International Relations Specialist

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Location
    Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Nov-02-2020
  • Posted
    Oct 09

Position description

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), Office of the Assistant Administrator, International and Interagency Affairs Division (IIAD), with one vacancy in Silver Spring, MD. 

This position is also announced under vacancy number NESDIS-AA-2021-0002, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

 

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Responsibilities

 

As an International Relations Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Serve as a focal point for assigned countries, regions and/or organizations in coordination with the Division Director, Deputy Director and team leads to support partnerships to implement National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) goals for effective partnerships. Coordinate cooperative activities, monitor developments in partner policies and programs, monitor agency contributions, and support the development, negotiation and implementation of agreements.
  • Monitor national and international Earth observation policies, projects and programs, and analyze and advise on changes in policies and/or resources that impact NESDIS partnerships and goals.
  • Support the organization of international and inter-agency meetings and conferences including supporting NESDIS participation, coordinating across NOAA and with other agencies, preparing briefing materials and presentations, advising on protocol, and ensuring timely preparation of reports. Brief and staff senior leadership for meetings and foreign travel.
  • Support NESDIS participation in NOAA and U.S. government international and/or intergovernmental science and technology efforts.  Coordinate and consult with officials of other agencies and across NOAA to refine objectives, develop strategies, and coordinate negotiating tactics.

 

Travel Required

50% or less - Up to 40% domestic and foreign travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

3

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement.

 

This position requires a Noncritical Sensitive Security Clearance.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.

The ZA-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.  

NOTE: 
* A one year probationary period may be required.

* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit

College Transcript:  If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.   You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work.  An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

 

Qualifications

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the 0131 series:

EDUCATION:

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.

OR

B.Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

OR

C.  Experience: 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.

-AND-

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. 

This experience need not have been in the federal government. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies; knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify at the ZA-3 or GS-11 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-2 or GS-09 in the Federal service.

  • Assisting in development and implementation of international partnerships, including supporting negotiations, coordinating and tracking contributions, and drafting reports;
  • Monitoring science and technology policies; 
  • Supporting planning for international meetings including foreign visits and travel; and
  • Assisting in the development of policy positions and briefing materials.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

OR

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Combination of education and experience as described above. NOTE: Only graduate-level education in excess of two years is qualifying for combining education and experience.

Application instructions

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