International Trade Analyst

U.S. Federal Government - Washington, DC4.3

Full-time | Part-time
The selectee participates in the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) petition process, to provide reports used by Congress to produce omnibus tariff legislation. This position requires a high level of expertise concerning: chemical industries, products, trade restrictions, marketing and distribution channels, global supply chains, competitive conditions, business strategies, sources of domestic and foreign data, superior organization skills, and project management knowledge or experience.

The positions are located in the Office of Operations, Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements and the Office of Industries, Chemicals and Textiles Division. The ideal candidate is inquisitive and possesses the ability to obtain and analyze a broad range of product-specific trade and industry information from U.S. and foreign firms, trade associations, industry regulators, and other sources and has formal academic training in organic or inorganic chemistry or chemical engineering and may have work experience in the chemical industry (e.g., chemical economics, chemical marketing, or chemical business). The individual will develop and maintain contacts with industry officials and other government agencies, apply this expertise in reports prepared as part of the MTB process, to enable the Commission to advise the President and Congress on omnibus tariff legislation, and provide information and assistance to the public and industry where necessary and appropriate. Typical experience would demonstrate: (1) an ability and desire to conduct extensive primary and secondary research (including data collection) on a wide range of products, industries, markets, and trade issues; (2) skill at resolving trade and industry data issues; (3) has excellent interpersonal skills and is comfortable working in a team environment and communicating with high level industry and government officials; (4) excels in both written and oral communication; (5) possesses a firm grasp of microeconomic, macroeconomic, industrial organization, product classification, international trade and finance concepts; (6) demonstrates practical knowledge of quantitative methods of analysis; (7) has a knowledge of international trade laws; and (8) has proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications, especially knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Familiarity with chemical classification systems, including CAS No., IUPAC and Color index numbers, is a plus but not required. All candidates will receive in-house training on the specific functions we require.

Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1101 General Business And Industry


Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen or national
You will be required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59
You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearence
You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standard for International Trade Analyst 1101 can be found at

Applicants for the GS11 level must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS09 level in the Federal service or obtained in either the private or public sector. Specialized experience would include the following: performing analysis that requires a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge to the collection, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of trade data as pertaining to the chemical industry.


Possession of a PhD degree, in a related field of study.

Applicants for the GS12 level must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS11 level in the Federal service or obtained in either the private or public sector. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience in international trade as it relates to chemicals, or related sectors, which included substantive analysis which required a thorough understanding of the issued under investigation; planning and execution of sequential work steps; and integration of research and analysis into an assigned study.

Applicants for the GS13 level must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS12 level in the Federal service or obtained in either the private or public sector. Specialized experience would include the following: researching and analyzing issues in international trade as they relate to chemicals or the chemical sector; recognizing and evaluating factors in domestic and foreign supply and demand to draw rational inferences based on research findings; applying econometric or other economic modeling techniques to support the technical validity of findings; and knowledge of economic, financial, and technical factors influencing trade policy, merchandise trade flows, and sector competitiveness.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Major study - business administration, economics, marketing, business or international law, finance, industrial management, international trade/relations, or other fields directly related to the position. Organic or inorganic chemistry or chemical engineering is preferred.

Education May be Substituted for Experience as Follows:
At the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related. See majors listed above.

At the GS-12 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

At the GS-13 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

To combine your experience and education, you must convert the figures to a percentage and add them together. The combined total percentages of your education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify.

To calculate your percentage of undergraduate education, divide the number of undergraduate hours you've completed by 120. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours you've completed by 18. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience.

Finally, add your experience and education percentages. The two percentages must total at least 100% to be considered qualified.

Additional information
Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit: .

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit .

Foreign Education Credential Interpretation: .


SF-15 (veterans claiming 10 point preference):

Special hiring authorities for veterans:

Severely disabled persons program information: with disabilities.asp

Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx :

Self Assessment Questionnaire:

Vacancy ID number: 10547462

Reasonable accommodations : This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The self-assessment questions are related to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies (KSA's). You do not have to respond to the KSA's

Industry and Market Technical Knowledge
Technical Competence
Technology Application
Oral Communication and Writing
Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions.

We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Best : placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).

Better: this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.

Good: if you are placed in this category, it indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Candidates in the Best category will be the first ones sent to the hiring manager for interview consideration. Within each category, those with veterans' preference eligibility will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

If referred all relevant documents submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

Your experience is also evaluated using an assessment questionnaire, which is available at the following link: ~

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11:59 PM ET on07/22/2019

1. Resume: Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.

2. Self assessment questionnaire: A completed job-specific questionnaire should be submitted through your Application Manager account.

3. T ranscripts: (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or Substitution of Education for specialized experience): You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education. Another listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

If you are selected for a position, you must submit an official/sealed college transcript(s) prior to employment.

4. Veterans' Preference . If claiming veterans' preference, you must indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.

A. For 5-point veterans' preference, you must provide:
a copy of your DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge which shows the type of discharge and dates of active duty (Member 4 copy preferred).
B. If you are currently on active duty, to receive 5-point preference you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states: -
your branch of service;
period(s) of service;
campaign medals or expeditionary medals earned
expected discharge type and date; and
date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.
If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD 214 prior to your appointment with our agency.

C. To receive 10-point veterans' preference, you must provide:
  • any documentation required by this form to support your claim.
If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if you meet the requirements. You can obtain an SF-15 through this link: .

To access to your DD 214 online, please visit: .

Current or former Federal employees applying under this announcement, and claiming veteran's preference, must submit a qualifying SF-50, to show you meet time-in-grade requirements.

5. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles. You must submit the following documents:
a copy of your agency notice;
a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
6. Cover Letter. This is optional.

7. Special hiring authority applicants: If you are applying under a special hiring authority you must submit proof of eligibility with your application.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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