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1 I certify, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all the information submitted by me with my application for employment is true, complete, and made in good faith, and that I have truthfully and accurately represented my work experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education (degrees, accomplishments, etc.). I understand that the information provided may be investigated and or verified through reference checks. I understand that misrepresenting my experience or education, or providing false or fraudulent information in or with my application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work. I also understand that false or fraudulent statements may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. 1001). Answer to this question is required
  • I have read and understand this information and attest that, to the best of my knowledge, the information I have provided is true and complete.
  • I have read and understand this information and do not wish to continue the application process.

The following questions refer to foreign affairs-related issues. In your answers to the questions, please address your experience, knowledge, and training related to ONE OF THE FOLLOWING policy and program issues areas: (1) foreign policy, including global trends and transnational issues; (2) regional foreign policy issues pertaining to the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa; or (3) regional foreign policy issues pertaining to the Asia-Pacific region, including South Asia.

2

Knowledge of foreign policy, Middle East/Africa or Asia-Pacific regions**

Has knowledge of the theories, concepts, processes, techniques, principles, and practices of foreign affairs-related issues. This includes knowledge of the history, trends and current status of (1) foreign policy, including global trends and transnational issues; (2) regional foreign policy issues pertaining to the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa; or (3) regional foreign policy issues pertaining to the Asia-Pacific region, including South Asia; and their interrelationships with relevant legislative and political contexts, institutional dimensions, and policy tools.


 

Answer to this question is required
  • Has knowledge of foreign affairs, including pertinent public policy issues. For example, completed master’s degree in international relations, international economics, international security, political science, history, geography, or equivalent degree program and have professional work experience in a related field in the public or private sector and/or took coursework towards a doctoral degree; served as a contributing researcher of published written work in a peer-reviewed professional journal on foreign affairs-related issues; or equivalent work experience.
  • Has knowledge of foreign affairs. For example, completed master’s degree in international relations, international economics, international security, political science, history, geography, or equivalent degree program; served as a research assistant in the public or private sector, or equivalent work experience in foreign affairs-related issues.
  • Has knowledge of foreign affairs. For example, completed one year of graduate education in international relations, international economics, international security, political science, history, geography, or equivalent degree program, interned in a research organization in the public or private sector, or equivalent work experience in foreign affairs-related issues.
  • None of the above.
3 In the box below, provide a description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your response to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration. Maximum length of 10000 characters. Answer to this question is required
4

Ability to apply knowledge of the analytic research process in foreign affairs**

Conducted or participated in analytic research efforts pertinent to foreign affairs-related issues.  In undertaking this research, identified a research question; conceptualized a research plan; identified and reviewed appropriate background materials; utilized appropriate methodologies to perform analyses; synthesized key findings from the research; generated and assessed alternative methods; and evaluated the consequences of choosing each alternative.

 

Answer to this question is required
  • Conducted one qualitative and/or quantitative research effort relevant to foreign affairs-related issues. This required knowledge of the data and their history, strengths, weaknesses, etc. The research involved the standard application of established techniques or methods at a level equivalent to a graduate level dissertation or comparable research project. Interpreted results of research for peers.
  • Participated in performing qualitative and/or quantitative research relevant to foreign affairs-related issues, for example, through researching data and applying relevant established techniques or methods, or playing an active role in conducting a qualitative and/or quantitative research project equivalent to a master’s thesis. Interpreted results or research for peers.
  • Participated in performing qualitative and/or quantitative research relevant to foreign affairs-related issues, for example, through researching data and applying relevant established techniques or methods, or playing an active role in conducting a qualitative and/or quantitative research project equivalent to research conducted for master’s level coursework. Interpreted results or research for peers.
  • None of the above.
5 In the box below, provide a description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your response to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.  Please ensure that your application materials and narrative responses in this questionnaire are free of spelling and punctuation errors; use proper grammar and word usage, appropriate formatting and relevant, clear, concise, informative, and understandable content. If the ability to write is a critical competency for the position, the application materials, including your narrative responses, may be used to assess your ability to write. Maximum length of 10000 characters. Answer to this question is required
6

