Foreign Affairs Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 16, 2021
Closes
Jul 24, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Due to the Pandemic, and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee's report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is safe to relocate.

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Responsibilities

Serves as point of contact for activities in a geographic region. In this capacity, the incumbent coordinates the activities of individual countries in a region and makes recommendations to the AFS-50 Division Management Team, the Director of Flight Standards (AFS-1), the Executive Director Flight Standards Service (AFX-1), the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety (AVS-1), the Assistant Administrator for International Aviation (API), and other senior managers on the course of action for technical assistance, international training, bilateral agreements, ICAO initiatives, aviation technologies, and other activities.

Incumbent provides familiarity with the governing policies, procedures, and regulations. The management and/or program functions and studies in which the incumbent provides assistance include, but are not limited to, program planning documentation and reporting.

Incumbent is responsible for coordination with the Office of the Assistant Administrator for International Aviation on technical assistance, policy, and operational issues affecting Flight Standards Service areas of responsibility.

Incumbent will be responsible for coordinating with the Office of the Assistant Administrator for International Aviation on the development and oversight of AFS-related Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements (BASA) and affiliated implementation procedures/annexes under BASAs.

Incumbent will be expected to represent AFS at international forums and provides technical and issue papers upon request by AFS/ A VS and technical divisions

Incumbent is responsible for creating and maintaining a long-term strategic plan for the assigned region, as requested by management. Coordinates and facilitates the development of an annual technical assistance action plan for the region, whose primary goal is to strengthen the safety oversight organization of the civil aviation authorities. Acts as focal point for monitoring progress on the annual action plan and prepares monthly reports to management. Formulates any required budget requests to ensure completion of the action plan activities.

Incumbent compiles, cross checks, and consolidates tables, exhibits, schedules, and other management and/or program data and information in preparations of internal and external reports.

Provides international policy guidance to FAA regional and field office personnel participating in safety oversight activities involving the countries in the region through coordination with other technical division experts. Besides having responsibility for a geographic region of the world, the incumbent also acts as principal coordinator for any one of the following functional areas: International training, technical assistance, bilateral agreements, ICAO, aviation technologies, or other areas as assigned. In this capacity, the incumbent is responsible for developing, maintaining, or modifying the established office procedures for the assigned functional area and ensures consistency and standardization within the Division.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


Qualifications

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, 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 above basic requirements, to qualify at the FG-11 level applicants must demonstrate in their application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG-9/FV-F level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes experience in coordination and implementation of actions affecting international aviation. This includes the development and support of international programs, such as foreign technical assistance, bilateral agreements and aviation technologies.

    To qualify at the FG-12 level, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG-11/FV-G level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes experience in coordination and implementation of actions affecting international aviation. This includes the development and support of complex international programs, such as foreign technical assistance, bilateral agreements and aviation technologies.

    You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

    Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    This position may be filled at the FG-11 or FG-12 level; Identification of promotion in the vacancy announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon the selectee meeting training, qualification requirements, higher level work be available and recommendation by the supervisor.

    Education

    This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

    Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

    Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

    Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

    Applicants who are not currently in the 130 occupational series (Foreign Affairs Specialist) in the Federal Government and fail to provide a copy of an unofficial or official transcript will not receive further consideration for this vacancy.

    Upon selection, if not currently employed in the 130 occupational series, you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. if you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it

    Foreign Education: For additional information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

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    Additional information

    We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
    Position may be subject to a background investigation.
    A one-year probationary period may be required.

    The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements

    The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

    This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

    As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

    In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA section, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a human resource specialist as appropriate.

    PASS Bargaining Unit, Article 28, Section 6 states "If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed".

    This is a bargaining unit position.

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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.

    IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    -

    Applicants claiming eligibility for the Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO), MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.
    This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 130 series.

    College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the, 130 series with the FAA.

    College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying a 130 series.

    If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

    If you are a current or former Federal employee (including a current FAA employee), you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

    If you are a current Federal employee and need a current copy of your SF-50, please contact your personnel office. If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system https://eopf.opm.gov/dot/ . If you are a former Federal employee, you can obtain a copy of your SF-50 by writing the National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. Additional information is available from this link: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/ .

    Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO) are thoseveterans who are honorably discharged from the Armed Forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active service.Applicants claiming eligibility for EVHO, MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.

    Forms:
    • SF-15 : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference


    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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