Skip Navigation

Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 15
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.

Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration 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-15 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-14 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.Does setting priorities for other people figure prominently into you current job?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Which of the following best describes your experience in setting priorities to meet your professional responsibilities?
  1. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are generally completed independently and within the assigned deadlines and milestones.
  2. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I normally resolve the conflicts independently.
  3. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I adjust my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. In resolving conflicts, I involve the team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I assist my team or staff in determining how best to use their time and reprioritize their work as situations warrant.
  5. None of the above


* 7.Which of the following best describes your background in the realm of Foreign policy / international affairs?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in Foreign policy / International affairs.
  2. I have education or training in Foreign policy/ International affairs, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently performed work in the realm of Foreign policy / international affairs as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  4. I am highly skilled at performing work in the realm of Foreign policy / international affairs, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


* 8.Do you have experience working with Congressional briefings, hearings and correspondence?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience supervising employees?
  1. I have experience in all of the following: hiring, awarding, disciplining, conflict resolution, assigning tasks, career development, managing diversity, and performance evaluation.
  2. I have experience in many aspects of supervision, including 7 of the 8 following: hiring, awarding, disciplining, conflict resolution, assigning tasks, career development, managing diversity, and performance evaluation.
  3. I have experience in many aspects of supervision, including 6 of the 8 following: hiring, awarding, disciplining, conflict resolution, assigning tasks, career development, managing diversity, and performance evaluation.
  4. I have been a team leader.
  5. I have had informal or temporary supervisory experience.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.With which of the following elements of supervision do you have experience?
  1. Performance evaluation
  2. Recruitment / hiring
  3. Discipline
  4. Awards
  5. Assigning tasks
  6. Staffing
  7. Conflict resolution
  8. Coaching and or counseling
  9. Labor relations
  10. Career development
  11. Managing diversity
  12. Project management
  13. None of the above


* 11.How many years of supervisory experience do you have?
  1. 5 years or more
  2. 2 to 4 years
  3. 1 year or less
  4. None


* 12.Which of the following leadership functions have you performed in work unit or team assignments?
  1. Setting standards, expectations and deadlines
  2. Developing, updating, and executing portions of operating budgets
  3. Planning work assignments and schedules
  4. Assigning tasks and responsibilities to employees
  5. Reviewing completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness
  6. Following up with employees
  7. Developing workforce plans
  8. Resolving conflicts, differences, or problems
  9. Coaching and mentoring employees to achieve desired results
  10. Reporting progress to senior management
  11. Implementing work completed
  12. Evaluating the effectiveness of completed assignments or projects
  13. Rewarding and recognizing performance
  14. Providing career development opportunities
  15. Managing diversity
  16. None of the above


* 13.Select the response below that BEST characterizes your most significant leadership role:
  1. I am / was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Chief Operating Officer (COO) of an organization with more than 100 personnel.
  2. I am / was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Chief Operating Officer (COO) of an organization with more than 25 but fewer than 100 personnel.
  3. I am / was the deputy to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an organization with more than 25 but fewer than 100 personnel.
  4. I am / was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an organization with up to 25 personnel.
  5. I have served a leader in an organization of up to 25 personnel.
  6. I have never served in a leadership role.


* 14.Which of the following BEST describes your experience in building effective, cohesive teams?
  1. I have no experience or education in forming effective, cohesive teams.
  2. I have education in forming effective, cohesive teams, but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have formed effective, cohesive teams under close supervision from a supervisor or a more senior official.
  4. I have routinely and independently formed effective, cohesive teams.
  5. I am highly skilled at forming effective, cohesive teams. I have trained or overseen others in this activity or been consulted as an expert for assistance.


* 15.Which of the following BEST describes your experience in reviewing work performed by others?
  1. I have no experience or education reviewing work performed by others.
  2. I some experience reviewing work performed by others.
  3. I have performed tasks that involved reviewing work performed by others with review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently reviewed work performed by others.
  5. I am highly skilled at reviewing work performed by others. I have trained or overseen others in this activity or been consulted as an expert for assistance.


* 16.Which of the following best describes your depth of experience establishing liaison with officials throughout the foreign policy community?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have the education or training in performing this task, but have yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  4. I am highly skilled at performing this task, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


* 17.With which of the following officials/ organizations have you established liaison?
  1. Senior Government officials
  2. Senior corporate officials
  3. Colleagues
  4. Academia
  5. Think Tanks
  6. Government organizations
  7. Private industry
  8. Technical experts
  9. Professional organizations
  10. Non-Governmental Organizations
  11. Congress (members or staff)
  12. International organization (members or staff)
  13. Media representatives
  14. Foreign Government officials
  15. General Public
  16. None of the above


* 18.Which of the following choices BEST describes your depth of experience establishing liaison with officials throughout the foreign assistance policy community?
  1. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have the education or training in performing this task, but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have routinely performed this task as a regular part of my job, and usually under the guidance or review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this task, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert.


* 19.I have experience working on climate change programs for the following geographical locations:
  1. Latin America
  2. North America
  3. Africa
  4. Indonesia
  5. China
  6. India
  7. Brazil
  8. Middle East
  9. Russia
  10. None of the above


* 20.Which of the following BEST describes your highest level of work experience in interagency work planning and coordination on economic issues?
  1. I have minimal experience with participation in planning / coordination conducted and/or directed by senior officials.
  2. I have experience with specific sub-responsibilities for planning / coordination, under close supervision.
  3. I independently plan / coordinate with other agencies and/or foreign governments on subsidiary issues.
  4. I have no interagency planning or coordination experience.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have routinely performed it myself and have advised others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance performing this task.


* 21.How many years of experience do you have planning, initiating, organizing, and coordinating economic policy activities within and outside the government?
  1. Up to 1 year
  2. 1-5 years
  3. 5-10 years
  4. 10-15 years
  5. I have no experience planning, initiating, organizing, or coordinating economic policy activities within or outside the government.


* 22.What is your highest level of experience negotiating complex economic issues?
  1. I have experience negotiating complex economic issues conducted and/or directed by senior officials.
  2. I have experience negotiating complex economic issues, under close supervision.
  3. I independently negotiate complex economic issues with other agencies and/or foreign governments on subsidiary texts, and have assisted others in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  4. I have no education, training or experience negotiating complex economic issues.
  5. I have minimal experience negotiating complex economic issues conducted and/or directed by senior officials.


* 23.Which of the following BEST describes your background in international climate change negotiations?
  1. I have never studied or participated in international climate change negotiations.
  2. I have studied, but never participated in, international climate change negotiations.
  3. I have studied and participated in international climate change negotiations.
  4. I have led international climate change negotiations, as part of my job, usually with review by a supervisor.
  5. I have led international climate change negotiations, usually without review from a supervisor or senior official.
  6. I have led international climate change negotiations as part of my job, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert.


* 24.Which of the following BEST describes your work in reducing atmospheric emissions?
  1. I have led negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation degradation as part of my job, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert.
  2. I have studied the problems related to deforestation degradation.
  3. I have helped develop programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation.
  4. I have participated in negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation as part of my job, usually with review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have no experience related to deforestation degradation.
  6. I have participated in negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation as part of my job, usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.