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Announcement Number:
VAR000543
Hiring Agency:
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Position Title:
Research Assistant, Foreign Affairs
Open Period:
07/27/2018 - 08/24/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0130 09
Salary:
USD $56,233 - USD $73,105
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Flexitime.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
3 Vacancy in

Washington , DC, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Customer Service Center
202-707-5627
JobHelp@loc.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 3 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite, Not-to-exceed 3 years.
Marketing Statement:
The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 158 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and over 37 million items online. Located primarily on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Summary:
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division (FDT) is seeking three limited-term Research Assistants to support a broad range of research tasks in three distinct sections in FDT. The relevant sections are Foreign Policy Management & Global Issues; Middle East & Africa; and Asia. The selectees will support research analysts and managers in addressing congressional requests for information and analysis by performing research, data analysis, writing, and other research support duties as assigned by section and division management. Ideal applicants will have experience conducting research in one or more of the following areas, as well as some knowledge of the legislative and policy contexts, institutional dimensions, and policy tools related to such issues:

 
  • Foreign policy, including global trends and transnational issues.
  • Regional foreign policy issues pertaining to the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Regional foreign policy issues pertaining to the Asia-Pacific region, including South Asia.
Successful candidates must be able to work as part of a collaborative team and must exhibit the intellectual flexibility and broad research skill set that facilitate effective work across a wide issue spectrum beyond the applicant’s research focus or concentration.

Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are essential; candidates with both qualitative and quantitative research skills, and experience using data visualization to inform research products and processes, are especially urged to apply.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

Supports and participates in the development and preparation of comprehensive or complex analytical and descriptive products that inform congressional understanding of public policy issues and consideration of policy proposals.

Participates in group efforts on research projects as a member of a collaborative team and undertakes research and data analytical tasks in support of the development of an array of analytical and descriptive products or components. May prepare contributions to analytical or descriptive background reports, memoranda, and other types of written responses for congressional committees, Members, and staff.


Performs literature searches and reviews, and evaluates publications and analyses for authoritativeness, relevance, and currency. Recommends documents for use by research staff and prepares abstracts for descriptive and analytical underlying materials.

Locates, extracts, collects, and/or compiles quantitative data and other information; interprets and evaluates data for accuracy, relevance, authoritativeness, and usefulness; works with section and division staff to identify and resolve problems with data; and formats data to meet targeted, well-defined research needs.

Creates and populates databases and spreadsheets, reformatting and standardizing data from different sources, and performing data input, calculations, and analysis. Trains colleagues and/or instructs staff on the content, nature, and use of section and division data resources.

Creates and formats a range of tables, graphs, images, maps, and other insertions to CRS products, reviewing and verifying this content for accuracy and completeness. As directed, contributes to quality control processes, including suggestions to improve and enhance CRS products and services.

Prepares materials for use at consultations, briefings, and seminars for congressional clients. Attends consultations, briefings, seminars, and outreach activities to gain familiarity with CRS’s information and analytic capabilities, record questions, gauge audience engagement, and capture audience suggestions for future sessions; may present analytical information, factual information, or research findings to congressional clients.




Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
No additional requirements to those listed above.

You must provide a legible copy of your college transcripts at the time you submit your application. Please attach your transcripts to your online application. Failure to submit the required documentation at the time of application will eliminate you from further consideration. Official documents will be required if selected.
Education Requirements:
  1. Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling 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.

    OR

  2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    OR

  3. Experience: four 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.
Evaluations:
The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
Qualifications:
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
  • Knowledge of foreign policy, Middle East/Africa, or Asia-Pacific regions.**
  • Ability to apply knowledge of the analytic research process in foreign affairs.**
  • Ability to identify, exploit, and manipulate research resources and tools to perform research tasks pertinent to foreign affairs.**
  • Ability to collaborate.**
  • Ability to prepare written research materials related to foreign affairs.
  • Ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations.
  • Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of research, including written and oral presentations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits URL:
Review our Benefits
Agency Benefits:
Position(s) may be eligible for subsequent conversion to a permanent appointment, contingent upon business need, available funding and the selectee's performance. If the position does not become permanent at the end of the 3-year period, CRS employees will be returned to their former position or a position of similar grade and duties without loss of federal service tenure or seniority. Other Library of Congress employees should consult their supervisor or service unit management regarding their appointment status should they be selected but not placed in the position permanently.
Other Information:
The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is: 308078.

The incumbent of this position may elect to work a flexitime or compflex work schedule.

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THE PERSON(S) SELECTED UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information view the directive on the Library's Selective Placement Program and/or contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 (voice or TTY) or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of Veterans' Preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library's Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D. IF REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION IS NOT ATTACHED, VETERANS' PREFERENCE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.
You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.
Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. Although you must enter your Social Security Number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Library of Congress.
Step 2: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the end of the Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 4. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.
Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.
Step 4: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.
(1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.
(2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation of the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
(3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.
Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, the last one sent will overwrite the first one. Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.
Step 6: Click on "Finish" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.
If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact jobhelp@loc.gov , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.
Required Documents:
Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.

Veterans claiming Veterans' Preference eligibility must submit the appropriate supporting documentation described in OTHER INFORMATION above. If this required documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be applied to your application.


 
Next Steps:
Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications." You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.