CLASSIFICATION GUIDE FOR USAID CONTRACTOR COOPERATING COUNTRY NATIONAL EMPPLOYEES UNDER USAID PROJECTS POSITIONS CLASSIFIED UNDER SEPARATE SERIES Always start with position description, education and experience level, then find appropriate Grade for the position/education/experience combination PLEASE SEE SHEET B FOR EDUCATION REQUIREMENT OF EACH GRADE FSN SERIES SUBSERIES AVAILABLE GRADES/POSITION TYPES GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW This series includes all positions the duties of which are to perform typing work, either solely or in combination with clerical work, except when the clerical work requires specialized FSN 100 CLERICAL AND experience or training which constitutes the paramount qualification requirement for the ADMINISTRATIVE General Clerical and Administrative - 105 FSN 3 AND FSN 4 position. This series includes all positions that have duties which are to serve primarily as the personal assistant to one individual requiring secretarial, office support, and protocol assistance. To be included in this series, the position must be the principal office clerical or administrative support position in the office, operating independently of any other such position in the office. The duties do not require a technical or professional knowledge of a specialized subject matter Secretary Series FSN-120 FSN 5, 6, 7, 8 area. FSN 200 TRANSLATOR SERIES This series includes positions the duties of which are to administer, supervise, or perform work involved in making written translations from or into foreign languages where the objective is Translating Series FSN-210 FSN 7, 8, 9 the production of accurate translations of written material prepared by others. FSN SERIES SUBSERIES AVAILABLE GRADES/POSITION TYPES GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW FSN 300 PERSONNEL SERIES This series includes a variety of personnel positions ranging from: 1) positions which assist the Personnel Officer in implementing or supervising all major functions of the Personnel Program; 2) positions with responsibility, under the supervision of the Administrative Officer, for the personnel program at the post; 3) positions which advise on or perform specialized technical personnel functions; and 4) personnel clerical support positions involving performance of work which requires substantial knowledge of personnel rules, regulations, Personnel Series FSN-305 FSN 5,6,7,8,9,10,11 procedures, and program requirements. Personnel Specialist FSN 305-11 Personnel Specialist FSN 305-10 Personnel Assistant FSN 305-9 Personnel Assistant FSN 305-8 Personnel Assistant FSN 305-7 Personnel Clerk FSN 305-6 Personnel Clerk FSN 305-5 FSN SERIES SUBSERIES AVAILABLE GRADES/POSITION TYPES GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW FSN 400 FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING SERIES This is the “catch all” series for positions performing a mixture of work covered by standards within the FSN-400 occupational group, including the performing of financial work not yet General Financial Series FSN-401 FSN 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 covered by any published standard in the group. Mixed Positions This series includes positions the duties of which are to supervise or perform work involving budget formulation, financial planning, budget execution, and the technical supporting work in connection therewith. Positions also provide financial management advice regarding Budget Analysis Series FSN-405 FSN 7,8,9 implications of financial status to program, and projects. Budget Analyst FSN-405-9 Budget Analyst FSN-405-8 Budget Analyst FSN-405-7 Cashier Series FSN-415 This series provides coverage for five levels of non-supervisory cashiering This series includes all positions that are accountable for cash and cash instruments and that Cashier FSN-415 -9 supervise or perform work requiring the application of knowledge regarding: A. receipt, examination, deposit, custody, disbursement or other physical handling and Cashier FSN-415 -8 processing of U.S. and foreign currency(ies) and cash instruments; Cashier FSN-415 -7 B. cash accountability control methods and cash processing procedures C. negotiability, validity, and genuineness of cash items; and acceptability requirements of Sub-Cashier FSN-415 -6 supporting documents; and Sub-Cashier FSN-415 -5 D. financial accounting system on post and effects of cash receipt and disbursement actions. Positions which process claims for travel expense reimbursement and assignment or transfer Pay Series FSN-425 FSN 5,6 reimbursement expenses, e.g., household goods and POV shipments, This series includes Accountant which require knowledge and application of professional accounting principals and theory in the design, development, installation, and operation of accounting systems; and the development, examination, analysis and interpretation of Accountant (AID) Series FSN-430 FSN 7 -12 accounting data and reports. Chief Accountant (AID) FSN-430-12, 11, 10 Accountant (AID) FSN-430-11 and 10 Trainee and Junior Positions FSN 430-7,8,9 This