Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Yaounde
Position Title:
Human Resources Specialist
Open Period:
07/02/2019 - 07/16/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0305 10
XAF FCFA19,181,721
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Yaounde, CM
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 05.  Actual FS 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 of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Under the supervision of the Human Resources (HR) Officer, incumbent serves as the technical guide in Local Labor Law and practice and coordinator of HR projects and programs. Incumbent also provides general guidance to HRO on Embassy policies and procedures and technical guidance to HR staff on more difficult issues and cases. Serves as technical advisor on Cameroonian Labor Law – including compensation and benefits - and provides guidance to Mission Management on labor litigation. Coordinates various personnel projects or programs such as Employment Programs, Employee Handbook revision, HR kits, Workers’ Compensation Program, HR Standard Operating Procedures, HR Policies, implementation of salary increase.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  At least five years of progressively responsible experience in H.R. Management, including at least 2 years in a U.S. government Agency or an international organization, and at least 2 years of management or supervisory experience is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have excellent knowledge of human resources procedures and practices. Mastery of the local Labor Code, regulations, as well as social security laws, regulations, and prevailing practices with emphasis on comparators policies as they apply to salaries, allowances, leave, and all other personnel management areas. Job knowledge may be tested.

Education Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, human resources, law, or education is required.


LANGUAGE: Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing French is required. Language will be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Good computer skills - MS Word, Excel, Power Point and e-mail. Must have excellent research skills. Must be able to use intranet and internet to search for regulations and guidance. Good managerial and supervisory skills, typing skills of 40 w.p.m. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be able to translate technical legal documents into both official languages, must be able to make public presentation during training and/or orientation. Must use tact and diplomacy during exit interviews and when handling litigation cases with former or departing employees or when communicating with the local legal institutions. Basic arithmetic skills to be able to calculate retirement benefits and other HR benefits. Skills and Abilities 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 Yaounde, Cameroon 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 an Embassy security clearance after selection. 

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)

  • National Identity Card or Passport

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Degree

  • Transcripts

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • Letter(s) of recommendation

  • List of references

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 Yaounde, Cameroon.