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Grade: 15
* 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.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Have you been responsible for implementing major program initiatives for an organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.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. Used project management software
  4. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  5. Assigned tasks and monitored performance
  6. Anticipated and resolved problems
  7. None of the above


* 3.Select the statement which best describes your highest level of experience planning and organizing your work.
  1. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have followed a schedule, goals, and guidelines prepared by my supervisor.
  3. I have set goals and priorities for my own work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  4. I have set goals and priorities for my own work and coordinated activities and timelines with others to ensure that project goals and deadlines were met.


* 4.Choose the statement that best describes your experience researching analyzing and interpreting policies, procedures, laws, statues and other regulations.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency 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/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 5.Select the statements that describe your experience leading or participating as a team member on specific projects.
  1. Communicate the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values to work team members and integrate them into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans products, and services.
  2. Communicate the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actions to be taken, milestones, program issues, and timeframes for completion to all team members.
  3. Coach the team and provide advice on appropriate work methods, practices and procedures, and identifying the parameters of a viable solution.
  4. Lead the team in identifying, distributing, balancing and adjusting workload and tasks as needed in accordance with established workflow, skill level and/or occupational specialization, and priorities.
  5. Participate in various team projects to analyze specific issues and to develop an approach to resolve specific agency problems or projects.
  6. Monitor and report on status and progress of work, checking on work in progress and reviewing completed work to see that the team meets the instruction on work priorities, methods, deadlines and quality.
  7. Coach, facilitate and/or negotiate in coordinating team initiatives and to build consensus.
  8. Amend or reject work that did not meet established standards.
  9. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following describes your highest level of experience in managing change or change initiatives?
  1. I have assisted others in organizational development and or change management initiatives.
  2. I have been a member of a team that used organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  3. I have independently used organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  4. I have been a team leader in projects using organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  5. I have been a team leader in complex, cross functional or organization wide efforts employing organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  6. None of the above


* 7.Choose the statements that describe your experience managing, directing, or administrating an important program and/or significant program segment.
  1. I have issued technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations and program policies relating to the program.
  2. I have developed and recommended program policies, strategies and goals.
  3. I have set the short-range objectives for the accomplishment of the program work.
  4. I have set long-range plans for the program considering the possible changes in program direction and new and/or emerging laws.
  5. I have developed and approved program procedures and practices.
  6. I have promoted program(s) and provided expert advice to a variety of senior officials.
  7. I have performed reviews of major initiatives and finance functions including headquarters and field operations.
  8. I have reviewed and made recommendations for standard operating procedures.
  9. None of the above.


* 8.Choose the statements that describe your experience performing analytical and evaluative activities.
  1. I have applied fact-finding and investigative techniques in resolving issues.
  2. I have evaluated comments received on proposed regulations and/or policies to determine whether changes are feasible, enforceable and acceptable in view of program goals.
  3. I have used qualitative and quantitative methods, and other statistical approaches and techniques to assess program effectiveness.
  4. I have assisted in conducting interviews to obtain information on organizational missions, functions, and procedures.
  5. I have worked with upper management to define, analyze, and resolve problems with regulations and policy.
  6. None of the Above.


* 9.Choose the one statement that best describes your experience as a project manager.
  1. I have developed detailed schedules, monitored project milestones and executed schedules for procurement, budget, contracting and construction, utilizing industry standard software.
  2. I have communicated technical requirements to support personnel.
  3. I have used office software for uses such as data storage, retrieval, and manipulation, presentation, publishing, project management, and research and analysis.
  4. I have monitored funding expenditures for accuracy and appropriateness.
  5. I have organized, coordinated, and prioritized a variety of individual and team-based activities and information systems and non-information systems projects, and worked independently or as part of a team as the situation may dictate.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.Select the response that best describes you highest level of experience managing multiple projects.
  1. I have set priorities and made adjustments to meet delivery schedules and deadlines on single (and sequential) projects under my control.
  2. I have set priorities and made adjustments to meet delivery schedules and deadlines on multiple (and simultaneous) projects under my control.
  3. I have set priorities and made adjustments for other employees (e.g., on teams I have led, units I have formally managed, etc.) to meet delivery schedules and deadlines on multiple (and simultaneous) projects under my responsibility.
  4. None of the above


* 11.Do you have experience determining project milestones, coordinating staff assignments, and implementing individual and team work plans?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Choose the types of written products you have drafted 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. Organizational assessments.
  9. Strategic plans.
  10. None of the above


* 13.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.


* 14.Which types of research and analysis written products you have drafted?
  1. Policy documents.
  2. Briefing papers or talking points.
  3. Training and instructional aids.
  4. Journal or newspaper articles.
  5. Estimates, analysis, or reports.
  6. None of the above.