series includes positions which are involved in an ongoing process of analyzing and advising on the financial aspects of developing, implementing and evaluating AID projects. Positions in this series differ from AID Accountant positions in the FSN-430 Series in that the latter design, develop, install, operate or inspect specific accounting systems and examine, analyze and interpret specific accounting data and reports. Financial Analysts, on the other hand, are concerned with the financial capabilities and effectiveness of all participants and of Financial Analyst (AID) Series FSN-435 FSN 11 all systems and operations involved in AID technical programs and projects in general. FSN SERIES SUBSERIES AVAILABLE GRADES/POSITION TYPES GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW FSN 800 PROCUREMENT SERIES This series includes all positions the duties of which are to supervise or perform the receipt, storage, issuance, requisitioning and ordering, record keeping, and related work associated Supply Series FSN-805 FSN 2,4,5,8,9 with supply programs for expendable and non-expendable materials and equipment. Supply Supervisor FSN-805-9 Supply Supervisor FSN-805-8 Supply Clerk FSN-805-5 Supply Clerk FSN-805-4 Warehouseman FSN-805-2 This series includes all positions the duties of which are to supervise or perform work involved in the procurement of a variety of commodities and services, including but not limited to office furniture, equipment and supplies, household furniture and equipment, publications automotive vehicles, petroleum products, building and equipment maintenance, repair and cleaning services, leased residential quarters, technical items such as automotive and office equipment spare parts, electronic and other specialized equipment and machinery, specialized Procurement Series FSN-810 FSN 5,6,7,8,9,10 tools. Procurement Supervisor FSN-810-10 Procurement Agent FSN-810-9 Procurement Agent FSN-810-8 Procurement Agent FSN-810-7 Purchasing Agent FSN-810-5 FSN SERIES FSN 1000 MOTORPOOL OPERATIONS SUBSERIES AVAILABLE GRADES/POSITION TYPES GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SERIES This series includes all positions the duties of which are to plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate the operation and maintenance of motor vehicles and motor pool personnel to Motor Vehicle Supervisor Series FSN-1005 FSN 6,7 provide efficient transportation service. Motor Vehicle Supervisor FSN-1005-7 Motor Vehicle Supervisor FSN-1005-6 This series includes all positions the duties of which are to control the use of passenger and Dispatcher Series FSN-1010 FSN 4 cargo motor vehicles to insure efficient transportation service. This series includes all positions the duties of which are to drive motor vehicles to transport Chauffeur Series FSN-1015 FSN 3,4 passengers or cargo. Chauffeur FSN-1015-4 Chauffeur FSN-1015-3 Motor Vehicle Maintenance Series FSN-1020 FSN 2,3,4,5,6 Automotive Mechanic Foreman FSN-1020-6 Automotive Mechanic Foreman FSN-1020-5 Automotive Mechanic FSN-1020-4 Automotive Mechanic FSN-1020-3 Motor Vehicle Serviceman FSN-1020-2 FSN 1100 ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURAL SERIES This series includes (1) all positions the duties of which are to perform work which requires professional knowledge of one or more of the several fields of engineering, e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, etc., gained through collegiate study and the acquisition of an engineering degree and through subsequent practical professional experience; and (2) sub- professional and technical positions the duties of which are to perform work ancillary to Engineering Series FSN-1105 FSN 7,11,12 professional engineering duties. Engineer FSN-1105-12 Engineer FSN-1105-11 Engineering Draftsman FSN-1105-7 Engineering Inspector FSN-1105-7 FSN SERIES SUBSERIES AVAILABLE GRADES/POSITION TYPES GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW FSN 1800 COMPUTER SERIES SEE COMPUTER MANAGEMENT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SHEET FOR REQUIREMENTS OF FSN 8-12 GRADES This is the “catch all” series for positions performing a mixture of work covered by the various series within the FSN-1800 Occupational Group, including the performing of computer work not yet covered by any published series in the group, where no one series is predominant. General Computer Series FSN-1801 FSN 5,6,7,8,9 Accordingly, there are no standards specifically written for this series. Positions in this series are responsible for the management of, or assisting in the management of computer systems and automation programs. This includes all of the following functions: 1. Being in charge of a computer system hardware facility; 2. Planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating the financial, material, program, organization, and human resources that are associated with an organization’s computer systems and automation program; 3. Analyzing functions, procedures, processes, etc., to determine whether they are appropriate for automation, and the developing of specifications and system architecture; 4. Analyzing program applications developed by others to determine impact on overall workload, compatibility with other program applications being run, and with computer operating systems being used; 5. Programming applications in one or more computer languages on the basis of specifications and system architecture (this function is sometimes referred to as programming Computer Management Series FSN-1805 FSN 8,9,10,11,12 applications or just programming); 6. Analyzing, testing, and evaluating computer operating systems and utilities to determine their effectiveness relative to computer systems in use and their support capability and compatibility with program applications being run; 7. Operating computer hardware system(s) and peripheral equipment;8. Providing computer and automation related management advisory services to user organizations and post management; and 9. Ensuring computer hardware system(s) and peripheral equipment are operated in accordance with the company’s computer security policies, standards, and guidelines. Computer Management Specialist —FSN-1805-12 Computer Management Specialist —FSN-1805-11 Computer Management Specialist —FSN-1805-10 Computer Management Assistant —FSN-1805-9 Computer Management Assistant —FSN-1805-8 Computer Management Assistant (LAN) —FSN-1805-9 Computer Management Assistant (LAN) —FSN-1805-8 This series includes positions responsible for the analysis of work operations and processes, development of system architecture and specifications, and the programming/coding of program applications. Such work is performed in connection with the development and the Computer Systems Analysis and Programming Series maintenance of program applications. Other functions in this series involve the analysis, FSN-1810 FSN 7-11 evaluation, testing, and maintenance of computer operating systems. Computer Systems Analyst FSN-1810-11 *Computer Systems Analyst FSN-1810-10 *Computer Systems Operations Analyst FSN-1810-10 Computer Systems Analyst FSN-1810-9 *Computer Programmer FSN-1810-9 *Computer Programmer FSN-1810-8 Computer Programmer FSN-1810-7 FSN SERIES SUBSERIES AVAILABLE GRADES/POSITION TYPES GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW This series includes positions responsible for the following functions 1) Operating the controls of the computer hardware, i.e., the central processing unit(s), disk drives, and peripheral equipment; 2)Developing and keeping current the instructions for staging and sequencing production, including processing work, scheduling use of computer time, maintaining program and system documentation, and receiving, maintaining, and issuing data storage media, etc.; Computer Operations Series FSN-1815 FSN 4,5,6,7 and 3)Providing support to users of personal computers (PCs). Computer Operator FSN-1815-7 Computer Operator FSN-1815-6 Computer Operator FSN-1815-5 Peripheral Equipment Operator FSN-1815-5 Peripheral Equipment Operator FSN-1815-4 Minicomputer Operator FSN-1815-6 Minicomputer Operator FSN-1815-5 Computer Operator (LAN) FSN-1815-7 This series includes positions responsible for the following functions: 1)Supervising or performing work entering data into computers;2)Verifying , the accuracy of the recorded data, and correcting source information as appropriate; and 3) Operating various pieces of Data Input Series FSN-1820 FSN 3,4,5 equipment used to prepare and enter data. This series includes positions responsible for the following functions: 1) Computer production scheduling and quality control tasks; 2) Computer data media handling, processing, and storage; 3) Maintaining systems and programs documentation; 4) Maintaining tape library and similar support work; 5)Logistical support for computers; 6)Non-technical assistance to computer specialists, systems analysts, programmers and operators; and 7) Other non- Computer Support Series FSN-1825 FSN 4,5,6,7 technical support functions. FSN 1900 LEGAL SERIES This series includes positions, the duties of which are to serve as legal advisors to high project management on matters requiring and interpretation of host country local, regional, or national laws. A collegiate degree equivalent to an LLB in the United States is a fundamental Legal Advisor Series FSN 1905 requirement for positions in this series. Based on Education : See General FSN Guide CLASSIFICATION GUIDE FOR USAID CONTRACTOR COOPERATING COUNTRY NATIONAL EMPPLOYEES UNDER USAID PROJECTS GUIDE FOR POSITIONS NOT CLASSIFIED BY SERIES & GRADE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Always start with position description, education and experience level, then find appropriate Grade for the position/education/experience combination GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY This is the entrance level for routine, unskilled types of This is the entrance level for routine, unskilled types of work. It work. It includes the most routine custodial and manual Based on previous experience - includes the most routine custodial and manual positions found positions found at this level. Most