This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA), 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 .

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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. Upon completion or termination of the assignment, the Attaché will return to a comparable position at the same grade level within ILAB in Washington, DC. The pay scale for the assignment in Mexico City, Mexico includes: $109,366 – $142,180.

This position is authorized foreign entitlements in accordance with the Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR).

This selection is contingent upon 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 their 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:

  • To ensure coordination and impact of DOL programs and policies, incumbent monitors labor and employment mandates, policies, programs, and initiatives to include technical assistance and programming of third countries, ILO and other international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), as they pertain to Mexico.
  • Utilizes professional judgment and ingenuity in developing new theories and providing technical assistance to the Mexican government in order to address child labor and forced labor, facilitate legal reforms consistent with USMCA provisions and international labor standards, and ensure effective enforcement of labor laws and regulations.
  • Serves as a principal advisor to USG officials on labor and employment activities, technical assistance and programming initiatives, and applicable policies related to the implementation of DOL mandates and mission priorities in Mexico.
  • Leads interagency efforts in implementing or facilitating implementation of DOL labor and employment mandates, policies, programs, and initiatives in Mexico. Provides oversight and monitors Mexico's compliance with the labor provisions outlined in trade agreements and programs consistent with USMCA labor requirements and international labor standards and works to ensure effective enforcement of labor laws and regulations.
  • Coordinates reporting and other communications with USG outside the U.S. Mission to ensure conformance with the policies and procedures set by the COM.
  • Conducts written briefings and drafts analytical cables, as needed and in coordination with other Embassy officials.
  • Builds professional relationships with a wide range of USG and international contacts at varying levels of authority and earns the trust of Mexican counterparts in order to provide effective guidance and authoritative recommendations to these stakeholders.
  • Takes initiative to learn and understand varying viewpoints and objectives of stakeholders and actively engages in discussions with Mexican government officials on labor and employment endeavors to include policies, programs, and other initiatives related to DOL mandates and mission priorities. Identifies and addresses critical concerns or unyielding problems, influences outcomes, and makes recommendations for interagency actions in coordination with officials and representatives of third-country governments, civil society, ILO, and other international organizations operating in Mexico.
  • Engages with senior policymakers within the U.S. and Mexico in order to secure and facilitate the implementation of DOL and relevant USG goals and objectives.
  • Develops and maintains an in-depth understanding and awareness of new, emerging, and/or evolving labor and employment issues and developments in Mexico and the international community as a whole.
  • Monitors the country's reform initiatives and ensures adherence with USMCA provisions, international labor standards, and effective enforcement of labor laws and regulations.
  • Conducts oral briefings as needed and in coordination with other Embassy officials. Responds to inquiries from USG agencies on labor and employment issues and developments especially as they relate to the USMCA and DOL mandates and mission priorities

Travel Required

Occasional travel – At least 10 percent of the time. International travel and travel within Mexico are required on a frequent basis.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 – This position is at the full performance level (FPL).


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.

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



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 meeting 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-14, in the Federal Service.


    Specialized experience is defined as experience implementing USG international labor mandates and shaping relevant priorities, 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.


    You may not use education to substitute for specialized experience.

    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.


    – This position is outside the bargaining unit.
    – Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) – All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    Technical Competence – Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

    External Awareness – Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.

    Oral Communication – Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

    Written Communication – Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

    Influencing/Negotiating – Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness , National security

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

    ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

    *WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

    – Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

    – Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .

    The following documents are required if applicable:

    – Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.

    – DD-214 – verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)

    – Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents

    – Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):

    Military Spouses (MISP)

    – Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) – submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

    You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

    OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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