Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Sep-12-2018
  • Posted
    Aug 29

Position description

This position is located in the Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues (EQT), Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), within the Department of State.  The EQT Office is responsible for developing, coordinating and advancing U.S. policy interests on a variety of environment related treaties, organizations and policies including those pertaining to trade and sustainable development, air pollution, chemicals and multilateral affairs. 

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Responsibilities

  • Advises the Bureau on environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and related matters under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as manages any third party contractors hired to conduct EIAs under NEPA.
  • Leads and coordinates the Department of State's efforts to assess environmental impacts of projects as part of the process of consideration for presidential permits.
  • Evaluates proposed projects and permit applications to determine if it is necessary to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) consistent with the NEPA. 
  • Prepares briefing materials, develops proposals, directs or reviews environmental impact assessments and evaluates the quality and completeness of submitted documentation.
  • Leads working groups with other federal agencies involved in the development, coordination, and implementation of environmental assessment activities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some domestic and international travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Qualifications

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

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.

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), PLUSappropriate 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-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 directing or reviewing environmental impact assessments; and
  • Experience leading and coordinating efforts to assess environmental impacts of projects as part of the process of consideration for permits; and 
  • Experience analyzing proposed projects and permit applications to determine if it is necessary to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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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