International Relations Officer

U.S. Department of Labor
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 30

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, Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT). ILAB's mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers in the United States and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards, and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. 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.

If selected at the GS-12 level, you will have promotion potential to the 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 at full performance level. 

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Travel Required:

  • 25% or Greater
  • Quarterly travel is required


  • U.S. Citizenship and 16 years old.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires you to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels.

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Additional Duty Location Info:

Washington DC, DC
Major duties for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develops and prepares in-depth analysis of assigned issues at national, regional and global levels to provide inputs for reports, assessments, audits, and other monitoring, evaluation, and audit projects.
  • Prepares relevant reports, papers, talking points, briefing books, memos, letters, proposals and background papers including Congressionally-mandated reports for managers and senior staff as directed.
  • Provides technical oversight and review of the design, implementation, and analysis of monitoring and evaluation plans, and/or program evaluations, and/or audits, and/or research.
  • Conducts project performance reporting, including, but not limited to, establishing and refining indicators, and/or establishing and refining systems for data collection, and/or establishing and refining systems for data validation and data quality, and/or establishing monitoring procedures, and/or establishing audit procedures.
  • Implements, develops, and oversees project monitoring and evaluation systems, and/or project audits.
  • Prepares and reviews reports and deliverables; conducts appropriate follow-up to ensure that agreed actions have taken place according to the established timeline.
  • Formulates and executes comprehensive planning and oversight of the production of evaluations, and/or research, and/ or audits.

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Qualifications Required:

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.


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.


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.

Specialized Experience Requirement

To qualify at the GS-12 level – Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service. Experience with performance evaluations and performance monitoring systems for international development or social service programs/projects.

To qualify at the GS-13 level – Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service. Experience with performance evaluations and performance monitoring systems for international development or social service programs/projects AND EITHER impact evaluations, project surveys OR government grants and contracts.
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.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #23 and 26 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Research, Analysis, & Written Communication - Effectively applies knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods to conduct systematic and objective inquiry and analysis. Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.  

Interagency Coordination - Effectively coordinates between elements of the Department, US Government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and regional and international organizations for the purpose of accomplishing an objective.

Technical Assistance - Knowledge of the principles and methods for evaluating program or organizational performance using financial and nonfinancial measures, including identification of evaluation factors, metrics, and outcomes.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. 
To preview questions please click here.

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