International Relations Specialist

U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Mar-20-2020
  • Posted
    Mar 10

Position description

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT).  ILAB leads DOL's efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy.  

- This position is inside the bargaining unit. 

 

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Responsibilities

 

ILAB's mission is to improve global working conditions, raise living standards, protect workers' ability to exercise their rights, and address the workplace exploitation of children and other vulnerable populations.

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to the following: 

Assists with activities related to the planning, development, oversight, auditing, monitoring, evaluation, and closeout of technical assistance/cooperation initiatives; assists in coordinating ILAB's contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements for technical assistance projects; and uses qualitative and/or quantitative methods to measure results and assess and improve program effectiveness and/or projects or systems.

Executes job duties in support of senior team members while providing research and analyses of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking issues for assigned countries for the purpose of Congressionally-mandated and Executive Order reports or related to other strategic interests of ILAB, or as part of analysis of trends and lessons learned that inform program evaluation, project survey, and project design activities. 

Drafts and provides written feedback on documents, as assigned, and regularly prepares written communication for and on behalf of senior ILAB and DOL staff on international child and forced labor issues. Documents and written communications may include, but are not limited to, analytical assessments; concept notes on proposed technical assistance projects (grants and contracts); concept notes on policy engagement; solicitations for technical assistance projects (grants and contracts); work on Congressionally-mandated and Executive Order reports; monitoring and evaluation documents, impact and implementation evaluations and related documents, technical survey documents, audit documents, and other work on electronic correspondence, letters, and memoranda. 

Engages with a range of actors and entities (i.e., ILAB and DOL officials; U.S. or foreign government agencies; international organizations, civil society groups, and/or business representatives) for the purposes of policy engagement or to assist in strengthening OCFT and ILAB strategic relationships and information exchanges.  

Monitors labor developments in countries of importance to the U.S. and assists with advising the Director, Deputy Director, Deputy Undersecretary, other DOL professional staff, ambassadors, labor attaches or others with related responsibility, either orally or in writing, on policy, key developments, and results regarding Office issues and programs.

Assists others in coordination among ILAB offices, other DOL agencies, and outside stakeholders with the aim of advancing OCFT and ILAB mission regarding research, technical assistance and policy engagement.  

 

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel is up to 7% per year.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the need for an employee promoted to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

Qualifications

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.

 

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

 

Qualifications

Basic Qualification Requirements:  Applicants must meet one of the following basic requirements.

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.

OR

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.

OR

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.

AND

Specialized Experience:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. 

To qualify at the GS-11 level – Applicants must 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in (1) developing and overseeing technical assistance projects to reduce child labor or forced labor and human trafficking  in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, or Europe; (2) contributing to the formulation of U.S. policy  on labor issues with regards to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, or Europe; or (3) experience in coordination on labor issues and technical assistance with key stakeholders within and outside the  U.S. Government.

OR
 
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a 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.

OR

A combination of education and experience

To qualify at the GS-12 level – Applicants must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in (1) developing and overseeing technical assistance projects to reduce child labor or forced labor and human trafficking in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, or Europe; (2) contributing to the formulation of U.S. policy on labor issues with regards to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, or Europe; or (3) experience in coordination on labor issues and technical assistance with key stakeholders within and outside the U.S. Government.

Education

 

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Application instructions

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