Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Accra
Position Title:
Secretary (All Interested Applicants/All Sources)
Open Period:
07/01/2020 - 07/15/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0105 6
GHS ¢44,051 - GHS ¢44,051
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Accra, GH
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 the final grade/step will 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 U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana is seeking eligible applicants for the position of Secretary.  The schedule for this position is full time, 40 hours per week.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Under the supervision of Supervisory General Services Officer, jobholder provides administrative, secretarial, and receptionist support to the General Services Office.  Prepare Time and Attendance for General Services Office (GSO) employees, plan and organise meetings for the General Services Office (GSO), provide customer service and prepare correspondence for Supervisory General Services Officer (SGSO) approval and arrange for the dispatch of information related to General Services Office (GSO) operations.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  Two years of secretarial and clerical experience in an international organisation is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Knowledge of secretarial and administrative duties including records keeping, book keeping and verification of petty cash transaction receipts is required.

Education Requirements:

Completion of secondary education, and two years of post secondary or college education in secretaryship or management is required.



LANGUAGE:  Good working knowledge in English (spoken, written and reading) is required.  (Language proficiency will be tested.)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES Must be proficient with computer, including basic software programs (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access). Must be able to apply DOS recommended applications and be able to type 40 wpm. Must posses good interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team. (Computer skills will 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 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 Accra, Ghana 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 security 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.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • Certificate or License

  • 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. Mission in Accra, Ghana.