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Cultural Affairs Assistant – US EMBASSY GABORONE

Location: Gaborone | Deadline: August 11, 2021


Announcement Number:Gaborone-2021-016
Hiring Agency:Embassy Gaborone
Position Title:Cultural Affairs Assistant (All Interested Candidates/All sources)
Open Period:07/28/2021 – 08/11/2021
Vacancy Time Zone:GMT+2
Series/Grade:LE – 6005 8
Salary:BWP P276,256
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week.
Promotion Potential:LE-9

Duty Location(s):1 Vacancy in Gaborone, BC

Telework Eligible:No
For More Info: HR Section


Hiring Path:• Competitive service
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: All Interested Candidates/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.


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 of receipt of agency authorization.

Supervisory Position:No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:No
Travel Required:Not Required


The incumbent plays a key role in designing and overseeing the administration of Embassy Gaborone’s Professional Exchange Programs, English Language Programs, and the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) cultural exchanges (e.g., Speaker Programs, Cultural Envoys, and Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation). The incumbent conducts broad outreach at educational and cultural institutions throughout Botswana.  The incumbent also serves as a liaison between exchange program Alumni, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and universities.  S/he advises the Public Affairs Officer and the Deputy Public Affairs Officer (DPAO) on developments in the cultural and educational environment that affect public diplomacy programming.  The incumbent is expected to provide administrative and program support to the section, as well as develop reports for Washington via cables and PD Tools.

Qualifications and Evaluations



Three years of progressively responsible experience in a multilingual, multicultural or multinational, academic or governmental work environment, with people-to-people program outreach, program/project administration, and work in cultural activities as a significant part of the job.


Knowledge of Botswana’s cultural, social, and educational structure.    Understanding of public affairs techniques, (especially exchange programs administered by the Public Affairs Section), outreach strategies, event planning is required.

Education Requirements:

University degree in International Relations, Political Science, Communications, Education, Multicultural Studies or local equivalent in a liberal arts field is required.


LANGUAGE:  Level IV English Fluent (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required.  Level III (good working knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing Setswana is required.


Excellent interpersonal, critical thinking, analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Ability to work independently and prioritize work responsivities in order to meet deadlines and solve problems. Excellent project management skills. Ability to draft memos and reports and evaluate reports and correspondence. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites and the ability to manage information on proprietary software/databases is required.

“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.


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

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits: Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Gaborone, Botswana may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, Actual FS salary  will be determined by Washington D.C.

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.


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


How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold Medical and Security clearances.

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.


  • University degree in International Relations, Political Science, Communications, Education, Multicultural Studies
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • SF-50 (if applicable)
  • DD-214 and supporting documentation (if applicable)

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.

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. Mission in Gaborone, Botswana.



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