International Relations Specialist

U.S. Department of Energy
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 05

Position description

A successful candidate in this position will conduct in-depth analysis for comprehensive and long-term energy policy planning and strategy development involving international energy policy, market trends, investment and trade issues and their impact on U.S. national security.



As a Internal Relations Specialist, you will:

  • Conduct in-depth analysis for comprehensive and long-term energy policy planning and strategy development involving international energy policy, market trends, investment and trade issues and their impact on U.S. national security, environmental policy, foreign policy and trade policy objectives related to international energy market development including economic competitiveness, free trade, and sustainable growth. 
  • Develop and maintain effective professional relationships with representatives of foreign governments, staff officials of other Federal agencies and national labs, and with private industry on policy and substantive program activities. 
  • Prepare comprehensive briefings, speeches and testimony to be given by the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, the Under Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and other senior Department of Energy officials.  
  • Identify and monitor potential foreign activities for cooperative arrangements from which the United States Government (USG) would derive benefits, recommending short and long-range strategies and plans for cooperation. 


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 25% of time to attend training, meetings and/or conferences.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug testing and random testing thereafter.
  • You must obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.



This position has been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to testing for illegal drug use. The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter. Failure to pass or refusal to take subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.




A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Conducting analyses of important policies and programs in order to achieve international energy goals that are of national interest to validate concepts that support the achievement of complex policy such as legislative constraints.
  • Presenting options for the use of appropriate policy making officials to refine related energy and economic policy decisions or issues of equity.
  • Initiating and performing research in preparation for special reports and papers relating to policy and program topics on a wide range of energy and international trade and investment issues.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. Knowledge of a wide range of domestic and international energy issues (including energy security, economic competitiveness and global environmental initiatives) pertaining to energy market development.  In-depth knowledge of international energy and environmental issues in non-U.S. geographical regions and policy strategies for advancing sustainable growth in the global energy sector. Knowledge of international energy trade and investment policies, uses, types, political concerns related to energy market development.
  2. Demonstrated evidence of effective working relationship with counterparts in relevant offices within DOE, with other Departments and agencies, within the executive branch and the legislative branch, and with diverse non-Federal groups.
  3. Recognized resource in and/or outside of government as having significant expertise and competence in research related to advancing U.S. international energy policy in assigned areas of responsibility.
  4. Recognized expertise in effectively synthesizing highly complex and voluminous materials, and in presenting complex ideas, conclusions and recommendations persuasively and effectively, both, orally and in writing.  Skill in working on preparation materials for conferences and meetings with senior agency officials and foreign counterparts.  Ability to organize and present complex analyses and issues in coherent products specifically designed to inform senior decision making.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.




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.


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.


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.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Application instructions

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