International Relations Specialist GS 11 - 13

Washington, DC, USA
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Job Description

As an International Relations Specialist for the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), you will monitor compliance with and enforce labor provisions in U.S. free trade agreements with partner countries around the world and serve as project/program manager for assigned areas addressing the mission of ILAB. This position is inside the bargaining unit.


  • Support Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) efforts to monitor labor provisions in existing trade agreements; to engage with trade partner countries to assess compliance with, and secure adherence to, those labor provisions; and to strengthen partner governments' and other stakeholders' commitments to advance workers' rights within supply chains.
  • Coordinates policy positions and work products across ILAB offices, other DOL agencies, and outside stakeholders to advance ILAB missions regarding research, technical assistance, and policy engagement.
  • Provides technical guidance on methods, concepts, tools, usage, etc. to internal, external, and international audiences on mission-based activities.
  • Represents ILAB in international, interagency, and intra-agency working groups, committees, international meetings, conferences, etc. in the capacity of DOL or ILAB spokesperson to present and clarify DOL/U.S. policy related to the mission.
  • Serves as a liaison for the agency while coordinating with other U. S. Federal and State government officials and with representatives of international agencies to develop strategies and work plans to implement.
  • Develops and prepares in-depth analyses of assigned issues, initiatives, or programs at multiple levels to provide inputs for reports and other research, as well as for the development of policies and programs.
  • Researches and reports on the impact of international trade, economic policy, supply chains, development finance, labor markets, international development, or livelihoods policies on workers, U.S. Government (USG) policy priorities or DOL/ILAB policy interests.
  • Formulates and writes detailed analyses of countries' deficiencies or compliance with international labor standards and labor provisions of U.S. trade and economic agreements and preference programs.
  • Produces and executes effective strategies and/or action plans to address labor, trade or development issues at the country, regional or sectoral levels, including for inter-agency or multilateral policy processes.