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Job Title:  Foreign Service Social Worker - Limited Non Career
Department:  Department Of State
Agency:  Department of State - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  SWLNA-2013-0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$80,728.00 to $118,552.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 to Wednesday, April 10, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
FP-0185-02
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full-Time - Limited Non-Career Appointment
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
02
DUTY LOCATIONS:
MANY vacancies - Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan
WHO MAY APPLY:

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire Vacancy Announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.

Applicants must be American citizens and at least 20 years old to apply. They must be at least 21 years of age to be appointed.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires to fill Foreign Service Limited Non-Career Social Worker vacancies. The specific number to be hired will depend on the needs of the Foreign Service.

 

A Limited Non-Career Appointment does not lead to further employment in the State Department or conversion to another form of employment.  Candidates may not apply more than once a year.

 

Grade and Starting Salary Range:  FP-2, $80,728 – 118,552

LIMITED NON CAREER SOCIAL WORKERS
 

The Office of Medical Services in the Department of State maintains and promotes the health of employees and their accompanying family members who represent United States government agencies abroad. The Department assigns Foreign Service Medical Officers, Medical Officers/Psychiatrists, Health Practitioners, Social Workers, and Medical Technologists to selected posts overseas. Many of these posts have significant health risks and local medical care that is inadequate by U.S. standards.  The incumbent of this position serves as a Social Worker on the Mental Health Programs staff and as a resident professional counselor providing services for employees at Foreign Service posts.  The Social Worker will have multifaceted responsibilities in the Embassy which will include but are not limited to the following: assessments of psychiatric problems, including substance abuse; Post-traumatic stress disorder counseling, job stress counseling, cross-cultural adjustment issues counseling, crisis management consultation on troubled employees, conflict mediation/resolution, consultation on violence in the workplace, and crisis management training for employees assigned to hardship posts.

 

A Limited Non-Career Appointment does not lead to further employment in the State Department or conversion to another form of employment.  Candidates may not apply more than once a year.

 

Many overseas posts are in small or remote countries where harsh climates, health hazards, and other discomforts exist and where American-style amenities and the latest in technological advances often are unavailable. Personal security frequently becomes an area of concern in countries where there is political unrest or terrorist activity. However,  service in the Foreign Service offers special rewards, including the pride and satisfaction of representing the United States and protecting U.S. interests abroad.

Conditions of Service in Iraq and Afghanistan:  If you are selected for this position, you  would be deployed to a challenging physical environment.  You may encounter extremely dusty conditions, significant air pollution, high elevations, lack of potable water, food and waterborne diseases, and communicable diseases. You would be required to walk distances of a half-mile or more and run and step up to two (2) feet while wearing a helmet and body armor that together weigh a minimum of 30 pounds.  Medical care would be limited; please contact the Office of Medical Services for more information.


Key Requirements

All applicants, in order to be considered for selection, must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed.
  • Be available for worldwide service.
  • Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • Be able to obtain an appropriate medical clearance for Foreign Service work.
  • Be able to obtain a Suitability Clearance, based on a review of the candidate's record for conduct in accordance with suitability standards defined in Chapter 3 of the Foreign Affairs Manual. For more details see careers.state.gov or http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/regs/fam

Applicants are not eligible to reapply until one year after the application date of prior announcements, provided there is a new open Vacancy Announcement at that time.

 

An appointment to a limited non career appointment (LNA) is normally limited to the duration of the specific assignment for which the candidate is hired, not to exceed five years in duration.

KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

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    Serves as a psychiatric Social Worker for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.  Provides crisis intervention, problem assessment, and brief counseling for employees under Chief of Mission authority.  Coordinates efforts with Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist.

     

    Provides crisis management training for employees.  Provides supportive counseling and debriefings to employees.

     

    Coordinates service provision with the Office of Medical Services' Family Liaison Office, Office of Casualty Assistance, Regional Bureaus, and Human Resources.

     

    Serves as technical expert on troubled employees and provides clinical guidance to post management on sensitive situations such as interpersonal relations on the job, job stress, violence in the workplace, medical illness, medical disability, and family problems.

     

    Mediates job performance issues and disputes between employees and supervisors.  When indicated, coordinates resources within the State Department to provide further assistance.

     

    Advises and counsels employees of the possible administrative consequences of activities adversely affecting job performance caused by personal problems.  Refers such employees for consultations with the appropriate office responsible for effecting disciplinary actions and explaining appeal processes and rights.

     

    Maintains liaison and provides expert assistance to specialists responsible for the administration of other specific employee programs including, but not limited to, disciplinary actions, leave administration, reasonable accommodations, conduct/suitability, disability retirement, and career development.

     

    Participates as a Family Advocacy Team member reviewing and giving advice and counsel on cases of spouse abuse.

     

    Provides support services, including hospital/home visits as needed to patients.

     

    Facilitates support groups in the workplace for employees with cancer, employees dealing with elderly relatives, single parents, and other groups, as requested.

