International Economist

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
May 25, 2018
Closes
Jun 02, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - 1-5 days per month


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals
  • The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Specialized experience for the GS-11: You must have one year of experience at the GS-9 level in Federal service, or equivalent experience in the public and/or private sector, directly related to the position that has equipped the candidate with the particular experience to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
    • Conducting macroeconomic or financial analysis with a focus on financial markets, international trade, investment, development finance, environmental finance or multilateral development.
    OR - You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows. Education must be directly related to this experience to be qualifying: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

    OR - You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.

    Specialized experience for the GS-12:
    You must have one year of experience at the GS-11 level in Federal service, or equivalent experience in the public and/or private sector, directly related to the position that has equipped the candidate with the particular experience to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
    • Conducting macroeconomic or financial analysis; AND
    • Assisting with the formulation of policy options/strategies on issues such as macroeconomics, financial markets, international trade, investment, development finance, environmental finance or multilateral development.
    Specialized experience for the GS-13: You must have one year of experience at the GS-12 level in Federal service, or equivalent experience in the public and/or private sector, directly related to the position that has equipped the candidate with the particular experience to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
    • Conducting financial or macroeconomic analysis on financial markets, international trade, investment, development finance, environmental finance, or multilateral development issues; AND
    • Making macroeconomic policy or strategy recommendations to senior officials/executives; AND
    • Helping to build consensus positions.
    Specialized experience for the GS-14: You must have one year of experience at the GS-13 level in Federal service, or equivalent experience in the public and/or private sector, directly related to the position that has equipped the candidate with the particular experience to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
    • Leading or coordinating macroeconomic or financial analysis research projects or teams; AND
    • Using analysis from financial market, international trade, investment, development finance, environmental finance, or multilateral development research to formulate policy or strategy recommendations to senior officials; AND
    • Building consensus positions through demonstrated communication skills involving negotiation and/or collaboration; AND
    • Experience with multiple economic and financial subject areas.
    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority

    Education Requirements:

    Basic education requirement:

    A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus. OR

    B. Combination of education and experience- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience include: (a) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (b) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (c) teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

    The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

    - We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    - Relocation expenses will not be paid.
    - This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    - A recruitment incentive may be offered.
    - Student loan repayment may be offered.
    - We may offer opportunities for telework.
    - We may offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
    - A one year probationary period may be required.
    - Must successfully complete a background investigation.
    - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    - Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    - File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on, if necessary.
    - Undergo an income tax verification, if necessary.

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

    Rating: There will be a two-phase rating process.

    Phase 1: Your application will be initially evaluated in the following areas: Specialized experience, technical, and communication. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, A, B, or C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Phase 2: If you self-certify that you have met the minimum qualification requirements and if your application rates high enough for Phase 1, you will then immediately be asked to complete the second assessment comprised of two narrative responses. There is a 2,500 character limit on each response. Please allow sufficient time to complete both phases before the close date of the announcement. Your responses to the following ranking factors will be assessed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to determine your level of proficiency:

    Ranking Factor 1. Please make sure the following is reflected in your resume: Skill in the analytical methods of international economics and policy analysis including macroeconomic and financial analysis. Skill in analytical methods of additional subject matter such as statistics, econometrics, analysis of international trade and investment, development finance, or climate finance. Skill in policy analysis, including formulating and presenting recommendations, e.g. in public policy or private investment.

    Ranking Factor 2. Please make sure the following is reflected in your resume: Skill in the relevant substantive issue areas of international economics, specifically macroeconomics and public policy (or private sector equivalent). Additional expertise demonstrated in specific international economics issue areas, including: development, climate, trade and investment, development finance, climate finance, or financial markets and institutions.

    Ranking Factor 3. Please make sure the following is reflected in your resume: Oral and written communication skills evidenced by the ability to deliver clear, concise, and accurate written and verbal factual and analytical presentations to a variety of audiences.

    Ranking Factors 4 & 5. These are narrative questions asked which represent the following competencies: fluency in macroeconomics, including analyses and ability to produce actionable policy recommendations; familiarity with development constraints or global financial stability and market liquidity.

    Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.

    Referral: Scoring from both phases of the assessment will be used to determine who will be referred. If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.


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