International Relations Specialist

U.S. Department of Energy
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
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  • Posted
    Jul 10

Position description

A successful candidate in this position will provide leadership and direction to all levels of management both within and outside of DOE including the international community conveying policy relevant findings and/or recommendations to senior officials consistent with prevailing policy frameworks to advance organizational goals relating to global energy security including global strategic energy supply issues as well as energy markets trade issues and associated infrastructures.




As an International Relations Specialist, you will:

  • Participate in a broad range of activities that promote international cooperation on international policy issues.  Provide expert opinion on the energy political, economic, environmental, and social conditions and issues.  Direct and assist management and program officials in implementing Department of Energy (DOE) policies and strategies for energy security, identifying international implications of alternative implementation approaches and advising on the preferred approach.
  • Advise DOE management and staff, as well as, other energy and trade policy units within DOE, other federal agencies, the National Security Council, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on the transportation fuels; natural gas and gas products; coal; and nuclear energy.
  • Serve as a U.S. representative in meetings with foreign officials, both in the U.S. and abroad of global energy security assuring U.S. policy interests and DOE International collaboration activities are carried out.  Represent the Director at senior level meetings throughout the Department.
  • Serve as the senior exert regarding U.S. participation in energy related bilateral and multilateral ministerial discussions.  In this capacity, participates in interagency and intergovernmental committees and international negotiations with the authority to commit the Department to courses of action by initiating efforts to underpin, as appropriate.
  • Establish key objectives, strategies and outcomes for bilateral energy consultations organizing the agenda and U.S. participants; preparing position, issue and background papers; and disseminating the results to Departmental and other senior agency officials.  Prepare initiatives to promote U.S. and departmental interests, organizing, and executing initiatives in global energy security.  These initiatives, strategies, land outcomes include, but are not limited to comprehensive briefings, speeches, testimony, and background position papers for use during bilateral and multilateral discussions.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required up to 10% of the time to attend meetings, training and conferences.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



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.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
  • You must obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.
  • You must pass pre-employment drug testing and random testing thereafter.



This position has also been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to testing for illegal drug use. The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.  Failure to pass or refusal to take subsequent tests could result in non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Financial Disclosure Statement) prior to your appointment to this position. For additional information and to obtain the form, please visit the Office of Government Ethics.

Eligible candidates for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" level security clearance.  The duties and responsibilities of this position require that the incumbent have access to documents and/or material containing Secret Restricted Data which are related to sensitive issues. 

You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period, if not previously completed in a competitive or excepted service position.

This position has a positive education requirement and transcripts must be submitted to receive further consideration.

This position is eligible for telework; however, approval is at the discretion of the supervisor. 



Basic Requirement for an International Relations Specialist (0131):
1. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) with a 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.


2. 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.


3. Experience: Four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields, as shown in A above, in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Developing and deploying strategies on international energy engagements by analyzing and advising to accomplish the overall international energy goals and obligations.
  • Providing guidance and advice to management regarding U.S. participation on energy-related bilateral and multilateral ministerial groups in order to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology.
  • Developing presentations, briefings, issue papers, reports, speeches, correspondence, or other policy-related documents on energy policy program activities for senior leadership

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!

  1. Ability to conduct high level consultative or advisory work regarding the aspects of important diplomatic executive or legislative programs or services.
  2. Knowledge of international organizations' laws, treaties and agreements, protocol, and etiquette history, culture, traditions, government economy and relevant characteristics of energy supply for crude oil and petroleum products; transportation fuels, natural gas and gas products; coal; and nuclear energy for the purpose of planning, controlling, organizing and coordinating total program effort.
  3. Knowledge of energy and national security issues and initiatives regarding energy supply, market disruptions, and emergencies (including cyber and physical threats) to initiate and lead research for special reports, papers, land memoranda relating to energy developments and international energy commitments and to serve as the senior expert U.S. participation in energy-related issues.
  4. Mastery of oral and written communications for the purpose of presenting findings and recommendations to senior officials, negotiating and/or defending policy positions, preparing policy statements or professional publications, and responding to public and technical inquires.
  5. Knowledge of physical security regulations, guidelines, and processes related to classified materials and other security related matters to work classified information and provide comprehensive analyses on critical energy and national security issues.

"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. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

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


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