Foreign Affairs Specialist
Occasional travel - Occasional travel away from the official duty station may be required.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
- Subject to Random Drug Testing
- Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
- Favorable suitability determination required.
- Financial Disclosure is required.
- Must be able to obtain/maintain either a "L" or a "Q" level Security Clearance, depending upon the job location.
- You must be a United States Citizen.
- This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
- Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
- Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Multiple selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA Demonstration Project pay band or GS grade in the Federal Service, i.e., NQ-02 or GS-12. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
Experience that demonstrates a professional knowledge of foreign affairs/international relations as it relates to nonproliferation or securing nuclear material from theft or diversion and sabotage; participating in teams to collaborate with other U.S. agencies, foreign government officials, and/or international organizations to implement strategies by negotiating solutions and/or developing cooperative agreements pertaining to nonproliferation and/or nuclear security activities.
Examples of specialized experience:
- Managing or leading technical nonproliferation programs/projects and/or teams; or
- Leading organization on U.S. foreign policies and government-to-government agreements in order to implement and develop nonproliferation policies and provide authoritative advice and guidance concerning bilateral and multilateral cooperative nonproliferation activities; or
- Performing in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear technology relevant to the International Nuclear Security Program and broader nonproliferation programs; or
- Working with international, national, and local organizations, institutions, and agencies, associated with international nuclear security and nonproliferation in support of strategic project or program work plans.
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!
- Knowledge of international relations and foreign affairs of the Government, including relevant U.S. foreign policies and Government-to-Government Agreements and other arrangements between the U.S. and international partners sufficient to resolve a wide range of international affairs issues;
- Knowledge of the fields of nuclear security and technology and how their implementation affects the International Nuclear Security Program sufficient to recognize problems;
- Knowledge of U.S. policies and regulations relevant to the implementation of the program sufficient to work on foreign affairs projects;
- Knowledge of varied regulations, guidelines, and sustainability challenges related to International Nuclear Security issues sufficient to work on foreign affairs projects; and
- Ability to prepare decision memoranda, briefing materials, input to Congressional testimony, speeches, and correspondence for senior management officials, relating to the International Nuclear Security projects and program 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.
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 at the time of application.
This position has a positive education requirement that can be substituted. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. For specific education requirements, please see the Education Requirements below. If selected, official transcripts may be requested.
Individual Occupational/Educational Requirements:
- 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, 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.
Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website, and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
- The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
- If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
- More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
- Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
- Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
- All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. If you meet the qualifications requirements, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.
You can make updates to your resume and/or documents during the open period of the announcement.
Only experience obtained at the time of application will be considered, however, you can update your resume and application submission at any time during the open period of this vacancy announcement.
The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.
Your performance appraisals and incentive awards will be given due consideration in the selection process based on their relation to the duties of the position and the consistency with which they may be considered in evaluating you against other applicants.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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