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The Department of Labor's strategic goal is "Good jobs for everyone" and one of its priorities is to assure that global markets are governed by fair market rules that protect vulnerable people, including women and children, and provide workers a fair share of their productivity and voice in their work lives.This position is located in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Department of Labor (DOL). ILAB is responsible for carrying out the Secretary of Labor’s international responsibilities, contributing to the Department’s strategic goals, developing Departmental policy, programs, and research relating to international labor activities, and coordinating Department international activities involving other U.S. Government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations.The incumbent serves as an International Relations Officer with a focus on programs in the Middle Eastern region and South Asia under the general supervision of the Office Director, Deputy Director, or Division Chief.GS-12 is the full performance level of this position. This position is inside the bargaining unit. Applicants must apply for this vacancy on-line by clicking the Apply Online button below. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. This position is inside the bargining unit. The full performance level of this position is at the GS-12 level.
Requires a background investigation if the requirement has not been met.
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Subject to annual, mandatory, random drug testing.
Requires US Citizenship.
Analyzes Middle Eastern and South Asian labor and employment issues and initiatives through study and monitoring of relevant legislation, bills, and proposed legislation regarding existing policy and standards, pertinent ILO and other international organizations standards and decisions, overseas developments, reports, cables, and other relevant documents, books, and articles, as well as discussions with foreign and U.S. officials, academics experts, trade union leaders, human rights and other non-governmental representatives, and business representatives.
Develops and prepares analysis of assigned issues to provide input for reports and other research projects as well as for the development of policies and programs. Assists in coordinating policy and directives with other offices in ILAB, DOL, and other U.S. Government agencies. Makes recommendations for analysis to be performed under contract with private organizations or independent consultants.
Prepares relevant reports, papers, talking points, briefing books, memos, letters, proposals, and background papers, including Congressionally-mandated reports for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, and others as directed.
Represents ILAB on international, interagency, and intra-agency working groups, committees, international meetings and conferences, and presents and clarifies DOL/U.S. policy as may be warranted. Serves as a consultant and advisor to the Director, Deputy Director, Deputy Under Secretary and other DOL professional staff, ambassadors and labor attaches or others with related responsibility, and officials of U.S. trade unions and management organizations, either orally or in writing, on policy and key developments regarding Office issues and programs.
The Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, and the Individual Occupational Requirements for International Relations, as published by the Office of Personnel Management in the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions apply.
Basic Requirements: A. Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in Middle Eastern or South Asian studies, international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology,evaluation, geography, social or cultural anthropology,statistics, or in the humanities;OR, B . Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education;OR, C . Experience--four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, evaluations, or other aspects of foreign affairs.To qualify on the basis of experience alone, this experience must have included either (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in A above, or (b) specialized professional work involving a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields.
To be considered best qualified for the GS-09: Applicants may qualify with 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-7, in the federal service or private industry, Specialized experience is defined as applying knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods, to analyze labor and employment issues in the Middle East and/or South Asia, relevant legislation, bills, and proposed legislation, programs and initiatives of international organizations; experience developing and preparing analysis in order to provide input for reports and special projects .
To be considered best qualified for the GS-11 Level: Applicants may qualify with 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-9, in the federal service or private industry Specialized experience is defined as a working knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods, to analyze labor and employment issues in the Middle East and/or South Asia, relevant legislation, bills, and proposed legislation, programs and initiatives of international organizations; experience developing and preparing analysis in order to provide input and recommendations for reports and special projects.This experience must be reflected in your resume and responses to the vacancy questions.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
Please consider the following:
To minimally qualify for the GS-09 level based on education alone an applicant must have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field.
To minimally qualify for the GS-11 level based on education alone an applicant must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field. However, to be among the best qualified candidates applicants must possess the specialized experience outlined in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement. This position has a positive education requirement outlined in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time-after-competitive-appointment requirements, as well as qualifications requirements, within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy announcement to be eligible for consideration for selection. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions.
Category A-Best Qualifed
Category B-Well Qualifed
Category C-Minimally Qualifed
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
Organizational Awareness - Knows how social, political, organizational, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them. This includes the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the work or organization.
Creative Thinking - Develops new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to make organizational improvements; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes.
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.
Written Communication – Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview, a panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category A or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes.
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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM . For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS .
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