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    Job Title: 2011 Diplomacy Fellows Program

    Department: Department Of State

    Agency: Department Of State

    Sub Agency: (REE)Foreign Service Specialists,Student Program

    Job Announcement Number: REE-2011-0015


    $50,352.00 – $90,696.00 /year


    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 to Monday, September 26, 2011




    Full Time Permanent




    many vacancies – Throughout the World


    This program is open only to those who have participated in one of the nine eligible programs listed in the summary, hold a master’s degree and completed successfully, within the past five years, all program requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    All potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire Vacancy Announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.


    The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of
    the vacancy for the 2011 Diplomacy Fellows Program (DFP) for the
    competitive selection of entry-level Foreign Service Officer Candidates. Successful DFP candidates will be invited to schedule an oral assessment, normally conducted in Washington, D.C.

    The State Department is responsible for formulating, implementing,
    and coordinating U.S. foreign policy, assisting U.S. citizens
    overseas, and managing the resources that support U.S. foreign

    In order to qualify for the 2011 Diplomacy Fellows Program, you must have participated in one of the following nine fellowship programs, hold a master’s degree and successfully completed all program requirements during the period January 1, 2006 to September 26, 2011. If you do not hold a master’s degree, have not participated in one of the nine programs below, and have not completed the fellowship program requirements during the specified time period than you are not eligible to apply to the Diplomacy Fellows Program.


    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
      Diplomacy Fellows
    • Boren Graduate Fellowship Program (National Security Education Program). (This is the only NSEP program currently eligible for the Diplomacy Fellows Program.)
    • Fascell Fellows
    • Institute for International Public Policy Fellows (IIPP)
    • Presidential Management Fellows, who have fulfilled their
      program obligations prior to registration through service at the
      Department of State or the Agency for International Development.
    • Truman Scholars
    • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholars
    • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
    • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (Pickering undergraduate fellows are not eligible until they have completed all program requirements at the graduate level and have received their master’s degree.)


    • A U.S. citizen
    • At least 20 years old, and not more than 59 years of age
    • Must be available for worldwide assignment
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain all required clearances

    • ** See Qualifications and Evaluations section for full list of requirements


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    many vacancies – Throughout the World



    • Foreign Service Officers serve as diplomats at about 280
      United States Embassies and Consulates overseas.
    • They must be available for assignment worldwide, and they
      will also serve part of their careers in Washington, D.C.
    • Applicants for the DFP may also apply to become a Foreign
      Service Officer (FSO) through the Foreign Service Officer Selection
    • Although all Foreign Service Officers are
      considered “generalists,” applicants must indicate the specific
      career track for which they are applying: Consular, Economic,
      Management, Political, or Public Diplomacy.
    • Candidates may only apply to one career track of their
      choice, based on their experience, interests, and
    • Regardless of career track, all Entry Level Officers will serve at least one year as consular officers. Most will serve more.

    The Foreign Service is more than a job. It is a way of life that
    requires uncommon commitment, and may feature hardships. It also
    offers unique rewards and opportunities. Officers need to be able to
    function both independently, and as part of the Embassy team. They
    must be able to withstand the stress of frequent relocation, and be
    sensitive to new cultures. As an official representative of the U.S.
    Government, every Foreign Service Officer must be prepared to
    publicly support U.S. policy, regardless of private reservations.

    DFP applicants must choose ONLY ONE Foreign Service career track. The information below provides full descriptions of each of the five career tracks. Please read this information carefully, as candidate career-track selection may not be changed once the application is submitted. We encourage candidates to use the interactive tools at to help with your selection.


    Management Officers are the Resource Managers for the Foreign
    Service. They manage property, financial, and human resources that
    keep U.S. Diplomatic and Consular Missions functioning overseas.
    Management Officers often have greater and broader contacts with
    host country officials earlier in their careers than do officers
    working in other sections of the embassy. Supervising the host
    country national employees in an embassy, they have an excellent
    opportunity to either use the language skills they bring to the
    service, or to develop new foreign language skills. Responsibilities
    will include, but are not limited to, financial analysis and budget
    development; leasing, buying, and construction of facilities;
    supervision, maintenance, and upgrading of buildings and fleets of
    vehicles; procurement and contracting for goods and services;
    management of both local and American personnel programs and
    coordination of high-level official visits.

