Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Yaounde
Position Title:
Automotive Mechanic
Open Period:
02/12/2019 - 02/26/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1020 4
XAF FCFA6,279,741
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-AA.  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: Serves as a mechanic repairing all cars, trucks, motorcycles, forklifts, generators, lawnmowers for State and Agencies (DAO, FAO, Peace Corps, CDC…).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs routine and emergency repairs on all types of vehicles, to include gasoline and diesel engines, from tune-ups to complete engine overhauls. Diagnoses faults, requests necessary parts through the Auto supply shop to repair them. Performs brake and steering repairs, which affects safety performance. Performs preventive maintenance according to schedule. Replaces oil/air/fuel/filters and batteries according to manufacturer’s prescription. Adjusts wheel balancing, repacks and adjusts wheel bearings, torques cylinder heads, adjust valves, inspects distributors advance mechanism; replaces clutch plates and covers. Test drives vehicles before and after repairs. Reports problems and needs, and addresses suggestions to Mechanic Foreman and Motor Pool Supervisor. 70%

  • Repairs and mounts tires on wheel drums, does wheel balancing after each repair or mount, washes vehicles after major work, maintains tools and work place in good order according to safety procedures; drives and operates forklifts, performs welding, minor electrical, electronic and air-conditioning repairs as necessary. Adapts replacement parts as needed. Removes GOV`s and POV’s from containers upon arrivals at post and does the make ready before handing over to customers. 15%

  • Fills out reports detailing work performed. After each work, fills the Vehicle intermediary maintenance operations or the Vehicle full maintenance operations forms and send to the Mechanic Foreman. Follows up the fuel level by reading the gauges twice a week and sends the data to the Mechanic Foreman for action. Makes the general cleaning weekly, and keeps the work place clean daily. In all operations, applies all best possible safety standards. 15%

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Two years journeyman level auto mechanic experience in a diplomatic mission, an international organization, or large local institution is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Have good knowledge of the functions of all parts of vehicles; names of parts; names and functions of tools and proper applications. Have basic knowledge of vehicle electronics and basic knowledge of computer MS Word and Excel applications.

Education Requirements:

Completion of Elementary School and a vocational/technical diploma (CAP or equivalent) in automotive mechanics is required.


LANGUAGE: List both English and host country language(s) by level and specialization. Level II (two) English and French are required. This may be tested

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Mechanical aptitude, driver’s license, ability to read and interpret vehicle manuals and repair instructions and Driver’s license. 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 U.S. Embassy 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. Embassy. 

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 (if applicable)

  • Driver’s License

  • Vocational/Trade School Diploma

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • References

  • Other Documents

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.