- Hiring Agency:
- Embassy Kabul
- Position Title:
- Open Period:
- 02/04/2019 – 02/10/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
- Vacancy Time Zone:
- LE – 0210 7
- Not Specified
- Promotion Potential:
- Duty Location(s):
- 1 Vacancy in
- For More Info:
- Hiring Path:
- • Competitive service
• Open to the public
- Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
- All Interested Applicants/All Sources
- Security Clearance Required:
- Public Trust – Background Investigation
- Appointment Type
- Appointment Type Details:
- Marketing Statement:
We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees (Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employment) before you apply.
The U.S. Mission in Kabul is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for position of Translator with the PAS Section.
The work schedule for this position is: Full-time 40 hours/week.
- Supervisory Position:
- Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
- Travel Required:
- Not Required
Under the supervision of the Assistant Information Officer and general guidance from the Information Specialists (Country and Deputy Country Media Advisors) and the Information Assistant (Webmaater/Social Media Manager), translates and interprets from English to Pashto or Dari and translates and interprets from Pashto or Dari into English for a wide audience including the Afghan public, high level Afghan government officials, the Ambassador, DCM, and other Embassy officials. Is expected co translate for visiting VIPS such as CODELs or Deputy Assistant Secretaries. Is called upon to translate for high level Afghan government interlocutors, including ministers and other government officials. Translates public materials, correspondence, proposals, and reviews any work translation work done by outside contractors. Provides simultaneous translation for media events and other Public Affairs functions. Serves as back up to the Information Assistant (Webmaster/Social Media Manager) and has the authority to independently respond to Pashto and Dari language social media messages sent to official U.S. Embassy platforms. Performs other duties as assigned.
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.
Qualifications and Evaluations
EXPERIENCE: Three years’ experience in providing written and simultaneous translations from Dari/Pashto to English and from English to Dari/Pashto with western Embassies, UN organizations, or international NGOs is required.
Job Knowledge: In depth knowledge of political, economic, cultural and technical issues in Afghanistan. Knowledge of key institutions, especially media-related, operating in the local environment. Professional knowledge of written and simultaneous translation/interpretation, demonstrated by experience working as a full time interpreter/translator for an international organization is required. Thorough knowledge of U.S. society and its institutions, as well as the issues and concerns that affect U.S.-Afghan bilateral relations is required.
- Education Requirements:
Two years of college studies is required..
LANGUAGE: Level 4 Pashto in reading/speaking/writing, Level 4 Dari in reading/speaking/writing, Level 4 English in reading/speaking/writing is required.
This may be tested.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to provide translations that convey both the nuanced meaning and tone of sensitive materials. Ability to employ proper idiomatic phrasing, syntactical structure and use of words accurately reflecting the wording and meaning of original materials. Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills to enable communication and teamwork. Ability to type and use computers and email. Ability to operate the range of audiovisual equipment, including simultaneous translation equipment.
- All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications and complete a mandatory probationary period for LE Staff.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: 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. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.
Benefits and Other Info
- Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), locally-resident EFMs and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in (insert post and/or country name) may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.
- Other Information:
- 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 in LWOP **
* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS in LWOP status with re-employment or reinstatement rights back to their agency or bureau.
What is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc? (https://www.icass.gov/hr-oe/)
ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:
1. The Mission may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
2. Current employees of the Mission who have not successfully completed their initial probationary periods are not eligible to apply. Current employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory or MBC score of 100 points or less, on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
3. Current employees of the Mission hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment. This does not apply for employees on a PSA (Temp), or those are hired on a When Actually Employed (WAE) or intermittent work schedule.
4. Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.
How to Apply
- How to Apply:
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:
- Two Years of College Degree/Transcript.
- Proof of Citizenship.
- Next Steps:
- Applicants who are invited to take a language, skills, 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.
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