Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Aug-30-2019
  • Posted
    Aug 26

Position description

This position is located in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, Office of Programs (CT/P).  The Bureau exercises policy and budget oversight for all Department counterterrorism programs, including training, and works closely with the regional bureaus. The incumbent provides program planning, implementation, and performance oversight.
 

Responsibilities

  • Duties at the GS-12 level are similar to those at the GS-13, with increased supervision. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as Program Officer to assigned countries/geographic region(s); monitoring political situations/issues impacting the USG in implementing CT assistance and/or capacity building programs.
  • Manages issue areas pertinent to the country or region, maintaining currency on legislative and policy developments affecting the USG's stance and reaction.
  • Monitors political, economic, social, military and other significant developments and trends in the assigned area(s) in order to gauge the effectiveness of, and facilitate, efforts to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives in the assigned countries.
  • Performs duties as Contracts/Grants/Agreements Officer Representative for contracts, grants and interagency agreements on behalf of CT for an assigned countries or geographic region portfolio. 
  • Participates in interagency working groups and meetings and makes recommendations to these bodies and to Department management on new programmatic approaches or activities that will assist in achieving policy objectives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 20% Domestic and Overseas travel is required for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Qualifications

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.

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.) 
 If you are applying to the GS-12:

  • Assisting in the designing or implementing programs in multiple (three or more) countries to build the capacity of foreign police and judicial institutions to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate terrorism crimes;
  • Assisting in the designing or implementing programs to enhance border security of foreign law enforcement partners, such as the use of technologies to detect and deter terrorist activity;
  • Analyzing and evaluating civilian criminal justice programming for the review, development, and submission of recommendations by senior Program Officers; and
  • Assisting in the management or implementing of grants and performance monitoring plans.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position 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:

If you are applying to the GS-13:


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:

  • Designing or implementing programs in multiple (three or more) countries to build the capacity of foreign police and judicial institutions to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate terrorism crimes;
  • Designing or implementing programs to enhance border security of foreign law enforcement partners, such as the use of technologies to detect and deter terrorist activity;
  • Providing recommendations on civilian criminal justice programming, both in writing and orally, to high level officials within the organization; and
  • Managing or implementing grants and performance monitoring plans.



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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