Sri Lanka

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Colombo
Position Title:
Political Specialist (Female/Male) - Open to All Interested Candidates
Open Period:
02/05/2019 - 02/26/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1605 10
LKR ₨2,682,638
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Colombo, CE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
•  All Interested Applicants / All Sources

For applicants who are Ordinarily Resident (OR) in Sri Lanka: The proposed grade is FSN-10: Rs. 2,682,638 p.a.

For applicants who are USEFMs, the proposed grade is FP - 5 (Steps 5 through 14): US $ 60,601 p.a. However, the final grade/step will be 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 Colombo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political Specialist in the Political Office.

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 upon receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less

Travel periodically to the seven predominantly Sinhala-speaking provinces for the purpose of engagement and maintenance of an extensive contact network of regional officials, opposition politicians, journalists, NGO activists, academics, and others required for the political reporting process.  In addition, travel to Sinhala-speaking areas of the Northern and Eastern provinces to engage and maintain links with Sinhala-speaking Muslim and Tamil communities of these provinces as required.  


Basic Function of the Position:

The incumbent serves as the Sinhalese-designated Political Specialist, along with two other Locally Employed staff members. Incumbent is responsible for information gathering, analysis and preliminary cable drafting, and maintaining and expanding a contact network of government officials at all ranks, especially the most senior government, civil society, and private sector actors.  Advise on the latest trends in Sri Lankan politics as these impact U.S. policy.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

For further information: Please refer the complete Position Description available in the Mission internet site

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of five years work experience in international or domestic political issues conducting analysis and reporting, with interaction or exposure to the Sri Lankan government sector. Candidate must attach copies of relevant service/work experience certificates. 

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  A detailed knowledge of political and civil society issues, national and local politics, political parties and personalities, political and social history, and institutions in Sri Lanka is required.  A sound knowledge of U.S. policy as necessary to explain USG interests to the majority Sinhala-only speaking political, civil society, and private sector actors. 

Education Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree in Political Science/ International Relations/ History/ Law/ Economics/ Sociology/ Liberal Arts or related field is required. Candidate must attach copies of relevant educational certificates.



1) Level IV (Fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. (This will be tested)

2) Level IV (Fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing Sinhala is required.


Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain a wide range of contacts among government and political figures, religious and civil society, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement officials, journalists, and academics is essential.  Ability to research, gather information, and analyze political developments independently is also required.  Ability to gain confidence and trust of contacts to obtain and share information with American officers needed to serve USG interests. MS Office required.


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), locally-resident EFMs and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo may receive a compensation package that may include health and other benefits as per the Local Compensation Plan.

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:

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.

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 Local Security Certification clearance.

For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site:

Required Documents:

To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit copies of 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.

  • Proof of citizenship [NIC/Passport/Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)]

  • University Degree (Degree Certificate)

  • Transcript (Relevant Transcript of the Degree studies)

  • Other Document (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 2 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 3 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language/skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.