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Job Title

Cultural Affairs Specialist - U.S. Mission Somalia (located in Nairobi)

Reference

VA-11-18


 

Advert Details

Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Updated on: 2018-03-21 02:10:02
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: Immediately
Category: Education / Training Offer: FP-5;FSN-10

 

Introduction

LOCATION: NAIROBI



NOTE: ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT KENYAN CITIZENS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR PERMANENT RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION

The U.S. Missison Somalia (located in Nairobi) has an opening for the position of Cultural Affairs Specialist. The position will close on March 20, 2018.


 

Minimum Requirements

Qualifications Required:

NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

◊    Bachelor’s degree in the areas of education/education administration, humanities, social sciences,

      performing arts, or related field is required

◊    Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in government, non-governmental

      organizations, public relations, cultural programming, or similar fields is required.

◊    Level IV (Fluent) English ability and Level IV (Fluent) Somali is required.

Other Criteria

◊    Must have broad knowledge of Somali political, educational, social and economic institutions, both public

      and private.

◊    Must possess excellent interpersonal skills, judgment, political sensitivity, and be able to work in a team.

◊    Must be fluent with internet, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and required databases and social media

      platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


 

Job Specification

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION 

Using highly developed expertise in the cultural and educational fields, serves as the senior Locally Employed (LE) Staff advisor and assistant to the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) in planning, scheduling, and administering an all-inclusive and major country-wide cultural and educational program of broad scope and considerable complexity designed to provide better understanding of U.S. policies and achievements among key audiences of the host country through thematic and performing arts programs and cultural and educational exchanges.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Senior advisor to PAO and Front Office on education and cultural matters; manages academic and professional exchange programs; and organizes cultural programs throughout the country.

1) Manages professional, cultural and academic exchange programs to solicit the best candidates in a year-long cycle of selection and recruitment of applicants, and pre-departure preparation and coordinate post exchange programming.   (40% of Time)

2) Plans and executes cultural presentations throughout the country, advising on potential sponsors, partners, venues, advertising, guest lists, receptions, press coverage, etc. on an on-going basis as programs come up throughout the year.  (40% of Time)

3) Participates in annual program planning by identifying and advising on programs that meet key MSP objectives; identifying and defining targets of opportunity and problem areas that could be addressed through cultural programming; monitoring on-going programs; determining program results and suggesting necessary changes to improve program objectives and execution.   (10% of Time)

4) Cultivates and maintains contact with a wide variety of Somali and other contacts to leverage USG PD objectives in Somalia, on a daily basis through meetings, e-mail, correspondence, phone calls, and attendance at a variety of USG and other public and private events.

(5% of Time)

5) Report on effectiveness of cultural programming through MAT and other relevant reporting (5% of Time)

Note: This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by incumbent. Incumbent will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

                                                                                                                 

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:

To Apply:

Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional U.S. Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above. The U.S. Mission in Nairobi 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 forprohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.                                                                                                                                              

        DEFINITIONS

Eligible Family Member (EFM):  An individual who meets all of the following criteria is considered to be an EFM for employment purposes (country of citizenship is not a factor):

 (1)  Is the spouse or domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of a sponsoring employee (as defined in this section); or child of a sponsoring employee under 21 and unmarried, or (regardless of age) unmarried and incapable of self-support; or a parent (including step-parent or legally adoptive parent) or sibling who has been declared as 51% or more dependent on the sponsoring employee;

 (2)  Is listed on one of the following:

 (a)  The travel orders of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or

(b)  An approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report (or other agency equivalent), of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan, and is residing at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment.

  U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM):  An individual who meets all of the following criteria is considered to be a USEFM for employment purposes:

 (1)  U.S. citizen;

 (2)  The spouse or domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee (i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member); or a child of the sponsoring employee who is under 21 and unmarried, or (regardless of age) unmarried and incapable of self-support;

 (3)  Is listed on one of the following:

(a)  Travel orders of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or

(b)  Approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report (or other agency equivalent), of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan, and is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad.

(4)  The following categories of employees are also considered to be USEFMs for employment purposes if they meet the definition above:

(a) Foreign Service Generalists or Specialists on approved LWOP;

(b) Civil Service employees with re-employment rights to their agency/bureau; or

(c)  Foreign Service or Civil Service annuitants.

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

 Member of Household (MOH): An individual who accompanies or joins a sponsoring employee, i.e., 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

(3)  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.  MOHs are by definition cohabitants. Therefore, if the MOH is not a U.S. citizen, employees who declare MOHs to the COM must ensure compliance with the provisions of 12 FAM 275 Reporting Cohabitation with and/or Intent to Marry a Foreign National.

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

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

 

 
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