Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Islamabad
Position Title:
Librarian (Cataloging) (LOC-01)
Open Period:
10/08/2021 - 10/23/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 5005 8
PKR ₨1,733,437
Work Schedule:
Full-time - .
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Islamabad, PK
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Recruitment Team


Hiring Path:
• 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 work schedule for this position is Full Time (40 hours per week).

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

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Basic Function of the Position – The incumbent of this position will serve as bibliographic control experts for the region: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. he work performed by the incumbent is crucial to the international scholarly and academic community. LC Islamabad office is one of the world's primary providers of bibliographic metadata for publications from the countries it covers. S/he prepares original bibliographic records for books, serials and non-book materials like CD’s, DVD’s, maps, etc. according to Resource Description and Access (RDA) standards. The cataloger catalogs these materials for the Library of Congress and other American libraries in one or more of the following languages such as: Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Punjabi, Pushto, Gujarati, Sindhi, Balochi, Brahui, Siraiki, Kashmiri and English. These records are made available to libraries and information centers worldwide. As a cataloging expert the incumbent performs independent whole book cataloging in accordance with the highly complex and technical standards and rules established by LC/Washington. The incumbent creates/updates authority records according to RDA; makes new proposals for LC subject headings and classification scheme. S/he summarizes the subject of the work in concise and accurate annotations in English for non-English language materials. Incumbent works in an online environment, creating bibliographic and name authority records in the official Library of Congress database and in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) database. Records created by LC Islamabad catalogers must adhere to the minimal accuracy rating 85%.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum three years of experience in library work is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: The incumbent must be able to gain knowledge of cataloging using Resource Description and Access (RDA); Descriptive Cataloging Manual (DCM); working knowledge of LC Subject Headings (LCSH) and Classification scheme (LCC); MARC21 and other applications. Familiarity with academic, government and commercial publishing institutions.  

Education Requirements:

Completion of University degree (16 years of education) in Library and Information Science, or social sciences or humanities is required.


LANGUAGE: Level III (Good working knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English and Sindhi is required. Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing knowledge of Urdu is required. English and regional language skills may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must have an ability to interpret complex cataloging rules and LC-PCC policy statements. Ability to manage own time for better productivity through smart cataloging practices is required. Must be able to do exact detailed work on a continuing basis. Ability to type accurately in English with 30 WPM is required. Must be computer literate and familiar with database and web base searching. Skills and abilities 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 Islamabad, Pakistan 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:


1. Management may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.

3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.

4. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold the local security certification.

5. Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.

6. Current employees who have voluntarily been reassigned/promoted from one position to another are not eligible to apply for six months from the effective date of the reassignment/promotion.

7. U.S. Mission Pakistan will not bear any travel expenses for testing, interviews, pre-employment clearances (if selected) or relocation for joining.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance.

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site ( consulates/jobs/current-vacancies/).

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

• DD-214 - This document is only required from applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran. These applicants must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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 or phone.

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