Democratic Republic of the Congo

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Kinshasa
Position Title:
Political Assistant - Open to - All interested Applicants
Open Period:
02/12/2021 - 03/24/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1605 9
USD $0
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Monday thru Friday (40 hours/week)
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Kinshasa, CG
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 5.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
Only one Open-to category should remain:

•    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 U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political Assistant in the Political Section.

The work schedule for this position is:

Full Time (40 number of hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Under the supervision of Deputy Political Counselor, incumbent maintains contact with official and private Congolese at all levels.  Keeps Political Counselor informed of political developments and current events.  Prepares analytical and biographical reports.  Introduces Embassy officials to Congolese contacts.  Makes appointments for official calls.  Assists political officers in travel to the interior.  Acts as official greeter for large Embassy receptions.  Translates documents from French to English and from English to French.  Serves as official Embassy translator and interpreter providing simultaneous interpretation as required.



Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum five years of Political Affairs experience in DRC, Kinshasa preferably. Professional experience using English is required.

Education Requirements:


Possession of a Collegiate Degree in Political Sciences, International Relations, History or related field. Collegiate level study in/of English


This may be tested:


Level III (working Knowledge) speaking/reading/writing English is required.

Level IV (Fluency) speaking/reading/writing French is required.

Good working knowledge of one of the most spoken local languages is required. 


Incumbent needs to be able to type 40wpm (Level II) for Bio files, text message, use email, and be proficient at Word and Excel.

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. Embassy in Kinshasa 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 medical and security clearances. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Embassy internet site.

Required Documents:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

  • Degree (not transcript)

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

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. Embassy in Kinshasa.