U.S. Mission                                     Botswana

Announcement Number:           Gaborone-2023-017

Position Title:                                 Dispatcher

Opening Period:                            August 25, 2023 – September 8, 2023

Series/Grade:                                 FSN 1010; Grade 5/FP-9

Salary:                                               P131,920 per annum

For More Info:                                Human Resources Office: (Maureen Ferguson)

Telephone: 3953982, ext-2420

Who May Apply:                           All Interested Candidates/All sources

Open to:                                           All Interested Candidates/All sources

Security Clearance Required:     Local Security Certification or Public Trust

Duration of Appointment:         Indefinite

Marketing Statement:  We encourage applicants to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees at https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/eight-qualities-of-overseas-employees before applying.

The U.S. Mission in Gaborone, Botswana is seeking two eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Dispatcher. The work schedule for this position is:  Full Time – 40 hours per week.  The position may be subject to overtime work, which will be accordingly compensated.

Start date:  Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or his/her candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:  No

Duties:  Working in the Motor Pool unit of the General Services Office (GSO), the Dispatcher coordinates daily as well as advanced assignments for all drivers to schedule transportation for post personnel and official visitors.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education:  Completion of Senior Secondary school is required.

Requirements:  

EXPERIENCE:  Two years of professional driving experience in host country, plus one year motor vehicle dispatcher or fleet management experience is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Good knowledge of host country traffic laws, vehicle licensing, registration, and procedures. Detailed knowledge of host country streets, traffic patterns, and commonly visited locations.

Evaluations:

LANGUAGE:

English level III (Good working knowledge) Reading/Writing/Speaking is required.

Setswana level III (Good working knowledge) Reading/Writing/Speaking is required.

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SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Valid Driver’s License is required. Strong leadership, technical, and administrative skills. Basic keyboard skills and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook applications. (This may be tested)

Qualifications:  Local prescriptive privileges must be acquired.  All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

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.  

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)       Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM) / U.S. Citizen EFM (USEFM) who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*

(2)       AEFM / USEFM

(3)       Foreign Service (FS) on Leave With Out Pay (LWOP) and Civil Service (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 U.S. 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.

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** 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: https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va

How to Apply:  The HR Office uses https://bw.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/  to advertise its positions.  This site has a list of U.S. Embassy’s vacant positions and instructions to log on and apply.  Candidates interested in applying for these positions must apply via the https://erajobs.state.gov/dos-era/bwa/vacancysearch/searchVacancies.hms  site and follow the application instructions to submit an application.

Required Documents:  Please provide the required documentation listed below with the application:

All Applicants:

  • Senior Secondary school certificate is required.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Valid Driver’s License is required.
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

What to Expect Next:  Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test (if applicable), 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 HR Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Gaborone, Botswana.