International Relations Officer

U.S. Department of Labor
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 02

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 Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT). ILAB's mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers in the United States and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards, and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. OCFT's outputs in the areas of policy engagement, technical assistance, and research and reporting contribute to the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of worker rights related to child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

- This position is inside the bargaining unit.  
- This position is at full performance level.

Travel Required:

  • 25% or Greater
  • Quarterly travel is required


  • U.S. Citizenship and 16 years old.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires you to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.


Major duties for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides research and analyses of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking issues for assigned countries for the purpose of engaging with foreign governments or other U.S. government officials, designing technical assistance programs, or related to other strategic interests of ILAB, or as part of analysis of trends and lessons learned that inform program evaluation, project survey, and project design activities.
  • Drafts and provides written feedback on documents, as assigned, and regularly prepares written communication for and on behalf of senior ILAB and DOL staff on international child and forced labor issues.
  • Organizes and conducts extensive research and support activities for programs, initiatives, or international organizations assigned and prepares recommendations, reports and briefings.
  • Formulates policy or program recommendations that advance OCFT and ILAB mission, programming, and other priorities in target countries and on a global level.
  • Develops budget requirements, prepares papers and briefing materials and collaborates with other agencies, foreign counterparts, representatives of international agencies, and others to ensure policies or programs respond to DOL and U.S. priorities and interests.
  • Serves as liaison for the agency while coordinating with other U.S. Federal government officials and with representatives of international agencies to develop strategies and work plans to implement and affect delivery of the technical assistance cooperation program, and negotiates with key stakeholders to arrive at agreements that meet Office mission goals.


Qualifications Required:

Basic Requirement: 

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, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, 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 Requirement

To qualify at the GS-13 level – Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience in (1) developing and overseeing technical assistance projects to reduce child labor, forced labor and human trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa; and (2) formulating U.S. policy on labor issues with regards to Sub-Saharan Africa.
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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