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* 1.Where Did You Hear About Us?
  1. USAID's Website
  2. USAJOBS Website
  3. General Job Information Website
  4. Agency Employee
  5. School Placement Center
  6. Job Fair/Recruitment Event
  7. Development Executive Group
  8. Professional Journal
  9. Newspaper Ad
  10. Other Print Ad
  11. Other (please specify)


* 2.If you selected "Other" above, please specify.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.GS-15 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized professional engineering experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service performing work appropriate to the position advertised in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


* 4.What is your level of experience serving as a Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) or Task Manager for information technology contracts?
  1. I have been responsible for certifying and approving invoices
  2. I have hands-on experience in information technology acquisition management policies and procedures within the federal government
  3. I have been responsible for resolving contractual discrepancies with the vendor
  4. I have been responsible for reviewing deliverables to ensure contractual compliance
  5. I have been responsible for reviewing proposals open for bid.
  6. I have been responsible for writing sole source justifications
  7. I have been responsible for writing, reviewing and tailoring Statements of Work (SOW)
  8. I have been responsible for the development of solicitations (Requests for Proposals)
  9. I have been responsible for preparing a cost analysis of proposals
  10. I have been responsible for the review of Technical Evaluation Reports
  11. I have received COTR training and certification.
  12. I have been responsible for developing Service Level Agreements (SLA) related to vendor performance
  13. I have no COTR experience or training


* 5.Have you ever develop and monitor resource projections, priorities, justification, etc. for a major agency IT project. Develop agency-wide IT project management procedures, tools, and templates?
  1. I have no experience with performing these duties.
  2. I have limited experience in performing these duties and will require additional guidance and/or supervision to perform at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing these duties with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I have supervised the performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by workers/superiors to assist them with unusually complex situations related to this task because of my expertise.


* 6.Do you have experience writing briefing materials on IT policy initiatives and project status, standards developed and solutions to critical issues?
  1. I have no experience with performing these duties.
  2. I have limited experience in performing these duties and will require additional guidance and/or supervision to perform at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing these duties with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I have supervised the performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by workers/superiors to assist them with unusually complex situations related to this task because of my expertise.


* 7.Choose the statements that describe your experience in IT policy management and compliance.
  1. Conducted compliance audits and reviews
  2. Developed infrastructure and architecture to support policy
  3. Wrote policy
  4. Monitored Web activity for policy compliance
  5. Acted on policy violations
  6. Implemented IT policy
  7. Waived IT policy requirements
  8. Reported on compliance
  9. None of the above


* 8.I have performed the following leadership functions in projects that I have led or was assigned senior staff responsibility.
  1. Setting standards, expectations, and deadlines.
  2. Developing, updating, and executing portions of operating budgets.
  3. Planning work assignments to be assigned to employees.
  4. Establishing work schedules and worksite assignments.
  5. Assigning tasks and responsibilities to employees.
  6. Reviewing completed work for technical accuracy.
  7. Following up with employees to assure timeliness in meeting milestones.
  8. Resolving conflicts, differences, or problems.
  9. Coaching and mentoring employees to achieve desired results.
  10. Reporting progress to senior management.
  11. Implementing work completed.
  12. Evaluating the effectiveness of completed assignments or projects.
  13. None of the above.


* 9.Which of the following IT policy and planning activities have you performed as a regular part of your job?
  1. Developed, revised, and maintained strategic plans.
  2. Assessed IT policy needs.
  3. Developed policies to govern IT activities.
  4. Provided policy and process guidance to IT management, staff, and customers.
  5. Defined current and future business environments to plan and project IT usage.
  6. Prepared IT budget requests and associated documentation.
  7. Managed IT investment portfolios with requisite commissioning and de--commissioning documents.
  8. Established guidelines and benchmarks to measure and evaluate IT systems' performance.
  9. Identified or addressed IT human capital planning and management issues.
  10. Conducted audits, assessments, and evaluations of IT programs and projects.
  11. Ensured the rigorous application of information security policies, principles, and practices in the delivery of planning and management services.
  12. None of the above


* 10.Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience drawing conclusions based on an analysis of information?
  1. I have identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems under close supervision.
  2. I have participated on a team that was responsible for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  3. I have independently identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  4. I have led others charged with identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  5. I have no experience identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


* 11.Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience solving complex business problems?
  1. I have no experience solving complex business problems.
  2. I have experience solving complex business problems that required agreement on complex issues, achieving cohesiveness, coordination of activities, and interacting with individuals constructively.
  3. I have experience solving complex business problems that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse individuals, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
  4. I have experience and/or training in complex business problem solving, but have not yet applied this knowledge in a work environment.


