Supervisory International Relations Officer

U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Jun 10

Position description

The Division Chief for International Organizations supervises a small team of policy and programs analysts and experts who primarily work on the United Nation’s International Labor Organization (ILO), other labor and employment issues within United Nations institutions and processes, as well as selected labor and employment issues in global and regional organizations such as the G7 and the G20.

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

  • Responsible for the technical and administrative supervision of professional, technical, clerical, and/or administrative work to carry out the mission of the organization.
  • Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates; makes assignments based on capability and expertise; evaluates the work performance of subordinates; develops performance standards; gives advice or instruction to subordinates on work and administrative matters; and identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development or training.
  • Responsible for programming and annual budgeting submissions and ensuring program accomplishments are within budget allocations.
  • Assists the Deputy Director or Director in conducting short- and long-term strategic planning and organizational performance management activities.
  • Assists the Deputy Director or Director in determining the organization, structure, and work groups within the division and determining when organizational changes are needed.
  • Coordinates work within the division and with other entities outside the division, coordinates work between subordinate work groups, resolves differences, and makes decisions on divisional issues.
  • Ensures that the office appropriately formulates, negotiates, and implements policies related to sound labor and employment policies and programs to be promoted and taken by the United States globally in international organizations.
  • Conducts proper consultation and coordination of priorities, planning, work products, and reviews with the rest of OIRER and the Bureau.
  • Makes presentations in front of external stakeholders, such as workers, employers, US government, foreign government, and international organization representatives.
  • Monitors labor and employment developments and provides policy advice on these issues in countries of importance to the U.S.
  • The incumbent develops in-depth analyses of assigned issues at national, regional, and global levels to provide inputs for reports and other research projects as well as for the development of policies and programs.



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.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires supervisory probationary period if 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.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.




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-15 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-14. Specialized experience is defined as experience supervising the analysis or research on global labor and employment challenges as they relate to international organization; analyzing and supervising the analysis of labor and employment laws and policies; and developing policy or program analyses and recommendations for senior leadership and U.S. government agencies.


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.

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