Supv INT Broadcaster (Hausa)

Washington, D.C
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 14, 2019
Full Time


The incumbent serves as the Hausa Service Chief in the Africa Division of the Voice of America. Incumbent supervises and coordinates a work force of approximately 12 Multimedia International Broadcasters and Producers, as well as 20 stringers, and a reporting center in Abuja. The Hausa Service broadcasts to Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Cameroon and Chad.

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Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Under the general direction of the Division Director, the Hausa Service Chief has responsibility for the management of all aspects of Hausa operations, including Hausa-language radio/Internet, TV and digital media, programming, research activities, budgetary matters, contractors and personnel polices.
  • Closely coordinates program and management operations with other units within VOA, IBB and other organizations, in order to promote and advance consistent standards and general performance.
  • Oversees reporting assignments for staff, contractors and stringers to ensure appropriate coverage of events and issues of relevance to the audience.
  • Evaluates the Hausa Managing Editor and Duty Editors and serves as the reviewing official on evaluations on non-supervisory employees related by subordinate supervisors.
  • Reviews serious disciplinary actions involving subordinate staff and provides recommendations to the Africa Division Director for appropriate action, when warranted. Works closely with the Office of Human Resources Labor and Employee Relations staff on pertinent management issues.
  • Recommends awards or bonuses for personnel and changes in position classification, subject to approval of the Director of the Africa Division.

  • Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. citizenship required.
    • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
    • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
    • This is a sensitive or national security position.
    • If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
    • Suitability Determination: If selected, you will be subject to a security investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The security investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.
    • This position may require working nights, weekends, and holidays.
    • This position has been designated supervisory requiring that the selectee on an initial appointment as a supervisor or manager serve a one-year probationary period.
    • This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. Non-US citizens applicants MUST apply to NC-10583154-19-LM.
    • Your application to this DE vacancy announcement will only allow consideration for this announcement. We cannot electronically or manually move your application to the corresponding NC announcement.


    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level which is directly related to this line of work AND fluency in the English and Hausa languages.

    Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    Specialized experience for GS-13: Applicants' fluency in the Hausa language must be evident by demonstrated knowledge of broadcast journalist writing and editing principles and practices and skill in applying these principles and practices to the selection and production material for Hausa media.

    Specialized experience for GS-14: Applicants' fluency in the Hausa language must be evident by the following: (1) Planning and directing the long range interest of the United States of America by communicating directly with target area audiences by radio, TV and Internet; (2) Knowledge of programming principles and practices in order to analyze issues and their ramifications; and (3) Supervisory skills to motivate, direct, develop and evaluate staff to achieve the maximum possible productivity and creativity.


    Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

    Additional information

    1. If you are an eligible Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

    2. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

    3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once your resume or application is submitted, a review of your qualifications will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements and competencies required for this position.

    • Administration and Management
    • Communications and Media
    • Decision Making
    • Journalism
    • Leadership
    • Manages Human Resources
    • Planning and Evaluating

    Possession of competencies may be addressed in a cover letter and/or resume. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. You will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
    Qualified Category
    Well Qualified Category
    Best Qualified Category

    Application of Veterans' Preference: Category Rating does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category. Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Resume

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
    • Cover letter
    • DD-214
    • Other Veterans Documentation; SF-15, VA Letter, Statement of Service
    • Transcripts
    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an Application of 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) plus the proof required by that form. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, please contact the Human Resource office.

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