Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Berlin
Position Title:
Shipment Assistant - Open to: All Interested Applicants/All Sources (GSO)
Open Period:
07/15/2021 - 08/15/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0905 7
EUR €51,998
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Berlin, GM
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section
Please send an email


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - equivalency FS-grade is FP-07. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

•    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.

The earliest possible start for this position is projected for January 03, 2022.
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)

Start date: 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:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel (approximately 1 to 2 times per year) is required to support the U.S. Consulates General in Hamburg and Leipzig, to support port engagements, or to travel for off-site training.


Under the direct supervision of the Assistant General Services Officer, the incumbent arranges and facilitates incoming and outgoing shipments of household effects (HHE), unaccompanied baggage (UAB), privately owned vehicles (POV) and other official shipments of supplies/equipment. The position provides support to the U.S. Embassy Berlin, U.S. Consulates General in Hamburg and Leipzig, while serving approximately 11 U.S. Government (USG) Agencies. The incumbent works closely with various Embassy sections, other Department of State (DOS) offices in the US and overseas, and external partners to ensure the proper, timely and safe shipping of Embassy-related effects. S/He handles diplomatic customs clearance for official shipments, assists employees with personal property claims, and processes registration and associated tasks of privately owned and official vehicles.    

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: please address this factor in your ERA application under major duties and responsibilities. 
Three years of experience in an office/administrative environment, business/ freight transport work, shipping, or logistics.


Education Requirements:

Completion of secondary school (US: High School Diploma/GED; Germany: state German school degree) is required.


LANGUAGE: please address both language requirements in your ERA application.
Position requires good working knowledge language skills in English (speaking/reading/writing).
Position requires good working knowledge language skills in German (speaking/reading/writing).

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: please address this factor in your ERA application under major duties and responsibilities.

-- Must be able to draft in a clear, concise and grammatically correct manner. 
-- Must have a valid (German/EU), current license for 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

Benefits URL:
Review our Benefits
Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Germany may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources (HR) 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 non-sensitive security clearance.

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Important Information - read before you continue with your application.

  1. We do not accept resumes, curriculum vitas (CVs) or cover letters.

  2. You must complete the ERA Application Form and provide as much detailed information, as possible. Only the information listed in the ERA application form will be used to determine your eligibility and whether you meet the position requirements (education, work experience and knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as language).

  • List ALL your education in full and include any majors, if any, which show that you meet the educational requirement specific to the advertised position. Please list all educational institutions, not only your latest or highest educational certification. Don’t forget to attach a copy of your degree!

  • List your prior work experience. Do not list only the most recent position. Under the tab ‘Major Duties and Responsibilities’, provide as much detail on the duties and responsibilities as they pertain to the advertised position. For positions with multiple duties that only partly meet the experience required, please indicate what percentage of time was spent on the required duties.

  • Also under Major Duties and Responsibilities specifically address the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed on the vacancy announcement.  These will determine whether you are qualified for a position during the screening process.

  • Language Requirements – If English and/or German language skills are being advertised for a position, please list each language as required, even if German or English is your native tongue.  If you omit listing one of the languages as advertised in the vacancy your application will be disqualified.

  1. Documents: please upload all requested and applicable documents that HR has listed for each vacancy. If not specified further within the vacancy announcement, all applications have to be accompanied at a minimum by the universal set of required documents such as educational certificates (please refer to the advertised specific education requirements), copy of passport and work permit/residence permit, if required. Failure to upload the required documents will disqualify your application from further consideration.

Remember, do not attach cover letter or resumes/curriculum vita.

For current employees of the U.S. Mission or Eligible Family Members (EFMs) the same standard rules for submitting applications as listed above apply. EFMs are required to upload specific documentation (travel orders, SF-50s, DD-214 in lieu of passport and residence/work permit) verifying EFM status and possible preferences in hiring. Please do not take providing information for granted and also list your Embassy or Consulate work experience. Your application will need to be able to merit review for eligibility and qualifications by recruitment committees and/or the applicable bureau in Washington.

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.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent - for EFMs only)

  • COM (Approval for Members of Household, if applicable - for MOHs only)

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable - for EFMs only)

  • SF-50 (if applicable - for EFMs only)

  • Passport copy

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • EU/German driver's license Class B (please submit front and back of the license)

  • Required proof of secondary education (please attach under "High School Diploma or equivalent")

  • Additional Documents (not mandatory - you may attach under "Other Document", or "Other Document 2")

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 Germany.