positions require no start at Step 1 and increase with at this level. Most positions require no more than Level 1 more than Level 1 English ability (rudimentary level of experience & salary history FSN - 1 English ability (rudimentary knowledge). knowledge). if any FSN - 1 Janitor FSN - 1 Laborer FSN - 1 Watchman Up to six months of experience is desirable. Most non-clerical positions require little formal education and no more than Level 1 English ability (rudimentary knowledge). Some Based on previous experience - secondary school education is desirable for the clerical This level includes positions the duties of which are to start at Step 1 and increase with positions. Level 2 English ability (limited knowledge) is perform entrance level clerical positions performing simple level of experience & salary history FSN -2 sufficient for most clerical positions at this grade. filing, record keeping, and mail sorting. if any FSN -2 File Clerk FSN -2 Gardener FSN -2 Guard FSN -2 Janitor Supervisor FSN -2 Mail Clerk FSN -2 Motor Vehicle Serviceman FSN -2 Trades Helper FSN -2 Warehouseman GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY Elementary school education is desirable for manual positions and secondary school education is desirable for clerical positions. Manual positions require Level 1 (rudimentary knowledge) to Level 2 (limited knowledge) English ability and Based on previous experience - clerical positions require Level 2 to Level 3 (good working Clerical positions involve routine clerical duties such as start at Step 1 and increase with knowledge) English ability. Up to one year of experience is records maintenance, working at a telephone switchboard, level of experience & salary history FSN-3 required for both manual and clerical positions at this level and/or typing a variety of narrative and tabular material. if any FSN-3 Chauffeur FSN-3 Clerk Typist FSN-3 Distribution Clerk FSN-3 Operator FSN-3 Guard FSN-3 Mail Clerk FSN-3 Maintenance Man FSN-3 Mechanic FSN-3 Receptionist FSN-3 Telephone Operator GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY Employees at this level must be able to perform the full scope of their positions with a minimum of supervisory Completion of secondary school, one to one and one-half years guidance. Clerical positions require familiarity with office Based on previous experience - of experience, and Level 3 (good working knowledge) of English practices and procedures and the ability to follow through start at Step 1 and increase with is required for clerical positions at this level. Completion of in order to obtain the required results. They also must level of experience & salary history FSN-4 elementary school is required. exercise judgment and apply pertinent regulations. if any FSN-4 Clerk FSN-4 Chauffeur FSN-4 Clerk Stenographer FSN-4 Clerk Typist FSN-4 Dispatcher FSN-4 Distribution Clerk FSN-4 Guard FSN-4 Guard/Receptionist FSN-4 Mail Clerk FSN-4 Maintenance Man FSN-4 Procurement Clerk FSN-4 Receptionist FSN-4 Supply Clerk FSN-4 Telephone Operator FSN-4 Voucher Examiner GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY Clerical positions at this level involve the performance of responsible work requiring the exercise of judgment, Based on previous experience - Level 3 English ability (good working knowledge), and one and knowledge of a specialized subject matter and the start at Step 1 and increase with one-half to two years of experience are required for most regulations pertaining thereto. Journeyman level clerical level of experience & salary history FSN-5 clerical positions. positions in various program areas are at this level. if any FSN-5 Accounts Maintenance Clerk FSN-5 Clerk Stenographer FSN-5 Guard Supervisor FSN-5 Library Clerk FSN-5 Medical Technician FSN-5 Participant Training Clerk FSN-5 Payroll Clerk FSN-5 Personnel Clerk FSN-5 Program Clerk FSN-5 Purchasing Agent FSN-5 Receptionist FSN-5 Secretary FSN-5 Security Clerk FSN-5 Shipment Clerk FSN-5 Supply Clerk FSN-5 Travel Clerk FSN-5 Voucher Examiner GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY This is the senior or top clerical level involving the performance of the most difficult clerical work requiring the exercise of judgment, knowledge of a specialized subject matter, and the application of extensive rules and Based on previous experience - Clerical positions require completion of secondary school, two regulations. Included also in this class are supervisors of start at Step 1 and increase with to two and one-half years of experience, and Level 3 English clerical positions and secretaries to American officials level of experience & salary history FSN-6 ability (good working knowledge) performing major functions. if any FSN-6 Cashier FSN-6 Clerk Stenographer FSN-6 Customs Expediter FSN-6 Distribution Supervisor FSN-6 Guard Supervisor FSN-6 Language Instructor FSN-6 Library Assistant FSN-6 Medical Technician FSN-6 Motor Pool Supervisor FSN-6 Nurse FSN-6 Participant Training Clerk FSN-6 Payroll Clerk FSN-6 Payroll Liaison Clerk FSN-6 Personnel Clerk FSN-6 Program Clerk