Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Tegucigalpa
Position Title:
Political Assistant - Vetting Assistant (Open To U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members)
Open Period:
02/02/2021 - 03/10/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
FP - 1605 7
USD $38,056
Work Schedule:
Part-time - (32 hours per week)
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Tegucigalpa, HO
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources Office


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) - All Agencies
For USEFM - FP is 7.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Definite not to exceed five years.
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: Part Time (32 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:


Basic Function: The incumbent is responsible for coordinating human rights and other vetting in accordance with U.S. law (in particular the Leahy Amendment), Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), and Post guidelines.  The incumbent will coordinate with the Political Section and will develop vetting policies and procedures.  The incumbent will be the primary point of contact for processing INL-Honduras (INL/H) vetting requests.  The incumbent will also assist INL-Honduras (INL/H) by coordinating support to vetting TDYers, will manage local vetting results, and will coordinate closely with appropriate sections at Post to ensure historic polygraph results or other local vetting information  is imported appropriately into those agencies’ databases.  The incumbent will also have to interact with U.S. and international advisors to the Government of Honduras (GOH).  The incumbent may also assist the INL/H Director by interacting with GOH officials at the highest levels, including ministers, the President of the Supreme Court, and directors of various GOH agencies and offices to brief them on the vetting process.  The incumbent will assist the INL/H Director by consulting with and coordinating with GOH employees at lower levels to follow-up on other vetting related issues.  The incumbent will also assist in the management of Post’s vetting databases. 

The incumbent will be responsible for organizing his/her time with limited oversight from the Human Rights Officer and supervision from the INL/H Deputy Director.  This position requires a Secret clearance.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  Three years of professional work experience in administration and or database management is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Incumbent must be able to develop knowledge of the Leahy Law and other U.S. laws governing vetting requirements and Department of State regulations.

Education Requirements:

Two years college or university studies are required.


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)

▪ Berlitz

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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). 

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 Honduras 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.

Note: Candidates must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

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

To apply for this position click the “Apply to this Vacancy” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site: https://hn.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/ 

Required Documents:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent, if applicable)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

  • Passport copy (if applicable)

  • University Transcripts or Degree

  • Language Scores (if available)

  • Proof of citizenship (if applicable)

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

  • 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 or telephone.

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 at hrot3@state.gov.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Honduras.