Sri Lanka

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Colombo
Position Title:
Security Investigator [Female/ Male] Open to All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
08/08/2019 - 08/22/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0705 9
LKR ₨170,822
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Colombo, CE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants /All Sources [Candidates who have Bachelor’s degree and 5 years experiences as mentioned under Education and Experience requirements of this vacancy announcement may apply].
*For applicants who are Ordinarily Resident in Sri Lanka: The proposed grade is FSN 9 Step 01: Rs. 170,822/- p.m.
*For applicants who are USEFMs, the proposed grade is FP-5 (steps 1 through 4): US $ 54,932/-p.a. However, the final grade/step will be 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 U.S. Mission in Colombo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of the Security Investigator in the Regional Security Office.

The work schedule for this position is: Full Time- 40 hours per week 

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


Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
50% or less

Performs the full range of personal background security investigative duties relating to the determination of suitability of local job applicants for employment with the Embassy or associated agencies of the Foreign Service.


Basic Function of Position: As the Supervisory Foreign Service National Investigator (FSNI), incumbent performs investigations relating to personnel investigations and other investigations as requested relative to threats and criminal incidents. Employee supervises one FSNI and one Investigative Assistant. Incumbent maintains important liaisons with key security officials’ in-country. Incumbent is the FSN security representative who handles security liaison for VIP visits and Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) meetings as assigned by the Regional Security Officer (RSO). Conducts counterintelligence briefings for locally employed staff. The Supervisory FSNI reports directly to the RSO.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Performs the full range of personal background security investigative duties relating to the determination of suitability of local job applicants for employment with the Embassy or associated agencies of the Foreign Service. This duty involves planning, investigating, fact-finding, evaluating and writing the report that will be the basis for the determination of the applicant's suitability for employment. Reviews investigations completed by FSNI and Investigative Assistant.

Supervises the performance of one FSNI and one Investigative Assistant, including delegating and monitoring assignments. Evaluates performance, including writing evaluations, providing training and guidance, and disciplining poor performance or conduct. Assists the RSO with recruitment, interviewing, and selection.

Liaises with key security officials in-country and handles security liaison for VIP visits (Congressional, Ambassadors, Secretary of State and Assistant Secretaries, or other high-level officers). Serves as primary point of contact between Embassy and all senior Sri Lanka Police officials. Incumbent presents USG needs and positions even if contrary to host government's practices. Assists the RSO in planning, organizing, coordinating and, if necessary, protection of senior US government officials. Incumbent is responsible for providing assistance in coordinating the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) program.

Follows investigative leads connected to Embassy threats and criminal incidents. Evaluates evidence for credibility and seeks additional corroboration. Briefs the RSO and other officials on investigative findings. Coordinates with other Embassy elements to gather information and develop mitigation strategies. Investigates suspected irregularities on the part of Foreign Service local employees, including theft, malfeasance, and other conduct issues. Completes detailed and timely written reports on all investigations. Brief the Regional Security Officer (RSO), as well as other relevant officials on the status and outcome of investigations.

Conducts counterintelligence (CI) and security briefings. Security briefings are required for all new locally employed staff and are periodically required for current employees. CI briefings are required for current employees and cover Embassy policies, threats, mitigation strategies, and other best practices.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in investigative or security work with police, military or a private security organization, including two years of supervisory experience in a security related field is required. Candidate must attach copies of relevant service/work experience certificates. 


1) Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required [This will be tested].

2) Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing Sinhala and /or Tamil is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: A working knowledge of the principles and techniques of investigation; and a working knowledge of documentary sources of information; and familiarity with local laws (such as marriage, divorce, adoption, invasion of privacy, etc.)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to maintain extensive contacts with officials of various local agencies including police and military. Ability to deal effectively with others to obtain their cooperation. Must be able to obtain information and determine its relevancy, report facts accurately, and write in a logical, concise and objective manner. Should possess standard skills in use of IT software, including MS Office Suite and Internet search engines.

Must possess a valid class ‘B’ [formally C, C1] driver's license [Safe driving skills will be tested]. Candidate must attach a copy of the relevant driving license.

Education Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in law, law enforcement, security, management, administration, or Social Sciences is required. Candidate must attach copies of relevant educational certificates.


Language: Level IV English Language Proficiency will be tested.

Skills and Abilities: Safe driving skills will be tested.


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), locally-resident EFMs and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo may receive a compensation package that may include health and other benefits as per the Local Compensation Plan.

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:

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.

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 Local Security Certification clearance.

For more information on how to apply visit the Mission web site: (

Required Documents:

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

  • University Degree (Degree Certificate)

  • Transcript (Relevant Transcript of the Degree studies)

  • Other Document (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 2 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 3 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Proof of citizenship [NIC/Passport/Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)]

  • Driver’s License (Both sides of the Driver’s License)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language/skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka