Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Brasilia
Position Title:
Purchasing Agent - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
08/19/2019 - 09/09/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0810 7
BRL R$66.465
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Brasilia, BR
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

For USEFM - FS-7. Actual FS salary 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 Brasilia is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Purchasing Agent in the General Services Office (GSO).

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

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The incumbent is one of the five purchasing agents and provides procurement and contracting support for the Embassy and associated agencies. Conducts open market negotiations for procurements, as well as issuance of blanket purchase agreements. The value of a single contract and/or purchase order may exceed $150,000 and annual procurement volumes will exceed $2 million. Is responsible for all types of procurement, including on the local market, from Department of State-approved contracts, (GSA, GSA-approved contracts), and may use cash, purchase card, and/or purchase order.

For more information about the main duties of the position, please click here.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Progressively responsible experience in the field of contracting, acquisition, shipping, commerce, vendor relations, purchasing and cashiering areas are required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Good knowledge of local market practices, and of the capability and reliability of local suppliers. Must understand local pricing customs and practices complete awareness about, and acceptance of the required standards of ethics and integrity. Excellent knowledge of business English, spelling, grammar and punctuation required to produce and review complex written contract documents. Extensive knowledge of computers and computer software. Solid working knowledge of MS Excel (this may be tested). 

Education Requirements:

Two years of college or university studies is required.



LANGUAGE: (This may be tested)
Level IV (Fluent) in both written and spoken Portuguese and English is required. 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: (This may be tested)
Excellent analytical skills, particularly with financial data. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English and Portuguese Excellent negotiation skills. Strong Organization Skills. Strong Time Management Skills. Ability to evaluate contractor performance against contractual requirements. Ability to deliver in advance of strict deadlines. 

Must have a local driver's license category B.

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 Brasilia 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.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust/Local 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.

Important notes:

  • Please make sure you enter all your work experience and education through the ERA Application. Attached Curriculum files will not be considered.

  • For positions that require English Levels III or IV, applications MUST be submitted in English.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

• High School Diploma
• Driver’s License 
• DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
• SF-50 (if applicable)
• List of references

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 Brasilia.