Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Sofia
Position Title:
Voucher Examiner (Trainee Level) (Accounts Payable Assistant)
Open Period:
11/25/2019 - 12/23/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0420 7
Not Specified
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
3 Vacancy in

Sofia, BU
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 7.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
•    Fixed-term appointment for approximately 13 (thirteen) months
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)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (one month) of 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 the Position:

The incumbent’s daily duty is to perform work consisting of the examination and audit for accuracy, legality, compliance with regulations, and justification of vouchers, invoices, claims, and other requests for payment from customer posts. Responsible for processing post assignment vouchers for all overseas posts from Post Support Unit (PSU) client posts.  The incumbent is relied on by the Certifying Officer to forward only correct, legal, and proper vouchers for certification. Incumbent assures compliance with regulations and correct computation on the basis of supporting documents submitted by U.S. Embassy Finance Offices worldwide, or through contact with program officials, travelers, and vendor's/contractors.  The incumbent must ensure compliance with Federal, Department of State, PSU, and individual client post policies. When vouchers are rejected, incumbent must provide detailed and tactful explanations of the regulation or policy to the submitter and inform them of the necessary corrective action.    

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  One year (full-time equivalent) progressively responsible work experience in finance, accounting, bookkeeping or related financial field.


  • Adherence to Post Support Unit (PSU) standard operating procedures and the Post Policies of all posts serviced by PSU.

  • Thorough understanding of the ISO 9001 quality management system and Post Support Unit specific ISO 9001 work instructions.

  • Proficient knowledge of the payment functions and accounting structure.

  • Proficient knowledge in prudent business practice in payment and billings, audit standards, and standard payment procedures,

  • In-depth knowledge of travel, especially international travel, allowances, payroll, voucher types, preparation and processing procedures is required;

  • Ability and knowledge to process and review such payment vouchers.

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in economics in accounting, banking, finance, business administration or related field.




This may be tested:

LANGUAGE:  Level IV (fluent) reading/speaking/writing English is required. Level IV (fluent) reading/speaking/writing Bulgarian is required.


  • Strong computer skills including MS Office applications (Excel, Power Point, and Word), internet and website navigation skills, and automated financial and/accounting applications.

  • Ability to analyze data, accounting and payment records and reports, and obtain necessary information to correct problems.

  • Strong writing and oral communication skills; solid interpersonal skills.

  • Solid interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team including with colleagues in different physical locations and under continuous pressure.

  • Ability to recommend changes in processes and procedures in order to realize improvements in operational efficiency and customer service.

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 Bulgaria 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 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:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

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

  • Residency and/or Work Permit for non-Bulgarian citizens

  • University/Degree (not transcript) Diploma

  • CV and Cover Letter

  • 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. Mission in Bulgaria.