Embassy of the United States of America
- Announcement Number: Bujumbura-2019-05
- Position Title: Political Specialist
- Opening Date: September 9, 2019
- Closing Date: September 23, 2019 at 16:00
- Series/Grade: Resident (OR): FSN-10
- Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP-3
*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.
For More Info:
- Human Resources Office
- Embassy of the United States
- Avenue des Etats-Unis
- B.P 1720 Bujumbura
Note: Closing time for submission of physical applications at the Embassy is 16:00 (Monday to Thursday) and 11:00 on Friday.
E-mail Address: BujumburaHR@state.gov
Or visit our website at https://bi.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/ and/or contact the Human Resources Office at 22 20 7024.
Who May Apply: All eligible candidates – All sources
Security Clearance Required: Local Security Certification
Duration Appointment: Indefinite, subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply. https://careers.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Eight-Qualities-of-Overseas-Employees.pdf
Summary: The U.S. Mission in Bujumbura, Burundi is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position ofPolitical Specialist.
The work schedule for this position is Full Time (40 hours per week).
Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
Supervisory Position: No
The Political Specialist seeks to strengthen the U. S. Embassy’s understanding of Burundi’s government, political parties, and civil society organizations, and their intersection with culture and current events. By undertaking original research and developing and maintaining a range of contacts at appropriate levels in government, political parties, and civil society, s/he ensures Embassy leadership and Department of State officials remain informed of how political developments in Burundi are and/or may impact U. S. government interests. The candidate takes initiative to facilitate cooperation between Burundian government and society and the U. S., proactively identifying opportunities for engagement in pursuit of U.S. interests.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EVALUATIONS:
EDUCATION:The applicant must have a university degree in political science, government or economics.
EXPERIENCE:Minimum of five years’ experience working with the Government of Burundi, a political party, civil society organization, and/or private sector, with a thorough understanding of local protocols in government and the private sector. Must have a solid understanding of current local political and economic activity.
JOB KNOWLEDGE:Applicant must have a thorough working knowledge of the history, structure, and functioning of the Government of Burundi, its institutions and infrastructure, of the current and historical local and international political landscape and political parties and structure, and of the political elite.
LANGUAGE:Level 4 (Fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. Level 4 (Fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing French is required. Level 4 (Fluency)Speaking/Reading/Writing Kirundi is required. Note that language proficiency will be tested.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The candidate must be able to develop, organize, and analyze data, to determine trends, come to accurate conclusions that can be reported as required, and interact effectively with high-level contacts. Has effective verbal and written English skills. Has the ability to develop and maintain sources and contacts at many levels. Has the ability to use a computer and online resources for research.
Qualifications:All applicants may be tested on any requirements listed above. All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications. All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Benefits:Locally employed staff, including members of household (MOHs), and third-country nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Bujumbura, Burundi, may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:
(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2) AEFM / USEFM
(3) FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **
* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.
For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link: https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va
How to Apply:All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification. Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available at Bujumbura US Embassy website.
- For physical applications: Please indicate your name and the position title for which you are applying on the envelope and sign in the logbook upon drop-off of your application in the HR Office.
- In the event of application through BujumburaHR@state.gov: please indicate the position title for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.
Required Documents:Please provide the following required documentation with your application:
- Work Permit (For non-Burundian)
- Passport copy
- Copy of Diploma
- List of references
What to Expect Next:Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview, will be contacted via email.
For further information:The complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources office.
Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Bujumbura, Burundi.