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Career Appointments in the Foreign Service are covered by the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, which requires an applicant to be 18 years old at time of application and which directs mandatory retirement at age 65. Given this mandatory retirement age and the fact that five years must be allowed to achieve tenure in the agency, there is an upper age limit of 59 at time of appointment to the Foreign Service.

* 1.Are you between the ages of 18 - 59?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please provide your date of birth.

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  2. No


* 2.Do you have worldwide availability?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Select the highest level of education you have completed in a relevant field of study.
  1. High school diploma/GED
  2. Associate's Degree
  3. Bachelor's Degree
  4. Master's Degree
  5. Doctorate Degree (e.g., PhD., MD, DrPH)
  6. None of the above


* 4.Please select your field of study.
  1. International Health
  2. Public Health
  3. Population Studies
  4. Demography
  5. Medicine
  6. Nursing
  7. Midwifery
  8. International Development with Public or International Health sub-concentration
  9. Public Administration with Public or International Health sub-concentration
  10. Management with Public or International Health sub-concentration
  11. Social Science with Public or International Health sub-concentration
  12. Behavioral Science with Public or International Health sub-concentration
  13. Social Work with Public or International Health sub-concentration
  14. None of the above


* 5.Select the statement that best describes your education and relevant work experience.
  1. I have a Master's Degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience.
  2. I have a Doctoral Degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DrPH) with at least 4 years of relevant experience.
  3. I have less than 4 years of relevant experience.
  4. I do not have any of the education or experience above.


Relevant work experience is defined as experience in one or more of the following public health areas: primary health care, maternal health, child survival, population/family planning/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, and pandemic threats), environmental health, nutrition, social marketing of public health concept or products, demography, epidemiology, biomedical/clinical research, health economics, health systems strengthening. This may include work based in the U.S. on developing country health issues that involved substantial travel to the developing countries.

* 6.Select the statement that best describes your education and experience overseas in developing countries and/or in a diverse domestic environment.
  1. I have a Master's Degree with at least 4 years of overseas experience in developing countries.
  2. I have a Doctoral Degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DrPH) with at least 3 years of overseas experience in developing countries.
  3. I have a Master's Degree with at least 4 years' experience in a diverse domestic environment.
  4. I have a Doctoral Degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DrPH) with at least 3 years' experience in a diverse domestic environment.
  5. I have a Master's Degree but I do not have at least 4 years' experience overseas in a developing country and/or in a diverse domestic environment.
  6. I have a Doctoral Degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DrPH) but I do not have at least 3 years' overseas experience in a developing country and/or a diverse domestic environment.
  7. I do not have any of the education or experience described above.


Examples of diverse domestic environment include: serving on an Indian reservation in the Public Health Service(e.g., Navajo reservation in Arizona), working on public health issues in rural areas (e.g., family planning/maternal child health service provision in Appalachia), working on a public health issue with underserved populations in an inner city (e.g., HIV at-risk populations in a U.S. inner city).

* 7.Please provide the following details for each work period you have had overseas in a developing country and/or in a diverse domestic environment: Country, Job Title, Organization/Company, Start Month/Year, and End Month/Year. (For example: "Sudan, Program Manager for Child Survival, World Health Organization, June 2007 to February 2009")
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A complete application for this position requires the submission of five (5) professional references. These references MUST include at least 3 supervisors. Please enter the contact information for your five (5) references in the following fields.

* 8.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 1st reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 9.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 2nd reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 10.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 3rd reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 11.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 5th reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 12.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 4th reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 13.Are you willing to travel overseas with little notice?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Are you willing to live anywhere overseas?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Do you have experience performing tasks that are outside of your functional area?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Have you ever worked on an on-call basis that occasionally required you to work outside of your regularly scheduled working hours?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Which statement below best describes your skill in handling ambiguous situations when dealing with a variety of people?
  1. My previous positions have not required me to deal with a variety of people under ambiguous situations.
  2. I have had limited experience handling ambiguous situations which dealt with a variety of people. When I did, my supervisor or a senior employee was there to assist me.
  3. I have served in positions where I handled ambiguous situations when dealing with a variety of people. I was usually able to do this without guidance from my supervisor.
  4. I have mentored or supervised others who dealt with a variety of people in ambiguous situations.


