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* 1.GS-15 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


* 2.Which of the following most accurately describes your ability to set priorities, organize and respond to work requests?
  1. In my past work assignments, I have had oversight over several teams or groups with it being my responsibility to set all project objectives, goals and deadlines. I have developed both short and long range goals with milestones to assess progress. I have experience reporting on progress to higher-level management.
  2. In my past work assignments, I have planned a short-term project that involved setting objectives, goals and deadlines for others. I am proficient at modifying these plans as necessary to ensure deadlines are met. I have experience reporting on progress to my immediate supervisor.
  3. In my past work assignments, I have assessed my own work products and monitored progress against assigned goals. I have scheduled tasks so that needed information was gathered in the proper sequence. I have experience adjusting my own work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  4. I have had education or training that has required me to organize my work and set priorities in order to complete assignments on time, but have not been required to apply this ability in my professional job assignments.
  5. I do not have education or training related to setting priorities.


* 3.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in identifying and resolving unique or complex challenges with the U.S. Congress.
  1. I have no experience with such work.
  2. I have assisted others in a team in resolution of such challenges.
  3. I have served as a member of a team to resolve such challenges.
  4. I have led a team and oversaw and/or implemented recommendations for such challenges.


* 4.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in identifying and resolving unique or complex challenges through an inter-agency process in the U.S. government.
  1. I have no experience with such work.
  2. I have assisted others in a team in resolution of such challenges.
  3. I have served as a member of a team to resolve such challenges.
  4. I have led a team and oversaw and/or implemented recommendations for such challenges.


* 5.Which of the following choices best describes your knowledge of, and experience with, planning, organizing, and conducting extended research or administrative related studies?
  1. I have no knowledge of, or experience with, planning, organizing, or conducting research or extended studies.
  2. I have knowledge of, or education in, planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies, but no experience.
  3. I have assisted in planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies.
  4. I have been responsible for planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies under supervision.
  5. I have been responsible for planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies without supervision.
  6. I have supervised others who were responsible for planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies.


* 6.Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience planning and organizing work to achieve the goals of a program or organization.
  1. I have planned, developed and implemented programs with organizational scope and impact; managing work teams and/or advisory groups in the overall design of systems and programs.
  2. I have established annual, multi-year, or similar types of long-range work plans for an organizational component; setting goals and objectives; planning for short and long term resource needs.
  3. I have set goals and/or planned work to be accomplished by others; set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  4. I have planned and organized my own work assignments against deadlines assigned by my Supervisor; often handling several work assignments at the same time.
  5. I do not have on-the-job experience planning or organizing work to achieve program / organizational goals.


* 7.Select the answer that best describes your experience in problem-solving, planning, and goal setting.
  1. I do not have experience solving problems in a workplace.
  2. I have worked on analyzing routine problems and identifying recommendations.
  3. I have worked on analyzing difficult problems and identifying recommendations that are complex and controversial.
  4. I have worked on analyzing difficult problems with no precedent available and identifying innovative solutions to issues that are controversial and sensitive.
  5. I have worked on solving difficult problems, establishing plans and goals, and using non-traditional techniques and innovative solutions for issues that are complex, controversial and sensitive.


* 8.Do you have experience defining and using metrics for process improvement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Do you have professional experience analyzing and weighing policy options and/or management processes and systems, and developing recommendations for policy direction or improvements to processes and systems?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.From the following list, please indicate to whom you have provided advice, guidance, or consultation based on the results of analyses of foreign policy and/or foreign assistance issues.
  1. Chief executive
  2. Senior management
  3. Middle management
  4. Peers
  5. Congress (members of staff)
  6. International organization (members or staff)
  7. Non-governmental organization or academic institution
  8. General public
  9. None of the above


* 11.From the following list, please select all of the functions you have performed.
  1. Business process mapping, modeling, simulation, optimization and scenario creation.
  2. Business change management and communication.
  3. Reporting and measurement of data.
  4. Business and strategic planning.
  5. Business performance metrics.
  6. Strategy and business case development.
  7. Business rule and event discovery.
  8. Functional requirements document.
  9. Requirements traceability matrix.
  10. Test case and test plan development.
  11. User acceptance testing.
  12. User documentation.
  13. Business improvement initiatives.
  14. Baseline management.
  15. Functional process design.
  16. Change management.
  17. None of the above.


* 12.Please select the response that best describes your highest level of experience formulating short-term tactical plans and long-range strategies to improve the effectiveness of systems using advanced information technology and making recommendations that influence major, department-wide changes in business practices and policies.
  1. I have been a member of a team responsible for formulating short term and long-range strategies to improve the effectiveness of an automated system.
  2. I have led a team responsible for formulating short term and long-range strategies to improve the effectiveness of an automated system.
  3. I have been a member of a team responsible for formulating short term and long-range strategies to improve the effectiveness of an automated system. My input was used to make recommendations that influenced changes in organizational business practices and policies.
  4. I have led a team responsible for formulating short term and long-range strategies to improve the effectiveness of an automated system. I made recommendations to senior officials that influenced changes in organizational business practices and policies.
  5. I do not have work experience formulating short-term tactical plans or long-range strategies to improve system effectiveness.


* 13.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in conveying complex issues in writing in a succinct, organized, and timely manner.
  1. I have no experience with such work.
  2. I have assisted others in a team in such work.
  3. I have served as a member of a team doing such work.
  4. I have led a team and oversaw and/or implemented recommendations for such work.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Which of the following best describes your experience in preparing briefing papers, reports, plans and proposals in support of the Agency mission, strategies and goals?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.






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