Foreign Affairs Specialist, GS-0130-14
Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.
For over two centuries The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.
The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 17-1987-HQ-RM-M. APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS. NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DELEGATED EXAMINING VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO), International Affairs and Foreign Policy Office (DCO-I) in Washington, DC.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
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- Occasional Travel
- Minimum travel is required.
To meet the basic eligibility requirement, applicant must meet the following:
- 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, 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.
TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-14 LEVEL: In addition to the basic eligibility requirement identified above, applicant must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13 or equivalent) in the Federal sector. Specialized experience includes (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 of a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields. This high level experience must have been in such specialized activities as (1) formulation of instructions and policy guidance for United States representatives in international organizations; (2) transport and communication involving knowledge of economic, political, and technical aspects of international shipping; (3) cultural affairs involving formulation and operation of policy on large-scale international cultural exchange programs; (4) occupied area affairs involving problems of occupation of conquered or liberated countries, regions, or zones; or (5) other specialized international affairs such as analyzing public opinion and attitudes, evaluating specific conditions, trends, or forces in a foreign country, formulating policy on problems of petroleum resources or fisheries, etc., representing foreign interests, protecting American property or interests, arranging for conferences, or similar activities.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.
The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Selectee will serve as the regional affairs analyst/desk officer playing a major role in the study, review, development and adjustments of the strategies, concepts, programs and budgets required to support the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) international policy and program planning guidance. Additionally, you will independently identify and focus senior policy attention on international issues with major Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or international security implications.
Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
- Participating in the study, review, and adjustment of the programs and budgets needed to support USCG and Departmental international strategies, concepts and plans.
- Initiating independent analyses of highly-complex international policy, strategy, concept, and program issues, overseas force posture alternatives, and implications of broad changes to the international maritime environment.
- Taking a lead role in managing team projects, including actively encouraging communication, coordination, innovation, and high-quality team products.
- Providing expert advice to the Director, International Affairs and higher-level USCG officials on key strategy, planning, programming and budgeting, and policy matters; and preparing briefings, presentations, information and decision memoranda to support deliberations and decisions by senior management.
- Representing DCO-I and ocasionally USCG, as directed, in delegations to international meetings and conferences.
- Developing or contributing testimony or other presentations to Congress; accurately representing USCG international positions during contacts with Congressional staff; and monitoring Congressional action on USCG operations strategy, programs, and budget.
- Preparing communications for USCG, and occasionally, senior leadership, both orally and in writing, to a wide variety of audiences on complex issues, both national and internationally,