Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 21

Position description

This Foreign Affairs Officer position is located in the Office of Communications, Policy, and Partnerships, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO/CPP), in the U.S. Department of State (DOS). CSO’s expertise focuses on three key lines of effort: 1) political instability; 2) security sector stabilization; and 3) countering violent extremism (CVE). 


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  • Provides strategic analyses, sensitive policy guidance, and planning functions for the organization that are focused on stabilization, fragile states, and conflict prevention in countries and regions of priority interest to the Bureau.
  • Formulates and executes high priority policy initiatives, such as the Global Fragility Act (GFA), Elie Wiesel Act, Women Peace and Security Act, Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) other legislative or policy mandates.
  • Develops and fosters relationships with key external partners (gov'ts, civil society, multilateral organizations) working on stabilization, fragile states, and conflict prevention that may help advance CSO and U.S. government priorities and efforts.
  • Identifies opportunities to deepen relationships and tangible collaboration with key partners focused on stabilization, fragile states and conflict prevention in countries and regions of priority interest to CSO.
  • Designs, or participates in complex interagency coordination processes to advance implementation of priority CSO policy mandates and goals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required. 

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States 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.


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 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 developing mission-essential policy related to the anticipation, prevention, and response to conflict in fragile states, specifically regarding atrocity early warning and prevention, the role of women in peace and security, and global stabilization efforts. 
  • Experience  implementing, advancing, and monitoring USG legislation, frameworks, or policies to advance stabilization in fragile states, with specific focus on root causes of conflict and state instability, gender roles in conflict and stabilization, and atrocity identification and prevention (i.e. the Global Fragility Act, the Elie Wiesel Act, the Women Peace and Security Act and the Stabilization Assistance Review.)
  • Experience developing, convening, and leading working groups across private, civil society, or government agencies to enhance effective coordination to develop and implement conflict prevention and stabilization policies, including policies regarding atrocity early warning, addressing destabilizing political and local developments, and the role of women in peace and security.   



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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