International Relations Specialist

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 16, 2020
Closes
Sep 24, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in Washington, DC. This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT).

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

This position inside the bargaining unit

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Responsibilities

Executes job duties in support of senior team members and the Office mission while providing research and analyses of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking issues for assigned countries for the purpose of contributing to Congressionally-mandated and Executive Order reports, engaging with foreign governments or other U.S. government officials, designing technical assistance programs, or related to other strategic interests of ILAB, or as part of analysis of trends and lessons learned that inform program evaluation, project survey, and project design activities.

Drafts and provides written feedback on documents, as assigned, and regularly prepares written communication for and on behalf of senior ILAB and DOL staff on international child and forced labor issues. Documents and written communications may include, but are not limited to, analytical assessments; concept notes on proposed technical assistance projects (grants and contracts); concept notes on policy engagement; solicitations for technical assistance projects (grants and contracts); work on Congressionally-mandated and Executive Order reports; monitoring and evaluation documents, impact and_ implementation evaluations and related documents technical survey documents, audit documents, and other work on electronic correspondence, letters, and memoranda.

Demonstrates an intermediate ability to critically analyze Office issues and initiatives through study and monitoring of relevant legislation; pertinent ILO and other international organizations' standards and decisions; overseas developments, reports, and cables; books and articles; research and evaluation documents and papers; and discussions with foreign and U.S. officials, academic experts, trade union leaders, non-governmental representatives, and business representatives.

Applies a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to assess and improve program effectiveness. Ensures that key evaluation and audit findings, results of performance monitoring data analysis, and other lessons, findings, and outcomes produced by technical assistance and monitoring and evaluation and audit activities are shared with relevant stakeholders and are applied to ILAB and OCFT's work, as applicable.

Engages with a range of actors and entities (i.e. ILAB and DOL officials; U.S. or foreign government agencies; international organizations, civil society groups, and/or business representatives) to develop and/or strengthen OCFT and ILAB strategic relationships and information exchanges.

Monitors labor developments in countries of importance to the U.S. and advises the Director, Deputy Director, Deputy Undersecretary, other DOL professional staff, ambassadors, labor attaches or others with related responsibility, either orally or in writing, on policy, key developments, and results regarding Office issues and programs. Prepares senior level officials to present policy positions and program results to external groups.

Coordinates policy positions and work products within OCFT and across ILAB offices, other DOL agencies, and outside stakeholders with the aim of advancing OCFT and ILAB mission regarding research, technical assistance and policy engagement.

Represents ILAB in international, interagency, and intra-agency working groups, committees, international meetings and conferences in the capacity of DOL or ILAB or OCFT spokesperson to present and clarify DOL/U.S. policy related to the office.

Plans, develops, oversees, implements and provides technical support for monitoring and evaluation and audit activities, and closes out technical assistance/cooperation initiatives; coordinates ILAB's contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements for technical assistance projects; and uses qualitative and/or quantitative methods to measure results and assess and improve program effectiveness and/or projects or systems.

Reviews project proposals; monitors project status reports; reviews evaluation and survey reports; examines audit reports; identifies problems and makes recommendations to supervisor, Office Director, and/or Deputy Director; and conducts periodic site visits to verify effective implementation of funded projects.

Develops budget requirements, prepares papers and briefing materials and collaborates with other agencies, foreign counterparts, representatives of international agencies, and others to ensure policies or programs respond to DOL and U.S. priorities and interests.

Provides comprehensive and rigorous technical oversight of OCFT's audits, attestation engagements, and monitoring and evaluation tasks as assigned, to ensure OCFT funded projects are in fiscal, regulatory, and performance compliance; provides comprehensive and rigorous technical oversight of key monitoring and evaluation activities, as assigned, to ensure that high-quality data, analysis and lessons learned are produced to systematically measure achievement of project objectives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position is subject to 7% occasional travel

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendations to the next grade.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Basic 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.

    OR
  • 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.

    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.

  • In addition to the basic requirements of this position, applicants must also possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

    For the GS-11:

    To qualify for the GS-11 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-09. Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting research and writing reports for public consumption on international policy issues related to South Asia or South East Asia

    For the GS-12:

    Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting research and writing reports for public consumption on international policy issues related to South Asia or South East Asia; preparing talking points, memos, letters, and background materials for senior officials on international policy issues; and negotiating international policy issues with senior officials.

    Education

    Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

    If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

    Additional information

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

    Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    Research- systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.

    Analysis and Written Communication- Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

    Policy Development- process of deciding what should be achieved, what should be done to achieve it, how to do it efficiently and economically, who should do it, etc.

    Interagency Coordination- a process in which two or more organizations representing different agencies and/or disciplines come together to solve a specific problem or meet a specific need

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

    The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

    ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

    *WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

    - Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

    - Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .

    The following documents are required if applicable:

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.

    - DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)

    - Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents

    - Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements): (a) Military Spouses (MISP)

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    - Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

    You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

    OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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