Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Sofia
Position Title:
Translator (Military Affairs Assistant)
Open Period:
10/19/2021 - 11/03/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0210 8
BGN лв17.51
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 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 - FP is 6.  Actual FP 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 (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


Serves as the Military Affairs Advisor, Protocol Specialist, Translator, and provides office administrative support for the Defense Attaché Office (DAO).  Screens publicly available newspapers, press releases, periodicals, and electronic publications, containing military, technical, economic, and legal defense-related information.  Analyzes and summarizes important items of military and political interest for the DAO.  Keeps up with military affairs and follows the course of development and implementation of military plans, concepts, political decisions, military legislation, and strategies to report to DAO accordingly.  Translates various articles, documents, and all official correspondence from Bulgarian into English.  Provides translation/interpretation support to DAO and the Ambassador's office at military events, official visits, receptions, and press conferences.  This position serves as the primary liaison with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation Authority and Ministry of Defense on a variety of defense related issues.  The incumbent is responsible for scheduling meetings, appointments, hotel reservations and all other arrangements associated with travel for DAO members and high-level visiting delegations.  Serves as the DAO’s primary contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding aircraft and ship clearances.



Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in communications, involving written and verbal translating/interpreting from/to English in an official capacity.

Please address this factor in your application under Main Duties & Responsibilities of your Work Experience.


JOB KNOWLEDGE: Incumbent will be expected to develop intimate knowledge of the structures and long-term development plan of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense, the General Staff and the Armed Forces of Bulgaria.  Incumbent should understand the capabilities of the equipment used by the Bulgarian Armed Forces.  Detailed knowledge of Bulgarian and U.S. military, political and economic terminology and acronyms related to programs and equipment will be required.  Thorough knowledge of American and Bulgarian customs, courtesies and protocol will be required.


Education Requirements:

EDUCATION: At least 2 years college or university studies (no specific field required).

Please upload the required document to your application.



LANGUAGE (this may be tested): 

  • Fluent English language Speaking/Reading/Writing required.

  • Fluent Bulgarian language Speaking/Reading/Writing required.

Please address both requirements in your application.



  • Must be able to communicate concisely and confidently

  • High level of initiative is expected

  • Expert working knowledge of computers and business software applications (Microsoft Suite) is required

  • Ability to work independently and organize priorities is a must

  • Ability to prepare and present briefings for small to medium audiences is expected

  • Must be able to analyze military trends and formulate briefing summaries

  • Must be flexible and adjust personal schedule to meet occasional after hour job requirements

  • Must be able to adapt to short notice schedule changes

  • Some overtime is required and the ability to travel in and out of Bulgaria on occasion is necessary

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.



To be considered for this position, you must enter the requested information in the Education, Experience and Language sections of your ERA application. Resumes/CVs are not requested and will NOT be reviewed. 

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

The Embassy provides a variety of benefits such as alternate work schedule, online training possibilities, medical reimbursement plan, community services and events, cafeteria and café, bank office on the premises, as well as gym and other sport facilities and activities.

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Sofia 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:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and/or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

  • Proof of College or University Studies (Degree, Transcripts, Student Book, etc.)

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

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent - for EFMs only)

  • SF-50 (if applicable - for EFMs only)

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


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 or phone. 

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 Sofia, Bulgaria.