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"Islamabad-2021-27" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Islamabad
Position Title:
Program Specialist (Corrections & Rule of Law (K0043248))
Open Period:
05/03/2021 - 05/21/2021


Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1550 10
PKR ₨2,912,537
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Islamabad, PK
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Recruitment Team


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources. For EFM FS is FP-05 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 number of hours per week).

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:


The incumbent oversees $18.5 million in multi-year assistance funds to strengthen the rule of law and the criminal justice sector in Pakistan, as well as to promote safe, secure, humane correctional institutions. She/he reports to the Corrections and Rule of Law Program Officer and supervises one locally employed (LE) staff. Provides expert advice to the Corrections and Rule of Law Program Officer on all aspects of Pakistani criminal law/procedure (including complex areas such as money laundering, narcotics trafficking, corruption, terrorism, cybercrime), judiciary system/procedures, and prison systems/procedures and offers technical support in connection with policy and program development and implementation. In coordination with the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section leadership and in collaboration with her/his staff, the incumbent negotiates, designs, implements, monitors, and evaluates INL assistance agreements for training, commodities, operational support, and/or infrastructure projects to strengthen the capabilities of the Pakistani federal- and provincial-level judicial, prosecutorial, and corrections institutions. She/he provides support in developing, analyzing, and articulating capacity-building strategies and project budget plans; monitors program expenditures; and prepares reports, concept notes, and other periodic documents for INL-P, INL-AP, and other USG stakeholders. Maintains senior-level contacts and works with the prisons departments, prosecution services, judicial courts, Home Department, Ministry of Law and Justice, donor community, civil society, and international organizations (IOs). The incumbent represents INL in discussions with these interlocutors. The incumbent serves as INL's primary point of contact for Pakistan government officials and IO’s on issues related to criminal justice reforms in the country.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum five (5) years of professional experience in the criminal justice sector that includes program/project management with government agencies, international organizations, or civil society organizations working in corrections, criminal justice, or the judiciary is required. Such experience must include working on project teams as well as technical program/project management including tracking and maintaining program budgets; managing contracts or grants; program design; program planning; implementation; monitoring and evaluation; statistical analysis and data interpretation.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: The incumbent must have advanced knowledge of Pakistani criminal justice laws and system, as well as corresponding national and provincial rules and standard operating procedures. Must also possess knowledge in comparative understanding of the U.S. and Pakistani criminal justice systems and specialized areas of criminal law such as in money laundering, human rights, drug trafficking, terrorism, and corruption. The incumbent must have in-depth knowledge of a broad range of international issues, international law, and latest practices. Must have knowledge of Pakistani law, criminal justice structure, procedure, and needs of the Pakistani justice sector. A strong command of the administrative, technical, and legal challenges facing the corrections and prosecution sectors in Pakistan is required. The incumbent must also understand U.S. government and host-country funding and foreign assistance regulations, including grants regulations.

Education Requirements:

Completion of a University Degree (16 years of education) in law, criminal justice or development studies is required.


LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing in English and Urdu is required. English language skills may be tested. 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The incumbent must have superior intellectual skills and sound judgement to analyze and interpret significance of information; ensure fiduciary responsibility in oversight of U.S. taxpayer dollars.  Must be able to translate (written) or interpret (aural/oral) in English and Urdu · Must be a self-starter who can assimilate and analyze information quickly and recommend the best court of action. Must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills with an impeccable attention to detail. Must have strong written and spoken communication skills. Must be flexible to a changing and dynamic environment, with the ability to produce high quality deliverables under pressure and tight deadlines. Must exhibit abilities to conceptualize and articulate strategic plans, design projects from scratch, and organize, analyze, and interpret data pertinent to the rule of law and corrections. The incumbent must have ability to apply good judgement in speaking on behalf of the U.S. government and effectively negotiate with external stakeholders. This position requires exceptional leadership, team management skills, and tact. This may 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 Islamabad 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.


1. Management may consider any of 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 the local security certification.

5. Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.

6. Current employees who have voluntarily been reassigned/promoted from one position to another are not eligible to apply for six months from the effective date of the reassignment/promotion.

7. U.S. Mission Pakistan will not bear any travel expenses for testing, interviews, pre-employment clearances (if selected) or relocation for joining.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or 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:

• DD-214 - This document is only required from applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran. These applicants must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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 or phone.

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