    The Management career generally begins as a General Services
    Officer, a Financial Management Officer, a Systems Manager, or a
    Human Resources Officer. These early assignments will teach the
    inner workings of an embassy, as well as provide a greater
    understanding of how all elements work together to accomplish U.S.
    foreign policy objectives. As an officer advances in the service,
    he/she will assume increasing responsibility for managing the
    financial, human, and other resources that support the complex
    infrastructure of the State Department, both in Washington and


    Traditionally, Consular Officers monitored the overseas commercial
    and shipping interests of the United States. Gradually, this role
    evolved into looking after the interests of American citizens,
    screening foreign applicants for entry visas, and monitoring
    migration issues.

    Visa work is one of the most important aspects of U.S. bilateral
    relations with many countries. Consular Officers determine the
    eligibility for entry into the U.S. which profoundly affects the
    interests of applicants. Consular Officers also have responsibility
    for assisting U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad, who may be
    arrested, injured, or robbed. In bus accidents, plane crashes, or
    earthquakes, a Consular Officer is often the principal official
    coordinating the U.S. response to the needs of U.S. citizens and
    protection of their welfare and property. Consular Officers are also
    the link between the citizens and their concerned families in the
    United States.

    Consular Officers, in addition to mastering a complex set of laws
    and regulations, will also need to develop the interpersonal and
    investigative skills necessary to combat fraud. They must learn to
    manage new technologies, and must write clearly and persuasively on
    a wide variety of issues. Consular Officers maintain official
    contacts not only with the Foreign Ministry, but also with the
    Immigration, Judicial, Customs, and Health and Human Services
    ministries. They nurture important contacts within other local
    secular and religious institutions as well as with expatriate,
    immigrant, or refugee groups. Consular work involves an unusual
    blend of pressure and responsibility. While the daily workload can
    be formidable, with large numbers of applications and inquiries to
    process, Consular Officers have, even at junior levels, significant
    management responsibility over fiscal and personnel resources.
    Consular work combines the skills of lawyer, judge, social worker,
    reporter, and investigator in addressing the vast range of human
    interactions and problems requiring a consular response.


    The responsibility of a Political Officer at an American embassy is
    to follow political events within the host country, to report them,
    and to advocate U.S. interests. In order to carry out these duties,
    it is vital to know the people and customs of the host country, to
    travel widely within that country, and to speak the local language.
    Political Officers’ reports must relate accurately (and often under
    considerable time pressure) not only what happened but why events
    unfolded as they did and what the implications are for U.S.
    interests. A Political Officer must know influential individuals in

    politics, government, academia, journalism, the legal profession,
    business, and labor. He/she must be able to distill accurate
    information from the many opinions available. A Political Officer is
    often required to negotiate issues or to convey official statements
    or requests for information from the U.S. Government to the host
    government. The proper handling of a message is among the most
    important duties of a Political Officer, as it must be presented
    accurately and completely and the response reported precisely to
    avoid a potential international misunderstanding.


    Officers who serve in the Public Diplomacy career track are charged
    with building bridges of communication between the United States and
    the host country in support of U.S. national interests. They carry
    out both cultural and information programs to explain to foreign
    audiences the complexities of U.S. society and culture and the
    current Administration’s foreign policy agenda. The overall
    management of the public diplomacy program at the embassy is in the
    hands of the Public Affairs Officer. The work of the Public
    Diplomacy Officer is varied and demanding. It involves a high degree
    of outside contact work across a wide spectrum of endeavors, dealing
    with the independent media, Ministry of Information, universities,
    cultural and arts institutions, libraries, think tanks, and non-
    government organizations. A good Public Diplomacy Officer must be
    resourceful, politically sensitive, and flexible, with the ability
    to understand a culture quickly and to deal easily with a variety of
    people. Strong interpersonal skills are vitally important for
    success in the Public Diplomacy career track.


