
20 I am proficient in my ability to use the following computer-based software program(s) or applications: Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing programs
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentation/ graphics
  • Database management
  • Internet browsers
  • E-mail programs
  • Statistical/ quantitative analysis tools
  • Web-based programs
  • Program management tools
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • None of the above
21 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

Grade: 14

The following questions will determine if you possess the basic requirements to qualify for this position.
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
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-14 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-13 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
3 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
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. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Which of the following BEST describes your highest level of work experience with providing advice, guidance, and consultation based on results of analyses? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task 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.
6 Do you have experience in researching difficult and complex legal issues? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 Which of the following BEST describes your experience reviewing and evaluating legal documents to determine sufficiency for meeting applicable treaty and legal standards? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task 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.
8 Which of the following have you used in conducting legal research? Answer to this question is required
  • Public Library
  • Territorial Codes (e.g., Guam Code Annotated)
  • Law Library
  • Westlaw
  • Lexis / Nexis
  • Internet Search Engines
  • US Code (USC)
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • Federal Register
  • Docushare
  • Hawaii Law
  • Periodicals
  • HO'OHIKI and/or JIMS Court Connect
  • PACER
  • Treaties and International Agreements
  • Official documents of the United Nations (UN)
  • Foreign Legal Codes
  • None of the above
9 From the choices below, please select the choice that BEST describes your experience in communicating complex technical matters, in person and in writing, in a clear, concise and logical manner, to be able to present the views of the organization on program and policy matters to high-ranking officials both inside and outside the organization: Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
10 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
  • Internal memorandum
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Academic papers
  • Journal articles
  • Thesis
  • Dissertation
  • Assessments
  • Newspaper articles
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Legal / Criminal Justice Analysis
  • None of the above
11 Which of the following most accurately describes your ability to analyze and evaluate the relevance, significance, and validity of information in order to draw conclusions and make recommendations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have some education or training in the process of analyzing and interpreting information to draw conclusions or to generate new questions to pursue.
  • I have some work experience assisting others analyzing and interpreting information in order to draw conclusions or to generate new questions to pursue.
  • I work closely with the supervisor and/or a senior employee in analyzing and interpreting information, drawing conclusions and/or generating new questions to pursue.
  • I have demonstrated the ability to independently collect information from a variety of sources, analyze and interpret the information, and draw conclusions to solve problems.
  • I have demonstrated a high level of experience collecting and synthesizing information from a variety of sources involving complex issues, analyzing and interpreting the information, and drawing conclusions to solve problems.
  • None of the above.
12 From the following list of topics, please identify those areas relative to US foreign policy and/or national security in which you have experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Arms Control
  • Human Rights
  • Area Studies
  • International Law
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Democratization and elections
  • Trade, Transportation, Aviation
  • Non-proliferation
  • Educational and/or cultural exchanges
  • Political-Military Affairs
  • International Organizations
  • Environment, Science and Technology
  • Marine Environment and Fisheries
  • Marine Sciences and Technology
  • Ocean Sciences and Law of the Sea
  • Energy
  • Consular
  • Homeland Security
  • Labor
  • Intelligence
  • Global Issues
  • Economics and/or International Development
  • Verification of, and compliance with, international agreements / commitments / regimes
  • International crimes and drugs
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Civilian Policing and Rule of Law
  • Anticorruption
  • Bilateral and Multilateral Treaties
  • None of the Above
13 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.
14 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
15 Which of the following BEST describes your experience establishing and maintaining liaison with other offices necessary to ensure the uniform administration of applicable laws and regulations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task 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 others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
16 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
17 I have performed the following activities related to the preparation and/or review of diplomatic correspondence, decision memoranda, and legal documents (e.g., surrender warrants, etc.): Answer to this question is required
  • Proofreading for spelling and punctuation.
  • Proofreading for adherence to appropriate legal document format.
  • Editing for content and grammar.
  • Editing for correct legal document style (e.g., local rules and appellate rules).
  • Retrieving, organizing, indexing file materials to be used as exhibits.
  • Checking citations to treaties for accuracy and applicability.
  • Verifying the accuracy of references to indictments and identification documents.
  • Verifying that all charges in an indictment have been included in an extradition request and all citations to criminal code violations are accurately reflected in the extradition requested.
  • None of the above.
18 Which of the following BEST describes your experience developing and presenting briefings to high-level agency officials within an organization? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task 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 others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
19 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.
20 I am proficient in my ability to use the following computer-based software program(s) or applications: Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing programs
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentation/ graphics
  • Database management
  • Internet browsers
  • E-mail programs
  • Statistical/ quantitative analysis tools
  • Web-based programs
  • Program management tools
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • None of the above
21 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

Grade: All Grades

No questions specified.