Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Apr-16-2018
  • Posted
    Apr 11

Position description

This position is located in the Office of Program Management (PMO), Directorate of Overseas Citizens Services (OCS), Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA), U.S. Department of State. 

PMO is responsible for the planning and implementation of a range of OCS-wide projects and programs dealing with program management, systems liaison, finance, resource management, and employee development. Specific responsibilities include program planning (e.g., Bureau Strategic Plan, Cost of Service Model, Consular Workload Statistics System), call center, outsourcing/contracting, and systems liaison with the Office of Consular Systems and Technology (CST). CA/OCS/PMO represents the business user’s interest by formulating strategic plans, compiling budget information, and advising management on analysis of business processes.

The incumbent provides authoritative research, analysis and negotiation support to the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Managing Director and individual Office Directors within CA/OCS to develop, coordinate and win support for new and improved strategies to protect U.S. citizens’ interests and facilitate consular services to them worldwide. The incumbent is one of two go-to analysts for the Directors, Managing Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary. The position is essential to facilitate rapid, responsive and widely vetted approaches to complex consular affairs priorities facing the United States and other nations and strengthen the Department’s foreign policy leadership and coordination roles. 

The primary purpose of this position is that the incumbent serves as Foreign Affairs Officer/Senior Policy Adviser with responsibility for formulating policy and leading inter-agency, bilateral and multilateral dialogue for the OCS mission worldwide. The position reports to the Managing Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary through the Director of the OCS Program Management Office. In addition, the incumbent serves as after-hours duty director and as consular representative on Department–wide crisis task forces (TF-1) and in a leadership role in consular task forces (TF2), on a rotational basis.

This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

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Responsibilities

Duties include the following:

  • Performs research and policy analysis for new and evolving areas of consular affairs policy with a focus on citizenship protection and representation, border security and nationality, from concept to development and throughout implementation. 

    Coordinates and consults with policy officials of other agencies and outside organizations regarding consular issues. 

    Represents the Department and the Administration in interagency and international forums, reconciling competing U.S. interests and ensuring means for effective implementation of decisions and agreements.

    Performs extensive coordination for Social Security, IRS, Treasury and other agreements, working with Social Security Administration and other agencies, Department of State and National Security Council.

 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be required to travel domestically and overseas.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • 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.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

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.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

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), PLUS appropriate 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.)

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.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 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 providing expert analysis, advice, policy recommendations and guidance to senior management officials regarding USG foreign affairs policy;
  • Experience in strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting diplomatic management and operations;
  • Experience with a range of laws, treaties, international agreements, policies, regulations and precedents in order to provide expert advice, guidance, and assistance in accomplishing the goals of the Directorate program; and
  • Experience with the interagency process of U.S. Government agencies involved in implementing U.S. foreign policy.

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.

Education

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

Application instructions

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