Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jun-07-2018
  • Posted
    May 31

Position description

This position is located in the Office of United Nations Political Affairs, Bureau of International Organizations Affairs (IO/UNP). Among its responsibilities, IO/UNP develops and implements United States policy on political issues in the United Nations Security Council and the UN General Assembly and exercises responsibility for certain UN institutional and reform issues, U.S. responsibilities as host country of the United Nations, and United Nations issues involving U.S. dependent areas. IO/UNP also coordinates policy formulation on the selection process for the UN Secretary-General, UNSC elections, the operations of the Department of Political Affairs, including its field missions, and other UN political issues. IO/UNP also leads on many thematic issues: Women, Peace, and Security; Department of Political Affairs reform; children and armed conflict; piracy; responsibility to protect, and atrocity prevention, non-proliferation; and many more. UNP coordinates Department of State participation in the annual meetings of the United Nations General Assembly.

Position is Telework Eligible.

Responsibilities

Provides expertise to the Bureau Assistant Secretary and other Bureau principals on the inner workings of United Nations (UN) organizations, including the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly. Advises Bureau leadership on the optimal use of UN internal structures to achieve U.S. government foreign policy objectives.

Provides authoritative advice, leadership and oversight to help the United Nations Department of Political Affairs implement UN Security Council mandates and reform its operations, including its expenditure of funding and transparency of operations.

Collaborates with departmental officers in devising strategies appropriate to their assigned special political missions and new SPMs as they are mandated; and provides overarching strategic guidance on influencing SPMs to meet stated goals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Domestic and International travel required. 

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

15

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

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.)

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 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 advising bureau leaders on the use of UN internal structures to achieve U.S. government foreign policy objectives.

-Experience in providing USG perspectives to Department of Political Affairs activities in monitoring and assessing global political developments.

-Experience with USG foreign policy and reform objectives in providing expert guidance to Special Political Mission principals, departmental and USG officials, and other U.S. and international stakeholders.

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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