* 18.Which statements below describe your experience in persuasion and negotiation when dealing with public health policies or procedures?
  1. I have negotiated and obtained agreement from management within my organization.
  2. I have experience in negotiating and obtaining agreement among stakeholders outside of my organization.
  3. I have persuaded other to take a particular course of action or to accept findings, recommendations, changes, and alternative viewpoints.
  4. I have used interview techniques to solicit facts and information from others who may be unwilling or uncooperative.
  5. None of the above


* 19.I have experience leading a team and negotiating to develop solutions to team-related issues.
  1. True
  2. False


* 20.I have experience identifying team building activities to enhance the performance and morale of a team.
  1. True
  2. False


* 21.I have experience evaluating requests for information that are sensitive in nature, and determining if the request needs the attention of higher level management?
  1. True
  2. False


* 22.Select the responses that match your experience interacting with persons of varied backgrounds, cultures, or languages to accomplish work goals and objectives.
  1. I have worked successfully alongside people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  2. I have worked successfully with persons from a similar culture but of a different race, gender, and ethnicity from my own.
  3. I have worked successfully with colleagues, customers, and or clients who did not have a good command of English (or your own native language if not English).
  4. I have worked successfully with colleagues, customers, and/or clients who held different views from my own on important subjects or issues.
  5. I have worked successfully with persons who held a hostile or antagonistic attitude toward me.
  6. None of the above.


* 23.Select the interpersonal skills that you have applied on a regular and recurring basis with positive outcomes.
  1. Diffused confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  2. Persuaded and or inspired others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques.
  3. Facilitated the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation was needed to meet an objective.
  4. Developed productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  5. Interacted professionally in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arose that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  6. Worked cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program's goals.
  7. None of the above.


* 24.Which response best reflects your highest level of experience working cooperatively and collaboratively with others in a work, academic, or volunteer setting?
  1. I do not have prior experience of this nature.
  2. I have partnered with one person with a shared objective to accomplish work.
  3. I have worked on a team with my peers, each of whom had a designated separate role.
  4. I have worked on a team with individuals from different organizations, groups, or offices and have guided others to work effectively in a team environment.
  5. In a supervisory or leadership capacity, I have created an atmosphere for teamwork, cooperation, and productivity which had positive impact.


* 25.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience providing technical advice and guidance on programmatic and policy matters related to public health?
  1. I have no experience in this.
  2. I have performed this on the job. My work was monitored by a more senior employee to guide my efforts.
  3. I have performed this as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor.
  4. I have guided the performance of others to carry out this task or I have trained others to provide technical guidance and advice.


* 26.From the following list select the groups with which you have maintained effective working relationships and in which your leadership attributes were recognized:
  1. National Health Officials in a developing country
  2. Community level health leaders in a developing country
  3. Local Public Health officials in the United States
  4. Health-related NGO representatives
  5. International Health Officials
  6. Donor organization officials
  7. US Government Officials
  8. Employees
  9. Co-workers
  10. None of the Above


* 27.Describe which statement below best reflects your leadership ability in a team environment:
  1. Participated in multi-cultural teams to accomplish projects or in on-going day-to-day program activities, but do not have team leadership experience.
  2. Led day-to-day program activities or project teams. Goals and objectives were clearly defined.
  3. Led project oriented teams with multiple goals and objectives. Promoted an environment in which team members received fair and equitable treatment. Resolved team concerns; provided training opportunities for all team members; and/or recognized the contributions of individual team members and the teams' overall achievements to motivate and achieve results.
  4. Experience, education, or training less than the levels described above.
  5. None of the above


* 28.Select supervisory duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. Planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  2. Assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  3. Responsible for first line supervision to employees.
  4. Developed performance standards and evaluated employees` work.
  5. Instructed employees on both program work and administrative matters.
  6. Interviewed candidates for positions.
  7. Recommended individuals for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  8. Worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  9. Resolved office conflicts through mediation and/or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
  10. Resolved office conflicts by providing written guidance.
  11. Addressed employee conduct issues by seeking appropriate human resources actions such as verbal admonishments or suspensions.
  12. Coached employees on performance issues.
  13. Followed necessary steps when an employee's performance did not improve.
  14. Developed performance improvement plans.
  15. Mentored or coached other staff on a team, even though not as a formal supervisor.
  16. None of the above.


