Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Maputo
Position Title:
Commercial Specialist
Open Period:
12/07/2018 - 12/21/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1510 10
USD $41,748 - USD $41,748
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week OR 20 hours per week (upon agreement).
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Maputo, MZ
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
subject to successful completion of probationary period
About the Agency

The U.S. Mission in Maputo/Mozambique is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Commercial Specialist.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The incumbent supports the Senior Commercial Officer and the Commercial Service globally in promoting U.S. exports to Mozambique. Major duties include, but are not limited to:  Follows and analyzes economic and commercial developments in country. Responsible for all CS activities associated with assigned market sectors and general knowledge of priority sectors for the country.  Plans, organizes and executes the promotion of CS products and core fee-based services. Coordinates major trade exhibitions, seminars, conferences, product launches and trade missions. Conducts market research for trade shows, trade missions, and client services. Monitors and reports on trade opportunities and trends/changes within assigned market sectors.  Researches and writes major portions of the Country Commercial Guide (CCG) and writes periodic International Marketing Insights and similar Commercial Service reports.  Provides initial technical review of the CCG for accuracy, clarity, completeness and grammatical presentation.  Compiles, interprets and analyzes market intelligence data in order to exploit it in the promotion of CS activities in assigned sectors and best prospect sectors. Demonstrates, builds and maintains an extensive range of mid to senior-level contacts in business and government.  Counsels clients on their potential for export success. Conducts pre and post license export checks and reports back to Washington, D.C.  The incumbent handles complex trade complaints, especially from U.S. companies.  Assists and advises the Senior Commercial Officer on complex Mozambican government tenders and associated commercial advocacy projects on behalf of U.S. companies. Assists the Senior Commercial Officer with senior-level Commerce Department official visits to Mozambique. Mentors junior staff on Commercial Service policies and procedures.  Serves as a team leader for more extensive projects, and may be requested to supervise and/or provide training to junior staff in all aspects related to the work of a Commercial Specialist.


Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  At least 5 years of responsible work experience in a sales, marketing, business management, trade promotion, market/economic research or information management environment within the Mozambique market is required.


Thorough knowledge of the domestic economy, commercial, governmental and industrial structures, business and industry customs and practices and trade and investment laws, regulations and policies. Thorough understanding of Commercial Services’ trade promotion goals, programs and procedures, marketing strategies and reporting requirements or ability to learn them quickly.


Comprehensive knowledge and experience in HIV/AIDS treatment. Thorough public health knowledge of current HIV/AIDS issues. Strong skills in the clinical management of HIV/AIDS. Comprehensive knowledge of the host government healthcare system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations. Good working knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of treatment programs. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multidisciplinary project teams and activities and overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions.

Education Requirements:

A (four year) bachelor’s degree or host country equivalent in economics, accounting, marketing, international trade or business administration or equivalent postsecondary education/work experience is required.


LANGUAGE: English: Level IV (reading, writing, and speaking) is required.

                   Portuguese: Level IV (reading, writing and speaking) is required.


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

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. 

Benefits and Other Info

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in (insert post and/or country name) 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*

(2)          AEFM / USEFM

(3)          FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

How to Apply

How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.  Applicants must apply through
Required Documents:

Degree with transcript

Residency and/or Work Permit

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.