Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Brasilia
Position Title:
Security Investigator
Open Period:
10/25/2018 - 11/08/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0705 9
BRL R$116.521
Work Schedule:
Full-time - .
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Brasilia, BR
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Sheila Mirandela


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

For USEFM - FS is 05 (step 1 through 4): $53,844
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 Security Investigator in the LEGAT Office.

The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 of hours per week).

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

Incumbent will be required to travel by vehicle, vessel, train or aircraft as necessary in support of Legat operations. Travel of up to 30 days may be required.  Travel to remote land border areas and to all regions of Brazil will be required


Basic Function of the Position

Under the supervision of the Legal Attaché (LEGAT) and the authority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of International Operations, the incumbent will serve as an investigator, interpreter/translator, program manager, and liaison/administrative assistant for the Legal Attaché’s Office.











Qualifications and Evaluations



Experience in law enforcement, security, government work or business administration is required.


Good knowledge of investigative and interviewing techniques applied by law enforcement personnel.  Working knowledge of GOB security and police organizations and personnel.  Familiarity and basic understanding of radical groups and activities and the history of terrorist actions and personnel.  Good knowledge of the Brazilian legal system as it pertains to law enforcement rules, concepts, techniques and procedures. Knowledge of standard private sector and government business practices.  Knowledge of office management organization, training programs, office protocol matters, logistics and related office requirements.  Good knowledge of computer and proficiency in electronic information gathering via internet and various databases is required. 

Education Requirements:

Education Requirements:

College of university degree in business administration, languages, law or law enforcement administration is required.



Level IV (fluent) reading/writing/speaking English is required. Level IV (fluent) reading/writing/speaking Portuguese is required (This may be tested.)


Ability to read and understand legal documents. Ability to work confidentially with discretion. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Ability to prepare translations and act as an interpreter during LEGAT meetings.   Ability to take initiative, work independently, plan and organize work effectively.  Ability to conduct interviews and investigations effectively.  Ability to use appropriate and correct Portuguese and English grammar, spelling and protocol requirements. Ability to pay close attention to details and office protocol matters. Ability to coordinate and make logistical arrangements for seminars, conferences, training sessions and similar events. Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Microsoft Outlook and Internet. Skilled in using a tactful and diplomatic manner when dealing with all levels of USG and LEGAT contacts in host country. Ability to learn Department of Justice policies and regulations related to LEGAT functional duties.  Ability to analyze and interpret work assignments to make a preliminary conclusion, ability to assemble and analyze data and draft reports in English and Portuguese as well as being able to transmit the information to others. Ability to meet and deal effectively with people, to assemble and analyze information, to interpret laws and regulations, and to make clear and concise oral and written reports on information assembled. Must be poised, self-confident, assertive and mature.  Must be able to inspire confidence and be adept when conducting liaison and investigations.  Must be capable of diplomatically and effectively coordinate actions with those senior to him/her in rank and responsibility. Driver’s license Class B. (This 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.

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 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.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

• Driver’s License

• References

• 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. 

For the complete main duties of the position please click here

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