International Relations Specialist

U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 04

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 inside the bargaining unit.  


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), Africa Division. ILAB leads DOL's efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy. ILAB's mission is to improve global working conditions, raise living standards, protect workers' ability to exercise their rights, and address the workplace exploitation of children and other vulnerable populations.

This position is developmental, duties will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Assists with activities related to planning, development, oversight, auditing, monitoring, evaluation, and closeout of technical assistance/cooperation initiatives; assists in coordinating ILAB’s contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements for technical assistance projects; and uses qualitative and/or quantitative methods to measure  results and assess and improve program effectiveness and/or projects or systems.
  • Reviews project proposals; monitors project status reports; reviews evaluations and survey reports; examines audit reports; identifies problems and notifies supervisor, Office Director, and/or Deputy Director; and conducts periodic site visits to research and verify effective implementation of funded projects.
  • Contributes to quarterly, semi-annual, and annual performance reporting and analysis, including, but not limited to, establishing and refining of indicators; establishing and refining systems for data collection and data validation; collecting and analyzing data on a quarterly and annual basis; and establishing monitoring procedures.
  • Monitors labor developments in countries of importance to the U.S. and assists with advising the Director, Deputy Director, Deputy Undersecretary, other DOL professional staff, ambassadors, labor attaches or others with related responsibility, either orally or in writing, on policy, key developments, and results regarding Office issues and programs. Assists in preparing senior level officials to present policy positions and program results to external groups.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required. 

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

13 - This position has promotion potential to the GS-13 grade level. 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.


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to random and ongoing drug testing.
  • Requires the ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.

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.


Basic Qualification Requirements:  Applicants must meet one of the following basic requirements.

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. This experience must have included either (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in A above, or (b) specialized professional work involving a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields.

Specialized Experience:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. 

To qualify at the GS-09 level, you must possess: Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed above OR  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting in the development and overseeing of technical assistance projects related to reducing child labor, forced labor and/or human trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa OR a combination of education and experience.

Selective Placement Factor:In addition to the basic requirements and specialized experience, applicants must be able to read, write, and speak French. This includes the ability to read standard newspaper items addressed to the general reader, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials related to the duties of the position; to write routine correspondence; and to speak with native French speakers.


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.

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