International Relations Specialist

U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 27

Position description

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT), Research and Policy Unit. ILAB leads DOL's efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy. 

- Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


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ILAB's mission is to improve global working conditions, raise living standards, protect workers' ability to exercise their rights, and address the workplace exploitation of children and other vulnerable populations.

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducting substantive research on international child labor and forced labor issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Writing reports on international policy issues for public consumption.
  • Researching and summarizing laws.
  • Preparing relevant reports, papers, talking points, briefing books, memos, letters, proposals and background papers, including Congressionally mandated reports for senior officials and others as directed.
  • Appling knowledge of international standards related to exploitive child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking to specific country contexts. International standards include C138; C182; C029; C105; social, political and economic factors contributing to child labor and forced labor; UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; trafficking in persons, in general; Executive Order 13126 – Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor; Trade and Development Act of 2000; and Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
  • Negotiating U.S. government policy positions.
  • Formulating policy or program recommendations by collaborating with colleagues, other agencies, foreign counterparts, and others to ensure policies or programs respond to DOL and US priorities and interests.
  • Representing ILAB on international, interagency, and intra-agency working groups, committees, international meetings and conferences in the capacity of DOL or ILAB spokesperson to present and clarify DOL/U.S. policy.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is up to 7% per year.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.


Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.


Selective Placement Factor- Ability to read French including standard newspaper items addressed to the general reader, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials related to the duties of the position.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. 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 in the Federal Service.

For the GS-11:

Possess (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level or pay band in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting research and writing reports for public consumption on international policy issues; 


3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (degree must be related to the position.)

For the GS-12:

Possess (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level or pay band in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting research and writing reports for public consumption on international policy issues; preparing talking points, memos, letters, and background materials for senior officials on international policy issues; and negotiating international policy issues with senior officials.



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 Education for more information.

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