    Economic Officers in the Foreign Service work on matters such as
    money and banking, trade and investment, commerce, communication and
    transportation, economic development, natural resources, and
    government finance. They deal with environmental, scientific, and
    technology issues such as ocean fisheries, cooperation in space,
    acid rain, global warming, population, and bio-diversity. An
    Economic Officer works to advance U.S. national interests in the
    above areas, and may need to intervene with foreign governments and
    entities. At times officers will be given precise instructions on an
    intervention; at other times they will be expected to use their

    Economic Officers are expected to be knowledgeable in all aspects of
    economics and economic systems, in important policy issues, and in
    local commercial practices and opportunities. Economic Officers
    abroad are both information gatherers and analysts, informing
    Washington of important developments and their implications. In
    Washington, Economic Officers work with regional bureaus of the
    State Department, with other agencies, and with organizations such
    as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S.
    Chamber of Commerce. At home and abroad, Economic Officers need to
    develop extensive ranges of contacts to be effective in their work,
    and they need to learn the delicate art of separating fact from
    fiction and the important from the trivial. To do these things
    effectively, they need good interpersonal skills and common sense,
    in addition to formal economics training.

    Qualifications and Evaluations



    You must hold a master’s degree, have participated in one of the nine eligible Fellowship programs listed below in the section titled Eligible Candidates and have successfully completed all fellowship program requirements within 5 years of the vacancy announcement closing date. For example: In addition to other requirements, eligible 2011 DFP applicants must have completed successfully all fellowship program requirements between January 1, 2006 and September 26, 2011. You are not eligible to apply to the 2011 DFP if you completed your fellowship program requirements prior to January 1, 2006.

    Please visit our website for more information:


    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
      Diplomacy Fellows
    • Boren Graduate Fellowship Program (National Security Education Program). (This is the only NSEP program currently eligible for the Diplomacy Fellows Program.)
    • Fascell Fellows
    • Institute for International Public Policy Fellows (IIPP)
    • Presidential Management Fellows, who have fulfilled their
      program obligations prior to registration through service at the
      Department of State or the Agency for International Development.
    • Truman Scholars
    • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholars
    • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
    • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (Pickering undergraduate fellows are not eligible until they have completed all program requirements at the graduate level and have received their master’s degree.)

    In addition, an applicant must be:

    • a U.S. citizen,
    • at least 20 years old, and not more than 59 years of age, at the
      time of application (appointment to the Foreign Service must take place after the candidate’s 21st birthday and before the candidate’s 60th birthday), and be available for worldwide assignment, including Washington, DC.
    • No applicant will be considered who has previously been
      separated from the Foreign Service under sections 607, 608, 610, or 611 of the Foreign Service Act as amended, or who resigned or retired in lieu of separation under these provisions. In addition, no applicant will be considered who has previously been separated for failure to receive a career appointment under section 306 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 as amended, or who resigned or retired in lieu thereof.


    The Department will close this application period on Monday, September 26, 2011. Properly completed applications received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, September 26, 2011 will be evaluated for invitation to the oral assessment. Applicant information is subject to verification. Background, experience, and skills may also be verified prior to invitation to the Oral Assessment.

    Those who pass the Oral Assessment must qualify for security
    and worldwide medical clearances, and pass a final suitability
    review, before being placed on the rank order register. Employment
    offers will be extended based on career track hiring needs.
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    Benefits and Other Info


    Salary and Benefits:

    Entry-level salaries range from $50,352-$90,696. Successful candidates will be assigned entry-level grades within this range based on their experience, education, and prior pay rates.

    Foreign Service Officers receive comprehensive federal benefits.
    These include group U.S. Government life and health insurance, a
    pension plan, and eligibility to participate in a tax-deferred
    earnings retirement savings account (Thrift Savings Plan). There are
    also financial incentives for service abroad, including eligibility
    to receive additional pay and allowances at posts such as those with
    high costs of living or hardship, unhealthful or dangerous
    conditions. Overseas, employees receive housing or a housing
    allowance, home leave, and at certain posts, an R&R allowance as
    well as an education allowance for their children. Some employees
    may qualify to participate in the Department’s Student Loan
    Repayment Program.

    Locality Pay:

    Normally, individuals who accept an offer to work for the Federal
    Government in Washington are eligible to receive Locality Pay,
    whether they are hired locally or move to Washington to accept the
    position. However, government regulations provide that Washington,
    D.C. is NOT an “assignment” or “post” for purposes of locality pay
    when attending training or while in Washington for a short period of


    Applicants must be American citizens and at least 20 years old to
    apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all
    career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to
    the month in which they reach age 60.
    Medical Clearance:

    Foreign Service employees must be able to serve at a wide variety of
    overseas posts, many of which are remote, unhealthy, or have limited
    medical support. Therefore, each candidate must meet fitness
    standards that are often more rigorous than those of other
    professions. For detailed medical clearance information, please
    visit our website at the “How to become a Foreign Service Officer” section.

