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Trade & Investment Specialist Job at USAID – US Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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U.S. Mission                                      Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Announcement Number:             Addis Ababa-2018-43

Position Title:                                    Trade & Investment Specialist

Opening Period:                               December 20, 2018 – January 3, 2019

Series/Grade:                                   FS 1510, FSN 9/FP- 05

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

Who May Apply:                              U.S. Citizens / All Sources


Security Clearance Required:     Secret Clearance Level

Duration Appointment:                For one year; it may be extended up to an additional year

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 applicants for the position of Trade & Investment 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 after successful receipt of clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:                     No

Duties:    Working under the direct supervision of the Deputy Political/Economic Chief, the incumbent is responsible for supporting Mission interagency efforts as well as supporting U.S. trade-related agencies not represented at post to increase bilateral trade and promote U.S. investment.  The incumbent will assist in promoting bilateral trade and U.S. investment through outreach and informational activities and will coordinate reporting with all interested parties.  The job holder will also be required to coordinate U.S. Government visits and USG-sponsored events and conferences.  The Trade & Investment Specialist has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:   BA degree in economics, business, finance, accounting, public policy, politics, statistics or law is required.


EXPERIENCE:  Two years of experience in economics, business, and international trade, government or investment promotion fields is required

Job Knowledge: Candidate must have detailed knowledge of the Ethiopian economic and political environment and an understanding of key development economic indicators. Familiarity with USG policies and procedures is required. The incumbent must have knowledge of international trade and investment topics and how the United States and Ethiopia fit into the global trading system is required. Familiarity of international business practices and economic theory is required. Advanced knowledge of U.S. trade regulations and trade promotion goals is also required.


LANGUAGE:  English Level IV Fluency (speaking/reading/writing) is required. (This will be tested).

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  The position requires interaction with high-level company and government officials at times. Candidate should have strong data analytic skills, computer skills, customer service orientation, and communication skills– both verbal and written. The job will entail the candidate to participate in various representational events requiring a basic knowledge of diplomatic protocol. The incumbent must have the ability to obtain a secret security clearance.

QUALIFICATIONS:  All applicants under consideration will be required to pass 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.

BENEFITS:  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.

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