International Affairs Regional Advisor

Arlington, Virginia
Apr 02, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Full Time


We encourage you to read the entire announcement before submitting application.

This assignment is located in the Regional Section of the International Affairs Branch within the Stakeholder Engagement Division (SED), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
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The selected candidate for this one-year assignment will serve as the International Affairs Regional Advisor in the Regional Section of the International Affairs Branch within the Stakeholder Engagement Division (SED), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). This opportunity provides the selectee with the opportunity to work across the spectrum of CISA's international efforts and is responsible for CISA cross-component coordination and engagement related to the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. The selectee will be able to enhance his or her external experiences, international affairs understanding, communication, briefing and strategic thinking skills while carrying out critical work to advance CISA's priorities in international for a as envisioned under the newly released CISA Global Strategy.

Specific elements include:
  • Support the development and implementation of international policies and initiatives in support of the CISA and DHS missions and international policy objectives.
  • Identify CISA international engagement priorities and objectives related to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.
  • Organize and participate in multinational seminars, substantive exchanges, and training activities.
  • Represent CISA in a variety of engagements; understand CISA priorities and communicate them effectively to stakeholders.
  • Foster collaborative relationships across the interagency (including the Departments of State, Justice, Energy and others) that support CISA international priorities
  • Prepare CISA officials, subcomponents, and senior officials for meetings with international partners.
  • Develop memos, talking points, briefings and other correspondence for senior leadership
  • Participates in, drafts readouts and tracks meetings, events, hearings and other engagements with business executives and government officials.
  • Performs research and monitoring to obtain knowledge of relevant policy and international affairs issues, as well as economic/market developments to proactively identify emerging issues and support strategy development.
  • Depending on COVID-19 travel restrictions, this assignment may require international travel to support mission objective and policy goals.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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 experience and advanced proficiency using Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc), Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and Zoom software.
  • Must have experience with drafting and editing executive-level briefing papers and meeting summaries.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Public speaking experience is desired.
  • Must have strong attention to detail
  • Must be comfortable working under pressure in a fast-paced environment and to work projects both individually, as tasked, as well as collaboratively as part of a team
  • Must have sound professional judgment and editorial skills
  • Must have experience translating complex information into engaging and succinct content for target audiences.
  • Must have strong skills in communicating complex, technical or policy issues to diverse, non-technical audiences, including in an international setting.
  • Must have strong interpersonal, conflict resolution and negotiation skills to work cross-sectionally to accomplish objectives and achieve results.

  • 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).

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .

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