Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Berlin
Position Title:
Global Affairs Specialist - Open to: All Interested Applicants/All Sources (ECON)
Open Period:
10/01/2019 - 10/22/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1505 10
EUR €44,200
Work Schedule:
Part-time - 30 hours/week
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:
•    All Interested Applicants / All Sources

For USEFMs - equivalent FS Grade is 05 (steps 5 through 14). Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Definite not to Exceed October 10, 2020.
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:

  • Part Time (30 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:
Not Required


As Global Affairs Specialist, the incumbent is a key advisor and policy analyst for the Global Affairs Unit on a broad spectrum of foreign policy issues, including environment, science and technology issues, cyber security, law enforcement cooperation, and counterterrorism issues. The incumbent monitors and reports on German and EU developments in these areas, as well as opportunities to advance United States Government policy objectives. S/he also supports public outreach activities of the Economic Section, including speech-writing in German. The incumbent establishes and maintains contacts at a high-to-mid level in government, parliament, political parties, business and research institutes. This liaison work is essential for advocacy of U.S. policy goals, for eliciting and understanding German official views, and for facilitating meetings for Embassy officers and/or U.S. visitors with German officials.

Qualifications and Evaluations


Three years’ experience as advisor or assistant in related government, private, sector or non-governmental organizations is required. The professional experience should be with relevant German federal government agencies and/or within one or more of the covered sectors.

-- Knowledge of German foreign and domestic policy is required.
-- Understanding of the European Union and its role in influencing German foreign policy priorities is required.


Education Requirements:

A university degree (Masters) in international affairs, international studies, public policy, economics, business, history or political science is required.



English and German language skills, Level IV (fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing is required.


Strong writing skills with ability to independently prepare polished analytical reports on a variety of policy issues is required.
-- Must be able to analyze complex foreign policy issues, carry out independent research projects and compose accurate, timely, and factual reports.
-- Must be able to communicate effectively in English and German, both orally and in writing and give both informative and persuasive public comments in both languages.
-- Must be able to confidently engage in outreach, make new contacts and develop relationships in the public, private and NGO sectors.

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 Germany may receive a compensation package that may include health, 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 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.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

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

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

  • SF-50 (for EFMs only)

  • Passport copy (for non German/non-EU citizens)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (for non-German/non-EU citizens)

  • Master's Degree

  • Other document (please attach Curriculum Vitae in English here)

  • VA Letter (Motivational Letter in English)

  • Additional documents (not mandatory)

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.