Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Nairobi
Position Title:
Business Development Specialist - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
10/23/2019 - 11/06/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1510 10
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 Hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Nairobi, KE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FS is FP.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

•    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 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 (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less



Basic Function of the Position; 

The Business Development Specialist is a full-time Locally-Employed Staff (LE Staff) position that serves as the sole in-Country Representative and principal Mission Kenya liaison to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), advising on the management and implementation of approximately 10-15 new projects and 15-25 carry-over projects per year. From an in-country perspective, the Business Development Specialist provides advice and analysis to the USTDA Regional Director and Country Managers for East Africa (based in Washington, D.C.) related to the identification, evaluation and tracking of USTDA's critical foreign assistance activities in Kenya and East Africa, across highly diverse and complex sectors such as telecommunications, transportation, energy and the environment. On their own initiative, the Business Development Specialist works with Kenyan companies, U.S. companies present in Kenya, sub-regional and national development banks, and with Kenyan government officials to develop new USTDA funding opportunities in Kenya and to evaluate ongoing or completed activities in Kenya. The incumbent is responsible for representing and overseeing all of the Agency's activities throughout the country and communicating with high-level Kenyan government officials. Position is directly supervised by the by the USTDA's Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director resident in Washington, D.C.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience in international economics, marketing, finance, trade or investment promotion, or banking is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Specialized knowledge of and experience with Kenyan business practices, government operations, economic development needs, laws, policies, and major infrastructure and industrial activities, including development and financing of such projects. This position is required to use Ms. Office suite, advance Excel spreadsheet features, internal databases used to record project information.

Education Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in international business, economics, business administration, law, political science, marketing, finance or foreign trade is required.



Level IV (Fluent) reading/writing/speaking of English is required. (This may be tested).

Level III(Good) reading/writing/speaking Kiswahili is required.


  • Interaction and coordination with a network of high-level contacts

  • responding to requests for detailed program-related information from Kenyan government officials, as well as the U.S. private sector.

  • addressing scope of work questions related to ongoing USTDA project activities, recommending and scheduling high­level meetings on short notice,

  • acting as an intermediary in sensitive communications between USTDA HQ and local project sponsors

  • analytical judgment to propose new approaches and types of assistance that fit with the market and demands.

  • ability to identify and recommend new projects and programs for USTDA throughout East Africa, and organizes overseas visits starting with submission of proposals to USTDA HQ, recruiting and guiding local clients on desired program.

  • exercises a high degree of autonomy in daily activities, including prioritization of work projects, outreach to high level public and private sector contacts, and overall administration of USTDA projects and financial obligations in East Africa valued at approximately $3.5-$8 million annually.

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 Nairobi, Kenya 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.



  1. Current employees who used a hiring preference to gain employment who are within their first 90 calendar days of employment are not eligible to apply.

  2. Candidates with a hiring preference who have already accepted a conditional offer of employment may NOT be extended a second conditional offer of employment unless and until they withdraw their candidacy for the first position in writing.

  3. The following may also be considered when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, etc.

  4. ** If selected, EFMs are expected to serve in the positon for at least one year from the date of hire, and their sponsor’s tour of duty must allow sufficient time for this.

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)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • Master’s Degree certificate

  • Curriculum- vitae (CV) 

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 Nairobi, Kenya.