* 29.Choose the response that best describes your highest level of experience developing, leading, directing, coaching, mentoring and/or motivating a diverse staff taking into account individual goals, values and sensitivities.
  1. Provided broad guidance to people to prioritize work and then accomplish it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  2. Led, supervised and managed professional and administrative staff in the design and delivery of programs and projects.
  3. Led a management evaluation or assessment team to provide assistance and advice on organizational problems.
  4. As a staff member, served as acting supervisor on occasion.
  5. As a staff member, frequently mentored or coached more junior staff.
  6. None of the above.


* 30.Choose all the statements that describe your experience managing, directing or administrating an important program and/or significant program segment.
  1. I have issued technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations and program policies relating to the program.
  2. I have developed and recommended program policies, strategies and goals.
  3. I have set the short-range objectives for the accomplishment of the program work.
  4. I have set long-range plans for the program considering the possible changes in program direction and new and/or emerging laws.
  5. I have developed and approved program procedures and practices.
  6. I have programmed and/or reprogrammed budgets according to shifting priorities and project needs.
  7. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 31.Choose the statements that describe how you have applied oral communication skills in a professional setting on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. I have influenced decision-makers, both internal and external, to reach a consensus on programmatic and technical aspects of my organization's initiatives that were potentially controversial or unprecedented.
  2. I have interpreted and clarified information (e.g. rules, procedures) and presented to internal audiences.
  3. I have briefed managers and executives outside of my organization on relevant issues.
  4. I have initiated discussions with individuals to acquire specific programmatic and or technical information.
  5. I have instructed an audience with mixed levels of comprehension in a training environment.
  6. I have functioned as a spokesperson for an organization.
  7. I have facilitated communication and activities between organizational entities.
  8. None of the above.


* 32.Have you presented technical information to national and international audiences, with varying awareness levels, to obtain "buy-in" on international or host government initiatives on international public health issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 33.Choose the statement that best describe how you have applied oral communication skills in the public health sector.
  1. As official representative of your organization, made presentations to senior officials of governments or non-governmental health organizations to inform policy and/or negotiate program designs.
  2. As representative of your organization, negotiated program issues or provided training to counterparts and peers in other governments or non-governmental health organizations.
  3. Negotiated and/or defended policy, programmatic, or technical positions to senior officials of your own organization.
  4. Negotiated policy, programmatic, or technical positions to peers or team members within your organization.
  5. Experience, education, or raining less than the levels described above.


* 34.Do you have experience evaluating technical or scientific information related to public health issues and providing evidence-based recommendations to management to address these issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 35.Select the responses that describe your experience in problem solving to address systemic issues in public health programs.
  1. I have experience in the identification of issues.
  2. I have experience in the development of methods and approaches for gathering data.
  3. I have experience in analytical techniques to review data and processes.
  4. I have experience in the development of recommendations.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 36.Choose the statements that describe your experience conducting analyses and making decisions to solve implementation problems affecting public health program effectiveness.
  1. I have experience in the identification of issues.
  2. I have experience in the development of methods and approaches for gathering data.
  3. I have experience in the analytical techniques to review data and processes.
  4. I have experience in the development of recommendations.
  5. I have experience in the implementation and follow through of recommendations.
  6. None of the above.


* 37.In relation to your public health experience with marginalized populations in the United States or another developed country, which statement best describes your highest level of experience with any of the public health programs listed here: primary health care, maternal health, child survival, population/family planning/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, and pandemic threats), environmental health, nutrition, social marketing of public health concept or products, demography, epidemiology, biomedical/clinical research, health economics, health systems strengthening?
  1. I have experience working in one of these technical areas in a non-supervisory position.
  2. I have experience working in two or more of these technical areas in a non -supervisory position.
  3. I have experience working in one of these technical areas in a supervisory position
  4. I experience working in two or more of these technical areas in a supervisory position.
  5. None of the above


* 38.Select the public health programs through which you have experience servicing marginalized populations in the United States or other developed country
  1. Primary Health Care
  2. Maternal Health
  3. Child Survival
  4. Infectious Diseases (such as TB, Malaria, Pandemic threats)
  5. Environmental Health
  6. Nutrition
  7. Population/Family Planning/Reproductive Health
  8. HIV/AIDS
  9. Social Marketing of public health concepts or products
  10. Demography
  11. Epidemiology
  12. Biomedical/Clinical Research
  13. Health Economics
  14. Health Systems Strengthening
  15. None of the above


* 39.In relation to your international public health experience with marginalized populations in one or more developing country(s), which statement best describes your highest level of experience with any of the public health programs listed here: primary health care, maternal health, child survival, population/family planning/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, and pandemic threats), environmental health, nutrition, social marketing of public health concept or products, demography, epidemiology, biomedical/clinical research, health economics, health systems strengthening?
  1. I have experience working in one of these technical areas in a non-supervisory position.
  2. I have experience working in two or more of these technical areas in a non -supervisory position.
  3. I have experience working in one of these technical areas in a supervisory position.
  4. I have experience working in two or more of these technical areas in a supervisory position.
  5. None of the above.


