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U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Officer- Washington, D.C.

Organization: U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science; Office of Global Change (OES/EGC)

Job Title: Foreign Affairs Officer

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: Information will be available later

Application Deadline: —

Organization Overview

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, often referred to as “Oceans, Environment and Science” or “OES,” was created in 1974 by Congress.

Today, OES is headed by Assistant Secretary Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones and works to advance U.S. foreign policy goals in such critical areas as climate change, renewable energy, resource scarcity, polar issues, oceans policy, infectious diseases, science and technology, and space policy, to name a few.


Work at the U.S. Department of State on one of the most significant international challenges of our century: global climate change. The Office of Global Change is looking for a strong candidate to fill a position with significant growth potential. We support the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change in leading international negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Major Economies Forum, and other international bodies. We shape the development and implementation of climate change and energy partnerships, as well as efforts on adaptation and land‐use cooperation. Work in a fast‐paced and high‐profile environment. The work is demanding, intellectually challenging, and requires long hours and international travel.


  • Negotiate on behalf of the United States in international negotiations related to climate change.
  • Be responsible for helping to formulate and implement U.S. government policy on international adaptation and related issues.
  • Lead interagency preparations for international climate change and related negotiations.
  • Serve as the focal point for addressing climate change issues arising in a range of fora, providing climate guidance to offices that manage non‐climate negotiations.
  • Draft memos on climate change policy, country positions, and negotiating strategy.
  • Support the office’s engagement in a range of multilateral climate change and energy initiatives, bilateral partnerships, and negotiations, both within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and other UN organizations.


  •  2‐7 years of work experience and/or a master’s degree /JD in a relevant field.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  •  Ability to write clearly and succinctly under time pressure.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  •  Ability to reliably deliver on multiple priorities under tight deadlines.
  •  Ability to operate significantly under own initiative, crafting proposals and policy recommendations with minimal guidance.
  • Academic background and experience in public policy, economics, and environmental and/or energy issues.
  • Strong team player who is eager to jump in to take care of crises as they emerge.
  •  Ability to work with a wide variety of actors, including policymakers, representatives of other governments, business and the non‐governmental community.

How to Apply:

This is a solicitation of interest only, not a formal announcement. A formal hiring process will be initiated in the coming months.

Please send resume and short, policy‐oriented writing samples to:

Anne Kolker (

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

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