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Bureau of International Labor Affairs International Relations Officer Labor Attache (Mexico City, Mexico) in Washington, District Of Columbia


This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT), located in Washington, DC and specifically serves in the U.S. Embassy located in Mexico City, Mexico and falls under the Chief of Mission (COM) Authority.

Language Requirement- Ability to speak and read Spanish In all styles and forms of the language pertinent to the duties of the position.


Please note:The selected applicant will be assigned to serve in the U.S. Embassy located in Mexico City, Mexico at time of appointment or sometime after appointment. The assignment in Mexico City is temporary, not to exceed two years and may be extended up to one additional year. The Attaché will return to his/her original or comparable position in ILAB/Washington, DC. The pay scale for the assignment in Mexico City, Mexico includes: $92,977 - $120,868. This position is authorized foreign entitlements in accordance with the Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR).

This selection iscontingentupon host country approval.

When employee is assigned to Mexico City, Mexico the employee will not receive Washington DC locality pay, salary will be adjusted to reflect Basic pay.

The Foreign Service Act and the President's Letter of Instruction to Chiefs of Mission give the COM full authority over and responsibility for the direction, coordination and supervision of all USG executive branch employees in his/her country, regardless of employment categories or locations, except those under the command of U.S. are a military commanders, on the staff of international organizations, or serving as Voice of America correspondents on assignment. Furthermore, all executive branch agencies with employees under COM authority must keep the COM fully informed of their activities and ensure that all such employees comply fully with all applicable COM directives. Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following: Serve as an authoritative expert to the Mission in Mexico, DOL, and other USG agencies on labor and employment issues and developments in Mexico related to DOL’s mandates and mission priorities.

Work to advance the rights of workers and improvement of working conditions in Mexico, with a particular focus on the eradication of child and forced labor in the country.

Contribute to the United States Government (USG) understanding and insight of changing labor market conditions in Mexico and effects on the rights and conditions of workers and on efforts to eradicate child and forced labor in the country.

Provide research and analyses of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking issues in Mexico, including drafting relevant Mexico-related sections of OCFT reports and research outputs: Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor; List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor; List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor; and Comply Chain App.

Apply a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods to assess and improve the effectiveness of ILAB’s work. Formulate policy or program recommendations to advance OCFT and ILAB’s mission, the performance of ILAB technical cooperation programming, and other priorities in Mexico.

Represent and report back to OCFT and ILAB about key in-country meetings related to ILAB technical assistance projects. Coordinate with relevant ILAB Grant Officer’s Representative (GOR) on issues related to effective implementation and oversight of OCFT technical assistance projects.

Ensure that key evaluation findings of OCFT’s technical cooperation project work are shared with relevant stakeholders and that key evaluation and audit findings are applied to ILAB project work across Mexico, as applicable and in consultation with ILAB’s GOR.

Engage with a range of actors and entities, including ILAB and DOL officials; U.S. and Mexican government agencies; international organizations; civil society groups; and business representatives to develop and strengthen OCFT and ILAB strategic relationships in Mexico.

Engage with the Government of Mexico on key recommendations for the elimination of child and forced labor identified through OCFT research and reporting, and best practices identified through OCFT projects and programming in Mexico.


Conditions of Employment

Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.

Subject to pre-employment, random drug tests and medical examinations.

The work schedule may include irregular hours and weekends.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.



Basic Requirements: Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.

OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

OR Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs. 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, GS-13, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in international labor issues, such as assessing countries’ labor laws and enforcement for their effectiveness in complying with international labor standards and developing labor-related policy or program recommendations for senior leadership and U.S. government agencies.


Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional Information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES