Program Specialist (Youth in Development)
Peace Corps - Washington, DC

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Ten Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 4 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" for small agencies in 2011, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the chance to be selected for an annual Leadership Development Academy. (7) The working environment is highly flexible with alternative schedules, credit hours, teleworking. (8) There's a Distinguished Speaker Series, and (9) work-life programs including Metro and bicycle subsidies. (10) Peace Corps has a vibrant "Community" atmosphere; established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants "what you can do for your country" . . . and the world.

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=NHWTW .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

Plans, develops, and implements curriculum to train Peace Corps staff and Volunteers in the Youth in Development sector. Assesses program or course curriculum, content, and instructional materials to coordinate the development of course products.
Designs and delivers courses, workshops, and other staff development activities to strengthen staff competencies in youth development. Designs needs assessments to determine content and for workshops or courses for face to face or online events.

Oversees the development and revision of training materials, resources, and manuals for youth in development sector training packages for Volunteers (requires expertise in healthy lifestyles, world of work preparation, or youth civic engagement).

Establishes and promotes an understanding of technical issues in Peace Corps for youth development and volunteering or service programs.

Determines direction for standard agency approaches to youth project design, implementation, and evaluation. Develops, improves, and tracks progress on youth standard sector indicators. Creates or improves monitoring and evaluation tools for Volunteers working in Youth in Development projects.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of training principles and practices.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of program planning for a youth in development program in a developing country.
Ability to work collaboratively with others.
Ability to plan, evaluate, and direct program activities.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
I have experience conducting youth in development programs in an international development setting.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Qualifying experience for the FP-03 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-04 or GS-11 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples are reviewing information and reconciling conflicting data; devising new or modified methods of analyzing findings; or developing new initiatives in one or more program areas.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

BENEFITS:
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OTHER INFORMATION:
In 2010, the Peace Corps completed a Comprehensive Agency Assessment that included a recommendation to reduce the number of distinct Peace Corps Volunteer activities worldwide to focus in on the activities where Peace Corps Volunteers can have the biggest impact. Peace Corps has narrowed its focus while improving the technical training that Volunteers receive. One of the top priorities has been the creation of various ???training packages??? that will outline minimum standards for Volunteer training while focusing on results. This process is called the Focus In/Train Up (or FITU) strategy. Under FITU, a youth development continuum for training was reconfirmed; the Peace Corps identified our needs in this sector and began creating a training curriculum to address them.
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.
PEACE CORPS EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES, ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS VACANCY.
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.
Reminder: In Peace Corps' Foreign Personnel (FP) pay plan (grade level system), as FP grades go higher, the corresponding numbers go lower. For example, the highest grade level is FP-1 (equivalent to GS-15) and the lowest grade level is FP-9 (equivalent to GS-5).

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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