Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Nairobi
Position Title:
Political Specialist - U.S Mission to Somalia - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
01/31/2020 - 02/13/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1605 10
(KES) KSh0
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hour work week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Nairobi, KE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is FS.  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
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 (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

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

Travel to Somalia as necessary.


Basic Function of the Position:

As the LES Political Specialist, incumbent works in conjunction with the peer LES Political Specialist and assists in monitoring, reporting, and analyzing political and social issues and developments, acquiring and analyzing information from published sources and contacts and reporting the information. S/He will research and draft cables and congressionally mandated reports, research, analyze, and brief section and mission staff on domestic political and social developments and assist in drafting briefing materials for the Front Office. S/He will also develop and maintain contacts and communication with the senior echelon of the political class; help Embassy staff develop contacts and arrange meetings with a wide range of Somalis; and travel to Somalia as necessary. The incumbent is supervised by the Political Officer and reviewed by the Political/Economic Chief.

Qualifications and Evaluations



Five years of progressively responsible experience in social science research and analysis, newspaper reporting of political matters, civil society advocacy, government policy making, or university teaching is required. A close familiarity with issues and problems of security, democratization, and governance in less developed countries and a demonstrated ability to analyze these issues are required.


Thorough knowledge of Somali political institutions, personalities, structure, political parties and system, and historical development. Must possess an in-depth understanding of the Somali clan system and affiliations, religious groupings, and regional dynamics. An extensive knowledge of U.S. foreign policy vis-à-vis Somalia is required.

Education Requirements:

  • University degree in political science, international relations, history or journalism is required.




Level IV (Fluent, Reading/Speaking/Writing) English and Level IV (Fluent, Reading/Speaking/Writing) Somali is required. (This may be tested).


Good communication skills, strong analytical and writing skills, and the ability to work independently and proactively are essential. Must be able to maintain contacts at all levels with individuals, including with people more senior in authority and status and of different backgrounds, in the public and private sector. Ability to independently synthesize relevant information from varied sources and prepare timely reports of a factual and analytical nature in precise and accurate form and under tight deadlines is required.  Incumbent must exercise sound judgment and be able to interpret and apply U.S. government policies and priorities.

 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 Nairobi, Kenya may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, 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.


  1. Current employees who used a hiring preference to gain employment who are within their first 90 calendar days of employment are not eligible to apply.

  2. Candidates with a hiring preference who have already accepted a conditional offer of employment may NOT be extended a second conditional offer of employment unless and until they withdraw their candidacy for the first position in writing.

  3. The following may also be considered when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, etc.

  4. ** If selected, EFMs are expected to serve in the positon for at least one year from the date of hire, and their sponsor’s tour of duty must allow sufficient time for this.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public trust 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 (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • Curriculum-Vitae (CV) (MANDATORY)

  • University degree in political science, international relations, history or journalism

  • List of references

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 Nairobi, Kenya.