INTERNATIONAL TRADE SPECIALIST

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Aug 04, 2017
Closes
Aug 25, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions, while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. For more information about USTDA, please visit our website at https://www.ustda.gov/about/

USTDA is ranked among the top three federal agencies in its category and government-wide, based on key indices measured by the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). These key indices measure employee engagement and employee perceptions of the inclusivity of their agencies. For more information on the survey, please see www.fedview.opm.gov.

The Office of Program Monitoring and Evaluation tracks and analyzes the outcomes of the agency's activities and monitors programs for compliance, recommending corrective actions and overseeing the close-out procedures for funding activities. As a Program Evaluation Manager, you will conduct rigorous analysis of USTDA's programmatic results and utilize evaluation evidence to inform decision-making and strengthen the agency's impact. You will evaluate the outcomes and impacts of large, complex infrastructure planning projects in emerging markets, and assess trends across multiple countries, regions and sectors.

This position is part of the US Trade and Development Agency, Office Program Monitoring and Evaluation. The incumbent will be responsible for implementing and managing the continuous evaluations of USTDA programs to assess the outcomes and impacts of the agency's investments.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Background and security investigation for Top Secret Clearance.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized
  • Selected candidate may be subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet the following basic qualification requirements for this position.
    1. Education: An undergraduate or graduate degree in the fields of marketing, business administration, political science, public administration, history, business or commercial law, economics, finance, international trade, or international relations
    OR
    2. Specialized Experience that demonstrated knowledge of: marketing that included economic, psychological, and sociological influences bearing upon consumption patterns; business practices pertaining to wholesale, retail, manufacturers' distribution, distribution costs, finance and tax structure, and similar areas of activity or concern; and international economic and political factors influencing balance of payments, monetary exchange and tariffs, and their bearing on the distribution of commodities.

    Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

    • Promotional work with trade associations or Chambers of Commerce.
    • Export-import management, sales promotion, and advertising.
    • Investment analysis.
    • International relations work in the commercial field.
    • Area economics development planning.
    • Foreign trade documentation and forwarding activities.
    • Work with international insurance companies.
    • Teaching college-level courses in the fields listed above under "Undergraduate and Graduate Education."
    In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements listed above, applicants must also meet the specialized experience listed below.

    GS-09 Qualifications: Must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal service that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

    Specialized experience at the GS-09 level for this position includes, but is not limited to: experience evaluating U.S. foreign assistance intended to promote U.S. exports and/or economic growth in developing and middle-income countries; experience applying qualitative and quantitative evaluation processes and procedures to determine the effectiveness of international programs and projects; and developing and utilizing complex databases, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, reports. and tables in order to present findings and conclusions.

    GS-11 Qualifications: Must possess one year of specialist experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the federal service that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.

    Specialized experience at the GS-11 level for this position includes, but is not limited to: evaluation of
    U.S. foreign assistance intended to promote U.S. exports and/or economic growth in developing and middle-income countries ; experience applying qualitative and quantitative evaluation processes and procedures to determine the effectiveness of international programs and projects; developing and utilizing complex databases, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, reports and tables in order to present findings and conclusions; and experience with collecting data (or direct observation of data collection) and the ability to synthesize and judge/evaluate multiple forms of evidence.

    GS-12 Qualifications: Must possess one year of specialist experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal service that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.

    Specialized experience at the GS-12 level for this position includes, but is not limited to:evaluating U.S. foreign assistance intended to promoted U.S. exports and/or economic growth in developing and middle-income countries; experience applying qualitative and quantitative evaluation processes and procedures to determine the effectiveness of international programs and projects; developing utilizing complex databases, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, reports and tables in order to present findings and conclusions; experience with collecting data (or direct observation of data collection) and the ability to synthesize and judge/evaluate multiple forms of evidence; experience applying theoretical frameworks, federal guidance and regulations, or principles of rigorous inquiry to real-life environments related to foreign assistance and economic development programs; and experience in an advisory role, leading and influencing others.

    Combination of education and/or experience may substitute for the specialized experience requirement:
    GS-9: A master's degree or equivalent degree or two full years of progressively higher level education leading lo such a degree, or an LL.B or J.D., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

    GS-11: A Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate studies leading to such a degree or LL.M, if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge. skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

    You may have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education, as described under Specialized Experience, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%.

    To qualify based on education. submit a copy of your transcript or list of coursed with credit hours, majors, and grade point average or class ranking. Application materials will not be returned. You can receive credit for education received outside of the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the U.S. when you apply.

    GS-12: Education alone will not qualify for the GS-12 level.

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

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If applicable, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. Failure to provide this documentation may result in a non preference determination. For more information on veterans' preference (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-employment-initiative/vet-guide/).

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    DUTIES:

    As a Program Evaluation Manager typical work assignments include:

    • Implement and manage the continuous evaluations of USTDA programs to assess the outcomes and impacts of the agency's investments. Oversee the services provided by outside Evaluation Contractors, including reviewing work product and ensuring compliance with contract terms. Calculate key project performance metrics, ensuring that metrics are reported accurately and consistently to uphold accountability and transparency with external stakeholders. Utilize the data and evidence from these evaluations, and provide significant input into agency regional program funding decisions, agency strategic planning, and agency reporting to internal and external audiences.
    • Maintenance in the agency evaluation and performance data using databases, files and records, ensuring they are accurate and up-to-date. Oversee data aggregation and analysis, ensuring the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of data capture, storage, analysis and visualization. Develop and utilize complex databases, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, reports and tables in order to present findings and conclusions. Prepare reports, papers and memos analyzing empirical results of projects, ensuring information reported is accurate and complete.
    • Provide guidance and data analysis to support the monitoring of programs to ensure USTDA's funding is delivered effectively. Review documents produced during the program and project life-cycle and ensure USTDA's files and records are complete with regard to federal record-keeping guidance.
    • Communicate frequently with U.S. businesses, U.S. government agencies and foreign entities on behalf of the agency to collect key data and information regarding USTDA's results. Work collaboratively with USTDA Program staff, Office of the General Counsel, and other departments to collect and convey evaluation findings.