Fellowship: US Foreign Affairs

12.16.16 – Civil Service Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
US: Worldwide positions

Sarah P’s comments: This is a posting for US citizens. The Foreign Affairs department includes The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) whose goal is ‘to connect people with policy through dialogue that is relatable and understandable’ and who administers the American Spaces, the information resource centers attached to embassies. While an MLIS is an advantage, it is not strictly necessary in order to apply as long as you can prove relevant experience. Click here for more info. For more information about working as a librarian for the US Government please read Chapter 6 of my book.

The Civil Service Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was designed to bring talent into the Department’s foreign affairs ranks. The fellowship is open to individuals whose educational background meets the basic requirement for the Foreign Affairs occupation.

The Department of State uses diplomacy to foster a global environment that encourages international collaboration and cooperation. Civil Service Foreign Affairs positions play a key role in the Department’s diplomacy efforts, performing critical functions, such as work related to foreign policy development and monitoring international agreements. The Civil Service Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was designed to bring fresh talent into the Department’s foreign affairs ranks. The Fellowship is open to individuals whose educational background meets the basic requirement for the Foreign Affairs occupation at the time of application. During the application window, the Department will provide detailed information regarding the submission process. Many positions are available.

The Department will begin receiving applications from February 6 – 13, 2017.

Fellowship Duration   Fellows will be hired initially for a two-year period, which may be extended for up to an additional two years at the discretion of the hiring bureau.


  • Eligible for health and life insurance coverage; and
  • Eligible to earn annual and sick leave.
Compensation Depending on candidates’ educational background, the starting salary may be one of the following: $43,684 (GS-07), $53,435 (GS-09), or $64,650 (GS-11).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Meet the educational requirements for one of the STEM or Foreign Affairs disciplines.
  • Be able to successfully obtain and maintain the required level of security clearance for the position.
  • Be able to pass random drug testing.
  • Be found suitable for employment (as described in Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 731).

Application Requirements – to be considered for the Fellowship Program, applicants must submit the following information to the appropriate email address for each position type as listed in the programs above:

  • Resume;
  • Copy of transcripts;
  • Veterans’ preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214)
  • A concise statement (one to two pages) explaining their interest in the Fellowship and articulating the attributes he/she will bring to the Program.

How to Apply

Step 1: Identify the type of position that you are interested in.

Step 2: Click on the name of the bureau for which you want to work. A new window will appear with the bureau’s email address. NOTE: You will not be able to click on the bureau names until the first day of the application window.
Step 3: Send your application materials to the bureau’s email address.  The application materials are found in the “Application Requirements” section.  All applications must be received by February 13, 2017 for the Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Once all application packages have been received, they will be reviewed to determine whether all required documents were submitted. Resumes will be reviewed, and, if the basic qualification requirements are met, will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Qualified candidates with Veteran’s Preference will be considered before non-preference candidates, in accordance with Chapter 5 Code of Regulations, Part 302.

Job: Senior Library Technician

12.8.16 – Senior Library Technician
MWR Fund, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Sarah P’s comments: Here is a rare international opportunity which does not require a MLS. MWR stands for Morale, Welfare and Recreation Resources. This job is not listed on USAJobs which is the usual site for government jobs. FYI: USA citizens only.

DescriptionThe incumbent is responsible to train new staff in circulation and technical services procedures and processes. Devises and adapts various search strategies within the library’s holdings and utilizes online databases and CD-ROM resources to provide reference services to customers. Performs descriptive cataloging which does not involve extensive searching or long descriptions by modifying existing records to match items on hand. Assists the supervisory librarian in developing the library marketing plan. Develops publicity and marketing materials for review and approval. Administers and produces library programs, including youth services programs and prepares and after-action report and evaluation and to do so in a timely manner. Independently carries out assignments. May be required to oversee daily functions of the library in the absence of the supervisory librarian. The incumbent is responsible for training lower grade staff in library circulation and technical service policies and procedures. Accurately performs descriptive cataloging. Uses varied and advanced functions of word processing to prepare, format, modify, edit and print a variety of letters, memos and other text documents. Receives and transmits electronic mail and attachments. Accurately and in a timely manner, resolves circulation and technical services problems and deviations. Performs other related duties as assigned.

