Policy and Program Analyst

Washington, D.C
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) within the Office of Director, Peace Corps Headquarters, Washington DC., and reports to the Supervisory Associate General Counsel for Policy. The principal purpose of this position is to support the development and oversight of the Peace Corps' policymaking system and also the management and implementation of the ethics program's financial disclosure reporting systems and training programs.
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The Policy and Program Analyst performs the following major duties:
  • Coordination and Liaison Activities: Serves as a technical expert assisting in the development and maintenance of policies and in the resolution of issues related to substantive, mission-oriented policies. Responds, in verbal and written format, to requests for information requiring coordination with other Peace Corps offices. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with Peace Corps program staff, headquarters staff, state and local officials, and/or private industry individuals. Executes communications plans in support of an organizational program; and reviews them for impact and effectiveness. Develops and issues timely notices to all persons required to file public or confidential financial disclosure reports, in accordance with timelines and procedures of OGE and Peace Corps. Maintains coordination with Office of Human Resource Management (HRM) to identify and track all employees required to file financial disclosure reports and/or receive ethics training, including coordination with HRM and the regional directorates to identify and track new hires, promotions, reassignments, details, and other personnel actions, which affect the filing/training status of individual employees. Maintains liaison with regional and overseas offices to ensure program ethics compliance.
  • Records Management: Manages and maintains records, information and data for the assigned programs. Works to improve the following records management areas: centralized records function, standardized handling/retention procedures and document searches. Manages and maintains policy related information and data such as government-wide laws, rules, and regulations that affect Peace Corps policies and operations. Manages and maintains the annual and semiannual regulatory agenda required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Maintains all archives and files of policy documentation. Works with Peace Corps records officer to ensure compliance with Peace Corps record schedule, as well as the General Records Schedule. Schedules publication of regulatory actions with OMB. Maintains electronic data storage and filing systems for Public Financial Disclosure Reports (OGE-278) and Confidential Disclosure Reports (OGE-450), in accordance with laws, regulations, standards, and best practices of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and Peace Corps.
  • Project Planning and Management: Prepares and coordinates project plans, and/or manages projects some of which will involve multiple, interdependent procedures, overlapping deadlines and/or complex inter-office coordination requirements. Serves as project manager and point of contact for initiatives in the policy development and ethics areas. Formulates project parameters; plan and project requirements; identifies resources; executes project strategies; and monitors and/or controls ongoing or completed project systems, procedures or results. Plans specific project objectives, milestones, and phases for complex projects, and makes needed innovations and modifications.
  • Policy Analysis and Development: Works, with Peace Corps offices having subject matter responsibility, to assist in the development new policies, and revisions to existing policies, covering a range of subject matters. Assists Peace Corps staff by reviewing drafts and in finalizing the content of new policies and the updating of existing policies. Identifies key stakeholders who need to review and clear proposed policy revisions for content, formatting, and consistency with other Peace Corps policies. Assures that stakeholder comments are addressed which can involve assisting in the briefing or briefing of senior agency leaders. Recommends priorities relating to Peace Corps Manual revisions and upon approval, advises senior managers responsible for affected Manual Sections. Initiates review and analyzes provisions in the Peace Corps Manual that need to be updated. Sets schedules and deadlines for producing Peace Corps Manual section revisions. Updates senior staff and attorneys, as appropriate, on all policy update related activities. As requested, participates in policy planning discussions. Organizes and leads drafting sessions with appropriate offices to consider the revision or drafting of new Peace Corps Manual sections. Resolves, through negotiation, differences between offices that have expressed dissimilar positions on Peace Corps Manual revisions and advises managers of outcomes and requests assistance where needed. Explains Peace Corps Manual revision proposals to senior managers and communicates their positions to others involved in Manual revisions. Makes recommendations for substantive and technical revisions to the Peace Corps Manual.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Conditions Of Employment
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • You must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
  • All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • A one year trial period is required.
  • This job has been identified as a testing designated position under our Drug-Free Workplace Program. Therefore, you must satisfactorily complete a drug test prior to being hired. As an employee, you will be subject to random drug testing.
  • This is not a bargaining unit position.
  • This position requires a Secret security clearance.
Peace Corps Information
  • This is a Federal civilian job in the Excepted Service. PC employees are paid on the Foreign Service scale and employment is limited not to exceed (NTE) 5 years.
  • Qualified internal applicants will be given first consideration.
  • Additional hiring needs may be filled through this vacancy.
  • Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate 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 factors.
  • Peace Corps is a drug free workplace and promotes a drug free environment.
  • Peace Corps is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Our goal is to attract and develop the best and brightest from all lifestyles and backgrounds. Peace Corps strives to create a culture of inclusion where individuals feel respected and are treated fairly in all aspects of differences. Our commitment is to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
  • Peace Corps provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources by calling 202-692-1200 or the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity on 202-692-2139. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


