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Grade: All Grades
* 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.


* 2.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in designing humanitarian assistance programs in closed societies?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have worked in this area on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at working in this area on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted with me as an expert for assistance.


* 3.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in political processes programs?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have worked in this area on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at working in this area on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted with me as an expert for assistance.


* 4.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in elections support and/or political party development programs?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have worked in this area on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at working in this area on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted with me as an expert for assistance.


* 5.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in designing elections support programs in authoritarian or semi-authoritarian environments?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have worked in this area on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at working in this area on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted with me as an expert for assistance.


* 6.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in designing political party development programs in a non-democratic environment?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have worked in this area on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at working in this area on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted with me as an expert for assistance.


* 7.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in governance and rule of law?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have worked in this area on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by
  5. I am highly skilled at working in this area on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted


* 8.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in health programs?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have worked in this area on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at working in this area on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted with me as an expert for assistance.


* 9.I have performed the following activities that demonstrate my technical knowledge in the DRG field:
  1. Assessed DRG challenges in a given country, leading to a written set of technical recommendations for addressing identified challenges.
  2. Written a proposal seeking funding to address a DRG issue.
  3. Participated in a technical review of proposals seeking funding to address a DRG problem.
  4. Performed a written study of DRG issues or themes across a number of countries to develop a comparative perspective on the issues or themes.
  5. Served as a technical advisor to a government or non-governmental organization to design a strategy for addressing DRG challenges.


* 10.I have managed, implemented or evaluated an activity that had the following aims:
  1. Increasing public participation in government decisions on an issue or set of issues.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of government institutions or entities.
  3. Improve the transparency and accountability of government institutions or entities.
  4. Improve the credibility of an election or political process.
  5. Protect or promote the human rights of vulnerable individuals or groups.


* 11.Which of the following describes your level of expertise and involvement in training and mentoring others on best practices for addressing DRG problems in developing countries?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. Others have consulted me as an expert for this kind of assistance.


* 12.Which of the following describes your level of expertise and involvement in developing briefing materials for organizational decision makers on DRG issues?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. Others have consulted me as an expert for this kind of assistance.


* 13.Which of the following describes your level of expertise and involvement in providing formal information presentations related to DRG issues to audiences outside your organization?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. Others have consulted me as an expert for this kind of assistance.


* 14.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.


* 15.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.


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


* 17.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work. (Check all that apply)
  1. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet an objective
  2. Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
  3. Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to new staff
  4. Persuade others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations
  5. Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed
  6. None of the above


* 18.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied.
  1. Facilitate the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed to meet an objective.
  2. Interact extensively in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  3. Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to staff.
  4. Persuade and/or inspire others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  5. Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  6. Develop trusting, productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  7. Work cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program goal.
  8. Identify common interests.
  9. None of the above.


* 19.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in conveying complex issues in verbal presentations to groups of 10 or more people.
  1. I have no experience with such work.
  2. I have assisted others in a team in such work.
  3. I have served as a member of a team doing such work.
  4. I have led a team and oversaw and/or implemented recommendations for such work.


* 20.From the following list, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations.
  1. Senior officials
  2. Colleagues
  3. Government organizations
  4. General public
  5. Private industry
  6. Academia
  7. Professional organizations
  8. Technical experts
  9. Inter-agency Meetings
  10. None of the above


* 21.Choose all statements that relate to your experience in communicating in writing.
  1. I have prepared written presentations of factual data and information.
  2. I have prepared option papers or summary reports that include analysis and recommendations.
  3. I have produced written products which are given wide distribution within the agency or to limited scientific or subject-matter interest groups.
  4. I have written clear and effective correspondence, reports and other written materials for a specialized audience.
  5. I have written technical and non-technical reports and present data and information to audiences.
  6. None of the above.


* 22.Choose all examples that apply to your experience analyzing data and information when preparing written reports.
  1. I have analyzed data or statistics to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in written documents that I prepared.
  2. I have been the primary author of briefings, articles, studies, or reports.
  3. I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  4. I have composed explanations or justification decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  5. I have analyzed trends and other information to: (a) identify issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) formulate strategies and recommendations that I incorporated into written reports that I prepared.
  6. None of the above.


* 23.Choose the item(s) that apply to your experience in producing written communication as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have produced correspondence, reports and justifications.
  2. I have reviewed correspondence, reports and justifications prepared by subordinates.
  3. I have delegated the production of correspondence, reports and justifications.
  4. I have been authorized to sign correspondence, reports and justifications.
  5. None of the above.






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