Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jul-10-2020
  • Posted
    Jun 25

Position description

This position is located in the Office of Europe, Western Hemisphere, and Africa under Energy Resources Bureau's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy (ENR/EDP/AWH).  The incumbent focuses on Africa or the Western Hemisphere tracking the global energy markets and providing a range of written products and oral briefings.

If eligible, applicants to this announcement may be referred to other positions in other Bureaus/Offices in the Department.

 

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Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains current knowledge of programs and policies, pertaining to energy markets in the assigned region(s) and understanding of bilateral and multilateral treaties, partnerships, and agreements.
  • Identifies, tracks, and analyzes foreign policy and technological issues related to global energy markets and brings these items to the attention of the supervisor.
  • Works closely with other USG agencies, foreign governments, private sector groups, and civil society organizations to assess instruments to strengthen energy security that can support Bureau policy objectives. 
  • Serves as principal action officer on the U.S. Energy dialogues, providing information and analysis as needed for programs organized by the Energy Projects office. 
  • Drafts policy papers, briefing materials, written analyses, presentations, and other correspondence on a wide-range of global energy market developments and trends in the assigned region(s) for Bureau and Department principals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Qualifications

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.

Qualifications

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. NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement. Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 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-11 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 conducting studies on the policies, programs, and the implications of global energy policies and economic policy on countries in Africa or the Western Hemisphere.
  • Experience drafting recommendations on the global energy market.

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 presenting recommendations on the policies, programs, and the implications of global energy policies and economic policy on countries in Africa or the Western Hemisphere.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining working relationships in the global energy market.

Education

 

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.

Application instructions

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