International Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 28, 2020
Closes
Dec 06, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The position is located in the U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Industries, Natural Resources and Energy Division. The ideal candidate is inquisitive and possesses the skills to obtain and analyze a broad range of product-specific trade and related information specific to minerals and metals, energy products, and forest products in order to carry out projects and studies on a range of issues related to international trade and industry competitiveness.
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Responsibilities

The selected individual will serve as an advisor providing authoritative, professional advice to senior Commission officials on matters of international trade. A high level of expertise is required concerning industries involved in minerals and metals, energy, and forest products, particularly involving issues including international trade restrictions, global supply chains, competitive conditions, global business strategies, and sources of domestic and foreign data. The selected person will conduct research and analysis for investigations and studies of international trade, trade regulations, measures that impede trade, and trade agreements, which will be used by the Commission to provide the necessary background and support to the President and Congress in the development of U.S. trade policy. The individual will also evaluate the global competitive position of U.S. mineral and metal, energy, and forest products industries relative to foreign industries, to enable the Commission to advise the President and Congress on various trade issues, and to provide information and assistance to the public and industry where necessary and appropriate. This position requires a high level of intellectual curiosity, creativity, perseverance, and the ability to extend standard economic principles to trade and competition in manufacturing industries. This individual has excellent interpersonal skills and is comfortable working in a team environment and communicating with high level industry and government officials. They also excel in both written and oral communication as well as possess a firm grasp of microeconomic, macroeconomic, and international trade and finance concepts. Lastly, has proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Proficiency in quantitative analysis (i.e., statistical analysis, econometrics, or other economic modeling techniques) is desired, but not required for this position.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Appointment subject to satisfactory completion of background investigation
  • You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
  • 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


Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENT

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.

You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standard for the Economist 0110 can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/economist-series-0110/.

A. Degree: Economics , that includes 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 or agricultural economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To qualify at the GS­09 level youmust have at least one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service or private sector. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience that demonstrated knowledge of the economic, market, political, technical and other factors that influence U.S. trade flows and business; industry, and product competitiveness; trade data collection methods and analytical techniques; and U.S. trade laws, agreements, and policies regarding international commerce.

OR

Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B., or J.D., if related. You must submit a copy of your transcript to show you meet this requirement.

To qualify at the GS­11 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS0­9 level in the Federal service or private sector. Specialized experience would include the following: performing analysis that requires a demonstrated ability to apply economic analysis to market, political and technical factors. Ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate trade and other data.

OR

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

To qualify at the GS­12 level youmust have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS­11 level in the Federal service or private sector. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience in international trade as it relates to the manufacturing sector, which included substantive analysis which required a thorough understanding of the issue under investigation; planning and execution of sequential work steps; and integration of research and analysis into an assigned study.

To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must have at least one ­year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS­12 level in the Federal service or private sector. Specialized experience would include the following: researching and analyzing issues in international trade as they relate to manufacturing sector; recognizing and evaluating factors in domestic and foreign supply and demand to draw rational inferences based on research findings; applying econometric or other economic modeling techniques to support the technical validity of findings; and knowledge of economic, financial, and technical factors influencing trade policy, merchandise trade flows, and sector competitiveness.

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.

Education

This occupation has a positive education and specialized experience requirement. Specifics are detailed above:

Basic Education requirement for all applicants:

A. Degree: Economics , that includes 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 or agricultural economics, as shown in A above.

You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

Education must have been completed in an accredited institution, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in order to be credited.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education. Another listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. The following link, lists accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm

Additional information

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.

This announcement is issued under "direct-hire" authority. Consistent with 5 U.S.0 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.

The Commission may offer recruitment incentives for this position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of economic, financial, and technical factors influencing trade policy, merchandise trade flows, and industry competitiveness
  • Technical Expertise
  • Research, Data Collection, and Analysis
  • Analytical Writing and Communication
  • Teamwork and Project Accomplishment
  • Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) 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.

    We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications and/or education on the information provided and evaluate your relevant education and/or work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above.

    If you are selected for an interview, you can expect a structured panel interview process, which will include between 2 and 4 members.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10968043

    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 11:59 PM ET12/08/2020 .
    1. Resume.
    Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the following information:
    • paid and non-paid experience, including job titles, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary;
    • knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position;
    • specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and
    • names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).
    Your resume should contain enough information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic, general, or specialized experience requirements for each grade level you are applying. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. If you do not provide enough information for us to determine your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible.

    2. Occupational Questionnaire.
    A complete job-specific occupational questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account or faxed using the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.

    3. Transcripts. If you are using education to qualify OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) with your application. Your education must be accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.Your transcript must contain:
    • name of academic institution;
    • list of courses;
    • credit hours;
    • major(s); and
    • grade-point average or class ranking

    Foreign Education: You can use education you completed in a foreign college or university if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. You must provide an official statement certifying that your education is equivalent with your application package. The link contains a list of accredited organizations that specialize in interpreting of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.If you are selected for a position, you must submit an official/sealed college transcript(s) prior to employment.

    4. Veterans' Preference. If claiming veterans' preference, you must indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.A. For 5-point veterans' preference, you must provide:
    • a copy of your DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge which shows the type of discharge and dates of active duty (Member 4 copy preferred).

    B. If you are currently on active duty, to receive 5-point preference you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states:
    • your branch of service;
    • period(s) of service;
    • campaign medals or expeditionary medals earned;
    • expected discharge type and date; and
    • date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave

    If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD 214 prior to your appointment with our agency.C. To receive 10-point veterans' preference, you must provide: -any documentation required by this form to support your claim.If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if you meet the requirements. You can obtain an SF-15 through this link: http://www.opm.gov/forms/standard-forms/.To access to your DD 214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

    5. 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.

    6. Cover Letter. This is optional.

    7. Special hiring authority applicants: If you are applying under a special hiring authority you must submit proof of eligibility with your application.

    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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