SENIOR EVIDENCE ANALYST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 06, 2017
Closes
Jul 24, 2017
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency


If you are a status candidate, please apply under Announcement OMB-17-28-TC-MP.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is a component within the Executive Office of the President that helps Federal departments and agencies implement the commitments and priorities of the President.

The Evidence Team in the Economic Policy Division (EP), within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is seeking candidates for a Senior Evidence Analyst position.

The Evidence Team supports efforts to develop and use evidence on program effectiveness across the Federal Government. The Evidence Team is a support unit within OMB, and provides expert advice and technical assistance on evidence-related activities and initiatives for a broad range of Federal agencies and functions.

The Senior Evidence Analyst will lead assigned evidence-related activities and initiatives. The incumbent will provide expert advice and technical assistance to agencies and other OMB components, including policy officials, regarding the evidence-related activities under his/her responsibility, and will conduct special analyses of issues affecting the initiatives and how they apply to Federal programs, as appropriate. This advice and consultation will be focused on evidence and evaluation and includes policy planning and government-wide guidance development; policy and budget analysis; cross-agency coordination; and the review of regulations, evaluation designs, legislation, and funding solicitations.

The environment is fast-paced; requires communicating with all levels, within the agency and externally; working independently and in teams; and collaborating across multiple offices within and external to OMB.

Applicants may be asked to provide a 3-5 page writing sample describing a program evaluation or policy analysis for which they played a leadership or primary role if interviewed.

Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.

**Notice: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel for conferences, etc.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Examples of specialized experience are:

    You may qualify at the GS-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience includes: application of a wide range of knowledge of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies to answer important policy questions; applying and adapting established survey or evaluation methods to suit an assigned project; and/or writing reports or presentations to present research and/or evaluation findings to technical and non-technical audiences. Such experience must have included: 1) working with technical and non-technical partners to optimize the quality of evaluations; 2) drafting succinct written products to support decision-making, which demonstrate complex analyses and recommendations; AND 3) developing strategies to improve the effectiveness of programs or program operations.

    You may qualify at the GS-14 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience includes: research and evaluation portfolio for a particular policy area; application of a wide range of knowledge of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies to answer important and complex policy questions; and/or leading efforts to integrate evidence and evaluations into complex program designs. Such experience must have included: 1) working with technical and non-technical partners to optimize the quality of complex evaluations and/or evidence-based policy making; 2) drafting and presenting succinct written products to support decision-making which demonstrate complex analyses and recommendations; AND 3) developing, coordinating, and leading multifaceted strategies to improve the effectiveness of programs or program operations particularly through the use of evaluation or evaluation findings.

    You may qualify at the GS-15 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.. Examples of qualifying experience includes: supervising a complex research and evaluation portfolio for a particular policy area; responsibility for the validity and technical judgment in the formulation of evaluations; and/or leading complex and/or multi-agency efforts to improve program performance based on evaluation findings and other evidence. Such experience must have included: 1) working with technical and non-technical partners at multiple levels within an organization to optimize the quality of complex evaluations and/or evidence-based policy making; 2) independently drafting and presenting succinct written products to demonstrate complex analyses, policy options and implications, and recommendations; AND 3) developing, coordinating, and leading multifaceted strategies to improve the effectiveness of complex programs or program operations with unprecedented or novel aspects, particularly through the use of evaluation or evaluation findings.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    An advanced degree in public policy, public administration, economics, or related social science field is preferred.

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

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    DUTIES:

    Senior Evidence Analysts are a core source of expertise on all matters related to their assigned evidence-based activities and initiatives. Incumbents are expected to:

    (1) Manage, in coordination with other OMB components, the planning, design, review, and implementation of evaluation and evidence-related initiatives for assigned policy areas, which may include evaluation design, evaluation procurement, evidence-based or evidence-informed grant making, agency evidence-capacity development, and the use of administrative data in building evidence.

    (2) For assigned evidence-based activities and initiatives, lead the development and implementation of government-wide guidance to agencies on how to support the use of evidence in policy making and program implementation. Perform general policy and organizational analyses. Advise other OMB components on planning the work. Identify issues and problems that require attention and help develop solutions. Develop and analyze policy and practical issues, highlighting alternative approaches that might be taken to resolve problems, and make and defend recommendations.

    (3) Develop, review, and advise OMB policy officials and other OMB components on guidance and direction to program managers for assigned evidence-related activities and initiatives.

    (4) Resolve major concerns related to evidence-based activities and initiatives, and advise and assist in the administration of operating guidelines, coordination of the office's efforts with other internal activities, and communication of policies and priorities.

    (5) Develop and recommend strategies to build Federal capacity for evidence-based policymaking, and for carrying out assigned areas activities and initiatives.

    (6) Prepare briefing materials and provide briefing for senior policy officials. Prepare testimony and Reports to Congress, issue papers, and decision memoranda that evaluate and set forth proposed evidence-related policies and/or their application as they relate to specific programs. Ensure consistency with the Administration's policies and funding priorities.

    (7) Represent the Evidence Team at technical and policy meetings in both the private and public sector on the Administration's evidence agenda and assigned policy areas. Prepare executive correspondence, presentations, and other briefing materials.