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Regional Affairs Specialist

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Jan 31, 2023

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is mandated by statute and delegated authority to plan, manage, and coordinate all international relations and activities on behalf of the Department. OIA's primary roles are to provide the Secretary and DHS Senior Leadership with strategic advice and subject matter expertise on DHS engagement with foreign countries and to coordinate Departmental and component engagement with foreign partners and international organizations. OIA works closely with foreign countries and international organizations, as well as the USG interagency, to pursue and achieve the Department's core missions.

The incumbent detailee will play an integral role on one or more teams within the OIA. The incumbent will serve as a Regional Affairs Specialist working on a diverse portfolio affecting DHS's mission the world-over. While preference will be given to regions where there is a demonstrated interest and experience, the incumbent will work on the full range of DHS's international policies to provide timely information on DHS strategies, policies, and programs.

The incumbent will assist in the coordination of interagency activities that support policy execution, to include preparing DHS senior leadership for engagements in bilateral and multilateral forums, such as participation at National Security Council (NSC) meetings, signing information-sharing arrangements with foreign counterparts, and travel to strengthen partnerships with key countries. The incumbent will perform research; draft briefing papers, cables, and position papers; coordinate with and inform interagency partners and make policy recommendations under PLCY guidance. The incumbent will interface with the interagency, including the NSC, intelligence community, academia, think tanks, industry analysts, and foreign government and non-government organizational counterparts.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:

Must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service performing the following duties:
  • Providing research to leadership that is used to develop agency policy to increase and improve the ability of DHS and the broader U.S. Government to enhance border, aviation, and migration security, and combat terrorism and transnational crimes;
  • Analyzing and evaluating policy interests, concerns, issues, and processes associated with DHS mission, goals, and objectives to formulate advice and counsel senior level management;
  • Preparing briefing memos for senior officials;
  • Cooperating with interagency partners to ensure utilization of the homeland and national security agenda; and
  • Contributing to development of program plans, goals, and milestones to evaluate the effectiveness of government security and diplomatic programs.

  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

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