Foreign Affairs Specialist

Washington Headquarters Services
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    May-01-2017
  • Posted
    Apr 27

Position description

The selectee will serve as a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the Miscellaneous Activities.

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.

Washington Headquarters Services was established as a Department of Defense Field Activity on October 1, 1977, as part of a DoD headquarters streamlining initiative. Approximately 1,200 civilian and military employees as well as contract staff are organized into 12 directorates and offices. WHS personnel contribute to the mission of our Defense customers by managing DoD-wide programs and operations for the Pentagon Reservation and DoD leased facilities in the National Capital Region. WHS is organizationally aligned under the Director of Administration for the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer.

THIS IS A DIRECT-HIRE AUTHORITY ANNOUNCEMENT. Section 1106 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY 2017 provides that the Secretary of Defense may recruit and appoint qualified post-secondary students and recent graduates directly to competitive service positions in professional and administrative occupations. The Rule of Three, Veteran's Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process.

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice, under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for location/ installation identified in this Public Notice and selections are made for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.

This Public Notice is to gather applications which may or may not result in a referral or selection. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

Duties

As a Foreign Affairs Specialist, you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Participate in a variety of broad-policy making initiatives with various governmental agencies.
  • Prepare briefings papers, position papers, and speeches.
  • Conduct studies, reviews, and analysis on programs and existing regulations.
  • Review policy positions and responses to actions for foreign and national security policies.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation Authorized

No

  • Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service, www.sss.gov
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment
  • Required to participate in the direct deposit program
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing
  • Recent Graduates must sign a Participant Agreement with the Agency

Qualifications

To be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, you must be a 

Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution,

Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their two-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years after degree or certificate completion

AND

Basic Requirement:

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; OR

Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education; OR

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. 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 Recent Graduate eligibility and basic requirement, you must also meet the one year of specialized experience requirement.

Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09
grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the ability to conduct studies on foreign policies issues and problems; develop recommendations on foreign policies; and write briefings, speeches, and background papers to present findings to high level officials

OR

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.M. degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position,

OR

A combination of education and experience as listed above.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Generally, current Federal employees applying for GS jobs must serve at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade.

All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

Application instructions

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