International Relations Officer

U.S. Department of Labor
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Apr-25-2019
  • Posted
    Apr 11

Position description

This position is located in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA), Division of Technical Assistance and Cooperation (TAC). TAC funds and oversees technical assistance projects that build the capacity of governments, workers, and employers to improve respect for worker rights.

- This position is inside the Bargaining Unit. 

Responsibilities

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

  • Develops and maintains an understanding of various labor, employment, and livelihoods initiatives, programs, and interventions (e.g., labor inspections, labor-management relations, social insurance schemes, labor administration, job skills training, train-the-trainer pedagogies) designed to advance workers' rights, working conditions, and livelihoods.
  • Systematically evaluates the performance of DOL/ILAB/OTLA technical assistance, engagement, remediation, negotiating, and other strategies, and plans and uses evaluation findings and recommendations to make appropriate adjustments to plans to ensure achievement of the office’s intended objectives.
  • Develops and evaluates analyses of office issues and initiatives through study and monitoring of relevant legislations, bills, and proposed legislation regarding existing policy and standards, pertinent International Labor Organization (ILO) and other international organizations' standards and decisions, overseas developments, reports, cables, and other relevant documents, books, articles, as well as discussions with foreign and U.S. officials, academic experts, trade union leaders, human rights and other non-governmental representatives, and business officials.
  • Prepares a variety of written communication products, including but not limited to reports, papers, written presentations, briefing books, memos, letters, proposals, background papers, and Congressionally-mandated reports for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary, and others as directed. Reviews, edits, provides comments on, and/or contributes materials for written documents prepared by others.
  • Reviews and provides comments on other stakeholders' written documents, policy positions, etc. to ensure that DOL/ILAB/OTLA equities are well represented.
  • Prepares a variety of oral communication products, including but not limited to talking points, oral presentations, oral briefings, and speeches for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary, and others as directed. Reviews, edits, provides comments on, and/or contributes materials for oral presentations prepared by others.

 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 2-3 times per year.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the need for an employee promoted to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

 

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

 

Qualifications

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, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, 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.

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-12 level – Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.  Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting with evaluating the performance of labor, employment, livelihoods, humanitarian, human rights, or other international development initiatives.

To qualify at the GS-13 level -- Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience evaluating the performance of labor, employment, livelihoods, humanitarian, human rights, or other international development initiative and independently administering program resources, including records management and tracking, monitoring, and preparing a wide variety of data, reports, and other documents or materials.

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.

Application instructions

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