Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Jul 07

Position description

Due to the Pandemic, and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee’s report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is safe to relocate. 


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Serves as a principle coordinator for activities in a geographic region. In this capacity, the incumbent coordinates the activities of individual countries in a region and makes recommendations to the AFS-50 Division Management Team, the Director of Flight Standards (AFS-1), the Executive Director Flight Standards Service (AFX-1), the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety (AVS-1), the Assistant Administrator for International Aviation (API), and other senior managers on the course of action for technical assistance, international training, bilateral agreements, ICAO initiatives, aviation technologies, and other activities.

Coordinates the development of a strategic plan for the region, whose primary goal is to strengthen the safety oversight organization of the civil aviation authorities. Acts as focal point for monitoring progress on the annual action plan and prepares periodic reports to management. Identifies any required budget requests to ensure completion of the strategic plan activities.

The incumbent also acts as principal coordinator for any one of the following functional areas: International training, technical assistance, bilateral agreements, ICAO, aviation technologies, or other areas as assigned. In this capacity, the incumbent is responsible for using the established policy/procedures but is allowed considerable discretion to select the most appropriate approach or to recommend new approaches to management.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


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.


  1. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  1. 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 above basic requirements, to qualify at the FG-13 level, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG-12/FV-H level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience includes experience:

  1. Planning, developing, evaluating or recommending policies for military or civil aviation related programs.
  2. Coordinating with representatives from federal government agencies, civil aviation representatives, foreign government and embassy officials, or international aviation groups to develop aviation safety, air traffic control or air navigation agreements.
  3. Developing presentations, briefings, issue papers, reports, speeches and other correspondence on a variety of international program activities for management's review and delivery at major international meeting.

To qualify at the FG-14 level, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG-13/FV-I level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience includes experience:

  1. Leading and coordinating aviation related activities with U.S. Government agencies, foreign civil aviation authorities and international organizations.
  2. Providing advice and guidance to higher level officials on U.S. civil aviation policies, practices and procedures.
  3. Working collaboratively with international aviation partners (i.e., U. S. aviation industry representatives, embassies, foreign governments, international civil authorities) to promote safety and efficiency in global air transportation systems.

You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

This position may be filled at the FG-13 or FG-14 level; Identification of promotion in the vacancy announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon the selectee meeting training, qualification requirements, higher level work be available and recommendation by the supervisor.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

Applicants, who are not currently in the 0130 occupational series in the Federal Government and fail to provide a copy of an unofficial or official transcript will not receive further consideration for this vacancy.

Upon selection, if not currently employed in the 0130 occupational series, you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

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