FSN-6 Secretary FSN-6 Shipment Clerk FSN-6 Visa Clerk FSN-6 Voucher Examiner GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY This level includes junior assistant positions in administrative, technical, and program areas. Such positions require a good general knowledge and application of the policies and procedures, rules and regulations of a particular subject matter area, or substantive knowledge of that area, and work under general instructions with work reviewed for accuracy of results. This level also includes supervisors of clerical functions of substantial size, and employees in charge of In addition to completion of secondary school, some additional the maintenance function on smaller projects. The Based on previous experience - technical or collegiate education is desirable. From one to three secretary to the ranking official of a large program/project start at Step 1 and increase with years of experience, and Level 3 English ability (good working is also placed in this level when the official has no level of experience & salary history FSN-7 knowledge) are required. American secretary. if any FSN-7 Accounting Technician FSN-7 Arts and Graphics Assistant FSN-7 Audience Record System Assistant FSN-7 Budget Analyst FSN-7 Cashier FSN-7 Cultural Affairs Assistant FSN-7 Distribution Assistant FSN-7 Economic Assistant FSN-7 Engineering Draftsman FSN-7 Information Assistant FSN-7 Language Instructor FSN-7 Maintenance Supervisor FSN-7 Payroll Supervisor FSN-7 Personnel Assistant FSN-7 Protocol Assistant FSN-7 Purchasing Agent FSN-7 Reference Librarian FSN-7 Secretary FSN-7 Shipment Assistant FSN-7 Shipment Assistant (POV) FSN-7 Supervisory Voucher Examiner FSN-7 Translator FSN-7 Travel Assistant FSN-7 Visa Assistant GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY This is the fully qualified level for assistant positions in administrative, technical, and program areas. The difficulty of the work performed requires considerable experience and training and a thorough knowledge of policies, procedures, rules and regulations, and/or extensive subject matter knowledge in a particular field. Employees are expected to resolve most problems and execute These positions require completion of secondary school, and assignments with supervision limited primarily to the Based on previous experience - some collegiate or technical training is desirable. Two to four review of end product results. The secretary to the ranking start at Step 1 and increase with years of experience is necessary. Level 3 English ability (good officer of a very large program/ is also placed in this level level of experience & salary history FSN-8 working knowledge) is required. when the officer (COP) has not American secretary. if any FSN-8 Accounting Technician FSN-8 Art and Graphics Assistant FSN-8 Distribution Record System Assistant FSN-8 Budget Analyst FSN-8 Cashier FSN-8 Cultural Affairs Assistant FSN-8 Development Loan Assistant FSN-8 Distribution Assistant FSN-8 Economic Assistant FSN-8 Information Assistant FSN-8 Maintenance Supervisor FSN-8 Nurse FSN-8 Participant Training Assistant FSN-8 Payroll Supervisor FSN-8 Personnel Assistant FSN-8 Procurement Agent FSN-8 Program Assistant FSN-8 Protocol Assistant FSN-8 Reference Librarian FSN-8 Scientific Affairs Assistant FSN-8 Security Investigator FSN-8 Shipment Assistant FSN-8 Supervisory Language Instructor FSN-8 Supervisory Voucher Examiner FSN-8 Supply Supervisor FSN-8 Technical Services Librarian FSN-8 Travel Assistant FSN-8 Visa Assistant GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY This is the senior assistant level for technical and administrative management positions. Nonsupervisory technical positions at this level involve fact finding, research, analysis, and interpretation of factual data in the field of the employee’s expertise. Administrative management positions are supervisory and typically involve management of a function and personal performance of the most difficult work of the function, including evaluation of complex facts and the These positions require completion of secondary school, and interpretation of laws, regulations, and instructions in their Based on previous experience - some collegiate or technical education is desirable. Three to five application to specific situations. Incumbents of positions start at Step 1 and increase with years of progressively responsible experience is required. Many at this level are expected to complete assignments with a level of experience & salary history FSN-9 positions at this level require Level 4 English ability (fluent). minimum of supervision. if any FSN-9 Agricultural Assistant FSN-9 Art & Graphics Assistant FSN-9 Distribution Record System Assistant FSN-9 Budget Analyst FSN-9 Cultural Affairs Assistant FSN-9 Distribution Assistant FSN-9 Economic Assistant FSN-9 Information Assistant FSN-9 Participant Training Assistant FSN-9 Personnel Assistant FSN-9 Procurement Agent FSN-9 Program Assistant FSN-9 Reference Librarian FSN-9 Scientific Affairs Assistant FSN-9 Security Investigator FSN-9 Shipment