Specialized Experience:

You must meet the specialized experience at the grade level(s) in which you choose to be considered by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 09/23/2021 (the closing date of the announcement). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To ensure full credit for your experience, please indicate dates of employment by month, day, and year and the number of hours worked per week in your resume.

This vacancy is being announced at one (1) grade level:


Qualifying experience for the FP-5 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-7 or GS-7 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience assisting in the development and maintenance of policies and in the resolution of policies; Experience managing records, information and data from assigned programs; Experience preparing and managing project plans; Experience executing communication plans in support of an organizational program.

Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Internal applicants and Federal employees who are currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying (FP-7 or GS-7). NOTE: All current or former Federal employees (including internal employees) must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

All qualification requirements must be met by 09/23/2021 (the closing date of this announcement). Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Please note: Peace Corps employees are employed using the Foreign Service Salary Schedule (FP). The FP pay plan does not follow the same structure as the GS pay plan. In the FP pay plan, as the grade-level numbers decrease the level/pay for the position increases (the FP-09 is the lowest, entry, level/pay and the FP-01 is the highest, senior, level/pay).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Intelligence Background Information

Peace Corps Manual Section 611 is applicable to this position. This section prohibits the employment of certain persons previously engaged in intelligence activities or connected with intelligence agencies within the past 10 years. If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), you are not eligible for employment at the Peace Corps in any capacity, and you should not apply for employment.

Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases.
Applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified will be required to submit upon request in the future a completed Intelligence Background Questionnaire, or narrative signed statement, indicating whether the applicant has been involved in or has had any connection with intelligence activities or related work and, if so, the nature and dates of his or her involvement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being rated ineligible for further consideration. If you have any other type of possible intelligence connection, your application will not be further considered until you submit this form. Except when the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA) is involved (see below), if your connection with an Intelligence Agency involves an immediate family member who works or has worked in intelligence, the immediate family member should complete the form, not the applicant. Usually relying on memory is sufficient to answer most if not all of the questions. If you have an immediate family member who works or has worked for the CIA, you should not give them this form to complete. Please contact your relative in person-not by phone, email, social networking, or any other means that is not in person- and ask him or her to contact the Office of General Counsel at the CIA.

If you or an immediate family member have been employed by or associated with the NSA, you or your family member must contact the NSA Prepublication Review Office at 443-634-4095.

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 based on your resume, attached supporting documentation and your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. Your materials will be evaluated to validate your possession of any required knowledge, skills, abilities (KSA) and/or competencies. The following competencies will be evaluated in the self-assessment questionnaire:

  • Customer Service
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Writing

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration; including any documentation that is being used for qualifications. Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist, which must support the answers you provided. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for disqualification.

National Service (e.g., volunteer) refers to paid & unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, community, student).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package. This includes: a detailed resume, a completed electronic self-assessment questionnaire, an SF-50 (for current and former Federal employees, including internal employees), and the submission of any other required documents. All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 09/23/2021 (the closing date of this announcement).

Resume: Include relevant work experience including job title, duties and accomplishments, employer name and address, supervisor name and phone number, start and end dates, hours per week & salary. If you are a current Federal employee or former Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09).

Veterans Documents: Veterans' preference in appointment does not apply to this vacancy; however, if you are using your 30% or more disability rating to be considered, you must attach all required documentation; including a DD-214 reflecting the type of discharge, the SF-15 and a VA Letter. Proof of a service-connected disability is required at the time of application. For more information regarding veterans' preference, please review the OPM Vet Guide .

Federal Employees: If you are a current or former Federal employee (including internal employees), you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (and/or the SF-50 which verifies your reinstatement eligibility). Please note that this appointment does not convey career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service; however, federal employees who have earned career tenure will not lose it as a result of this appointment.

Qualifications Based on Education or a Combination of Education and Experience: If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) or an appropriate course listing with a diploma. Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be used towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by recognized institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website .

Note: All applicants (including internal) are required to submit the applicable documents listed above as verification of eligibility. If you fail to provide the information requested, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for these positions.

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