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Embassy of United States of America

Embassy of United States of America


Position: USAU Protocol Assistant
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Salary: $12,133
Posted date: 1 month ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over


Hiring Path: Open to the public

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:

  • For USEFM - FP is 06.  Actual FP 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 Employee before you apply.


The U.S. Mission, in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia, is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of USAU Protocol Assistant.

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 (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:

  • No

Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

  • No

Travel Required:

  • Not Required


The Protocol Specialist serves as the Mission’s authority on all aspects of the protocol, etiquette, precedence, and local customs and practices. The incumbent is the key advisor to the USAU Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission, initiating, managing, and facilitating relationships with ministerial and ambassadorial-level leaders of the African Union, Diplomatic Corps, International Organizations, and NGOs.  Instructs Executive Office and other Mission offices on complex protocol procedures and etiquette, including proper forms of address and local customs and practices applicable to the 54 African Union member states. Manages all aspects of representational events, developing thoughtful and thorough guest lists through coordination with Mission stakeholders, including, as appropriate, collaboration with the Embassy Country Team.  Maintains up-to-date Mission Contact database and is the primary point of contact for arranging Ambassador and DCM appointments and other representational outreach.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: A minimum of four years of administrative, event planning, or public relations work experience is required including at least one year of which should have been in protocol and/or special events planning role in an embassy or other governmental setting.

Note: Please upload all work experience copies of yours under "Other Document 1 or 2"

Education Requirements:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

EDUCATION: A bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Business Management, Peace and Security Studies, Communication or Tourism, and Hospitality Management is required.

Note: Please upload all copies of your Education under "University Degree"


LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluency-speaking/reading/writing) Amharic required. 

Level IV (fluency) speaking/reading/writing) English required. (This may be tested)

Level III (Good working) speaking/ reading/writing of French required. (This may be tested)

Skills and Abilities: Must have the ability to develop and maintain key contacts at the AU and UNECA. Must have a strong protocol as well as written and oral communication skills. Must have exceptional organizational, project management, and time management skills, and the ability to work under pressure, and be flexible. Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite products to include Outlook, Word, and Excel. Ability to quickly master the Contact Management Database system. Must have the ability to be tactful to communicate with high-level AU, UNECA, UN-based Agencies, international organizations, academic, institutional, religious, and social leaders, and with diplomats of other missions

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 security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info


Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia 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. 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 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:


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


(3) 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.

Required Documents:

To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested Master's degree and/or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide the requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification or equivalent (or equivalent)
  • Residency and/or Work Permit 
  • Passport copy 
  • University Degree
  • (required)
  • Work Experience (Required)
  • Certificate or License
  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (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 or phone. 

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 Addis Ababa/Ethiopia.