Foreign Service Officer Job Description

Foreign Service Officer Job Description

May 22nd, 2019

A Foreign Service Officer serves to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect citizens who are traveling abroad. The Foreign Service Officer represents the government and people of his or her home country in foreign countries and with international organizations.

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We are looking for an enthusiastic Foreign Service Officer to represent your home country and its citizens in foreign countries and international organizations. As a Foreign Service Officer, you will travel to wherever you are needed, often working in developing countries, to improve the understanding of your country's interests and culture. There are five main career tracks for a Foreign Service Officer: Consular Officer, Economic Officer, Management Officer, Political Officer, and Public Diplomacy Officer, but all tracks interact with foreign citizens and leaders to promote the home country's interests abroad.

To be a successful Foreign Service Officer, you should be dedicated to promoting your country's values and policies. You should have excellent communication skills, and be willing to live abroad for periods of two to four years, with only short periods at home.

Foreign Service Officer Responsibilities:

  • Protecting the home country's citizens traveling abroad, strengthening border security, and performing consulate duties.
  • Assisting foreign nationals traveling to the home country and evacuating refugees.
  • Working on economic partnerships and developments and supporting business interests abroad.
  • Managing embassies and promoting diplomacy.
  • Analyzing political events and developments and reporting to state departments.
  • Explaining policies and values and interacting with foreign citizens and leaders.

Foreign Service Officer Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Politics, Foreign Languages, History, Finance, Economics, or related field would be a benefit.
  • A passing score on the Foreign Service Officer Test and Oral Assessment.
  • A clear background check and favorable assessment of the ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Willingness to travel, often to countries with limited amenities.
  • Foreign language proficiency will be given preference.
  • Ability to handle culture shock.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong report writing skills.
  • Good analytical and information integration skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and strong leadership skills.

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