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The U.S. Mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is seeking eligible and qualified applicant for the position of Economic Specialist.

U.S. Mission                                      Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Announcement Number:             Addis Ababa-2018-016

Position Title:                                   Economic Specialist for USAU

Opening Period:                              April 23, 2018 – May 7, 2018

Series/Grade:                                   LE-1505, FSN- 10

Salary:                                                  (USD) 18,740 – (USD) 33,728 per year

For More Info:                                  Human Resources Office: (POC-Fitsume Letta)

E-mail Address:

or by Phone: +251-11-130-60-00 Ext: 6383

Who May Apply:                              All Interested Applicants /All Sources

Security Clearance Required:     Local Security Certification or Public Trust Security Clearance

Duration Appointment:                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.  (

Summary:                                           The U.S. Mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is seeking eligible and qualified applicant for the position of Economic Specialist.

Work schedule:                                Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date:                                           The candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:                    No Supervisory Duties

Duties:                                                 Serves in the Political/Economic section of the U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU). Prepares factual and analytical reports on economic-related African Union policies and activities to advance U.S. priorities with the African Union and its 55 member states.  Develops and maintains contacts at the African Union, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), other diplomatic missions, companies, and Pan-African organizations on economic issues. Assists embassy officers with appointments, visits, and trips and serves as backup to the Political Assistant. General supervision by the U.S. Economic Officer and the position has no supervisory responsibility.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education:   Bachelor’s degree in economics, business, or finance is required.


Prior Work Experience:  Three years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis at a think tank, international organization, NGO, corporation, or investment firm (including but not limited to banking) is required.

Post Entry Training:  On-the-job training; FSI course for Economic Specialists (PE 220); FSI online Grants Officer Representative training, including PY 220 (24 hours), PY 222 (16 hours), and PY 224 (1 hour); familiarizations with internal reporting requirements and writing style.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: A thorough understanding of the African Union’s policies and practices, and economic trends across Africa.


LANGUAGE:  English and Amharic Level 4 (fluent) reading/writing/speaking is required.  (English Language proficiency will be tested.)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Ability to develop and maintain a range of working and senior level contacts. Ability to carry out complex research projects and prepare factual and analytical reports on economic issues.  Ability to assess the impact of significant events or policy changes on the African Union and African economies.  Basic keyboarding skills required. Position requires numerical skills for grant management and production of regular statistical reports.  Working knowledge of computer applications including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. (This may be tested.)

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

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.

If an applicant with a disability needs assistance with the application and/or hiring process, including any applicable tests or interview, please contact:
Rigbe Gebrehawariat
Phone: +251111306184


BENEFITS:  Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia may receive a compensation package that could 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.


(1)          AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*

(2)          AEFM / USEFM

(3)          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:  All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust security clearance.  Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on HR/OE Intranet Site.

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