Nomenclature Analyst

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 05, 2019
Closes
Oct 13, 2019
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Operations, Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements, United States International Trade Commission (USITC).
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Responsibilities

The Nomenclature Analyst (NA) serves as the office expert on international and domestic nomenclature and/or trade agreement matters involving machinery, electrical and IT equipment, motor vehicles, and parts and other products. The NA maintains assigned chapters of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) to ensure tariff information is accurate and readily available for reference by the public, traders and policy makers. For each publication of HTS updated information, the NA ensures all required changes are included and accurately reflected in the appropriate records. The NA analyzes petitions requesting temporary tariff suspensions or reductions and prepares draft recommendations, in coordination with other offices in the Commission, in order to facilitate the preparation of preliminary and final reports to the Congress on miscellaneous tariff bills.

The NA reviews, analyzes and recommends proposals for the creation, revision and modification of U.S. and international commodity classification and nomenclature systems involving machinery, electrical and IT equipment, motor vehicles and parts and other products, and identifies issues with the relationship between the domestic systems and principal international commodity classification systems such as the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC). The NA provides nomenclature expertise to Commission personnel in the preparation and review of commodity-oriented trade digests, industry and trade summaries and sector analyses and assists in investigations. The NA analyzes petitions requesting temporary tariff suspensions or reductions and prepares draft recommendations, in coordination with other offices in the Commission, in order to facilitate the preparation of preliminary and final reports to the Congress on miscellaneous tariff bills.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • You will be required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a secret security clearance


Qualifications

You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

GS-13: Minimum qualifications for this postilion require at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level obtained in the public or private sector which demonstrates: knowledge of trade policies and practices as they relate to investigations; knowledge of national and international product nomenclature systems for tariff, trade, and statistical recommendations; and recommending improvements in regards to trade practices and serving as a lead analyst on trade matters.

GS-14: Minimum qualifications for this postilion require at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level obtained in the public or private sector which demonstrates: knowledge of trade policies and practices as they relate to investigations; knowledge of national and international product nomenclature systems for tariff, trade, and statistical recommendations; experience in development of nomenclature for the international Harmonize System and recommending improvements in and serving as a senior analyst on tariff matters.

Education

While there is no education requirement for this, position per se, the ideal and most successful candidate should possess a professional body of knowledge related to this position. This would typically be obtained by possession of a Bachelor's degree, Masters degree or higher in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, industrial management, international trade/relations or other fields directly related to the requirements of the position. A copy of your transcript(s) is appreciated to maximize your evaluation in this area.

Additional information

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.

Severely disabled persons program information: http://www.opm.gov/disability/People with disabilities.asp

Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

Assessment Question: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10613427

Vacancy ID number: MP-19-109-SP

Reasonable accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The self-assessment questions are related to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies (KSA's). You do not have to respond to the KSA's.

  • Analytic writing and communication
  • Basic Qualifications
  • Research, data collection, and analysis
  • Teamwork and project accomplishment
  • Technical Expertise
  • Trade Expertise


Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions.

Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

If referred all relevant documents submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR § 335.103(b)(3).

Your experience is also evaluated using an assessment questionnaire, which is available at the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10613427

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by

1. Resume: Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.

2. Occupational questionnaire: A completed job-specific occupational questionnaire should be submitted through your Application Manager account.

3. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles.
You must submit the following documents:
  • a copy of your agency notice;
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
  • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location
4. Cover Letter. This is optional.

5. Special hiring authority applicants. If you are applying under the special appointing authority such as those authorized for the severely disabled (Schedule A) or Vietnam era and disabled veterans (VRA), you will be asked to submit documents showing eligibility to non-competitively apply under Merit Assignment announcements. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking on your application. For more info on non-competitive appointments and supporting documents, please visit Federal Employment of People with Disabilities or Feds Hire Vets - Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans.

6. SF-50. current and former federal employees must submit a copy of an SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," which documents your highest permanent grade/step/salary held. Award SF-50s typically don't contain your grade/step/salary.

7. Performance Appraisal. if you're a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months. If you do not have one, you must submit a statement.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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