Ability to identify, exploit, and manipulate research resources and tools to perform research tasks pertinent to foreign affairs **

Performed research tasks relevant to foreign affairs issues including: 1) identifying pertinent information resources; 2) researching, collecting, and compiling information; 3) designing, creating, populating, and maintaining quantitative and qualitative databases and spreadsheets; 4) summarizing key findings, research methodologies, and analytical shortcomings; 5) interpreting and evaluating data for accuracy, relevance, authoritativeness, usefulness, etc.; 6) formatting information (e.g., into written reports, tables, graphics, PowerPoint presentations) to meet targeted, well-defined research needs; and 7) processing, consolidating, and transforming data using statistical and/or econometric techniques.

 

Answer to this question is required
  • Applied thorough knowledge of research resources and tools pertinent to foreign affairs-related issues to perform ALL of the research tasks listed above for data of moderate complexity. In addition, independently identified and resolved problems with the data; mentored colleagues and/or instructed staff on the content, nature, and use of these data resources; and made recommendations for the development of additional databases and spreadsheets.
  • Applied thorough knowledge of research resources and tools pertinent to foreign affairs-related issues to perform MOST of the research tasks listed above for data of moderate complexity. In addition, assisted with resolution of problems with the data; and mentored colleagues and/or instructed staff on the content, nature, and use of these data resources.
  • Applied thorough knowledge of research resources and tools pertinent to foreign affairs-related issues to perform ONE of the research tasks listed above for data of moderate complexity.
  • None of the above.
7 In the box below, provide a description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your response to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration. Maximum length of 10000 characters. Answer to this question is required
8 Ability to collaborate**

Participated in a research study or project requiring collaboration with colleagues.


Answer to this question is required
  • Participated and contributed significantly to a collaborative research study or project on foreign affairs issues.
  • Participated in a collaborative research study or project.
  • Participated in a component of a collaborative research study or project.
  • None of the above.
9 In the box below, provide a description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your response to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration. Maximum length of 10000 characters. Answer to this question is required
10 Ability to prepare written research materials related to foreign affairs.

Produced a variety of descriptive, background, or analytical written products related to foreign affairs.  Prepared summaries or abstracts of research materials and performed quality control reviews of others’ written materials.

Answer to this question is required
  • Prepared multiple research products at the highest academic or professional standards, subject to technical review. Examples include a master’s thesis, writing assignments related to doctoral coursework or to policy research in the public or private sector, or equivalent research product. This product was related to foreign affairs. In addition, developed summaries or reviews of materials of moderate complexity; evaluated quality of analyses and publications for authoritativeness, relevance, currency, etc.; and prepared abstracts for descriptive and analytical materials of moderate complexity. Performed quality control review of others’ written materials.
  • Prepared at least one research product at the highest academic or professional standards, subject to technical review. Examples include a master’s thesis or equivalent research product. This product was related to foreign affairs. In addition, developed summaries or reviews of materials of moderate complexity; evaluated quality of analyses and publications for authoritativeness, relevance, currency, etc.; and prepared abstracts for descriptive and analytical materials of moderate complexity. Performed quality control review of others’ written materials.
  • Wrote descriptive or background material for the purpose of clarifying situations or issues in an academic or professional context. In addition, developed summaries or reviews of materials of moderate complexity; evaluated quality of analyses and publications for authoritativeness, relevance, currency, etc.; and prepared abstracts for descriptive and analytical materials of moderate complexity. Performed quality control review of others’ written materials.
  • None of the above.
11 In the box below, provide a description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your response to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration. Maximum length of 10000 characters. Answer to this question is required
12 How did you hear about this job opening? (You may select multiple responses.)
  • Congressional Referral
  • Academic Journal
  • Newspaper
  • LATPRO
  • Diversity Jobs
  • HACE
  • USAJOBS
  • Personal Reference
  • Other
13 If you have heard about this position from another source other than those listed above, please indicate the source. Maximum length of 50 characters.