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Job Title:Foreign Relations Specialist

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army

Job Announcement Number:WTST12252396793382R

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

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$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Wednesday, December 19, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

This position is in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Employees occupying DCIPS positions are in the Excepted Service and must adhere to U.S. Code, Title 10, as well as Department of Defense Instruction 1400.25. 

Serves as a Foreign Relations Specialist in the Foreign Liaison Directorate with responsibility to plan, coordinate, and execute distinguished foreign visits to HQDA. Utilizing knowledge of the U.S. Army, international   relations, political-military relations and programs, and foreign cultural and protocol considerations provides advice, recommendations, and proposed courses of action on distinguished foreign visits to the senior Army leadership; plans, coordinates, and executes Counterpart Visits hosted by the Chief of Staff of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army sponsored 4-star lecture exchanges, and visits by foreign and international War College or Command and General Staff level institutions; and facilitates office calls and other meetings hosted by the senior Army Leaders (Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, Under Secretary of the Army, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Director of the Army Staff) involving foreign officials.


Who May Apply:

U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates


This is a Career Program Position (CP) 51.





  • PCS cost MAY be authorized.
  • Travel may be required (CONUS/OCONUS) 20-30% of the time.


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Plans, executes, and facilitates distinguished foreign visits to HQDA, to include Chief of Staff of the Army Counterpart Visits, Chief of Staff of the Army sponsored 4-star lecture exchanges, visits by foreign and international War College or Command and General Staff level institutions, and office calls with foreign officials hosted by the senior Army leadership.   Plans, coordinates, and executes Counterpart Visits hosted by the Chief of Staff of the Army    Develops detailed plans for the visit program, ensuring that itineraries fulfill Chief of Staff of the Army objectives and accommodate visiting counterpart objectives, and support National Security, Combatant Commander, and Army Security Cooperation goals.    Escorts the official party throughout the visit    Facilitates meetings with foreign officials hosted by the Secretary of the Army; Chief of Staff of the Army; Under Secretary of the Army; Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; Director of the Army Staff; the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2; and Assistant Deputy Chiefs of Staff, G-2.   Arranges Pentagon access for visiting foreign officials.


-   For Chief of Staff of the Army Counterpart visits:   Using knowledge of how the Army is organized and current Army programs and initiatives, coordinates with Army International Affairs desk officers, the U.S. Army Attaché in the visiting country, the foreign Military Attaché in the U.S., and Army MACOMs to determine the visiting foreign counterpart's objectives, develop proposed CSA objectives and then develop an itinerary that fulfills those objectives.   Coordinates with Army installations and organizations to be visited and develops a detailed itinerary.   Prepares the Army tasking memorandum for Director of the Army Staff signature.   Provides guidance to the field on all aspects of the visit, to include foreign   protocol, cultural, religious, and dietary considerations.   Using knowledge of the rules for the use of official representation funds, develops a budget, requests funds, and acts as paying agent during visits.   Coordinates all logistical aspects of visits, to include lodging, meals, and transportation (military and civilian).   Escorts the official throughout each visit, ensuring that the official party understands and follows the itinerary.   Compiles and delivers decision and readahead materials for and personally briefs the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Director of the Army Staff, and the Army G-2 on each visit.


-   For office calls with foreign officials hosted by the senior Army leadership, advises on foreign protocol and cultural aspects; arranges for gifts, refreshments, photographer; and Pentagon access, as necessary.   Coordinates with the Army International Affairs desk officer to compile relevant readahead material.   


-   For visits by foreign and international War College or Command and General Staff level institutions, coordinates with the Joint Staff desk officer for the visiting country to develop Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff objectives for the visit.   Coordinates with the Military Attaché from the visiting country, Defense Agencies, other Services, and Army Major Commands, and organizations/installations to be visited to facilitate the itinerary.   Advises the visiting country on logistical requirements. Advises U.S. installations/organizations to be visited on foreign protocol, political-military, cultural and religious considerations.   Coordinates any representational events while in the National Capital Region.


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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GG-12).  Specialized experience is defined as:

experience in a wide range of foreign relations policies, goals, and internationally accepted protocol procedures, and skill to develop and execute senior Army leadership foreign counterpart exchange programs.


You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:  

  • Foreign Relations
  • International and Foreign Protocol
  • National Security
  • Ability to analyze and communicate data and information


NOTE: Creditable experience may include previous military experience, experience gained in the private sector, or experience gained in another government agency so long as it was at a level at least equivalent to the next lower grade in the series. 

 Education cannot be substituted for experience at this level.


Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

May be required to complete a two year trial period. 

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.


1. In order to perform the duties of this position, incumbent must be eligible for, receive, and retain a TOP SECRET/Single Scope Background Investigation (TS/SSBI).

2. May require consent to take a counterintelligence scope polygraph examination, if access to a special access program.

3. Incumbent must sign a statement attesting to the understanding of CIPMS/DCIPS provisions as indicated in AR 690-13.

4. Incumbent will be required to participate in the Civilian Drug Testing Program.

5. Incumbent will be required to take a pre-employment urinalysis test.



Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.  Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.


At a minimum your resume must reflect one year of demonstrated experience performing the duties listed above (specialized experience) which must be comparable to the next lower GG. You must document that you have a current successful performance evaluation. Education may be substituted for experience for some positions. If you feel your education is relevant to the position being filled, you must include college/university, dates attended, degree achieved, semester hours earned, GPA, major field of study, specific courses and course hours in your major on your resume.


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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


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    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


    Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Application packages must include:

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 800811.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from

    2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. 

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application
    • You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a SF-50 or DD3434; for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran status, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter as applicable and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.
    • If you are currently serving on active duty: A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.   If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.   For more information about Veteran's

      Preference, please click this link:   Please upload veteran's

      documents under the appropriate category.

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant. These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    DA WER Fort Huachuca
    USA Intel Cntr Fort Huachuca
    Civ Personnel Advisory Center
    314 Johnson Street
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD


    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.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 


    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


    If no email address is provided, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Application Manager.  Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.


    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL .

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