Announcement Number: Bamako – 2018 – 026
Position Title: Consular Assistant (Visa)
Opening Period: 09 – May 2018 – 19 – May 2018
Series/Grade: FSN-8 step 1
Salary: 9,840,125 F CFA – US$ 40,514. Actual salary determined by Washington D.C.
For More Info: E-mail Address: Bamakojob@state.gov
Who May Apply?
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required: Local Security Certification
Marketing Statement: We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
The U.S. Mission in Bamako is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Consular Assistant (Visa).
The work schedule for this position is full Time (number of hours per week – 40 hours per week)
Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
Supervisory Position: Yes
This position is supervisory in nature and the incumbent works under the supervision of the Consular Chief. Evaluate and respond to the most complex visa cases. Process the full range of non-immigrant visas and boarding foils for Malian citizens and third-country nationals. Respond to most visa-related inquiries, referring only unusual, complex, or questionable cases to a consular officer.
Senior NIV Assistant
– Oversees all aspects of nonimmigrant visa (NIV) processing. Supervises the daily NIV tasks of the Visa Clerk/Cashier, including the NIV intake, printing, and pass back workflow. Is the primary point-of-contact for all referral cases, official visa cases, under the supervision of the Consular Chief. Monitors Security Advisory Opinion, Advisory Opinion, and waiver responses to ensure that response notifications are brought to the attention of the consular officers. In coordination with the Consular Chief, maintains the NIV appointment system and the Embassy website NIV pages. In coordination with the Visa Clerk/Cashier, responds to public inquiries about the NIV process. Is the primary point-of-contact for Malian officials with regard to NIV issues, particularly protocol officials. (95) %
– Serves as back-up consular cashier in the absence of the permanent consular cashier. (5%)
Qualifications and Evaluations
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Management, Public Administration, English, Law, Sociology or Psychology.
Experience: The position requires a minimum of two years of experience in the area of visa work or similar work involving relatively complex regulatory or legal material.
Job knowledge: Detailed knowledge of the work procedures and guidelines of visa section administration, the key personnel and their responsibilities, as well as the goals and objectives defined by the Consular Chief. Knowledge of the Foreign Affairs Manual regarding visa regulations and procedures. Familiarity with diplomatic correspondence and communication.
Language: Level IV written and spoken French and spoken English. Ability to speak Bambara at level IV.
Skills and abilities: Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills. Ability to work accurately and efficiently in a high-stress, high workload, fast-paced environment required. Ability and experience using Windows-based applications required. The position requires experience using specialized Consular software such as INK, NIV and similar software or database applications unique to the consular section.
Qualifications: 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,
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.
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:
(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2) AEFM / USEFM
(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 expects to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the applicant submits the certification. 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: https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va
How to Apply: All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification. Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment DS-174, which is available on the American Embassy website.
To apply for this position, applicants should electronically submit the documents listed below.
All applications must be sent to Bamakojob@state.gov with the position title listed in the subject line of the email.
Required Documents: Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:
• Degree with transcript
• Letter(s) of recommendation (if any)
• List of references
What to Expect Next: Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
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 Bamako.