Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Sep-24-2019
  • Posted
    Sep 18

Position description

The Bureau of Political Military Affairs (PM) is the principal link between the Departments of State and Defense. The incumbent serves as an expert on conventional weapons destruction (CWD) assistance in PM's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, managing a complex portfolio of bilateral and regional CWD programs worldwide. Develops strategic plans and resource requests for programs in assigned portfolio. 

Responsibilities

  • Incumbent oversees conventional weapons destruction (CWD) program implementation. Serves as a grants officer representative (GOR). Verifies compliance with grant terms and conditions.
  • Manages a portfolio of bilateral, regional and/or global CWD assistance programs. Develops program plans, budget requests, and objectives.
  • Coordinates with other U.S. Government agenices, international organizations, and foreign governments engaged in CWD-related work to achieve common goals.
  • Duties at the GS-12 are similar to those at the GS-13, with increased supervision.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May conduct overseas site visits as needed.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

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

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.) 

APPLYING FOR GS-12

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:

  • Experience providing technical direction and guidance to grantees;
  • Experience managing conventional weapons destruction assistance programs (e.g., developing program plans, drafting solicitations, evaluating proposals, etc.)
  • Experience communicating effectively, orally and in writing, in a global program environment.


APPLYING FOR 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: 

  • Experience evaluating Conventional Weapons Destruction program operations to ensure effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Experience providing technical direction and guidance to grantees;
  • Experience applying program management principles to global mine action and small arms and light weapons (SA/LW) programs;
  • Experience negotiating, designing, and integrating program plans for humanitarian assistance programs.


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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