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FEDLIB subscribers may be interested in this job announcement.  The U.S.
Department of State will be recruiting for the position of Foreign Service
Information Resource Officer(IRO).



On a personal note, this is the position for which I left FEDLINK in
September 2003.  I have recently finished with my Spanish language studies
at the Foreign Service Institute, and will depart for my assignment as IRO
in Mexico City at the end of the month.



Thank you for your interest, and best of luck in the application process.



Steve



Steven Kerchoff

Information Resource Officer








subjectSUBJECT: VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - FOREIGN SERVICE INFORMATION RESOURCES
OFFICER




1.  Action for admin/personnel offices - please post for all mission
employees.

2.  Herewith is the relevant text of a vacancy announcement for a career
candidate appointment as a Foreign Service Information Resources Officer at
the FP-03 level.  Potential candidates should be encouraged to read the
announcement carefully.



3.  All qualified persons are eligible for consideration under this
announcement.



4. The opening date is February 28, 2005 and the closing date is April 29,
2005.



5.  Persons recommended by a qualifications evaluation panel for further
consideration (ie. An interview/oral assessment) are responsible for their
own transportation and lodging expenses.



6.  ---BEGIN TEXT---




VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

United States Department of State

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Announcement No:  FSIRO-05-01

Opening Date:  February 28, 2005

Closing Date:  April 29, 2005




Position Title: FOREIGN SERVICE INFORMATION RESOURCES OFFICER




Grade and Starting Salary Range: FP-03, $58,845 - $86,416



Additional Benefits:  Tax Free Housing overseas, Tax Free Educational
allowance, etc., plus benefits package (See "Benefits Package" brochure for
more information)



Number of Vacancies: The Department of State is developing a rank-order List
of Eligible Hires to fill a limited number of Foreign Service Information
Resources Officer vacancies.  The specific number to be hired will depend on
the needs of the Foreign Service.



Area of Consideration:  All Sources



Location: Individuals must be willing to serve world-wide. Generally,
following a brief orientation period at the Department of State in
Washington, D.C., newly hired Foreign Service Information Resources Officers
will serve an initial two year tour at a Foreign Service post overseas, and
will usually spend approximately 75 percent of their careers stationed
abroad, moving at two-to-four year intervals.  The remainder of their time
will be spent at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.







THE FOREIGN SERVICE INFORMATION RESOURCES OFFICER




The Department of State's Office of International Information Programs (IIP)
is the principal international strategic communications service for the
foreign affairs community.  Multi-functional IIP teams design, develop, and
implement a variety of information initiatives created strictly for key
international audiences, such as the media, government officials, opinion
leaders, and academia in more than 160 countries around the world.   IIP
prides itself on using cutting-edge technology and strategic alliances to
produce information products and services, including Web sites, electronic
journals, speaker programs, and print publications uniquely designed to
support State Department initiatives, as well as those of other U.S. foreign
policy organizations.



Through its corps of 30 Foreign Service Information Resources Officers, IIP
provides professional direction and guidance to 170 Information Resource
Centers located at U.S. embassies abroad, while the headquarters office in
Washington establishes overall program policy, and provides technical and
administrative support, centralized acquisition of electronic information
resources, and centralized training programs.



All Information Resources Officers assigned overseas have regional
positions.  Information Resources Officers work closely with the Information
Resource Center programs at their home posts and are responsible for
regularly visiting all the Information Resource Centers within their areas
of regional responsibility, which may include five to ten countries.
Information Resources Officers are presently assigned to the following home
posts:  Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Brasilia, Buenos Aires,
Cairo, Dakar, Jakarta, Lagos, Mexico City, Moscow, Nairobi, New Delhi,
Pretoria, Rome, Tokyo, Vienna, and Washington, D.C.



While the preference of an applicant for a particular post or area of
assignment is given every possible consideration, assignments are dictated
by "the needs of the Foreign Service."






DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES




Foreign Service Information Resources Officers provide professional
leadership and support to 170 Information Resource Centers located at U.S.
embassies and consulates around the world, and to the 450 Foreign Service
National employees who operate them. Through extensive travel within the
assigned region, Information Resources Officers provide professional
direction and guidance to Information Resource Centers by:



-        Counseling and assisting U.S. Mission officials in determining and
developing the most effective program of information resources and services
needed to meet the post's Public Diplomacy and Mission goals.

-        Establishing an annual plan of activities and program development
in consultation with post officials and Information Resource Center staff,
which includes identifying the funding, staffing, and facilities necessary
to support the program.

-        Evaluating Information Resource Center management policies and
practices, and advising post officials on methodology for improving
productivity and effectiveness.

-        Evaluating Information Resource Center information resources, and
advising post officials on electronic and print collection development
needs.

-        Supervising or advising post officials on the supervision of
Foreign Service National employees who operate U.S. Mission Information
Resource Centers.

-        Assessing the professional development needs of Foreign Service
National staff, providing direct on-the-job training, and creating training
programs to meet regional staff development requirements.

-        Demonstrating and promoting the use of U.S. electronic information
resources, including those developed by IIP or other U.S. Government
agencies which address issues of U. S. public policy, to Foreign Service
National staff, U.S. Mission officials, and foreign audience members from
local institutions which the U.S. Mission has identified as key to the
bilateral relationship with the United States.

-        Evaluating and reporting on host country information infrastructure
to determine and recommend realistic information programs and applications
of electronic information technology appropriate for the local environment.

-        Establishing and maintaining contacts with host country information
institutions as a  representative of the U.S. professional information
community, to support the creation of U.S.-host country institutional
linkages, international exchanges, and local institutional development, as
appropriate.

-        Evaluating and reporting to Washington (IIP and Regional Bureaus)
on the Information Resource Center programs in the geographic area of
regional responsibility, and recommending program improvements.




COMPENSATION AND TENURE




The salary grade for Foreign Service Information Resources Officers is
FP-03.  The actual salary is dependent upon such factors as additional
graduate level education and directly-related specialized experience beyond
that necessary to satisfy qualifications criteria.  To be creditable, such
education and specialized experience must be in excess to that which is
required to qualify as described under Education and Qualifications
Requirements and Specialized Requirements. Salary level will be determined
at the time of a conditional offer of employment.  Individuals already
working in government positions may be appointed based on highest previous
rate as a Federal employee, which will be determined at the time of a
conditional offer of employment.



Grade  Salary    Education   General   Specialized  Total

Level  Range

FP-03  $58,845-    M.L.S.      2            3        5

       $86,416

EDUCATION

-        One in-grade step increase may be given for a Master's degree in
addition to the M.L.S., in a work-related field, awarded before the date of
appointment.

-        Two additional steps may be given for a doctoral degree in a
work-related field, awarded before the date of the appointment.




EXPERIENCE


-        One step for 3 to 4 years of closely related experience

-        Two steps for 5 to 6 years of closely related experience

-        Three steps for 7 or more years of closely related experience



Foreign Service Information Resources Officers are considered for promotion
annually in competition with others in their specialty.  Foreign Service
Career Candidates are considered for tenure by a Tenuring Board after they
acquire a minimum of two years experience in the Foreign Service as a
Specialist Career Candidate.







EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS




In addition to the general requirements for employment in the Foreign
Service, an applicant must have an M.L.S. (Master's in Library and
Information Science) from an American Library Association-accredited
graduate program and at least five years of progressively responsible
experience in the library or information center programs or services, with
in-depth experience in functional areas relevant to the State Department's
Information Resource Center program.  Knowledge of and experience in the use
of current information technologies are essential as U.S. Mission
Information Resource Centers operate in an electronic environment.






SPECIALIZED REQUIREMENTS




Applicants must have a minimum of five years of recent, progressively
responsible experience in functional areas relevant to the Department of
State's Information Resource Center program.  Specialized experience must
demonstrate the applicant possesses the in-depth knowledge, skills and
abilities needed to perform effectively as an Information Resources Officer
at any U.S. State Department mission overseas.

