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Job Title:Supervisory International Relations Officer

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Bureau of International Labor Affairs

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-HRC-ILAB-130

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US


U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

Also being advertised as job #MS-13-HRC-ILAB-130 for status & "Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)" eligible applicants and the following non-competitive authorities: Veterans 30% or more compensable; persons w/disabilities; present/former Peace Corps personnel and former Peace Corps volunteers.

To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

The Department of Labor's strategic goal is "Good jobs for everyone" and one of its priorities is to assure that global markets are governed by fair market rules that protect vulnerable people, including women and children, and provide workers a fair share of their productivity and voice in their work lives.

This position is located in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Office of Trade and Labor Affairs. The incumbent serves as the Division Chief of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Division, responsible for leading the implementation and management of international technical assistance projects designed to help countries improve worker rights for vulnerable populations, improve compliance with international labor standards, and improve livelihoods for vulnerable populations.

GS-15 is the full performance level of this position.

This position is outside the bargaining unit.

Applications for this vacancy will be accepted on-line by clicking the Apply Online button.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Background investigation is required if the requirement has not been met.
  • Subject to mandatory annual random drug testing.
  • Requires a security clearance which may be obtained upon hire.
  • May be subject to travel.


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- Leading the division in identifying needs that can be met through the division’s technical assistance projects and cooperative activities, assessing project proposals, designing projects, monitoring and evaluating projects’ performance, and evaluating projects’ impact.

- Consulting with senior DOL leadership, the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, the Director and Deputy Director of OTLA, division staff, and other internal and external stakeholders in working on common goals or projects. Developing and maintaining long- and short-term strategic planning to contribute to the achievement of DOL and ILAB's mission.

- Effectively representing DOL, ILAB, OTLA, and the Division internally and/or externally, including in international forums, to foreign governments and foreign government officials, worker organizations, employer organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), other U.S. Government agencies, and others.

- Maintaining expert and up-to-date knowledge of relevant technical and substantive aspects of international development, international trade and economic policy, livelihoods, labor policy, and labor rights and their relationship to broader DOL policies and objectives.

- Ensuring that International Project Managers provide adequate grant and contract oversight and fulfill all Contract Officer’s Representative (COR) and Grant Officer’s Technical Representative (GOTR) responsibilities.

- Effectively managing individual staff and team performance.

- Facilitating cooperation and motivating individual staff members/teams to accomplish organizational goals.  Managing and resolving conflicts in a positive and constructive manner.

- Reviewing all work produced by the Division and ensuring they meet the highest standards of quality.


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Basic Requirements: A. 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.OR B. Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR C. Experience--four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations or other aspects of foreign affairs. To qualify on the basis of experience alone, this experience must have included either (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in A above, or (b) specialized professional work involving a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields.

In addition, applicants must also possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience includes directing, coordinating, or otherwise taking a leadership role in developing, implementing, managing, or monitoring the performance of international projects related to labor and/or employment. 

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Category A -
Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Leading People - Team Building - Inspires, motivates, and guides others toward goal accomplishment. Consistently develops and sustains cooperative working relationships.

Results Driven - Accountability - Assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the organization. Holds self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities.

Building Coalitions and Communication - Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals; facilitates "win-win" situations.

Project Management/Development- Interprets policy/legislation and incorporates into office program goals and objectives. Develops and coordinates legislative proposals and responses. Evaluates effectiveness of meeting program objectives and initiatives.

Program Knowledge – Conducts analysis of legislation and bills pertaining to international labor standards as well as positions of international organizations or groups such as the International Labor Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation; United Nations and various other entities.

Oral Communication – Prepares relevant reports, papers, and oral briefs. Conducts analysis of issues and prepares appropriate written reports. Represents ILAB on international, intra-agency, and inter-agency work groups and committees. Coordinates work with other US federal agencies, state agencies and international organizations. Ability to communicate in Spanish or French is beneficial, but not required.

Administrative Management- Oversees administrative, logistical, and personnel issues related to the work of the office. Coordinates and oversees staff work to ensure strategic objectives are met. Works with ILAB’s Administrative Officer to ensure the office is in compliance with established procedures for personnel, budget, procurement, records management and space management.

Writing- Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

Contracting - ability to work with procurement and finance officials to fund grants and contracts in support of international program operations.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).

The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Unofficial Transcript (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying.  OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date.  Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.

- Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under SCHEDULE A of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
For more details, please see

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

- Peace Corps Document (if applicable) - Certification of satisfactory service from the Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Brady Smith
Phone: 202-693-7690
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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