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"Nairobi-2019-43" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Nairobi
Position Title:
Engineering Inspector
Open Period:
09/19/2019 - 10/02/2019


Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1105 10
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours work week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Nairobi, KE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FS is FP.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

•    All Interested Applicants / All Sources
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:
Travel Required:
Not Required


Basic Function of the Position: 

The position functions as a Construction Safety & Health Officer (CSHO), providing Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO)/Nairobi Office with professional expertise, advice and guidance relating specifically to construction project site safety and health issues. This includes all phases of building construction operations, including site development, excavation, foundation, structure, exterior walls, mechanical and electrical systems, and interior finish work. As the OBO on-site CSHO the incumbent is responsible for assuring contractor compliance with U.S. Department of State and local host country construction safety and health rules and regulations at the project site. Position reports to OBO Construction Manager.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five (5) years of experience with construction and safety regulations on construction projects is required. Must be familiar with large projects using multiple cranes, earth moving, and transportation equipment in combination with a large trade work force. Experience to include vertical construction projects to include but not limited to multistory buildings and warehouses. 

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Expert knowledge of construction safety management principles, practices and procedures, concepts, local labor laws, regulations and precedent decisions applicable to high risk construction activities. Basic principles of risk management; techniques of accident prevention; laws and regulations applicable to employee safety and occupational health; principles, practices and methods of safety, occupational health and loss prevention programs, industrial safety practices; methods of assessing safety hazards and controls; techniques for conducting accident investigations and safety inspections. Knowledge of Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) construction and safety regulations and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an added advantage. 

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering



LANGUAGE:  English Level IV (Fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing is required. (This may be tested). Kiswahili Level III (Good) Speaking/Reading/Writing is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people. Proficient in computer skills. Ability to Investigate and evaluate complex safety problems and issues; gather, organize, and analyze data and complete comprehensive reports; interpret safety and environmental laws and regulations; plan and present safety training programs. Must have excellent organizational skills, ability to work under pressure.

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.


  1. Current employees who used a hiring preference to gain employment who are within their first 90 calendar days of employment are not eligible to apply.

  2. Candidates with a hiring preference who have already accepted a conditional offer of employment may NOT be extended a second conditional offer of employment unless and until they withdraw their candidacy for the first position in writing.

  3. The following may also be considered when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, etc.

  4. ** If selected, EFMs are expected to serve in the positon for at least one year from the date of hire, and their sponsor’s tour of duty must allow sufficient time for this.


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 Nairobi, Kenya 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 Public trust clearance. 

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:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Curriculum- Vitae (Cv)

  • Engineering Degree (not transcript)

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Applications without the required documents will not be considered

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 Nairobi, Kenya.