Foreign Affairs Officer

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

Position description

Located in the Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism's, Office of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas in the Regional Affairs Directorate (CT/AEAA).  Serves as the policy officer and advisor for countries assigned within Africa for counterterrorism strategy, policy, operations, and programs. 


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  • Develops and maintains bilateral, regional, and functional relationships to achieve foreign policy objectives.
  • Serves as a policy officer and advisor for Sub-Saharan African counterterrorism strategy, policy, and operations.
  • Conducts policy analysis and coordinate U.S. government approaches to achieving objectives articulated in strategic guidance for addressing and countering counterterrorism challenges.
  • Represents Bureau equities at Department meetings, and the Department’s counterterrorism equities at interagency Policy Coordination Committee (PCC) and Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) meetings.
  • Coordinates outreach with other major actors in the counterterrorism policy arena, including other U.S. government agencies, donors, non-governmental (NGO) and international organizations, think tanks, and subject matter experts

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.


Conditions of Employment

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


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. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 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; OR 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; OR Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods. OR 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), PLUS appropriate relevant experience OR additional education. OR 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.) 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.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 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 coordinating U.S. security policy in Sub-Saharan Africa with the U.S. interagency, including the National Security Council.
  • Experience leveraging intelligence, military, law enforcement, and open-source reporting to formulate foreign policy recommendations.
  • Experience coordinating major international policy conferences with U.S. interagency partners and foreign country officials.



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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