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The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political Specialist in the Political Section.

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The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political Specialist in the Political Section.


The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political Specialist in the Political Section.
Opening Date : April 04, 2019
Closing Date : April 18, 2019
Open to : all interested candidates/ All Sources
Work Schedule : Full-time (40 hours/week)
SALARY : *Ordinarily Resident (OR) : CFA 17,430,003 p.a. (Starting Salary)
(Position Grade : FSN-10)



This is one of two Political Specialist positions located in the Political Office and directly reports to the American Political Officer. Incumbent conducts information gathering, research, analysis, and reporting in the field of political reporting. S/he attends meetings, translates, serves as note taker in English and in French, briefs Embassy officials to include the Ambassador on political developments, handles logistics, and organizes official events. Job holder is a Grant Officer Representative managing grants.


1. EDUCATION : Bachelors’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, History, or International Law is required.
2. EXPERIENCE : Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in social science analysis and research, work with a geo-political or governance focused NGO, legislative assistant, chief of staff or assistant to a senior government or elected official, newspaper reporting of political matters, university teaching, is required.

3. LANGUAGE : Level IV (fluency) in writing/reading/speaking English is required.
Level IV (fluency) in writing/reading/speaking French is required. These may be tested.

4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES : Ability to interpret the needs of U.S. officials for analysis of current political developments. Ability to maintain contacts at all levels of the government and civil society. Ability to obtain material from varied sources and prepare reports/analysis in a precise, accurate and comprehensible manner. Ability to translate documents from French to English and vice-versa. Accurate and quick keyboarding skills, and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). These may be tested.

5. JOB KNOWLEDGE : Excellent knowledge of Burkina Faso’s political institutions, structure, political parties and systems, and historical development. Good knowledge of international relations. Some knowledge about U.S. foreign policy and interests.

HOW TO APPLY : Applicants must complete the following application process to be considered :
• Create an account on the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) Website at
• Choose Announcement Number Ouaga-2019-11 Political Assistant and complete the online application.

• Upload any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. resume, cover letter, degrees certificates, wok permits & SF 50 if applicable) into the Electronic Recruitment Application system.
Required Documents : Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application :

• Resume
• Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)
• Degree
• DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
• SF-50 (if applicable)
• Copy of work attestation/certificates

What to Expect Next : Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via telephone calls and email.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION : The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office at

Note :
- All applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
- All applications must be for an open/advertised position.
- Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY : 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. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

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