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Grade: 12
Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf

The following questions will determine if you possess the basic requirements to qualify for this position.

* 1.Choose the one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position:
  1. I 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.
  2. I 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 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines AND 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience where my 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.
  4. I 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.)
  5. My education and/or experience does not match any of the above choices.


* 2.GS-12 Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position:
  1. In addition to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
  2. My experience does not match the choice above.


* 3.I understand that to qualify for this position based on education, I must submit a copy of my transcripts to receive consideration. However, if selected for this position, I will be required to provide official documentation prior to being appointed. (Please follow the instructions in the vacancy announcement).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Select the choice that BEST describes your level of experience establishing an extensive professional working relationship with Congressional committees that have oversight responsibility for foreign affairs operations:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 6.Select one choice that BEST describes your level of experience planning, developing and/or managing liaison activities with Congressional representatives / committees:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 7.Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience negotiating complex issues?
  1. I have no experience negotiating complex issues.
  2. I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required developing cooperation, coordinating activities, and reaching consensus.
  3. I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required agreement on complex issues, achieving cohesiveness, interacting with individuals constructively, and solving problems.
  4. I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, defusing conflict, building coalitions and consensus, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.


* 8.In which of the following do you have education, training, or experience?
  1. Conflict resolution
  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  3. Mediation
  4. Negotiation
  5. Strategic planning
  6. Facilitation
  7. Arbitration
  8. Counseling
  9. None of the above


* 9.Which of the following choices BEST describes your highest level of experience in communicating persuasively on foreign policy matters?
  1. I have persuaded team members or subordinates to work toward an objective or goal.
  2. I have persuaded senior officials to take action or make a decision of considerable importance to the organization`s mission.
  3. I have made formal presentations to officials inside and/or outside my employing organization for purposes of persuading them to take action, reverse procedures, or expend resources.
  4. I have resolved major conflicts and disagreements in an interest-based manner, demonstrating a faculty for compromise without sacrificing goals.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.Select the statement that BEST describes your experience developing and maintaining professional relationships with state, local, and federal agencies; members of the private sector; non-governmental organizations; and/or faith-or community-based organizations:
  1. I have no experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task. However, I have no experience applying this skill in work situations.
  3. I have experience performing this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  4. I have experience performing this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This has been a central or major part of my work. I have routinely performed it and I have trained others in the performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert.


* 11.Select one choice that BEST describes your level of experience notifying traveling Members of Congress of fast-breaking events and developments regarding legislative programs that may have an affect on policy:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 12.Select one description that BEST represents your highest level of experience interacting with various groups and individuals:
  1. I routinely work with management officials to resolve records management or information resource issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving such as sharing options and initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships.
  2. I routinely work with internal managers to resolve records management or information resource issues and problems that arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised policies, procedures and processes and discussing alternatives.
  3. I routinely advise or participate in meetings with groups or individuals to address records management issues or problems. This includes developing a rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues to the mutual satisfaction of all parties.
  4. I explain records management policies, procedures and processes to office staff and provide background information or the rationale for decisions, using persuasive techniques to ensure full compliance.
  5. I explain records management policies, procedures and processes to external staff and provide background information or the rationale for decisions, using persuasive techniques to ensure full compliance.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied?
  1. Facilitate the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed to meet an objective.
  2. Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to staff.
  4. Persuade and/or inspire others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  5. Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  6. Develop trusting, productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  7. Work cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program goal.
  8. None of the above.


* 14.Which of the following describes your highest level of work experience in planning and coordination?
  1. I have managed the strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting management and operations
  2. I have led the strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting management and operations
  3. I have participated in the strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting management and operations
  4. Other planning and coordination experience
  5. No planning and coordination experience


* 15.Select the choice that BEST describes your communication skills:
  1. I have regularly served as a program representative in dealing with managers and employees within the areas serviced. This included acquiring, clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  2. I have regularly justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial policy or program issues. This included communicating effectively and harmoniously with a full range of internal and external individuals or groups (e.g., representatives from Agency, Department, other Federal agencies, industry leaders and congressional staffs).
  3. I have regularly conducted discussions or participated in workgroups as a program representative, in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect (e.g., gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation).
  4. I have regularly served as a program representative and participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific business problems. This included influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  5. None of the above.


