Internship: Student Trainee (Program Analyst): Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Deadline for Applications: September 13, 2016

Job Overview:

This vacancy announcement will be open from 09/07/2016 to 09/13/2016. Only the first 100 applicants will be considered. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Salary Range: $35,265.00 to $56,790.00 / Per Year

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of “student” in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student’s academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

Duties:

Policy and Planning Division (DS/MGT/PPD)

The Policy and Planning Division (DS/MGT/PPD) provides the full spectrum of policy and planning development, coordination, and clearance support for DS. DS/MGT/PPD assists Bureau program managers and senior leadership in designing and implementing performance measurements, program evaluations, and program monitoring and reporting. DS/MGT/PPD also facilitates the Bureau’s long-range strategic planning and short-range operational planning, which include input into the Functional Bureau Strategy (FBS) and the Department Performance Plan. DS/MGT/PPD executes the DS Planning Structure (DSPS), which DS uses to address critical resource requirements and integrate budget with performance, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, and Department requirements.

PPD also oversees the Bureau evaluations mandated by the Department’s Program Evaluation Policy (18 FAM 310), which is tied to the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). PPD ensures Bureau-wide compliance and provides overall management of the evaluation process during the planning, implementation, and reporting stages.

PPD coordinates and monitors Bureau compliance with:

  • The Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act
  • Internal management controls
  • Recommendations of Accountability Review Boards

PPD is the DS liaison for the:

  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation (M/PRI)

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Volume coordination for Volume 12 of the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), Diplomatic Security, and associated Foreign Affairs Handbooks (FAHs), and ensure the Department’s security policies and procedures are developed and codified in the FAM and FAHs
  • Manage the preparation and signature of all memoranda of understanding/agreement to ensure accuracy of information and that resource issues are properly addressed, act as the central repository for these documents
  • Serve as the Executive Secretariat for two significant security policy-making bodies: the Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB) and the Special Protective Equipment Review Board (SPERB)
  • Responds to Congressional requests to ensure complete review of pending legislation, Executive Orders, and Questions for the Record

As an intermediate-level trainee, the employee performs specialized administrative assignments that involve the review and analysis of procedural aspects of the organization’s operations and programs. Independently completes information research and analytical projects requiring a basic knowledge of program and mission objectives and analytical methods. Projects and assignments largely involve problems and relationships of a procedural nature rather than the substance of work operations, issues, or other subjects studied. At this level, the employee analyzes the ~acts in the assignment, then selects and applies accepted analytical techniques. The incumbent does not exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to Program Analyst matters of significance.

The trainee exchanges and develops information, resolves factual discrepancies, and recommends adaptations to methods and techniques to improve the analytical process. Collects specialized information from higher-graded specialists and automated information systems; analyzes and refines relevant data according to established criteria; and presents findings to higher-graded team members or the supervisor.

As a team member, conducts surveys to collect data on administrative activities to determine compliance with applicable regulations and procedures and sound management practices. Interviews employees and supervisors to collect factual information on the operations surveyed; observes work in process; and reviews files and other materials. Surveys deal primarily with procedural aspects rather than the substance of administrative operations. Provides input to the team’s findings and presentations.

Duties at the GS-05/07 are similar in nature but vary in degree of difficulty and supervision.

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