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The Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Treasury recently posted a vacancy announcement for International Economist with multiple openings in Washington DC. Candidates customarily have a masters or doctorate degree in economics, international affairs, public policy, finance or business. 


Shown below is a link to the announcement on USAJobs at four different grade levels (GS-11, GS-12, GS-13 and GS-14). To be considered at multiple grade levels, applicants must select each grade. Recent graduates usually apply at the GS-11 level but everyone is welcome to apply to any and all grades for which they are qualified. Please note that candidates will be considered only at the grades to which they have applied so it may be worth applying to multiple grade levels, e.g. if a candidate applies only to the GS-14 announcement and is deemed not qualified, he or she will not be considered at the lower grade levels.


Link to Job Announcement 21-DO-643-DH


About the Position:

International economists produce international policy analyses to support the work of the Secretary and to inform the office’s diverse but interrelated set of activities. These activities include promoting policy positions, securing commitments, and negotiating agreements around the world supportive of U.S. goals. The Office engages with groups of countries on a multilateral basis through fora such as the G-7, the G-20, the International Monetary Fund, and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and in bilateral engagements either directly with counterparts in foreign ministries of finance or through structured forums. International Economists assist senior-level Treasury officials in the development of U.S. international economic policy. Typical duties include:

  • Preparing regular updates of regional economic or financial market activity for senior leaders;
  • Conducting background research on relevant regional economic issues or sectoral policies;
  • Developing policy analysis of regional economies, financial reforms, trade and investment initiatives,
  • or development, environment and energy issues;
  • Attending and reporting on official meetings in and outside of government;
  • Interacting with other Treasury offices, U.S. Government agencies, and foreign officials on relevant
  • matters; and
  • Drafting policy papers and/or memos on key issues affecting the region or relevant topic area.