Lead International Relations Officer

U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 19

Position description

This position is located in the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Division of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL). OCFT is responsible for developing policy, researching, investigating, and reporting on international child labor, trafficking in persons, and forced labor and to support efforts to eradicate exploitive child labor worldwide. 

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  • Serves as a Team Leader to a team of at least 3 staff in the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking. including functioning as a coach, facilitator and/or negotiator in coordinating team initiatives and in consensus building activities among team members.
  • Provides team with the day-to-day guidance on work projects, and distributes and balances the workload in accordance with established workflow.
  • Consults with the Division Chief and articulates and communicates to the team the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, milestones, and/or research/programmatic issues under review, and deadlines and time frames for completion.
  • Formulates policy and program recommendations including coordinating and developing official positions on assigned programs including developing budget requirements, preparing papers and briefing materials, and collaborating with other agencies, foreign counterparts, and others to ensure policies and programs respond to DOL and U.S. priorities and interests.
  • Coordinates with other U.S. federal officials and with representatives of international agencies to develop strategies and work plans to implement and affect delivery of technical assistance programs.
  • Drafts and provides written feedback on documents, as assigned, including analytical assessments, concept notes on proposed technical assistance projects (grants and contracts), monitoring and evaluation documents, and implementation evaluation documents.
  • Plans, develops, oversees, provides technical support for monitoring and evaluation activities and uses qualitative and/or quantitative methods to measure results and assess and improve program effectiveness and/or projects or systems.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 5 percent of the time. 

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

14 - This position is at the Full-Performance Level (FPL).


Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • 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 time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.




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.


  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.


  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, GS-13 or equivalent in the Federal Service or private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience planning, developing procedures, and organizing work relating to project/program monitoring and evaluation activities (in the context of international technical assistance/foreign aid programs or domestic social programs) AND experience providing technical oversight and facilitation for project/program monitoring and evaluation activities AND experience giving on-the-job training to new employees in accordance with established procedures and practices.



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.

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