U.S. Mission:                           Botswana

Announcement Number:     Gaborone-2023-024

Position Title:                        Maintenance Mechanic Generator

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

Series/Grade:                         0105; FSN -6/FP 8

Salary:                                     P172,814 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 Maintenance Mechanic – Generator.

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:  The incumbent reports to the Maintenance Foreman – Electrical.  The incumbent is employed as the Maintenance Mechanic – Generator to carry out skilled maintenance and repair work on prime and stand-by emergency generators for the Embassy Compound and residential owned/leased properties.  Responds to scheduled, unscheduled and preventive maintenance work orders generated by the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:  Completion of secondary school is required and successful completion of a 3-year training program from an accredited institute recognized as producing power generation diesel engine mechanics is required.


EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of prime or standby power generators for large commercial properties such as high-rise office buildings, a hospital or college campus, or for the local utility company is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of prime or standby power generators for large commercial properties such as high-rise office buildings, a hospital or college campus, or for the local utility company is required.

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English level III ( Good working knowledge; speaking, reading & writing) is required.

Setswana Level III (Good working knowledge; speaking, reading & writing) is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must be able to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair diesel engine generators. Basic computer skills (MS Word; MS Outlook), simple database software. Driver’s license class B – Must have held a driver’s license for at least five years. Basic numerical skill to be able to count money, stock taking and estimating required material quantities(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.


(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:

  • Driver’s license class B
  • Secondary school Certificate
  • 3-year professional training program
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • DD-214 and 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.