Cultural Affairs Assistant – US Embassy


Job Description

Hiring Agency:American Embassy Khartoum
Announcement Number:Khartoum-2021-014
Position Title:Cultural Affairs Assistant – All Interested Applicants
Open Period:03/31/2021 – 04/14/2021
Series/Grade:LE – 6005 10/8
Salary:USD $20,388
Work Schedule:Full-time 
Promotion Potential:LE-8

Duty Location(s):

IN Khartoum, SU

Telework Eligible:


For More Info: 


Hiring Path:

• Open to the public

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:

•  All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required:

Public Trust – Background Investigation

Appointment Type


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

Supervisory Position:


Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Travel Required:

Not Required


Under the supervision of the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), the incumbent acts as program assistant and serves as the PAS public outreach coordinator with a focus on creating, developing and implementing programs aimed at primary and secondary schools, teachers and students in Sudan and Sudanese youth in general.  The incumbent is also responsible for managing the Embassy’s local Speakers program. Furthermore, in consultation with the Office of Alumni Affairs the Department of State Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) the incumbent serves as the Embassy Alumni Coordinator, responsible for promoting greater contact with and cooperation among Sudanese alumni, who have participated in the U.S. Government sponsored exchange and visitor programs. 

The incumbent also provides primary support to the senior Cultural Affairs Specialist in the design and implementation of cultural programming. Incumbent assists in implementing post goal of explaining shared American values, and exercises responsibility for design and implementation of cultural programming with a particular focus on youth. Incumbent works with State Department personnel, Sudanese organizations, and American specialists, speakers, performers and administrators to arrange programs in a wide variety of fieldslity for design and implementation of cultural programming with a particular focus on youth.  Incumbent works with State Department personnel, Sudanese organizations, and American specialists, speakers, performers and administrators to arrange programs in a wide variety of fields.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years progressively responsible experience in programming activities or events is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Sound knowledge of mission programs and objectives; extensive knowledge of key Sudanese cultural, educational and political institutions.  Facility finding internet-based information a necessity.  Familiarity with computerized contact databases, with State Department alumni and exchange programs, and with State Department contracting procedures highly desirable.  Knowledge of USG Grants rules and regulations.

Education Requirements:

University Bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts, education, social sciences, or international relations is required.


English: Level IV (Fluent, speaking, reading and writing) is required. (This may be tested)

Arabic: Level IV (Fluent, speaking, reading and writing) is required. (This may be tested)


  • Must have strong interpersonal skills needed to develop and maintain contacts among senior and/or up-and-coming contacts across important sectors of society (government, education, business, etc.). 
  • Must be able to perform independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must have strong computer skills and be able to manage databases. 
  • Must be able to independently plan, organize, and carry out assigned program responsibilities using broad array of resources, including electronic technologies; must be able to prioritize work on multiple, ongoing public diplomacy projects simultaneously.
  • Must possess a deft and flexible analytical ability to develop and refine program strategies in a complicated and rapidly changing environment.
  •  Must be able to interact with support offices in Washington and with other posts; must be able to work on a team with American and foreign national staff.
  • Must have highly effective interpersonal skills to develop and maintain contacts with a wide range of people, many of whom hold top positions in society.

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 U.S. Mission 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*
(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 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 Public Trust clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site U.S. Embassy, Sudan. or ERA Application Video Guide.

Required Documents:

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

  • University Degree
  • Other Document (Experience certificates)
  • Other Document 2 (Experience certificates)
  • Passport
  • Proof of Citizenship

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 U.S. Mission.

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