-        Knowledge of current U.S. library and information science theory
and practice, with special emphasis on electronic information resources and
services.

-        Experience in the administration of substantial library or
information center programs and services, including development of policy,
program planning, and budgeting.

-        In-depth experience in one or more functional areas of library or
information center work, such as administration, reference, collection
development, or information technology.

-        Ability to work effectively with officials and foreign national
staff to design, implement, evaluate and promote Information Resource Center
programs in a cross-cultural environment.

-        Ability to supervise and effectively manage the activities of
subordinates involved in the production and transfer of library or
information center products or services.

-        Knowledge of Internet-based and commercial database electronic
information resources.

-        Skill in oral communication, including the ability to carry out
public speaking.

-        Skill in written communication, including the ability to produce
concise evaluative reports and program development plans.

-        Ability and stamina to carry out extensive travel, including long
international airplane flights, as well as regular travel in overseas areas
of varying climates and conditions.




DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE




The ideal candidate will have some or all of the following knowledge and
experience.




-        Experience in designing and carrying out training programs and/or
presentations or demonstrations on library or information center electronic
resources.

-        Background in the social sciences, with particular emphasis on U.S.
public policy and foreign relations.

-        Experience in working and living abroad.

-        Knowledge of area studies in one or more foreign areas.

-        Some knowledge of one or more foreign languages.





SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONNAIRE




Purpose:  To allow an opportunity to describe your experiences that relate
to the required skills which best show your ability to accomplish the work
of the Foreign Service Information Resources Officer.



Instructions:  Using plain white paper and either a typewriter or word
processor, individually address each of the numbered items listed below,
limiting your responses to 200 words or less for each item.  The writing
should be double-spaced.  Examples can be drawn from any part of your
experience, but must reflect personal accomplishments.  You should compose
your replies carefully as one of the skills required of an experienced
Information Resources Officer is the ability to write clearly and concisely.



1.  Leadership and Teamwork Abilities:  Describe examples of your ability to
lead a team in the accomplishment of a goal, and to participate as a team
member working toward a common goal.

2.  Functional Experience:  Describe specific examples which demonstrate
your experience in carrying out information programs or services in a
library or information center setting.

3.  Organizational Abilities:  Describe a specific achievement demonstrating
your planning and organizational skills in a library or information center
setting.

4.  Public Speaking and Teaching Abilities:  Describe specific examples
which demonstrate your public speaking and teaching abilities in a library
or information center setting.




PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING




The following materials are required for a complete application package.
These materials become the property of the Department of State and will not
be returned.  All items listed must be submitted together.



1.  Completed Application for Federal Employment (DS-1950).

2.  Completed Employment Data Form.  This form is found on pages 6 & 7 of
Form DS-1950.  This is an optional form, which requests information to be
used for statistical purposes only.



3.  Official transcripts, plus any other documentation which includes
courses taken, grades, semester or quarter hours earned, cumulative grade
point averages for all courses taken, class standing, and major (copy of
M.L.S. degree).



4.  Completed Supplementary Questionnaire.





These documents should be addressed to:



U.S. Department of State

Application Evaluation Branch

Attn: Information Resources Officer Program

2401 E Street, N.W., Room H-518

Washington, D.C. 20522







FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL (202) 453-8070




Deadline for applications for this vacancy announcement is April 29, 2005.
The Department of State will be hiring a limited number of candidates.
Please note that the average processing time for an application is 7-9
months, including the completing of credentialing, medical and security
clearances.



Applications which are received through State's inter-office mail system or
mailed in Government-franked envelopes, will not be processed.



Executive Branch agencies are barred by 5 US Code 3303 as amended from
accepting or considering prohibited recommendations and are required to
return any prohibited political recommendations to sender.  In addition, as
mandated by US Code 310, sons and daughters 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.





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