Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 21

Position description

This position is located in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Office of the Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues (EUR/SEHI). The office develops and implements policies with respect to Holocaust-era assets, compensation for wrongs committed during the Holocaust, and Holocaust education and remembrance.

If eligible, applicants to this announcement may be referred to other positions in other Bureaus/Offices in the Department.



-Works with senior DoS officials to develop, formulate and coordinate recommendations and negotiating strategies on Holocaust-related issues and helps ensure these often politically sensitive U.S. positions are well received and accepted at home and abroad.

-Prepares reports, briefing materials, decision memoranda, correspondence and other documents that present, defend and/or justify DoS programs and policies related to the Holocaust.

-Liaises with foreign government interlocutors, specialized attorneys, claimants, NGOs and local Embassy staff from Central and East European governments to encourage restitution and/or compensation of illegally-confiscated and nationalized communal and private property to the rightful owners.

-Coordinates U.S. positions for participation in international Holocaust-related meetings and negotiations, and participates on U.S. delegations.

-Supports the Office to implement the outcome of the June 2009 Holocaust Assets Conference and the Terezin Declaration, a highly detailed document that serves as a road map to resolving outstanding Holocaust issues.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

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


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. 

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.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; 


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; 


Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.


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.


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.) 

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 providing advice and guidance on U.S. policy related to European and Eurasian affairs, Holocaust issues, human rights, or religious freedom issues.

- Experience drafting policy memoranda and/or position papers for senior officials assessing the relevancy and implications of global political and/or socioeconomic developments.

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.


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