Information Technology Specialist (Applications Software)
Peace Corps - Washington, DC

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This is an Excepted Service Appointment. Initial appointments to the Peace Corps normally are for 30 months, but may be extended up to 5 years. Employees are paid on the Foreign Service pay scale and receive the same benefits as other Federal employees. A background security investigation will be required for all hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Peace Corps applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=XARZJ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:
(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and reports to the Financial Systems Technical Manager. As an IT Program Specialist the incumbent is primarily responsible for managing the design, development, deployment, and maintenance of FOR Post, the Agency's foreign financial tracking system. The employee also has first-line responsibility for the management, integration, and support of new applications with existing internal and/or on-line Oracle based applications. The IT Program Specialist will work in both the 2.0 and 3.5 .NET frameworks. Financial Systems supports Odyssey which utilizes Oracle E-Business Suite and SQL server and .NET applications, with an increasing emphasis on deployment of these systems via the Internet and/or World Wide Web..
Performs work involving the analysis, design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing applications software. Participates in implementing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software or developing customized applications. Prepares inputs, outputs, flow diagrams, decision logic tables, and linkages with other applications systems.

Installs, configures, troubleshoots, and maintains hardware and software to ensure the availability and functionality of the systems. Recovers data in the event of hardware or software failure.

Installs and maintains Web-based systems, Web-based information services, or Web-based research tools and e-Government operations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: (The KSAs below may not apply at all grades)
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
Knowledge of computer languages, utilities, machines, and access methods.
Knowledge of computer hardware/software technologies.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to plan and execute work.
Knowledge of Web technology and services.
Knowledge of information technology systems administration.
Knowledge of computer applications programming.
Ability to develop and/or maintain web sites.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Grade 04: Qualifying experience for FP-04 requires IT-related experience that demonstrates each of the following four competencies: Attention to Detail; Customer Service; Oral Communication; and Problem Solving; AND one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the FP-05 or GS-9 level. Specialized experience is experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Experience must be IT-related and may be paid or unpaid experience.

Example of specialized experience for positions at the FP-04 level, typically gained in the IT field or through performance of work where the primary concern is IT, includes experience that demonstrates accomplishment of IT project assignments that required a range of knowledge of IT requirements and techniques. Accomplishments normally involve the following, or the equivalent:
  • knowledge of the customary approaches, techniques, and requirements appropriate to an assigned computer applications area or computer specialty area in an organization;
  • planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment where this entailed coordination with others outside the organizational unit and development of project controls; and
  • adaptation of guidelines or precedents to the needs of the assignment.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, at an accredited/pre-accredited institution, that demonstrates the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Education must have included major study in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management; or course work in one or more of the identified fields that required the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or networks.
Grade 03: Qualifying experience for the FP-03 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-04 or GS-11 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position successfully. Examples of specialized experience include experience analyzing a number of alternative approaches when advising management concerning major aspects of IT system design. The experience demonstrates accomplishment of computer project assignments requiring knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system. Additionally, we will conduct a quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your work history information.

BENEFITS:
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OTHER INFORMATION:
Qualified internal applicants will be given first consideration.
If you have engaged in intelligence activity or related work, you may not be eligible to apply for positions at Peace Corps. Please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.
If you are claiming Veteran's Preference you must attach your supporting documents to receive your preference points. For more information please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.
A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
Both online and offline application assistance can be obtained by contacting the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 or joeavue@avuetech.com or by clicking on the "TECHNICAL SUPPORT" button while working in the automated system.

When completing your Avue application online, you will receive a pop-up warning message after 45 minutes. It is strongly recommended that you save your data often, and turn off your pop-up blocker in order to receive any system time-out warning.
The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at www.avuedigitalservices.com/pc/applicant.html. If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualification form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted.
Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system. Additionally, the Peace Corps Human Resources Office will conduct a quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents before your rating becomes final. This quality review will be based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training as it relates to the duties of this position. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your application and work history information.
Applicants submitting documents can electronically attach them, or scan and attach them, to the employment application. If this is not possible, copies of documents can be faxed to 253-573-9869, or mailed to the following address: Peace Corps, c/o Avue Technologies Corporation, ATTN: Direct Services, 1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 800, Tacoma, WA 98402. All faxed or mailed proof documents must be identified with applicant's name and vacancy announcement number.
All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.
If you have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation, please contact our American Diversity Program office at 202-692-2139. You can send an email to adp@peacecorps.gov or americandiversityprogram@peacecorps.gov.
Moving expenses are not authorized.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; and training and development opportunities. Employees located in the United States may also receive subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, and a family/worklife program.
As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming 5-point Veteran's Preference, a DD-214 must be submitted with your application. To receive 10-point preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must also submit an SF-15 and an official statement, issued in 1991 or later, from the Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more. This documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement; failure to submit will disallow the additional points for preference being added to your score.
This position is excluded from provisions of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).

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