Announcement Number: Bamako -2018- 021
Position Title: Close Protection Officer
Opening Period: 20 – April 2018 – 04 – May 2018
Series/Grade: FSN-05; FS-09
Salary: 4,323,522 F CFA – US$ 34,390. Actual by salary determined 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.
Summary: The U.S. Mission in Bamako is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Close Protection Officer
The work schedule for this position is full Time (number of hours per week – e.g. 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: No
Close Protection Unit (CPU) Bodyguards are responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of foreign policy. Bodyguards are responsible for protecting Chief of Mission (com) personnel and official visitors from physical harm and embarrassment.
Perform defense driving responsibilities in fully armored vehicles (FAVs). Officers must be familiar with Malian driving laws, regulations and cultural norms, as well as all USG regulations pertaining to motor vehicle operations. Bodyguards must hold a valid Malian Driver License, maintain a satisfactory driving record, and immediately report any vehicle accidents or traffic infractions to their American supervisor. Officers must remain current in their knowledge and implementation of defense driving tactics.
Provide close protection for COM personnel and official visitors. Bodyguards are responsible for the physical security of COM personnel travelling outside of the Embassy. Bodyguards are responsible for maintaining situational awareness and conducting counter-surveillance to enhance post’s off-compound security posture.
Responsible for equipment, vehicles, and other USG property utilized during the performance of official duties. Bodyguards must properly clean, store, and maintain all DS-issued special
protective equipment (SPE). Bodyguards must maintain proficiency with additional equipment, to include firearms, medical equipment, vehicle equipment, and navigation tools. Bodyguards must immediately report lost, stolen, or damaged special protective equipment.
Maintain a high-level of proficiency with all DS-issued SPE. Bodyguards must qualify (per DS standards) with all assigned SPE. Bodyguards must successfully complete and document firearms qualification at least once per year.
Maintain a working knowledge of emergency first-aid and CPR techniques. Bodyguards should participate in annual emergency medical training. Bodyguards must participate in training exercises and periodic drills to simulate emergency response scenarios including attacks-on-principle (AOP), medical care, fire suppression and other exercises, as deemed appropriate by the RSO.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Education: Completion of high school is required.
Experience: A minimum of six months security, police or military experience.
Job knowledge: Must be familiar with Malian driving laws, local customs, cultural norms, as well as all USG regulations pertaining to motor vehicle operations.
Language: Level II English, and Level IV French are required. English Language will be tested.
Skills and abilities: Have defense driving skills, must be able to operate fully armored vehicles (FAVs), and be familiar with Special Protective Equipment (SPE).
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, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
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 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: 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.