     

    Designs, facilitates, and conducts appropriate training activities, such as orientation for employees under Chief of Mission authority, Community Liaison Officer training, and supervisory training.  Works with managers on an ongoing basis to develop leadership skills.

     

    Develops educational outreach programs to ensure an awareness of the benefits of Mental Health Services.  Offers outreach in the form of videos, workshops, panel discussions, and health fair presentations.  Maintains handout literature and a lending library on mental health, stress management, parenting, aging, and other issues of interest to employees.

     

    Performs other duties as requested by M/MED and M/MED/MHS.

     

    Performs all duties with scrupulous regard for confidentiality and with the goal of assisting employees to maintain effective work performance.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed.   This restriction does not apply to preference eligible veterans.  Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance, obtain an appropriate Medical Clearance, be found suitable by a final review panel, and be eligible for diplomatic privileges and immunities in the country of assignment. 

     

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet federal job requirements for this position if the applicant can show that the foreign education is comparable to education received in the United States.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for federal jobs.

    Applicants will also be asked to submit their work history for the last 10 years or since they left university whichever is the shorter period. 


    Requirements

     

    MSW - 5 years specialized experience


    In addition to the general requirements for employment in the Foreign Service, an applicant must have an M.S.W. (Master’s in Social Work) from an accredited graduate program and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in clinical psychiatry.   Applicants must possess the highest level of independent clinical licensure for professional Social Work practice level (LICSW, CSW, LCSW, etc.) in any State.


    SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

    Note:   Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances.  Clearances may include a review of specific factors of an employee's appropriateness for assignment to a specific post including, existing ties to that country.

    ORIENTATION/TRAINING/ASSIGNMENT:

    After three months in Washington, DC for training and orientation at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, assignments will be to U.S. Embassies and consulates for a period of 13-15 months in duration depending on the needs of the Service.  While Limited Non-Career appointments can be for up to five years, initial appointments cover the training period plus the initial tour of duty.  Appointments may be extended periodically based on satisfactory performance and the needs of the Foreign Service.  Those who remain in their appointment for four or five years should expect to serve in at least two different posts.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

     

    The education, work experience and other qualifications are evaluated for evidence of the following knowledge, skills, and other requirements that have been identified as important to successful job performance as a Limited Non-Career Social Worker. Not all of these attributes need to be met by a candidate; the attributes will be used as a set to evaluate candidates.

    1. Knowledge of human behavior, adjustment, and psychological disorders and the differential influences of the society, culture, and environment.
    2. Knowledge of the theories, principles, and techniques of clinical social work, including such areas as crisis and trauma interventions, cognitive behavioral interventions, and family systems therapy.
    3. Knowledge of mental health diagnoses and disabilities, including acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses and injuries.
    4. Knowledge of psychosocial treatments in working with individuals and groups who are experiencing a variety of stress, psychiatric, medical, family, and social problems. 
    5. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and how to coordinate services.
    6. Skill in independently interviewing, assessing, and diagnosing the nature and severity of psychological and social problems presented by employees.
    7. Skill in independently formulating a treatment plan and assistance needed.
    8. Skill in counseling employees and groups who may be disturbed, distraught, or angry, and also to assist supervisors and others to work effectively with them.
    9. Skill in independently providing psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds.
    10. Skill in responding to crises by using independent judgment and problem solving in crisis intervention techniques.
    11. Skill in providing guidance to management in dealing with crises.
    12. Skill in providing consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care.
    13. Skill in assisting employees and management in finding flexible options and solutions for difficult personnel problems.
    14. Skill in functioning well within a complex organization.  Skill in applying systems theory and working tactfully and cooperatively at all levels in order to provide effective consultation to supervisors and employees.
    15. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking.
    16. Experience in working in high-stress environments.
    17. Prior military experience or experience with other U.S. agencies working abroad would be valuable but not essential.

    Also, general skills are required in:

    1. Active listening
    2. Social perceptiveness and interpersonal ability
    3. Judgment and decision making
    4. Critical thinking
    5. Service orientation
    6. Good time management
    7. Strong reading comprehension
    8. Active learning
    9. Persuasion and negotiation
    10. Solving complex problems
    11. Learning strategies
    12. Instructing
    13. Superior Oral and Written Communication Skills, including Public Speaking Skills:  In order to pass the assessment process, successful applicants must consistently meet a high standard for English, both written (overall structure as well as grammar, spelling and punctuation) and spoken (overall structure as well as delivery, clarity and succinctness).  Those who fall short of this standard will not be competitive.

    Other desirable attributes include empathetic personality, unflappable, self-confidence, will to maintain confidentiality, interest in Foreign Service work, country loyalty, tolerant of non-scheduled work hours, mobile, stress tolerant, tolerant of travel, and tolerant of living away from family.


    To preview questions please click here.


    BENEFITS:

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    Tax Free Housing Overseas, Tax Free Educational Allowance for eligible family members, overtime compensation, Accrual of Annual and Sick Leave, Life Insurance, Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHB); Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), the  possibility of Hardship Pay where applicable, etc.  Details on additional benefits are on the website, www.careers.state.gov.   Student Loan Repayment, and expedited naturalizationare not offered under the LNA program.


