Regional Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 12

Position description

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Office of International Affairs.

The primary purpose of this position is evaluate and guide Department international affairs engagement by assessing and executing multiple functional areas and their implications for international affairs.

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As a Regional Affairs Specialist GS 0301 13, your typical work assignments may include:

  • Reviewing, advising on, conducting analysis, and coordinating outreach strategies for Middle Eastern, African, and/or Southwest Asian actions.
  • Providing advice to the leadership on Middle Eastern, African, and/or Southwest Asian issues, problems, and program initiatives affecting policies as well as long-and short-term operations.
  • Participating on boards and committees as the office's representative in dealing with Middle Eastern, African, and/or Southwest Asian regional issues.
  • Maintaining strong lines of communication with Department components and with external federal entities to ensure that Department Middle Eastern, African, and/or Southwest Asian and international affairs engagement agrees with U.S. foreign policy.
  • Establishing, coordinating, implementing and advising on programs, planning, and policies across component lines within DHS.
  • Analyzing, developing, and reviewing technical and evolving reports that involve significant policy issues affecting DHS, law enforcement agencies as well as the intelligence and trade communities.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret with SCI Security Clearance
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
  • Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period


Specialized Experience:

You qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $102,663) if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government OR equivalent public or private sector experience. For this position, specialized experience is defined as:

  • Applying policies, programs, and operations in regards to international engagement with the Middle East, Africa, and/or Southwest Asia, to serve as a spokesperson and representative at national and international meetings, conferences and symposia;
  • Analyzing and evaluating policy interests, concerns, issues, and processes associated with mission, goals and objectives to formulate advice and counsel top level management regarding the Middle East, Africa, and/or Southwest Asia engagements; and
  • Preparing comprehensive reviews, briefings, proposed legislation, policy studies, and special reports to lead and direct program reviews and special project teams.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service by the closing of this announcement.

Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


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