International Relations Officer

5 days left

Washington, D.C
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 20, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT). OCFT's outputs in the area of policy engagement, technical assistance, research, reporting contribute to the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of worker rights related to child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

This position is in a bargaining unit.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

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For the GS 12 and GS 13
  • Executes job duties in support of the Office mission, such as research and analysis of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking issues for assigned countries/projects or in support of analysis of trends and lessons learned that inform evaluation, survey, and research design activities.
  • Drafts and provides written feedback on documents, as assigned, including analytical assessments, concept notes on proposed research projects (grants and contracts), research documents, and impact evaluation documents, technical survey documents, and other related documents.
  • Applies a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to assess and improve research and program effectiveness and deliverables.
  • Ensures that key evaluation and research findings, results of data analysis and other lessons, findings, and outcomes produced by technical assistance and research 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 to develop and/or strengthen OCFT and ILAB strategic relationships and information exchanges.
  • Plans, develops, oversees, and provides technical support for OCFT technical assistance research activities and uses qualitative and/or quantitative methods to measure results and assess and improve program effectiveness
  • Provides comprehensive and rigorous technical oversight of key evaluation and technical assistance research activities, as assigned, to ensure that high-quality data, analysis and lessons learned are produced.
  • 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.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - At least 5 percent of the time.

Supervisory status

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 recommendation to the next grade.


Conditions of Employment

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

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.



Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements

1. 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.


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 listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

To qualify for positions at grades GS-12 and above on the basis of experience, this experience must have included either (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 involving a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields.

Specialized Experience

For the GS-12:

To qualify for the GS-12 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-11. Specialized experience is defined as experience leading EITHER the design OR the implementation of quantitative or mixed-methods research relating to vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations. Specialized research experience includes experience selecting and implementing research methodologies appropriate for study objectives; developing, reviewing, or testing survey instruments; reviewing or developing a sampling plan; planning, participating, or supervising data collection; and planning, conducting, or supervising data analysis.

For the GS-13:

To qualify for the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-12. Specialized experience is defined as experience: (1) leading both the design and implementation of quantitative or mixed-methods research relating to vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations AND (2) providing technical oversight for research contracts, grants and/or cooperative agreements. Specialized research experience includes experience selecting and implementing research methodologies appropriate for study objectives; developing, reviewing, or testing survey instruments; reviewing or developing a sampling plan; planning, participating, or supervising data collection; and planning, conducting, or supervising data analysis.


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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

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

Research/Technical Skills

Effectively applies knowledge of research methodologies, sampling, data collection methods, survey instruments, question types, and data analysis

Project Oversight/Management

Knowledge of requirements, practices, and procedures for soliciting and awarding proposals and administering and providing technical oversight of grants and contracts

Policy Outreach/Engagement

Formulates effective strategies to engage with stakeholders on research-related topics based on DOL priorities and interests. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.

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). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. 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. -

Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- 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.

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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