International Relations Specialist

U.S. Department of Energy
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 27

Position description

This office is located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs (IA) and is responsible for developing strategies to foster collaborative energy R&D and deployment activities and partnerships, and to encourage energy investment and trade that will improve energy security, strengthen economic competitiveness, and further global environmental initiatives across Europe and Eurasia.





As an International Relations Specialist, GS-0131-13, you will:

  • Prepare briefing materials for senior Department of Energy leadership regarding international meetings and events.
  • Provide analyses of agreements and the policies of DOE affecting international cooperative agreements and commitments with assigned regions sponsored by various DOE program offices.
  • Serve as a resource on the political, social, energy, economic and environmental conditions and issues for assigned countries.
  • Give advice and recommendations to senior office staff on assigned non-U.S. geographical regional policy activities, as well as to other energy and trade policy units within DOE, other Federal agencies.
  • Develop and maintain effective professional relationships with representatives of foreign governments, staff officials of other Federal agencies and national labs, and with private industry on policy and substantive program activities.
  • Serve as the DOE representative in meetings with foreign officials, both domestically and abroad, and in inter-agency meetings related to assigned area of responsibility.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
  • You must submit application and all required documentation online.



  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a "Q" security clearance
  • As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.




GS-12 A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11, the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Experience reviewing data to provide analytical support on energy policy issues.
  • Experience assisting with drafting briefings, speeches, and/or testimonies.
  • Experience assisting with project management activities.

GS-13 A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12, the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Experience providing analytical support on energy policy issues.
  • Experience drafting comprehensive briefings, speeches, and/or testimonies.
  • Experience developing and executing project management activities.

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!

  • Skill in analyzing and developing international policy objectives and alternatives; and skill in synthesizing highly complex and voluminous materials.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of domestic and international energy issues (including energy security, economic competitiveness and global environmental initiatives). In-depth knowledge of international energy and environmental issues in assigned non-U.S. geographical regions.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of U.S. and foreign government, and private sector individuals and groups.
  • Skill in oral and written communication for the purposes of presenting findings and recommendations to senior officials, drafting briefing materials and articulating policy positions, and responding to inquiries.
  • Knowledge of DOE policy planning functions, and extensive knowledge of the Federal budget, legislative, regulatory and other relevant processes.
  • Knowledge of international organizations, laws, treaties and agreements, protocol and etiquette, history, culture, traditions, government, economy and relevant characteristics of Europe and Eurasia.

"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.

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.




This position has a positive education requirement that must be met in addition to the specialized experience requirement outlined in this announcement.

Basic Requirements for GS-12 and GS-13:

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 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.

GS-12 and GS-13: Education cannot be substituted for experience at this level. 

If meeting the basic requirement based on education (shown above), you must provide transcripts, from your institution, in your application package.

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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