Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Nairobi
Position Title:
Commercial Assistant
Open Period:
06/26/2019 - 07/18/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1510 8
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hour week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Nairobi, KE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FS is FP.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

•    All Interested Applicants / All Sources

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 (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


Basic Function of the Position:

Under the supervision of the Commercial Officer, performs assignments in conducting research, identifying contacts, and writing reports in order to promote U.S. trade objectives in Kenya and the East Africa regions for assigned industry sectors including professional services, construction, and consumer goods, automotive, plastics and packaging sectors.  Incumbent maintains close contact with a wide range of working-level and high-level private and public-sector officials in the assigned industry sectors, and counsels visiting U.S. business people and their corresponding local representatives. Incumbent writes various USDOC-standard market reports and is administratively responsible for one or more specialized trade promotion assistance programs (Gold Key Service, International Partner Search, etc.)  Assists as necessary in research and resolution of trade complaints within the assigned industries. Assists with maintaining website, reporting of results and contacts in online database, and coordinating event logistics.

Qualifications and Evaluations



Two-year experience in marketing, business administration, trade promotion, economic research, information management is required.


Thorough knowledge of the domestic economy, commercial and industrial structures, business and industry customs and practices and trade and investment laws, regulations and policies. Thorough understanding of FCS trade promotion goals, programs and procedures, marketing strategies and reporting requirements. Thorough knowledge of U.S. business practices.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business administration, economics, marketing, or public relations is required.





Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing of English is required. (This may be tested).

Level III (Good Working Knowledge) speaking of Kiswahili is required.



Ability to develop and maintain an extensive range of mid to high-level contacts in the host government and private sector; to plan, organize and execute complex commercial research projects to prepare precise and accurate reports embodying in-depth analytical evaluations and to render advice with detachment and objectivity, employing sound professional judgement.

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 Nairobi, Kenya 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.


  1. Current employees who used a hiring preference to gain employment who are within their first 90 calendar days of employment are not eligible to apply.

  2. Candidates with a hiring preference who have already accepted a conditional offer of employment may NOT be extended a second conditional offer of employment unless and until they withdraw their candidacy for the first position in writing.

  3. The following may also be considered when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, etc.

  4. ** If selected, EFMs are expected to serve in the positon for at least one year from the date of hire, and their sponsor’s tour of duty must allow sufficient time for this.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a public trust clearance. 

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: NOTE: (Applications without required documents will not be considered).

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent).

  • Residency and/or Work Permit.

  • Degree certificate (not transcript) in business administration, economics, marketing, or public relations. 

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

  • CV

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 Nairobi, Kenya.