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U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan

Job Description:

Serves as the senior LES for the Afghan Government Unit, supervising two LES. Is responsible for a wide breadth of unusually challenging/difficult portfolios, all a national security priority for the USG. Will serve as the chief advisor/analyst for the Political Section on Afghan political parties, opposition movements/coalitions, relationship between the Palace and political stakeholders, National Assembly, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, electoral reform and other elections-related issues, and NGOs. Must be familiar with all political parties, factions, and parliamentary caucuses. Importantly, develops, maintains, and strengthens relationships with key political figures, government ministries, parliamentarians of both houses, parliamentary staff and parliamentary protocol offices and secretariats. Provides summaries/analyses of major legislation and understand rules of procedure. Monitors political party participation in the electoral process. Advises Political Section on engagement with Afghan political elite. Provides biographical information on all Afghan interlocutors. Schedules and attends meetings with all levels of political contacts for senior Washington visitors, Embassy Front Office, Political Counselor, and political officers, interpreting when necessary. Supports high-level visits and representational events. Undertakes other duties as required.

Job Requirements:

EXPERIENCE: Must have at least five years direct experience working with the Afghan government, other diplomatic missions, or NGOs dealing with Afghan government.  Must have at least three years interacting on a daily basis with mid to high level Afghan government officials.  Must show that he/she has developed relationships with government officials.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have a sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of the Afghan government’s formal structure and operation as well as the practical/informal operations of the bureaucracy and political system.  Must have extensive understanding of the structure and workings of political parties and both houses of Parliament.  Must be familiar with the background of political views and associations of major figures in political parties, opposition coalitions, and Parliament.  Knowledge of modern Afghan history required. Must have basic familiarity with U.S foreign policy.

Education Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree in political science, law, economics, or other related social science is required.


LANGUAGE: Must speak and read English at the IV level.  Must speak and read Dari at the IV level.  Must have proficiency in Pashto.

“this may be tested”

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must work independently to develop relationships with political party leaders, opposition group leaders, parliamentarians, and staff.  Must be able to engage with backbench members of Parliament as a professional, intellectual, and social equal.  Must be capable of developing close relationships with the staff and associates of political party, opposition coalition, and Parliament leadership, including heads of political organizations and speakers of both houses of Parliaments and heads of political blocs.

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.


Applicants must address required qualifications criteria listed below with specific information and documentation supporting each item. For example, official transcripts evidencing educational requirements must be attached to the original application submission. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified. We are not required to contact applicants who have submitted incomplete application packages.

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

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).

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:


Bachelor Degree

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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