Sri Lanka

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Colombo
Position Title:
Resource Coordination Specialist (Female/Male) - Open to All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
01/10/2020 - 01/31/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6530 10
LKR ₨227,830
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 Hours Per Week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Colombo, CE
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 Ordinarily Resident (OR) in Sri Lanka: The proposed grade is FSN 10 Step 01: Rs. 227,830/- p.m. [Gross Monthly Salary]. Final salary would be determined based on qualifications and experience of the candidate.

*For applicants who are USEFMs, the proposed grade is FP – 5 (Steps 5 through 14): US $ 61,827/-p.a. However, the final grade/step will be 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. Mission in Colombo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Resource Coordination Specialist in the Public Affairs Office.

The work schedule for this position is: Full Time - 40 hours per week 

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin work within a reasonable period of time upon receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

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

Must be available to travel throughout Sri Lanka to support PD projects and activities.


Basic Function of Position:

The Resource Coordination Specialist works under the direct supervision of the Public Affairs Officer (or PAO designee) and supervises one Locally Employed Staff, the Resource Coordination Assistant.  Serves as the leading Public Diplomacy Locally Employed Staff responsible for the financial, program, human, and property resources that support Public Diplomacy (PD) projects and programs countrywide.  Oversees use of multiple and diverse funding streams, and ensures their compliance with all relevant US Government regulations and Sri Lankan laws.  Manages budget, contracts, and acquisition and use of PD Section materials and equipment.  Serves as primary liaison for the PD Section with Management Section and offices, and coordinates resources for constituent posts and American Spaces, and with regional PD bureaus.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

1.     Program Support (30% of time) 

2.     Financial Resource Coordination (25% of time)

3.     Management Coordination (Internal and External) (10% of time)

4.     Procurement and Property Coordination (10% of time

5.     General Administrative Functions (15% of time)

For further information: Please refer the complete Position Description available in the Mission web site


Qualifications and Evaluations



A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in budget, accounting, business administration, financial management, organizational management, public administration, project management, or grants management work is required. Candidate must attach copies of relevant service/work experience certificates. 


1) Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required (This will be tested).

2) Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing Sinhala/Tamil is required.


Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy objectives and American interests in Sri Lanka; understanding of regional, ethnic, socio-economic, cultural and linguistic factors and the influence of religious, cultural and educational institutions in shaping perceptions of the U.S. are all required.    

Comprehensive knowledge of Sri Lankan geography, infrastructure, government institutions, and common business and banking practices is required.  General understanding of regional, ethnic, socio-economic, cultural and linguistic factors and the influence of religious, cultural and educational institutions as they relate to perceptions of the U.S. is required.  Knowledge of customer service in Sri Lanka is required.   Must have an understanding of communications in Sri Lanka and the international information environment as it affects Sri Lanka, and must be familiar with digital practices and procedures.

For further information: Please refer the complete Position Description available in the Mission web site


  • Analytic skills

  • Communication / Interpersonal skills

  • Management Skills

  • Technical Skills

For further information: Please refer the complete Position Description available in the Mission web site


Education Requirements:

A university degree in Business Administration, Financial Management, Organizational Management, Accounting, Public Administration, or Linguistics is required. Candidate must attach copies of relevant educational certificates.


LANGUAGE: Level IV English Language Proficiency will be tested.




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), locally-resident EFMs and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo may receive a compensation package that may include health and other benefits as per the Local Compensation Plan.

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:

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.

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 Local Security Certification clearance.

For more information on how to apply visit the Mission web site: (

Required Documents:

To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit copies of the documents listed below along with the electronic application, to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified.

  • University Degree (Degree Certificate)

  • Transcript (Relevant Transcript of the Degree studies)

  • Other Document (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 2 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 3 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Proof of citizenship [NIC/Passport/Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)]

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language/skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.