Supervisor FSN-9 Supervisory Accounting Technician FSN-9 Supply Supervisor GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY This is the lowest of three levels of professional or specialist positions. Incumbents of positions at this level personally perform, and in some cases supervise other employees engaged in, a major segment of a professional, technical or program area. Incumbents of such positions must understand and apply a highly technical body of knowledge usually obtained through collegiate study, as well as applicable laws and agency regulations and A collegiate education with the equivalent of an A.B. or B.S. instructions. This level also includes supervisory positions degree is required, with only rare exceptions. Four to six years in the administrative management area with equivalent Based on previous experience - of progressively responsible experience in the professional, requirements. Incumbents of positions at this level are start at Step 1 and increase with technical, or administrative management area is required. expected to perform difficult duties with a minimum of level of experience & salary history FSN-10 Level 4 English ability (fluent) is usually required. supervision. if any FSN-10 FSN-10 Agricultural Research Specialist FSN-10 Agricultural Specialist FSN-10 Arts & Graphics Specialist FSN-10 Distribution Record System Specialist FSN-10 Budget Analyst FSN-10 Civil Aviation Specialist FSN-10 Commercial Specialist FSN-10 Cultural Affairs Specialist FSN-10 Development Loan Specialist FSN-10 Distribution Specialist FSN-10 Economic Specialist FSN-10 Geographic Specialist FSN-10 Information Specialist FSN-10 Library Director FSN-10 Participant Training Specialist FSN-10 Personnel Specialist FSN-10 Procurement Supervisor FSN-10 Program Specialist FSN-10 Security Investigator FSN-10 Trade Center Specialist FSN-10 Travel Promotion Specialist GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY This is the middle of three levels of professional or specialist positions; however, it is the highest level usually attainable in a professional, technical, program, or administrative management area, even in a large overseas establishment. Under the direction of an American official, but with wide latitude for planning, organizing, and executing assigned responsibilities, supervises the accomplishment of or personally performs the most A collegiate education with the equivalent of an A.B. or B.S. difficult and complex work involved in a professional, degree and from five to seven years of progressively technical, or program area. Incumbents of such positions Based on previous experience - responsible experience in the professional, technical, or must understand and apply a highly technical body of start at Step 1 and increase with administrative management area are required Level 4 English knowledge usually obtained through collegiate study, as level of experience & salary history FSN-11 ability (fluent) is usually required. well as applicable laws and regulations and instructions. if any This level also includes supervisory positions in the administrative management area with equivalent requirements. Guidance received from the American supervisory official is almost wholly related to policy, program objectives, and priorities. Within such guidelines, incumbents of positions at this level plan and undertake important projects and carry them to completion without significant supervision. Demands are heavy on initiative, resourcefulness, and sound judgment. Typically, incumbents of positions at this level have important contacts with senior business, government, and community officials. FSN-11 Arts & Graphics Specialist FSN-11 Agricultural Specialist FSN-11 Commercial Specialist FSN-11 Cultural Affairs Specialist FSN-11 Economic Specialist FSN-11 Engineer FSN-11 Information Specialist FSN-11 Labor Specialist FSN-11 Library Director FSN-11 Personnel Specialist FSN-11 Program Specialist FSN-11 Scientific Affairs Specialist GRADE STEPS (1-13) IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DETERMINATION OF FSN GRADES REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS GRADE FSN POSITIONS GENERAL DUTIES OVERVIEW SALARY This is the highest of three levels of professional or specialist positions. Positions at this level are those of highly qualified and recognized experts. Under the direction of an American official, they supervise or personally perform difficult and complex work involving the full scope of a professional, technical or program area. Incumbents of such positions apply a highly technical body of knowledge of applicable laws and regulations and instructions. These positions often call for originality of ideas and creative thinking in dealing with problems or Incumbents of these positions normally possess the equivalent matters for which there is little precedent, and usually of an A.B. or B.S. collegiate degree in a field of study closely require that the employee be able to interrelate the related to their assigned responsibilities; in many instances, pertinent subject matter