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Foreign Service Peacekeeping Specialist

Overview: Foreign service peacekeeping specialists attempt to resolve conflicts between opposing groups of people or countries. They meet with leaders representing opposing side and suggest compromises in territory borders, human rights, military, economic and political issues. They work through the UN and the government.
Duties: They act as mediators to defuse and resolve peace threatening conflicts between opposing parties or factions within a country or between two countries. Organize meetings to hear arguments.

They analyze borders and territory markers separating or being contested by opposing parties & also analyze ethnic, religious or cultural difficulties between parties to understand causes.

They organize face to face meetings between opposing parties on neutral ground so they can learn about each others' positions and arguments. May have to act as a "go-between" mediator.

Confer with specialized experts in social, political and religious affairs. They advise United Nations of progress and potential need for UN military peace-keeping forces. Recommend actions needed.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of foreign services peacekeeping specialists is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $35,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Foreign service peacekeeping specialists are employees of the Federal Government State Department. They work through the United Nations as trouble shooters for U.S. embassies in foreign countries. Applicants for this position should have a bachelor's or a master's degree in political science, history or in international area studies. Foreign language training is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having duties which involve frequent physical, financial, or social risk taking.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.