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Job Title:Foreign Affairs Specialist

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Missile Defense Agency

Job Announcement Number:MDA-12-618930-B

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 6, 2012 to Monday, March 19, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Fort Belvoir , VAView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates



 Department of Defense (DoD)


Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

The Missile Defense Agency develops and fields an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) capable of providing a layered defense for the homeland, deployed forces, friends, and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges in all phases of flight


This position is located within the Missile Defense Agency, Director for International Affairs (DI). 


The position(s) covered by this vacancy announcement is the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) for more information go to (


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Use Print Preview (below) for a complete copy of this announcement.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs will not be authorized.
  • This announcement is open to All U.S. Citizens & Merit Promotion Eligibles


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If you are applying through Merit Promotion procedures, the following information applies to you:

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:   This announcement is open to: Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Eligible Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: or


As a Foreign Affairs Specialist, you will be responsible for the following duties: 


• Serves as a liaison between an organization and allied and friendly governments, and foreign embassies and industry, and with US embassies overseas.


• Maintains knowledge of international politics and attitudes, intra and interagency operating procedures and working knowledge of pertinent aspects of technology transfer, export control policy and treaty obligations as they relate to Allied involvement in weapon systems.


• Research and analyze technical data, information and issues required to support arms control activities.


• Plan and direct technical teams to Allied countries to interpret and assist in the enforcement of policy and procedural aspects of cooperative agreements.


• Recommends policy and implementing procedures for Allied government and industry participation in the complex weapons systems program.


• Develops, plans, and implements government-to-government Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) which reflect the national security and technical interests of the United States and DoD in Allied cooperative programs regarding complex weapons systems program capabilities.


• Maintains awareness of and up-to-date knowledge of the complex weapons system/program in order to permit the exchange of information with Allies and to provide guidance and recommendations to the Director for International Affairs.


• Serves as a senior advisor for international matters such as agreements, statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures.


• Serve as point of contact for International Programs facilities requirements, and provide oversight for security practices.


• Identifies and assesses regional international technology development opportunities and insertion points for complex weapons systems programs in conjunction with other MDA staff elements.


• Coordinates the acquisition process for assigned complex weapons systems international programs with OSD.


• Provides direction and oversight to research efforts and analyzes political, military, and technical data, information, and issues required to support effective MDA political-military and arms control and compliance activities.


• Directs and conducts special studies to address implications of export control law, treaties and advances in new and emerging technologies.




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Applicants must meet the BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS as follows: 

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.




Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.




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.



In accordance with the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule (GS) positions under the General Coverage for Professional and Scientific Positions, the following is being provided to you.  See: for the Qualification Standard for your group coverage. 


To qualify for NH-03 in addition to Basic Education Requirement you must possess 1 year of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the next lower broad band (NH-02)  or equivalent.   

For  NH-03, specialized experience required includes:


Experience assisting in developing strategic policies between the US and foreign governments to develop position papers, reports, briefings, testimony, and Congressional inquiries.  Experience serving as a coordinator or analyst for political/military and interagency issues related to export control treaties and arms control.

 Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:


1. Technical Experience


2. Customer Relations


3. Problem Solving



Substitution of Education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this level.




OVERTIME: Occasionally

TRAVEL: Occasionally

DRUG TESTING: Required (You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.)

SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: Top Secret (Critical Sensitive) Clearance

PCS:  Will not be authorized



TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible

INCENTIVES: Recruitment and relocation incentives will not be paid.


Other Notes:  



This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


How You Will Be Evaluated for Delegated Examining:


We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:


Best-Qualified:  This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.


Highly-Qualified:  This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.


Qualified:  This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position.  Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.


Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.


Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans’ preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible’s with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see



All Veterans:  You are required to submit a DD Form 214, military Discharge (must include character of service and type of discharge). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outline on the SF-15.


Future Military Separatees WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON TERMINAL LEAVE*: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD214 and/or a copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your approved terminal leave request (if applicable).  These documents must show character of service and type of discharge anticipated.  Veterans may apply and be qualified if they show proof that they will be on terminal leave or separated from the military within 120 days after the closing date of this announcement.


MDA will accept military service member's "Statement of Service" up to 120 days prior to separation date IF an approved terminal leave request form or DD214 cannot be provided. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin.  The statement of service must show type of discharge and character of service anticipated.

*Applicants must be qualified and eligible by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Active duty military members are not eligible for appointment (i.e. entrance on duty) unless currently on terminal leave.


How You Will Be Evaluated for Merit Promotion:


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.


In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.


REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants. NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment.


Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to:


MDA Team


Fax: (478) 757-3144
TDD: 800-750-0750



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Completed Resume – (Required)
- Completed Questionnaire – (Required)
- Transcript -- (Required - if using education to qualify)

- Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the required documents section to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit.

To preview the questionnaire, please go to View Occupational Questionnaire

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 19, 2012
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, do not fax the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait at least one hour. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

If you have completed the application process online and were unable to upload your supporting documents, complete this cover page using the following 618930 and fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.  If you are unable to apply online please follow the directions located at:


NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:


This position is open to all US Citizens and Merit Promotion eligibles.  You may apply under both merit promotion and open-competitive procedures; however, you must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to apply as a Merit Promotion eligible.  Also, please note the required supporting documentation required per category. 



Required Documents:


The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee).  Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide:



MDA Team
Phone: (614)692-0299
Agency Information:
Missile Defense Agency
Bldg 5222 Martin Rd
Redstone Arsenal, AL


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official, and you will receive a notification of referral.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

To check the status of your application, please go to Application Manager. 

Please review the General information and Definitions at:


SELECTIVE SERVICE:  ATTENTION MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

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