International Relations Specialist

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

Position description

A successful candidate in this position will plan, control, organize and coordinate the total program efforts. Provide invaluable opinion, analyses and staff support based upon in-depth knowledge of a wide range of energy, economic and environmental conditions and issues and their political and social implications relating to foreign countries, and other assigned areas within the office purview.



As an International Relations Specialist, you will:

  • Serve as IA/DOE representative regarding U.S. participation in cooperative efforts between DOE and foreign counties/multilateral organizations in the areas of energy security, economic competitiveness and global environmental initiatives related to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Provide technical advice to senior officials within the department and other U.S. Government entities regarding energy policy in foreign countries.
  • Establish key objectives, strategies and outcomes for bilateral and multilateral energy consultations, organizing the agenda and U.S. participants, preparing position, issue and background papers, and disseminating the results to Departmental and other agency senior officials.
  • Be responsible for the planning, controlling, organizing and coordinating the total program efforts through superior analytical and written and oral communication.


Travel Required

25% or less - This position may require you to travel outside the normal duty station approximately 25% of time

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Experience conducting analysis of international energy policy and its impact in a multilateral setting.
  • Familiarity with the political, energy, economic and environmental considerations in other countries and organizations.
  • Experience developing and implementing international cooperative programs between U.S. and multilateral entities.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! knowledge of a wide range of domestic and international energy issues related to international engagement and development of policies and programs to strategically implement U.S. international energy polic    

  1. Knowledge of a wide range of domestic and international energy issues related to international engagement and development of policies and programs to strategically implement U.S. international energy policy
  2. Knowledge of the interrelationship between energy policies, national security, and outreach efforts to advance innovative U.S. energy goals.
  3. Experience collaborating and negotiating with foreign and U.S. entities on energy and related policy outcomes, cooperation, and research and development.
  4. Skill in analyzing and developing international policy objectives and alternatives, synthesizing highly complex and voluminous materials, planning, organizing, coordinating and guiding team efforts
  5. Skill in oral and written communication for the purpose of presenting findings and recommendation to DOE management and other Federal agencies

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.




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, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, 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.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Application instructions

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