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.

This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Global Regulatory Operations, Office of International Programs, FDA Foreign Post either in the China Office in Beijing, China; Europe Office in Brussels, Belgium; or India Office in New Delhi, India.  The Office of International Programs (OIP) plans, directs, manages, and coordinates a comprehensive international relations program for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   

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

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

This is an overseas assignment.  Overseas assignments term appointments not to exceed two years, may be extended based on the needs of the agency.  A service agreement must be signed.  The service agreement requires a commitment to complete an initial overseas assignment of 25 months.  Failure to complete the initial 12 months of the overseas assignment will result in reimbursement to the Agency for the cost of relocation overseas and selectee's responsibility for any relocation expenses to return to the U.S.  Failure to complete any service period after the initial 12 months will result in the selectee's responsibility for any relocation expenses to return to the U.S.  

·         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 before relocating overseas.

·         Employment is contingent upon selectee being granted required medical and security clearances.

·         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:  1) The authority and approval of the Chief of Mission; 2) Applications and approval for applicable security clearance; and 3) Medical clearance of the employee and dependent, family members by the Department of State.  Inability of selectee to initiate requirements to secure the clearances for overseas duty within six (6) months will result in termination of appointment to the position.

·         Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


Serves as the Office Director of a Foreign Post and provides FDA with program management expertise, and determines whether policies, procedures, and administrative program practices effectively meet the objectives of the Office of International Programs (OIP).  The incumbent is responsible for a broad range of activities related to the management of the administrative functions and financial controls of the international office/foreign post, and provides broad oversight for the Agency's work in the country or region in the area of food and feed, veterinary drugs, biologics, and medical devices. 

 The Office Director will do the following:

- Serve as the Agency's expert for foreign officials in the assigned area, including foreign embassy personnel in the United States, and U.S. embassy personnel in the foreign country or region. 

- Serves as the agency senior expert in the assigned area, with a technical expertise of the cultures, societies, peoples, languages and current public health issues. 

- Represent FDA in discussions and negotiations with high-level representatives from foreign governments, articulate, explain, and advocate for the agency's policies, guidance documents, rules, regulations, and international goals intelligently and accurately build, maintain, and enhance effective working relationships with foreign officials, maintain productive and positive working relationships with foreign policymakers.

 - Articulate, explain, and defend the agency's policies, guidance, rules, regulations, and international goals intelligently and accurately; and understand their importance to, and implications for, people and institutions having differing interests and responsibilities.

 - Serve as an Agency expert who works with senior policy officials and technical specialists from other U.S. Government regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

- Oversees the effectiveness of FDA agreements with foreign regulations, and develop and maintain strong relationships with relevant government ministries, and appropriate non-governmental organizations.

- Oversees administrative responsibilities related to agency and U.S. Embassy processes for human resources, travel, budgeting, and work tracking, for the specific assigned FDA Foreign Post.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • International and Domestic Travel Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation authorized