Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Apr 22

Position description

Located in the Office of Global Programs and Initiatives, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/GPI). Serves in PM/GPI's Security Forces Capacity Building (SFCB) Division. The SFCB Division oversees the program planning, management, and execution of programs to increase partner nation security sector governance and institutional capacity, including the Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF), the Global Defense Reform Program (GDRP), and the Security Force Professionalization Program (SFP).


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  • Guides the development and oversees the execution of security forces capacity building activities—including the provision of technical assistance, advisory support, and training—in support of global security forces capacity building efforts. 
  • Supports the development of U.S. Government security forces capacity building policies and objectives. Analyzes the impact of security sector governance on, and implication for, U.S. policy goals and program objectives. 
  • Identifies shortcomings in the capacity of foreign countries to support U.S. Government objectives and recommends measures to improve security sector governance, institutional capacity, and professionalization, as well as global fragility.
  • Represents the PM Bureau in various formal and ad hoc interagency forums established to identify institutional capacity-building requirements, and provide recommendations on USG policies, positions, and programs related to capacity building issues. 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

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.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.
  • 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;

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-13 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, executing, and implementing institutional capacity building activities in support of improving security sector governance and global security force capacity building efforts. 
  • Experience preparing and managing contracted projects through internal acquisition methods and interagency agreements.
  • Experience managing financial processes to ensure the efficient and effective management, movement, and tracking of funds allocated for the various security forces capacity building activities globally.



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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