Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State Washington, DC
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

The position is located in the Office of Regional Affairs in the Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA/RA). The SCA Bureau spearheads U.S. foreign policy in 11 countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in Central Asia, and India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Bhutan in South Asia. It is a vast region that is home to nearly a quarter of the world's population and is critical to U.S. national security interests. The candidate selected for this job will serve on the SCA/RA Security Team which oversees a wide portfolio of issues including: counterterrorism, counter-narcotics and law enforcement, arms transfers, Iran sanctions, cyber security, nonproliferation, regional strategic stability, counter-proliferation, border security, maritime security, security assistance, defense trade licenses, and Leahy vetting.

This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

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Responsibilities

* Develops the security agenda for the bureau, in coordination with the interagency and National Security Staff, regarding arms transfers, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, nonproliferation, counter-proliferation, disarmament, as well as regional stability;

* Serves as the bureau's expert who analyzes a variety of complex security issues, which are critical to the development of political-military and security policy concerning South and Central Asia and operational support of department-wide initiatives;

* Develops policy recommendations on highly controversial and politically sensitive U.S. positions;

* Anticipates potential policy problems, assesses impact and Congressional reaction, and ensures that policy recommendations are consistent with governmental and departmental objectives;

* Represents the Department at sensitive sub-IPC level meetings at the National Security Council; providing SCA input into the National Counter-terrorism Strategy and the Department's annual terrorism report;

* Monitors and advises policymakers on ways to ensure coordination among U.S. programs and actions to help SCA countries meet security challenges including counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism;

* Drafts issue papers to prepare Department representatives for Congressional testimony on SCA security policy and assistance program; and

* Coordinates the Department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance, counter-terrorism financing and border control programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some overseas travel is required; 10% or less.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Who May Apply This job is open to… Agency Employees Eligible for Promotion or Reassignment and Employees in the Agency Overseas Development Program (ODP) Exercising Reemployment Rights Only

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* Job family (Series)

0130 Foreign Affairs

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

* Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

* Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

* U.S. Citizenship is required.

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

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors 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.

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.)

Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 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 advising senior-level officials on U.S. security and foreign policy issues related to South and Central Asia.

* Experience leading, convening, and coordinating groups to develop and implement U.S. strategies and policies related to security affairs in South and Central Asia.

* Experience drafting short fuse briefings, memorandums, and information papers, and speeches, as well as in-depth analytic reports on security and foreign policy issues related to South and Central Asia.

Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

Education

See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

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