International Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Oct 13, 2021
Closes
Oct 16, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The ideal candidate possesses advanced studies in International Economics, has aptitude for conducting import injury trade remedy investigations, has a genuine interest in learning about new industries, and enjoys exploring a variety of business and trade subject matters in the conduct of their work. A candidate who is not intimidated by legislatively mandated deadlines, who is comfortable working in a team environment, is able to defend their work with outside parties.

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Responsibilities

Your primary responsibilities will be to conduct import injury trade remedy investigations and support other non-remedy investigations and studies, performing your work in a team environment. You will compile and analyze large and detailed quantitative and qualitative information and data related to industry participants, market conditions, conditions of competition and pricing practices for a specific product and/or industries subject to import injury investigations. The primary components of these activities include: questionnaire design and data collection; compilation, analysis and presentation of questionnaire data and information; identifying, collecting and analyzing information on industry structure and competitive conditions, especially in the context of international trade; analyzing economic and industry data and information in the context of legal requirements and private party arguments; preparing staff reports for agency Commissioners; preparing for and/or conducting staff conferences, Commission hearings, Commissioner briefings and opinion writing; participating effectively in a collaborative team environment; and managing all necessary research and analysis records.

To ensure effective performance in a team environment, you will be expected to establish working relationships with agency staff who typically participate in these investigations, such as investigators, financial analysts, commodity analysts, statisticians, and attorneys. You will also interact with external parties, including representatives/counsel of firms that make, sell, and purchase the product being investigated. In the course of investigations, you will consult with members of international trade-related agencies and organizations, as well as industry and firm representatives from the United States and foreign countries; conduct field trips to manufacturing plants; and review technical and commercial literature and domestic and foreign statistical publications.

You may also provide support in economic modeling analysis, primarily partial equilibrium analysis. You will be expected to maintain currency in the application of economic tools and concepts for analysis in international trade-related research and analysis, and to increase your knowledge base and level of independence and expertise in conducting work assignments as your career progresses to the full performance level of this position.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation


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

Both specialized experience and/or the substitution of education for experience must have required an in-depth understanding of international economic principles and theories, such as the interplay of economic forces of goods and services across international borders, matters of trade policy, and product or industry competitiveness.

For GS-11 level: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience and/or academic experience in substantive analysis which requires a thorough understanding of the economic issue under investigation; planning and execution of sequential work steps; and integration of research into an assigned study, OR

Possession 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree.

For GS-12 level: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience in import injury investigative research, data collection, and analysis, or other substantive analysis which requires a thorough understanding of the economic issue under investigation; planning and execution of sequential work steps; and integration of research into an assigned study.

For GS-13 level: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience in questionnaire-based antidumping countervailing duty investigative research, data collection and analysis, or other substantive analysis which requires a thorough understanding of the economic issue under investigation; planning and execution of sequential work steps; and integration of research into an assigned study.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

This occupation has a positive education and specialized experience requirement. Specifics are detailed below:

Education May be Substituted for Experience as Follows

Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

OR

Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

At the GS-11 level: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree

At the GS-12 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

At the GS-13 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

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 .

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
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% 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.

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.

Additional information

This announcement is issued under "direct-hire" authority. Consistent with 5 U.S.0 3304(a)(3) and OPM regulations (5 CFR 337 Subpart B) on direct-hire: All candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements may be referred for consideration. Competitive examining rules providing for rating and ranking and veterans' preference do not apply.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: http://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

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.

Your application will be rated by our applications system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following area:
  • Experience performing data analysis
  • Applying economic theory and industry information to perform empirical analysis
  • Written and oral communication skill and abilities
  • Performing work in a team environment

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. 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, 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: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess 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: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.
Good: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

If you are selected for an interview, you can expect a structured panel interview process, which will include between 2 and 4 members. In addition to the interview, you can expect to present your recent research in a seminar.

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. Applicants who meet minimum qualification requirements will be certified for further consideration. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

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 apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • College Transcripts (if qualifying based on education)
    • Writing Sample
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
  • Self-assessment questionnaire: A completed job-specific questionnaire should be submitted through your Application Manager account. 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. 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. 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. Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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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