Job Description

Job Summary

About the Agency

This position is located in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Office of Central Asian Affairs (SCA/CEN). SCA deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The Foreign Affairs Officer serves as the Turkmenistan Desk Officer and is one of seven country and regional desk officers in CEN. It is a one-officer desk covering the full breadth of the U.S.-Turkmenistan relationship. Given the importance of the bilateral relationship with Turkmenistan, this position operates with a high degree of political awareness, as well as skill and competence to formulate, present, and defend policy analyses and recommendations to high-ranking officials within the State Department and U.S. interagency. The desk officer deals daily with issues that can be controversial and time sensitive, and connected to U.S. national security concerns. These include regional security concerns, Russia’s revanchism, human rights and religious freedom, trafficking in persons, potential large-scale energy projects, and the business climate.

This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

Duties

  • Serves as the Bureau's chief action officer for Turkmenistan and is the initial point of contact for all incoming actions regarding Turkmenistan from Departmental offices, U.S. embassies/posts, other U.S. government (USG) agencies, international organizations, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, or other sources.
  • Manages issue areas pertinent to Turkmenistan, including regional security concerns, Russia’s revanchism, human rights and religious freedom, trafficking in persons, potential large-scale energy projects, and the business climate, maintaining currency on legislative and policy developments affecting the U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives for Central Asia.
  • Monitors and analyzes political, economic, security, and foreign policy developments in Turkmenistan and advises the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia and other senior Department officials of the impact of these developments on U.S. interests. Makes presentations to foreign policy decision-makers and decision-making entities to include briefing papers, reporting cables, speeches and talking points, and written Congressional testimony and correspondence.
  • Works closely with the SCA Bureau’s press and public diplomacy office on the U.S. public diplomacy strategy, including press guidance and educational and cultural exchanges, for Turkmenistan. Also, works closely with colleagues in the Office of the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, INL Bureau regarding counter-narcotics and law enforcement issues, ISN Bureau on export control and border security issues, Defense Department regarding military cooperation, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on the development and implementation of the full range of U.S. assistance programs in Turkmenistan. T
  • Responsible for organizing and coordinating high-level bilateral meetings in Washington and visits to Ashgabat, including the Annual Bilateral Consultations with Turkmenistan. Tracks development of energy issues related to Turkmenistan, including agreements with Russia, China, Iran, as well as the geopolitically sensitive proposed natural gas pipelines to Turkmenistan’s south and west and other oil and gas projects.

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 10% Travel is required

Relocation Authorized

  • No