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* 1.GS-14 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 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.Choose the item(s) that apply to your experience in producing written communication as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have produced correspondence, reports and justifications.
  2. I have reviewed correspondence, reports and justifications prepared by subordinates.
  3. I have delegated the production of correspondence, reports and justifications.
  4. I have been authorized to sign correspondence, reports and justifications.
  5. None of the above.


* 3.Which forms of communications have you edited, as a regular and recurring part of your job, to ensure they were organized logically, conformed to technical standards, and were grammatically correct.
  1. Technical reports that must be readily understood by a wide audience
  2. Office correspondence signed by the head of my organization
  3. Speeches
  4. Structured questionnaires or survey instruments
  5. Congressional testimony
  6. Comments to proposed legislation or regulations
  7. Comments to draft technical pronouncements by standard-setting bodies
  8. Policy or procedure manuals
  9. Press releases
  10. Strategic and annual planning documents for an organization
  11. None of the above


* 4.For which purposes have you written presentation materials (e.g., handbooks, speeches)?
  1. For meetings or briefings
  2. For professional meetings
  3. For workshops or conferences
  4. For training or orientation sessions
  5. None of the above


* 5.Which types of documents have you written?
  1. Academic reports or papers
  2. Newspaper, magazine, or journal articles
  3. Press releases
  4. Technical reports
  5. Speeches
  6. Web published news or feature articles
  7. Publications
  8. Policy guidance
  9. Opinion papers or decision memos
  10. None of the above


* 6.Select the statements that describe your experience in written communication.
  1. I have developed operating instructions or formal instructions or directives.
  2. I have prepared analytical summaries or justifications, investigative reports, or articles for periodicals, briefs, proposals and Web sites.
  3. I have produced executive talking points, presentations and meeting summaries.
  4. None of the above.


* 7.Please choose the statement that best describes your experience communicating in writing.
  1. I have developed and compiled written documents for a wide variety of audiences that require moderate editing prior to distribution (i.e., additional content must be added, facts must be checked, spelling and grammar is edited).
  2. I have consistently generated effective, detailed, well written documents that require little editing prior to distribution (i.e., spelling and grammar is edited).
  3. I have independently generated effective, detailed, well written documents that require no editing (i.e., they are of a quality suitable for review by senior executives).
  4. None of the above.


* 8.Choose the statements that best describe your experience preparing written documents.
  1. I have prepared written responses to public inquiries and prepared Congressional or executive-level correspondence.
  2. I have drafted policy and procedural materials for dissemination.
  3. I have prepared written material to be distributed on the internet or intranet to describe policies or procedures.
  4. I have gathered and researched data and information and prepared responses to non-routine correspondence.
  5. I have prepared issue papers on workforce management issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  6. I have written briefings for diverse audiences.
  7. None of the above.


* 9.Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience(s) in communications.
  1. I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings or conferences.
  2. I have provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers or others on a regular basis.
  3. I have coordinated meetings, workshops or conferences.
  4. I have delivered presentations to groups at work or in other environments.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.Which activities have you performed while interacting with Members of Congress?
  1. Orally inform Members about agency or company programs
  2. Orally explain agency or company policies
  3. Solicit their views on issues associated with USAID
  4. None of the above


* 11.Have you represented an Agency or organization at Congressional hearings and meetings?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Which oral communication activities related to procurement have you performed?
  1. Orally presented findings and recommendations to inform procurement activities.
  2. Orally defended recommendations related to procurement activities.
  3. Explained policies and procedures.
  4. Orally advised others to maintain compliance with policies.
  5. None of the above


* 13.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.


* 14.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience developing a comprehensive media outreach or communications program or plan that supports an organization`s mission.
  1. I do not have education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task or have trained others to perform this task. I am consulted by others to provide assistance in performing this task.


* 15.Indicate your highest level of experience reviewing publications, speeches, testimony, etc. for key officials to ensure consistency with established policy.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this 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 the job, independently and usually without review by 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 a.


* 16.Indicate your experience gathering and evaluating information and conducting trends analysis on data to provide solutions to problems.
  1. I have applied analytical and evaluation practices, theories, methods, and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues (e.g. financial controls, office budgets, program operation improvements).
  2. I have obtained accurate and sufficient information on congressional, industry, or public inquiries and recommended responses based on evaluation of the information.
  3. I have conducted analysis, reviews, and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements.
  4. None of the above.


* 17.Choose the statement(s) that best describe the type of communication services you have provided as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have served as the point of contact with members of the public or outside agencies in order to convey detailed information about policies and regulations and rendered necessary assistance.
  2. I have explained technical or other complex information related to government regulations.
  3. I have promoted, developed and maintained good working relationships with key individuals and/or groups.
  4. I have served as a liaison making contacts with a variety of government, nonprofit and corporate officials for the purpose of conveying information.
  5. I have conducted or facilitated briefings, meetings or conferences with senior agency officials or representatives of other government agencies.
  6. None of the above.


* 18.Indicate your highest level of experience in maintaining and promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  1. I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  2. I have led efforts to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  3. I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  4. I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 19.Select the statement that describes your highest level of experience building professional relationships with various individuals.
  1. I have built rapport while interacting with my peers and immediate supervisor only.
  2. I have built rapport while interacting with my peers, immediate supervisor, and lower-level external customers.
  3. I have built rapport while interacting with various levels of external customers, and high-ranking officials (both internal and external).
  4. None of the above.


* 20.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience handling difficult situations when dealing with a variety of people.
  1. I have handled difficult situations that dealt with a variety of people. When I did, my supervisor or senior employee was there to assist me in these situations.
  2. I have had to maintain composure while dealing with a variety of people. I was usually able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor.
  3. I have maintained composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor or senior level person.
  4. None of the above.


* 21.Select the statements which describe your experience contributing to a communications plan.
  1. I gathered information on special initiatives, new program strategies, and best practices.
  2. I developed and executed a comprehensive strategy for conveying information about program activities to various audiences.
  3. I developed creative methods to convey information about the organization`s programs and initiatives to the public.
  4. I managed the development and implementation of a broad strategy for targeted communications that have both national and international implications.
  5. None of the above.


* 22.Have you had to effectively handle negative media coverage?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 23.I have conducted analyses to define the appropriate entities to involve, established characteristics of target groups, and determined the most effective methods to use to obtain input from these groups.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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