Lead International Relations Officer

U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 21

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). The Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) is responsible for developing policy, researching, investigating, and reporting on international child labor, trafficking in persons, and forced labor and to support efforts to eradicate exploitive child labor worldwide.





  • Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

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

  • Serves as team leader of International Relations staff in the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT), including functioning as a coach, facilitator and/or negotiator in coordinating team initiatives and in consensus building activities among team members.

  • Provide team with day-to-day guidance on work projects, and distributes and balances the workload in accordance with established work flow.

  • Formulates policy and program recommendations including coordinating and developing official positions on assigned program including developing budget requirements, preparing papers and briefing materials, and collaborating with other agencies, foreign counterparts, and others to ensure policies and programs respond to DOL and U.S. priorities and interests.

  • Prepares relevant reports, papers, talking points, briefing books, memos, letters, proposals, and background papers, including Congressionally-mandated reports for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, and others as directed.

  • Applies a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to assess and improve program effectiveness as related to proposed legislation, proposed regulations, services and resources and/or agency guidance for projected impact on a wide range of Office issues.

  • As needed, reviews and analyzes current and/or projected technical assistance/cooperation needs and priorities of assigned countries or regions, identifies opportunities that may predicate DOL assistance, and participates as lead person in the development and implementation of technical assistance/cooperation programs or proposals for new programs and activities.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 7 percent of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

14 - This position is at the Full-Performance Level (FPL).

  • Job family (Series)

    0131 International Relations

  • Requirements


    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.


    Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.




    Basic Requirements:

    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.

    To qualify for the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-13. Specialized experience is defined as experience training or coordinating work in support of government reports or policy on issues related to child labor, forced labor, or human trafficking AND experience researching and writing reports for publication on issues related to international child labor, forced labor, or human trafficking issues.



    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.


    Additional information


    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.




    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.



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