Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy The Hague
Position Title:
Political Specialist - All Interested Applicants (Transnational/Global Issues Specialist)
Open Period:
09/10/2020 - 09/30/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1605 10
EUR €66,015
Work Schedule:
Full-time - .
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

The Hague, NL
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Lisa Rouissi
070 310 2235


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
For USEFM - FS is FP-05 (Steps 5 - 14).  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Initial contract of one year, includes a one-month probationary period, with view to extension.
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 upon 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 Position:  Responsible for expert-level reporting, analysis, and programmatic coverage of transnational issues in the Netherlands, including  providing written and oral briefings and recommendations directly to officers in the Political/Economic section, the Front Office, and Washington-based officials in the Department of State and other agencies.  Transnational issues include counter terrorism and countering violent extremism: counter terrorism finance and sanctions, cyber security and data protection; law enforcement, border security, and intelligence services; counter-narcotics, labor, migration, and immigration; trafficking in persons (TIP); women's issues; and social policy.  Incumbent serves as a direct point of contact on transnational issues with Dutch government officials and civil society and additionally serves as a direct point of contact on extraditions to the United States for U.S. Department of Justice officials.  Incumbent has a lead role in drafting Congressionally-mandated reports on transnational issues, and also drafts briefing memos and analytical cables.  Incumbent organizes and supports visits by U.S. officials.  Supports other work in the Pol/Econ Section.  

Qualifications and Evaluations


Experience:  At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience on issues related to counter terrorism, cyber security, law enforcement, counter-narcotics, environment, science, technology, health, labor, trafficking in persons, women's issues, and/or social policy, with proven skill in written presentations of analysis and presentation of conclusions.

Job Knowledge:  Advanced knowledge and understanding of Dutch political, social, judicial, law enforcement, and cyber policies and institutions is required to enable the incumbent to (a) comply with the complex political research, analysis, reporting, and briefing requirements; (b) understand and describe the implications of changes in the Dutch political system to Dutch-U.S. relations in general and U.S. transnational interests in particular; (c) advise direct hire officers in the Pol/Econ section on developments and trends in the Netherlands on transnational issues. 

Education Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in political science, international relations, economics, law, sociology, and/or security policy is required


Language:  Speaking/Reading/Writing fluent English and Dutch is required.  (This may be tested.)

Skills and Abilities:  Incumbent must be able to approach assignments in an analytical and objective manner to identify and separate important developments and trends from less important matters; and must be able to develop and cultivate a knowledgeable and reliable set of key contacts in all sectors of the Dutch government and society.  The incumbent must be able to demonstrate initiative and carry out tasks independently with minimal supervision.  Ability to carry out multiple simultaneous complex research and analytical reporting projects is required.  Ability to work under tight deadlines.  Intermediate computer skills and strong writing skills are required, along with familiarity  with social media and technology.

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 security certification, medical certification (if applicable) and may be required to obtain a Certificate of Conduct for Natural Persons (VOG) from the Ministry of Safety and Justice of the Netherlands.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Salary: €54,921 annual base salary.  An additional 20.2% will be added to the listed Locally Employed (LE) Staff salary for allowances and premiums.  You will receive a vacation bonus at 8.2 percent of base pay, a bonus for duty-free days at 3.67 percent of base pay and a year-end bonus at 8.33 percent of base pay.  For this FSN-10 position this equates to a total remuneration of €66,015 per annum based on a 40-hour work week.

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 Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance and Certificate of Conduct for Natural Persons (VOG) from the Ministry of Safety and Justice of the Netherlands.

To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit the documents listed via ERA (Electronic Recruitment Application) to be considered for employment.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified. When describing work, list specific duties/responsibilities and accomplishments.  Include supervisory responsibilities and the number of employees supervised.  Go into as much detail as possible for work experience that directly relates to the advertised position. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission the Netherlands internet site.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:
- Passport copy
- Bachelor degree 
- Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)
- CV (curriculum vitae, desirable) 

The following options allow you to upload additional information:
Other Documents, Other Document 2, Other Document 3

AEFM/USEFM applicants are requested to upload the following documents:
- Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equiv.)
- DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation
- SF-50 

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 the Netherlands.