Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Vienna
Position Title:
Political Assistant (Crime and Counternarcotics) - EXTENSION TO 08/21/2019
Open Period:
07/19/2019 - 08/21/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1605 8
EUR €42,437
Work Schedule:
Full-time - .
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Vienna, AU
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section
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Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
• All Interested Applicants / All Sources

For applicants who are USEFMs, the final grade/step for these positions will be determined by Washington DC.  The proposed grade is FP-6 at salary 41,081.00 USD.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
• This will be determined after selection.
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Due to website maintenance on 08/18/2019, this vacancy announcement has been extended until 08/21/2019.
The Tri-Mission Vienna is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for position of Political Assistant (Crime and Counternarcotics) at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna. The offices are located in the IZD Tower at Wagramerstrasse 19, 1220 Vienna.

The work schedule for this position is: 

• Full Time (40 hours per week)

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel to Training Facilities in Europe or the U.S. may occur


Due to website maintenance on 08/18/2019, this vacancy announcement has been extended until 08/21/2019.



Serving in the UN Affairs section at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna (UNVIE), the incumbent will serve as the Political Assistant covering counternarcotics and crime issues. Working closely with the lead officers on counternarcotics and crime, as well as with section leadership, he/she will advance U.S. policy in meetings with UNODC officials and other Member States, will negotiate UN documents, as well as represent the United States in official UN sessions. The incumbent will research and draft analytical reports for Washington policymakers.


  • Serve as the U.S. representative to working-level UN meetings on counternarcotics, crime and corruption to advocate for U.S. interests. Report to Washington on those meetings.

  • Engage UN staff and other member states to solicit views of counternarcotis and crime issues and build support for U.S. policy decisions. Report to Washington on those meetings.

  • Draft analytical cables on UNODC counternarcotics and crime efforts.

  • Support UNVIE front office engagement on counternarcotics and crime issues by drafting briefing memos and providing oral briefings as appropriate.

  • Serve as control officer for high-level visits to UNODC events. Manage all logistical and programmatic elements of the visits, including arranging meetings with appropriate officials.

  • Support the annual Commission on Narcotic Drugs and CCPCJ, which involve senior-level U.S. delegations of 20-30 people and various preparatory meetings throughout the year.

  • Negotiate UN resolutions related to drugs and crime to ensure U.S. interests are protected.

  • Manage U.S. government correspondence with the International Narcotics Control Board.

  • Monitor and analyze UNODC technical assistance programs, especially those funded by the United States, to grade their effectiveness.

  • Support the UNVIE Public Affairs Section by participating in outreach events and helping to generate social media content related to counternarcotics and crime.

  • Brief on counternarcotics and crime issues at internal staff meetings.


Qualifications and Evaluations



Two years of experience working independently, conducting research and producing products based on analysis performed on a myriad of types of materials including documents, reports, meetings, etc. is required.

Education Requirements:

A university degree (B.A.) in Social Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Public Health, Public Policy, Law, Biology or Liberal Arts is required.



English (IV) Fluent is required. This may be tested.


-Excellent proven written and verbal communications skills are required. This may be tested.

-Excellent demonstrated drafting, reporting skills are required. This may be tested.

-Computer Proficiency:  MS Office basic level is required.


-The full performance level of this position will require an understanding of counternarcotics, crime justice policy, or law enforcement, as well as an understanding of international organizations and U.S. government agencies. The selected candidate will be expected to become familiar with relevant UN governing documents, treaties, rules of procedure, and practices. Candidates do not need prior experience with these documents to be considered.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications and complete a mandatory probationary period for LE Staff.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: 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. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

For Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), locally-resident EFMs, working at the Tri-Missions Vienna, compensation also consists of the prorated 13th and 14th month payment in addition to the Euro salary above. The compensation package will include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources 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 local security certification.

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

For languages, please list your English skills.

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.

Required Documents:

  • University degree or transcript

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (not required for Austrian Citizens)

  • Optional, not required: Motivation letter (cover letter or Bewerbungsschreiben)

  • Language skills certificates (English) (if applicable)

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • Travel Orders (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.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the Tri Mission Vienna.