Foreign Affairs Officer

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

Help Duties Summary

This position is located in the Office of Levant Affairs, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA/LEV). The broad mission of the office is to advance the interests of the American people in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan by helping to promote the development of greater democracy, security, and prosperity. As a geographic bureau, NEA is responsible for the general conduct of U.S. foreign relations with countries in its respective geographic region.

The incumbent serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of Levant Affairs with responsibility for coordinating, synchronizing and advising on actions that affect foreign policy issues involving Syria, including political-military affairs, counter-terrorism, transregional security, and the disposition of captured foreign terrorist fighters.

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

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Responsibilities

At the GS-12 and GS-13 grade levels, the incumbent performs essentially the same duties as outlined below; however, the scope and complexity of assignments are of less responsiblity and independence with closer supervision at the GS-12 grade level.

* Performs policy analysis, development, and implementation. Carries considerable authority in the interagency arena for contributing to and influencing the establishment of policy in assigned area of responsibility. Coordinates tasking from working groups, develops summaries/evaluations of options, and forges consensus on recommended actions. Develops background information, tactics, and approaches for presenting policy positions both in-house and in the interagency arena. Drafts policy memoranda and positions papers for senior Departmental officials to use in meetings, which include all levels of the USG, the private sector, and representatives of other countries.

* Serves as the Bureau's chief action officer in an assigned program area or geographic region. Acts as the initial point of contact for all incoming actions from Departmental offices, U.S. embassies/posts, other USG agencies, international organizations, foreign governments, or the private sector on all related issues. Provides technical program policy and program planning consultations and orientation to coworkers and management officials in the Department and the interagency area. Develops program/treaty implementation goals and milestones. Conducts overseas site visits as needed to collect information on problems and possible solutions in program implementation.

* Coordinates, implements, and manages established programs and evaluates their effectiveness. Monitors and evaluates program implementation and risks to the U.S. of program failures, partial successes, and unwanted side effects. Proposes revisions to criteria for evaluation of program success. Maintains currency in advancements in the field and accurately projects the impact of it on programs. Ensures effective execution of program requirements.

* Advises other Departmental and other agency working-level contacts, the Office Director, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary on program issues and problems; develops and proposes resolutions of program policy and procedural issues; and coordinates implementation of management decisions on the program. Participates in interagency working groups and meetings and makes recommendations to these bodies and to department management on new techniques, policies, or program management approaches that will assist in achieving program goals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 10% required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply This job is open to… Agency Employees Only, per 3 FAM 2315

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

* Job family (Series)

0130 Foreign Affairs

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* 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.

* One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

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. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

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 course work 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.

If you are applying for the GS-12, IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 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 drafting and clearing policy memoranda, briefing materials, and position papers.

* Experience coordinating and collaborating with other offices and bureaus in the Department of State.

* Experience providing clear, concise advice to policy officials on political, economic and social issues affecting the Middle East and North Africa.

* Experience establishing liaison with interagency peers on issues of mutual interest and concern.

* Experience reviewing, interpreting, assessing, and applying data, information and intelligence from multiple sources.

If you are applying for the GS-13, 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 drafting and clearing policy memoranda, briefing materials, and position papers for senior officials.

* Experience briefing senior officials on policy recommendations and analysis.

* Experience coordinating and collaborating with other offices and bureaus in the Department of State.

* Experience providing clear, concise, expert advice to senior policy officials on complex political, economic, and social issues affecting the Middle East and North Africa.

* Experience establishing liaison with Department of Defense and other interagency officials on issues of mutual interest and concern.

* Experience reviewing, interpreting, assessing, and applying data, information and intelligence from multiple sources.

Education

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

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