Political – Military Assistant at the U.S. Embassy
The U.S. Mission to Nigeria comprises of the Embassy in Abuja, FCT, and the Consulate General in Lagos. U.S. Consulate General Lagos is the Mission’s representative to the Nigerian people in the southern region.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Political – Military Assistant – U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs)
Announcement Number: Abuja-2021-028
Location: Abuja, NI
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hour per week
Telework Eligible: No
- Hiring Path: Open to the public
- Who May Apply/Clarification: For USEFM – FP is 06. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
- From the Agency:U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) – All Agencies
- Security Clearance Required: Top Secret
- Appointment Type: Permanent
- Appointment Type Details: Definite not to Exceed (5 years)
- The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 per week)
- Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (6 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
- Supervisory Position: No
- Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
- Travel Required: Not Required
- Incumbent is the Mission’s Political-Military Affairs Assistant. The position is one of nine in the Political section and is supervised by the Political-Military Affairs Officer. Incumbent is responsible for coordinating Leahy Vetting at Post.
- S/he is responsible for backup reporting on the region’s multinational organization , ECOWAS, has some action and reporting on Nigeria’s Political-Military developments, and for maintaining Post’s biography database.
- This position works in close coordination with Consular Section, the Defense Attache Office and the Office of Security Cooperation at Post, as well as with the various offices responsible for Leahy vetting in Washington DC.
Qualifications and Evaluations
- Experience: Minimum of three (3) years of professional work experience in an office environment with a strong focus on writing and analytical skills development is required
- Job Knowledge: Must be familiar with the work of U.S Embassies abroad, as well as the work of the Political Section of U.S Embassies. Must be able to acquire a solid grasp of U.S. and Nigeria military structures and bilateral cooperative programs through on-the-job training and self-guided study; as well as learn how Leahy Vetting impacts security assistance and cooperation between the U.S and Nigeria.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations or other Liberal Arts.
- Please specify your level of proficiency in the language listed.
- Language: Fluent speaking/reading/writing in English is required.
- Skills And Abilities: Good Computer skills including the use of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel to perform basic writing and office communication tasks. Must be able to maintain, manage and work in databases.
- All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.
- 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:
- AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
- AEFM / USEFM
- FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **
- 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.
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.
- We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
USD $42,570 Annually
Benefits and Other Info
- Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Abuja, Nigeria 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.
Application Closing Date
23rd March, 2021.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
- All candidates must be able to obtain and hold Top Secret clearance.
- To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.
In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.
- Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
- Residency and/or Work Permit
- Degree with transcript
- DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
- SF-50 (if applicable)
- 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 Abuja, Nigeria.