Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jan-11-2021
  • Posted
    Dec 28

Position description

This position is located in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Office of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh Affairs (SCA/INSB). The Foreign Affairs Officer is responsible for developing and implementing policy decisions affecting Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, including managing the coordination and implementation of policy relating to trade, investment, and economic engagement in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Responsibilities

  • Analyzes policy options pertinent to the assigned countries in the South and Central Asia region (e.g. trade, investment, and economic engagement in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) and develops strategies to achieve government policy goals and objectives.
  • Interprets the significance of events or developments in the assigned countries to U.S. foreign policy aims, assessing them against a broad, but in-depth knowledge of the South and Central Asia region, to include language, history, and culture. 
  • Works with embassies and posts to ensure that Department views and interests are considered and promoted with respect to current and emerging policy issues related to trade, investment, and economic engagement in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
  • Provides warning to senior levels of the Department of potential problems and issues affecting U.S. relations in assigned areas of responsibility. Advises on and assists in administration of the formulation and direction of foreign policy issues.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional domestic or overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

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.

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), 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 researching and analyzing trade, economic and investment activities in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
  • Experience preparing memoranda and position papers about emerging policy issues for senior officials.

Education

 

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.

Application instructions

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