* 15.Which types of documents have you written independently in a professional setting?
  1. Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  2. Brochures and awareness publications
  3. Budget or financial plans
  4. Financial summary reports
  5. Business requirement documents
  6. Congressional inquiry responses
  7. Congressional testimony
  8. Correspondence or memoranda
  9. Option papers/decision memos
  10. Policies/Directives
  11. Federal Register notices
  12. Internet content
  13. Performance measures
  14. Project specifications
  15. Project execution strategies/plans
  16. Project status reports/updates
  17. Publications
  18. Regulatory/statutory material
  19. Research/academic papers
  20. Risk analysis
  21. Speeches
  22. Standard operating/maintenance procedures
  23. Statement of work
  24. Strategic plans
  25. Technical reports
  26. Technical requirement documents
  27. Training materials
  28. White paper/issue paper
  29. None of the above


* 16.Which response best describes your highest level of experience editing written documents in a professional setting?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in this area.
  2. I have education or training in these functions but have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have drafted documents, submitted them to others for review, and made the necessary grammar, formatting, and spelling corrections.
  4. I have reviewed others' documents for spelling and grammar and submitted the document to the originator for correction.
  5. I have reviewed others' documents for clarity, organization, and formatting and submitted the document to the originator for correction.


* 17.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in writing instructions, guidance, procedures, justifications, directives and guidelines for implementation of regulatory and procedural material.
  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.


* 18.Have you had experience developing policies and standard operating procedures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.I have experience utilizing the following forms of written communication as a regular part of my job:
  1. Records of interviews
  2. Review reports
  3. Review working papers
  4. Review plans
  5. Project proposals for the organization’s annual plan
  6. Summaries of work performed
  7. Requests for proposals to perform review work
  8. None of the above.


* 20.Choose all the examples that apply to your experience developing effective internal and external working relationships.
  1. Demonstrated ability to build constructive relationships with customers, peers, supervisors, managers, and subordinates.
  2. Took leadership role to improve performance, develop innovations, or achieve challenging goals.
  3. Acted decisively and appropriately to resolve project or system issues.
  4. Took action to evaluate and improve practices and avoid future problems.
  5. None of the above.


* 21.Please indicate which of the following types of interpersonal communication tasks you have performed on a regular and recurring basis in a professional setting.
  1. I meet with internal and external customers to resolve issues that may be controversial and sensitive.
  2. I deliver reports, assessments, plans, and/or proposals to internal and external audiences.
  3. I reconcile between organizational entities conflicting interests and points of views.
  4. I work directly with senior management and management officials.
  5. I work directly with customers in other government agencies.
  6. None of the above.


* 22.Indicate your 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 worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  3. I have led efforts 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. None of the above.


* 23.Choose the statements that describe your professional oral communication experience.
  1. I have presented, formally and informally, recommendations and possible solutions to problems within the organization.
  2. I have greeted visitors in a professional manner.
  3. I have responded to non-controversial requests or inquiries.
  4. I have made presentations to internal and external audiences on programmatic or administrative matters.
  5. None of the above.


* 24.Choose the statements that describe your communication and briefing skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support organizational goals and leadership.
  1. I regularly communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in oral presentations.
  2. I explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  3. I brief individuals outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  4. I defend agency positions with individuals outside of the agency.
  5. I build consensus through collaboration from others to obtain information, achieve results and accomplish goals.
  6. None of the above.


* 25.Which statement describes your experience communicating information related to analytical findings?
  1. I have orally justified controversial decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  2. I have delivered formal presentations or training sessions concerning accounting, auditing, or financial information.
  3. I have persuaded program managers and other decision-making officials, with differing goals and interests, to follow recommended courses of action.
  4. I have participated in meetings to discuss audit plans, present findings, and resolve material audit problems.
  5. I have provided advice to managers on revised accounting program operations, financial policies, and regulatory requirements.
  6. I have recommended action to more adequately illustrate the reconciliation of financial and accounting data or to inaccuracies.
  7. I have recommended remedial action to correct existing or potential problems.
  8. None of the above.


* 26.Select the statements that describe your experience performing analytical and evaluative activities, studies, or projects.
  1. Applies fact-finding and investigative techniques in resolving issues.
  2. Evaluates comments received on proposed regulations and/or policies to determine whether changes are feasible, enforceable and acceptable in view of program goals.
  3. Uses qualitative and quantitative methods, and other statistical approaches and techniques to assess program effectiveness.
  4. Assists in conducting interviews to obtain information on organizational missions, functions, and procedures.
  5. Works with upper management to define, analyze, and resolve problems with regulations and policy.
  6. None of the Above.


* 27.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.


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


* 29.Have you ever identified data required to plan and implement management initiatives in support of an international development program?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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