International Economist

Washington D.C.
Feb 27, 2019
Feb 27, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - 0 to 1 day of overnight travel may be required per month.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance
  • You must submit your application and all required documentation online.

    Only experience obtained at the time of the application will be considered.  However, you can update your resume and application submission at any time during the opening period of this vacancy announcement. 

    The selectee must test negative to a drug test prior to being appointed and will be subject to random testing.  Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to including removal from Federal Service. 

    You may be required to serve a one year probationary period. 

    Telework availability is in accordance to agency policy and at supervisor's discretion.

    Service for Annual Leave Accrual may be considered. 

    Student Loan Repayment may be offered. 


    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-09, in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

    • Experience with identifying factors affecting the movement and distribution of energy resources, including, but not limited to, crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas, coal, civil nuclear power, and renewable energy technologies, including energy efficiency. 
    • Demonstrated use of plans and preparing analyses of energy data using standard professional techniques and practices.
    • Development and maintenance of professional relationships with representatives of foreign governments, industrial partners, public-sector entities, and other organizations.
    • Creation and formulation of interpretive reports on economic data and analysis to identify factors and trends in international energy markets affecting the energy, trade, and national security of the United States and other countries.
    • Design and development of projects to collect economic data related to international energy issues between and among nations, especially in energy and international trade markets. 

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

    1. Technical authority on findings and doesn’t have responsibility for policy proposals. Assignments require the incumbent to create and formulate interpretive reports on economic data and analysis to identify factors and trends in international energy markets affecting the energy and national security of the United States and key partner countries such in Africa and the Middle East, which higher levels may use to incorporate into policy recommendations.
    2. Proficiency and precision in the use of a variety of techniques, often considerably difficult and involving the correlation of numerous factors.
    3. Skill to create and formulate interpretive reports on economic data and analysis to identify factors and trends in international energy markets affecting the energy and national security of the United States and key partner countries such in Africa and the Middle East, which higher levels may use to incorporate into policy recommendations.
    4. Ability to identify the problem, theorizes a solution and plans a method of proving the theory, gathers required data, analyzes and interprets relevant information, draws conclusions and presents findings, sometimes including recommendations for action to affect related economic conditions.
    5. Skill to interpret reports on economic data and analysis to identify factors and trends in international energy markets affecting the energy and national security of the United States and key partner countries in Africa and the Middle East.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    This position has a positive educational requirement. You must submit your official or unofficial transcripts with your application.

    Basic Requirements for all grade levels:

    Degree: Economics, which included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


    Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    For the GS-11 Level:  Successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.


    Possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first two years of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.


    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information please visit the U.S. Department of Education website  .

    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

    Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

    The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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    Drug test required Yes

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