International Trade Specialist
Trade and Development Agency - Arlington, VA

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

As a Country Manager you will be responsible for developing and maintaining Agency program strategies for pursuing economic development opportunities. You will identify, assess, and evaluate the potential of large scale development projects to promote U.S. Exports and job creation. You will develop and maintain business relationships with embassy officials, government officials, and private sector representatives in the U.S. and assigned countries.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Background and security investigation for Top Secret Clearance.
  • Resume and supporting documents to meet specialized experience requirement.
  • One selection for South/Southeast Asia and one or more for other regions.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.

DUTIES: · You will travel to the region periodically to work with the host country to identify activities that are consistent with their development priorities and that meet USTDA assistance requirements.

· You will evaluate project proposals for feasibility and recommend those that are viable for funding consideration.

· For funded activities, you will draft appropriate grant and contract documents.

· You will represent the Agency in a variety of settings, such as with U.S. and international agencies, foreign governments, embassies, and foreign businesses.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: GS-9 Qualifications :

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal service that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Specialized Experience:

Examples of specialized experience include:

· Experience providing substantive research with respect to international projects using economic indicators and market trends in key sectors, such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, agribusiness, and environment.

· Experience with foreign assistance programs that promote U.S. exports.

· Experience providing services and research related to project development in related areas of expertise.

· Experience developing and maintaining project tracking systems for the purpose of recommending changes in strategies that can lead to more efficient operations.

GS-11 Qualifications:

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the federal service that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized Experience is experience in or related to provided U.S. foreign assistance to developing and/or middle income nations. Such experience typically includes work identifying, assessing, researching economic development indicators and market trends in key priority sectors, including energy, transportation, telecommunications, or environment, and recommending development opportunities and activities, primarily of non-complex project proposals or other work that provided breadth or depth of experience analyzing the economic, financial, business, and/or trade factors considered in making development decisions.

Examples of specialized experience include:

· Experience providing substantive research with respect to international projects using economic indicators and market trends in key sectors, such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, agribusiness, and environment.

· Experience with foreign assistance programs that promote U.S. exports.

· Providing services and research related to project development in related areas of expertise.

· Experience providing research on international trade, technical and economic trends.

· Experience providing foreign assistance, trade policy, commercial development, finance, banking, or other activities that contribute to the development of infrastructure initiatives or other similar initiatives requiring capital investment.

· Development and maintenance of business relationships with U.S. and foreign private sector representatives and government officials in the development of major infrastructure projects.

· Professional-level industry-specific research related to infrastructure and large-scale development projects.

GS-12 Qualifications :

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized Experience is experience performing advanced level work in foreign assistance, trade policy, commercial development, finance banking, or other activities that provided depth and breadth of exposure to the factors and issues that must be evaluated before large scale development assistance activities are undertaken. Such experience must demonstrate ability to assess the full range of technical, financing, export, and trade issues related to determining the feasibility of economic development activities requiring significant capital investment, such as large infrastructure projects in transportation, power, information and communications technology, port security, and aviation security.

Examples of specialized experience include:

· Experience providing substantive research with respect to international projects using economic indicators and market trends in key sectors, such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, agribusiness, and environment.

· Experience providing foreign assistance, trade policy, commercial development, finance, banking, or other activities that contribute to the development of infrastructure initiatives or other similar initiatives requiring capital investment.

· Development and maintenance of business relationships with U.S. and foreign private sector representatives and government officials in the development of major infrastructure projects.

· Professional-level industry-specific research related to infrastructure and large-scale development projects.

A combination of education and/or experience may substitute for the specialized experience requirement.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or pre-accredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

Education GS-9

A master's degree or equivalent degree or two full years of progressively higher level education leading to such a degree or an LL.B or J.D., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. Typically qualifying fields of study include: international relations, international economics, international business, international trade, or business administration.

Education GS-11

A Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M, if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position. Typically, qualifying fields of study include international relations, international economics, international business, or international trade.

To qualify based on education, submit a copy of your transcript or list of courses with credit hours, majors, and grade point average or class ranking. Application materials will not be returned. You can receive credit for education received outside of the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.

Education alone will not substitute for experience at the GS-9/11 levels unless you meet the requirements of the mandatory Selective Factor.

Education GS-12

Education alone will not qualify for the GS-12 level. You must meet the specialized experience and selective placement factor requirements.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:

This position contains a selective placement factor (SPF) that is part of the minimum requirement of the position. If you do not meet the SPF, you are ineligible for further consideration.

The SPF for this position is: Experience providing substantive research with respect to foreign assistance programs that support U.S. commercial goals .

All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the following competencies (previously referred to as, knowledge, skills, and abilities) required of this position:

Business Development

A skill set or a number of tasks and processes aimed at identifying, developing and implementing growth opportunities.

Project Management

Discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives.

Written Communication

Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.

Oral Communication

Express information (e.g. facts or ideas) to an individual or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information e.g. technical, sensitive, and controversial); make clear and convincing oral presentations; listen to others and respond appropriately.

Attention to Detail

Capable of carrying out a given task identifying and collecting all details necessary to get the task done well.

Interpersonal Skills

The ability to make and maintain personal and community relationships with co-workers at a level which allows the individual to achieve work-related goals. The ability and willingness to be of assistance to work toward a common goals.

Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

To preview the assessment questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Qualified applicants will be rated using category rating, which groups candidates in categories according to their self-assessed rating, plus veterans' preference if applicable. The categories for this announcement are defined as: Best-Qualified, Well-Qualified, and Qualified.

BENEFITS: USTDA offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including life insurance, a wide variety of health insurance plans, a retirement plan, a thrift savings plan (similar to a 401(k)) which includes employer-matched contributions, annual vacation and sick leave, and training opportunities. For general information on major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION: Conditions of Employment:

Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

This position requires up to two months or more of travel per year.

Applicant must be eligible to obtain and keep a security clearance. Appointment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Work Schedule:

This position will be filled as full-time.

Relocation Expenses:

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will not be paid by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) :

ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

Additional information regarding ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):

CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.

Additional information regarding CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

Veteran's Preference:

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

Miscellaneous:

This position is being advertised concurrently with vacancy announcement # TDA928975CB using Merit Promotion procedures. If interested, refer to that announcement to determine if you meet merit promotion requirements and can apply to that announcement. NOTE: You must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

Multiple selections may be filled from this vacancy announcement. It is anticipated that one selection may be for the South Asia/Southeast Asia Regional Office and one or more for an unspecified regional areas to be determined by agency management.

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