Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Mission to the United Nations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Sep 15

Position description

NOTE: This is an Excepted Service position and does not confer eligibility to be converted to the Competitive Service. 

This is a Term Appointment Not-to-Exceed 5 Years but maybe extended. 

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies. 


This is position is located in the Political Section, United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN/POL). The U.S. Mission’s Political Section works in support of the office of the U.S. Permanent Representative to advance United States foreign policy interests at the United Nations. Divided into geo-political areas and thematic issues, the Political Section helps formulate and articulate the United States’ position on all political and security matters under discussion at the UN. 

The incumbent serves as a policy expert for his/her assigned portfolio of nations and issues that appear on the UN Security Council agenda (e.g., protection of civilians in armed conflict, women & peace and security, conflict mediation, human rights, governance, and fragile states/post conflict peace building), and provides departmental and Mission policy makers advice and guidance on current and anticipated issues and trends impacting the portfolio, as well as other Security Council and some General Assembly issues. Additionally, s/he collaborates in developing and negotiating Security Council Resolutions, Presidential Statements, and Press Statements on issues/nations in that portfolio. 


  • As an expert analyst and policy officer for a portfolio of nations/issues, provides expert advice and guidance in these areas as they appear or impact the agenda of the UN Security Council as they relate to U.S. interests at the UN.
  • Plays a leading role in developing and negotiating Security Council Resolutions, Presidential Statements and Press Statements, as well as other resolutions related to the assigned portfolio that establish, alter or maintain UN peacekeeping and/or special political missions.
  • Prepares briefings and memoranda for Mission Ambassadors and other high level staff; recommends strategies, tactics, and policies for U.S. positions and action in the Security Council and some General Assembly meetings.

Travel required: Occasional 

The position requires a Top-Secret clearance.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  2. One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation
  3. U.S. Citizenship is required.
  4. Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  5. Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements 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.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

All new employees to USUN (except Presidential and former USG employees who have served a trial period in the competitive service) are required to serve a one-year trial period.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

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.)


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 in dealing with a wide variety of UN Security council issues.

Experience in U.S. foreign policy and goals.

Experience in conceptualizing and developing policy approaches and engagement with the United Nations and foreign entities. 

Note: All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for this position.

Application instructions


Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Knowledge in the realm of foreign policy / international development.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate information derived from a variety of sources.
  • Knowledge of the UN systems and International Organizations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to liaison with others.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work. Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Your application package must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement.

Note 1: You may be requested to provide an appraisal to the hiring official if one was not provided with your application.

Note 2: To receive a promotion, the employee’s most recent performance rating must be “fully successful” or an equivalent level or higher. Employees who are tentatively selected to receive a promotion will be required to provide performance documentation within two business days of request. Servicing HR Off ices may be contacted to verify performance ratings.

Failure to provide all the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Additional information

For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or [email protected]

Resume and Cover letter - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated “section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

  1. Current eligible DOS employees (per 3 FAM2313.4(a)(5)), including current employees applying under a non-competitive hiring authority, must submit a SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows: effective date, position title, series, grade, salary, tenure, position occupied, full promotion potential, and name of agency to the following mailbox with your application: [email protected]
  2. Current eligible DOS employees are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of their most recent (i.e., usually within the last 18 months) final (i.e., not a mid-year review) official (i.e., signed by the rating official and in original format) annual performance appraisal for the hiring manager’s consideration. If a performance appraisal is not available, you may provide a statement and/or a statement from your supervisor explaining the reason one is not available and your servicing HR Off ice contact information (name, email address, phone number).
  3. GG-13 is this the full performance level of this position. 
  4. those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

If interested, please email your resume an any additional documents to [email protected] .

Documents for request --- Please send all supporting documentation to [email protected] and place Foreign Affairs Officer, GG-130-13, in the subject line of the email.

  • SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Additional
  • Documentation

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