DHS Liaison

Washington, D.C
Jul 25, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Full Time


This assignment is a 1-year reimbursable assignment.

The incumbent in this position, which reports to PLCY/OIA and is embedded in the Department of State's Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs (EAP/CM) Operations Unit, serves as the primary DHS liaison with the Department of State on issues and activities related to the People's Republic of China.

Must currently hold Top Secret/SCI clearance.
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In this liaison role, s/he will coordinate with relevant offices on the full range of DHS's international policies to provide timely information on DHS strategies, policies, and programs related to China to ensure situational awareness and policy development and implementation in EAP/CM's Economic, Bilateral, Global, Regional, and Strategic Communication Unit.

The incumbent will assist in the coordination of interagency activities that support policy execution, to include repatriations, sanctions, visa restrictions, and other border security initiatives. The incumbent will perform researcher; draft briefing papers, cables, and position papers; coordinate with and inform other Department of State bureaus and offices and make policy recommendations under PLCY guidance. The incumbent will interface with the interagency, including the National Security Council, intelligence community, academia, think tanks, industry analysts, and Mission China counterparts.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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 at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service performing the following duties:
  • Providing research to leadership that is used to develop agency policy to increase and improve the ability of DHS and the broader U.S. Government to enhance border, aviation, and migration security, and combat terrorism and transnational crimes;
  • Analyzing and evaluating policy interests, concerns, issues, and processes associated with DHS mission, goals, and objectives to formulate advice and counsel top level management;
  • Preparing comprehensive reviews, briefings, proposed legislation, policy studies, and special reports to lead and direct program reviews and special team projects;
  • Cooperating with interagency partners to ensure utilization of the homeland and national security agenda; and
  • Developing program plans, goals, and milestones to evaluate the effectiveness of government security and diplomatic programs.

  • 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
    Top Secret

    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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