LANGUAGE: Fluent Speaking/Reading/Writing in English is required. Limited Knowledge Speaking/Reading/Writing in Spanish is required. (These may be tested)
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Incumbent must be able to work under tight deadlines and in a high-pressure environment. The incumbent must have demonstrated high levels of personal initiative, superior interpersonal skills, and be able to interact with multiple levels of contacts ranging from working level to senior level GOH officials within the Honduran National Police, Public Ministry, Ministry of Defense, and other GOH offices and agencies. The incumbent must be able to engage high-level U.S. government officials, including responding to correspondence regarding vetting from members of Congress. Superior English communication skills, both oral and written, are required. Must have good knowledge of Microsoft Office Program Applications such as Excel, database, Word, and PowerPoint. Ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance. (These 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.
All applicants applying for a position for which a given language or skill is indicated as “This may be tested” in the Vacancy Announcement, have the option of being tested in-house or must attach a copy of the results of a valid language test to their application in the Electronic Recruitment application (ERA) to be eligible for consideration.
External language test scores must be attached to the application before the job announcement’s closing date; otherwise the applicant, if otherwise qualified, will be required to undergo in-house testing.
All external test scores completed by other U.S. Government entities, including other embassies or consulates, and third-party vendors must be on official letterhead and have the applicant’s full-name, date of test, and scores received. Scores older than one (1) year old will not be accepted. (See below for exceptions).
HR will accept and convert to the MCLASS scale the following types of language tests for English and/or Spanish:
▪ The Cambridge-Michigan English Language Assessment or “CAMLA.” Either the online or paper version will be accepted.
▪ Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR), used by Foreign Service Institute and other U.S. Government language testing organizations.
▪ Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
▪ Michigan English Test (MET)
▪ Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE)
▪ Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
Note: U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa will not pay for off-site skills testing nor certifications that are accepted in lieu of testing. This is a personal expense.
Exception to Mandatory Testing:
Applicants with previous work experience at other U.S. Embassies/Consulates, are exempt from testing, if the previous position required either at or above the language level required for the position being advertised. HR will request a copy of the position description from the previous post and, once this is confirmed, the exception will apply.
Minimum Testing Levels:
- Post will test for Spanish and English for MClass 3/3 (Good Working Knowledge) and above. If a position requires a level 1/1 or 2/2, this will not be tested, but will be assessed during the interview process.
- HR will provide Department-provided guidance to devise interview questions to test speaking proficiency for MCLASS 2/2 (Limited Proficiency) and below during the interview process and not prior.
- Post will test typing skills if the required skill level is 40 wpm and above.
All test results from tests administered by post HR, including any tests administered by a third- party vendor/company on behalf of HR, or the appropriate SME in an office or agency under COM authority are valid one year from the date the test was administered, except as noted.
New testing may be required sooner because of licensing, certification, or other agency or host country requirements (e.g., firearms/weapons, medical, computer applications, other skill-specific testing).