Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Air Force
  • Location
    Randolph AFB, Texas
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 15

Position description

  • The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a professional Foreign Affairs Training Program Manager (TPM) concerned with developing and implementing an overall training program for international, AFSAT, and other U.S. customers.

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    • Serves as an expert, senior-level Training Program Manager (TPM) for security assistance and cooperation training programs.
    • As a senior-level professional with major program responsibility, the TPM prepares and documents the technical and economic data to support the acquisition of complex, multi-functional training equipment, and services for international customers.
    • As an expert-level analyst with mastery level knowledge, the TPM applies technical training principles and job experience to manage and/or review the development or revision of instructional materials for international customers.
    • As a senior specialist with significant international program responsibility, the TPM accomplishes major special projects as assigned.
    • Develops official correspondence, messages, items of interest, staff summaries, and talking papers relative to assigned programs, plans, additional duties, and special projects as directed.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • PCS expenses WILL NOT be paid
  • Recruitment incentives may/may not be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Possess skills and ability to communicate and interact with colleagues, counterparts in various USG agencies, high-ranking foreign representatives, and representatives of diverse cultures, and be able to utilize tact and diplomacy on all occasions
  • Employee must meet the education/experience requirements IAW OPM guidelines for the Foreign Affairs Series 0130 Occupational requirements
  • It is highly desirable that the employee has flight, aircraft maintenance, or training/student management and program or project management experience
  • Employee must possess, or obtain, and maintain a current passport
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Work occasionally requires global travel away from the normal duty station; travel on military or commercial aircraft is required
  • Employee may be required to perform extended/long-term and/or multiple Temporary Duty Assignments (TDY) tours in foreign nations to accomplish assigned duties
  • Participate in annual Foreign Affairs career field Civilian Developmental Education process and programs is highly desired
  • Completion of Intermediate Developmental Education (IDE), (ACSC, ACSC OLMP, OLC, DoD ELDP, etc.) within four years of accepting position is highly desirable
  • The employee must obtain the appropriate International Affairs Case Life Cycle Management certification level per established timelines, and maintain certification through continuous training
  • It is highly desirable that the employee has a familiarity of instructional and training system principles, practices, and techniques


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Administrative and Management Positions.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS SPECIALIST 0130 SERIES: A Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) or a degree with a 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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.

COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. Courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown above. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.

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. Evaluation of Experience: Qualifying experience may have been 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. For qualifying experience at the GS-12 or above click here to view occupational requirements for this position:

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes expert-level knowledge of the International/Foreign Affairs Security Assistance Management Manual and associate responsibilities of a Training Program Manager (TPM) as a subject matter expert and primary point of contact for planning and executing of assigned Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case(s) including acquisition, contracting milestones, programming, logistics, finance, monitors student requirements, tracking program(s), and training development. - Expert/mastery level knowledge of organizational policies, goals, objectives, and directives as applicable to foreign assistance laws and statutory requirements associated with Security Cooperation goals and objectives as they apply to plan, obtaining, and executing international student training contracts. You must submit a copy of your transcripts. 

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-­grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of USG International/Foreign Affairs objectives, Arms Export Control Act (AECA), and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) processes, and/or understanding of international relations policy objectives within Security Assistance/Cooperation Programs.

2. Knowledge and technical skill to develop, analyze, and evaluate training options within the legal scope of an FMS program and diplomatically communicate complex plans to USG and international stakeholders.

3. Ability to analyze and coordinate a FMS cases for specific requirements, within USG and DoD regulatory policy, for money, manpower, materiel, facilities, and services needed to support the program and when necessary apply the federal acquisition process for development, implementation, line management, execution, and closure of FMS training cases.

4. Knowledge of the procedures for the development, coordination, and planning for the formulation of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOAs) to include cost, schedule, and availability of DoD or contractor provided training options.

5. Ability to work complex project management issues with foreign governments, their military, and U.S. industry with an understanding of cultural, socio-political, and economic dynamics.

6. In-depth ability to use office computer software applications in the preparation of word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations; ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically in written and oral mediums.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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