Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 29

Position description

This position is located within the Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES/EQT).  OES/EQT develops and coordinates U.S. international policy on environmental issues in the areas of environmental quality and transboundary pollution, including chemicals, waste, and air pollution. The incumbent serves as a policy expert on environmental quality and transboundary pollution prevention in the OES Bureau. 


  • Works with other Department offices and agencies to formulate and implement comprehensive foreign policy strategies related to environment and pollution prevention; 
  • Provides authoritative advice to leadership on multilateral, regional, or bilateral negotiations, and advises on the appropriate course of action related to transboundary pollution policy in meetings and formal briefings, as required;
  • Keeps supervisors informed of significant developments relating to chemicals and air pollution-related environmental policy conventions, including the Vienna Ozone Convention's Montreal Protocol, and other multilateral or bilateral agreements;
  • Serves as a recognized lead on pollution-related environmental policy and represents the U.S. at international meetings and conferences; and
  • Supervises the drafting, clearing, and coordinating of a variety of U.S. position papers on chemicals and air pollution-related environmental policy to guide delegations and interventions in international negotiations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel of varying duration will be required to participate in multilateral and bilateral meetings and conferences.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

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


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.


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; 


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; 


Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.


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.


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 preparing for and participating in a wide range of bilateral, regional, and/or multilateral transboundary pollution-related meetings and conferences;
  • Experience researching, developing and making recommendations to senior management regarding policy and outreach strategies to advance U.S. policy objectives in the areas of pollution prevention; and
  • Experience establishing and maintaining liaison at all levels throughout the foreign policy, environmental, and intelligence communities that includes coordination and oversight to arrive at consensus positions and approaches.

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.


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

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