The position is located in the Office of Industries, Services Division. The ideal candidate is inquisitive and possesses the skills to analyze a broad range of issues related to international trade in services and industry competitiveness, and the desire to conduct extensive primary and secondary research on a wide range of industries, markets and trade impediments. Is responsible for analysis of international services trade issues used by the Commission, the Congress, and the President.
The mission of the Office of Industries includes responsibility for identifying, developing, maintaining, and analyzing pertinent qualitative and quantitative information on trade and economic matters relating to the competitive posture of the United States and other countries in the services, agriculture and manufactured goods industries. You will be assigned to multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products.
As an International Trade Analyst (Services), an ideal candidate 1.) demonstrates an ability and desire to conduct extensive primary and secondary research on a wide range of products, industries, market and trade impediments; 2.) is skilled at resolving trade and industry data issues; 3.) has excellent interpersonal skills and is comfortable working in a team environment and communicating with high-level industry and government officials; 4.) excels in both written and oral communication; 5.) possesses a firm grasp of microeconomics, macroeconomic, and international trade and finance concepts, particularly those relating to services; 6.) demonstrates practical knowledge of quantitative methods of analysis; 7.) has knowledge of international trade rules and law, particularly those relating to services; and 8.) is proficient in the use of word-processing and spreadsheet applications. Proficiency in econometrics is desired, but not required, for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen or national
You must be able to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance
You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59.
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must have the general and specialized experience outlined below which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
A. Undergraduate and Graduate Education: that included or was supplemented by major study in economics, international trade/relations, business management and administration, international commercial law, finance, marketing or other fields directly related to the position.
B. Experience: that demonstrated the ability to perform the functions of the position to be filled and that provided requisite knowledge of:
The production and distribution of goods and services that are traded internationally;
The technical and economic factors influencing international trade and competitiveness;
Commodity and trade data collection methods and analytical techniques; and
U.S. trade laws, agreements, and policies regulating international commerce.
IN ADDITION to meeting the basic requirement above, you must possess the necessary specialized experience listed below.
To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 level obtained in the Federal service or in the private or non-profit sector. Specialized experience is that which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position shown above.
Typically we would find this experience demonstrated in work that 1.) shows knowledge of the economic, market, political and technical factors that influence U.S. trade policy and trade flows, and the international operations and competitiveness of U.S. firms, particularly as related to services industries; and 2.) demonstrates advanced research and analysis on these and similar topics, including as a member of a team. OR Substitution for Experience: Possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in international trade, international relations, economics, business, finance, or other trade related field is fully qualifying at the GS-11 level.
To qualify at the GS-12 level, you must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility at, or equivalent to, the GS-11 level obtained in the Federal service or in the private or non-profit sector. Specialized experience is that which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position shown above. Such specialized experience must have required an in-depth understanding of international trade principles and services industries. Typically, we would find this experience demonstrated in 1.) work that shows the ability to apply knowledge of the theories, dynamics, and practices of international services trade; and
2.) work that shows experience in analyzing complex trade issues, policy positions and/or global and domestic service industries.
To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 level obtained in the Federal service or in the private or non-profit sector. Specialized experience is that which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position shown above.
Typically, we would find this experience demonstrated in work that shows mastery of best practices for planning and carrying out studies that analyze complex services trade issues and policies; analysis of economic factors that determine industry organization, market pricing, and competition in the services sector; and/or
analysis of regulations, laws, and policies related to services trade. Such experience would also include research and analysis, including as a member of a team, of complex trade issues by working with a variety of industry and international trade data sources, drawing rational inferences--including cause and effect--based on research findings, and applying quantitative analysis including econometrics or other economic modeling techniques.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
To combine your experience and education, you must convert the figures to a percentage and add them together. The combined total percentages of your education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify.
To calculate your percentage of undergraduate education, divide the number of undergraduate hours you've completed by 120. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours you've completed by 18.
If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience.
Finally, add your experience and education percentages. The two percentages must total at least 100% to be considered qualified.
Education May be Substituted for Experience as Follows
At the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree if related.
At the GS-12 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.
At the GS-13 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.
Submit a copy of your transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s),and grade-point average or class ranking. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: .
The ideal and most successful candidate should possess a body of professional knowledge related to this position. This would typically be obtained by possession of a Bachelor's degree or higher in the fields of economics, international trade/relations, business management and administration, business or international law, or other fields that are directly related to international trade. Such theoretical knowledge must include an understanding of the technical and economic factors influencing international trade and competitiveness, commodity and trade data collection methods and analytical techniques, and U.S. trade laws, agreements, and policies regulating international commerce.
Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify.
Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility.
Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit:
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If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be rated by our applications system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following area:
Research, Data Collection, and Analysis
Analytical Writing and Communication
Teamwork and Project Accomplishment and Organization
We will evaluate your relevant education and/or work experience as they relate to the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
Best: placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).
Better: this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.
Good: if you are placed in this category, it indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
Candidates in the Best category will be the first ones sent to the hiring manager for interview consideration. Within each category, those with veterans' preference eligibility will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
You may be required to complete a writing sample/assessment if selected for an interview.
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To receive consideration, you must complete the self assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11:59 PM ET on TAG:Closing Date.
1.Resume. Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the following information:
paid and non-paid experience, including job titles, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary;
knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position;
specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and
names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain enough information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic, general, or specialized experience requirements for each grade level you are applying. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. If you do not provide enough information for us to determine your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible.
2.Self Assessment Questionnaire. A complete job-specific questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account or fax it using the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.
3.Transcripts. If you are using education to qualify OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your
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