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    Jeff Ribeira
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    Job Title: Lead Foreign Affairs Officer
    Department: Department Of State
    Agency: Department Of State
    Sub Agency: Civil Service Personnel-Civil Srvc and Iraq Jobs
    Job Announcement Number: NEA-2011-0010

    SALARY RANGE:
    $105,211.00 – $136,771.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD:
    Wednesday, February 02, 2011 to Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE:
    GS-0130-14/14
    POSITION INFORMATION:
    Full-Time Permanent
    PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
    14
    DUTY LOCATIONS:
    few vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:
    Open to all U.S. Citizens

    “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.”

    “More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.”

    JOB SUMMARY:
    The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America’s diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide.

    Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities – there’s something for everyone!

    This position is located in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Middle East Partnership Initiative, Policy and Programming Division (NEA/PI/PP). The Middle East Partnership Initiative is the United States Government’s (USG) principal instrumentality assisting efforts to build more pluralistic, prosperous and participatory societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:

    * Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
    * Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
    * Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
    * U.S. Citizenship is required.
    * One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

    Duties
    Additional Duty Location Info:

    Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    This position is located in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Middle East Partnership Initiative, Policy and Programming Division. The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is the State Department’s principal vehicle for assisting efforts to expand political participation, strengthen civil society and the rule of law, empower women and youth, create educational opportunities and foster economic reform throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Policy and Programming Division provides recommendations and develops projects in support of Bureau policy objectives and is responsible for programmatic management of all MEPI grants signed in Washington. The incumbent serves as a team leader for a staff of project officers who provide policy recommendations and oversight and management of projects designed to promote Middle East Partnership goals. In addition, the incumbent serves as the Project Officer on assigned awards, and interacts as a peer with other assigned staff and must ensure that all members of the team work well and cooperatively with one another, with all contacts, including other members of the Division and Office, with colleagues in the field and with grant recipients.

    Qualifications and Evaluations
    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
    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 can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov.

    NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of the announcement.
    Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

    Have a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities;

    OR

    Have a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities;

    OR

    Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.

    OR

    Have a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUS appropriate relevant experience OR additional education.

    OR

    Have completed at least 4 years of appropriate experience in one OR more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.)

    IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

    Comprehensive knowledge of current U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs, with particular emphasis on programs that promote educational, economic, social and political reform sufficient to develop and implement Middle east partnership programs and initiatives within assigned area/region.

    Knowledge of U.S. foreign affairs information sources, particularly those dealing with international economic,social, educational and political policies and practices, sufficient to apply a full range of available information sources and capabilities in supporting the needs of the Office and team requirements.

    Ability to provide advice, guidance and consultation to a wide range of higher-level officials regarding the interpretation and application of complex analyses.

    Ability to establish and maintain liaison at all levels of the foreign policy community and exchange information vital to policy, programming and operational aspects.

    Ability to provide advice, guidance and consultation to a wide range of higher-level officials regarding the interpretation and application of complex analyses, and to establish and maintain liaison at all levels of the foreign policy community and exchange information vital to policy, programming and operational aspects of MEPI projects in a cooperative manner.

    Professional skills in oral and written communications sufficient to prepare analyses, provide expert guidance, solicit information, defend proposals, and develop consensus.

    Has a minimum of three years working on U.S. Government ESF-funded assistance programs in at least four of the following countries: United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Syria, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman , Saudi Arabia, Libya, Tunisia.

    .

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures on the quality and extent of your education (if applicable), experience, and training that is relevant to the duties of this position. If you are found minimally qualified for the job, your application package will be further evaluated to determine your possession of the critical knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics of this announcement. Your responses to the job specific self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position. Your resume must provide enough detail to fully support your answers to the job specific self-assessment questionnaire. Applicants found to be among the top candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. When answering the self-assessment questions, keep in mind that information contained in your resume is subject to verification.

    Your responses to the job specific self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position. Your resume must provide enough detail to fully support your answers to the questionnaire. Applicants found to be among the top candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

    If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

    Based on the 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.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics and must be supported by information in your resume:

    – Interpersonal Skills-Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others;develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

    – Leadership-Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

    – Teamwork-Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

    – Oral communication-Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

    – Writing-Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in succint and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and in order to fully evaluate your application it must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf. To receive full consideration, your resume must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Failure to identify the required experience in your resume will result in loss of consideration. You may receive credit for unpaid or volunteer experience on the same basis as paid experience, provided it is directly related to this job. To receive proper credit, you resume must include: (1) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to the position; (2) examples of the specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work for each job listed; (3) actual time spent in such activities (percentage of time worked in each position); (4) beginning and ending dates of employment (dates must be listed with both month and year for qualifying purposes); (5) frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.); (6) number of hours worked; and (7) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). This information must be clearly identified in your resume. For tips on writing your resume, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/resumeandapplicationtips.asp#icc.

    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 (i.e., 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. If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit the appropriate documentation (DD-214, SF-15, letter from VA, etc.) with your application materials to receive preference.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.

    For full position details, and further information on how to apply, visit: http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=96291438&JobTitle=Lead+Foreign+Affairs+Officer&q=project+manager&where=Washington&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&pg=2&rad=50&rad_units=miles&re=3&AVSDM=2011-02-02+14:44:00

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