International Relations Specialist

U.S. Department of Labor
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 05

Position description

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT). ILAB leads DOL’s efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy. OCFT’s outputs in the areas of policy engagement, technical assistance, and research and reporting contribute to the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of worker rights related to child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

This position has promotion potential to GS-13. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

- This position is inside the bargaining unit.  
- This position is telework eligible.

Travel Required:

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some domestic and international travel of a few times a year may be required. 


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a Secret security clearance.


Additional Duty Location Info:

FEW vacancies - Washington DC, DC
Conducts comprehensive desk research on international child labor and forced labor issues in Botswana, Liberia, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

Conducts comprehensive desk research, using multiple sources, on international child labor and forced labor issues in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa; writes reports on international child labor and forced labor issues for public consumption in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa; recommends solutions to improve research processes on child labor and forced labor based on knowledge of organizational missions and constraints; and participates with senior staff to develop strategies for maximum organizational effectiveness and efficiency of research operations related to the production of child labor and forced labor reports.

Researches and summarizes non-U.S. child labor and forced labor laws in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Reviews laws and regulations related to child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking to determine if they meet international standards.

Prepares relevant reports, papers, talking points, briefing books, memos, letters, proposals and background papers including Congressionally-mandated reports for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, and others as directed.

Represents ILAB on international, interagency, and intra-agency working groups, committees, international meetings and conferences in the capacity of DOL or ILAB spokesperson to present and clarify DOL/US policy related to the Office.

Negotiates U.S. government policy positions to produce U.S. Government reports on international child labor and forced labor that focus on countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Formulates policy or program recommendations, including coordinating and briefing materials and coordinating and developing official positions on assigned projects, including preparing papers and briefing materials and collaborating with other agencies, foreign counterparts and others to ensure policies or programs respond to DOL and US priorities and interests.Back to top


Qualifications Required:

Basic Requirements

A. 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.


B. 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.


C. 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. To qualify on the basis of experience, this 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 involving a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must meet Specialized Experience Requirements as defined below.

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience conducing comprehensive research and writing reports for public consumption on international child labor and forced labor in Sub-Saharan Africa.
If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.  

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. 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.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

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