Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jan-31-2020
  • Posted
    Jan 27

Position description

The position is located in the Office of East Asian and Pacific , South and Central Asian Affairs, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO/P/AES/ES), in the U.S. Department of State (DOS). The incumbent leads coordination of conflict and stabilization analysis, strategic planning, program design, and monitoring and evaluation with counterparts in the Bureau’s Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning (APPL), other Regional Offices, DOS bureaus, and inter-agency partners.

 

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Responsibilities

  • Designs and leads assessment, planning, coordination, implementation and support functions and activities related to USG, DOS and CSO conflict and stabilization policies and initiatives in countries in the region that are at risk of violent conflict.
  • Represents Bureau conflict and stabilization policies, program operations, goals/objectives in interagency meetings, and participates as a senior conflict and stabilization specialist for the formulation of policies, plans, programs and initiatives.
  • Leads development of conflict and stabilization training for officials to analyze and manage information dealing with potential or current conflict in fragile nations.
  • Coordinates conflict and stabilization policies and programs with Bureau Offices , other Department of State Bureaus, National Security Council and interagency counterparts in the intelligence community.
  • Analyzes and develops policy recommendations, and develops background information, tactics and approaches for achieving conflict prevention and stabilization policy objectives in the East Asian and Pacific and South and Central Asian regions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional domestic/international travel will be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

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

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 leading complex teams to advance goals related to political instability, violent extremism, and/or security sector stabilization issues in or on the East Asian and Pacific Region. 
  • Experience conducting conflict and stabilization research, analysis, program design, and evaluation support on issues related to political instability, violent extremism, and/or security sector stabilization issues in or on the East Asian and Pacific Region. 
  • Experience developing and implementing conflict prevention engagements for the East Asian and Pacific Region.

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.

When an applicant has less than one year of specialized experience as described in the announcement, he or she may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements. Generally, 18 graduate semester hours is equivalent to 1 full-time year of graduate study (your school and department determine what constitutes 1 full time year of graduate study). The percentage of specialized work experience (for example, 6 months equals 50%) and the percentage of graduate study (for example, 9 graduate hours for a GS-07 equals 50% where 18 graduate hours constitute a full time year) must total at least 100%.

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