* 16.Select the response that BEST describes your experience handling multiple priorities and competing deadlines:
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task / competency.
  2. I have education and training in performing this task / competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task / competence on the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task / competency on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task / competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task / competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task / competency.


* 17.From the list below, identify those work behaviors that you commonly use:
  1. I routinely handle multiple tasks at the same time.
  2. I shift what I am working on as priorities change.
  3. I meet deadlines or negotiate with my supervisor for a new deadline.
  4. I ask my supervisor for help when I�m unsure of priorities.
  5. I can easily change my focus from one task to another as needed.
  6. I manage my time so everything gets done.
  7. None of the above.


* 18.At what level have you organized planned and coordinated activities?
  1. Across organizations
  2. Organization-wide
  3. Major division
  4. Work unit
  5. None of the above


* 19.How many years of experience do you have planning, initiating, organizing, and coordinating activities within and outside the government?
  1. 5 years or more
  2. 2 to 4 years
  3. 1 year or less
  4. None


* 20.Please indicate the manner in which you have communicated orally or made oral presentations
  1. Speeches
  2. Conferences
  3. Meetings
  4. One-on-one discussions
  5. Telephone inquiries
  6. Training
  7. Technical assistance
  8. Interviews
  9. Briefings
  10. Negotiations
  11. None of the above


* 21.Select the response that BEST describes your experience handling situations involving a high degree of tension or discomfort involving people who are demonstrating a high degree of hostility or distress. Your selection MUST be supported with examples, explanations or additional information included on your resume.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task / competency.
  2. I have education and training in performing this task / competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task / competence on the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task / competency on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task / competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task / competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task / competency.


* 22.Select the choice that BEST describes your level of experience monitoring legislative proposals and appropriation decisions:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 23.From the following list of topics, please identify those areas relative to U.S. foreign policy and democracy promotion in which you have experience:
  1. Rule of law
  2. Human rights
  3. Anti-corruption
  4. Good governance
  5. Political process and elections
  6. Civil society
  7. Civic education
  8. Media
  9. Public diplomacy
  10. None of the above


* 24.From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations.
  1. Senior officials in your organization
  2. Program managers in your organization
  3. Employees / contractors in other government agencies
  4. Colleagues
  5. Professional organizations
  6. Academia
  7. Technical experts
  8. General public


Grade: 13
Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf

The following questions will determine if you possess the basic requirements to qualify for this position.

* 1.Choose the one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position:
  1. I 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.
  2. I 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 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines AND 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience where my 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.
  4. I 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.)
  5. My education and/or experience does not match any of the above choices.


* 2.GS-13 Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position:
  1. In addition to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
  2. My experience does not match the choice above.


* 3.I understand that to qualify for this position based on education, I must submit a copy of my transcripts to receive consideration. However, if selected for this position, I will be required to provide official documentation prior to being appointed. (Please follow the instructions in the vacancy announcement).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Select the choice that BEST describes your level of experience establishing an extensive professional working relationship with Congressional committees that have oversight responsibility for foreign affairs operations:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 6.Select one choice that BEST describes your level of experience planning, developing and/or managing liaison activities with Congressional representatives / committees:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 7.Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience negotiating complex issues?
  1. I have no experience negotiating complex issues.
  2. I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required developing cooperation, coordinating activities, and reaching consensus.
  3. I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required agreement on complex issues, achieving cohesiveness, interacting with individuals constructively, and solving problems.
  4. I have experience negotiating complex issues, the resolution of which required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, defusing conflict, building coalitions and consensus, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.


