International Relations Specialist - DHS Only

Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 23, 2021
Full Time


This assignment is a 2-year non-reimbursable assignment.

The position is within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of International Affairs (INA), International Operations Directorate, Latin America and Caribbean Division.

Must have or be able to obtain and hold a Top Secret Clearance. This is a virtual Joint Duty Assignment until the reopening of the office. A telework schedule may be available on a regular recurring or situational basis after the office is opened.

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The IRS is responsible for analyzing the geopolitical risk factors that impact legitimate flows of people and cargo in relation to U.S. trade and security goals in their area of responsibility (AOR), and for developing and managing related technical assistance and capacity-building programs. Additionally, the IRS will serve as the CBP subject matter expert and liaison with the U.S. inter-agency for the region, as well as the agency representative on policy discussions impacting the CBP mission and regional objectives.

The job is in a fast-paced and dynamic environment dealing with international issues as they arise by communicating with overseas CBP personnel, interagency partners, and foreign government representatives. You will collaborate with Department of State and other U.S. agencies to obtain and manage funding in support of CBP's overseas programs. You will organize and implement the logistics for training programs for foreign customs, police, and immigration officials. You will maintain contact with CBP officials based in the region in order to provide timely reports on trends related to border security issues.

Responsibilities include:
- Preparing briefing materials and briefing INA and CBP leadership in anticipation of international travel or high-level meetings with international counterparts.
- Maintaining awareness of geopolitical developments and CBP and DHS programs that affect the AOR.
- Supporting CBP operational offices with their overseas programs, as needed; may require assisting with deploying personnel, acquiring or monitoring funding, preparing training sessions, and providing regular updates on the program's progress.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current Department of Homeland Security employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment.
  • 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.
  • Must complete DHS 250-2 Application Form.? Supervisory signature is required.? Please see "Required Documents" section for form.


Qualifications required:
  • Experience studying or working in Latin America or the Caribbean. Language skills are a plus but not required.
  • Strong writing and speaking skills, especially to create briefing memos and verbally report to leadership on information related to CBP programs in the region.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and with little supervision.

  • 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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