Supv Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 16

Position description

This position is part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, located in Arlington, VA.

Under the direction of the Secretary of Defense and the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)), and pursuant to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and the Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory were combined in January, 2015, into a single defense agency -- the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). DPAA is responsible for oversight of the entire process for investigating, recovering, and the accounting for missing and unaccounted for personnel from past conflicts. The Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD(P)) is the principal policy and planning advisor and assistant to the Secretary of Defense for all matters that support America's national security objectives. The Director, DPAA, reports to the USD(P).

The Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) is a world-class service organization, with a dynamic workforce and unwavering commitment to service excellence. WHS is the essential services provider for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Department of Defense (DoD) agencies, and offices in the National Capital Region.


As a Supervisory Foreign Affairs Specialist, GS-0130-14, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:

  • Provide sound counsel and make appropriate recommendations to the Director of the Europe Mediterranean Region and to senior DPAA leaders on issues related to the U.S./Russia Joint Commission (USRJC).
  • Manage the activities of civilian analysts, military officers, and enlisted staffs, including those assigned to DPAA's Moscow office.
  • Serve as a member of the Europe Mediterranean Regional Directorate (Eur-Med) leadership team, ensuring that the Joint Commission Support Division is fully integrated into Eur-Med.
  • Plan and assign work, advise on Agency program goals and objectives, make decisions on work problems, and organize and monitor the flow of work.
  • Assess training and staffing needs and makes recommendations to the Regional Director.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service,
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • This position is subject to provisions of the WHS/OSD PPP Pilot Program
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment
  • Required to participate in the direct deposit program
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing
  • PCS is authorized


  • This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the civilian drug-testing program; therefore, you will be required to pass screening for illegal drug use prior to appointment and subsequent periodic drug screening thereafter.
  • This position requires you to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartment Information security clearance.
  • This position requires the completion of an annual Confidential (OGE-450) Financial Disclosure Report, upon entering the position and annually, thereafter.
  • This position requires the completion of a non-disclosure agreement.
  • This position requires you to read/translate and speak fluently in Russian. In order to qualify for Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus, you must pass the Foreign Language Placement Test with a 2+ or better in 2 or more of the elements and submit results yearly to the Agency's HCD Civilian Personnel Section.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Washington Headquarters Services provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please view the "Alternate Application" method listed in the "Other Information"section of this announcement. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.



Applicants must meet the basic education requirement below by the closing date of this job opportunity announcement:

1. 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.


2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


3. 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 addition to meeting the basic education requirement above, you must meet the specialized experience requirements below:

You may qualify at the GS-14 level, if your resume and supporting documentation supports the following qualification requirements:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your experience developing and implementing U.S. and Department of Defense policy associated with American POW/MIA affairs from past conflicts involving the Soviet Union, including knowledge of U.S. Government interagency processes and Russian government priorities and processes.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

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