US Embassy Vacancy – Political Specialist

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US Embassy VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:  03 -2018                                  

                            

OPEN TO:                 All Interested Candidates

POSITION:               Political Specialist

OPENING DATE:    January 25, 2018

CLOSING DATE:    February 8, 2018

WORK HOURS:      Full-time (40 hours/week)

SALARY:                  Ordinarily Resident (OR): Position Grade: FSN-10, Starting Salary – 18,740 USD

per year.

Not-Ordinarily Resident: FP-05*

*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.

NOTE:   For ordinarily resident employees, salary will be paid in local currency using the established exchange rate.

ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION. 

The U.S. Mission in Addis Ababa is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political Specialist in the Political & Economic Section, USAU Office in Ethiopia.

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

As the senior local political advisor to USAU, serves primarily the Political/Economic Section in support of the reporting officers and the front office. Reports directly to the Political/Economic Counselor.  Drafts political reports and cables on the full range of issues related to the African Union and its 55 members, as well as multinational, regional, and national issues that serve to inform U.S. policy makers. Also reports on African Union issues that are currently or have the potential to come before the UN and in particular the UN Security Council. Creates and cultivates contacts with AU Commission officials, officers at AU member state and third country embassies in Addis Ababa, the wider diplomatic community including the UN system, and with pertinent scholars and opinion makers.  Designs, organizes, and accompanies high-level and P/E officer travel.  Monitors print and electronic media for items of interest to reporting officers and the front office.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

NOTE:  Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  1. Education:  A college degree in political science, international relations, history or international law is required.
  2. Experience:  Five years of progressively responsible experience in social science research and analysis, university teaching, journalism in a non-governmental / international organization, public or private sector field is required.
  3. Language: English IV (Fluency) in Speaking/Reading/writing in English & Amharic is required. (English Language proficiency will be tested)
  4. Skills and Abilities: The incumbent must be extremely sensitive to personalities and power relationships, and guide USDH diplomats effectively through the sometimes-turbulent currents of the AU political landscape.  The incumbent must be able to communicate effectively in working-level and high-level meetings at the AU and in diplomatic settings, among the cultural and linguistic groups comprising 55 AU members. The position requires word processing experience using multiple-character keyboard Amharic word processing software for the translation of press releases and professional-level drafting skills in English. Intermediate numerical skills are required for data reporting.
  5. Job Knowledge: Professional-level knowledge of the African Union’s history, political institutions, and individual power relationships is necessary to accomplish the sensitive work of advising the Ambassador, DCM, POL/ECON Chief and the other political officers regarding arranging programs for meetings and providing advice on trends in current events.  Knowledge of AU member state political and cultural contexts and regional dynamics.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by E-Mail: HROaddisababa@state.gov or by Phone: 251-11-130-60-00 Ext: 6196).

SELECTION PROCESS

When qualified, applicants who are U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and/or preference-eligible U.S. Veterans are given a preference in hiring.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants make themselves known as having a hiring preference and specifically address the required qualifications above in their application.

HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

  • AEFM/USEFM who is ALSO a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran
  • AEFM/USEFM who is not a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran
  • FS on LWOP

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
  3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
  4. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a security clearance.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:  

  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our website or by contacting Human Resources. (See “For Further Information” above); and
  2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)

IMPORTANT: Applicants claiming a U.S. Veterans preference must submit written documentation confirming eligibility (e.g. Member Copy 4 of Form DD-214, letter from the Veteran’s Administration, or certification documenting eligibility under VOW Act with an expected discharge no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted) by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veteran’s preference will not be considered in the application process. Specific criteria for receiving a U.S. Veteran’s preference may be found in HR/OE’s Family Member Employment Policy (FMEP)

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO

U.S. Embassy

Human Resources Office

P.O. Box: 1014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Preferred method of sending applications is by email

E-Mail: HROaddisababa@state.gov

POINT OF CONTACT

Human Resources Office

Telephone: 251-11-130-60-00, Ext. 6383

E-Mail: HROaddisababa@state.gov

FAX: 251-11-124-24-03

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