RequirementsSpecific knowledge of library rules, policies and procedures for circulation and technical service. Must be able to read, write and speak English. Must have computer experience or training in computer applications such as Windows, Word, Excel, Access and the Internet. Strong typing skills are required; must be able to type 40 words per minute. Work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; recurring activities such as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching and reaching; and pushing loaded book trucks; and recurring lifting of moderately heavy items. Must be able to reach up to 72 inches with or without the assistance of a step stool. Must possess skill in working with peers and with the public.

Job Information

  • Location: Guantanamo Bay, Guantanamo Bay, 09593, Cuba
  • Job ID: 31587743
  • Posted: November 30, 2016
  • Position Title:Senior Library Technician
  • Company Name:MWR Fund
  • Library Type:Government (Federal/State) Library
  • Job Category:Technical Services
  • Job Type:Full-Time
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: H.S. Diploma/Equivalent
  • Min Experience: 1-2 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $25,000.00 – $34,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

Job: Librarian NF-04

6/4/15 –  Librarian NF-04 Department of the Army, Sembach, Germany


$45,000.00 to $60,000.00 / Per Year


Monday, June 1, 2015 to Monday, June 15, 2015




Full Time – Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Sembach, GermanyView Map


All interested and qualified applicants eligible for employment under U.S. conditions worldwide.


Not Applicable




You must submit a complete application by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date reflected on the vacancy announcement. A complete application contains a Resume (or DA Form 3433), any required documentation to support any preference/priority claims, certification, licensure or education requirements as well as a completed Occupational Questionnaire. All these documents must be uploaded/faxed/dropped off/mailed based on the application method.  If faxing, mailing or dropping off in person, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire must be completed on the OPM Form 1203-FX to receive consideration; no other document will be accepted instead of the OPM Form 1203-FX.  You may apply for this position using one of the four methods identified below.

1. ONLINE (preferred):  Apply electronically via https://usajobs.gov. This will ensure faster processing of your application and provide faster status updates. You can download the USAJOBS.gov app  to your smart phone for easy access and convenience.

2. FAX: Fax your application package to (478) 757-3144.  For Fax Applications, an OPM Fax Coversheet must be submitted for all documents.

3. MAIL: Mail or email your application package to the point of contact listed for this vacancy announcement.

4. IN PERSON: You may drop off your application package in person to the servicing CPAC, NAF HR Office listed as the point of contact for this vacancy announcement if you are within the area of the servicing CPAC, NAF HR Office. 


Performs work that requires full professional knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of librarianship to select, organize, preserve, access, manage, and disseminate information associated with public/patron services including services for children and/or teens, technical services, and automation services. Provides all members of the Military Community with reference/research using text and online searching principles, reader’s advisory/selective dissemination of information, circulation, programming and library instruction, marketing/public relations, interlibrary loans, and an up-to-date web presence. Performs technical services functions including acquisitions, procurement, cataloging/classification, physical processing, and accountability of materials. Performs automation services including ILS maintenance, network operations, and workstation and Internet issues. Develops and implements long-range automation plans for the library within the parameters defined by the supervisory librarian. Monitors fund allocations within assigned department(s). Supervises assigned staff. Assists chief librarian in overall management of the library.


A master’s degree in library science, information services, or information management from an accredited college or university. Additionally, one (1) year of progressively responsible work experience is desired which showcases the ability to perform patron/public services, technical services, and/or library automation service functions. Must be familiar with office software products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Must have the ability to communicate orally and in writing.


Those meeting the below highly qualifying criteria will be referred first.

  1. Experience in selecting materials in a variety of formats including electronic and physical collections.
  2. Experience working with contracts.

3.Experience working with library material and database vendors.

4 Experience with technical services especially processing and cataloging of materials.

  1. Experience supervising library technicians or paraprofessionals in a technical services environment.
  2. Experience with Interlibrary Loans.

A master’s degree in library science, information services, or information management from an accredited college or university.

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