Apply Link Deadline 27-04-2021

US Embassy Ankara Economic Specialist - USD $31,213

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Open Period: 04/12/2021 - 04/27/2021
Series/Grade:LE - 1501 10
Work Schedule: Full-time -
Promotion Potential: LE-10 Duty Location(s): in Ankara, TU
Hiring Path:
• Open to the public

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 05.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

•    All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
•    Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:
We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (4-6 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
Supervisory Position: No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No

Basic Function of Position:

Conducts research, analyzes data and follows economic issues relevant to the U.S. government and U.S. foreign policy. Supports development and implementation of Mission strategies and goals in support of Integrated Country Strategy Goal 2 on enhancing the strategic economic relationship between the United States and Turkey. In particular, this position supports Mission Objectives related to increasing U.S. exports to Turkey and overall bilateral trade, resolving challenges related to the digital economy and Turkey's information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and tracks foreign direct investment in Turkey, with a particular focus on Chinese investment. Develops contacts, and assists economic officers in developing public and private-sector contacts in key policy areas at both the senior and working level. Advises American officers, Front Office and other U.S. government agencies in the following areas: digital economy, ICT, science, environment, economic reform, foreign investment, China, and the business climate. Drafts reports on these topics to inform Washington policymakers. Supports official visitor, and organizes visits for economic officers and delegations coming to Turkey. 
Qualifications and Evaluations
EXPERIENCE:  Minimum of five years of progressive experience in economic/social sciences research/analysis and/or economic policy oriented experience with a government agency, international finance institution, non-governmental organization or private company.
JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Strong general knowledge of the following is essential: Turkey's economic/commercial structure and government policy/institutions; economics; economic and social statistics and their interpretation; public and private entities in Turkey's business community. 
Knowledge of the following is required: Turkey's digital economy, including the major companies operating in the information and communications technology sector; Turkey's legal system.
Education Requirements:

  • A Master's Degree in Business, Economics, Computer Science, Engineering, International Relations or equivalent is required.

LANGUAGE:  Level IV (Fluent) in English and level IV (Fluent) in Turkish is required, including command of economic and digital economy terminology and ability to provide consecutive interpretation. This may be tested.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Experience with Microsoft Office suite, including Excel spreadsheet program. Ability to conduct internet research, especially on Government of Turkey websites. Work independently to develop and maintain an extensive range of senior contacts. Analyze, communicate, and report economic developments with objectivity. Provide advice to officers, and as requested from the Executive Office and senior Washington visitors. Must be able to work on evenings, weekends, early mornings, and U.S. and Turkish holidays, if needed. Must be available for travel. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Ankara, Turkey may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.

AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.
For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certificate. 
To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site. (Apply Link)

Required Documents:
In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement 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 not be considered for this position.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Copy of ID (REQUIRED)

  • Master's Degree (DIPLOMA IS REQUIRED)

  • Turkish Military Discharge Document (for male applicant): Completion of Compulsory Military Service is required. 

  • Certificate or License

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:
Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 
For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.
Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Ankara, Turkey.

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