Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State


Position description

This position is located in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Africa and the Middle East (INL/AME). The incumbent advises on, administers, or performs research or other professional work in the formulation and direction of foreign affairs.

 

Responsibilities

  • Coordinates tasking from working groups, develops summaries/evaluations of options, and forges consensus on recommended actions.
  • Analyzes budget proposals, prepares justification/memo for review committee’ s recommendation and appropriate approval.
  • Establishes and tracks the foreign assistance budget build process, working closely with senior officials to determine appropriate foreign assistance levels within limits established by DOS and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • Assists in the formulation and development, review, and analysis of proposed strategic plans and budgets.
  • At the GS-12 level, the incumbent performs essentially the same duties as outlined above; however, the scope and complexity of assignments are of less responsibility and independence and receives closer than normal supervision

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Periodic travel of varying duration to posts worldwide may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Have a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities;

OR

Have a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities;

OR

Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.

OR

Have a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUSappropriate relevant experience OR additional education.

OR

Have completed at least 4 years of appropriate experience in one OR more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

(NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.)

GS-12

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements listed above, applicants applying for the GS-12, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience coordinating, implementing, and managing U.S. foreign assistance programs and funding.
  • Experience providing recommendations, advice, and guidance, both in writing and orally, to senior officials.
  • Experience establishing liaisons at all levels throughout the foreign affairs community to gather and exchange information.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-12 position.

GS-13

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements listed above, applicants applying for the GS-13, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience coordinating, implementing, and managing U.S. foreign assistance programs and funding.
  • Experience providing recommendations, advice, and guidance, both in writing and orally, to senior officials.
  • Experience establishing liaisons at all levels throughout the foreign affairs community to gather and exchange information.
  • Experience developing and revising drug and crime strategies and coordinating these strategies with other agencies.

Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.

Education

 

See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

When an applicant has less than one year of specialized experience as described in the announcement, he or she may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements. Generally, 18 graduate semester hours is equivalent to 1 full-time year of graduate study (your school and department determine what constitutes 1 full time year of graduate study). The percentage of specialized work experience (for example, 6 months equals 50%) and the percentage of graduate study (for example, 9 graduate hours for a GS-07 equals 50% where 18 graduate hours constitute a full time year) must total at least 100%.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

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