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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.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in budget formulation and execution.
  1. Appeals on budget decisions/OMB passback.
  2. Budget guidance development.
  3. Review financial performance of programs.
  4. Budget planning preparation.
  5. Budget and program trend analysis.
  6. Analyze impacts for alternative level of funding.
  7. Prepare or review program performance progress report.
  8. Provide budget advice to program offices.
  9. Review budget and program data to determine additional funding needs and the need to reprogram funds.
  10. None of the above.


* 3.From the following list, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations.
  1. Senior officials
  2. Colleagues
  3. Government organizations
  4. General public
  5. Private industry
  6. Academia
  7. Professional organizations
  8. Technical experts
  9. Inter-agency Meetings
  10. None of the above


* 4.Which of the following best describes your experience in setting priorities to meet your professional responsibilities?
  1. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are generally completed independently and within the assigned deadlines and milestones.
  2. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I normally resolve the minor conflicts independently.
  3. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I adjust my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. In resolving major conflicts, I involve the team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I assist my team or staff in determining how best to use their time and reprioritize their work as situations warrant.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Choose all tasks that you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Analyzing problems related to major programs, researching solutions, and drawing logical conclusions.
  2. Making recommendations on new processes, systems and procedures related to improving a major program.
  3. Researching, analyzing and interpreting new legislation or regulations related to a major program or initiative.
  4. Developing interpretations, legal opinions or administrative rulings involving major program(s).
  5. Drafting white papers, guidelines, action strategies, and/or guidance involving the implementation of a new program or initiative.
  6. Resolving problems at an organizational or staff level but not related to a major program or initiative.
  7. Analyzing problems and making recommendations on new processes, systems and procedures related to improving major program(s) at a department or agency.
  8. Researching, analyzing and interpreting new legislation or regulations related to major program(s) at a department or agency.
  9. Drafting white papers, guidelines, action strategies, legal opinions, interpretations and/or guidance involving the implementation of a new major program or initiative at a department or agency.
  10. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following statements best describes your expertise with conducting small and large-scale research in order to carry out specialized research projects?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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. My work on this task was monitored by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 7.Which of the following best reflect your ability to perform quantitative analysis and evaluation?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in this area.
  2. I have had formal undergraduate level education/ training in this area. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  3. I have had formal graduate level education/ training in this area. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  4. I have had formal education/ training in this area, and work experience in performing quantitative and qualitative analysis and evaluation.
  5. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  6. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  7. I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task


* 8.Choose all examples that apply to your experience analyzing data and information when preparing written reports.
  1. I have analyzed data or statistics to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in written documents that I prepared.
  2. I have been the primary author of briefings, articles, studies, or reports.
  3. I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  4. I have composed explanations or justification decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  5. I have analyzed trends and other information to: (a) identify issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) formulate strategies and recommendations that I incorporated into written reports that I prepared.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Select which statements best describe your experience in completing reports, evaluations, program analysis, and/or written correspondence.
  1. I have written a variety of technical and complex reports, memos, and policy papers requiring the analysis of interrelated concepts and strategies.
  2. I have prepared written documents that explain policies, procedures, or decisions on specific cases or studies.
  3. I have written clear and concise reports addressed for various target audiences from data collected and carefully analyzed.
  4. I have had formal coursework or training in technical or creative writing.
  5. I have written correspondence for signature of executive level officials, and have provided technical and complex information for writing responses to inquiries.
  6. I have written new or revised government regulations, policies, or procedures and developed modifications to final regulatory policies and procedures.
  7. None of the above.


* 10.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.


* 11.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


* 12.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in health programs?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have worked in this area on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at working in this area on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted with me as an expert for assistance.


* 13.Which of the following describes your level of expertise and involvement in developing analysis for organizational decision makers on health policy, program, and budget issues?
  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 I have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. Others have consulted me as an expert for this kind of assistance.


* 14.I have performed the following activities that demonstrate my technical knowledge in the Health field:
  1. Assessed Health challenges in a given country, leading to a written set of technical recommendations for addressing identified challenges.
  2. Written a proposal seeking funding to address a Health issue.
  3. Participated in a technical review of proposals seeking funding to address a Health problem.
  4. Performed a written study of Health issues or themes across a number of countries to develop a comparative perspective on the issues or themes.
  5. Served as a technical advisor to a government or non-governmental organization to design a strategy for addressing Health challenges.


* 15.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in developing and enhancing working partnerships and resolving issues.
  1. Provide frequent briefings to higher-level authority on issues and recommend solutions to problems.
  2. Facilitate group sessions (i.e. group feedback sessions, focus groups, user workshops)
  3. Prepare and present technical briefings and/or training activities to a variety of audiences.
  4. Work closely with managers to resolve problems, analyze alternatives, negotiate differences, or develop improvements.
  5. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  6. Conduct meetings to plan, coordinate, consult on work efforts, or resolve issues. This would include making presentations to influence individuals or groups who are resistant to agency positions or have conflicting agendas.
  7. Represented an organizations program in discussions with individuals or groups who may be skeptical or in disagreement and require skill to influence, motivate, question or otherwise gain the desired outcome.
  8. None of the above


* 16.Choose the one answer that BEST describes your knowledge of, and work experience with, international development and/or foreign assistance issues:
  1. I have no education, training or experience with international development and/or foreign assistance issues.
  2. I have education, or training on international development and/or foreign assistance issues, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently performed work on international development and/or foreign assistance issues as a regular part of my job, usually with review by a supervisor.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed work on international development and/or foreign assistance issues as a regular part of my job, usually without review by a supervisor.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing independent work on international development and/or foreign assistance issues, having trained others in this activity, and/or others have consulted me as an expert.






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