SUPV Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of the Army
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
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  • Posted
    May 13

Position description

 Serves as Army Supervisor Foreign Affairs Specialist and Army Staff Talks Team Lead with responsibility for advising the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7; Director, Strategy, Plans and Policy, HQDA G-35; and the Chief, International Affairs Division, G-35-R, in the development, coordination, integration, and execution of bilateral Army Staff Talks between the United States Army and allied armies.

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  • Advises division chief and regional branch chiefs in the development, coordination, integration, and implementation of policies, plans and programs involving Army international activities related to various regions of the world.
  • Delegated full responsibility and authority to apply programmatic decisions and conduct synchronization programs and activities necessary for accomplishing the Army Staff Talks mission.
  • Represents the US Army, both in CONUS and OCONUS, through personal interaction with senior officers from Staff Talk partner nations.
  • Represents the US Army in bilateral meetings and in correspondence with senior officers from Staff Talk partner armies.
  • Develops and maintains staff talk budget and supervises expenditure of funds.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Position requires unassisted travel overseas (OCONUS) and within CONUS 25% of the time.
  • One year supervisory probationary period required.


This position is a TERM position. It is time-limited and may be extended up to a maximum of six years. This position may be converted to permanent career or career-conditional appointment without further competition as long as all requirements are met. To be eligible for conversion, employee must complete at least 2 years of current continuous service under a term appointment in the competitive service AND employee must have a current performance rating under such term appointment of at least fully successful or equivalent.
DoD Components may extend competitive service term appointments made in accordance with the "Modification of Temporary and Term Appointments Within the Department of Defense" memorandum beyond 6 years up to 8 years.

This position is an obligated position to which an employee has statutory restoration rights or entitlement based on active military service, recovery from a compensate injury, or return rights based on an overseas tour. You will be asked to sign an agreement acknowledging that you are aware of the obligation and willing to be displaced under reduction in force procedures upon return of the former incumbent.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for SUPV Foreign Affairs Specialist:
A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) with 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.
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, as shown in A above, in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes coordination, management, and execution of Security Assistance (to include FMF/FMS & IMET) and Security Cooperation (Mil-to-Mil, 2282, CTFP, HA and HMA) programs and activities; and, coordination and management of the Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP). This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-13).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

  • Decision Making
  • Integration, Outreach & Collaboration
  • Intercultural Relations

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