International Relations Specialist

U.S. Department of Energy
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 22

Position description

As an International Relations Specialist, you will:

  • Serve as the focal point for assigned clean energy technologies, initiatives, and/or organizations and external stakeholders in coordination with the Director to support and advance DOE priorities with government-to-government relations including bilateral and multilateral programs.
  • Assist with the development of DOE policy directives affecting the Office, namely related to clean energy technology and critical material supply chains and technology commercialization, assuring proper execution and accomplishment of program goals and objectives.
  • Receive, interpret, and translate incoming classified and non-classified documents (including cable traffic) and provides comprehensive analyses for senior DOE officials and experts on critical energy and climate issues.
  • Present, negotiate, and defend study plans, results, and recommendations before policy level officials within or outside the Department.
  • Advise on sensitive matters arising out of the operation or activities of the Department that are referred to or require action on the part of senior Departmental officials.



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability requirements.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to applicant testing and random drug testing.
  • This position is included in a Bargaining Agreement.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS: In order to meet the basic requirements for the International Relations Series, you must have one of the following:

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
2. 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 #1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
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.

In addition to meeting the "Basic Requirements", you must also meet the "Specialized Experience Requirements" described below.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

  • Coordinating with leadership to support and advance priorities including bilateral and multilateral programs.
  • Assisting with the development of policy directives and policy positions.
  • Coordinating activities within organizations, and with foreign partners or organizations, at national and international conferences on matters pertaining to clean energy and the associated critical material supply chains.
  • Representing the organization by leading coordination and communication of policy positions; and utilizing international climate, and energy policy, as well as related international negotiation; legislative, trade, markets, and economics, to integrate clean energy systems and technologies within the global energy marketplace.


Application instructions

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