International Trade Analyst (Investigator)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Dec 04, 2020
Closes
Dec 11, 2020
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

You will be supporting the U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Investigations. As a critical component of the Commission's mission, this office is responsible for collecting and analyzing data, preparing reports, and presenting findings related to statutory investigations that involve investigation petitions from domestic industries that are alleging injury from unfairly traded imports.

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Responsibilities

As an International Trade Analyst, you will be responsible for the collection, compilation, analysis, and presentation of data related to international trade in products subject to import injury investigations, working collaboratively with teams of Economists, Industry Analysts, Auditors, and Attorneys and sharing technical knowledge regarding U.S. and foreign industry data and U.S. import data. You will coordinate the collection of information through questionnaires issued to U.S. producers, importers, and purchasers, and to foreign manufacturers and exporters; thoroughly analyze and carefully compile data from questionnaires and from secondary sources; and present the data in a manner that accurately, succinctly, and objectively summarizes the record compiled in the Commission's proceedings. The selected individual will interact frequently with company officials and legal counsel regarding questionnaire responses and other information obtained during the course of investigating complaints of injury to industries in the United States from import competition.

The ideal candidate is inquisitive and possesses the ability to obtain, analyze, and report on a broad range of trade and industry information from domestic and foreign market participants, from a variety of U.S. and foreign government sources, and from other published material. Such a candidate (1) demonstrates an ability and desire to design surveys and analyze primary data, along with secondary research, on a wide range of products and industries; (2) is skilled at resolving trade and industry data issues; (3) has excellent interpersonal skills; (4) is comfortable working in a team environment and communicating with high level industry and government officials; (4) excels in both written and oral communication; (5) possesses a firm grasp of microeconomic, macroeconomic, industrial organization concepts; (6) demonstrates practical knowledge of data and quantitative methods of analysis and advanced skills in the use of spreadsheets and analytical tools; and (7) has a knowledge of international trade remedy laws.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You will be required to successfully complete a background investigation.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a SECRET security clearance


Qualifications

NOTE: A writing assessment may be requested by the hiring manager prior to or during the interview process

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must have the general and specialized experience outlined below which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. To meet the basic requirement for an International Trade Analyst, you must meet one of the following basic requirements for the position:

A. Undergraduate and Graduate Education: that included or was supplemented by major study in business administration, economics, business or international law, finance, industrial management, international trade/relations, or other fields directly related to the position.

OR

B. Experience: that demonstrated the ability to perform the functions of the position to be filled and that provided requisite knowledge of:

· The production of goods and services in international trade;
· The technical and economic factors influencing international trade and competitiveness;
· Commodity and trade data collection methods and analytical techniques; and
· U.S. trade laws, agreements, and policies regulating international commerce.

IN ADDITION to meeting the basic requirement above, you must possess the necessary specialized experience or education listed below.

To qualify at the GS-9 level, you must have one-year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level obtained in the federal or private sector which demonstrates: assisting in conducting studies containing trade, economic, financial, and marketing data; applying fact-finding and investigative techniques to gather trade data from various sources; using qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques to present data and findings.

OR

You can use your education to qualify if you possess:· a master's or equivalent graduate degree;· 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or· an LL.B. or J.D., if relatedYour education must be in a degree program related to the job. Examples of related degree programs include business administration, economics, marketing, business or international law, finance, industrial management, international trade/relations.

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: A percentage of the experience and a percentage of the education that when added together total at least 100 percent.

To qualify at the GS-11 level, applicants must have one-year of specialized experience at the GS-9 level obtained in the federal or private sector which demonstrates: conducting studies containing trade, economic, financial, and marketing data; applying fact-finding and investigative techniques to gather trade data from various sources; using qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques to present data and findings; and preparing and delivering briefings to managers on study findings and recommendations; collaborating as a member of a team on a research project.

OR

You can use your education to qualify if you possess:· a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree· 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree· an LL.M., if related. Your education must be in a degree program related to the job. Examples of related degree programs include business administration, economics, business or international law, finance, industrial management, international trade/relations.

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: A percentage of the experience and a percentage of the education that when added together total at least 100 percent. To combine your experience and education, you must convert the figures to a percentage and add them together. The combined total percentages of your education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify. To calculate your percentage of undergraduate education, divide the number of undergraduate hours you've completed by 120. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours you've completed by 18. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. Finally, add your experience and education percentages. The two percentages must total at least 100% to be considered qualified.

To qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must have applicants must have one-year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level obtained in the federal or private sector which demonstrates; producing studies containing trade, economic, financial, and marketing data; generating and applying fact-finding and investigative techniques to gather trade data from a variety of sources; using qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques to present findings; and delivering briefings to managers on study findings and recommendations; collaborating as a member of a team on research projects.

Education

Submit a copy of your transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm .

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/10975770

Vacancy ID number: DE-21-011-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.
  • Ability to analyze trade, economic, financial, and industry data
  • Ability to communicate orally/in writing
  • Ability to collect and analyze data
  • Knowledge of U.S. trade Laws

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. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Best: Placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).

Better: Placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.

Good: Placement in this category, it indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Names of the candidates in the Best category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Within these categories, candidates eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

Your experience is also evaluated using an assessment questionnaire, which is available at the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10975770

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 12/14/2020

1. Resume.: 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.

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

3. 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/.

4. 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.
5. Cover Letter. This is optional.

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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