Foreign Affairs Analyst

U.S. Departent of the Airforce
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Oct-06-2021
  • Posted
    Sep 30

Position description

The primary purpose of this position is to perform the duties of a Senior Foreign Affairs Strategist for the Strategic Competition Branch with strategic competition and adversary focused objective information for making strategy, planning and resourcing decisions.

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Responsibilities

  • Performs expert level professional work as a senior strategist developing and implementing the United States Air Forces (USAF) Strategy and creating all aspects of the strategic competition portfolio.
  • Assists the Deputy Division Chief by providing a focus on assigned key National Defense Strategy competitors to formulate, review, and evaluate competitive and regional options.
  • Represents the organizations to a wide variety of internal and external officials.
  • Provides documentation to support various strategy and/or process-oriented concepts and issues.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guide
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Work will occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft
  • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • The incumbent is expected to travel with little prior notice, often to high-level meetings with other services, contractors and the operating
  • commands and activities to contribute to resolution to problems for which decisions would have significant consequences
  • Knowledge/experience in at least one combatant command region is desired
  • Incumbent must implement, promote, and effectively support equal opportunity for all personnel, must follow provisions of labor agreements, and adhere to applicable directives pertaining to personnel management
  • This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program.
  • Employee must pass initial and periodic short notice drug testing. Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions present a clear threat to the mission of the Air Force, national security, and public safety.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions,  Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions 

BASIC REQUIREMENT OR INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT:

  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.

    or

  2. 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.

    or

  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.


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.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-13, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience must have included either (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in A above, or (b) specialized professional work of a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields. This high level experience must have been in such specialized activities as (1) formulation of instructions and policy guidance for United States representatives in international organizations; (2) transport and communication involving knowledge of economic, political, and technical aspects of international aviation, shipping, inland transport, or radio, telephone, and telegraph, etc.; (3) cultural affairs involving formulation and operation of policy on large-scale international cultural exchange programs; (4) occupied area affairs involving problems of occupation of conquered or liberated countries, regions, or zones; or (5) other specialized international affairs such as analyzing public opinion and attitudes, evaluating specific conditions, trends, or forces in a foreign country, formulating policy on problems of petroleum resources or fisheries, etc., representing foreign interests, protecting American property or interests, arranging for conferences, or similar activities.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of Air Force or Joint mission, policies, program and planning goals/objectives, the sequence and timing of key operational events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of planning actions as related to actual events; perspectives on the present and future international security environment, and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of war games.
  2. Knowledge of the Department of Defense NDS process; service Strategic Planning and Programming Process, policy, procedures and schedule for developing service annual planning and programming guidance.
  3. Ability to synthesize complex, and often competing, information and viewpoints to determine best course of action. Advocate recommendations across entire staff and to senior leaders.
  4. Skill in analyzing issues and formulating solutions to problems requiring critical thinking on international and national security challenges while able to analyze, plan, and adjust work operations of one or more organizational segments to meet program requirements and objectives.
  5. Knowledge of Air Force or Joint goals, objectives, and capabilities; perspectives on the present and future international security environment, and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of war games.
  6. Ability to plan, organize, and negotiate effectively with senior analysts and management to accept and implement recommendations, where proposals involve substantial resources, and require extensive changes in established concepts and procedures.


PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

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

Education

IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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