Job Opportunities : Cultural Affairs Specialist

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Cultural Affairs Specialist

OPEN TO:  All Interested Candidates / All Sources
The “Open To” category listed above refers to candidates who are eligible to apply for this position.

The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.

POSITION:                    Cultural Affairs Specialist

OPENING DATE:         January 10, 2017

CLOSING DATE:         January 31, 2017

WORK HOURS:           Full time, 40 hours/week

SALARY:             Ordinarily Resident (OR):  FSN-10

Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR):  FP-05 (steps 05 through 14)*

*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.


The U.S. Mission in Yaounde, Cameroon is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Cultural Affairs Specialist.  This position is located in Yaounde, Cameroon.


Under the direct supervision of the Cultural Affairs Officer, the incumbent is responsible for developing, planning, and implementing country-wide cultural programs according to Mission priorities with the goal of explaining U.S. policies and values to key audiences. He/She also oversees cultural grants to local stakeholders. The Mission’s cultural programs may include performances by visiting U.S. artists, U.S. speakers and specialists, events, workshops, and official ceremonies. The position also manages State Department exchanges such as the International Visitors Leadership program and engages with alumni of State Department exchange programs. This position is the senior Locally Employed Staff (LES) position in the Public Affairs Section and supervises two LES Cultural Affairs Assistant positions.     


Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified. 

1. EDUCATION: A university degree in the liberal arts, education, social sciences, international relations, or related fields is required.

2. EXPERIENCE: At least five years of progressively responsible experience in cultural/educational activities, higher education, government service, international relations, NGOs, civil society or related fields. One of the five years must have been in a supervisory position.

3. LANGUAGE: Level IV (Fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing English and French are required. (This will be tested.

4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The incumbent must have the ability to: establish and cultivate a wide range of high-level contacts in governmental, educational, cultural, and civil society/NGO circles; plan, schedule, and implement simultaneous thematic, exchange, and cultural programs; report effectively and analytically on programs; deliver public presentations.  He/She must be able to interact tactfully with high and mid-level contacts; possess excellent creative skills to conceive cultural projects and programs. (Skills and abilities may be tested.)

5. JOB KNOWLEDGE: The jobholder must have a thorough understanding of host country – its political, economic, social, and educational structures; its history, culture, institutions; its key figures in public and private sectors, as well as in civil society/NGOs. He/She must have a solid understanding of U.S. government, society, and culture, as well as State Department exchange, cultural and thematic programs. He/She must have a good knowledge of MS Office and internet.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained on our website at  and/or by contacting the Human Resources Office at Ext. 4006.

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  When qualified, 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.


(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


(3) FS on 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.

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:Management may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy:  nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

  1. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.  Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
  2. Current NOR employees 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, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
  3. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a Locally Employed Staff security clearance.

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our website or by contacting Human Resources.  (See “For Further Information” above);        

2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)

Human Resources Office
P.O. Box 817,
Tel.: 222-201-500, Ext 4006,
U.S. Embassy Yaounde, Cameroon

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