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U.S Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Job Description:

Serves as the senior LE Staff for the Political Section’s Provincial Team – one of two teams in the Section’s Internal Politics Unit – supervising a team of four (4) LE Staff.  Responsible for stimulating and facilitating the flow of local political information from each of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces to consumers in the Section, the Embassy, and the Department, primarily by establishing and maintaining his/her own local contacts as well as contacts at all levels of government especially in the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Parliament, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, and the Ulema Council.  Also responsible for assisting subordinates in creating and expanding their own contact networks.  In cooperation with the American Provincial Team Leader, directs and guides the work of Provincial Team LES subordinates to collect and analyze the maximum possible information regarding domestic regional-, provincial-, and municipal-level politics, tribal and ethnic issues, and domestic(inter-provincial and inter-district) border issues, up to and including the delineation of voting districts/constituencies.  Serves as the Embassy’s lead advisor/analyst for provincial politics, providing regular briefings – both orally and in writing – to the Ambassador, the DCM, the Political Counselor, Political officers, other Embassy officers, and visitors at every level.  Schedules and attends meetings with contacts at every level for senior Washington visitors, the Embassy Front Office, the Political Counselor and political officers, interpreting as necessary.  Supports high-level visitors and representational events.  Undertakes other duties as required.

Job Requirements:

a.  Education:
University degree in law, political science, international relations, international law, history, journalism, public administration is required.

b.  Prior Work Experience:
Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with the U.S or other diplomatic missions, the Afghan Parliament, the Afghan government, or NGOs dealing with the Afghan government. Experience must include at least 3 years of daily interactions with mid- to high-level Afghan government officials, or with provincial/local leaders from all of Afghanistan’s geographic regions is required.

c.  Post Entry Training:

FSN Political Reporting Course (Washington DC) should be completed prior to or during the first year of employment.

d.  Language Proficiency: List both English and host country language(s) proficiency requirements by level (II, III) and
specialization (sp/read):
Level 4 (fluent) English is required.  Level 4 (fluent) Dari is required.  Level 2 (limited) Pashto is required.

e.  Job Knowledge:
The incumbent must have an in-depth knowledge of provincial politics and the security situation in the major Afghan provinces – Kandahar, Helmand, Herat, Bamyan, Balkh, Kunduz, Panjshir, and Nangahar – and must be familiar with the general political and security situations in the rest of Afghanistan’s provinces.  He/She must also be familiar with U.S. policy, the U.S. policymaking process, and Department of State reporting procedures.
f.  Skills and Abilities:
Must demonstrate an ability to establish and cultivate professional relationships with government officials and provincial leaders from all of Afghanistan’s geographic regions.  Excellent written and oral communication required for regular briefings and written reports on all aspects of provincial politics.  Must be able to use multiple media and online sources for research.  Interpret and translate fluidly between English and Dari.  Use Microsoft Word, Outlook, and SharePoint software to report and share information.  Must have strong leadership and management skills.

Submission Guideline:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a local security clearance. To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit the documents listed below to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified. To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site (US Embassy Kabul Website).

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