Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 16

Position description

This position is located within the Bureau of Economic & Business Affairs, Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement EB/IPE. EB/IPE is the State Department’s leader on intellectual property rights. EB/IPE represents American right holders, builds political will for the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights globally and drives policy that advances American competitive advantage, innovation, and economic prosperity.


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  • Serves as expert and central point of contact for multilateral and bilateral issues regarding intellectual property (IP) rights policy and enforcement in their regional and topical areas of responsibility. 
  • Develops information, obtains clarification of viewpoints, and recommends a course of action acceptable to EB and the relevant regional Bureau on IP issues.
  • Works issue areas pertinent to intellectual property enforcement in regional area of responsibility, maintaining currency on legislative and policy developments affecting the US Government’s stance and foreign government reactions.
  • Provides written and oral presentations/briefings, position papers to foreign policy decision-makers on foreign affairs and recommendations on effective U.S. policy. 
  • Participates in interagency working groups and meetings. Represents the State Department at multi-lateral IP enforcement related venue.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required 10% of the time. 

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.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


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.

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;


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;


Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.


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.


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.)

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 working with international organizations to enforce intellectual property rights for areas of responsibility.
  • Experience developing and communicating policy as it relates to Foreign Assistance programs and activities focused on intellectual property rights enforcement in specific countries and for pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience analyzing and evaluating factors and conditions involved in the administration of U.S. trade policy programs as they relate to intellectual property rights

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.



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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