Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Kathmandu
Position Title:
Legal Specialist
Open Period:
07/08/2019 - 07/22/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1905 11
NPR ₨2,355,128 - NPR ₨2,355,128
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Kathmandu, NP
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources 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-4.

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a regular position with 40 hours per week schedule.
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 Legal Specialist.

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 incumbent manages a program of criminal-justice legislative reform, including reviewing and analyzing draft legislation; advising the U.S. Department of Justice Residential Legal Advisor (RLA) on existing and draft legislation, legal issues and procedures.  The incumbent establishes and maintains communication channels with senior Nepali officials involved in drafting and implementing legislation, and serves as liaison between the RLA and such officials.  The incumbent plans and organizes conferences and training sessions to combat transnational crime and develop the rule of law and fight corruption.  The incumbent manages the budget and administrative activities of a two-person office within the U.S. Mission, Kathmandu.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum 5 years of experience as an attorney in Nepal or in the Nepali justice sector is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must possess an excellent understanding of the Nepali legal system and criminal justice system, as well as a solid understanding of international legal norms, conventions, and institutions.

Education Requirements:

Completion of University Degree in Law is required.


LANGUAGE:  Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing English is required. Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing Nepali is required. English language ability may be tested.

Skills and Abilities:  Must be able to use Windows-based computer applications such as MS Word, Excel, Power Point and MS Outlook.

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). 

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 applyplease 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

  • List of References

  • Education transcript

  • Training certificates (position relevant)

  • Residency Permit (If applicable)

  • DD-214 (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • Other documents (work experience certificates, as available)

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.