Sri Lanka

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Colombo
Position Title:
Security Investigator –Open to All Interested Applicants [Female/ Male]
Open Period:
09/22/2020 - 10/06/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0705 8
LKR ₨142,894
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Colombo, CE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section
0112 498761


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
* For applicants who are Ordinarily Resident (OR) in Sri Lanka: The proposed grade is FSN 8 Step 01: Rs. 142,894/- p.m. [Gross Salary]
* For applicants who are USEFMs, the proposed grade is FP- 6: US $ 50,714/-p.a. However, the final grade/step will be 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 U.S. Mission in Colombo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of the Security Investigator in the Regional Security Office.   

The work schedule for this position is: Full Time- 40 hours per week  

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin work within a reasonable period of time upon receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end. 

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less

The incumbent is required to coordinate with local authorities by travelling to different cities in the country to facilitate VIP visits to those locations


Basic Function of Position:  

Based in the Regional Security Office (RSO), the Foreign Service National Investigator (FSNI) conducts security investigations and maintains liaison with local police and other security and law enforcement officials. The incumbent assists the RSO team in coordinating protection for post personnel and visiting U.S. Government officials, obtaining and reporting on information concerning potential  security threats to post personnel, facilities, or information.   

Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

Investigation: 60%  

Conducts background investigations on candidates for employment and local contractors to determine suitability for business. Conducts research on behalf of other U.S. law enforcement agencies for criminal investigation.   

Liaison: 20%  

Develops and maintains contacts with local government authorities, the police and other law enforcement and private security entities to protect the security of post personnel, coordinate U.S dignitary visit, and facilities international conference. Coordinate with local authorities by travelling to different cities in the country to facilities VIP visits to those locations. Assists post employees involved in crimes and accidents to coordinate with local police.  

Threat Analysis: 10%  

Gather and evaluates intelligence information concerning threats against  post personnel, facilities, or information.  Works with local contacts to receive and verify criminal, counterintelligence, terrorist or other threat information. Monitors trends in significant criminal and terrorist activities and any relevant socio-political developments in country and produces analytical  reports on the impact of these developments on the post security environment.  

Administrative woks: 10% 

Maintains staff briefing and debriefing records and vehicle fuel usage logs.  Performs translation services for RSO when required. 


For further information: Please refer the complete Position Description available in the Mission web site 


Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  Minimum of three (3) years of experience in law enforcement, military, private security, or investigation is required.  Candidate must attach copies of relevant service/work experience certificates.  

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:  1) English level III (Good Working Knowledge) Reading/Writing/Speaking is required.  (This will be tested). 

2) Level IV (Fluent) Reading/Writing/ Speaking Sinhala and/or Tamil is required. 

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Good working knowledge of the local and regional judicial system including criminal laws and procedures, and laws regarding marriage divorce, adoption and military service. Detailed knowledge of investigative techniques and security databases.     

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to conduct investigations with utmost discretion. Ability to draft correspondence and reports in English; and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook applications. Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.   


Education Requirements:

A minimum of two (2) years of College or University studies required. Candidate must attach copies of relevant educational certificates. 


Language: Level III English Language Proficiency will be tested. 


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), locally-resident EFMs and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo may receive a compensation package that may include health and other benefits as per the Local Compensation Plan. 
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:

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. 


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. 

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 Local Security Certification clearance. 
For more information on how to apply visit the Mission web site: 

Required Documents:

To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit copies of the documents listed below along with the electronic application, to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified. 


  • Proof of citizenship [NIC/Passport/Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)] 

  • High School Diploma (G.C.E. A/L Certificate) 

  • Trade School Course Certificate (College/University Certificate)

  • Transcript (Relevant Transcript of the University/College studies) 

  • Other Document (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates) 

  • Other Document 2 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 3 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)


Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language/skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered.  

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.