Embassy Niamey recruits 01 Political Specialist

Embassy Niamey recruits 01 Political Specialist- Open to All Interested Candidates

Embassy Niamey

Announcement Number: Niamey-2020-021
Hiring Agency: Embassy Niamey
Position Title: Political Specialist- Open to All Interested Candidates
Open Period:  – 11/29/2020
                        Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone: GMT+1
Series/Grade: LE – 1605 10
Salary: XOF CFA18,341,393 – XOF CFA18,341,393
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 Hours
Promotion Potential: LE-10
Duty Location(s): 1 in Niamey, NG
Telework Eligible: No
For More Info:
 HR Section
Hiring Path: • Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: For USEFM – FS is FP 05 .  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Appointment Type: Permanent
Appointment Type Details: 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.
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 (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or his/her candidacy may end.
Supervisory Position: No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
Travel Required: Not Required
The Political Specialist is the primary Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) Embassy liaison with Nigerien national and local officials on political and human rights issues. He will advise the Political Officer on points of contact in the Nigerien government, political parties, and civil society in the topical fields of government, political parties, democratic development, human rights, labor unions, judicial affairs, and Niger’s bilateral relationships.
Provides news briefings and analysis; drafts congressional and other reporting; maintains contacts files and arranges meetings; drafts memos and correspondence; prepares biographies and maintains a master biographies file; provides interpretation and translation as needed; and provides strategic input for achieving USG goals in Niger.
Qualifications and Evaluations
EXPERIENCE:  Minimum of five years of progressive responsibility in analyzing political, social, and economic issues, providing advice, writing analytical pieces, and providing linguistic interpretation.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Thorough and clear knowledge of USG priorities in Niger and Niger’s political history, political developments, current government form and leadership. Successful job holder will be responsible for managing complex data related to political issues, Niger’s government, political parties, civil society and union actions, human rights issues, and general current events. The job holder will need to track data and write reports, provide oral briefings on news events, and advise the U.S. Embassy on interaction with Nigerien leaders and reaction to current events, or courses of action to achieve strategic goals.
Education Requirements:
University degree in Political Science, Economics, International Affairs, Public Administration or Law.
LANGUAGE:  Fluent Speaking/Reading/Writing English and French is required. Fluent Spoken Hausa and/or Zarma language is required. This may be tested.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must be able to prepare precise and accurate reports, noting subtle details and capturing factual information. Must be able to give objective advice both interpreting current events and advising in responses. Must develop and maintain contacts among Nigerien government officials, political leaders, and civil service representatives. Will be the Embassy expert on Niger’s political and human rights landscape. This may be tested.
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.
All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.
Benefits and Other Info
Agency Benefits:
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Niamey/Niger 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.
Other Information:
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.
AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
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.
How to Apply
How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.
To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.
Required Documents:
Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:
You Must attach your Certificate of Work, If you attended university outside of Niger, you must attach equivalency delivered by University of Niamey under Other Documents as proof of work experience and proof of education, 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)
Passport copy
Degree (not transcript)
DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
SF-50 (if applicable)
Letter(s) of recommendation
List of references
Next Steps:
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 Niamey, Niger.

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