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Embassy of United States of America

Embassy of United States of America


Position: Mechanic - Security System
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Permanent
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Salary: $12,764 /Per Year
Posted date: 7 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over


Hiring Path: Open to the public

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:

  • For USEFM - FP is 06. Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
  • Employees of Mission/All/or USEFMs, EFMs or MOHs

Security Clearance Required: Public Trust - Background Investigation

Appointment Type: Permanent

Appointment Type Details: Indefinite subject to successful completion of the probationary period

Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The U.S. Mission in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Mechanic (Security Systems )/OBO Regional Security Technician/.

The work schedule for this position is: (40 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (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: 75% or less

Travels to all Posts within the region of responsibility either alone or as a member of an ESC/ESO team at least twice per year (up to 75%).


The incumbent is responsible for the following;

  • Conducting surveys, inspection, routine and preventive maintenance, hardware repair and replacement, emergency repair of Forced Entry (FE) and Forced Entry/Ballistic Resistant (FE/BR) products (doors, windows, glazing units, louvers, and vault doors).
  • Reviews and analyzes the associated Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) door hardware systems deployed by Overseas Building Operations (OBO) and Diplomatic Security (DS) at U.S. Diplomatic missions, and OBO-owned and/or leased facilities to include Consular Agencies in designated region of responsibility.
  • Studies and makes recommendations for ways to improve the effectiveness of the Physical Security Systems at U.S. Diplomatic Missions in Engineering Services Office (ESO) Addis Ababa and the other Posts the incumbent is responsible for.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: At least three (3) years of hands-on field experience in major repairs and installation of electrical/electronics, pneumatic, hydraulic, and heavy-duty mechanical equipment, reading and interpreting Architectural and Engineering Design drawings is required.

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

Education Requirements:

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



  • Level 3 (Good working Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. (This may be tested)
  • Level 3 (Good working Speaking/Reading/Writing Amharic is required. (This may be tested)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: (these may be tested)

  • Must have a minimum of Auto/2nd grade driver's license. Must have had a valid driver's license for a minimum of five (5) years. 

  • Must be able to lift 75 pounds.

  • Ability to use MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Adobe Acrobat software, and Internet search engines.
  • Must be able to read blueprints and schematic diagrams of electrical and mechanical drawings, adjust, and repairs. Must be able to apply knowledge of the above in the installation and M&R to FE/BR door and window systems.
  • Ability to use mechanical and electronic test equipment.
  • Ability to present a friendly, helpful, patient, and caring impression to customers.
  • Ability to talk and relate to U.S. and local personnel from a variety of backgrounds and Mission Offices.
  • Ability to be firm but tactful when explaining policy or limitations on resources.
  • Ability to use special lifting equipment and/or coordination of unskilled laborers. The nature of work may require working from a ladder, in crawl spaces, above-ceiling areas and other non-office areas of a building structure.
  • Ability to deal with upset or difficult clients while keeping own temper/composure.
  • Ability to assure upset/angry clients that their concerns will be addressed while not promising actions/results that are inconsistent with Mission practices.
  • Ability to employ a problem-solving approach to difficult issues rather than assigning blame.
  • Ability to maintain objectivity in difficult situations.
  • Must be available for frequent travel up to 75% of the year. The position may travel alone or as part of a regional security team. 

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


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.


  • AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
  • 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 the 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.