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International Relations Specialist

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Department Of Homeland Security Washington , DC 20319

Posted 3 months ago

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Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Affairs, International Operations Division, Washington, DC.

The local commuting area (LCA) is defined as the area surrounding the duty station by which people reasonably travel back and forth from home to work.

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In this International Relations Specialist position, you will become a key team member of Homeland Security professional conducting analysis on international relations topics, events, programs, and activities.

This position starts at a salary of $96,970.00 (GS-13, Step 1) to $126,062.00 (GS-13, Step 10) with promotion potential to $126,062 (GS-13, Step 10).

Duties will include:

  • Providing support to overseas personnel and senior leadership on a wide range of administrative and policy issues;

  • Writing and producing background and briefing materials for senior leadership in advance of international engagements and foreign travel;

  • Coordinating responses to requests for information and task given from partner offices and the interagency;

  • Participating in the development of long-term economics, diplomatic, and border security policies and various international border security programs for a foreign country; and

  • Promoting outreach activities and programs within a foreign country in order to strengthen diplomatic ties with the U.S.

Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel up to 25% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    0131 International Relations

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service

  • Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)

  • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph

  • Upon appointment, you may be required to undergo random drug testing


GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent level performing duties such as reviewing and assessing economic and political issues to determine trends; analyzing conflicting data to summarize recommendations on international policy changes; and conducting research and preparing studies and reports to address the international, political, military and economic issues of a foreign country.


Meet the Basic Education Requirement of a:

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

A 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.

Evaluation of Experience

Qualifying experience that provided an intimate knowledge of a foreign country or geographic area may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or inter-national relief work, or other experience in foreign countries. It may also have been gained through teaching college-level courses in international relations or problems associated with a specific foreign geographic area.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must:

  • Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and

  • Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 10/04/2018.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found here. You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. This will be measured by a score of 85 or higher.


Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

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International Relations Specialist

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