International Relations Specialist

U.S. Department of Energy
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Aug-28-2019
  • Posted
    Aug 19

Position description

As an International Relations Specialist, the incumbent assists the Director in addressing major energy, environment, and investment and trade policy issues, developing strategies, and achieving outcomes within the areas under the office's responsibility and provides advice and assistance in the administration of operating guidelines.

Responsibilities

As an International Relations Specialist duties are:

GS-12

  • In conjunction with the Director and/or Deputy Director, conduct in-depth analyses for comprehensive and long-term energy policy planning and strategy development looking at international energy policy, market trends, investment and trade issues and their impact on U.S. national security, climate policy, foreign policy, and trade policy objectives in assigned non-U.S. geographical regions pertaining to Asia, including India, Indonesia, and APEC.
  • Serve as a resource on the political, social, energy, economic and environmental conditions and issues for assigned countries in Asia.
  • Give advice and recommendations to senior office staff on assigned non-U.S. geographical regional policy activities pertaining to Asia, as well as to other energy and trade policy units within the agency, other Federal agencies (e.g., State, Commerce, and Environmental Protection Agency), the National Security Council, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
  • Develop and maintain effective professional relationships with representatives of foreign governments, staff officials of other Federal agencies and national labs, and with private industry on policy and substantive program activities. Use such relationships to build support for DOE policies and programs and to advance the U.S. national interest.
  • Initiate and perform research in preparation of special reports, papers, and memorandum relating to policy and program topics on a wide range of energy and international trade and investment issues for Asian Affairs.

GS-13

  • Provide analyses of agreements and the policies affecting international cooperative agreements and commitments with assigned non-U.S. geographical regions pertaining to Asia sponsored by various program offices.
  • Serve as a resource on the political, social, energy, economic and environmental conditions and issues for assigned countries in Asia. Give advice and recommendations to senior office staff on assigned non U.S. geographical regional policy activities pertaining to Asia, as well as to other energy and trade policy units within the agency, other Federal agencies (e.g., State, Commerce, and Environmental Protection Agency), the National Security Council, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Provide analytical support on energy-related trade issues in Asia and develop policies, strategies and options aimed at enhancing exports and market penetration of U.S. energy services, commodities, equipment, technology and innovations in the global economy.
  • Develop and maintain effective professional relationships with representatives of foreign governments, staff officials of other Federal agencies and national labs, and with private industry on policy and substantive program activities. Use such relationships to build support for policies and programs and to advance the U.S. national interest.
  • Serve as the representative in meetings with foreign officials, both here and abroad, and in inter-agency meetings related to assigned area of responsibility. Ensure the coordination of follow-up activities. Participate in various domestic and international forums by presenting and promoting the Department's position. Provide oral briefings on critical issues for senior departmental officials. Present and defend study plans, results and recommendations before the Director, and policy-level officials within or outside of the agency.
  • Draft comprehensive briefings, speeches and testimony given by the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, the Under Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and other senior Officials.

 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 day of overnight travel may be required per month. 

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Qualifications

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance
  • You must submit application and all required documentation online.

 

Only experience obtained at the time of the application will be considered.  However, you can update your resume and application submission at any time during the opening period of this vacancy announcement.

The selectee must test negative to a drug test prior to being appointed and will be subject to random testing.  Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to including removal from the Federal service.

The selectee would need to secure a Top Secret clearance before being placed in this position. 

 

Qualifications

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application.

GS-12 A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Demonstrate experience in assistance to senior office staff, in conducting in-depth analyses for comprehensive and long-term energy policy planning and strategy
  • Development of research that looks at international energy policy, market trends, investment and trade issues and their impact on U.S. national security, climate policy, foreign policy, and trade policy objectives in assigned non-U.S. geographical regions pertaining to Asia.
  • Exhibit development and maintenance of effective professional relationships with representatives of foreign governments, staff officials of other Federal agencies and national labs, and with private industry on policy and substantive program activities to support agency policies and programs.
  • Support for the agency representative in meetings with foreign officials, both here and abroad, and in inter-agency meetings related to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, in response to requests for information from within the agency and elsewhere in the government, industry, trade and other interest groups.
  • Demonstrate experience in development and  maintenance of effective working relationships with contractors.

GS-13 A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Demonstrate experience in analyses for comprehensive and long-term energy policy planning and strategy development looking at international energy or trade policy, market trends, investment and trade issues and their impact on U.S. national security, climate policy, foreign policy, and trade policy objectives in assigned non-U.S. geographical regions pertaining to Asia.
  • Serve as a point-of-contact on the political, social, energy, economic and environmental conditions and issues for assigned countries in Asia.
  • Expertly advise or make recommendations to senior office staff on assigned non-U.S. geographical regional policy activities pertaining to Asia, as well as to other energy and trade policy units within the agency, other Federal agencies, the National Security Council, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
  • Development and maintenance of effective professional relationships with representatives of foreign governments, staff officials of other Federal agencies and national labs, and with private industry on policy and substantive program activities. Use such relationships to build support for Agency policies and programs and to advance the U.S. national interest.
  • Serve as an Agency representative in meetings with foreign officials, both here and abroad, and in inter-agency meetings related to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Effectively communicate, in a written format, by drafting comprehensive briefings, speeches and testimony given by the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, the Under Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and other senior Agency Officials.
  • Development of research for the preparation of special reports, papers, and memorandum relating to policy and program topics on a wide-range of energy and international trade and investment issues for Asian Affairs.

KSAs

  1. Skill in analyzing and developing international policy objectives and alternatives; and skill in synthesizing highly complex and voluminous materials.
  2. Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of U.S. and foreign government, and private sector individuals and groups.
  3. Skill in oral and written communication for the purposes of presenting findings and recommendations to senior officials, drafting briefing materials and articulating policy positions, and responding to inquiries.
  4. Knowledge of a wide range of domestic and international energy issues in assigned regions pertaining to Asia.

Education

 

EDUCATION:

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information can be found at US Department of Education

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Basic Requirements for all grades:

  • 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.

GS-12 and GS-13: Education cannot be substituted for experience at this level.

The qualification standard for the International Relations series can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/international-relations-series-0131/

All transcripts must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST by the close day of this announcement.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Application instructions

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