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Grade: All Grades
* 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.Choose the statements that best describe your experience in managing and monitoring a budget for an International Development organization.
  1. I have developed and justified a multi-year budget for an organization.
  2. I have been responsible for cost analysis and developing an operating budget for an organization with a variety of program elements.
  3. I have been responsible for monitoring a budget.
  4. I have compiled information for the development of a budget.
  5. I have managed the budgetary process, including the development and execution.
  6. I have developed and implemented strategies that ensure appropriate funding levels.
  7. I have overseen procurement and contracting procedures.
  8. I have analyzed expenditure trends.
  9. I have conducted a current budget needs assessment.
  10. I have created a budget estimate.
  11. I have obligated funds.
  12. I have tracked expenditures.
  13. I have monitored funding expenditures for accuracy and appropriateness.
  14. I have reconciled commitments, obligations, and expenditures.
  15. I have programmed funds across organization programs.
  16. I have explained and defended budget requests before senior agency management officials.
  17. None of the above.


* 3.Please indicate your highest level of experience analyzing and recommending solutions to administrative problems.
  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.


* 4.Do you have experience analyzing data within the Budget Formulation and Execution Manager System or a similar budget formulation and execution system?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Which statement best reflects your highest level of experience supervising a Budget Staff?
  1. I have not supervised or led a Budget Staff.
  2. I have been a team leader but have not been responsible for supervisory functions.
  3. I have been a budget manager or supervisor and have performed the full basic supervisory functions (e.g., motivating, providing performance feedback).
  4. I have been a budget manager or supervisor and have performed the full scope of supervisory functions (e.g., serving as hiring selection official, handling and EEO issue, terminating an employee).


* 6.Select the choices that describe your experience representing an organization when interacting with others.
  1. Briefed senior executives and organizational leadership on budget prior to Congressional hearings and met on issues pertaining to OMB with members of Congress or Senior Congressional Staff.
  2. Presented at periodic meetings and program reviews, and provided information and recommendations on planned programmatic decisions for more effective utilization of resources to achieve objectives.
  3. Explained program or financial data from various sources and to organization leadership and field organizations or the equivalent.
  4. Answered questions on organization or agency budgets after others presented information at staff meetings, program reviews and budget presentations.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.Which statement best reflects your highest level of experience writing briefing material or talking points for senior executives in a professional setting?
  1. I do not have 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 performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task independently and without the review of a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised others` performance of this task or have trained others so they can perform this task.


* 8.Which of the following best represents your experience with budget related work?
  1. I have developed and managed a project budget.
  2. I have developed and managed a program budget.
  3. I have developed and managed a division or business line budget.
  4. I have developed and managed an agency or corporation budget.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Please select the statement(s) that best reflects your experience in communicating with different levels of an organization.
  1. I have actively participated in meetings with upper management and/or high ranking officials.
  2. I have served as a liaison between employees and management.
  3. I have served as a mediator between management and union officials.
  4. I have actively participated in meetings and discussions with employees in blue-collar positions.
  5. I have served as a mediator between management and employees.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.Choose all of the following which you done as a routine part of your professional work experience.
  1. Established priorities and timelines among multiple projects
  2. Started up and managed projects through completion
  3. Established milestones and monitored project progress
  4. Met deadlines
  5. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  6. Assigned tasks and monitored performance
  7. Anticipated and resolved problems
  8. Maximized use of limited financial and personnel resources
  9. None of the above


* 11.Choose the statements that apply to your experience with the budget process.
  1. I have advised program officials concerning obligations, expenditures, and availability of funds.
  2. I have performed cost-benefit analysis in support of programmatic or budgetary initiatives.
  3. I have used automated databases to prepare data summaries for inclusion in analytical budget reports, briefings or fact sheets.
  4. I have gathering the data needed and developed unit cost rates for various categories of employees (e.g. auditor, investigator, lawyer).
  5. None of the above.


* 12.From the following list, select all of the supervisory duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  2. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  3. I have been responsible for first line supervision to employees.
  4. I have developed performance standards and evaluated employees' work.
  5. I have instructed employees on both program work and administrative matters.
  6. I have interviewed candidates for positions.
  7. I have worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  8. I have addressed employees conduct issues by seeking appropriate human resources actions such as verbal admonishments or suspensions.
  9. I have overseen the performance of other staff on a team, even though not as a formal supervisor.
  10. I have followed necessary steps when an employee's performance did not improve.
  11. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 13.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)


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






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