Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Sep-09-2020
  • Posted
    Sep 02

Position description

This position is located in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination.  The incumbent serves as a senior expert Foreign Affairs Officer responsible for providing high-complex analyses of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, it's resources and policy-related issues. 

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Responsibilities

  • Assess developments bearing on the political viability of alternatives concerning ongoing matters, and its impact on US security concerns and develops innovative approaches for the analysis of complex political, military, social and other issues.
  • Anticipates, identifies, and analyzes opportunities for and constraints on the advancement of bilateral and multilateral foreign policy objectives addressed through a full range of strategies/objectives.
  • Monitors developing political issues to keep abreast of dynamics in assigned countries. Designs/drafts project solicitations to meet policy objectives. Initiates and leads analyses on critical policy and political developments affecting programming.
  • Serves as principal advisor for policy issues in bilateral and multilateral meetings where program and/or resources matters are negotiated. Represents the department in resolving policy issues and disputes in interagency working group meetings.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some Occasional Travel

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

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-13 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 communicating orally and in writing.

-Experience coordinating foreign assistance programs.

-Experience in Program Coordination with other USG stakeholders, including other Department Bureaus, relevant embassies, the White House, other USG agencies and foreign donors.

-Experience serving as principal advisor for policy issues in bilateral and multilateral meetings where program and/or resources matters are negotiated.

Education

See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Application instructions

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