Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Nov-05-2019
  • Posted
    Oct 23

Position description

This position is located in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J), Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) and reports to the Senior Coordinator for International Programs. The office coordinates interagency efforts to provide coherent USG responses for (1) protection of trafficking victims, (2) prosecution of and enforcement against traffickers, and (3) prevention of trafficking. 

 

Responsibilities

  • At the GS11 level, the incumbent performs duties as outlined below. The scope and complexity of assignments are of less responsibility and independence, and the incumbent receives closer than normal supervision than at the GS12 level.
  • Plans future anti-trafficking in persons (TIP) programming. Develops programming strategies, recommends programming priorities, and evaluates applicant proposals through a multi-stage solicitation process. 
  • Manages current grant projects. Monitors grantee performance and compliance, conducts site visits, and works to resolve project issues. Assesses the effectiveness of programs in meeting established goals and objectives. 
  • Collaborates with Department and interagency counterparts and with other stakeholders to develop shared expectations and agreed-upon anti-TIP program objectives. Coordinates with grantees, national and local foreign government officials.
  • Provides technical expertise on anti-TIP programs and activities. Prepares verbal and written communications for senior officials to include congressional testimony, strategy documents, briefing papers, presentations, and decision memos. 

Travel Required

50% or less - Overseas and domestic travel may be required to visit projects, attend programmatic activities, and meet with foreign officials, including in remote regions and developing countries.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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

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.) 

Applicants applying for the GS-11 level:

IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, applicants applying for the GS-11 MUST also meet one of the requirements listed below: 

Have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience must be related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience assisting with the planning of anti-trafficking in persons programs.
  • Experience coordinating with stakeholders to develop agreed-upon anti-trafficking in persons program objectives.
  • Experience analyzing financial reports, monitoring grantee performance and compliance with award terms and conditions, and working with grantee to resolve project issues

OR

Have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.  This education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position to be filled.

OR

Have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience which is equivalent to the work of the position and equivalent to the GS0-9 level in the Federal service.  This education and experience must meet 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

Applicants applying for the GS-12 level:

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 planning anti-trafficking in persons programs.
  • Experience coordinating with stakeholders to develop agreed upon anti-trafficking in persons program objectives
  • Experience providing technical expertise on anti-trafficking in persons programs and preparing verbal and written communications for senior officials.


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.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Application instructions

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