Management & Program Analyst

Washington, D.C
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 29, 2020
Full Time


This assignment is a 1-year non-reimbursable assignment.
The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Requirements (SPARq) Unit is seeking an Management and Program Analyst. SPARq has a niche mission rarely found anywhere else: establishing and implementing the strategic vision of HSI and ICE leadership.
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  • The responsibilities described are for the full performance level.
  • Diagnoses problems using a comprehensive knowledge of scientific techniques such as data collection and analysis procedures. Participates in problem definition and refinement.
  • Identifies significant variables and thoroughly examines underlying relationships. Utilizes mathematical and statistical techniques, elements of operations research theory, and engineering knowledge to develop solutions to problems.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, briefings, and seminars related to strategic planning, PPBE, program planning, advanced technologies, and support system concepts.
  • Represents the organization during visits with government and industry representatives.
  • Prepares and presents briefings on the progress and results of studies.
  • Prepares technical reports and/or documents progress and results of each study.
  • Performs complete studies of limited scope or portions of larger projects, modifying/adapting techniques to fit situations, some requiring innovative approaches.
  • Works under the guidance of Section and Unit Chiefs, to formulate, plan, direct, and carry to completion a variety of analyses and/or works on specific problems of major studies.
  • Establishes assumptions, measures effectiveness of approaches, and evaluates available alternatives.
  • Identifies and structures studies with clearly defined objectives.
  • Employs innovation in a variety of analytical techniques to formulate and solve problems.
  • Determines sources of data, plans, and conducts tests to validate study findings and conclusions.
  • Compiles, organizes, and analyzes data.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must currently hold a GS-13, 14, 15 , or equivalent grade level
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications Required:
  • Knowledge of a wide range of methods and techniques used in strategic analytic research studies and possession of analytical abilities.
  • Knowledge of PPBE techniques and methods used to develop, adapt, modify, and apply models to resolve problems or define and clarify alternative solutions.
  • Ability to originate new ideas, projects, and methodologies; and execute projects and/or studies within established financial and/or time constraints.
  • Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques.
  • Ability to design, build, and use models and simulation techniques.
  • Ability to manage sensitive matters and/or complex problems and make key contributions to group efforts.
  • Ability to listen to, clarify, and communicate complex information clearly, concisely, and in a manner that is targeted to and meets the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives.
  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    DHS Form 250-02: Complete and submit the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application DHS Form 250-02 .