International Relations Specialist

U.S.Department of the Air Force
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Jun 17

Position description

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Security Assistance Policy Analyst to advise the Chief, Security Assistance Policy and Education & Training Division on US Government (USG) and Department of Defense (DoD) policies relating to Security Assistance and Security Cooperation. 


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  • Responsible for analyzing all aspects of Security Assistance/Security Cooperation authorities assigned to the USAF, and developing USAF-wide solutions where existing policies and procedures are not sufficient to enable program execution.
  • Assesses performance of USAF?s Security Assistance/Security Cooperation programs using statistical data, develops and proposes process improvement recommendations, and executes those recommendations following agency approval.
  • Responsible for all aspects of USAF compliance with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency?s (DSCA) guidance on Congressional Notification (CN) of select defense exports.
  • Provides policy expertise on the development of FMS cases in accordance with USAF guidance and Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM) standards for case development to senior agency personnel and field organizations.
  • Analyzes and interprets legislative proposals associated with the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), Foreign Assistance Act (FAA), and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guide
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a SECRET security clearance
  • PCS expenses will not be paid
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Professional and Scientific Positions


Basic Requirements: Must have 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.
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
-- 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.

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

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes extensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices, laws, regulations, and policies of Security Assistance and Security Cooperation program management execution. (NOTE: This experience MUST be well documented on your resume or application package.)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 
1.Knowledge and practical experience with the Arms Export Control Act, DOD 5105.38-M Security Assistance Management Manual, AFPD 16-1, AFMAN 16-101, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and the Financial Management Regulation.
2. Possesses in-depth knowledge of USAF Security Assistance/Security Cooperation programs to include Congressional Notification (CN) of arms exports, Special Defense Acquisition Funds (SDAF) program, Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program, and the Defense Exportability Features (DEF) program.
3. Ability to independently conduct studies, identify relevant laws, regulations, policies, and collect data, and ability to develop recommendations to resolve complex problems. Ability to accurately analyze data gathered to formulate comprehensive process and procedure improvements across the FMS enterprise.
4. Comprehensive knowledge of interagency, DoD, and USAF missions, functions, programs and ability to influence the formulation of laws, regulations and policies that impact Air Force Security Assistance/Security Cooperation programs.
5. Demonstrates skill integrating complex issues into a unified framework assessing the implications of various courses of action.
6. Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written, and highly capable of professionally representing the Air Force when presenting thoroughly researched information to senior leaders.

1. The employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. Overtime may be required.
2. A master's degree in foreign affairs, international relations, or a related area is desirable.
3. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
4. Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft. Employee must maintain a current government passport. Mobility is a condition of employment.
5. This position is part of the Security Cooperation Workforce; incumbent will be required to meet/maintain certification requirements.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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