Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 06

Position description

The position is located in the Office of Terrorist Detentions, Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT/TD). CT/TD is responsible for the formulation of the Department's policies and initiatives regarding: 1) foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) detentions and repatriations; and 2) the capture, disposition, and transfer of detainees to/from the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay. 

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


  • Serves as initial point of contact for all incoming actions regarding assignment from Departmental offices, U.S. embassies/posts, other U.S. government agencies, international organizations, foreign governments, and non-governmental organizations. 
  • Monitors developing political situations or issues of administrative management as reported or identified in various notifications received. 
  • Monitors political, economic, social, military, and other significant developments and trends in order to gauge the effectiveness of, and facilitate, efforts to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives in the assigned area(s).
  • Analyzes, political, economic and other reporting from a variety of sources that include U.S. missions, non-governmental organizations, and foreign electronic and print media within the region of interest to understand the current situation.
  • Provides informational consultations and orientations to colleagues and management officials in the Department and the interagency arena. 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

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

Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified.


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.)

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.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 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 providing analytical and advisory support for planning, development, and execution of foreign policy.
  • Experience drafting assessments and responses on counterterrorism policy issues. 


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

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

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