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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.What is the extent of your experience influencing and negotiating with officials from the State Department and National Security Staff?
  1. Have extensive experience working in multiple instances to influence senior officials on major policy and program issues.
  2. Have experience working in several instances to influence senior officials on major program issues, including gaining approval for programs.
  3. Have experience working at the staff level to gain approval for programs.
  4. Have briefed officials to keep them informed of the situation and programs in countries assigned to me.


* 3.Which of the following choices BEST reflects your highest level of negotiating experience?
  1. I have no experience, education or training in negotiating issues.
  2. I have completed formal education or training that would facilitiate me in performing this task, but I have not yet applied this knowledge in a work environment.
  3. I have defended my positions and negotiated specific issues under the direction of my supervisor OR a senior colleague.
  4. I routinely and independently defend my positions and negotiate an array of issues under the direction of my supervisor OR a senior colleague.
  5. I defend my positions and negotiate issues as a central or major part of my work. I perform this task routinely and usually independently. I consult with the supervisor OR a senior colleague in negotiating more complex issues.


* 4.I have made presentations on complex, technical issues with policy implications to senior policymakers:
  1. True
  2. False


* 5.What is the extent of your experience developing networks and building alliances within and outside the DCHA Bureau, the interagency community, and stakeholder communities on issues related to crises?
  1. Have developed networks and built alliances in multiple instances that have helped me advance major USAID policy initiatives.
  2. Have developed networks and built alliances that have helped me advance policies important to my bureau and office.
  3. Have developed networks and built alliances that have helped me advance policies or programs important to my office.
  4. Have developed networks that have kept me informed of events and trends.


* 6.What is the extent of your experience identifying and addressing policies and realities that impact USAID’s efforts?
  1. Have developed major new programs or significant policy initiatives in environments characterized by significant constraints, organizational challenges, and unclear policies.
  2. Have made changes to existing programs or policies in environments characterized by significant constraints, organizational challenges, and unclear policies.
  3. Have managed ongoing programs in environments characterized by significant constraints and a complex policy environment.
  4. Have managed ongoing programs in a complex policy environment.


* 7.What is the extent of your experience applying the work of DCHA in crises?
  1. Have extensive experience working on major policy and program issues related to both (1) humanitarian assistance and (2) democracy/conflict/transitions.
  2. Have experience working on policy and program issues related to two or more DCHA offices.
  3. Have experience working on policy or program issues related to two or more DCHA offices.
  4. Have experience working on policy or program issues related to one DCHA office.


* 8.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.


* 9.Select the answer that best describes your experience in problem-solving, planning, and goal setting.
  1. I do not have experience solving problems in a workplace.
  2. I have worked on analyzing routine problems and identifying recommendations.
  3. I have worked on analyzing difficult problems and identifying recommendations that are complex and controversial.
  4. I have worked on analyzing difficult problems with no precedent available and identifying innovative solutions to issues that are controversial and sensitive.
  5. I have worked on solving difficult problems, establishing plans and goals, and using non-traditional techniques and innovative solutions for issues that are complex, controversial and sensitive.


* 10.Have you participated in operational or planning meetings to discuss programs or project milestones or activities?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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