International Trade Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Oct 20, 2017
Closes
Oct 28, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

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.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Background and security investigation for Secret or Top Secret Clearance.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized
  • Selected candidate may be subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • This position contains a selective placement factor (SPF) that is part of the minimum requirement of the position. If you do not meet the SPF, you are ineligible for further consideration. The SPF for this position is: Demonstrated experience conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis of programmatic performance for large-scale international infrastructure projects.

    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/).

    Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements and the Selective Placement Factor described by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management's Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited toward qualifications.

    Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet the following basic qualification requirements for this position.
    Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- marketing, business administration, political science, public administration, history, business or commercial law, economics, finance, international trade, or international relations.

    OR

    Experience: 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
    • For International Trade Specialist positions (other than those covered by the separate individual occupational requirements for the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration), international economic and political factors influencing balance of payments, monetary exchange and tariffs, and their bearing on the distribution of commodities.
    Examples of qualifying 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.

    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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    USTDA offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including life insurance, a wide variety of health insurance plans, a retirement plan, a thrift savings plan, which includes employer-matched contributions, annual vacation and sick leave, and training opportunities. For general information on major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

    Conditions of Employment:
    Applicants must be eligible to obtain and keep a security clearance. Appointment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

    Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

    Work Schedule:
    This position will be filled as full-time.

    Relocation Expenses:
    Travel, transportation and relocation expenses for this position will not be paid.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
    CTAP/ICTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus of displaced employee eligible for CTAP/ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found to well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, including all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Additional information regarding eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career- transitionhttp://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career- transition.

    USTDA uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

    This position is being advertised concurrently with vacancy announcement # TDA-18-MP-10059251JS using Merit Promotion procedures. If interested, refer to that announcement to determine if you meet merit promotion requirements and can apply to that announcement. NOTE: You must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

    If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

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

    The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated to determine the degree to which you meet the following competencies required of this position.

    • Attention to Detail
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Oral Communication
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Problem Solving
    • Strategic Thinking
    • Written Communication


    Please ensure you answer all question accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions.

    Qualified applicants will be rated using Category Rating, which groups candidates in categories according to their self-assessed rating, plus veterans' preference, if applicable. The categories of this announcement are defined as: Best Qualified; Highly Qualified; Well Qualified; and Qualified.

    You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, you will receive a numerical rating based on your online responses to the assessment questions. These responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the assessment questions, you may be rated ineligible.

    Note: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education, as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

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