International Trade Analyst (Investigator)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Jan 13, 2021
Closes
Jan 21, 2021
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 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 will be required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
  • 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.

BASIC REQUIREMENT

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

Education May be Substituted for Experience as Follows;

At the GS-9 level: 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. See majors directed related to this occupation in previous qualification section of this announcement.

At the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related. See majors directly related to this occupation in previous qualification section of this announcement.

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

Self-assessment questionnaire: : https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11004855

Vacancy ID number: MP-21-016-JY

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

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/11004855

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 self-assessment 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. Self-assessment questionnaire: A completed job-specific 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.

8. Transcripts: (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or Substitution of Education for specialized experience): 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 above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

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.

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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