International Trade Analyst

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Oct 18, 2017
Closes
Oct 18, 2017
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is a great place to work, and we aren't the only ones who think so. We were rated "Most Improved Small Agency" in 2013 by the Partnership for Public Service and ranked 6th overall in the 2016 Best Places to Work Index.

An independent Federal agency, the Commission provides the President and Congress with high­-quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff and competitiveness issues; hears and decides import injury cases and publishes the United States' tariff schedule. You will find a working environment throughout the Commission that is dedicated to the development of your technical skills and a commitment to provide balance between your work and personal life.

The mission of the Office of Industries includes responsibility for identifying, developing, maintaining, and analyzing pertinent qualitative and quantitative information on trade and economic matters relating to the competitive posture of the United States and other countries in the agriculture, manufactured goods, and service industries. You will be assigned to multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products.

This position is also being announced through merit promotion procedures under MPPA-17-066-JY. You must apply to both announcements if you wish to be considered under delegated examining and merit promotion procedures.

The position is located in the U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Industries, Agriculture and Fisheries Division. The Office of Industries is responsible for identifying, developing where necessary, maintaining, and analyzing on a current basis all pertinent qualitative and quantitative data on technical and economic matters relating to the competitive posture of the United States. This expertise is used by the Commission, the Congress, and the President on matters pertaining to international trade and related international economic issues.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

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RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
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KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance
  • Requirements
    All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

    Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must have the general and specialized experience outlined below which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (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.

    A. Undergraduate and Graduate Education: that included or was supplemented by major study in agricultural economics, economics, agricultural marketing, agricultural international trade, or other fields directly related to the position.

    OR

    B. Experience: that demonstrated the ability to perform the functions of the position to be filled and that provided requisite knowledge of:
    • The production of agricultural commodities in international trade;
    • The technical and economic factors influencing international agricultural trade and competitiveness;
    • Commodity and trade data collection methods and analytical techniques; and
    • U.S. trade laws, agreements, and policies regulating international commerce.
    IN ADDITION to meeting the basic requirement above, you must possess the necessary specialized experience listed below.

    To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 level obtained in the Federal service or the private sector. Specialized experience is that which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position shown above. Typically we would find this experience in work that demonstrates knowledge of the economic, market, technical, and other factors that influence U.S. agricultural trade policy, trade flows, and product and industry competitiveness particularly as related to agricultural industries; and demonstrated analytical work such as research and analysis in a team environment. OR Substitution for Experience: Possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the fields of study listed below is fully qualifying at the GS-11 level.

    To qualify at the GS-12 level, you must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility at, or equivalent to, the GS-11 level obtained in the Federal service or the private sector. Specialized experience is that which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position shown above. Such specialized experience must have required an in-depth understanding of international trade principles and agricultural economics. Typically, we would find this experience demonstrated in work that shows the ability to apply knowledge of the theories, dynamics, and practices of international agricultural trade, agricultural economics, and competitiveness to analyze issues involving complex agricultural trade issues, policy positions and/or global and domestic agricultural industries. Such experience would also include research and analysis, including as a member of a team, of complex trade issues by working with a variety of industry and international trade data sources, drawing rational inferences--including cause and effect--based on research findings, and applying quantitative analysis including econometrics or other economic modeling techniques.

    To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 level obtained in the Federal service or the private sector. Specialized experience is that which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position shown above. Typically, we would find this experience demonstrated in work that shows mastery of best practices for planning and carrying out studies that analyze complex international agricultural trade issues and policies; analysis of economic factors that determine industry organization, market pricing, and competition; and/or analysis of regulations, laws, and policies related to agricultural industries; and serving as a project leader for a team conducting such research.

    COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
    To combine your experience and education, you must convert the figures to a percentage and add them together. The combined total percentages of your education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify.

    To calculate your percentage of undergraduate education, divide the number of undergraduate hours you've completed by 120. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours you've completed by 18. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience.

    Finally, add your experience and education percentages. The two percentages must total at least 100% to be considered qualified.

    Education May be Substituted for Experience as Follows

    At the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

    At the GS-12 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

    At the GS-13 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

    Submit a copy of your transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s),and grade-point average or class ranking. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

    The ideal and most successful candidate should possess a professional body of knowledge related to this position. This would typically be obtained by possession of a Bachelor's degree or higher in the fields of business administration, economics, agricultural economics, business or international law, international trade/relations, or other fields that are directly related to the production of goods and services in international trade. Such theoretical knowledge must include an understanding of the technical and economic factors influencing international trade and competitiveness, commodity and trade data collection methods and analytical techniques, and U.S. trade laws, agreements, and policies regulating international commerce.

    Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.

    Foreign Education Credential Interpretation: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

    DD-214: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

    SF-15 (veterans claiming 10 point preference): http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf

    Special hiring authorities for veterans: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx

    Severely disabled persons program information: http://www.opm.gov/disability/People with disabilities.asp

    Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

    Assessment Question: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10050184

    Vacancy ID number: 10050184 Reasonable accommodations: 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 the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application will be rated by our applications system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following area:

    • Knowledge of economic, financial, and technical factors influencing agricultural trade policy, merchandise trade flows, and industry competitiveness
    • Technical Expertise
    • Research, Data Collection, and Analysis
    • Analytical Writing and Communication
    • Teamwork and Project Accomplishment
    We will evaluate your relevant education and/or work experience as they relate to the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

    Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

    Best: placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).
    Better: this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.
    Good: if you are placed in this category, it indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

    Candidates in the Best category will be the first ones sent to the hiring manager for interview consideration. Within each category, those with veterans' preference eligibility will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

    You may be required to complete a writing sample/assessment if selected for an interview.

    View Assessment To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10050184

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