Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Maputo
Position Title:
Cultural Affairs Specialist
Open Period:
10/26/2018 - 11/09/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
FS - 6010 5
USD $53,844 - USD $53,844
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours/week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Maputo, MZ
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Internal to an agency (not searchable on USAJOBS)
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Current Employees of the Mission - All Agencies and/or U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs); Eligible Family Members (EFMs); or Declared Members of Household (MOHs) - All Agencies.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 4 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite, not to exceed 5 years
Marketing Statement:
We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees ( before you apply.

The U.S. Mission in Maputo/Mozambique is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Cultural Affairs Specialist.

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

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


Under the general supervision of the Deputy Public Affairs Officer, the Senior Cultural Affairs Assistant has broad oversight of the U.S. Mission's highest level exchange programs and U.S. Embassy-sponsored cultural programs. Implements the International Visitor's Leadership Program, U.S. Speaker Program, U.S. Specialist Program, U.S. Fulbright Program, Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, the English Language Fellow Program, as well as a wide range of cultural initiatives including concerts, art exhibits, and dance programs. Suggests and develops program initiatives and identifies and recommends potential candidates for exchange or other programs and outreach activities in line with MSRP objectives. Works to ensure competitive, transparent processes in the selection of candidates and oversees monitoring and evaluation of PAS programs, ensuring grants and contract management in compliance with USG regulations and policies. Supervises one cultural and educational affairs assistant.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  3-5 years of Administrative/Para-professional experience is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:An in-depth knowledge of all the various functions and activities within the jobholder's area of work. As a result of this, knowledge may be required to give advice and/or be able to handle some non-standard situations/problems.  A detailed and broad knowledge of the political situation, legal and regulatory frameworks, and/or sectors/industries relevant to their area of activity. Typically, the jobholder will use this knowledge to make key decisions relating to their agency/section/post or provide high-level advice to others in this regard.  Has a good understanding of a range of techniques/processes relating to a particular specialty. Is likely to have received extensive training in their specialist area or has built up this knowledge through a considerable amount of work experience. May be able to provide some basic advice to 'non specialists'.


SKILLS AND ABILITY: Should have excellent planning and organizational skills to manage a variety of overlapping, evolving, deadline-sensitive priorities and be program-oriented; must be able to anticipate and assess problems and develop and maintain productive business and private sector contacts. Should have an ability to develop and maintain contacts among government, non-government, cultural and educational circles. Must be able to deal with American program agency personnel and with Portuguese local government personnel, entrepreneurs and NGO leaders. Able to draft telegrams, letters and reports in English and Portuguese.

Security clearance level required for this position is:

Ability to receive and hold a Public Trust.

Education Requirements:

• A university degree is required.



Level IV in English is required. High degree of proficiency in both the written and spoken language, including the ability to translate. On occasion, the jobholder may need to act as an interpreter.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.  

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. 

Benefits and Other Info


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 in LWOP **

* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran 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. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS in LWOP status with re-employment or reinstatement rights back to their agency or bureau.

What is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc? (


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

2. Current employees of the Mission who have not successfully completed their initial probationary periods are not eligible to apply. Current employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory or MBC score of 100 points or less, on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.

3. Current employees of the Mission 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. This does not apply for employees on a PSA (Temp), or those are hired on a When Actually Employed (WAE) or intermittent work schedule.

4. 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.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a [enter clearance level here] 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 (enter site here – the video will be created by HR/OE and can be adapted by Post).
Required Documents:

Select all that apply:

• Passport copy

• Language Scores (if available)

• 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, skills, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in (insert post and/or country name).