International Relations Officer

Dept of Labor/Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking

About the organization

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab

ILAB safeguards dignity at work, both at home and abroad – by strengthening global labor standards, enforcing labor commitments among trading partners, promoting racial and gender equity, and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. The Research and Policy (R&P) Unit produces important data on child labor, forced labor and human trafficking and makes it accessible to the U.S. government, foreign governments, NGOs, businesses, and other organizations working to tackle these serious violations of human rights. Researchers work throughout the year to collect relevant data from public sources, U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, NGOs, and their own field missions to countries. They then compile the data into specific and actionable information in the Unit’s three flagship reports.

Duties

• Executes job duties in support of senior team members and the Office mission while providing research and analyses of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking issues for assigned countries for the purpose of contributing to Congressionally-mandated and Executive Order reports, engaging with foreign governments or other U.S. government officials, designing technical assistance programs, or related to other strategic interests of ILAB, or as part of analysis of trends and lessons learned that inform program evaluation, project survey, and project design activities.
• Drafts and provides written feedback on documents, as assigned, and regularly prepares written communication for and on behalf of senior ILAB and DOL staff on international child and forced labor issues.
• Assists with the development of policy recommendations that advance OCFT and ILAB mission, programming, and other priorities in target countries and on a global level.
• Monitors labor developments in countries of importance to the U.S. and assists with advising the Director, Deputy Director, Deputy Undersecretary, other DOL professional staff, ambassadors, labor attaches or others with related responsibility, either orally or in writing, on policy, key developments, and results regarding Office issues and programs.

Qualifications

In addition to the basic requirements of this position, applicants must also possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.
For the GS-11:
Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting research and writing reports for public consumption on international policy issues and preparing talking points, memos, letters, and background materials for senior officials on international policy issues.
OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (related to the position to be filled.)
OR Combination of education and experience.
For the GS-12:
Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting research and writing reports for public consumption on international policy issues; preparing talking points, memos, letters, and background materials for senior officials on international policy issues; and negotiating international policy issues with senior officials.

Salary

GS-11/12

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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

Research, Analysis, and Written Communication: Effectively applies knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods to conduct systematic and objective inquiry and analysis. Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

Policy Development: Formulates effective strategies to engage with assigned countries based on DOL and US priorities and interests and examines policy issues with a long-term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.

Interagency Coordination: Effectively coordinates between elements of the Department, US Government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and regional and international organizations for the purpose of accomplishing an objective

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