Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 20

Position description

This position is in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund (ISN/NDF). The incumbent evaluates information/initiates research to validate existing policy or to recommend implementing changes or new policy or guidance and represents the office and Bureau in Department wide and interagency international security and nonproliferation policy planning.


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  • Employs the policy decisions rendered as a basis for required interaction and negotiations required with foreign governments for agreement, access, and cooperative project implementation action.
  • Serves as the Bureau's recognized expert who analyzes a variety of issues which are critical to the development of policy and the operational support of NDF initiatives.
  • Develops policy recommendations on highly controversial and politically sensitive US nonproliferation positions. Anticipates potential policy problems, assesses impact and Congressional reaction.
  • Provides general and specific oversight for numerous overseas and domestic contractors, public and private, through all stages of their contract performance.
  • Actively participates in interagency working groups to secure US position and ensure Government consensus on highly sensitive, complex, and controversial nonproliferation policy proposals and foreign policy issues.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • 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.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States 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.) 

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 in coordinating and providing advice and input on new or revised foreign policy.

  • Experience submitting written or oral proposals and briefings to the most senior officials within an office or agency.

  • Experience analyzing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) issues and proposing policy solutions designed to halt proliferation.

  • Experience in providing technical expertise in chemical weapons nonproliferation.

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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