Health Specialist- NIAID-DE

Vacancy ID: 778700   Announcement Number: NIH-NIAID-DE-13-778700   USAJOBS Control Number: 331889900

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the Health Specialist (GS-601-14) 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 a Health Specialist, GS-0601-14 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-13 level in Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following tasks: developing and implementing changes to improve a biomedical research organization's research structure, organization, and staff; planning and conducting research related to infectious disease pathogens; coordinating the development and internal review of research solicitations; ensuring effective communication and information exchanges with staff at research institutions and/or clinical trial sites; writing and editing memoranda, correspondence, and other documents of a biomedical research nature; managing, developing or assisting in the design of clinical trials management system.
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

2. 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 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.

1. Advise government agencies, private firms or other organizations on biomedical, behavioral health or health related research.

2. Evaluate the technical and scientific merit of funding grant/contract applications and proposals.

3. Develop criteria and standards to plan, review and evaluate research projects.

4. Recommend new research initiative program direction.

5. Evaluate scientific research project progress to ensure attainment of established objectives.

6. Evaluate grantee/contractor research project performance.

7. Evaluate grantee/contractor project implementation.

8. Identify research gaps by reviewing research project portfolios.

9. Develop scientific initiatives by reviewing research project portfolios.

10. Conduct infectious disease pathogenesis research.

11. Conduct immunology infectious disease pathogenesis research

12. Conduct vaccine infectious disease pathogenesis research.

13. Conduct epidemiological infectious disease pathogenesis research.

14. Conduct animal model development infectious disease pathogenesis research

15. Write reports, evaluations, summary statements or correspondence as part of the peer review process.

16. Identify gaps in existing scientific knowledge to recommend future research efforts in written reports.

17. Develop program announcements based on identification of new research initiatives..

18. Present scientific papers or reports at national and international conferences.

19. Present scientific papers or reports at local seminar/workshops.

20. Report review program progress status to senior management.

21. Explain grant and contract management objectives or policy and procedures changes to staff and others.

22. Review offer or responses/grant applications for technical/scientific adequacy.

23. Manage large projects including direct interactions with different stakeholders.

24. Interpret regulations and funding policies regarding biomedical, behavioral health or health related research.

25. Resolve colleague or team member conflicts, differences, or problems

26. Plan colleague or team member work assignments. Coach or mentor staff, students, or post-doctoral fellows to assist them in achieving desired research project goals.

27. Lead site visits to evaluate the progress of grant/contract funded programs.

28. Develop clinical information or clinical knowledge management systems.

29. Maintain clinical research information database system.

30. Maintain data systems and clinical management system parameters.

31. Develop workflow or information models in support of clinical trials.

32. Develop workflow or information models in support of translational science.

33. Provide clinical management system technical assistance and training.

34. Design clinical information system architecture.

35. Lead development of enterprise information architecture.

36. Develop data and clinical management system parameters.

37. Write clinical management system design control guidelines and terminology standards.

38. Manage clinical management systems business requirements, development and implementation needs.

39. Resolve clinical information systems development processing issues.

40. Work with a team to implement a clinical information database system. .

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.

If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.

41. 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.