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* 1.GS-14 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose the 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.BASIC REQUIREMENT - Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed a bachelor's or higher degree in food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology.
  2. I possess a combination of post high school education with courses equivalent to a major in food or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related field; including 30 semester hours in biological and physical sciences, and 20 semester hours in food technology and related subjects, or 20 semester hours directly applicable to food technology plus experience or additional education that provided skills/abilities to perform the work and meet position requirements.
  3. I do not meet either of the requirements described above.


* 3.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in food technology, which would provide a solid foundation for liaising within USAID and with external organizations on behalf of USAID/FFP.
  1. I have no 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 closely by a supervisory 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 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.


* 4.Choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in assessing the nutrient and non-nutrient components in foods.
  1. I have no 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 closely by a supervisory 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 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.


* 5.Choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in researching and interpreting technical information on food technology to provide technical guidance and assistance within your organization, external organizations, and the public.
  1. I have no 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 closely by a supervisory 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 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.


* 6.Choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training of how you keep abreast of current research and analyses relevant to your work?
  1. I do not regularly keep abreast of current research and analyses relevant to my work.
  2. I keep abreast of current research and analyses relevant to my work by reading the top food technology journals every month.
  3. I keep abreast of current research and analyses relevant to my work by reading the top food technology journals every month and attending professional meetings.
  4. I keep abreast of current research and analyses relevant to my work by reading the top food technology journals every month, attending professional meetings, and talking to my professional network.


* 7.Choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training analyzing and weighing policy options and/or management processes and systems and developing recommendations for policy direction or improvements to processes and systems?
  1. I have no 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 closely by a supervisory 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 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.


* 8.Choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in determining objectives and strategies, setting priorities, organizing to accomplish goals, and monitoring and evaluating progress and outcomes.
  1. I have no 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 closely by a supervisory 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 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.


* 9.As part of your regular work duties, how frequently do you interact with customers, external offices/organizations, Congress, or with other members of the public?
  1. Daily
  2. Weekly
  3. Monthly
  4. Quarterly
  5. Yearly
  6. Never


* 10.Choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training in conveying complex issues in writing in a succinct, organized, and timely manner.
  1. I have no 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 closely by a supervisory 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 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.


* 11.Which statement describes your highest level of experience analyzing legislation to determine and initiate an appropriate course of action?
  1. I have no experience in this area.
  2. I have training or education in this area but no on-the-job experience.
  3. I have worked with others to analyze these documents to determine an appropriate course of action.
  4. I have independently analyzed these documents to determine an appropriate course of action.


* 12.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience performing quality assurance activities?
  1. I independently totaled volumes of products produced and ensured totals matched process control or report totals from an automated processing run.
  2. I independently ensured that products were produced as expected.
  3. I have provided support to those conducting quality assurance activities but have not independently performed the activities.
  4. I have not had a job where I was required to perform quality assurance activities.






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