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Embassy of The United States Hiring: Qualifications and How to Apply

Embassy of The United States Hiring: Qualifications and How to Apply

Embassy of The United States Hiring: Qualifications and How to Apply,

Embassy of The United States Hiring: Qualifications and How to Apply

Newsletter Editor at Embassy of The United States

Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Nairobi
Position Title:
Newsletter Editor (USEFMs Only)
Open Period:
03/29/2023 – 04/12/2023
Vacancy Time Zone:
FP – 0105 8
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Part-time – Up to 30 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in 

Nairobi, KE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
 HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM – FS is FP.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C. 

U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) – All Agencies

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust – Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Definite not to Exceed 5 years
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: 

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



Basic Function of Position

Working under the supervision and direction of the Community Liaison Office Coordinator (CLO), the Newsletter Editor assists the CLO in the development, execution and management of post programs to foster and maintain high morale of community members.  Responsible for finding, creating and editing content of the Mission’s weekly newsletter, as well as its production. Also maintains the CLO website, an online resource hub. The newsletter and website serve to provide current and prospective US Embassy Nairobi personnel and families with the most current information available regarding life, activities, and events in Nairobi. Requires Public Trust Security Clearance.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 2 years of office experience with familiarization of newsletter and other publication processing is required. 


Must be familiar with publishing layout and design features; standard English grammar and punctuation rules. Basic familiarity with local and national culture and practices of the host country as well as with the practices of the US Government.

Education Requirements:
Completion of High School is required.
LANGUAGE:  Level IV (Fluent) speaking /writing/reading in English is required. 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Advanced desktop publishing software and keyboard skills with speed and accuracy (40 WPM); strong oral and written communication skills; ability to be resourceful and creative with excellent interpersonal skills; strong editing skills and demonstrable attentiveness to detail.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications. 

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.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency 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:
For the current COVID-19 Requirements, please visit the following link

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*
    1. AEFM / USEFM
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. The following may also be considered when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, etc.
    1. ** If selected, EFMs are expected to serve in the position 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. 

Interested candidates for this position must submit their application to the following link for consideration:



Required Documents:
Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application: 

    • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
    • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
    • SF-50 (if applicable)
    • High School Diploma
    • Passport
Next Steps:
Applicants 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.


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