Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 17

Position description

This position is located in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, International Communications and Information Policy, Office of Multilateral Affairs (EB/CIP/MA). EB/CIP participates in negotiations with foreign governments representing U.S. foreign policy objectives on economic and telecommunications/ICT issues. The Foreign Affairs Officer serves as an expert in these policy issues and works to promote the adoption of objectives in international organizations and multilateral forums.


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  • Provides general oversight and policy direction to the substantive activities of U.S. participation in the work of the Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R). 
  • Analyzes trends in the area of radio/telecommunications, information communications technologies (ICTs), and spectrum-based technologies internationally and advises Department principals on the implications of these trends on policies and interests.
  • Coordinates interagency preparation processes, including the National Committee Review, for participation in policy fora and international conferences. Advises working groups on key international communications and radio/telecommunication policy. 
  • Leads U.S. Delegation to bilateral and multilateral meetings of ITU and regional groups. Establishes policies for international communications and information activities. Monitors international telecommunications and information technology markets.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional domestic and overseas travel may be required. 

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.


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.)

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 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 interpreting foreign policy issues and analyzing trends related to international radiocommunications, telecommunications/ICTs, and spectrum-based technologies and developing recommendations for senior officials on the implications of policies and interests.
  • Experience coordinating multi-stakeholder preparation processes for international meetings and conferences.
  • Experience leading and engaging in negotiations within international organizations including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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.



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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