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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

* 1.GS-13: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question, see the qualifications section on this announcement.
  1. 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.


* 2.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


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Which of the following best describes your experience applying internet technologies and other information technology concepts, principles and methods in support of public diplomacy and its mission to promote U.S. interests abroad:
  1. I have no education, training or experience in applying internet technologies and other information technology concepts, principles and methods in support of public diplomacy and its mission.
  2. I have routinely applied internet technologies and other information technology concepts, principles and methods in support of public diplomacy and its mission as a regular part of my job, under the guidance of the supervisor or senior employees.
  3. I have routinely and independently applied internet technologies and other information technology concepts, principles and methods in support of public diplomacy and its mission as a regular part of my job, without review by the supervisor or senior employees.
  4. I am highly skilled at applying internet technologies and other information technology concepts, principles and methods in support of public diplomacy and its mission and have trained others and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
  5. I am knowledgeable of the public diplomacy mission as a result of my work experience, education, training and/or personal study, but have not applied this knowledge in an information technology environment.


* 2.Which of the following BEST reflects your highest level of experience drawing conclusions based on an analysis of information?
  1. I have identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems under close supervision.
  2. I have participated on a team that was responsible for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  3. I have independently identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  4. I have led others charged with identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  5. I have no experience identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


* 3.For which of the following events have you communicated orally or made oral presentations?
  1. Speeches
  2. Conferences or presentations
  3. Meetings
  4. Telephone inquiries
  5. Teaching / training
  6. Interviews
  7. Briefings
  8. None of the above


* 4.Do you have experience communicating findings and concepts to senior level officials and/or other non-technical audiences in writing?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Which of the following best describes your highest level of work experience in the conceptualization and planning for technology?
  1. I have no experience planning for technological innovations.
  2. I have had up to 1 year of experience planning for technological innovations within my own office or immediate work group.
  3. I have had up to 1 year of experience planning for technological innovations that extend beyond my own office or work group.
  4. I have had 1 or more years of experience planning for technological innovations within my own office or immediate work group.
  5. I have had 1 or more years of experience planning for technological innovations that extend beyond my own office or work group.


* 6.Which of the following best represents your level of experience with the integration of data from a variety of sources in order to make decisions?
  1. I have produced a white paper or decision memo that interpreted findings in a larger context
  2. I have analyzed a variety of estimates, trends and/or results to decide on a specific issue
  3. I have produced information technology-related studies and/or estimates to facilitate someone else┬┐s decision
  4. I have collected and organized data relevant to a specific issue
  5. I have interpreted operational logs in order to diagnose abnormalities


* 7.Which of the following best describes your experience integrating information from a variety of sources in order to make decisions?
  1. I have no experience performing these tasks
  2. I have training or education directly related to these tasks, but I have not performed them on the job
  3. I have performed these tasks on the job under the direction of a supervisor or other employee
  4. I have performed these tasks on the job without the review of a supervisor
  5. I am experienced in performing these tasks and providing guidance and supervision to others in these areas


* 8.I have performed multi-tasking by employing the following behaviors:
  1. Managing competing assignments
  2. Setting milestones and deadlines for assignments
  3. Planning work assignments for self and staff
  4. Briefing staff and management on status of assignments
  5. Implementing completed work
  6. Evaluating completed work
  7. None of the above


* 9.Which of the following best reflects your multi-tasking experience?
  1. I normally work on projects or assignments that are of high priority. My work assignments are generally completed on time.
  2. I am proficient at managing multiple tasks within a defined time frame. I am skilled at adjusting the use of my time, meeting changes in priorities, and meet requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict I am capable of resolving the conflict independently.
  3. I am proficient at negotiating schedules, deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with management. I direct staff in determining best use of their time and how to prioritize their work and deadlines when the situation warrants.
  4. None of the above


* 10.Which of the following choices best represents your experience with applying program management principles, methods, and practices? (MC)
  1. I have developed and adhered to a project plan
  2. I have managed a multidisciplinary team
  3. I have received an award / recognition for program performance
  4. I have developed and adhered to a program budget
  5. I have delivered a significant program management result


* 11.From the list below select all of the activities in which you have engaged:
  1. I have never led a team
  2. I have led a team consisting of at least four co-workers from my unit to respond to projects that lasted less than 6 months
  3. I have led a team consisting of at least four co-workers from my unit to respond to projects that lasted longer than 6 months
  4. I have led a multidisciplinary team consisting of workers from my work unit and external units to address an ongoing project that lasted less than 6 months
  5. I have led a multidisciplinary team consisting of workers from my work unit and external units to address an ongoing project that lasted longer than 6 months


* 12.Which of the following have you done as a routine part of your professional work experience?
  1. Establish priorities among multiple projects.
  2. Establish timelines for multiple projects.
  3. Close out projects.
  4. Start up and manage projects through completion.
  5. Establish and monitor project progress.
  6. Meet deadlines.
  7. Use project management software.
  8. Make resource decisions for competing projects.
  9. Assign tasks and/or monitor performance.
  10. Anticipate and resolve problems.
  11. None of the above.


* 13.In which of the following roles have you directed or led others in the workplace?
  1. Team leader
  2. First line supervisor
  3. Middle manager
  4. Mentor
  5. Upper manager
  6. Head of organization
  7. None of the above


* 14.Which BEST describes your approach to implementing ideas or solving problems?
  1. I find innovative ways to implement ideas within the scope of existing constraints.
  2. I review policies and procedures, but deviate from them to create better options.
  3. I find ways to resolve problems regardless of policy and procedures.
  4. I vary from policy and procedures when I feel it is necessary.
  5. I follow policies and procedures to deliver results.
  6. None of the above.


* 15.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in conducting research and analysis?
  1. I have conducted research and analysis with supervision.
  2. I have conducted research and analysis independently.
  3. I am highly skilled at conducting research and analysis on the job. I have trained subordinates in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert.
  4. None of the above


* 16.Which of the following reflect your experience writing for the Internet?
  1. Written or maintained an entire Web site of more than 10 pages for a commercial, nonprofit or government organization
  2. Written or maintained an entire Web site of 2 to 10 pages for a commercial, nonprofit or government organization.
  3. Written or maintained individual Web pages for an organization or group.
  4. Written or maintained individual Web pages for a personal Web site.
  5. Regularly written a Web log.
  6. Contributed comments to a Web log.
  7. Contributed to chat rooms.
  8. Posted audio files online.
  9. Posted video files online.
  10. None of the above.


* 17.Which of the following choices best describe your education, training, or experience with media technologies (e.g. interactive web chats, live webcasts, video conferencing)?
  1. I have no education or work experience employing diverse media technologies, but have used them personally.
  2. I have education or training in employing diverse media technologies, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have experience employing diverse media technologies on the job with close supervision.
  4. I have routinely and independently employed diverse media technologies as a regular part of the job.
  5. I have managed or overseen the use of diverse media technologies on the job.


* 18.From the following list, please select the choice(s) that BEST describe the types of media technologies you have education or experience?
  1. Live Streaming
  2. Web Chats
  3. Video Conferencing
  4. Broadcast Television Production
  5. Online Video Platforms
  6. Content Management Systems
  7. Virtual Environments
  8. None of the above


* 19.Which of the following choices describes your knowledge of world and national events?
  1. I have taken at least one college course in foreign affairs.
  2. I have taken at least one college course in American history.
  3. I regularly read a major national newspaper and/or watch/ listen to a news or public affairs radio or television program.
  4. None of the above