Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 15

Position description

You can make a difference in the world with a career at the Department of State! We are hiring many experienced Civil Service Foreign Affairs Officers (FAOs) across the Department in various regional and functional Bureaus.  Positions are located in the Washington, D.C. metro area and may require a Secret security clearance or higher.  If eligible, applicants will be referred to similar FAO vacancies across the Department for an extended time period.  


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  • Interprets the significance of events or developments to U.S. foreign policy aims, assessing them against a broad, but in-depth knowledge of an assigned geographic area and/or program.
  • Evaluates program effectiveness as evidenced by improvement or deterioration in the political, economic, or social conditions.
  • Provides informational consultations and orientations to colleagues and management officials and the interagency arena.
  • Advises on assigned country, region, and/or programmatic-specific issues and problems; develops and proposes resolutions of policy and procedural issues and coordinates implementation of policy decisions.
  • Communicates policy interests in dealing with specific Foreign Assistance program proposals and other USG activities focused on or affecting assigned countries or programs; advocates adjustments in program funding.

Travel Required

25% or less - May require domestic and/or international travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Depending on job, it may require a Secret security clearance or higher.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education requirements, described below by the closing date of this announcement. 

Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below, 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), PLUSappropriate 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 REQUIREMENTSyou must have at least 52 weeks of full time experience demonstrating accomplishment of all the duties and competencies described below in order to qualify.  Please make sure your resume reflects this time required.  Subject matter experts will evaluate the first three pages of your resume based on the competencies outlined below.   

  • Foreign Affairs and International Relations – Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs and the ability to evaluate the impact of regional/global developments upon them to determine significance of social, economic, political and/or military developments to foreign programs/policies/multi-lateral fora of interest.
  • Program/Policy Analysis and Development - Ability to analyze and evaluate program/policy information derived from a variety of sources in order to communicate analysis and evaluation, orally and in writing. 
  • Program/Policy Implementation - Ability to plan, initiate, organize, coordinate and implement assigned programs/policies within an organization. 
  • Representation and Advisory Services – Ability to establish and maintain liaison with officials throughout the foreign affairs community and ability to advise and propose resolutions through problem solving, reconciling conflicting views, and persuasively communicating. 



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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