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Embassy of the United States Job Islamabad, Cultural Affairs Specialist

Embassy of the United States Job Islamabad, Cultural Affairs Specialist

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is seeking individual for the position of Cultural Affairs Specialist in the Public Affairs Section (PAS).

Basic Function of Position:
Incumbent works under the supervision of the Senior Cultural Affairs Specialist and Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO). The incumbent creates, manages, and administers the full range of programs and grants involving Americans in Pakistan including the University Partnerships Program, U.S. Speakers Program, Strategic Speakers Initiative (SSI), Target of Opportunity Speakers, academic and cultural relationship management, art and film exhibitions, cultural performances and the Mission Speakers Program for the Islamabad Consular District. Incumbent will also create and manage special programs including sports initiatives, academic and professional conferences, and workshops.

A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available in the Human Resources Office.

Qualifications Required:
1. Education: University degree (16 years of education) in the social sciences, international relations, education, management or the arts is required.
2. Experience: Minimum five years of professional experience in proposal writing, project management, event management and budget management is required.
3. Language: Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English and Urdu are required. Language skills will be tested.
4. Knowledge: Incumbent must have broad knowledge of Pakistan’s government structure and Ministries related to culture, education and foreign affairs. Broad knowledge of the arts communities, knowledge of the academic and NGO communities operating in Pakistan is required. Must have general knowledge about U.S. society and culture, and the American education system.
5. Abilities & Skills: Must have initiative, flexibility, and excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able and willing to travel throughout the Islamabad Consular District for programming and to work some evenings and weekends. Must be able to draft reports and to correspond with other offices independently. Must be able to write in complete, coherent text from the paragraph level to full report level with minimal errors in English grammar, syntax, and spelling. Must demonstrate a functional vocabulary relevant to the position. Must have strong computer skills in MS Office, Internet research and Outlook with good typing speed. This may be tested.

– All Ordinarily Resident Applicants must have the required Work and/or Residency Permits to be Eligible for Consideration.
– All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

Selection Process:
When fully qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.

Additional Selection Criteria:
1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget and residency status in determining successful candidacy.
2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
3. Current employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
4. Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.
5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
6. Current employees who have voluntarily been reassigned/promoted from one position to another are not eligible to apply for six months from the effective date of the reassignment/promotion.
7. Current employees who have received any job-related training are not eligible to apply in another section/agency for six months from the effective date of the training.
8. U.S. Mission Pakistan will not bear any travel expenses for testing, interviews, pre-employment clearances (if selected) or relocation for joining.

To Apply:
Interested candidates for this position must submit their completed DS-174 (Application for Employment) or a current resume or curriculum vita that provides the same information found on the DS-174 (see Appendix B) by Email at: pakjobs@state.gov.
The Vacancy Announcement Number must be mentioned in the subject line of the email.  Applicants are encouraged to submit the DS-174.  However, applicants who submit both a DS-174 and a resume will not be considered.

Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional U.S. Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.
Incomplete applications or submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.  Please do not attach any documents at this stage; you will be informed when your documents are required. Only those candidates meeting all the requirements will be contacted for a test/interview. To review all advertised positions, Please visit Embassy Website: http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/employment_opportunities.html.