Consular Assistant at the U.S. Embassy

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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 of:

Job Title: Consular Assistant

Announcement Number: Abuja – 2021 – 043
Location: Abuja
Series / Grade: FP – 1405 7
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential: FP-7

Overview

  • Hiring Path: Open to the public
  • Security Clearance Required: Secret
  • Appointment Type Permanent
  • Appointment Type Details: Definite not to Exceed (5 years)
  • 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

Duties

  • Basic Function of the Position – Incumbent is responsible for the Biometric processing and clearance portfolio within the NIV Unit, including responsibility for fingerprinting NIV applicants (biometrics), scanning of visa files, entering lookouts, and conducting visa validation studies.
  • This position also assists in responding to congressional inquires and other correspondence.

Qualifications and Evaluations
Education Requirements:

  • Completion of Secondary School or high school diploma is required.

Experience:

  • One year of consular work experience in the last five years; or one year of office administrative/customer services experience is required.

Job Knowledge:

  • General knowledge of the U.S Embassy and Consular Section Functions is required. Good knowledge of internet and email function, with the ability to draft basic correspondence.

Evaluations:

  • This may be tested. Please specify your level of proficiency in the language listed.

Language:

  • Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing English is required.

Skills And Abilities:

  • Proficiency in computer skills with experience in word processing, spreadsheets and consular application with the ability to type accurately is required. Ability to process the biometrics of Non-Immigration Visa (NIV) applicants efficiently and courteously.

Qualifications:

  • All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

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.

Hiring Preference Order:

  • AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
  • AEFM / USEFM
  • 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.

Who May Apply / Clarification From the Agency:

  • For USEFM – FS is 07.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C. U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) – All Agencies.

Marketing Statement:

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.

Salary
USD $38,056 annually.

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 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
16th April, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Notice

  • All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Secret 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:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • Residency and/or Work Permit
  • High school Diploma
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

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.

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