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The selectee for this position serves as an Information Technology Specialist (Network Services) for an 18-month unaccompanied or 24-month accompanied tour in Manama, Bahrain.

The kingdom of Bahrain, comprised of a number of islands totaling 253 square miles occupies a central location in the Arabian Gulf. To learn more about Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain please go to the following link: Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

The current workweek is Sunday through Thursday. Employees hired from continental U.S. will receive Sunday Premium Pay (computed at 25% of basic hourly rate, eight hours per week).

To learn more about the living and working condition at this military installation go to:

Priority consideration will be given to military spouse preference and family member preference eligible residing in the commuting area of the duty location for this position. Commuting area is defined as the geographic area surrounding the duty location in which people can reasonably be expected to travel back and forth daily.

Military Spouses and Family Members may apply 30 days before their anticipated arrival date.  However, they will not receive preference until arrival at the foreign location. Additional documentation may be required prior to granting preference.

Military spouses and family members who are appointed may not extend longer than 2 months following the transfer of the sponsor from the commuting area of the foreign duty station; 2 months beyond the separation of the appointee’s sponsor; or any time beyond the time employee ceases to be a family member.


  • Evaluating through research and testing the compatibility and interoperability of currently installed and planned installations of IT systems onboard afloat units.
  • Identifying system failures or problems through analysis of audit trails and log files.
  • Providing guidance on current automated information systems security developments as they relate to hardware, systems software, telecommunications, and systems design and development techniques.
  • Solving diverse problems of onboard computer systems with minimal oversight.

Travel Required

  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel is dependent upon position description and availability of funding.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses (i.e. PCS) for candidates outside of the commuting area are authorized in accordance with applicable travel regulations and Department of Navy Policy. Relocation incentives as described in 5 USC 5753 may be authorized in accordance with applicable command policy and available command funding.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Selectee is required to participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • See Other Information section for additional requirements.


In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.   Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: 1) Providing onboard technical assistance in the repair and problem resolution to computer/computer support system aboard United States Ships; 2) Conducting evaluation of failed systems to provide ISEA and program office possible solutions to systematic failures onboard US Vessels; 3) Identifying vulnerabilities and evaluating the need for changes in existing policies and procedures or use of alternative security packages; 4) Performing data analysis of system failures and developing a plan to resolve the failures in a timely manner  AND have IT-related experience demonstrating the following four competencies:  ATTENTION TO DETAIL – Able to review data from multiple sources and determine relevant information to a given situation.  Draft, edit and disseminate written reports and status updates that are factual, timely and relatively error free;  CUSTOMER SERVICE – Develop and maintain relationships with customers with diverse needs.  Provide technical information about products and services. Assess the needs of customers and identify or tailor products and/or services to meet their needs. Resolve non-routine problems, questions, or complaints and direct the most complex problems, questions, or complaints to the appropriate person;  ORAL COMMUNICATION – Communicate, explain, or defend ideas or information clearly.  Listen to others and recognize potential miscommunications;  PROBLEM SOLVING – Use logic to identify alternatives to solve technical problems.  Identify and solve problems by gathering and applying information from a variety of materials or sources that provide several alternatives.   NOTE: This information must be supported in your resume to be considered for the position.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the required skills for this position, click the following link: :View Assessment Questions Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.

Generally, current Federal employees applying for GS jobs must serve at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade.  All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

Must be able to obtain an interim and/or final (TOP SECRET) security clearance prior to entrance on duty AND must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position.  Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.

Selectee will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination.

Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the applicant fails to report to the scheduled drug test appointment. Incumbents of drug testing designated positions will be subject to random testing. Drug test results will be provided to the employing activity/command.

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

This is a Key/Emergency-Essential position. In the event of a crisis situation of war, the incumbent must continue to perform assigned duties to support mission requirements until relieved by proper authority. In addition, this position requires Anthrax and Smallpox vaccinations.  The Anthrax vaccination is a series of 6 shots occurring at 0, 2 and 4 weeks; then at 6, 12 and 18 months, followed by an annual booster as long as you remain in the position.  Smallpox vaccination is a one-time inoculation.  We strongly recommend that you receive the Smallpox vaccination and begin the Anthrax series before arriving in Bahrain and provide a shot card or other medical verification upon arrival.  If this is not possible, you will be required to report to the Branch Health Clinic to receive these mandatory vaccinations within 15 days of arrival.  The Branch Health Clinic will also provide subsequent Anthrax vaccinations (to complete the series) as well as annual boosters. You may be exempted from Anthrax and Smallpox requirements if you provide acceptable medical documentation which provides medical justification for exemption. Please refer to the Anthrax and Smallpox hyperlinks for additional information.

Recruitment incentives may or may not be authorized.

Active duty military members MAY apply under this announcement. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

This position has been designated as a Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce position in specialty area 44 and as a “Condition of Employment,” incumbents of these positions are required to comply with the DON Cyber IT/CSWF Program requirements of SECNAV M-5239.2, which include:

1. Earn and maintain appropriate credentials from the Cyber IT/CSWF Qualification Matrix (described in SECNAV M-5239.2) associated with the specialty area and level commensurate with the scope of major assigned duties for the position to which you are assigned, and;

2. Participate in a continuous learning program as described in SECNAVINST 1543.2. A minimum of 40 hours of Cyber IT/CSWF related continuous learning annually documented in a current individual development plan signed by both the employee and supervisor.

3. New hires will have six months to meet requirements of the billet to which they are assigned.

4. Personnel not meeting established timelines above may request an additional six month waiver via their chain of command.  Waiver process will be provided SEPCOR via a numbered ALCOM message.

Resolution of shipboard technical issues involves working on the ship where considerable  walking, climbing, stooping and standing for several hours at a time on hard steel decks is required.  Riding the ship during underway repairs (2-7 days) at a time will be required. The work regularly involves frequent exposure to hazardous conditions such as: high electrical voltages; large rotating machinery elements; electromagnetic radiation from high powered transmitters; nuclear radiation in and around machinery spaces aboard nuclear powered ships; explosive, flammable, or incendiary materials; turbines; condensers; etc. and entering enclosed spaces below the ship’s water line.  The work is normally required aboard U.S. and foreign naval ships at berths, at anchor or at buoys within the harbor.  On numerous occasions and with short notice, there will be requirements to perform temporary additional duty at sea on naval ships and/or at naval or private shipyards located throughout the world (including combat zones) utilizing government as well as commercial aircraft.  Helicopters and aircraft (COD) flights are utilized for transfer to/from ships at sea.  High line transfer from ship to ship may be occasionally required.

Security Clearance

Top Secret


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