International Economist, GS-0110-07/09 (DEU)
Overseas Private Investment Corporation - Washington, DC

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The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is the U.S. Government's development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guaranties, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds. OPIC projects have generated $74 billion in U.S. exports and supported more than 275,000 American jobs.

This position is located in the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Office of Investment Policy (OIP), Economic Impact Analysis group. In this position you will be responsible for identifying, collecting, and analyzing economic and developmental information to assess the impact of proposed and on-going OPIC finance, insurance and investment funds projects. Program areas encompass expertise in: 1) Host Country Developmental impact analyses, which could take place in any country/regional worldwide; 2) U.S. industry analyses, including the evaluation of U.S. production, employment, and trade impacts; and 3) Monitoring of previously approved OPIC projects for assessment of actual impacts on the U.S. and host country economies.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • International Travel is Required.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

DUTIES: In this position, you will: * Evaluate the potential U.S. economic impact of proposed OPIC projects to assure that it meets OPIC’s U.S. effects statutory requirements. * Conduct in-depth industry analyses, as necessary, analyzing the potential impacts of OPIC projects on U.S. production, employment, and trade. *Conduct host country developmental impact assessments of potential OPIC projects. * Prepare written reports of the estimated U.S. economic and host country economic impacts, as described above. *Assist in conducting on-site investigations of selected projects, including prior desk review of client prepared information, for compliance with policy-related requirements as well as actual U.S. economic impact and host country developmental impact. Prepares reports of findings with recommendations as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify for this position, you must possess a degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus OR have a combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to the basic educational requirement above, applicants who are applying for this position at the GS-7 and GS-9 levels based solely on education must possess: At the GS-7 Level: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement at the GS-9 level: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree. Lastly, you must also possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service, that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience at each grade level is defined as follows: GS-7: Experience assisting in conducting economic research and analyzing and interpreting economic statistics. GS-9: Experience assisting in conducting economic research and analyzing and interpreting economic and/or development statistics relating to finance, insurance or investment fund projects, and drafting simple correspondence explaining findings. Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/.

All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of closing date of announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's): 1. Knowledge and understanding of, the principles, theories, and practices of international economics in the areas of international trade and investment, international and/or corporate finance, and international development to analyze the economic and developmental impact of projects. 2. Knowledge of the latest quantitative methodologies (including mathematical modeling and statistical analysis) involved in economic and developmental impact analysis and proficiency in research methodology. 3. Ability to use spreadsheet software and databases to collect and interpret economic statistics and conduct quantitative analysis. 4. Knowledge of international business conditions, including economic and political factors, affecting foreign direct investment decisions and operating conditions in developing countries. 5. Skill in communicating clearly and succinctly in writing to present economic, political and investment information to a variety of audiences. 6. Ability to work collaboratively with other economists and with senior level officials. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies listed above. However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. We will review your resume and transcripts (if applicable), to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. For each applicant determined to have met basic qualifications, we will then evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and/or work experiences as it relates to the specialized experience and your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. If you are found to be highly qualified based on your responses and a review of your resume, you will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): Federal Career and Career-Conditional Displaced employees in the local commuting area who are rated well qualified, which is defined as one who meets the qualifications identified in this announcement and scores at least an 85, will receive special selection priority.

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BENEFITS: Our career opportunities feature the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle. Other benefits that may be available include a health and wellness programs, fitness center, telework, transit and parking subsidy, and emergency child care services. For more information on federal benefits, please visit www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB. OTHER INFORMATION: This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies. VETERANS INFORMATION, EEO POLICY, AND REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE can be obtained utilizing the links at the bottom of this announcement. CITIZENSHIP: Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: For more information, please see the link at the bottom of this announcement and www.opm.gov/disability/reasonableaccommodation.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION: All Federal employees are required by Public Law 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit. FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and must submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment. VETERAN'S PREFERENCE - If you have served on active duty in the United States military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans' preference. To claim veterans' preference, you must submit: DD Form 214 covering the period of military service for which preference is claimed; and If applicable, a Standard Form 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference with supporting documents as outlined on the form. This form can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf For more information on veterans' preference, please go to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management web site for veterans at www.opm.gov/veterans. The Veterans' Preference Advisor allows Veterans to examine the preferences for which they might be entitled with regard to Federal jobs. It is located at: http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/vetpref/mservice.htm PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE - Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Individuals with hearing impairments may contact the Human Resources Office via the TTY (TDD) number that is listed in the contact information of the vacancy announcement, or via the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 (TTY/ASCII) or http://www.frso.us/index.jsp, or their state or local relay service. All application materials become the property of the agency and will not be returned. Incomplete resumes or failure to respond to the assessment questionnaire will result in your application being disqualified from consideration. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. This position may require a one (1) year probationary period. Periodically, the Office of Personnel Management conducts applicant satisfaction surveys. If you are selected to participate, we encourage you to provide feedback. It will assist both OPM and OPIC in making the online application process better. Thank You!

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