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Job opportunity: Economic/Political/Commercial Assistant

Announcement Number: Yaounde-2021-029R

Hiring Agency: Branch Office Douala
Position Title: Economic/Political/Commercial Assistant – All Interested Applicants / All Sources Open
Period: 04/29/2022 – 05/13/2022Format MM/DD/YYYYVacancy 
Time Zone: GMT+1Series/Grade:LE – 1510 9
Salary: XAF FCFA15,666,826

Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week Promotion

Potential: LE-9
Duty Location(s):1 Vacancy in

Douala, CMTelework Eligible: NoFor More Info:
 HR Section
Overview Hiring Path: • Open to the public

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:For USEFM – FP is 05. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

  • • All Interested Applicants / All Sources Security Clearance Required:Public Trust – Background Investigation Appointment Type Permanent Appointment Type Details:
  • Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply. Summary:

the Embassy of the United States in Cameroon is hiring an Economic/Political/Commercial Assistant

l’embassade des états-unis au cameroun recrute un assistant économique /politique / commercial

The work schedule for this position is:

Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date:
Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time upon receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end. Supervisory Position: No Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No

DutiesBasic Function of the Position: Under the direction of the Director of the Embassy Branch Office in Douala (EBO), the Economic/Political/Commercial Assistant monitors and reports on developments in economic, political, and commercial affairs and assists with other Embassy and EBO-related activities as assigned. The employee will, under the direction of the EBO Director, provide information to U.S. and Cameroonian exporters, importers, and investors.

Qualifications and Evaluations Requirements:


EXPERIENCE: Must have at least 4 years of progressively more responsible experience in sales, economic research, business consulting, commercial banking, or related field.

Should have a thorough understanding of the Cameroonian economy and that of the sub region, including trade patterns, commercial practices, financing practices, organizations, major industries, etc. Should also have an awareness and an interest in politics and political science. Should have a thorough understanding of the “language” of business and economics, to successfully interact with the U.S. and Cameroonian business communities. Must be computer literate (intermediate) in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, and internet. This may be tested.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, economics, law, or business administration is required.Evaluations:

LANGUAGE: Fluency (Speaking/Reading/Writing) in English and French is required. This may be tested.

 Must be able to develop and maintain good working relationships with counterparts in order to reach upper-level contacts in Cameroon’s public and private sectors for principals. Must be able to obtain, evaluate, and analyze commercial data to prepare reports. Must have excellent communication skills. This may be tested.

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.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass U.S. Embassy Medical and Security certifications.

Benefits and Other InfoBenefits:Agency Benefits:Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Cameroon 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:

: 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.


AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran


FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights

 IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

  • This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.
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How to ApplyHow to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a U.S. Embassy Security clearance.All candidates must provide proof that they are legally permitted to stay and work in the country.To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

Degree (not transcript)

DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

SF-50 (if applicable)

CNI or Passport copy (as applicable)

Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification or equivalent (If applicable)

Proof of experience

Next Steps:Only applicants invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email

For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Embassy Branch in Douala, Cameroon.


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