Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 28

Position description

This Foreign Affairs Officer position is located in the Office of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO/DME), U.S. Department of State (DOS).  The officer serves as an advisor to the Office Director and other senior management in the Bureau in providing strategic analysis that is focused on budget formulation; foreign assistance resource allocations; program design, monitoring, evaluation; and learning.


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  • Serves as senior policy advisor and subject matter expert for the bureau, providing strategic analysis, policy guidance, and planning expertise for conflict prevention and stabilization.
  • Coordinates the efforts of Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DME) advisors in guiding the work of officers throughout the bureau.
  • Organizes bureau’s process for identifying program priorities, and drafting and submitting Foreign Assistance Operational Plans.
  • Establishes and maintains standard operating procedures (SOPs) for bureau, including templates, in compliance with Department policies and regulations.
  • Identifies and advances opportunities and relationships with departmental and interagency counterparts regarding programs and funding.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some occasional domestic or international travel may be required -- about 5% of the time. 

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.
  • 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.


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; 


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; 


Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.


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.


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 providing strategic program advice and counsel on matters related to foreign assistance and program administration, including grant mechanisms, budget formulation, foreign assistance resource allocations, and operational priorities.
  • Experience directing, developing, and overseeing conflict prevention and stabilization activities, programs, and foreign assistance allocation.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining standard operating procedures (SOPs), including templates, for an office or organization. 
  • Experience applying lessons learned from previous country engagements to develop innovative conflict prevention and stabilization programs.


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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