Job Overview


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The Office of International Programs (OIP), plans, directs, manages, and coordinates a comprehensive international relations program for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Office serves as the agency focal point on international relations and policy for all the agency's program areas to provide leadership in decision making on international policy and directs and manages FDA representation in the international policy arena, consistent with FDA's strategic goals.


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 Programs (OIP), China Office located in Shanghai, China or India office located in Mumbai, New Delhi, or Hyderabad India.


Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees with competitive status only.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment. Title 42 employees without reinstatement eligibility are not eligible.


PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.


YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 (AND DD-214 IF APPLICABLE) or your application will be disqualified.


There is an Education Requirement - College Transcripts are required.


This is an Overseas Assignment; located in Shanghia, China or Mumbai, Hyderabad, or New Delhi India.


Overseas Assignments: Overseas assignments are for up to two years and a rotational agreement must be signed.  The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the agency and may be extended for up to 12 years.

Immunizations are required and will be administered by the FDA before relocating overseas, when applicable.

Before relocating overseas, the selectee may remain stateside until all clearances have been approved.

Security clearances are required for the selectee only and medical clearances are required for selectee and all family members before being posted overseas. 

Citizens or permanent residents of the host country are not eligible to be considered. 


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. 

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

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

Upon completion of the overseas assignment, FDA employees on temporary promotion/assignment will be placed in accordance with FDA placement procedures. Subsequent employment for other FDA positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.



As Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, you will; 


 - Serve as an Agency focal point on FDA-regulated products (drugs, foods, medical devices, clinical trials/research, biologics, or feed) coordinating, directing, and assisting the foreign and headquarters offices with international investigative activities with an important impact on international policy direction and Agency's long-term public health goals in China or India.

 - Work with the Office Director managing the Agency’s international inspection program.  Develop, review, and recommend policies and operational procedures (include guidance manual and documents) for investigating and evaluating the compliance of regulated international industries with laws and regulations administered by the Agency.

 - Coordinate international regulatory activities, including international harmonization, with other FDA components and national and international governments. Serve as an operational liaison to FDA Center/ORA international offices.  Serve as the agency senior expert in the assigned country, with a working knowledge of the culture, society, people, language and current public-health issues.

 - Manage foreign inspectors located at FDA Foreign Post.  Coordinate activities of dedicated foreign inspection cadres.  Exercise leadership skills necessary to lead and/or coordinate FDA efforts in complex new policy and program areas involving multiple Centers; develop, evaluate, and gain agency consensus on important new policies, concepts, strategies, negotiating positions, procedures, and other courses of action.

 - Serve as an agency expert working with senior policy-level officials and technical specialists at other U.S regulatory agencies.

 - Monitor emerging issues and advancements in technology; recommends, coordinates and implements into the Agency’s investigative activities.  Keeps informed on new developments in his/her assigned area.