Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs)

Employer
US Department of State
Location
Oxon Hill, MD
Posted
Sep 18, 2021
Closes
Sep 21, 2021
Ref
99482810
Function
Accountant, IT
Hours
Full Time
Duties Summary This vacancy announcement will be open from September 10, 2021 to September 15, 2021 or when 50 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities As a Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs) GS-05, you will work in (DRL/EAP): Office Mission: This position is located in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor's Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (DRL/EAP). DRL/EAP monitors observance of human rights and democratic practices in the region, ensures that human rights and democracy are taken adequately into account in all bilateral relationships and foreign assistance decisions, and provides policy guidance to other bureaus in the Department and US embassies in the region. DRL/ EAP supports the DRL Assistant Secretary and through them the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J). Duties: The incumbent serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) Office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and-Labor (DRL), Department of State (DoS). The incumbent is responsible for providing policy guidance and analysis on complex human rights and democracy challenges. The incumbent will advise office leadership, as well as the Assistant Secretary and other Bureau officials on office priorities and key policy developments and will identify opportunities for engagement in the East Asian and Pacific Hemisphere. The incumbent reports directly to a Deputy Director and through them to the Office Director, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Assistant Secretary. Under supervision, the incumbent assists senior staff members in addressing incoming actions regarding the assigned East Asian and Pacific countries on issues relating to democratic governance and respect for human rights from other Departmental offices, US embassies/posts, other US government (USG) agencies, and non-governmental organizations, or other sources. S/he assists senior staff members in monitoring and analyzing political situations as reported or identified in the various notifications received. S/he develops information, obtains clarification of viewpoints, and recommends a course of action to senior staff that are acceptable to DRL. The incumbent assists team members in the management of issue areas pertinent to the assigned countries in the East Asian and Pacific region (eg, rule of law, democratic governance, justice and reconciliation, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, military cooperation). S/he assesses proposed and existing grant programs for impact and effectiveness, recommending modifications where appropriate. S/he communicates regional bureau and individual country team policy interests in dealing with specific Foreign Assistance program proposals and other USG activities focused on, or affecting, East Asian and Pacific countries to senior staff. S/he assesses conditions in the assigned country through reporting and information gathering. Perform other duties as assigned. Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required Requirements Conditions of Employment Eligibility Requirements: A US Citizen; 16 years or older by the closing date of this announcement; Enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment as a full-time or half-time student into an accredited college or university in a degree-seeking program, or enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment in a certificate program; Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment; and Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the agency-developed or OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted. All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at an institution that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see US Department of Education . 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 at the time of application. Late submissions of proof of accreditation will not be accepted. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials. Qualifications GS-5: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading towards a bachelor's degree AND be currently accepted to/enrolled in a qualifying degree or certificate program. Education An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for the purposes of this Program. The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of "student" in order to be considered for this opportunity. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Conversions to the competitive service are not guaranteed. Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment; Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted. Certificate Requirements: Undergraduate certificates must contain a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. Graduate certificates must contain a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours. For study at a business or technical school , 36 weeks of study (20+ classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year above high school. The Department of State no longer accepts certificates that are credited with Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the US 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 US Department of Education. 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 at the time of application. Late submissions of proof of accreditation will not be accepted. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials. Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program. Additional information Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) appointments are made on a non-temporary basis. Further information on Conversion to the Competitive Service can be found by clicking here . The US Department of State is not obligated to make an offer of employment, nor is the student obligated to accept an offer of employment. SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify prior to appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - 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 Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov . The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) - US law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States - either US citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee's information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated. How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below: Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position. Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some, but not all of the major aspects of the position. Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position. Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (ie, CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Selections will be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR Part 302, veterans preference laws, and OPM guidance. NOTE: If it is determined that you do not meet program eligibility requirements or fail to submit proper documentation, you will be removed from consideration. Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. In accordance with the Office of Personnel Management policy , for undergraduate level education, successfully completed education is credited based on its relationship to 120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours. For example, 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours is comparable to 1 year of undergraduate education. An academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study. This determination is made based on normal course loads for a full year of study in the graduate program. If that information is not provided by the applicant, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours will be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. For applicants that have completed more than 1 year of education in a graduate program, advanced degree, or certificate program, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide documentation from the institution in order to establish the length of their academic program to be used to project their expected graduation date. Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. To preview questions please click here . Required Documents All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. Resume: that includes the following information: 1) contact information; 2) completed course work (unit/credit hours); 3) academic standing/GPA; 4) work/volunteer experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates or employment; and title, series, and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisors name, phone number and email address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and 6) references. Transcript(s): unofficial copies are sufficient with the application; however if selected, official transcripts will be required. Applicants in high school should submit their most recent report card. If your transcripts do not provide the information listed below, include additional official academic documentation that meets the requirements. Transcripts MUST include: Student's name Name of the school Specific degree program Current and Cumulative GPA/academic standing Past and current coursework Evidence of meeting the "qualifications" as listed in the announcement - Proof of Enrollment or Class Registration for the (Fall 2021) semester: 1) If you are not presently enrolled for (Fall 2021) semester, you may upload an acceptance letter to a qualifying program for the (Fall 2021) semester OR 2) if you will graduate from your current academic program ( Spring/ Summer 2021) semester, you may upload an acceptance letter to a qualifying program for the following semester along with your current proof of enrollment ( Note: When completing the questionnaire, be sure to select your "new" program's projected graduation date to avoid possible disqualification). The acceptance letter must be dated within the last 12 months and must specify the term of acceptance and the program to which you have been accepted. - Proof of Graduation Date: transcripts or official educational supporting documentation that reflects a projected graduation date after the (Fall 2022) semester. - Veteran's Documentation: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit proof of veterans' preference with your application . For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are currently on active duty, you must provide a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service date, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be within 120 days of the date the certification is submitted for consideration for this vacancy announcement. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your current or expected discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. For 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. For Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty o

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