Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer

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U.S. Department of State

Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer 2

Position description

This position is in the Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence, and Stability; Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs (ADS/CBW).

CBW leads Department efforts to promote the global ban on chemical weapons as embodied in the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), develops policies to address emerging chemical weapons issues and challenges, assesses compliance with CWC and the Biological Weapons Convention, and serves as the U.S. National Authority overseeing U.S. implementation of the CWC.


  • As Deputy Director of the CBW Office, exercises delegated supervisory personnel responsibilities to meet Office and Bureau objectives.
  • Advises on the formulation and implementation of national-level policy decisions in chemical weapons arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament.
  • Reviews formal proposals, statements, and assessments for use in regular dealings and special projects involving the U.S. Delegation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
  • Provides oversight for functional and regional matters relevant to the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
  • Represents the Bureau, Department, and U.S. Government in bilateral and multilateral settings and negotiations related to chemical or biological weapons affairs.



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit:


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Have a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities;

OR Have a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university 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 Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.

OR Have a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUS appropriate relevant experience OR additional education.

OR Have completed at least 4 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. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.)

Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience evaluating chemical weapons arms control or nonproliferation issues to develop policy recommendations;
  • Experience advising on strategic planning processes to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Experience leading multilateral negotiations to advance U.S. national security interests.

In addition, applicant’s experience must also demonstrate that the candidate possesses the following qualities:

  • Ability to assign, review, and supervise the work of others;
  • Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances;
  • Ability to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress;
  • Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and
  • Capacity to “see the job through.”


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials, visit:

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