* 8.In which of the following do you have education, training, or experience?
  1. Conflict resolution
  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  3. Mediation
  4. Negotiation
  5. Strategic planning
  6. Facilitation
  7. Arbitration
  8. Counseling
  9. None of the above


* 9.Create and manage a portfolio in the legislative program covering issues that are sensitive, multi-faceted and particularly complex.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


* 10.Select one choice that BEST describes your level of experience applying knowledge of a broad range of foreign affairs policies, priorities, and/or initiatives in order to provide advisory services:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 11.Which of the following BEST describes your experience in Interagency coordination within the United States government?
  1. I have no experience or education in interagency coordination.
  2. I have education in interagency coordination, but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed tasks in interagency coordination under the close supervision of a supervisor or more senior official.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed tasks in program management, usually without review by supervisor or senior official.
  5. I am highly skilled in performing tasks involving interagency coordination. I have trained or overseen others in this activity or been consulted as an expert for assistance.


* 12.Select one choice that BEST describes your level of experience briefing Members of Congress and their staffs on specific regional and country issues prior to their trips to that country or region:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 13.Select one choice that BEST describes your level of experience notifying traveling Members of Congress of fast-breaking events and developments regarding legislative programs that may have an affect on policy:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 14.Select one choice that BEST describes your level of experience coordinating and facilitating effective communication between an organization and Members of Congress and their staffs:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 15.Please indicate the manner in which you have communicated orally or made oral presentations
  1. Speeches
  2. Conferences
  3. Meetings
  4. One-on-one discussions
  5. Telephone inquiries
  6. Training
  7. Technical assistance
  8. Interviews
  9. Briefings
  10. Negotiations
  11. None of the above


* 16.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in communicating persuasively.
  1. I have persuaded team members or subordinates to work toward an objective or goal
  2. I have persuaded senior officials to take action or make a decision of considerable import to the organization`s mission
  3. I have made formal presentations to officials inside or outside my employing organization for purposes of persuading them to take action
  4. None of the above


* 17.Which of the following types of technology have you used in your presentations?
  1. Graphical presentations
  2. Spreadsheets
  3. Databases
  4. Word processing
  5. None of the above


* 18.Which of the following BEST describes your experience in building and maintaining lists of key contacts to facilitate ongoing communications and outreach?
  1. I have at least one year experience using Microsoft Excel to manage contact information.
  2. I have at least one year experience using Microsoft Access to manage contact information.
  3. I have created and populated key contact databases that did not previously exist.
  4. I have maintained existing key contact databases.
  5. I have no experience managing key contact lists or databases.


* 19.Does setting priorities for other people figure prominently into you current job?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.How many years experience do you have writing in a professional capacity?
  1. 5 or more
  2. 3 to 5
  3. Less than 3


* 21.Which of the following types of documents have you written?
  1. Budget justifications
  2. Correspondence
  3. Technical reports
  4. Federal Register notices
  5. Regulatory / statutory material
  6. Policy guidance
  7. Congressional testimony
  8. Speeches
  9. Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  10. Internal memorandum
  11. Publications
  12. Books
  13. Academic papers
  14. Journal articles
  15. Thesis
  16. Dissertation
  17. Assessments
  18. Newspaper articles
  19. None of the above


* 22.Select the choice that BEST describes your level of experience monitoring legislative proposals and appropriation decisions:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 23.Select one choice that BEST describes your level of experience preparing legislative action plans:
  1. I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 24.From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations.
  1. Senior Government officials
  2. Senior corporate officials
  3. Colleagues
  4. Academia
  5. Think Tanks
  6. Government organizations
  7. Private industry
  8. General public
  9. Technical experts
  10. Professional organizations
  11. Non-Governmental Organizations
  12. Congress (members or staff)
  13. International organization (members or staff)
  14. Foreign Government officials
  15. Media
  16. None of the above