VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 2018-03

OPEN TO: All Interested Applicants / All Sources

The “Open To” category listed above refers to applicants who are eligible to apply for this position.  The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.  

POSITION: Political/Economic Assistant

OPENING DATE: March 21, 2018

CLOSING DATE: April 20, 2018

WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week

SALARY: Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN-9 $ 20,938 p.a.

Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR):  FP-5* $ 53,844 p.a.

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

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

The U.S. Mission in Majuro is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political/Economic Assistant.

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

The incumbent is the sole Pol/Econ LE Staff member at Embassy Majuro. The incumbent analyzes and researches political/economic developments throughout the Marshall Islands, and is directly responsible for compiling and providing ECON/POL reports as well as oral briefings, either in English or Marshallese, on various subject matters including but not limited to local and regional politics, human rights, law enforcement, labor matters, economic conditions, and investment climate, among other complex issues.  Incumbent is frequently asked to provide interpreting for Embassy personnel and official visitors, and works closely with other sections, including Management, Public Affairs, and the Ambassador on a range of operational and logistical issues, including support services for high level visitors. The incumbent is responsible for developing and maintaining a robust contact network for the section.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

 

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

 

  • EDUCATION:  University degree in Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Business Administration, or other relevant field is required.

 

  1. EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of three years substantive work experience in economic/political field, and/or professional level work in a related field required.
  2. LANGUAGE:  Level 4 (Fluent) in speaking/reading/ writing English and Marshallese required. Language proficiency will be tested.
  3. 4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Typing Level II (30-59wpm).  Ability to work with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, and internet. Ability to develop and cultivate relevant contacts, gather information and write with speed and accuracy.  Ability to communicate effectively in both English and Marshallese. Must be able to operate under pressure, often on tight deadlines, and occasionally at public or high-profile events. Ability to plan and organize complicated projects such as events and visitor’s schedules.
  4. JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Knowledge of RMI’s political, economic, social dynamics and history as well as its institutions, regional politics, bilateral issues, and key government and non-government figures. An understanding of Mission RMI strategic objectives and U.S. foreign policy objectives, particularly in RMI and the Pacific.  Incumbent must understand the organizational structure of the State Department to identify appropriate consumers of reporting and analysis, to plan high level visits, and to coordinate joint initiatives. Must have a general understanding general understanding of U.S. politics, economics, and history.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office (Ma. Victoria dela Cruz, 2474015 ext. 2410.

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**

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA

  1.  Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflict 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 are not eligible to apply.
  3.  Currently 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.

  1.  The candidate must be able to obtain and hold security clearance.
  2.  Candidate who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:

  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available by contacting Human Resources.
  2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)

IMPORTANT:  Applicants claiming a U.S. Veteran’s 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 the 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).

WHERE TO APPLY:

Human Resources Office Financial/Administrative Assistant

Mailing Address:   P.O. Box 1379, Majuro MH 96960

E-mail Address:   PublicMajuro@state.gov

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  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.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

 

Appendix A – DEFINITIONS

 

Eligible Family Member (EFM):  An EFM for employment purposes is defined an individual who meets all of the following criteria:  

  • U.S. Citizen or not a U.S. Citizen; and
  • Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610); or
  • Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support; or
  • Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support; or
  • Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support; and
  • Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and
  • Is under chief of mission authority.

U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM):  A USEFM is an individual who meets all of the following criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen; and
  • Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee; or
  • Child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and
  • Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and resides at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment abroad, or as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and is under chief of mission authority; or
  • resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2; or
  • Currently receives a U.S. Government retirement annuity or pension from a career in the U.S. Foreign Service or Civil Service.

Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM):  An AEFM is an individual who meets all of the following criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen; and
  • Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee; or
  • Child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and
  • Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT); and
  • Is under chief of mission authority; and
  • Is residing at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and
  • Does NOT currently receive a U.S. Government retirement annuity or pension from a career in the U.S. Foreign Service or Civil Service.  

Member of Household (MOH):  An individual who accompanies or joins a sponsoring employee, i.e., sponsor is a direct hire employee under Chief of Mission authority, either Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan.  A MOH is an individual who meets the following criteria:

    1. Not an EFM and therefore not on the travel orders or approved through form OF-126 Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report of the sponsoring employee; and
    2. Officially declared by the sponsoring U.S. Government employee to the Chief of Mission (COM) as part of his or her household and approved by the COM; and

 

  • Is a parent, grandparent, grandchild, unmarried partner, adult child, foreign born child in the process of being adopted, father, mother, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, or half-sister who falls outside the Department’s current definition of Eligible Family Member 14 FAM 511.3.  A MOH may or may not be a U.S. Citizen.

Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who meets the following criteria:

  • An EFM, USEFM or AEFM of a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed abroad, or as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
  • Has diplomatic privileges and immunities; and
  • Is eligible for compensation under the FS or GS salary schedule; and
  • Has a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN); and
  • Is not a citizen of the host country; and
  • Does not ordinarily reside in the host country; and
  • Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws.

Ordinarily Resident (OR) – An individual who meets the following criteria:

  • A citizen of the host country; or
  • A non-citizen of the host country (including a U.S. citizen or a third-country national) who is locally resident and has legal and/or permanent resident status within the host country and/or who is a holder of a non-diplomatic visa/work and/or residency permit; and/or  
  • Is subject to host country employment and tax laws.