International Relations Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 12, 2021
Closes
Jun 18, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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), Technical Assistance and Cooperation Unit, Africa Division. ILAB leads DOL's efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy.

- This position inside the bargaining unit.

- Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

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Responsibilities

ILAB's mission is to improve global working conditions, raise living standards, protect workers' ability to exercise their rights, and address the workplace exploitation of children and other vulnerable populations.

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to the following:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Participates in the formulation of policy or program recommendations that advance OCFT and ILAB mission, programming, and other priorities in target countries and on a global level. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is up to 7% per year.

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 recommendation to the next grade.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • 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.


Selective Placement Factor- Ability to read French including standard newspaper items addressed to the general reader, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials related to the duties of the position.

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-09:

    To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 grade level or pay band in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing work related to International Relations, with knowledge of, and skill in applying, fundamental methods, principles, and practices relevant to work in the area of International Relations, and standardized knowledge of analytical, and evaluative methods and techniques sufficient to research and write on topics relevant to international development of international labor issues in an academic or work setting.

    OR

    2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree(related to the position to be filled.)

    OR

    Combination of education and experience.

    For the GS-11:

    To qualify for the GS-11 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level or pay band in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing work related to International Relations, applying a range of analytical and evaluative techniques and methods with knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and of economic, social, cultural, and political factors in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, relevant to efforts to assist in raising working conditions and improving the quality of life for its citizens; or experience assisting in the development or oversight of technical assistance projects on issues related to vulnerable populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Examples of specialized experience are as follows: 1) Participating in drafting and/or providing written feedback on documents on issues relevant to issues of international child labor, forced labor, and/or human trafficking; 2) Developing and/or overseeing technical assistance projects to address issues related to reducing child labor, forced labor, and/or human trafficking; or 3) Supporting efforts related to the formulation of U.S. foreign policy on international labor issues.

    OR

    3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (related to the position to be filled.)

    OR

    Combination of education and experience.

    For the GS-12

    To qualify for the GS-12 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level or pay band in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing International Relations Specialist work, applying a full range of analytical and evaluative techniques and methods with extensive knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and of economic, social, cultural, and political factors in one or more countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, relevant to efforts to develop and implement policies in support of raising the working conditions and improving the quality of life for its citizens. Experience with conducting research, studies, or contributing to program or foreign policy initiatives on issues relevant to the reduction of child labor, forced labor, and/or human trafficking. In addition, experience with U.S. policy on international labor issues. Examples of specialized experience are as follows: 1) Applying a range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to assess and improve program effectiveness. 2) Developing and/or overseeing technical assistance projects to address issues related to reducing child labor, forced labor, and/or human trafficking in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa; or 3) Contributing to the formulation of U.S. foreign policy on labor issues in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    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.

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

    Research, Analysis, and Written Communication - Effectively applies knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods to conduct systematic and objective inquiry and analysis. Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

    Policy Development and Coordination - Formulates effective strategies to engage with assigned countries based on DOL and US priorities and interests and examines policy issues with a long-term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.

    Interagency Coordination - Effectively coordinates between elements of the Department, US Government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and regional and international organizations for the purpose of accomplishing an objective.

    Technical Assistance - Knowledge of requirements, practices, and procedures for soliciting, receiving, reviewing, and processing proposals, and awarding and administering grants and agreements.

    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.

    Click here for Evaluation details.

    INFORMATION FOR CTAP[/ICTAP] ELIGIBLE(S) ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under CTAP [or ICTAP], you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) 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 an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    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
    National security

    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.

    - Resumes are required - provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your computer and USAJOBS profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list the month, year, and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.

    - 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.

    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 the 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) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A) (b) 30% or More Compensable Disabled Veterans (DAV) (c) Former Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) OR AmeriCorps VISTA OR Current/Former Peace Corps Employees (PCE) (d) Military Spouses (MISP)

    - Land Management Eligible(s): 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 .

    - 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) - If you are using education as a basis for qualifying for this position, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, Ph.D., etc.). If specific coursework is required to qualify, you must supply an unofficial transcript from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

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

    NOTE: The OFFICIAL Transcript(s) MUST BE RECEIVED, if you are selected, and prior to receiving the firm offer with a start 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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