International Economist

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 08, 2019
Closes
Oct 16, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

**IMPORTANT PLEASE READ** This announcement contains a two-phase process. If your application rates high enough in Phase 1, you will immediately be directed to complete the Phase 2 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 midnight on the close date of the announcement, the narrative responses are expected to take one hour, at a minimum.

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Responsibilities

  • Prepares international economic background and briefing material for senior executive branch officials to use in intergovernmental and international meetings.
  • Coordinates briefing material and negotiating positions with other offices and agencies in the executive branch to ensure accuracy, currency, coherence, and completeness.
  • Analyzes international economic and monetary issues and policy recommendations at the request of senior Treasury officials for intended and unintended economic effects.
  • Participates in substantive aspects of formulating and implementing Department of the Treasury and U.S. Government policies pertaining to international economic organizations.
  • Ensures that materials prepared by others satisfy the quality protocols and requirements expected of high-level international economic briefings.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 days per month

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
  • 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.

Qualifications

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



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.

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-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-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.

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

Education Requirements:

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.

Additional information

- 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.
- 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.

To be considered suitable for agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs for the previous 12 months, at a minimum. The issue of illegal drug use before 12 months prior to the application is carefully evaluated during security processing. Recently, several states legalized the sale of recreational marijuana under their state law. In addition, many states have also legalized the use of marijuana for medical conditions, likewise under their state law. Despite the legalization of marijuana under state law, federal statute specifically prohibits federal agencies from granting security clearances to users of controlled substances, including marijuana. Further, the use of marijuana and other controlled substances in violation of federal law remains a possible disqualifying criterion under clearance eligibility standards. Regardless of whether an individual is located in a state that has legalized marijuana or in a foreign country where local laws allow it, and regardless of whether the Department of Justice enforces applicable federal criminal prohibitions in those jurisdictions, any use of marijuana may adversely impact that individual's eligibility for a security clearance.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This announcement is issued under "direct-hire" authority. Consistent with 5 U.S.C 3304(a)(3) and OPM regulations (5 CFR 337 Subpart B) on direct-hire: All candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements may be referred for consideration. Competitive examining rules providing for rating and ranking and veterans' preference do not apply.

There will be a two-phase process.

Phase 1: Your application will be initially evaluated and ranked in the following areas: Specialized experience, technical, and communication.

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.

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.

Referral: 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 rated as well qualified in phase 1 to receive special selection priority.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: You are not required to submit transcripts for this initial phase of the application process. Candidates will be referred for consideration based on their self-certification. If you are selected for a position which has a positive education requirement (as described in the vacancy announcement) and/or you are qualifying solely on your education, you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency, if you are selected. Refer to the OPM instructions .

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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