    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Executive Branch agencies are barred by 5 US Code 3303 as amended from accepting or considering prohibited political recommendations and are required to return any prohibited political recommendations to sender. In addition, as mandated by US Code 310, relatives of federal employees cannot be granted preference in competing for these employment opportunities.

    THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE IS COMMITTED TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND FAIR AND EQUITABLE TREATMENT FOR ALL WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, DISABLING CONDITION, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, MARITAL STATUS, OR PRIOR STATUTORY, CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED ACTIVITY. THE DEPARTMENT PROVIDES REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS TO APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES. APPLICANTS REQUIRING ACCOMMODATION FOR ANY PART OF THE APPLICATION OR HIRING PROCESS SHOULD SO ADVISE THE DEPARTMENT at ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov WITHIN ONE WEEK OF RECEIVING THEIR INVITATION.  ALL DECISIONS FOR GRANTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE MADE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

     

    All potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire Vacancy Information to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.

    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply applicants must first register on USAJOBS at www.usajobs.gov and create an online federal resume.  Your online resume must be typed or you may cut and paste an existing resume into the space provided.  Once you have completed the registration process select the 'apply-online' button to the right.  That button will transfer you to Gateway to State.

     

    Follow the 'apply online' instructions at Gateway to State by answering self-assessment questions for the specific job to which you are applying.  When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the Gateway to State questions will become your application.  Your registration, resume, and responses to questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this job.  In addition, you must fax or upload some information to complete your application package.

    Please note:  Your application is automatically saved as you proceed through it.  You may interrupt your application process and return to it until you submit it.  
    Please be aware that the application time is short, so make sure that your application is complete and submitted on time.


    If you are having technical difficulty with the application process, please contact the help desk by calling 1-866-656-6830 or by emailing mgshelp@monster.com.


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    As part of the online application, applicants will be asked to submit the following required documents:

    1. A Completed Online Questionnaire. (Gateway to State online application via USAJobs)

    2.  Supplementary Questionnaire:

    Purpose:  

    Instructions:  Individually address each of the numbered items listed below, limiting responses to 300 words or fewer (maximum length 2000 characters) for each item.  Describe how you have used these abilities and/or knowledge, referencing the source from which the experience was acquired.  Your examples can be drawn from any part of your experience but they must describe things that you, personally, have done.   You should compose your replies carefully, as one of the skills required is the ability to write clearly and concisely.

    1. Clinical skills:  Describe a specific complex clinical case which demonstrates your skills in diagnosing and treating patient mental health problems.
    2. Crisis management skills:  Describe an example in which your skills significantly contributed to the positive outcome of a complex or difficult clinical crisis situation.
    3. Organizational skills:  Describe a specific achievement demonstrating your planning and organizational skills in the setting of a multidisciplinary mental health team or practice.
    4. Leadership and teamwork skills:  Discuss your abilities to participate as a team member working toward a common goal, as well as examples of your ability to lead a team in the accomplishment of a goal.
    5. Public speaking and teaching skills:  Describe specific examples demonstrating your public speaking and teaching abilities as part of an assignment or work-related task. 

    3.  A Narrative Autobiography (two-to-three page typed equivalent - no more than 4000 characters) which addresses any new elements not raised earlier in your application about your:

     - personal background;
     - work experience;
     - personal interests, hobbies and travel; and/or
     - motivation for applying to this position.

    The request for the supplementary questionnaire and narrative autobiography are included inside the online application.

    4.  College Transcripts:

    All applicants must upload or fax a copy of their college transcripts in the initial application. These documents must be provided by 11:59 p.m. Washington, DC Time on the closing date of this announcement.  Please keep a copy of all faxed material.


    If faxing, you will be prompted to print out a fax coversheet once you have successfully completed your application.  It is essential that you use this system generated coversheet for all faxes, because it is bar-coded to link your fax to your application.  Without the required transcript, your application may be voided.

    If you are selected for an interview, you may be asked to bring your official college transcripts to your oral assessment.

    Note:  For those uploading documents please remember that multiple pages must be sent as a single document.  Only the most recently uploaded documents will attach to your application.  The most recently uploaded document will replace previously uploaded documents.  Keep in mind that the only document required is a college transcript showing a Bachelor's Degree or higher.


    You have until 11:59 p.m. Washington, DC Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process and supply the required documentation outlined in this vacancy announcement.  Application packages MUST be complete and received by the closing date to receive consideration.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Medical Services Office
    Phone: 202-663-1084
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: medhr@state.gov
    Agency Information:
    U.S. Department of State
    2401 E Street, NW
    SA-1 - Room L-216
    Attn: MED PERSONNEL
    Washington, DC, DC
    20522
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    All applicants will be notified via e-mail of the outcome of their applications.  Selected candidates will be invited to come for an oral assessment at the Department of State, Washington, D.C.

    Please note that all travel and other expenses incurred in connection
    with the oral assessment are the responsibility of the candidate.


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