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United States Student Achievers Program (USAP) Alumni and English Language Program Coordinator

Open To: Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) and U.S. Veterans, All Agencies All Qualified Candidates

Position: United States Student Achievers Program (USAP) Alumni, and English Language Program Coordinator

Opening Date: November 10 - November 23, 2009

Position Location: American Embassy Chancery

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week

Position Grade:  FP-07; FSN-7

The American Embassy Kampala is seeking a qualified individual for the position of United States Student Achievers Program (USAP), Alumni, and English Language Program Coordinator.

Basic Function of Position

The Coordinator:

  • Guides student applicants in the USAP program through the process;
  • Shares his/her knowledge of U.S. institutions and the educational system with a wider community of Uganda students, teachers and administrators;
  • Works with returning alumni to support their activities in Uganda;
  • Administers English Language programming in Uganda.

Required Qualifications

Note: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

  1. Education Required: The applicant must hold at least a B.A. or B.S. from a college or university in the United State is required.
  2. Work Experience:  Incumbent should have at least 2 years of appropriate post-graduate work experience.  “Appropriate” would include either of the following: general office work, work in a previous EFM position for the State Department, teaching or counselling is required.
    3.   Language Requirement: the incumbent should have at least Level IV (fluent) English language reading and writing ability is required.
  3. Language Requirement:  the incumbent should have at least Level IV (fluent) English language reading and writing ability is required.
  4. Knowledge:  The incumbent should be familiar with the U.S. educational system in general, and with college admissions in particular.  General familiarity with the procedures of the State Department is required.
  5. Skills: Excellent writing, research, interviewing and presentation skills are required.  Ability to lead small groups of people and work one on one with clients is also required.

Normally, candidates for employment are hired at the first step.  In some instances, candidates may be hired at a higher step when exceptional qualifications or previous government service and pay level warrant.  The Human Resources Officer will make the decision with the concurrence of the employing section.

Selection Process

When equally qualified, Eligible Family Members and U.S. Veterans will be given preference.  Therefore, it is essential that all candidates address the required qualifications above in the application.

After an initial application screening, applicants will be invited to a testing process that may include a written examination and oral interviews.  The selected candidate must pass pre-employment medical and security investigations before beginning work.  The initial appointment period is one year, subject to renewal. 

Normally, candidates for employment are hired at the first step of the designated pay grade.  In some instances, candidates may be hired at a higher step when exceptional qualifications or previous governmental service and pay level so warrant.  The Human Resources Officer will make the decision with the concurrence of the employing section. 

Additional Selection Criteria

  1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and visa status in determining successful candidacy.
  2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
  3. EFMs who currently hold a EFM appointment are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of that appointment.

How To Apply

  • Please submit completed OF-612 Application for Federal Employment and the Employment Application forms (both available at the Embassy or on the Embassy website: http://kampala.usembassy.gov under “jobs”) and attach an application letter clearly specifying the position for which you are applying.
  • A resume and any other documentation that address the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
  • Attach a letter from your area Local Council (LC).

Submitted applications and documents become the property of the Embassy and will not be returned.

Submit Application To:

By mail:
Human Resources Office
Plot 1577 Ggaba Road
P. O. Box 7007, Kampala
Telephone:  0414-259-791/5

By Fax:
0414-341-863 - Attention: HR

Or by e-mail:
KampalaHR@state.gov

Definitions

Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM)A type of EFM that is eligible for direct hire employment on either a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or Temporary Appointment (TEMP) provided s/he meets all of the following criteria:

  • US Citizen; and,
  • Spouse or dependent who is at least age 18;
  • Listed on the travel orders of a Foreign or Civil Service employee or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed at a US Foreign Service post or establishment abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority;
  • Is resident at the sponsoring employee's or uniform service member's post of assignment abroad, approved safe haven abroad, or alternate safe haven abroad; and does not receive a USG annuity or pension based on a  career in the US Civil, Foreign, or uniform services.

U.S Veterans.  Applicants who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their form DD214 with their applications.  The Federal Government doesn't accept any substitute form for this purpose.   To be eligible for hiring preference, a veteran must meet the eligibility requirements in Section 2108 of Title 5, United States Code i.e.

  • an honorable or general discharge or release is necessary;
  • military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans; 
  • guard and reserve active duty for training purposes doesn't qualify for preference.

Eligible Family Member (EFM):  Spouse of a U.S. citizen or child a of US citizen as referred to in 6 FAM 111,3, paragraph R, (1) who is at least age 18 and who, in either case, is on the travel orders of a US citizen Foreign or Civil service employee or military service member permanently assigned to or stationed at a US Foreign Service post or establishment abroad and under Chief of Mission authority.

Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A citizen of the host country or a citizen of another country who has established residency in the host country and has the required work and/or residency permit for employment in country.

Non-Ordinary Resident (NOR):  Typically NORs are U.S. citizen EFMs and family members of FS, GS, and Military Personnel who are on the travel orders and under Chief of Mission Authority, or other personnel having diplomatic privileges and immunities.

Member of Household (MOH): Foreign born spouses, dependent children, unmarried partners of the same and opposite sex, parents, other relatives or adult children who fall outside the Department's current legal and statutory definition of EFM.

Closing Date for This Position

November 23, 2009

The US Mission Kampala 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.