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Department: Department Of State

Agency: Department Of State

Sub Agency: Civil Service Personnel-Civil Srvc and Iraq Jobs

Job Announcement Number: ISPO-2011-0036


$105,211.00 - $155,500.00 /year OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 to Wednesday, May 18, 2011 SERIES & GRADE:


Full Time Temporary Excepted Appointment NTE 13 months PROMOTION POTENTIAL:


many vacancies - Washington DC/TDY to Iraq WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

Open to all U.S. citizens

The U.S. Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency. The Iraq Strategic Partnership Office (ISPO) was established by Executive Order 13541 to perform the specific project of supporting executive departments and agencies in facilitating the strategic partnership between the U.S. Government and the Republic of Iraq, in further securing and stabilizing the country, and in continuing an effective diplomatic presence in Iraq. ISPO operates under the direction of the Chief of Mission, US Embassy Baghdad.

The incumbent serves as Senior Police Advisor with responsibility for the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of police development and other targeted INL assistance projects that support the MOI strategic plan for police development and assistance in Iraq. The incumbent also serves as a subject-matter expert and advisor to the Senior Executive Police Advisor on law enforcement affairs and represents the Embassy and INL in interactions with key Iraqi government officials and with senior leadership of the U.S. Mission on police and law enforcement matters. The incumbent reports to the INL Senior Executive Police Advisor.

You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit
your application package. Your application may not get full
consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • Must be able to obtain an ethics clearance
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Medical clearance is required.

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Additional Duty Location Info:

many vacancies - Washington DC/TDY to Iraq

Ensures that the strategic plan incorporates law enforcement organizational structure, police training, criminal investigation and intelligence capabilities, and a strong emphasis on community policing, and is consistent with internationally accepted principles of democratic policing.

Serves as a subject matter expert in law enforcement affairs. Develops, implements, monitors, and evaluates a variety of law enforcement initiatives related to the overall police development effort and targeted INL assistance projects. Ensures coordination and integration of these activities with other ongoing police, criminal justice, and corrections training and assistance programs.

Provides expert advice and guidance to the international law enforcement community working in Iraq in planning, developing, and implementing police development and assistance programs that will improve INL, USG, and international capacities to provide law enforcement assistance in support of stability and reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

Develop measurable criteria to evaluate program success according to established operational goals. Participates in and/or leads assessments of the impact of current police assistance and development programs on the effectiveness of law enforcement capacities and structures in Iraq. Briefs assessments to senior INL and other Department and interagency officials and recommends solutions to issues that surface in the assessment process.

Leads/conducts ongoing reviews, assessments, and evaluations of existing police assistance programs as a predicate to the development and implementation of initiatives designed to improve the delivery of targeted training and mentoring to the Ministry of Interior.

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Qualifications and Evaluations


Mastery of law enforcement principles, methods, and practices to provide subject matter expertise in the planning and development of police assistance and development programs that support the overall USG reconstruction and stabilization effort in Iraq.

Knowledge of program management principles and practices to provide advice and guidance in the development, implementation, management, and assessment of police development and assistance programs including tracking, monitoring, and reporting of expenditures.

Ability to work capably and confidently in a high-threat environment overseas and to perform key responsibilities under conditions that may include limited supervision and resources, personal security risks, rapidly developing events, conflicting and changing priorities, primitive life support (lodging, food, and HVAC), language barriers, and transportation limitations.

Familiarity with Iraqi and Middle East history, culture, institutions, structures, and legal systems.

Knowledge of INL programs, policies, plans, and priorities to provide technical advisory services in the law enforcement sector that support the accomplishment of INL mission objectives in Iraq and the region.

All candidates for employment must obtain a minimum of a Secret
security clearance from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). Even
if the candidate has previously held a government security clearance
or still holds one, the candidate must complete a Questionnaire for
National Security Positions (SF-86), a credit/consumer report
release form, and two sets of fingerprint cards for adjudication by
the Diplomatic Security Service. Full disclosure and candor is
imperative when completing this paperwork.

Employees must receive an ethics clearance, which may require
completing and executing the Executive Branch Public Financial
Disclosure Form (SF-278). Ethics clearances are required to help
ensure that employees do not violate, or participate in any actions
creating the appearance that they are violating the law or standards
governing ethical conduct for employees of the Executive Branch.

Employees should read the Department of State's "Ethics Guidance for
Prospective Employees Who Are Not Special Government Employees."

If a SF-278 form is required as part of your application, a
Termination Financial Disclosure Report must be completed upon your
departure from ITAO. The Federal ethics and conflict of interest
laws and regulations are important tools intended to foster public
confidence in government.


You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the job specific self-assessment questions for this announcement, and a review of the documents that are requested as part of this announcement.

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Errors, exaggerations, or omissions in your responses to the on-line application may impact your score or result in you losing consideration for the job.

If you are found to have rated yourself higher in the self-assessment than is supported by the information in your on-line resume, essay responses, and/or supporting documents, a score will manually be determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score, which may also eliminate you from the best-qualified listing.

You may receive credit for unpaid or volunteer experience on the same basis as paid experience, provided it is directly related to this job. To receive proper credit, you must show, on your on-line resume, the actual time spent in such activities (hours worked per week).

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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Benefits and Other Info


For additional information on DOS benefits click here.


SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - 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 Office of Employee Relations, Work/Life Programs, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The Department of State is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, political affiliation, union or non-union affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or any other non-merit factors.

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How To Apply


Applicants must submit an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State application system when you apply on-line. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following three-step application process: STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions provided. STEP 2: Answer the self-assessment questions. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this job. Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the user information questions and the on-line job specific self-assessment questions.

STEP 3: Submit all required documentation listed in the "required documents" section of this announcement prior to the closing date. Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.
The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources Office no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern Standard time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.


All required documents listed below must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement, which is 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

  1. If claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy # 4). If claiming 10 point preference, you also must submit an SF-15 (Application for 10 point Veteran Preference) and any other documentation required by that form.For further information regarding Veterans click here
  2. If you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit, which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.
  3. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, panel recommendations, etc.) with your application by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

ICTAP Considerations
CTAP Considerations


ISPO Recruitment
Phone: 202-776-8838
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: iraqjobs@state.gov Agency Information:
Civil Service Personnel-Civil Srvc and Iraq Jobs
Iraq Strategic Partnership Office
Washington, DC 20520
Fax: 000-000-0000

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation. You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process: 1. Upon receipt of your application. 2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.
For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here .
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Agency Information:
Civil Service Personnel-Civil Srvc and Iraq Jobs
Iraq Strategic Partnership Office
Washington, DC 20520
Fax: 000-000-0000

Questions about this job:
ISPO Recruitment
Phone: 202-776-8838
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: iraqjobs@state.gov

Job Announcement Number:
Control Number: 2258449