Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of the Air Force
  • Location
    Randolph AFB, Texas
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 20

Position description

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a professional foreign affairs Training Program Manager (TPM) concerned with developing and implementing an overall training program for international, AFSAT, and other U.S. customers. The individual performs a wide range of duties associated with the acquisition, oversight, and financial management.


  • Serves as an expert/senior level Training Program Manager for security assistance and cooperation training programs.
  • As a senior level professional with major program responsibility, prepares and documents the technical and economic data to support the acquisition of complex, multi-functional training equipment and services for international customers.
  • As an expert level analyst with mastery level knowledge, applies technical training principles and job experience to manage and/or review the development or revision of instructional materials for international customers.
  • As a senior specialist with major international program responsibility, accomplishes major special projects as assigned.
  • Develops official correspondence, messages, items of interest, staff summaries, and talking papers relative to assigned programs.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • PCS expenses will not be paid
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
  • Employee are required to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance as a condition of employment as reflected on the UMD.
  • Should possess skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with colleagues, counterparts in various USG agencies, high-ranking foreign representatives, and representatives of diverse cultures and be able to utilize tact and diplomacy
  • Employee must meet the education/experience requirements IAW OPM guidelines for the Foreign Affairs Series 0130 Occupational requirements.
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  • It is highly desirable that the employee has flight, aircraft maintenance, or training/student management experience.
  • Work occasionally requires travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft is required.
  • The work may be at an OCONUS location for up to 4 to 6 years.
  • Employee may be required to perform extended/long-term and/or multiple Temporary Duty Assignments (TDY) tours in foreign nations to accomplish assigned duties.
  • Employee must possess, or obtain, and maintain a current passport.
  • Completion of Intermediate Developmental Education (IDE), (ACSC, ACSC OLMP, OLC, DoD ELDP, etc.) within four years of accepting position is highly desirable.
  • Employee must meet the mandatory standards of experience and training, and the desired standards of education for an International Affairs Tier III certification within six years accepting position.
  • Familiarity of instructional and training system principles, practices, and techniques; Employee must meet mandatory standards of experience and training and must participate in the squadron training plan.


QUALIFICATIONS: In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Professional and Scientific Positions.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience for GS-0130-12 which includes expert level knowledge and has mastered the application of the workings of foreign governments, the nature of their military and civilian government structures, and the culture and political dynamics
influencing them. Expert/mastery level knowledge of DOD, USAF, and organizational policies, goal, objectives and directives as applicable to foreign assistance laws and statutory requirements associated with Security Cooperation goals and objectives as they apply to planning, obtaining, and executing international student training contracts. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the GS-13 grade/level or equivalent in the federal service. NOTE: You must submit a copy of official transcripts.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in­-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of DOD, DSCA, USAF, and organizational policies, goals, objectives, and directives as applicable to a number of diversified and complex directives associated with the Security Assistance/Cooperation Program, executed by the DOD under the auspices of the DoS and/or DoD.
2. Knowledge and technical skill in the application of policies, methods and techniques to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of assigned country training programs and to formulate and recommend courses of action to provide necessary training within the planned program for the international customer to meet mission requirements.
3. Knowledge of the training requirements definition process, the FMS process, the federal acquisition process, the federal acquisition regulation (FAR), and of the input required for development, implementation, line management, execution and closure of FMS training cases.
4. Knowledge of procedures for the development coordination and transmission of planning for the formulation of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOAs) to include cost, schedule, and availability of DoD contractor provided training.
5In-depth understanding of policies and procedures for assistance in the management of students while attending Air Force or DOD contractor provided training
6. Knowledge of the working of foreign governments, the nature of their military and civilian governmental structures, and the culture and political dynamics influencing them.
7. Expert knowledge of office computer software applications used in the preparation of word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
8. Ability to effectively use unique DOD and USAF security assistance computer software applications.
9. Ability to perform work requiring a professional knowledge of the formulation and direction of foreign affairs of the government or in the study and disposition of information bearing' on international relations.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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