Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Kabul
Position Title:
Political Specialist (Provincial Team Supervisor)
Open Period:
05/01/2021 - 05/15/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1605 10
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time - From Sunday through Thursday
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Kabul, AF
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources

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 Kabul is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for position of Political Specialist.

The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 hours per week)


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


Serves as the senior LES for the Afghan Government Unit, supervising two LES. Is responsible for a wide breadth of unusually challenging/difficult portfolios, all a national security priority for the USG. Will serve as the chief advisor/analyst for the Political Section on Afghan political parties, opposition movements/coalitions, relationship between the Palace and political stakeholders, National Assembly, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, electoral reform and other elections-related issues, and NGOs. Must be familiar with all political parties, factions, and parliamentary caucuses. Importantly, develops, maintains, and strengthens relationships with key political figures, government ministries, parliamentarians of both houses, parliamentary staff and parliamentary protocol offices and secretariats. Provides summaries/analyses of major legislation and understand rules of procedure. Monitors political party participation in the electoral process. Advises Political Section on engagement with Afghan political elite. Provides biographical information on all Afghan interlocutors. Schedules and attends meetings with all levels of political contacts for senior Washington visitors, Embassy Front Office, Political Counselor, and political officers, interpreting when necessary. Supports high-level visits and representational events. Undertakes other duties as required.  

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with the U.S or other diplomatic missions, the Afghan Parliament, the Afghan government, or NGOs dealing with the Afghan government. Experience must include at least 3 years of daily interactions with mid- to high-level Afghan government officials, or with provincial/local leaders from all of Afghanistan’s geographic regions is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: The incumbent must have an in-depth knowledge of provincial politics and the security situation in the major Afghan provinces – Kandahar, Helmand, Herat, Bamyan, Balkh, Kunduz, Panjshir, and Nangahar – and must be familiar with the general political and security situations in the rest of Afghanistan’s provinces. He/She must also be familiar with U.S. policy, the U.S. policymaking process, and Department of State reporting procedures..

Education Requirements:

University degree in law, political science, international relations, international law, history, journalism, public administration is required.


LANGUAGE: Level 4 (fluent) English is required. Level 4 (fluent) Dari is required. Level 2 (limited) Pashto is required

 "this may be tested"

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must demonstrate an ability to establish and cultivate professional relationships with government officials and provincial leaders from all of Afghanistan’s geographic regions. Excellent written and oral communication required for regular briefings and written reports on all aspects of provincial politics. Must be able to use multiple media and online sources for research. Interpret and translate fluidly between English and Dari. Use Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Sharepoint software to report and share information. Must have strong leadership and management skills. 

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.


Applicants must address required qualifications criteria listed below with specific information and documentation supporting each item. For example, official transcripts evidencing educational requirements must be attached to the original application submission. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified. We are not required to contact applicants who have submitted incomplete application packages.

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 (insert post and/or country name) 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 local security clearance. To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit the documents listed below to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified. To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site (US Embassy Kabul Website).




Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Tazkira

  • Bachelor Degree

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. 

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.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan