Announcement Number:Gaborone – 2021-003
Hiring Agency:Embassy Gaborone
Position Title:Mechanic (Security Systems) (All interested Applicants/All Sources)Open Period:02/10/2021 – 02/24/2021
Vacancy Time Zone:GMT+2
Series/Grade:LE – 1210 8
Salary:BWP P276,256Work
Schedule:Full-time – 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:LE-9

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

Telework Eligible:NoFor More Info: HR Section


Hiring Path:• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: For USEFM – FS  Actual FS 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.


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 and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:No
Travel Required:Occasional Travel

  • Must be available for frequent travel. The position may travel alone or as part of a regional security team.


Incumbent performs inspections, installations, preventive maintenance, and emergency repair of unclassified technical security, counterterrorism, and life-safety equipment deployed by Diplomatic Security (DS) at U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. Studies and makes recommendations for ways to improve the effectiveness of the security systems at U.S. diplomatic missions in the Engineering Services Center (ESC) Pretoria region including constituent posts.

Qualifications and Evaluations



Three years of hands-on field experience in major repairs and installation of electrical and heavy-duty mechanical equipment, CCTV, public address, AVBCS, reading and interpreting architectural and engineering design drawings is required.


Should have knowledge and/or experience in installing, troubleshooting and repairing electrical and electronic systems; hydraulic and/or pneumatic equipment; in working with different types of steel, concrete and masonry wall construction, anchors and bolts.

Education Requirements:

Completion of high school in addition to two (2) years of apprenticeship or an advanced equivalent local level of occupational training as technician, electrician, or mechanic is required.



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


Ability to use MS Excel, Access, and Word software and Internet search engines.  Must be able to read blueprints and schematic diagrams of electrical and mechanical drawings, minor adjustments, and repairs; ability to use electronic test equipment and skills to rectify problems associated with security equipment independently.  The nature of work may require using special lifting equipment, working from a ladder, in crawl spaces, above ceiling areas and other non-office areas of a building structure.  Exhibit customer service skills, including presenting a helpful and friendly impression to customers and to talk and related to U.S. and local personnel from a variety of backgrounds and Mission offices.  Must have a valid driver’s license and be available for frequent travel (either alone or as part of a team).

“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, 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:

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 a 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.

  • Completion of high school certificate
  • Two (2) years of apprenticeship or an advanced equivalent local level of occupational training as technician, electrician, or mechanic.
  • Driver’s license
  • 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.