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"Yaounde-2019-10" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Yaounde
Position Title:
Custom Expediter
Open Period:
02/21/2019 - 03/07/2019


Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0905 5
XAF FCFA7,018,857
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Yaounde, CM
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources. For USEFM - FS is FP-09. Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
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.


The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 hours per week).

Start date: 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:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Basic Function of the Position: The Incumbent is responsible for managing the unit’s files, expediting at the airport, preparing paperwork, and handling the import, export, customs clearance, diplomatic notes and exonerations of USG official property and American personnel personal property and vehicles, for State and other agencies at post (State, DOD, CDC, USAID, PEPFAR and PC).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

A) Expediting and customs clearance 70%
1. Serves as Embassy’s airport expeditor. Meets and greets all official USG travelers upon request and authorized by supervisor at Nsimalen International Airport and assists with importation of pets as needed. Coordinates with motor pool, travel and other sections for ground and air transportation, working with customs, airport, airline agents and other officials as needed. Acts as liaison between DOD and airport authorities for military aircraft clearances and ground services.
2. Assists in the preparation of all documents and helps to clear/pick up items arriving via the airport, DHL, SAGA and UPS.
3. Clears diplomatic pouches at airport; meets and assists diplomatic courier at the airport. Coordinates with Health Unit to clear perishable medical supplies on arrival at any point of entry.

B) Shipments 15%
1. Prepares and delivers to Foreign Ministry requests for exoneration from customs duties and taxes for importation of personal effects, official supplies, vehicles and local purchases requested by all USG agencies. Obtains information from cables, bills of lading and other shipping notices.
2. Coordinates employee pack-out with contractors, transporters and shipment logistics.
3. Keeps the Douala EBO office informed of status of exonerations and other documents required to process shipment through the port of Douala. Ensures required documents are forwarded to EBO office in a timely manner to effect expeditious release of USG cargo.
4. Processes all pack outs in ILMS and coordinate with ELSO.

C) Administrative Tasks 15%
1. Has primary responsibility for maintaining Shipping unit files, including GOVs and POVs.
2. Prepares diplomatic notes for transmittal of attestations for duty-free importation and for permission to sell property. Ensures procedures are followed correctly for diplomatic notes. Follows up with External Relations Ministry, Customs offices, Ministry of Finance, etc. to ensure paperwork is processed correctly and quickly.
3. Maintains Shipment section subject files, manage electronic files, logbooks and other records for customs clearances and diplomatic notes, so that information is available on shipments and pending requests.
4. Verifies invoices submitted by contractors, insurance and transportation companies, obtains necessary clarification or correction and recommends their approval or disapproval to the unit supervisor for processing. Registers and tracks all attestations and shipping documents sent to EBO from Yaounde.
5. Coordinates shipments in ILMS and related documents for military shipment, close out files in ILMS when necessary. Declares and clear incoming and outgoing shipments through the Customs SYDONIA system.

Serves as backup for the Shipping Assistants when they are on leave or absent.


Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Two years of progressively responsible work experience in the shipping, transportation or customs field. The two years of experience must be with an international organization of greater than fifty employees.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have good working knowledge of Cameroonian customs and registration procedures, including Sydonia operations, air and sea freight procedures, procedures for verification of invoices and State Department Regulations. Must be computer literate (MS Word and Excel). Should have a thorough understanding of the Cameroonian customs regulations and procedures, and protocol with the local government and the Ministry of External Relations.

Education Requirements:

GCE ‘A’ Level or BACC or equivalent diploma is required.


LANGUAGE: Level III (Good Working Knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing English and Level III (Good Working Knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing French are required. This will be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Typing ability of 20 wpm. Must be diplomatic and tactful, yet effective in dealing with Cameroonian customs and government officials and personnel of shipping companies. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and must be able to work independently and be proactive. Must possess Class B driving license and have a clean driving record. This will be tested.

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.


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

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 Yaounde, Cameroon 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.

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*


  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

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Medical and Security Clearances form the U.S. 

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:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Driver’s License

  • A'Level, BACC or Equivalent

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • List of references

  • Other Document

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.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Yaounde, Cameroon.