Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Kabul
Position Title:
Political Assistant (Provincial)
Open Period:
05/01/2021 - 05/15/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1605 8
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time - From Sunday through Thursday
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
2 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 Assistant

The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 hours per week)


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


Expand political contacts among national, regional, and/or provincial-level Afghan government officials, civil society groups, media organizations, and other influential figures. Respond to tasking on domestic and/or regional political issues, including those related to press freedom, trafficking in persons and child/youth issues. Provide oral and written updates and analysis to the Political Section and the Front Office, as necessary, on key developments in regional, national, and/or local politics. Monitor and report on major issues covered by local and or/regional media outlets. Identify key figures in local and regional politics and assist Political Officers in establishing new relationships. Set up appointments for officers and the Front Office and interpret, as necessary. Maintain a comprehensive contact database.  

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Must have at least four years of experience in political analysis, media, and legislative work, biographical research of government officials and other stakeholders, and/or reporting on key political, social, or economic developments in Afghanistan is required.  

JOB KNOWLEDGE: In-depth knowledge of Afghan government (national and subnational) structures, security forces, as well as Afghan cultural and societal norms. Broad familiarity and experience with Afghan political, economic, media (including social media), and civil society institutions. A thorough understanding of many of the key political and social issues affecting Afghanistan today, such as relations with Pakistan and Iran, migration, reconciliation, ethnic relations, and and/or social stability. Expert knowledge of the most culturally effective and appropriate ways to interact with high-level Afghan and/or other diplomatic contacts   

Education Requirements:

Must have obtained a bachelor’s degree following at least three years of university-level study in a relevant area, including political science, law, international relations, journalism, economics and foreign language is required.


LANGUAGE: Level 4 (Fluent) in English and Dari and level 3 (good working knowledge) of Pashto is required.

 "this may be tested"

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to understand and proactively report on Mission priorities in Afghanistan and package them in well-written political updates, cables, and other forms of written communication used by the Department. Take initiative to reach out to contacts on a range of political developments and other issues of importance to the U.S. Government. Develop and maintain professional relationships with a broad range of regional, national, and/or local government actors. Effectively interpret and translate as needed. Assist and mentor other LE Staff to develop similar skillsets.               

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