* 12.Which of the following IT Planning / Analysis activities have you performed as a regular part of your job?
  1. Met with IT project managers to gather data for a report / analysis
  2. Developed an IT plan to include milestones, schedules, resource estimates
  3. Developed a business case to support management decision making on an IT initiative
  4. Ensured that issues related to IT project resource usage were identified and resolved
  5. Developed a total cost of ownership model for an IT initiative
  6. Developed presentation materials for a proposed IT initiative
  7. Developed presentation materials on the progress of an IT initiative
  8. Developed recommendations on improvements that could be made to an IT initiatives
  9. None of the above


* 13.Which statements describe your, professional experience with information technology planning, management and analysis?
  1. Manage and maintain resource plans for an IT project.
  2. Develop policies and procedures for IT resource use.
  3. Assess and control resource allocation to support an IT project.
  4. Oversee execution of business plans and investment packages for an IT project.
  5. Analyze policies related to effective IT project management resource use.
  6. Conduct studies on CIO management of IT resources.
  7. None of the above.


* 14.Select the answer that best describes your Information technology (IT) project management experience:
  1. I have worked as part of a team managing an IT project.
  2. I worked on an IT project throughout the entire systems development lifecycle from requirements all the way to testing and production.
  3. I have managed an IT project team of more than 4 team members throughout the entire systems development lifecycle from requirements all the way to testing and production.
  4. None of the above


* 15.Do you have experience in modifying plans to accommodate unexpected assignments or to respond to changing workloads, priorities, or deadlines?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Have you received project management certification?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Select the activities that you have performed related to Information Technology (IT) project management.
  1. Analyze tasks and functional requirements
  2. Define projects, allocate resources and perform project scheduling
  3. Measure and oversee project performance
  4. Direct and manage project controls
  5. Direct and manage reporting requirements
  6. Implement change management for an active project
  7. Manage project in order to reach the assigned outcome
  8. Manage technical projects involving complex hardware and software applications
  9. Utilize advanced software tools for the planning and control of IT projects
  10. Conduct a project risk analysis and recommend mitigation strategies
  11. Implement security requirements in all phases of the development and operational life cycle
  12. Apply the discipline of earned value management (EVM) to a project
  13. Apply the discipline of earned value management (EVM) to a multi-year information technology investment
  14. None of the above


* 18.With which of the following program management techniques do you have training or experience?
  1. Performance, Evaluation, and Review Techniques (PERT)
  2. Management by Objectives (MBO)
  3. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  4. Earned Value Management (EVM)
  5. Strategic planning
  6. Budgeting
  7. Benchmarking
  8. Process management
  9. Developing milestones
  10. None of the above


* 19.Do you have training or education in a process or quality management program such as Six Sigma or CMMI?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.Indicate the project roles that you have played during the execution of a specific project.
  1. Project team member
  2. Project team leader (management of a small component of a larger project)
  3. Project manager
  4. Program manager
  5. Project/Program sponsor or executive
  6. None of the above


* 21.What is your experience developing and monitoring resource projections, priorities, justification, etc. for a major agency IT project; Develop agency-wide IT project management procedures, tools, and templates?
  1. I have no experience with performing these duties.
  2. I have limited experience in performing these duties and will require additional guidance and/or supervision to perform at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing these duties with minimal supervision or guidance. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations.
  4. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I have supervised the performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by workers/superiors to assist them with unusually complex situations related to this task because of my expertise.


* 22.Choose the statements that describe your experience preparing written material.
  1. I have written analytical reports for internal audiences.
  2. I have written analytical reports for external audiences.
  3. I have written briefing material on policies and procedures for a broad internal audience.
  4. I have written briefing material on policies and procedures for a broad external audience.
  5. I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, subject--matter groups and/or management officials at all levels.
  6. I have reviewed and edited reports for accuracy, grammar, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  7. None of the above.


* 23.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience writing and maintaining program documentation?
  1. I have no experience writing and maintaining program documentation.
  2. I have written and maintained program documentation under supervision.
  3. I have independently written and maintained program documentation.
  4. I have led a project team responsible for writing and maintaining program documentation.
  5. I have supervised people who were responsible for writing and maintaining program documentation.






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