Foreign Affairs Officer

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

Position description

This position is located in the Office of Security and Transnational Affairs in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA/STA). This regionally-focused position complements the bilateral lines of responsibility handled by the bureau and provides specialized functional and regional support to the bureau and other areas around the Department. 


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  • Serves as Bureau's chief action officer on regional maritime and border security, law enforcement, and countering transnational crime issues. Drafts, clears, and issues program directives, policies, procedures, and other materials. 
  • Coordinates, implements, and manages established programs and evaluates their effectiveness in achieving U.S. policy objectives. Assesses activities to determine funding requirements and to determine whether funding is warranted and available.
  • Advises Departmental and other agency working-level contacts and leadership on program issues and problems. 
  • Develops and proposes alternative options, guidance, and resolutions of program policy and procedural concerns; and coordinates implementation of approved recommendations on the programs and policies. 
  • Participates in interagency working groups and meetings and makes recommendations to these bodies and to department management on new techniques, policies, or program management approaches that will assist in achieving policy and program goals.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • 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.

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 expert advice and guidance that influences the decisions and actions of senior policy officials for geographic issues.
  • Experience developing and presenting analyses, comprehensive position papers, memoranda, briefing materials, responding to Congressional inquiries and a wide range of other written materials.


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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