International Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of the Air Force
  • Location
    Patrick AFB, Florida
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 13

Position description

The primary purpose of this position is: to serve as an International Affairs Analyst responsible for obtaining new, and maintaining existing, operating rights in foreign countries and negotiate, develop, and maintain international relationships.

The organizational location of this position: Air Combat Command, 16 AF, Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), Plans and Programs Directorate (XP), International Affairs Division, (XPI), Patrick Space Force Base, FL.

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1. Serves as a political-military advisor for organizational activities in foreign countries to ensure those activities are consistent with US national policies and in compliance with regulations and US law.

2. Develops, coordinates, negotiates, and maintains government-to-government and agency-to-agency agreements with foreign governments and international organizations.

3. Serves as a political advisor to the Chief of International Affairs and senior staff on a wide range of political and diplomatic matters concerning worldwide operating rights for unit activities in foreign countries and the development of international relationships with counterpart foreign/international organizations.

4. Creates procedural guidance concerning release of military information to foreign governments and international organizations assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • All new DCIPS employees are required to complete a two-year DCIPS trial period
  • Position is designated special-sensitive and requires eligibility for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), other intelligence-related Special Sensitive information, or involvement in Top Secret Special Access (Continued)
  • Programs (SAP) to fully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. A non-disclosure agreement must be signed
  • PCS expenses are not authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guide
  • This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Demand Reduction Program. Employee must pass initial and periodic short notice drug testing
  • May be required to travel in military and/or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments. May be required to work irregular duty hours
  • May be required to undergo CI polygraph examinations in accordance with security regulations involving material handled
  • An under graduate degree in a related discipline is highly desired
  • May be required to work irregular duty hours, nights and/or weekends
  • Recruitment Incentive may be authorized for this position
  • Relocation Incentive may be authorized for this position
  • Leave accrual may be authorized upon request
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments


*** Salary ranges includes local market supplements ***

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, Professional and Scientific Positions.

This is a GG-12 position in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). The GG-12 duties for the "Professional" work category are at the "Full Performance" work level and are equivalent to those at the GS-12 level. The selectee's salary will be set within the grade equivalent to a GS/GG grade based on the selectee's qualifications in relation to the job.


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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts with your application.


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.


SPECIALIZED EXPEIENCE: Your resume must reflect the quality level of experience which demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance required for this position. Quality experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of creditable experience includes knowledge of a wide-range of concepts, principles, and practices related to US foreign policy, particularly as it relates to the unit's worldwide mission; must have detailed knowledge of US government regulations and directives that grant authority to negotiate international agreements and stipulate how such authority is to be sought; must thoroughly understand National Disclosure Policy and associated implementing directives; must have an inter-disciplinary understanding of key scientific phenomenologies employed by the organization and have the knowledge and ability to bridge technical and political discussions and negotiations. Creditable experience may include previous military experience, experience gained in the private sector, or experience gained in another government agency. Note: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.

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 laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to DoD international agreements, technology transfer, and information disclosure.
2. Knowledge of the mission, roles, functions, organizational structure, and operation of the DOS, DOD, Air Force, and organizations that interface with or influence the Center's international agreement process. Knowledge of the Center's mission is highly desirable.
3. Must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in domestic and international environments. Must be able to interact with DISL / SES officials, senior foreign dignitaries and civilian leaders.
4. Ability to analyze political-military, force protection, and international cooperation issues and identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions.
5. Knowledge of physical science disciplines.
6. Knowledge/experience of security regulations, practices, and procedures for ensuring the safeguarding of classified and sensitive information.

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.


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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