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Grade: 14
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.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.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.


* 2.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.


* 3.Have you been responsible for implementing major program initiatives for an organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Select the responses that reflect your experience setting priorities.
  1. I have completed numerous long-term projects on time with minimal supervision.
  2. I have completed numerous short-term projects on time with minimal supervision.
  3. I complete numerous projects on time as assigned by my supervisor.
  4. I have experience working on a single project and completing it on time.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Which of the following have you done as a routine part of your professional work experience?
  1. Established priorities and timelines among multiple projects
  2. Initiated and managed projects through completion
  3. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  4. Assigned tasks and monitored performance
  5. Anticipated and resolved problems
  6. None of the above


* 6.Which statements describe your experience gathering and evaluating information and data?
  1. I have applied analytical and evaluating methods, theories, and techniques to provide recommendations on administrative, management or technical issues (e.g., conducting studies; researching and analyzing official documents; compiling and charting statistical data; gathering, summarizing and analyzing information for incorporation into final reports).
  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 recommend solutions and improvements for the efficiency of the office.
  4. None of the above


* 7.Please indicate your highest level of experience analyzing and recommending solutions to administrative problems.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education and 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 a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task.


* 8.Choose the statement that best describes your ability to analyze and evaluate organizations and management systems, identify problems and develop solutions.
  1. I have experience performing work that required the independent resolution of problems involving complex, diverse or unique issues using little source material and pre-existing precedents.
  2. I have experience performing work that required the resolution of problems involving issues that impacted a limited segment of an organization using a wide range of source material and pre-existing precedents.
  3. I have experience performing work that required resolution of problems involving routine issues of limited impact on an organization using clear-cut guidelines and precedents that determine the most appropriate guideline to use.
  4. None of the above.


* 9.Have you ever identified a problem or deficiency in a management or program analysis project where the underlying problem, or root cause, was masked and therefore not obvious at the outset?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Do you have experience in assessing efficiency and effectiveness of an international development program?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.I have routinely applied the following communication skills in a professional setting:
  1. Facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties when cooperation was needed in order to meet program objective.
  2. Interacted effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arose that caused shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. Discussed reviews and other assignments with mid-level management.
  4. Provided direction, guidance, or instruction to lower graded professional staff.
  5. Persuaded others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations.
  6. Prepared work-related documents for mid-level managers.
  7. Met with senior officials and presented work assignment results.
  8. Diffused confrontational contact with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  9. Discussed performance plans/expectations and evaluations with lower graded professional staff.
  10. Communicated solutions and recommendations with senior executives.


* 12.Choose the statements that describe your experience communicating in writing in order to effectively prepare narrative and technical reports.
  1. I have prepared detailed summary reports, including recommendations and possible solutions to program operations problems.
  2. I have drafted correspondence to external parties.
  3. I have independently responded to non-controversial requests or inquiries.
  4. I have prepared presentation materials conveying technical or programmatic requirements.
  5. My written products have been recognized as high quality through a performance appraisal and/or awards.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Choose the type(s) of written products you have produced as a regular part of a job.
  1. Issue/position papers or summary reports on organizational data that included analysis and recommendations.
  2. Policy statements and guidance.
  3. Communication plans.
  4. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  5. Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems.
  6. Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  7. Presentation or briefing materials.
  8. Briefings and testimony for Congressional hearings.
  9. Budget support, justification impact, and analysis.
  10. Organizational assessments.
  11. Strategic plans.
  12. None of the above.


* 14.Do you have experience gathering and analyzing facts and making recommendations based on the information?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Identify the areas of management in which you have analyses experience.
  1. Policy compliance.
  2. Procedures.
  3. Processes.
  4. Organizational structure.
  5. Organizational management and reporting relationships.
  6. Span of control.
  7. Management practices.
  8. Productivity.
  9. None of the above.


* 16.Do you have experience conducting analysis, reviews, and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements for the efficiency of the office?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Choose the response that best describes your highest level of experience developing, leading, directing, and 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 on organizational programs.
  4. As a senior staff member, served as acting supervisor on occasion, and assisted the supervisor in developing and leading others. Led, directed and motivated team members to accomplish specific projects.
  5. None of the above.


* 18.Select the duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis to develop, lead, direct, or motivate a diverse staff.
  1. I have led a complex, multi-layered workforce of widely varying occupations and knowledge levels.
  2. I have provided broad guidance to people to prioritize work and then accomplish it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  3. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  4. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  5. I have responsibility for first line supervision to employees.
  6. I have held responsibility as a team leader.
  7. I have been a project leader.
  8. I have developed performance standards and evaluated employee's work.
  9. I have prepared evaluation material for employees, products, and/or tasks.
  10. I have interviewed candidates for positions.
  11. I have recommended individuals for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  12. I have worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  13. I have resolved office conflicts through mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
  14. I have, as a senior staff member, served as acting supervisor on occasion, and assisted the supervisor in developing and leading others.
  15. I have not performed any of the above tasks.






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