Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Kathmandu
Position Title:
Procurement Agent (Procurement and Contracting Assistant) - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
07/19/2019 - 08/02/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0810 7
NPR ₨891,754
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
3 Vacancy in

Kathmandu, NP
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 applicants who are USEFMs, the final grade/step for the position will be determined by Washington DC. The proposed grade is FP-7.
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. Mission in Kathmandu, Nepal is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Procurement Agent (Procurement and Contracting Assistant). This position is open to all interested applicants.

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:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional Travel may be required.


The Procurement and Contracting Assistant receives, reviews, analyzes and processes procurement and contracting actions for purchasing technical, non-technical commodities, and a wide variety of services needed from qualifying agencies for running the U.S. Mission’s programs and projects, as well as the operation and maintenance of the U.S. Mission offices, vehicles, and residences.  The incumbent conducts market research and maintains professional relationships with vendors.  The incumbent closely works with customers throughout the procurement process and keeps them updated of the status and ensures customer satisfaction.  The incumbent works with receiving, customs and shipping, financial, and the Dispatch Agency personnel to ensure the efficient purchasing, shipment, and receipt of ordered items. The incumbent also works with suppliers when non-receipt, damage, or incorrectly shipped items are received to get correct products or refunds.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  At least three years of procurement experience or administrative experience in a position involving purchasing, supply or procurement of goods and services is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Good knowledge of the procurement process is required.  Good knowledge of the local market, its practices and suppliers, as well as local pricing practices is required.

Education Requirements:

A College-level degree is required. 


These may be tested (Language, Skills and Abilities):

LANGUAGE: Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing English is required. Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing Nepali is required.

Please specify in your application your level of proficiency in ALL languages listed above.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  The ability to use various Windows-based computer applications such as MS Word, MS Outlook, Power Point and Excel is required. The ability to learn and use various automated procurement software. 

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:

Benefits will be explained during job offer. 

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 security clearance. 

Applications must be completed and submitted through Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA)

Applicants must address each required qualification with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so will result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

To apply, please click the “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY” button, create or log-in to your ERA account and begin the application process.

For information on ERA and detailed instructions on how to apply, please visit the ERA information page in our internet site below:

ERA information page-Internet site: 

Paper or e-mailed applications are not accepted.


Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Copy of Citizenship

  • Education transcript

  • List of references

  • Training Certificates (Position Specific)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • Other Documents

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. 

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Kathmandu.