International Relations Specialist

U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • Location
    Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    May-26-2021
  • Posted
    May 13

Position description

Responsibilities

As a International Relations Specialist at the GS-0131-13/14 some of your typical work assignments may include:

  • Provides subject matter treaty expertise in support of planning and execution of global Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) responsibilities.
  • Serves as a key advisor and subject matter expert to the Director, OB, DTRA, DoD, and USG leaders to assist policy-making officials in the development, interpretation, clarification, and defense of Agency, DoD, or national positions.
  • Coordinates DoD requirements related to U.S. CWC Declaration updates, annual CW destruction plans and reports, CW destruction facility planning, facility agreements, OPCW-agreed detailed plans for verification, CWC inspections and Technical Secretariat Inspection Team rotations that conduct 24/7 monitoring and destruction reconciliation in coordination with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). 
  • Supports the OSD Threat Reduction and Arms Control (TRAC) Treaty Manager, the Department of State, US Delegation to OPCW, the US Army, Combatant Commanders, and other Interagency partners as required to ensure effective implementation of CWC requirements and facilitation of DTRA's mission requirements.
  • Lead for responsibilities for the Division for matters pertaining to CW Destruction, and oversight for matters pertaining to CW Stockpile Storage.
  • Participates in DoD implementation coordination for arms control policy interagency working group and backstopping meetings to insure discussion and advancement of treaty management support issues and Directorate operational imperatives. 
  • Participates in internal DoD working and ad hoc groups tasked with coordinating and resolving specific issues related to standardized and efficient DoD planning, preparation, and execution of DoD implementation and compliance.
  • Liaises closely with OB operational elements on matters of treaty implementation and execution and provides oversight and implementation assistance to DoD Host Teams on issues arising during treaty inspections.
  • Maintains regular contact with all levels of DTRA, Defense contractors, the staffs of OSD, JS, other interagency partners, the military Services and the intelligence community.
  • Serves as professional staff member in the Strategic, Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Division (OB-ISS).- 
  • Participates in all office staff meetings and activities to remain abreast of OB and OSD treaty management issues and problems related to CW and BW agreements.
  • Monitors and develops policy-level solutions, as required, on treaty program matters as they apply to OB and the OSD Treaty Managers.
  • Conducts original research, conceptualizes alternative solutions, develops, staffs, and presents program positions and documents.
  • Develops and staffs comments to treaty-mandated documents, international organization documents and correspondence, DoD guidance documents, and interagency papers, and prepares in-depth studies with recommended courses of actions related to CW, BW, and similar agreements implementation and compliance.

 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel outside the local area, to include periods outside the United States, is required, included to areas of harsh weather and limited support services.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid passport.
  • Duties will entail extensive traveling, both domestic and international, for extended periods of time.
  • Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Subject to pre-employment drug testing and random testing thereafter.

Qualifications

You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Expert knowledge of Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
  • Working with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Technical Secretariat (TS), OSD Threat Reduction and Arms Control (TRAC), and Department of State Bureau of Arms Control, Verification & Compliance (AVC/CBW).
  • Inspection/Escort experience as a team leader / member in the execution of DoD escort responsibilities for CWC, or OPCW TS Inspection Team; understanding of the interagency process, and experience working with Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Commerce at policy levels.
  • Interacting and negotiating with international treaty partners and arms control organizations, such as the OPCW.
  • Understanding of cultural sensitivities and norms of international diplomacy.
  • Working logistics actions supporting inspection teams and inspectors as related to short notice CWC inspections and continuous CWC destruction monitoring;

You may qualify at the GS-14, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Expert knowledge of Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
  • Working with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Technical Secretariat (TS), OSD Threat Reduction and Arms Control (TRAC), and Department of State Bureau of Arms Control, Verification & Compliance (AVC/CBW).
  • Inspection/Escort experience as a team leader / member in the execution of DoD escort responsibilities for CWC, or OPCW TS Inspection Team; understanding of the interagency process, and experience working with Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Commerce at policy levels.
  • Understanding of the interagency process, and experience working with Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Commerce at policy levels;
  • Interacting and negotiating with international treaty partners and arms control organizations, such as the OPCW.
  • Understanding of cultural sensitivities and norms of international diplomacy.
  • Working logistics actions supporting inspection teams and inspectors as related to short notice CWC inspections and continuous CWC destruction monitoring;


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

Education

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

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