    Medical disqualification renders a candidate ineligible for Foreign
    Service selection. While full medical clearance for overseas duty is
    an essential qualification for prospective Foreign Service
    employees, the Department of State no longer considers the medical
    condition of family members for pre-employment purposes. However,
    the Department still requires medical clearances for family members
    before they can travel overseas to accompany an employee on
    assignment at U.S. Government expense. Family members who, for
    medical reasons, are unable to accompany an employee on an overseas
    assignment are eligible for a separate maintenance allowance.

    Worldwide Availability:

    Worldwide availability is an essential qualification for appointment
    to the Foreign Service. The Department’s Office of Medical Services
    determines whether or not a candidate is available for assignment to
    all Department of State posts worldwide.

    Candidates with Disabilities:

    The Department of State provides reasonable accommodation to Foreign
    Service candidates with disabilities throughout the pre-employment
    process. In order to be considered qualified a candidate must meet
    all requirements for a medical clearance from the Office of Medical
    Services or receive a waiver from the Director General.

    Security Clearance:

    Because applicants are applying for a national security position, a
    comprehensive background investigation will be conducted to develop
    information to show whether they are reliable, trustworthy, of good
    conduct and character, and loyal to the United States. Candidates
    who cannot be granted a security clearance are ineligible for
    appointment. Candidates, who have previously undergone a Department
    of State or other USG agency background investigation, resulting in
    a Top Secret clearance, may have already met the requirements for a
    security clearance.

    Final Review Panel:

    As soon as the security and medical clearances are completed, the
    Board of Examiners will convene a Final Review Panel. The Final
    Review Panel assesses all the application information to determine
    suitability for appointment to the Foreign Service. All Foreign
    Service employees must receive a valid medical, security and
    suitability clearance as a final condition of employment with the
    Department of State.

    First Assignment:

    After initial orientation and training at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center (NFATC) near Washington, new Entry Level Officers (ELOs) will be assigned to an entry-level position overseas or in Washington. ELOs will receive functional training to prepare for their assignments
    and, if necessary, up to 36 weeks of foreign language training. At all stages of their career, officers “bid” for their assignments from lists of positions coming open, taking into consideration their interests and skills, career development requirements, family circumstances, and individual preferences. The Department assesses these factors, as well as the needs of the Service, in making assignments.


    Officers are considered for tenure after 36 months, and have up to
    five years to become tenured. Officers must meet a foreign language
    requirement in order to become tenured. Officers can expect to spend
    a majority of their career overseas.

    Training/Career Development:

    Frequent training is one of the benefits of the Foreign Service.
    Most officers will become proficient in one or more foreign
    languages and will receive a variety of professional development
    courses available at regular intervals throughout their career.

    How To Apply


    Applications must be submitted electronically through the “Gateway to State” system. To begin the application process, please click on the “Apply Online” button to the right.

    You have until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, September 26, 2011 to complete the application process. This includes submitting your online application as well as any required documents as defined in the Required Documents section.

    IMPORTANT: Applicants may either electronically upload or fax in their required documents.

    If uploading, you will be prompted to browse to the required documents on your PC.

    If faxing, you will be prompted to print out a fax coversheet at the end of the application. Please make sure that you have a functioning printer connected to your PC prior to submitting your application.

    **CAUTION**– Fax lines are extremely busy during the final
    week of the vacancy announcement. All applications and other
    required documents, as defined in the Required Documents section,
    received after the closing date will automatically be disqualified.


    In addition to completing the online application, all applicants must also submit: 1) a letter from their fellowship program manager identifying the date (month and year) when the applicant successfully completed all program requirements and 2) evidence of successful completion of their master’s degree via a copy of their final transcript from graduate school; a copy of the diploma received or a letter from the Registrar’s office on official school letterhead attesting to the date and month when the degree was conferred.


    DFP Coordinator
    Phone: 202-261-8888
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    (REE)Foreign Service Specialists,Student Program
    2401 E Street, NW
    Room H-518
    Washington, DC 20522
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    Applicants may view the status of their application on the Gateway
    to State site.

    Log into USAJobs and click “Applications” under the “Application Status” heading and select “More Information.” On the following screen, you will be
    able to verify your application status.

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