with a broader spectrum, as would postgraduate education is needed. A minimum of six to eight be the case in considering the impact of important political years of progressively responsible experience in the area of developments on domestic and international economic their assignment is needed. Level 4 English ability (fluent) is developments, where the emphasis is on reporting Based on previous experience - usually required. Supervision over others is not normally a covering a broad spectrum of complex subject matter and start at Step 1 and increase with significant factor in justifying the classification of a position at requiring the exercise of independent judgment in level of experience & salary history FSN-12 the FSN-12 level. projecting future developments or trends. if any Substantial reliance is placed upon the employee’s professional acumen and judgment, and his/her advice is sought on important and at times on extremely sensitive matters; in functional programs that involve comprehensive program planning, the employee participates actively in the planning process. Positions at this level are largely independent of technical supervision; guidance from American supervisors is primarily with regard to policy, priorities, results to be achieved, basic approaches to be followed, and in the case of positions involving reporting, the nature and basic content of reports. Employees at this level develop and maintain an extensive range of important contacts with senior level business and government officials and with community FSN-12 Agricultural Research Specialist FSN-12 Agricultural Specialist FSN-12 Commercial Specialist FSN-12 Cultural Affairs Specialist FSN-12 Economic Specialist FSN-12 Engineer FSN-12 Information Specialist FSN-12 Library Director FSN-12 Medical Officer FSN-12 Program Specialist FSN-12 Scientific Affairs Specialist FSN-12 Supervisory Budget Specialist B. Experience FSN-8 At least two years performing progressively more responsible work of a program, technical, or administrative nature where emphasis is placed on analytical, judgmental, and expository abilities with respect to the operation, management, and utilization of computer systems. At least one of the two years must have been work experience in operating computers, providing PC support, and performing entry level programming work that approximates the FSN-7 level found in other series in the FSN-1800 Computer Group. FSN-9 At least three years performing progressively more responsible work as described above. At least one year of which must have been equivalent to the FSN-8 level. FSN-10 At least four years performing progressively more responsible work as described above. At least one year of which must have been equivalent to the FSN-9 level. FSN-11 At least five years performing progressively more responsible work as described above. At least one year of which must have been equivalent to the FSN-10 level. FSN-12 At least six years performing progressively more responsible work as described above. At least one year of which must have been equivalent to the FSN-11 level. C. Language FSN-10, FSN-11, and FSN-12 Level 4 English (fluent) required. FSN-8, AND FSN-9 Level 3 English (good working knowledge) required; however, a higher level is desirable in view of the analysis and advisory requirements of these positions. Level 4 is required if the position is established as part of a career ladder leading to full performance level above FSN-9. D. Knowledge FSN-8 Good knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of the computer equipment and software installed at post; automation policies of the post, mission or agency; elementary fact-finding techniques; programming languages utilized by equipment on hand; basic systems analysis and design techniques; systems and programming documentation techniques;and standard business practices and management principles. FSN-9 In addition to the knowledge required at the FSN-8 level, FSN-9 positions require knowledge of computer systems management sufficient to assure the continued effective operation of a computer installation designed to provide automation support to a post,mission, or agency or to provide for transmission of text and data files by telecommunications. Knowledge of statistical and spreadsheet packages may be required at this level. FSN-10 In addition to the knowledge required at FSN-9, FSN-10 positions require a thorough knowledge of systems analysis and design techniques; computer equipment operations management; hardware and software technology; post, mission, or agency objectives, relationships, and management practices; technical aspects of analysis, computer application programming, telecommunications, and management advisory services; and acquisition policies and procedures relative to computer hardware and software. FSN-11 In addition to the knowledge required at FSN-10, FSN-11 positions require expert knowledge of systems analysis and design techniques; post/mission/agency automation policies, procedures, and standards; and relevant computer languages. FSN-12 