* 40.Select the international public health programs through which you have experience servicing marginalized populations in developing countries.
  1. Primary Health Care
  2. Maternal Health
  3. Child Survival
  4. Infectious Disease (such as TB, Malaria, Pandemic Threats)
  5. Environmental Health
  6. Nutrition
  7. Population/Family Planning/Reproductive Health
  8. HIV/AIDS
  9. Social Marketing of public health concepts or products
  10. Demography
  11. Epidemiology
  12. Biomedical/Clinical Research
  13. Health Economics
  14. Health Systems Strengthening
  15. None of the above


* 41.Select the answer that best describes your experience working on international public health programs.
  1. Led a team of health professionals working on partner country programs.
  2. Participated as a team member on international health programs.
  3. Worked as a short-term technical consultant on an international health activity.
  4. Worked on a public health project at the local community or district level.
  5. None of the above.


* 42.Select the statement that best describes your experience in health program/project design in developing country settings.
  1. Designed a multi-sector public health program in a developing country setting
  2. Designed a limited-scope project in support of one of the public health areas in the country's national health plan
  3. Assisted substantially in the design of a public health project
  4. Provided technical comments for the design of public health project
  5. None of the above


* 43.Select the statement that best describes your experience in international health contract/grant program management.
  1. Overall managed at least one international public health project (for example, serving as Chief of Party).
  2. Executed program and project management functions as a key staff member for at least one international health project.
  3. Assisted the project manager in discrete project implementation activities.
  4. None of the above


* 44.Select the statement that best describes your experience in public health program/project evaluation in developing country settings.
  1. Designed evaluation methodologies and analytic frameworks and conducted field assessments.
  2. Contributed to evaluation framework designs and participated on evaluation teams.
  3. After participating on an evaluation team, was primarily responsible for drafting the final evaluation report.
  4. Synthesized evaluation reports to identify best practices and lessons learned.
  5. None of the above


* 45.Select the statement that best summarizes your experience applying public health analytical methods and techniques to international health topics.
  1. Analyzed health statistics, program and financial data reports and provided technical recommendations to improve public health programming.
  2. Using data analysis, designed evidence-based project interventions required to support health program objectives.
  3. Participated in assessments of program/project research, performance and impact.
  4. None of the above


* 46.Select the statements that describe your experience working with public health programs to further country ownership and capacity building of local institutions.
  1. Managed programs related to strengthening the human resource capacity of a local institution or Government entity.
  2. Developed Management Information Systems to track project progress (e.g., of project results or of efforts to improve systems, such as a country's human resource planning).
  3. Identified and promoted initiatives that improve the impact of resources use and sustainability (e.g., developing or recommending ways to improve the public health logistics systems).
  4. Provided advice and guidance on policy changes that would enhance the local entities' effectiveness and/or efficiency in improving public health outcomes.
  5. None of the above


* 47.Select the documents you have written related to public health to inform senior management or other decision making bodies.
  1. Briefing papers
  2. Summary of findings
  3. Technical reports
  4. Issue papers
  5. Project documentation (e.g. implementation letters, contracts, progress reports)
  6. None of the above


* 48.Select the answers that describe your experience preparing written communication relative to a public health program.
  1. Project design documents
  2. Evaluation design frameworks
  3. Project reports
  4. Technical updates
  5. Training modules
  6. Request for cooperative agreement applications (RFAs)
  7. Request for proposals (RFPs)
  8. Summary of findings
  9. Scopes of work
  10. Feasibility studies
  11. Project proposals
  12. None of the above


* 49.Select the answer that best describes your experience preparing written materials to be used in an international setting with host governments regarding an international public health program.
  1. Prepared or contributed to the preparation of national health strategies
  2. Evaluated health strategies or programs
  3. Provided comments on policy and regulatory changes for partner countries
  4. Prepared advocacy and information materials
  5. None of the above






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