Vacancy Summary

Peace Corps

RPCV Non-Competitive Employment Program, FP-0303-9


Announcement Number:
RPCV Non-Competitive Employment Program
Application Deadline:
Job Location:
Nationwide
Open Date:
05/13/2013
Salary Range:
32722.0
85240.0
Location Notes:
ONLY Recently Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Eligible for Non-Competitive Hire
Pay Schedule:
Annual
Who May Apply:
US Citizens
Time Limit:
Term
Promotion Potential:
0
Number of Vacancies:
Open
Work Schedule:
Full Time




Agency Marketing Statement:

  • Ten Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 4 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" for small agencies in 2012, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the chance to be selected for an annual Leadership Development Academy. (7) The working environment is highly flexible with alternative schedules, credit hours, teleworking. (8) There's a Distinguished Speaker Series, and (9) work-life programs including Metro and bicycle subsidies. (10) Peace Corps has a vibrant "Community" atmosphere; established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants "what you can do for your country" . . . and the world.

    THIS VACANCY IS ONLY OPEN TO RECENTLY RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS ELIGIBLE FOR NON-COMPETITIVE HIRE.

    The purpose of this open-continuous announcement is to create a pool of candidates eligible for non-competitive placement in Peace Corps based on their recent Peace Corps Volunteer service. Positions filled through this announcement may be at the FP-9 through FP-5 grade levels (equivalent to GS-5 through GS-9) and may be located at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. or in seven Regional Offices (New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL). Please do not contact Peace Corps staff for application status information. You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.

    You can apply for a non-competitive appointment under this announcement if you are within 60 days of completing your volunteer service or if it has been less than one year since completing a period of qualifying volunteer service. This year may be extended to not more than three years for military service, pursuit of studies at an accredited institution of higher learning, or other activities which, in the view of the PC, warrants an extension, such as service with AmeriCorps. Any request for extension of the one year requirement must be clearly addressed in your application and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Qualifying volunteer service means satisfactory completion of a full term of service or satisfactory completion of at least twelve months, including training, when termination is determined to be for reasons beyond the Volunteer's control.

    Documentation of qualifying volunteer service must be attached to your application. In most cases this will be your Description of Service (DOS). Contact information for two references from your recent volunteer service is also required. In your application, also be sure to completely identify all work experience and education (degree, year, GPA, credit hours, honor societies) to assist in determining minimum qualifications. You may qualify for some of the below positions based on experience, education, or a combination of the two.

    You may indicate interest in ONE OR ALL of the following job categories: Communications, Contract Management, Country Desk Unit, Finance/Budget, General Administrative, Health Services, Information Technology, Training Administration, and Volunteer Recruitment. Starting grade and specific promotion potential will vary by position.

Notes:

  • PRIOR INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITY OR RELATED WORK: Individuals who have been engaged in certain intelligence activity or related work or who have been employed by or connected with an intelligence agency are ineligible for employment with Peace Corps. Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases. APPLICANTS WITH CIA CONNECTIONS. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO PROCEED.
  • This is an Excepted Service Appointment. Initial appointments to the Peace Corps normally are for 60 months. Employees are paid on the Foreign Service pay scale and receive the same benefits as other Federal employees. A background security investigation will be required for all hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

    YOU MUST ATTACH YOUR RESUME AND PEACE CORPS DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE LETTER.

Duties:

  • These positions are designed to allow returning Peace Corps volunteers the opportunity to enter Federal employment. These entry positions include job categories in general administration, finance, medical, communications, information technology, health services, training, contract management, and volunteer recruitment. These positions offer the employee the ability to gain work skills and experience.

    Communications

    May provide support to a wide range of administrative, programmatic, financial/accounting, contractual, evaluative, advisory, regulatory and law enforcement functions. Excellent written and verbal communications skills and advanced proficiency on automated systems and databases is desired. Writing and editing skills will be used to produce clear and concise brochures, training materials, reports and other materials for publication and distribution. Critical thinking skills and independent judgment is desired, as well as a general understanding of the federal government and financial, budgetary and contractual policies and procedures. Experience with various social media channels and developing and delivering an effective marketing/communication strategy is helpful.

  • Contract Management

    Duties may be involved in a wide variety of operational and support contracting activities from acquisition planning, contract award, contract administration and contract closeout. Depending on placement assignment, incumbent may be assigned to the Operational Contracting Team which support domestic offices or the Overseas Support Team which supports Peace Corps Overseas Posts. Uses different and unrelated processes, procedures, or methods to examine and verify financial transactions, such as researching and verifying invoices for purchase orders, contracts, travel orders, and other claims against obligated funds. Ensures that documentation is accurate, complete, and has proper approvals.

  • Country Desk Unit

    This position is located in a country desk unit of the operations division of IAP, EMA or Africa Regional office and serves as DC rep of overseas staff, trainees and volunteers providing administrative coordination, operational support and program assistance to the Country Desk Officer. Candidate should have good written and verbal communications skills and be proficient on automated systems.

  • Finance/Budget

    Interprets general instructions for program line items and prepared budget estimate guides; assists with the presentation of budget data for a single program; prepares financial reports, balance sheets, and recommendations for potential revisions to policies covering significant financial management issues; and performs routine tasks to produce and disseminate resource utilization information, such as recording daily transactions, providing data for budget reporting, and monitoring authorized and actual expenditures.

  • General Administrative

    May have responsibility for a wide range of financial, administrative, budgetary and accounting operations for a specific office. Incumbent is expected to exercise independent judgment in these areas and to give professional advice and guidance to a manager based on a thorough understanding of federal government and PC financial, budgetary and contractual policies and procedures as applicable to the office involved. Should have good written and verbal communications skills and be
    proficient on automated systems.

  • Health Services

    Position is located in Office of Health Services and is responsible for pre-service medical clearance of applicants, in-service health care and post-service follow-up medical care programs. Incumbent is responsible for assuring the provision of all support functions with the Medical Clearance Unit in order to facilitate and expedite the screening review process.

  • Information Technology

    Position is located in office of CIO. The Deskside Support position provides IT customer support to all staff members at PC HQ. This may include managing and implementing moves, adds and changes to staff workstations; troubleshooting hardware and software problems for staff PCs, peripherals, printers and scanners, testing and employing non-standards software and hardware and participating in other projects as assigned as appropriate within this position. Must have excellent customer service skills and must be able to work both independently and as part of a small team.

  • Training Administration

    Directly supports the needs of regions and oversees posts in registering new volunteers for service, orienting them to PC and preparing them for training at post. Unit conducts over 100-pre-departure training vents annually. Requires up to 30% domestic travel.

  • Volunteer Recruitment

    This position is located in a Regional Office under the jurisdiction of the Office of Volunteer Recruitment/Selection. Incumbent serves as a Volunteer Recruiter under the general supervision of the Regional Manager, recruiting qualified applicants and screening those candidates for volunteer service in the PC and UN Volunteer program and to build awareness of all PC programs. Applicant should have good written and verbal communications skills and be able to use automated systems.


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