Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 06

Position description

This announcement is for TEMPORARY, INTERMITTENT positions located in various Bureaus. The incumbent serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer to provide emergency political or economic expertise on a temporary (TDY) basis domestically or at posts abroad. The incumbent may also be called upon to serve as a TDY Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, depending on the geographic area to which assigned.

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  • Reviews one or more of the various existing foreign assistance programs or particular aspects of them (e.g., humanitarian assistance, refugee resettlement, economic development, rule-of-law, anti-corruption, democratization, anti-domestic violence).
  • Analyzes issues such as cost versus effectiveness, consistency with current U.S. foreign policy with respect to particular countries or regions, and benefits of increased or decreased emphasis in particular countries or among particular populations.
  • Participates in meetings with agencies of other governments and multilateral organizations to contribute detailed technical analyses and assessments of complex issues and alternatives to decision makers.
  • Monitors developing political situations or issues of administrative management as reported or identified in the various notifications received.
  • Manages assigned programs, maintaining currency on legislative and policy developments affecting the administration of these programs.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel to posts overseas may be required by some geographical bureaus.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



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.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

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.


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.)

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. 

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 assessing the relevancy and implications of global social, political, economic and geographic issues and events affecting the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy;
EXPERIENCE performing foreign policy analysis, developing options and making recommendations;
EXPERIENCE providing advice, guidance, and consultation to officials with regards to the interpretation and application of analyses; and
EXPERIENCE establishing systematic methods of program execution, evaluation or advocacy.


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

Additional information

For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or [email protected]

Application instructions

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