International Economist (MAP)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Apr 09, 2019
Closes
Apr 09, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - 5% travel for position.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (www.sss.gov), if applicable.
  • Investigations and clearances must be completed prior to appointment.
  • Time-in-grade must be met by the closing date Eastern Time Zone (ETZ).
  • A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.

    A one-year probationary period may be required.

    Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" OF-306, prior to being appointed.

    SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a SECRET clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

    Individual Occupational Requirements

    Basic Requirements

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

    or

    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:

    1. individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
    2. supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
    3. 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.

    Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions. Special attention on this point should be given to certain types of work that may or may not have provided professional economic experience. The following examples of work require special care in such determinations:

    1. economic statistics;
    2. industrial surveys;
    3. management of individual business enterprises, including farms;
    4. industrial planning;
    5. writing or editorial work in economic subjects; and
    6. financial market analysis.

    NOTE: Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable. 

    In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements, applicants must also have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level.

    GS-09: Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-07 or equivalent pay band) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as: experience conducting detailed study planning; collection and compilation of data from primary and secondary sources; preparation of preliminary reports; and use of computer applications in economic research.

    OR

    Education: 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate or a master’s or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D.

    OR

    Combination of Education and Experience: Possess a combination of education and experience which is qualifying to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-09 grade level. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. For GS-09 level positions, only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

    GS-11: Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-09 or equivalent pay band) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as: experience conducting literature searches and preparing preliminary write-ups of findings; locating and collecting relevant data to analyze a problem and applying analysis to data; and presenting results using tables and charts to illustrate analyses.

    OR

    Education: 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    OR

    Combination of Education and Experience: Possess a combination of education and experience which is qualifying to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-11 grade level. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. For GS-11 level positions, only graduate education in excess of 36 semester hours is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

    GS-12: Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-11 or equivalent pay band) in the Federal Service.   Specialized experience is defined as: experience assisting in the development of policies and programs; planning and carrying out projects for collecting detailed economic data; preparing reports; creating and maintaining databases; and monitoring and evaluating economic issues for impact on agency programs and policies. 

    EDUCATION, OR A COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE, MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-9 and GS-11 LEVEL ONLY.

    College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process.

    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.

    See Qualifications Section for "Education Requirements".

    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

    1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
    2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

    ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

    1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
    2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

    The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)

    30% or more disabled Veteran

    Persons with Disabilities

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)

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

    We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application.  However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered.  The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.   
                                  
    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response: 

    • Knowledge of a subject matter area in economics sufficient to provide expert economic analysis of pertinent issues;
    • Knowledge of economic theory and methodologies to develop new approaches to research methodology;
    • Knowledge of statistical procedures, econometrics, and computer methods in order to develop creative solutions to analytical problems;
    • Skill in complex data analysis and report writing to present findings; and
    • Ability to make presentations of controversial findings to a wide range of audiences.

    If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.)


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    Drug test required No


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