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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 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.Choose the one answer that BEST describes your knowledge of, and work experience with, international development and/or foreign assistance issues:
  1. I have no education, training or experience with international development and/or foreign assistance issues.
  2. I have education, or training on international development and/or foreign assistance issues, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently performed work on international development and/or foreign assistance issues as a regular part of my job, usually with review by a supervisor.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed work on international development and/or foreign assistance issues as a regular part of my job, usually without review by a supervisor.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing independent work on international development and/or foreign assistance issues, having trained others in this activity, and/or others have consulted me as an expert.


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


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.


* 2.Choose the one answer that BEST describes your knowledge of, and work experience with, international development issues:
  1. I have no education, training or experience with international development issues.
  2. I have education, or training on international development issues, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently performed work on international development issues as a regular part of my job, usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed work on international development issues as a regular part of my job, and usually with review by supervisor or senior employees.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing work on international development issues, having trained others in this activity, and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


* 3.Choose the one answer that BEST describes your experience with economics and development issues in the international context.
  1. I have no education, training or experience in economics and development issues in the international context.
  2. I have education, training, or experience in economics and development issues in the international context, but have not performed this task on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently coordinated development of U.S. positions on economics and development issues in the international context, usually with review by a supervisor or senior employees.
  4. I am highly skilled at coordination and evelopment of U.S. positions on economics and development issues in the international context. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in budget formulation and execution.
  1. Appeals on budget decisions/OMB passback.
  2. Budget guidance development.
  3. Review financial performance of programs.
  4. Budget planning preparation.
  5. Budget and program trend analysis.
  6. Analyze impacts for alternative level of funding.
  7. Prepare or review program performance progress report.
  8. Provide budget advice to program offices.
  9. Review budget and program data to determine additional funding needs and the need to reprogram funds.
  10. None of the above.


* 2.Please indicate the types of activities/ tasks you have performed as part of your work experience.
  1. Supported the development of a budget for an organization or business unit.
  2. Coordinated the activities of an organization in developing a budget.
  3. Developed and presented budget requests with supporting justifications.
  4. Engaged in the strategic planning process.
  5. Consolidated budgets for multiple operating units/organizations.
  6. Developed collateral material in support and justification of a budget.
  7. Recommended the allocation of resources.
  8. Used financial software and systems for developing budgets.
  9. None of the above.


* 3.Please select the response that best describes your knowledge of Federal budget processes, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  1. I have not had experience, formal education, or training in this area.
  2. I have formal education or training Federal budget processes, policies, procedures, and guidelines but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have experience in preparing budget requests and justifications for an office and presented justifications to management.
  4. I have experience formulating and consolidating a Bureau's/ Agency's Congressional Budget Justification, consulted with the Director and staff members to ensure that strategic goals, program activities, performance indicators are properly reflected in the budget justification.
  5. I have planned, directed and administered the formulation and submission of a Bureau/Agency's Congressional Budget, preparation of materials in support of Congressional testimony on the budget, participated in budget briefings to the Office of Management and Budget and Congressional staff, prepared formal responses to appropriator's questions.


* 4.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in developing and enhancing working partnerships and resolving issues.
  1. Provide frequent briefings to higher-level authority on issues and recommend solutions to problems.
  2. Facilitate group sessions (i.e. group feedback sessions, focus groups, user workshops)
  3. Prepare and present technical briefings and/or training activities to a variety of audiences.
  4. Work closely with managers to resolve problems, analyze alternatives, negotiate differences, or develop improvements.
  5. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  6. Conduct meetings to plan, coordinate, consult on work efforts, or resolve issues. This would include making presentations to influence individuals or groups who are resistant to agency positions or have conflicting agendas.
  7. Represented an organization's program in discussions with individuals or groups who may be skeptical or in disagreement and require skill to influence, motivate, question or otherwise gain the desired outcome.
  8. None of the above


* 5.Choose the statement that best describes your experience advising management on constituent group positions and actions, or of the various audiences' potential reactions to organizational policies and programs, and recommending appropriate actions.
  1. I do not have direct experience performing this task.
  2. I have not performed this task as described above; however, experience gained in past/current position(s) reflects my ability to deal with this task.
  3. I have performed this task on an occasional basis.
  4. My experience reflects skill and high proficiency performing this task. I have performed this task on a continual basis in past and/or current position(s).


