Program Analyst, GS-343-11/12

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 25, 2021
Closes
Sep 30, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

Selective Placement Factor: This position requires oral and written proficiency in Spanish.
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Responsibilities

This position is located within the Policy Division in the Office of International Affairs (INT), under the Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs (AS-IIA). INT provides analysis, advice, and coordination on international policy issues for DOI programs and decision makers.

The incumbent is responsible for working with the Division's more senior international program specialists, the Chief of the Policy Division (who oversees the Division), and the Office Director on: coordinating issues involving countries and regions of strategic importance for Departmental and/or U.S. foreign policy, in particular Mexico and other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa; advancing DOI and foreign policy objectives through coordination within DOI and with the Department of State and other Federal agencies; analyzing international policy and program issues and making recommendations to DOI management and to counterparts in DOI bureaus and offices; preparing reports on DOI international programs for other Federal agencies and offices, including the Department of State; supporting DOI engagement with high level officials of the U.S. and foreign countries, including ministers and ambassadors; and carrying out assignments in support of more senior Policy Division staff on policy or programmatic issues relating to countries or topics strategic to DOI international goals or U.S. foreign policy.

Projects involve a wide variety of issues reflecting the diverse responsibilities of DOI, and may touch on topics such as nature conservation, climate change, indigenous affairs, international trade, ecosystem-based management, water and energy resource management, cultural heritage protection, earth science cooperation, or combatting illegal wildlife trafficking. Work involves fast-paced, relatively short turnaround assignments as well as longer-term initiatives, in a collegial, results-focused, team-oriented work environment.

This position requires the ability to obtain a national security clearance and access to Top Secret classified documents, information, or access to facilities. A critical-sensitive background investigation is required.

At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Identifies, analyzes, coordinates DOI responses and recommends action on international policy issues, including how DOI can contribute to U.S. foreign policy objectives that complement its mission. Represents and advances DOI interests in interagency and international policy deliberations on such issues.
  • Drafts and reviews DOI and State Department policy and related guidelines on issues, policies, and procedures related to international work, and prepares guidance documents to assist DOI offices and bureaus to facilitate implementation.
  • Drafts, reviews, and coordinates clearance of binding and non-binding international instruments between the U.S. government and foreign governments, as well as instruments with DOI bureaus and offices and other U.S. government agencies.
  • Serves as DOI's primary liaison and coordinator for countries and regions of strategic importance for Departmental and/or U.S. foreign policy, in particular Mexico and other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa, as well as related international/regional organizations. Serves as DOI liaison for required reporting to other offices and agencies, including the State Department.
  • Drafts, coordinates, and clears briefing materials through DOI for bilateral and/or regional meetings. Briefs senior Department and Bureau officials on DOI-related international topics such as environment, natural resource management, cultural heritage, or biodiversity conservation in such regions and countries.
  • Supports and provides education and outreach concerning DOI international activities and responsibilities. Assists in developing and coordinating content and maintenance of web pages, social media, brochures, or other outreach material for the Policy Division.
  • Assists other more senior international affairs specialists in the Policy Division as needed and assigned with their work with the Arctic, Canada, Europe, Africa, the Asia/Pacific region, international organizations, and cross-cutting issues such as international repatriation of tribal cultural heritage.
  • Physical Demands: The work is both sedentary and rigorous, placing some special demands on the employee due to the requirement of foreign travel to developing countries that may lack such things as elevators and other technology or systems that provide accessibility.

    Work Environment: The work environment involves both the normal risks and discomforts typical of an office setting as well as work in rugged field settings (jungles, forests, deserts, mountains) where normal office support (heat, air conditioner, and hygiene features) may not available.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 1-5 nights a month for this position.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    13

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
    • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.
    • You must be able to obtain and hold a National Security Clearance. A critical-sensitive background investigation is required.
    • This position is subject to both pre-employment and random drug testing as a condition of employment. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.


    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualification Requirements:
    To qualify for this position, you must meet the Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying.

    Specialized Experience:

    *The ideal candidate would have experience working or living in a foreign country (i.e., Latin America or the Caribbean) but it is not required.

    To qualify for the GS-11 grade level, you must meet either A, B or C below:

    A. GS-11 Specialized Experience:
    To qualify for the GS-11, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience:
    With respect to international aspects of environment or natural resources (such as conservation or management of land, nature, wildlife, energy or water resources), indigenous affairs, or cultural resources/heritage, the following specialized experience is required (Must Meet All):
  • preparing, delivering, or supporting written and oral briefings, including analyzing and explaining options for addressing policy or program issues, and making recommendations;
  • representing or supporting representation of an organization or program involving high-level officials of domestic organizations, foreign countries, and/or international agencies;
  • supporting engagement of an organization's high-level officials, including coordinating among staff level counterparts to ensure that all substantive and logistical considerations are addressed;
  • coordinating among multiple organizations or offices to develop, or assist with developing, policy or program initiatives or recommendations on behalf of an organization or office, including projects or events that involve bringing together a diversity of issues, interests, and perspectives.
  • -OR-

    B. Education: 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree (such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work) Or LL.M., if related.

    -OR-

    C. Combination: A combination of successfully complete post-high school graduate level education and experience totaling 100% of the qualification requirement for the GS-11 grade level. Only graduate education beyond the first two years, or 36 semester hours is creditable towards meeting this requirement.

    NOTE: You must submit your transcripts to show that you meet this requirement. Failure to submit your transcripts will result in an "Ineligible" rating.

    GS-12 Specialized Experience: Note: You may not substitute education for experience at the GS-12 grade level.

    To qualify for the GS-12, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience:
    With respect to international aspects of environment or natural resources (such as conservation or management of land, nature, wildlife, energy, or water resources), indigenous affairs, or cultural resources/heritage, the following specialized experience is required (Must Meet All):
  • preparing and delivering written and oral briefings for senior officials, including analyzing and explaining options for addressing policy or program issues and making recommendations;
  • representing an organization or program involving high-level officials of domestic organizations, foreign countries, and/or international agencies;
  • supporting engagement of an organization's high-level officials with their counterparts, including coordinating among staff level counterparts to ensure that all substantive and logistical considerations are addressed;
  • coordinating among multiple organizations or offices to develop policy or program recommendations on behalf of an organization or office, including projects or events that involve bringing together a diversity of issues, interests, and perspectives.
  • having lead responsibility for providing analysis, advice, representation, and explanation of international policy or program issues that could affect organizational mandates and programs.
  • Selective Placement Factor:
    The incumbent must be able to read, write and speak Spanish fluently. The position will require Spanish language skills while serving as the primary liaison and coordinator for countries and regions of strategic importance for Departmental and/or U.S. foreign policy, in particular Mexico and other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Note: Applicants selected for an interview may be asked to submit a writing sample.

    OS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. This position is not eligible for virtual telework.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    This vacancy is also announced as OS-1500-21-KS-181(DEU) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Competitive Examining procedures.

    Education

    Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Additional information

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here : https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):
    • Accountability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Flexibility
    • Influencing/Negotiating
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Learning
    • Self-Management
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Teamwork
    • Decision Making
    • Reading
    • Reasoning
    In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

    The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment.

    Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    DUE WEIGHT
    Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

    If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    To preview the application click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11230052

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
    2. Other supporting documents (if applicable):
    • SF-50's showing (1) your highest FPL, and (2) most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. Please note that all SF-50's submitted must show that you are a status candidate or eligible under this announcement. Please refer to the eligibility in the online questionnaire for more information.
    • College transcript for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable
    • Certificates, license, etc.
    • Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA
    • Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority
    • Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal
    If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here .

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.
    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    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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