International Relations Specialis

United States Air Force
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Dec 04

Position description

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide:

Internal Employees (Air Force Employee - Current Permanent Competitive Service Career/Career-Conditional Employee and Current Permanent AF DCIPS Employees with Reinstatement Rights to the Competitive Service)
DoD Transfer - Army, Navy, DFAS, etc. (Excluding Air Force)
Former Federal Employees (Reinstatement)
Schedule A - Individual with Disabilities - click here for additional information
ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program)
Non-DoD Transfer (OPM, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.)
Federal Employees with Other Appointment Eligibilities (TSA, FAA, Postal, etc.)
VEOA (Veterans Employment Opportunity Act)
30% Disabled Veterans

You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted with each application package to be considered. "Transfer" and "Reinstatement" eligibles must provide their most current SF-50 and the SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if not reflected on most current/separation SF-50. *Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list.


This is a Centrally Managed Position in the International Affairs career Field

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Click here for specific program requirements. To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the following documents:

. Statement requesting MSP; and
. Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders

The primary purpose of this position is: to serve as International Relations Specialist, and Deputy Chief, Programming and Resources Division, responsible for ensuring subordinates and subordinate managers, branch chiefs meet divisional and organizational goals and objectives and are aligned with the AF Strategic Plan and in accordance with SAF/IA's Strategic Plan.

International Relations Specialist and as Deputy Chief, Programming and Resources Division, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring divisional and organizational goals and objectives are met and are aligned with the AF Strategic Plan and in accordance with SAF/IA's Strategic Plan.

Advisor: Advisor to SAF/IAP on developing and implementing SAF/IA tactical, operational, and strategic planning, programming and budgeting process. Anticipates problems, develops solutions and alternatives to ensure division operations run smoothly.

Development and Implementation: Oversees the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution process for SAF/IA programs. Represents international interests in the corporate structure and is the Program Element Monitor for miscellaneous support to other nations.

Management: Monitors and evaluates progress toward meeting goals; provides adjustments in division objectives, division mission, work plans, schedules and commitment of resources as required.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Incumbent must obtain and maintain SECRET clearance
  • Recruitment incentives may not be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • This position is designated as a key position.
  • Employee must sign an AF-Wide Mobility Agreement.


1. Employee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance. Employee must be willing to travel and when traveling must be willing to travel by military or commercial air; and employee must obtain and maintain a current passport.
2. Incumbent must be comfortable in dealing with high ranking DOD representatives and able to utilize tact and diplomacy on all occasions. Mobility is a condition of appointment; employee must sign an AF-Wide Mobility Agreement.
3. A Master's Degree in International Affairs or Strategic Studies is highly desired. Completion of a Senior Service School, (i.e. Air War College, National War College, RAND Fellows, etc.) is highly desirable.
4. Employee must meet the mandatory standards of experience and training, and the desired standards of education for an International Affairs level III certification.
5. This position is designated as a key position. In the event of a crisis situation, war, or mobilization, the incumbent must continue to perform the duties to support mission requirements. A member of the Ready Reserve may not fill the position on a permanent basis. If filled by a member of the Ready Reserve, appropriate action must be undertaken to change the incumbent's reserve status to a status other than that of Ready Reserve." In accordance with AFI 36-507, Mobilization of the Civilian Work Force.


This position has both basic qualifications AND specialized experience:

Basic Requirements: Must have a 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.

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

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.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-13) or equivalent. Specialized experience must include expert knowledge of current structure of US security assistance programs and organization of the Executive Branch, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Service staffs and the USAF as they manage, conduct, develop, and execute policy for security assistance programs.


To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:

Federal Time-In-Grade (TIG) Requirement for General Schedule (GS) Positions: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-13 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Professional knowledge of long range and strategic planning methods and concepts. Knowledge and skill in qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques to develop performance measures.
2. Ability to research, organize and respond effectively on strategic issues and problems. Demonstrated skill in dealing with senior officials in the Federal Government, industry, and the international arena.
3. Ability to support SAF/IA senior leaders with internal decision making and development of policies executing and maintaining the SAF/IA Strategic Plan.
4. Ability to perform work requiring a professional knowledge of the formulation and implementation of foreign policy of the United States in the conduct of the relations, primarily of a political or politico-economic nature, of the United States with other governments.
5. Knowledge of US foreign policy objectives, the US alliance structure, USAF and DOD acquisition policies and their impact on international programs, and the DOD international agreements process.
6. Expert skill in managing and coordinating complex activities in a multi-functional environment involving interaction with senior executive and management levels of the Air Force, DoD, and international customers. 

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


IF USING 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.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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