International Relations Specialist

Department of the Air Force
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Nov 06

Position description

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This is a Centrally Managed position in the International Affairs career field

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Deputy Chief, Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP); oversee the development, negotiation, and staffing of MPEP International Agreements; and manage the budgetary and administrative functions of the overall program.

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  • Backs up Chief, MPEP as subject matter expert on all MPEP-related issues. Develops, coordinates and executes SAF/IA and HAF policy initiatives affecting MPEP execution.
  • Prepares, and negotiates Memoranda of Agreements/Understandings (MOA/MOU) that describe specific exchange conditions between the USAF and an international air force, in coordination with Air Staff, DoD, DoS, MAJCOMs, GCCs, and international partners.
  • Develops and executes the overall budget for the MPEP. Acts as Program Element Manager (PEM) for an estimated $1.7M annual MPEP budget.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Incumbent must obtain and maintain SECRET clearance
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Recruitment incentives may/may not be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Work may require travel away from the normal duty station on commercial or military aircraft a current government passport is highly desirable.
  • Incumbent must be comfortable in dealing with high-ranking foreign representatives and able to utilize tact and diplomacy on all occasions.
  • This position meets the administrative exemption criteria for the Fair Labor Standards Act (5 CFR 551.206).
  • May require occasional travel. Some temporary duty outside the National Capital Region is likely.
  • Occasional public speaking, as in conference briefings on the Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP), is also required.


This position has both basic qualifications AND specialized experience:

Basic Requirements: Must have a degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling 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 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.


Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education

Experience -- four 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.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-12) or equivalent. Specialized experience must include knowledge of communications principles, methods, and techniques, ability to apply this knowledge to specific duties listed above in the following manner: (1) develop written communication that clearly conveys program objectives, points of bilateral agreement, problems to be solved and solutions to those problems; (2) Analyze program successes, weaknesses and strengths, and document them; (3) bridge cultural differences in order to communicate with exchange personnel and international officials; (4) discuss and coordinate with other agencies to collaborate on such as individual legal and medical care information, military finance and personnel factors, status of forces protection, foreign living conditions for families, personal and family security concerns, embassy relationships, and USAF assignment matters; (5) manage a budget and program for POM inputs.


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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 the MPEP and awareness of DoD and USAF policies concerning participating of USAF, and international personnel in, MPEP assignments, ability to coordinate with USAF, DoD, and international civilian and military officials on MPEP activities.
2. Knowledge of USAF manpower management and international programs sufficient to develop goals, objectives, and recommendations pertaining to current and future AF participation in the MPEP.
3. Knowledge of the AF budget process and MPEP cost factors to forecast, fund and manage exchange program.
4. Knowledge of AF personnel assignment system.
5. Knowledge of the host country political, social, economic, and cultural conditions where AF personnel are assigned to MPEP positions, in order to negotiate and advocate support from appropriate government agencies.
6. Skill in planning, organizing and directing team efforts. Knowledge and skill in preparing and presenting briefings, along with managing and training team members.
7. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and perform quality assurance on a wide variety of daily outgoing correspondence.

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.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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