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Job opening: Foreign Affairs Officer

Salary: $112 015 - 145 617 per year
Published at: Jul 11 2023
Employment Type: Intermittent
This position is located in the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organization Affairs, Office of the Executive Director, Post Management Division (EUR-IO/EX/PMO). The incumbents provides temporary duty coverage as a senior Foreign Affairs Officer, either domestically or overseas. The incumbent serves as an action officer and expert advisor to the senior EUR and departmental officials, as well as the interagency regarding U.S. foreign policy.


Drafts, clears, and issues program directives, policies, procedures, and other materials for use by Posts and geographic bureaus in program implementation. Provides follow up problem solving assistance, as well as technical consultations as required. Conducts overseas site visits as needed to collect information on problems and possible solutions in program implementation. Collaborates with EUR leadership to mobilize the resources of the State Department and the interagency community to further U.S. policy priorities, and coordinates the efforts of the Department with other agencies. Develops, implements, and measures the impact of U.S. and other nations' actions on USG foreign policy objectives and programs.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit: www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/


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. 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 providing advice, guidance and consultation to officials in regards to the interpretation and application analyses. -Experience performing foreign policy analysis, developing options and making recommendations. -Experience providing multilateral negotiations in the foreign affairs community. 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.


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


  • Address U.S. Department of State Not accepting applications by mail Washington, District of Columbia 20520 United States
  • Name: W. Terrell
  • Phone: 202-647-9507
  • Email: [email protected]


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