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* 1.GS-12 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service performing work appropriate to the position advertised in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


* 2.BASIC REQUIREMENT - Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed four full years of education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  2. I possess a combination of post-high school education in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in accounting, statistics or calculus, plus at least three years of general experience, one year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


* 3.Select the statement best describes your expertise in cost benefit analysis.
  1. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  2. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently, and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  4. I have no experience, education, or training in performing this task.


* 4.Select the statement that BEST describes your experience in international economics and development:
  1. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  2. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently, and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  4. I have no experience, education, or training in performing this task.


* 5.Do you have experience presenting economic analysis at workshops and/or conferences?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Please select those statements in the following list that best describe your experience in planning work assignments, establishing short and long-term priorities, and accomplishing objectives.
  1. I have experience as the formally designated leader of at least one work project.
  2. I have experience leading projects to conduct studies designed to provide solutions to new and existing needs and problems.
  3. I have experience assigning tasks to team members and monitoring their progress.
  4. I have experience creating and maintaining project plans, monitoring progress of project, informing project sponsors, and adjusting priorities as needed.
  5. I have experience leading portions of a project to conduct research and analysis on solutions to new and existing needs.
  6. I have experience maintaining project plan for a workgroup project.
  7. I have experience working independently and taking initiative to implement plans and ideas, using judgment in determining when assistance/approval might be needed.
  8. I have experience participating in a project designed to provide solutions to new and existing needs.
  9. I have experience serving on project to conduct research on solutions to new and existing needs.
  10. I have experience providing input to project plans.
  11. I have experience independently prioritizing work assignments.
  12. None of the above.


* 7.Select the statements that best describes your experience working in a developing country context.
  1. I have had education or training in working overseas.
  2. I have experience working overseas in low and middle income countries.
  3. I have experience working post conflict or priority countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and/or South Sudan.
  4. I do not have experience working overseas.


* 8.I have utilized my interpersonal communication skills in the following area(s).
  1. I have dealt with individuals who were difficult, hostile or distressed.
  2. I have succeeded in interacting and working with multiple levels of co-workers, supervisors and high level management.
  3. I have identified and responded to critical events with diplomacy and action.
  4. I have persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes or alternative viewpoints.
  5. I have guided individuals (subordinates, peers, superiors) or groups toward task accomplishment.
  6. I have maintained effectiveness in varying environments and with varying tasks, responsibilities, or people.
  7. I have negotiated with others to reach agreement, settlement, consensus, compliance or a solution.
  8. None of the above.


* 9.Please select those statements that best describe your experience in developing CBA models.
  1. I have experience creating CBA models in the developing country context, including developing both a financial and an economic analysis.
  2. I have experience carrying out CBA methodologies and documenting results in written reports or operating procedures.
  3. I have experience in identifying problems in data or methodology in the context of CBA.
  4. I have experience assisting in conducting analytical research to improve the quality or consistency of economic data.
  5. I have experience analyzing prescribed methodologies and recommending changes where needed.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.I have experience training others in cost benefit analysis and/or economic analysis.
  1. True
  2. False


* 11.Select the statements that describe your experience in developing technical training in cost benefit analysis.
  1. I have participated in the development of training on how to create CBA models.
  2. I have developed materials such as case studies, presentations and exercises for CBA.
  3. I have updated training lectures based on feedback from participants.
  4. I have provided training in the form of written instructions.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.From the list that follows, please select those statements that describe your experience communicating orally for the purpose of giving briefings, presentations, and training.
  1. I have experience presenting economic concepts to non-economists and high level leadership to help inform policy decisions.
  2. I have experience conducting formal and informal meetings involving presentations to decision makers.
  3. I have experience persuading others to take a particular course of action or to accept findings, recommendations, changes, or alternative viewpoints.
  4. I have experience serving as a participant in a number of forums, including inter-office task forces and committees.
  5. I have experience initiating and maintaining contacts with individuals inside and outside the organization.
  6. I have experience interacting with staff within an agency or organization and leading meetings of workgroups.
  7. I have experience coordinating meetings or presentations to internal and external audiences.
  8. None of the above.


* 13.Please select those experience statements in the following list that best describe your demonstrated ability and experience in effectively building relationships with others and working with teams to accomplish goals.
  1. I have experience using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods of communication to gain agreement or acceptance of an idea, plan, activity, or product from others.
  2. I have experience maintaining composure and objectivity when confronted with situations that provoke defensiveness.
  3. I have experience interacting with government and business officials and directing inter-organizational groups to convey information.
  4. I have experience directing inter-organizational groups.
  5. I have experience cultivating effective team environment through good communication, interpersonal, analytical, and creative problem-solving skills.
  6. I have experience acting in a manner that clearly demonstrates consideration for the feelings and needs of others.
  7. I have experience implementing economic recommendations derived from taskforces and workgroups.
  8. I have experience interacting with staff within the office and leading meetings of workgroups.
  9. I have experience participating in a team or workgroup.
  10. I have experience leading a team or workgroup.
  11. I have experience conveying information effectively to others in a team and/or workgroup environment.
  12. None of the above.


* 14.I have experience communicating complex economic concepts in writing to non-economists, including managers, staff and the organization’s leadership.
  1. True
  2. False


* 15.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience using computer-based statistical software (i.e. Stata, SAS, SPSS or Excel) to perform complex economic analyses?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task.
  3. I have performed this task with close supervision.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task or trained others to perform this task.






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