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Department of State - Agency Wide

Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialist - Radio (2882 IMTS - Radio)

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Job Location

Kirkuk, Iraq

Job Description

The U.S. Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of Information Management Technical Specialist - Radio (IMTS-R) vacancies based on the needs of the Department.This is a 2882 Foreign Service skill code equivalent to the 0391 series in the Civil Service. The salary listed is from the FS Overseas Comparability Payscale ($56,728) plus D.C. Locality Payscale ($90,342).

Location: Kirkuk, Iraq

Posted Date: 11/18/2020

Job Requirements

Specialized Experience Specialized Experience demonstrates that the applicant has acquired, and is able to apply, a combination of specific knowledge, skills, and abilities appropriate to a Foreign Service IMTS-R position. Applicants must demonstrate that their job-related experience has been at progressively increasing levels of performance and responsibility through such indicators as promotions, raises, increases in duties and responsibilities, and organizational and employee impact. To qualify as Specialized Experience, 60% or more of the duties must be related to the following examples of Specialized Experience, which include, but are not limited to: Hands-on experience surveying, installing, maintaining, component-level repairing, and/or operating radio systems. These include HF/VHF/UHF land mobile/avionics/marine two-way radio systems used in intercity radio services, tactical satellite systems, and peripheral devices (antennas, remote control units). Must be knowledgeable in the use of associated test equipment for testing and trouble resolution. Experience must be directly related to these systems and in the maintenance and repair of these systems. Radio Specialists must have in-depth technical knowledge of RF systems and be able to perform major building surveys for upgrades or new HF/VHF/UHF radio communication systems. Experience or training on High Frequency (HF) SSB, Tactical Satellite (TACSAT), VHF/UHF land mobile radio, and International Marine Satellite (INMARSAT) systems, and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) used in Motorola and Kenwood digital equipment, Radio over IP, Cisco Access Points, Cisco Controllers, Fiber optic fusion splicer, Cisco servers/switches/routers, Avaya IP Office, Cisco Communications Manager Express, Ekahau Sidekick, NetScout AirCheck, NetScout nGenus Pulse, Fluke Optiview,Optical time-domain reflectomer (OTDR), Federal Communications General class, Radio-telegraph first/second class licenses, or General Radio Operator License. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Ability to think logically and objectively, demonstrating resourcefulness and judgment. Ability to express oneself both orally during briefing sessions and in writing through detailed reports on the findings. Ability to work and deal effectively with others; tact and the ability to obtain cooperation and confidence from supervisors and subordinates in performing official duties. Ability to work with minimum job supervision and a willingness to accept responsibility. Ability to read and interpret schematic diagrams to detect circuit problems. Ability to install and repair various equipment in the applicant's area of specialty. Ability to lift and maneuver equipment weighing 20-40 pounds from the floor to a workbench height without assistance, and 40-70 pounds with assistance. Ability to follow proper electrical wire color code for power outlets and circuit breaker panels to avoid potential life-safety issues during installations. Ability to follow proper wiring color code to terminate Ethernet cabling and telephone station wiring to ensure proper connectivity/equipment operation. Ability to properly interpret results from test equipment such as multimeters, RF wattmeters, and spectrum analyzers. Ability to monitor audio output from radio systems to determine proper operation, conduct voice radio checks, detect interference from audio output of radios and determine likely causes such as another entity transmitting on Embassy frequencies, natural RF interference, man-made interference such as from improper grounding, etc. Ability to audibly monitor electrical equipment for a faulty condition such as a loud hum from a power transformer and noisy bearings in equipment rack cooling fans.
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November 18, 2020
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