Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 12

Position description

The position(s) covered by this vacancy announcement is in the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo). For more information please see: ACQDEMO

This position is part of the Department of Defense. The incumbent will be responsible for serving as lead desk officer for the Israel program.


As a FOREIGN AFFAIRS SPECIALIST at the NH-0130-4 level, some of your typical work assignments may include:

  • Serving as lead desk officer for the Israel program.
  • Developing, negotiating, and concluding agreements using DoD tools such as: armaments cooperation, security assistance, loans, and bilateral/multilateral events/activities.
  • Staffing and leading teams to negotiate international agreements (memoranda of understanding/project arrangements).
  • Seeking and identifying international technologies that may enhance the U.S. BMDS.
  • Researching and drafting policy. Providing insight and recommendations on issues. Delivering briefings.
  • Supporting senior leadership engagements.
  • Providing follow-on support and accompanying travel to reinforce policy and understandings on concluded international agreements.
  • Leading foreign teams visiting U.S. labs and industry and other U.S. entities; educating partners on the BMDS and may assist with International Workshop execution.
  • Serving as a liaison between MDA and Allied and friendly governments, foreign embassies, and industry as well as Combatant Commands and U.S. embassies abroad and U.S. agencies external to DoD.
  • Preparing and leading foreign visits to the U.S. and senior leadership visits abroad.




  • Must be a US citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
  • Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Incentives up to $20K for relocation may be authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • Selective Service Requirement: Please visit for more information
  • Employee must obtain/maintain a Critical Sensitive (Top Secret) security clearance


You may qualify at the NH-04 level, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the NH-03/GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Knowledge of assigned countries, complex weapon systems, weapon technology programs and master plan, and foreign capabilities in order to develop establish, and promote agency's position on political military matters, international acquisition and security assistance and agency policy with international implications in the BMDS arena.
  • Oral and written communication skills and corresponding ability to apply them in order to develop, prepare and present complex material to various groups (from senior level DoD and external agencies to audiences that include foreign participation)..

To qualify your application package must also reflect that you meet the Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) for the 0130 series listed below:

A. 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.


B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


C. 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.

Evaluation of Experience

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.

For positions at grades GS-12 and above, this experience must have included either (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in A above, or (b) specialized professional work of a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields. This high level experience must have been in such specialized activities as (1) formulation of instructions and policy guidance for United States representatives in international organizations; (2) transport and communication involving knowledge of economic, political, and technical aspects of international aviation, shipping, inland transport, or radio, telephone, and telegraph, etc.; (3) cultural affairs involving formulation and operation of policy on large-scale international cultural exchange programs; (4) occupied area affairs involving problems of occupation of conquered or liberated countries, regions, or zones; or (5) other specialized international affairs such as analyzing public opinion and attitudes, evaluating specific conditions, trends, or forces in a foreign country, formulating policy on problems of petroleum resources or fisheries, etc., representing foreign interests, protecting American property or interests, arranging for conferences, or similar activities.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application, or (2) If you are serviced by the office filling this position and your transcripts are on file in your official personnel folder, you are not required to submit. However, it is your responsibility to ensure transcripts are on file.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Foreign Education

Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

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