International Health Specialist - NIAID - DE

Vacancy ID: 515489   Announcement Number: NIH-NIAID-DE-11-515489   USAJOBS Control Number: 2385799

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the International Health Program Officer (GS-601-13) position at our agency. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Your responses are subject to verification. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this questionnaire.

1. Do you possess a degree in a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position?

A. Yes
B. No

2. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the basic qualification requirements for an International Health Program Officer, GS-601-13 position as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I possess at least one year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: advising and supporting the organization, as well as extramural partners, on international relations, diplomatic practices, treaty framework agreements and policies that govern international scientific relationships; establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with Government agencies, universities, and other international research institutes; and collecting, analyzing and evaluating information on biomedical research programs to identify opportunities for research collaboration, prepare reports and publications, and research trends in various countries.
B. My experience does not match the choice above.

The following section is used to determine your non-competitive eligibility or priority consideration.  If you want non-competitive or priority consideration, you must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated.

1. Schedule A (Individuals with Disabilities) – I am an individual who has a permanent, severe physical, psychiatric, or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and wish to be considered non-competitively.

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit Proof of Disability.  If you are selected, you will be asked to provide a Certificate of Job Readiness.  You can obtain this documentation from a licensed medical professional; licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (State or private); or any Federal agency, State agency, agency of the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

For more information on this hiring flexibility, please visit the USAJobs Individuals with Disabilities Page.


A. Yes
B. No


Commissioned Corps Member – I am currently an officer enlisted in the PHS Commissioned Corps.  I am interested in staying in the Corps if selected. 


NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you will NOT be referred on the competitive Delegated Examining certificate of eligibles, as selection from that list would require you to resign or retire from the Corps.


For more information on the Commissioned Corps, please visit the U.S. Public Health Service Commission Corps Website.

A. Yes
B. No

3. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

I am a current or former federal employee displaced from a position in a federal agency (e.g., IRS, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.) in the same local commuting area of the vacancy.  I have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or the equivalent.  Applicants eligible under ICTAP/CTAP are provided priority selection for vacancies within the local commuting area for which they apply and are well qualified.

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit copies of the appropriate documentation, such as a reduction in force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area.  You must also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record.

For more information on ICTAP/CTAP, please visit OPM’s The Employee's Guide to Career Transition Page.


A. Yes
B. No

For the following questions, please indicate YES or NO to best describe your experience and/or training.

1. Are you fluent in written and spoken French?

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Coordinate collaborations needed to establish and conduct internationally-based health research programs.

3. Represent an organization in establishing partnerships or working agreements for conducting biomedical research projects.

4. Serve as an organization's representative at scientific national and international conferences.

5. Establish collaborative and working relationships with representatives of external organizations.

6. Serve as the point of contact for programs involving international biomedical health activities.

7. Organize inter-organizational workshops, meetings, scientific working groups or committees.

8. Prepare position papers on scientific research policies or scientific research trends.

9. Prepare written analyses of complex research subjects that included justifications for proposed actions.

10. Review policy documents or position papers on bilateral international activities.

11. Develop international treaties needed to establish and conduct internationally-based health research programs.

12. Develop organizational informational documents for representatives of other countries or international organizations.

13. Develop legal agreements needed to establish and conduct internationally-based health research programs.

14. Develop regulations and policies regarding biomedical or health-related research programs.

15. Analyze policies, legislative laws, and programmatic issues as they relate to biomedical research.

16. Establish criteria and standards for others to follow in planning, reviewing, and evaluating research projects.

17. Analyze and evaluate data from biomedical research programs to identify new opportunities for collaborative research.

18. Provide advice and oversight on biomedical research programs supported by U.S. and foreign institutions.

19. Monitor administrative activities, including budgets and the disbursement of funds.

20. Present briefings to high level officials that included detailed analyses and recommendations for action.

21. Provide advice on the development of policies/regulations concerning international scientific activities in relation to global health.

22. Present recommendations or proposals relating to trends in a global health research programs.

23. Negotiate international treaties needed to establish and conduct internationally-based health research programs.

24. Negotiate legal agreements needed to establish and conduct internationally-based health research programs.

25. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.