US nationals: Foreign Affairs Officer

Washington, DC, US

Summary

The mission of the U.S. International Boundary & Water Commission is to provide binational solutions to issues that arise during the application of United States – Mexico treaties regarding boundary demarcation, national ownership of waters, sanitation, water quality, and flood control in the border region.

This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures, We encourage all status candidates who meet the eligibility criteria to submit an application to Job Announcement Number IBWC-10006600-MLa-DE as well.

Duties

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with management officials and employees, representatives from other government agencies, and federal, state and local level elected officials and their staff.
  • Research major international issues concerning applicable treaties and international agreements.
  • Participate in the application and development of treaty language, minutes or understandings of the United States and Mexico.
  • Communicate and coordinate with the United States Department of State on the foreign affairs functions of a binational commission or an agency with an international mission.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Overnight Travel

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be paid, subject to availability of funds.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Naturalized U.S. Citizen.

Qualifications

Qualifications must be met by 04/17/2017

To be eligible for this position, you must meet one of the Basic Requirements AND the Additional Qualification Requirement.

Basic Requirements
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A. Completed a bachelor’s or higher level graduate degree in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities. Note: You must include copies of your transcripts with your application package to support this response. Or,

B. Completed a bachelor’s or higher level graduate degree that included a combination of courses, with 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. Note: You must include copies of your transcripts with your application package to support this response. Or,

C. Have a combination of education and experience with coursework equivalent to a major (as shown above), plus appropriate experience relevant to this position. Or,

D. Completed at least four (4) years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed in A above in work associated with international organizations, problem resolution, or other aspects of foreign affairs. Note: such experience must include: a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in A above, or (b) specialized professional work of a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields. This high level experience must have been in such specialized activities as (1) formulation of instructions and policy guidance for United States representatives in international organizations; (2) transport and communication involving knowledge of economic, political, and technical aspects of international aviation, shipping, inland transport, or radio, telephone, and telegraph, etc.; (3) cultural affairs involving formulation and operation of policy on large-scale international cultural exchange programs; (4) occupied area affairs involving problems of occupation of conquered or liberated countries, regions, or zones; or (5) other specialized international affairs such as analyzing public opinion and attitudes, evaluating specific conditions, trends, or forces in a foreign country, formulating policy on problems of petroleum resources or fisheries, etc., representing foreign interests, protecting American property or interests, arranging for conferences, or similar activities.

Additional Qualification Requirement: – To qualify for this position, you must also have:

At least one (1) full year of experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service or equivalent pay systems) that demonstrates knowledge of foreign affairs principles, theories and practices as they relate to United States interests in the U.S.-Mexico border region, including its history, culture, economy and Mexican society?s traditional customs conventions embodying the nation?s fundamental values. Specialized experience must have been demonstrated by performing duties such as: (1) supporting United States-Mexico water and boundary matters, including environment, natural resources, environmental health, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) institutions, and border cooperation agreements; (2) researching United States-Mexico international boundary and water issues and provide advice on treaty provisions, applicability, and limitations; (3) collaborating with the U.S. Department of State in drafting foreign policy guidance for international boundary activities under applicable treaties and international agreements; and (4) representing a binational commission or an agency with an international mission involving policy and technical discussions.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

Your resume must have complete information: Please ensure your resume accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities under each position you have held with each employer. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. It is your responsibility to make sure your resume states complete information for each job entry (beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YYYY; and total hours worked per week). If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Requirements:

Background Investigation: You may need to successfully complete a background investigation before appointed into the position.
Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
Supervisory Probationary Period: Remove if non-supervisory. You may be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period.


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