Sr. International Policy Analyst

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 22, 2021
Oct 29, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of International Programs (OIP), Export Controls and Nonproliferation Branch (ECNB). The supervisor is Peter Habighorst. This position is Bargaining Unit, is subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure Reporting requirements and is subject to security ownership restriction reporting requirements. This position requires Occasional travel. Travel expenses associated with interview and/or relocation associated with job offer will not be paid.

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The selected applicant will be responsible for reviewing Executive Branch nuclear non-proliferation initiatives and proposed export-related authorizations and for updating and revising U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) export-import licensing regulations. The selectee will be responsible for drafting rulemaking regarding 10 CFR Part 110, preparing international procedures and policy papers regarding export and import licensing. He/she reviews some applications for licenses to export or import nuclear materials or equipment to determine compliance with appropriate rules and regulations of the Commission.

The regular duties include:

Formulates, reviews, and assesses Executive Branch nuclear export-related policies and activities submitted to the NRC under formal interagency procedures, including bilateral Agreements for Cooperation, and proposed U. S. and multilateral export controls on nuclear commodities, nuclear-related equipment, and technology.

Prepares, formulates, and develops staff analyses, Commission papers, correspondence to other agencies, foreign government representatives and Congress in the areas of nuclear export and import controls on nuclear commodities, bilateral Agreements of Cooperation, and the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Develops Commission program plans and related long-and short-term range policy development efforts and analyses, concerning nuclear export control on nuclear commodities and rulemaking regarding 10 CFR110.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position requires occasional International and Domestic travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated experience in performing rulemaking and developing policy (Double weighted) .

2. Knowledge of the physical sciences and the nuclear fuel cycle sufficient to understand a variety of technical terms and considerations encountered in assigned tasks.

3. General knowledge of U.S. Atomic Energy Act, statutes, policies and agreements applicable to NRC licensing.

4. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and concisely both orally and in writing. Ability to articulate complex issues in simple and clear terms.

5. Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships for the purpose of exchanging information on technical or policy subjects, soliciting and summarizing comments, and reconciling differing views and opinions to complete licensing actions.

In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience in performing rulemaking and developing policy; ability to review and assess Executive Branch nuclear-related policies; knowledge of the physical sciences and the nuclear fuel cycle sufficient to understand a variety of technical terms and considerations encountered in assigned tasks, and general knowledge of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act, statutes, policies and agreements applicable to NRC licensing.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume and additional space provided for supplemental response.


There is no education requirement for the 0301 occupational series position.

Additional information

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. Information on the vaccination documentation needed may be found at the Safer Federal Workforce website: The agency will provide information on our process to request a legally required exception from this requirement when we extend an offer.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Ensure that your resume addresses how you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement and Ideal Candidate criteria.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.) You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

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