Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply:  Current permanent Title 5 Food and Drug Administration employees ONLY. Title 42 employees without reinstatement eligibility are not eligible.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position should also apply online in order to receive consideration.



* Cutoffs will be made as required.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the Commissioner (OC), Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (GROP) Office of International Program (OIP), FDA Foreign Post locations.

Overseas Assignments: Overseas assignments are for two years and a rotational agreement must be signed.  The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the agency.

* This position may be eligible for special pay allowances (e.g., post differential, housing, relocation, etc.) after selectee relocates overseas. Refer to Department of State, Office of Allowances at

* Immunizations may be required and will be administered by the FDA before relocating overseas.

* Before relocating overseas, the selectee may remain stateside until all clearances have been approved.
Citizens or permanent residents of the host country are not eligible to be considered.

* Current permanent status FDA employees will be processed using the appropriate authority for permanent employees of FDA.  The selectee will have statutory return rights to their permanent FDA position series and grade once the foreign assignment is completed. Returning to the last position before foreign posting is not guaranteed.

Additional information on living and traveling abroad may be found at and (click on "Travelers Health") Assignment to the foreign post is subject to:

The authority and approval of the Chief of Mission in country Applications and approval for applicable security clearance Medical clearance of the employee and dependent, family members by
the Department of State 

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

Salary information listed does not include locality pay but incumbents do receive post hardship differential pay and payments for cost of living adjustment, based on their designated location.


Major Duties:

Serve as an agency senior specialist on FDA-regulated products (primarily  foods, feeds, medical devices, clinical trials/research, drugs or biologics)  with an important impact on international policy direction and the Agency's long-term public-health goals.

Work with the FDA Country/Regional Office Director at the foreign country duty station and other senior policy staff at FDA's Headquarters to provide in-country input into the development of Agency policies and national and international standards, procedures and guidance.

Follow the in-country news and developments within the foreign government's public health regulatory infrastructure to monitor activities and identify international trends and positions affecting FDA.

Represent FDA and U.S. Government policy and advocate for adoption as required.

Conduct analysis of foreign country programs and issues with a view towards their impact on FDA programs and activities.

Serve as the FDA local senior program expert in the area of foods, feeds, medical devices, clinical trials/research, drugs or biologics and under the leadership of the FDA Country/Regional Office Director, provide information or technical training to FDA's foreign regulatory counterparts, regulated industry, academia or other stakeholders in-country.

At the direction of the FDA Country/Regional Office Director, may represent FDA in discussions and negotiations with high-level foreign government representatives as appropriate.  Articulate, explain and defend the Agency's policies and international goals intelligently and accurately; and understand their importance to, and implications for, people and institutions having differing interests and responsibilities.  Maintain effective working relationships with foreign policymakers during deliberations and negotiations on subjects of great sensitivity and controversy.

At the request and direction of FDA Headquarters and with concurrence of the FDA Country/Regional Office Director, work with the international standard-setting organizations.

Represent the FDA Country/Regional Office Director or Deputy Country/Regional Office Director at conferences and meetings concerning international policy issues within the Department of Health and Human Services, with other U.S. government agencies, foreign government agencies and international organizations.  Explain program or project goals, seek to persuade others to support FDA positions and coordinate and complete projects.

Develop and exercise leadership skills necessary to lead and/or coordinate FDA efforts in complex new policy and program areas involving multiple Centers and product areas in the foreign duty station.

Lead or represent the Agency on task forces, planning groups or special study groups within the U.S. Embassy or in the foreign country.

  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Many vacancies in the following locations

    • San Jose Costa Rica
    • Shanghai China
    • Mumbai India
    • Guangzhou China
    • New Delhi India
    • London United Kingdom
    • Amman Jordan
    • Beijing China
    • Brussels Belgium
    • Mexico City Mexico
    • Pretoria South Africa
    • Santiago Chile