In addition to the knowledge required at FSN-11, FSN-12 positions require an expert knowledge of computer hardware, computer systems operations and their application, and the policies and procedures relative to equipment requirements planning, acquisition, funding, and justification. Must possess comprehensive knowledge of programs, projects, and organizations supported by the computer and automation support function to ensure adequacy of support, to discern opportunities for increased support, and to resolve operational problems of such supported organizations. Must possess extensive knowledge of the principles, techniques, and methodologies involving computer system analysis, programming, operations, and related aspects of telecommunications. Must possess knowledge of the principles of personnel, financial, and equipment resource management. E. Skills FSN-8 Skills required at this level are similar to those required at the FSN-9 level. FSN-9 Skills required at this level are focused on maintaining operational capability and readiness of computer systems. Good technical skills to trouble-shoot, diagnose, and resolve hardware and software problems and to maximize the capabilities of the organization’s computer resources. Good interpersonal skills to develop and maintain two-way communications and promote computer and automation services. If appropriate, supervisory skills. FSN-10 In addition to the skills required at FSN-9, FSN-10 positions require a good understanding of the priorities of key managers to ensure that the computer and automation organization is responsive to those needs. Good interpersonal skills are required to resolve priority issues, system limitations, down-time, etc., with key officials. If appropriate,supervisory skills. FSN-11 In addition to the skills required at FSN-10, FSN-11 positions require skill in the use of technical and administrative reference material in support of management responsibilities including system design, equipment procurement, personnel, and financial management, etc. FSN-12 In addition to the skills required at FSN-11, FSN-12 positions require exceptional interpersonal skills in order to gain acceptance of findings, recommendations, and decisions relative to computer system operation and support. Must be skilled in supervising a subordinate workforce and/or coordinating support services of vendor representatives and contractors. Must be skilled in using administrative and technical reference material, and relating information therein to technical aspects of management, e.g., systems analysis, design of system architecture, development of standards for tests and evaluation, etc. Must be skilled in applying rules concerning systems acquisition to insure acceptance by of proposals headquarters. F. Abilities FSN-8 Abilities at this level are similar to those for FSN-9. FSN-9 Ability to relate proposed projects and priorities to the capabilities and limitations of the computer system and components to determine capability to meet support requirements. Ability to articulate system requirements to managers in order to secure support of computer and automation program and to maximize opportunities for automation. Ability to balance workload demands between the central system and individual user requirements. FSN-10 In addition to the abilities set forth for the FSN-9 level, the FSN-10 level requires the ability to relate post organization, functions, and mission to computer system’s terms of reference, e.g., priorities for automation, inter-relationship of different applications programs to post operations, etc. Ability to articulate significance of management decisions with computer systems to obtain support for actions that will enhance automation and/or effective management of computer resources. FSN-11 In addition to the abilities required at FSN-10, the FSN-11 level requires the ability to address computer and automation issues from conceptualization and planning through implementation, operational, and continuing management stages. Ability to explain complex computer and automation concepts and issues to management and personnel outside the computer function on such issues as funding/personnel support, prioritization of post ADP workload, conflicting demands, system capabilities and limitations, etc. FSN-12 In addition to the abilities required at the FSN-11 level, FSN- 12 positions require the ability to discuss complex concepts with line managers, users, vendors, and other personnel and to relate requirements to computer system capabilities; ability to effectively deal with competing user requirements and to negotiate acceptable solutions; ability to conceptualize objectives of assignments and to translate objectives into concrete plans; ability to present issues persuasively before top management relative to system requirements to obtain needed funding and program support; and ability to advise prospective users diplomatically of system limitations or other priorities and to work out alternatives.
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