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.

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.

Who May Apply:  Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and individuals with disabilities.

Location: This position is located in the at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of International Programs (OIP), Office of Public Health and Trade, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Type of Position: This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis.

Salary range listed includes locality pay. This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


The summary below describes the duties assigned for the GS-13:

  • Gather data and analyze public health issues, recommend policy formation, and alternatives.
  • Review, analyze, and recommend policies, standards, and procedures that can be standardized.
  • Assist in policy development.
  • Represent the Agency in discussions and negotiations.
  • Work with international standard-setting organizations on regulatory issues.
  • Establish, monitor, and maintain contact with regulatory agencies.
  • Study the impact of public policies, legislation, and regulations affecting public health.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and advise on trade policies and programs.
  • Attend meetings to monitor activity and identify international trends and positions.
  • Coordinate the development of policy plans across multiple centers, offices, and programs.
  • Assist in developing and coordinating administrative operational processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to communicate program goals and objectives.
  • Prepare reports and translate findings including illustrating data graphically.
  • Review reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity, and appropriateness of various audiences.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and provide advice and consultation on international trade relationships.
  • Explain administrative procedures, regulations, and processes.
  • Attend meetings and conferences; engage stakeholders; provide management with proposal information.