Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 09

Position description

This position is located in the Office of Global Criminal Justice (J/GCJ). The incumbent serves a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large for J/GCJ responsible for policy formulation and implementation on the prevention of and accountability for mass atrocities- including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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


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  • As Senior Policy Advisor in J/GCJ, the incumbent provides expert advice to senior Department officials, including the Ambassador-at-Large, on issues of accountability for atrocities, transitional justice, and atrocity prevention.
  • Develops and coordinates strategies to promote accountability for atrocities and transitional justice within the Department of State and the interagency.
  • Works with foreign governments, international and multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations, and academia to promote justice and accountability for atrocities.
  • Conducts overseas visits and temporary duty assignments as needed to collect information on issues related to atrocities and to develop policy solutions.
  • Prepares briefing materials, talking points, press guidance, background, and other written materials to facilitate senior-level U.S. diplomatic, Congressional, and public engagement on issues related to atrocity prevention and accountability.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel is required both domestic and international.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

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

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 in international criminal law, transitional justice, and means of promoting accountability.
  • Experience working with international, hybrid, and national-level criminal tribunals and/or other transitional justice measures.
  • Experience working with the inter-agency and providing advice to senior officials on issues related to accountability for atrocities.

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.



See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Application instructions

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