International Relations Officer

U.S. Department of the Army
  • Location
    Pyong Taek, Korea, Republic Of
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 13

Position description

About the Position:  Serve as Deputy Secretary for International Relations, second to the Secretary/Director within United Nations Command Military
Armistice Commission (UNCMAC). Principal advisor to the UNCMAC Secretary on Armistice matters and advisor to the five general officers of the Military
Armistice Commission, and the 21 liaison groups of the United Nation Command (UNC) and Neutral Nation Supervisory Commission (NNSC)


  • Direct UNCMAC's strategy and plans for armistice negotiations and supervision of compliance to include development and maintenance of effective and consistent policies, programs and regulations
  • Prepare a strategic plan for negotiating session, provide immediate and critical advice during meetings, and prepare formal statements and post-meeting announcements
  • Represent the UNC/UNCMAC at UNC/Combined Forces Command (CFC)/United States Forces Korea (USFK) discussions with ROK MND and JCS, other US military and diplomatic agencies, and Allied nations
  • Direct, manage and supervise four (4) military (O-5) supervisors and approximate 62 professional and administrative employees in UNCMAC

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Applicants must comply with the Exceptional Family Member Program requirements as outlined in the DoD Instruction 1315.19.
  • Must be able to satisfy the requirements of the 26JUL12 DODI 1400.25 V1230, DoD Civilian Personnel Management System: Employment in Foreign Areas and Employee Return Rights. Visit
  • Position is designated Emergency Essential (E-E) in support of mobilization and wartime mission
  • TDY travel up to 10% may be required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to applicant testing and random drug testing
  • A medical examination is required prior to employment


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Department of Army Civilian Employees Applying to OCONUS Positions
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Excepted Service Overseas Family Member Appointment
  • Family Member Preference (FMP) for Overseas Employment
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
  • Military Spouse Preference (MSP) for Overseas Employment
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for an International Relations Specialist:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) with a major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling 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 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


C. Experience: Four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields, as shown in A above, in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

EXPERIENCE: To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience that included Experience with strategic concepts and policy and plans addressing unilateral political-military strategies and policies; and the functional and operations relationships, as they pertain to current operational plans, war plans, concept plans, in support of US national strategy and national interest. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the Federal service (GS-13).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

  • Communications and Media
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Political Savvy

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-13).


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. 

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