Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Harare
Position Title:
Human Resources Specialist
Open Period:
06/26/2019 - 07/03/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0305 10
USD $48,792
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Harare, ZI
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Current Employees of the mission /USEFMs / EFMs/MOHs

For USEFM - FP 5 is 54,932. Actual FP 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:

  • 40 hours per week

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.  

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


The incumbent serves as a Human Resources (HR) Specialist and the principal assistant to a regional Human Resources Officer (R/HRO) responsible for providing the full complement of HR support services to a mid-sized embassy. The incumbent is the senior HR professional in the absence of the R/HRO and provides direct supervision to three Locally Employed (LE) Staff HR Assistants, One HR Clerk and work guidance to one Eligible Family Member (EFM) HR Assistant. The mission is comprised of four agencies (State Department, USAID, HHS/Centers for Disease Control and DOD/Defense Attache Office) and 329 positions (direct-hire, EFM and LE Staff).

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in human resources, personnel administration or administrative management. One year of supervisory experience is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: A good working knowledge of the relevant FAM regulations and corresponding FAH. An advanced knowledge of DOS policies and procedures related to personnel management (policies and procedures published by HR/OE). A good working knowledge of local labor law, prevailing practices and customs as applied to compensation, benefits, severance, retirement and discipline.

Education Requirements:

A Bachelors' Degree in human resources, personnel administration or business management is required.


LANGUAGE: Level IV English language fluency and a high degree of proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Good computer skills (MS Office), including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and internet searching are required. Basic mathematical skills required. Keyboarding skills that include both speed and accuracy are required. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and tact.

This may 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 Harare 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:

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

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button available on the link; https://erajobs.state.gov/dos-era/zwe/vacancysearch/searchVacancies.hms

For more information on how to apply visit the our website; https://zw.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/u-s-embassy-job-vacancies/

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Copy of University Degree Certificate

  • Copy of Ordinary level certificate with a minimum of 5 passes including English

  • In addition to the above US Citizen EFMs only should also attach the documents below:

    • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

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

    • Most Recent 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 Harare.