Information Assistant/Translator – U.S. Embassy Jobs

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 45-2016 

OPEN TO:                 All Interested Candidates

POSITION:                Information Assistant/Translator, FP-05/ FSN-09

OPENING DATE:     June 30, 2016

CLOSING DATE:     July 14, 2016

WORK HOURS:       Full-time (40 hours/week)

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SALARY:                  *Not Ordinarily Resident: FP-05 (Starting salary to be determined by Washington)

Ordinarily Resident (OR): Starting Salary – 12,657USD per year                      (Position Grade:  FSN-09)

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NOTE:   For ordinarily resident employees, salary will be paid in local currency using the established exchange rate.

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

The U.S. Mission Addis Ababa is seeking an individual for employment in country for the position of Information Assistant/Translator in the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy.

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

Under the supervision of the Information Specialist, the Information Assistant serves as the translator for the Public Affairs Section of Embassy Addis Ababa with primary responsibility for the translation of official USG documents, speeches, press releases, and reports between English and Amharic.  Incumbent is also responsible for media monitoring and managing the Mission’s website.          

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

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


  1. Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences, English, Communications or journalism is required.
  2. Required Experience: A combined minimum of three years of professional experience in media, journalism and/or translation involving English language is required.
  3. Language Requirement: Level IV (professional translator ability) in English and Amharic (speaking, reading, and writing) is required.  English Language proficiency will be tested.
  4. Skills and Abilities: Must be able to deal effectively and professionally with all levels of persons both inside and outside of the U.S. mission, ranging from VIPs to rural populations.  Computer knowledge, such as word processing and e-mail is required; familiarity with social media and the internet is also required.
  5. Knowledge: Must understand specialized terminology in both English and Amharic related to all topics of interest.  Must understand Ethiopian foreign policy and social conditions and have a solid grasp of U.S. society and politics.  Must understand diplomatic protocol and be able to understand and interpret nuances in speeches and written texts.  Must be cognizant of cultural norms and sensitivities, both Ethiopian and American.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by E-Mail: HROaddisababa@state.gov or by Phone: 251-11-130-60-00 Ext: 6383.

SELECTION PROCESS

When qualified, applicants who are U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and/or preference-eligible U.S. Veterans are given a preference in hiring.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants make themselves known as having a hiring preference and specifically address the required qualifications above in their application.

HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

(1)   USEFM who is ALSO a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran

(2)   USEFM OR a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran

(3)   FS on LWOP

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA

1. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts 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 (EPR) are not eligible to apply.

3. Current 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.

4. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a security clearance.

 

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