International Relations Officer

U.S. Department of Labor
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 25

Position description

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) within the Department of Labor located in Washington, DC.

OTLA is composed of three divisions: Division of Monitoring and Enforcement of Trade Agreements (META), Division of Trade Policy and Negotiation (TPN), and the Division of Technical Assistance and Cooperation (TAC). If selected, you will serve as an International Relations Officer under the general supervision of the Office Director, Deputy Director, or Division Chief. You will serve as a project leader on a team and execute difficult, sensitive or complex duties.

- This position is inside the bargaining unit.  
- This position does not have promotion potential.

Travel Required:

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel required for this position is up to 5 days per quarter.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age and US Citizen
  • Requires a secret security clearance.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.


Additional Duty Location Info:

2 vacancies - Washington DC, DC
Major duties for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Develops and maintains an understanding of international labor standards set by the International Labor Organization (ILO) with respect to forced labor, freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, employment discrimination, and child labor and other international workers’ rights (e.g.,acceptable conditions of work) and how to assess compliance with those standards and rights.

Develops and maintains an understanding of the labor provisions of trade, investment, and development finance agreements and programs and ILAB’s role and responsibilities in administering those provisions. Develops and maintains an understanding of the underlying policy and political interests that drive ILAB engagement and positions regarding these agreements and programs.

Formulates policy and/or program recommendations.

Participates in the formulation of technical assistance, engagement, and/or remediation strategies and plans designed to advance workers’ rights, working conditions, and/or livelihoods for workers.

Qualifications Required:

Basic Requirements

Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling 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 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines AND 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.


  1. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  2. Experience: four 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.

In additional to the basic requirements, all qualified applicants must also meet the specialized experience for this position.

Specialized Experience 

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is experience in formulating and implementing U.S. Government labor and employment policies, programs, and initiatives pertaining to international trade agreements and preference programs; conducting research on worker rights and providing in-depth analysis and policy advice on labor and trade.

Education cannot be substituted at the GS-14 grade level.

If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.  

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

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