* 6.Which statement describes your highest level of experience analyzing legislation to determine and initiate an appropriate course of action?
  1. I have no experience in this area.
  2. I have training or education in this area but no on-the-job experience.
  3. I have worked with others to analyze these documents to determine an appropriate course of action.
  4. I have independently analyzed these documents to determine an appropriate course of action.


* 7.Which of the following most accurately describes your experience setting priorities, organizing, and responding to work requests?
  1. In my past work assignments, I have had oversight over several teams or groups with it being my responsibility to set all project objectives, goals and deadlines. I have developed both short and long range goals with milestones to assess progress. I have experience reporting on progress to higher-level management.
  2. In my past work assignments, I have planned a short-term project that involved setting objectives, goals and deadlines for others. I am proficient at modifying these plans as necessary to ensure deadlines are met. I have experience reporting on progress to my immediate supervisor.
  3. In my past work assignments, I have assessed my own work products and monitored progress against assigned goals. I have scheduled tasks so that needed information was gathered in the proper sequence. I have experience adjusting my own work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  4. I have had education or training that has required me to organize my work and set priorities in order to complete assignments on time, but have not been required to apply this ability in my professional job assignments.
  5. I do not have education or training related to setting priorities.


* 8.Choose all tasks that you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Analyzing problems related to major programs, researching solutions, and drawing logical conclusions.
  2. Making recommendations on new processes, systems and procedures related to improving a major program.
  3. Researching, analyzing and interpreting new legislation or regulations related to a major program or initiative.
  4. Developing interpretations, legal opinions or administrative rulings involving major program(s).
  5. Drafting white papers, guidelines, action strategies, and/or guidance involving the implementation of a new program or initiative.
  6. Resolving problems at an organizational or staff level but not related to a major program or initiative.
  7. Analyzing problems and making recommendations on new processes, systems and procedures related to improving major program(s) at a department or agency.
  8. 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.Please select all responses that describe your experience in locating and compiling information for reports/briefings
  1. Gathers materials to be routed for information or to be distributed at recurring meetings.
  2. Compiles factual information from sources within assigned work area.
  3. Check indices of central systems for very specific information. Present information in logical fashion.
  4. Collects, compiles, and retrieves information from various sources within an organization.
  5. Compiles relevant information from multiple, sometimes conflicting, sources and presents it in a logical format that allows for ease of interpretation by others.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.This position requires that you have experience in using MS applications. In which Microsoft applications you are proficient?
  1. MS Word and/or word processing programs
  2. MS Excel
  3. MS Access
  4. MS PowerPoint and/or presentation and graphics programs
  5. MS Outlook and/or e-mail programs
  6. Internet browsers
  7. None of the above


* 12.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.


* 13.Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience(s) in communications.
  1. I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings or conferences.
  2. I have provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers or others on a regular basis.
  3. I have coordinated meetings, workshops or conferences.
  4. I have delivered presentations to groups at work or in other environments.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Which of the following best describes your background in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in foreign policy / international affairs.
  2. I have had education or training in foreign policy / international affairs, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently performed work in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs as a regular part of my job, usually with review by a supervisor or senior employees.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed work in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs as a regular part of my job, usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing work in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


* 15.Which of the following best describes your experience in setting priorities to meet your professional responsibilities?
  1. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are generally completed independently and within the assigned deadlines and milestones.
  2. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I normally resolve the minor conflicts independently.
  3. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I adjust my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. In resolving major conflicts, I involve the team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I assist my team or staff in determining how best to use their time and reprioritize their work as situations warrant.
  5. None of the above.


* 16.From the following list, please indicate to whom you have provided advice, guidance, or consultation based on the results of analyses of foreign policy and/or foreign assistance issues.
  1. Chief executive
  2. Senior management
  3. Middle management
  4. Peers
  5. Congress (members of staff)
  6. International organization (members or staff)
  7. Non-governmental organization or academic institution
  8. General public
  9. None of the above






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