Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Brasilia
Position Title:
Investigator - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
05/15/2020 - 05/29/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0705 9
BRL R$121.782
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Brasilia, BR
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section
61 3312-7287


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
For USEFM - FP is FP-5 (steps 1-4).  Actual FP 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 Investigator in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Office (FWS).

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

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


The Foreign Service National Investigator assigned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) Attaché Office conducts moderate to highly complex and sensitive criminal investigative activities relating to wildlife trafficking, transnational in nature.  The Investigator evaluates and disseminates information received from a variety of sources.  The Investigator maintains working relationships with counterparts from a variety of law enforcement agencies and host country government officials as well as sources of information, i.e., informants or concerned citizens.  The Investigator organizes and participates in USFWS outreach efforts, including conferences and training seminars. The Investigator will monitor the Attaché Office’s budget and keep the Attaché abreast of the office expenses and items purchased.  The Investigator will review payment documents (e.g., invoices or vouchers); monitors expenditure against country budget; verifies availability of funds; informs HQ of budget status; reviews financial documents for completeness and adherence to rules/guidance.


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

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Prior work experience in the security field, such as: military, police, law, private security, U.S. Government work or business administration is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: The investigator needs to have knowledge of investigative and research techniques. Knowledge of the local, regional and U.S. legal systems. Knowledge of the political climate in the region and the US is required. The investigator should have a good working knowledge of documentary sources of information and familiarity with pertinent local laws.  Analytical skills required in order to interpret complex information and solve problems.  Knowledge of investigative techniques and ability to produce reports of investigations based on investigative efforts.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in law and criminal justice, political science, international studies, finance or accounting or business administration is required.


LANGUAGE: (This may be tested)

English Good Working Knowledge in writing and speaking is required.

Portuguese Fluency in writing and speaking is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: (This may be tested)

The Investigator will need, at minimum, intermediate computer skills. This includes the ability to use Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Internet Explorer. The Investigator must have or able to obtain a valid local driver's license, class B. Excellent interpersonal skills, communication and interview skills to conduct investigation with upmost discretion, research skills, ability to draft correspondence and reports in English and in Portuguese.  Ability to translate documents in English and Portuguese and to understand the legal documents received.   Critical thinking skills to analyze evidence objectively.  Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.

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.

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 Fluency or Good Working Knowledge, applications MUST be submitted in English.

  • USEFM Candidates must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position at the time of the announcement closing.

Required Documents:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • Driver’s License

  • 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 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 Brasilia.