International Relations Officer

U.S. Department of Labor
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Apr-26-2021
  • Posted
    Apr 16

Position description

This position is located in the in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) in the Trade Negotiation & Implementation Division or Preference Program Enforcement Division. The mission of the OTLA is to work to ensure that U.S. trade agreements are fair for American workers and workers around the world.

- Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

 

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Responsibilities

 

  • Analyzes the impact of international trade, economic policy, development finance, international development, and/or livelihoods policies on U.S. workers, U.S. Government (USG) policy priorities, and DOL/ILAB policy interests.
  • Formulates policy or program recommendations and develops negotiating objectives and positions, including coordinating and developing official positions on assigned work areas. Designs strategies and tactics for advancing ILAB policy positions and negotiating objectives. Coordinates policies, directives, negotiating objectives, positions, and strategies with stakeholders.
  • Negotiates policies and agreement and other efforts to effect the adoption of policy positions. Represents the interest of the agency to others in formal negotiations and at international, interagency, and intra-agency working groups, committees, international meetings, and conferences and meetings with other USG agencies, foreign governments, employers and management organizations, and workers' organizations.
  • Analyzes labor provisions of trade, investment, and development finance agreements and programs and ILAB's roles and responsibilities in administering those provisions. Applies understanding of the underlying policy and political interests that drive ILAB engagements and positions regarding these agreements and programs.
  • Assesses countries' compliance with international labor standards set by the International Labor Organization and analyzes countries' policies and practices for enforcing their labor laws with respect to international labor standards. Analyzes and evaluates complaints or allegations that labor rights commitments have been violated under relevant trade or investment agreements or programs. Prepares detailed analyses of beneficiary or partner countries' compliance or deficiencies with international labor standards and/or labor provisions of trade agreements and programs. Drafts remediation plans to bring countries into compliance with labor provisions of trade agreements and programs.
  • Serves as an authoritative consultant, expert, and advisor to DOL staff and leaders, other U.S. Government agencies, foreign governments, and/or international organizations on policy and key developments regarding office issues and programs.

 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 5 percent of the time.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

 

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

 

Qualifications

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Basic Requirements:

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

In addition to the basic requirements of this position, applicants must also possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

For the GS-11:

Possess (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level or pay band in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is experience 1) conducting research on worker rights; 2) monitoring of company or country’s policies or practices for compliance with international labor standards; OR 3) assisting in the formulation of policy recommendations related to trade policy, labor rights, or equitable economic growth.

OR

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (degree must be related to the position.)

For the GS-12:

Possess (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level or pay band in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is experience 1) conducting research on worker rights; 2) monitoring or analysis of company or country’s policies or practices for compliance with international labor standards; OR 3) formulating policy recommendations related to trade policy, labor rights, or equitable economic growth.

For the GS-13:

Possess (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is experience: 1) conducting research on worker rights; 2) monitoring, analysis, or remediation of company or country’s policies or practices for compliance with international labor standards; OR 3) formulating or implementing policy recommendations related to trade policy, labor rights, or equitable economic growth.

Education

 

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Educationfor more information.

Application instructions

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