Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jan-21-2019
  • Posted
    Jan 02

Position description

This position is located in the Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES/EQT), within the Department of State.  EQT develops and coordinates U.S. international policy on environmental issues in the areas of air pollution, toxic chemicals and pesticides, mercury, hazardous wastes, and other pollutants.

Responsibilities

  • Develops, coordinates, negotiates, and oversees implementation of work plans for environmental cooperation with FTA countries, and serves as a member of the delegation during negotiations on related FTA issues.
  • Identifies and analyzes foreign policy issues including relevant environmental, economic, political, and scientific factors in support of U.S. policy to address objectives related to environmental quality and transboundary pollution prevention.
  • Prepares briefing, decision, and action memoranda for Department principals, including the Secretary, Under Secretary, and Assistant Secretary.
  • Defines strategic policy goals and objectives, and coordinates strategies to advance those objectives with executive branch agencies.
  • Develops, drafts, clears, & coordinates U.S. policy positions on air pollution, waste, & marine debris related environmental policy to guide delegations & interventions in international meetings & negotiations; Liaises with policy level officials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Domestic and/or foreign travel may be required. 

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Conditions of Employment

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

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), 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-12 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 coordinating and overseeing the implementation of work plans for environmental cooperation with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries.
  • Experience analyzing and advising senior officials on policy issues related to environmental quality and pollution prevention.
  • Experience monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of environmental cooperation mechanisms (ECMs). 

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.

Application instructions

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