Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Oct-03-2018
  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

The position is located in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of International Health and Biodefense (OES/IHB), where the incumbent serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer.  The Office of International Health and Biodefense (IHB) leads on public health policy issues.

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Responsibilities

  • Serves as point of contact for actions assigned by State Department offices, U.S. embassies and posts, and other U.S. government agencies related to health and foreign policy.
  • Monitors political and administrative issues related to implementation of health policy initiatives and identifies notable developments to supervisors.
  • Monitors international health, political, economic, defense, and societal developments and trends to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives, particularly those related to global health security.
  • Provides via written and oral presentations to foreign policy decision-makers and includes position papers, briefings, and less-controversial official discussions in meetings.
  • Represents OES at meetings with representatives of other State Department offices, U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, and non-governmental entities.
  • At the GS-11 level, the incumbent performs essentially the same duties as outlined below; however, the scope and complexity of assignments are of less responsibility and independence and receives closer supervision than the GS-12 level.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Qualifications

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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

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 meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, applicants applying for the GS-11 MUST also meet one of the requirements listed below: 

Have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience must be related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience monitoring political and administrative issues related to implementation of health policy initiatives.
  • Experience assisting in analyzing and evaluating program effectiveness and making recommendations.

OR

Have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.  This education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position to be filled.

OR

Have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience which is equivalent to the work of the position and equivalent to the GS0-9 level in the Federal service.  This education and experience must meet 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, applicants applying for the GS-12 also requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 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 guidance on international health policy issues.
  • Experience communicating orally and in writing to prepare and present analysis, provide guidance and defend proposals.

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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