Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cultural Affairs Assistant - U. S. Consulate General (Apply by: 25 Mar 2014)



OPEN TO: All interested candidates

POSITION: Cultural Affairs Assistant, FSN-6005-09, HYA-710003 (Personal Services Agreement)

OPENING DATE: March 11, 2014

CLOSING DATE: March 25, 2014

WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week

SALARY: Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) - Grade: FP-05

Ordinarily Resident (OR) - Grade: FSN-09*

*Starting salary will be determined on the basis of qualifications and experience, and/or salary history.


The U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad is seeking an individual for the position of Cultural Affairs Assistant in the Public Affairs Section.

Applicants must apply on U.S. Mission Application Employment Form and specify the vacancy announcement number. Applications not completed on U.S. Mission Application Employment Form, or without reference to a specific vacancy number will not be accepted. Only completed forms will be accepted. (Refer to application procedure below)

Only applicants who are selected for the interview will be contacted.

 Under the supervision of the Cultural Affairs Specialist (CAS) and Public Affairs Section leadership, the Cultural Affairs Assistant (CAA) helps plan, develop and execute public outreach and exchange programs in Hyderabad and throughout the States of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, in order to promote Mission Strategic Resource Plan goals. S/he is required to assess, advice, and operate in a dynamic economic, cultural, and political environment at the local and state level, and interact with diverse populations speaking Telugu, Urdu, Odia and English. S/he serves as the primary backup to the CAA and secondary backup to the CAS.
 The incumbent is responsible for facilitating the Public Affairs Section’s (PAS) delivery of policy-relevant cultural and educational programming, the appropriate and accountable use of U.S. government funding, and responsiveness to Mission India and/or U.S. policy goals as articulated by the Public Affairs Officer, the Consul General, and/or U.S. Embassy New Delhi. S/he is responsible for engaging contacts, institutions and non-governmental organizations focused on primary and secondary education, good governance, women’s issues, health, media/social media and foreign policy, and manages associated programs.
 S/he is responsible for managing a number of the specific and paper-intensive exchange programs for which PAS Hyderabad seeks participants. S/he provides support to other elements of PAS Hyderabad, other sections of Consulate General Hyderabad, other constituent posts within Mission India, and U.S. Embassy New Delhi, as needed.
 In all aspects of his/her performance, the incumbent is required to display attention to detail, strong organizational capabilities, time management skills, sound judgment, initiative, and the ability to clearly and accurately communicate, to work well individually and as a member of a team, to multitask, and to future plan in order to meet deadlines.

A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available in the Human Resources Office.

All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

a. Education: A university degree in the social sciences, environment, Humanities or education is required

b. Prior work experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience in working in the NGO sector, development, teaching or two years of experience in public diplomacy

/ embassy or a similar organization or private sector associations engaged in similar work.

c. Language Proficiency: Fluency (Level IV) in written, reading and spoken English. Fluency (Level IV) in spoken Telugu or Odia or Urdu required. (When applying for the position, please indicate your level of proficiency for these languages).

d. Job Knowledge: Socio-economic-political, development, cultural, environmental and health issues in India and at the regional level, as well as of Public Affairs Section audiences and program institutions. Knowledge of U.S. society, culture, history, political, environmental, and economic institutions. Knowledge of local officials such as state and local officials and others active in youth programs and education.

e. Skills & Abilities: Must have intellectual ability to initiate and maintain contact with the state and local government officials; political, business, management, academic, social and cultural leaders. Must be creative and well-organized, with ability to multi-task; conceptualize, initiate, and follow-through on complex program activities. Excellent written and oral English, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work as a member of a team and contribute to a cohesive team spirit.


When fully qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.


1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.
2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
3. Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
4. Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.
5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.

Interested applicants for this position should submit the following:
1. Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family member (DS-0174) is available on website or
2. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information found on the UAE (see Definitions); or
3. A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1 -24 of the UAE along with a listing of the applicant’s work experience attached as a separate sheet; plus
4. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-0214 with their application. Candidates who claim conditional U.S. Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.
5. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.


U. S. Consulate General,
Human Resources Office
1-8-323, Paigah Palace, Chiran Fort lane,
Begumpet, Secunderabad - 500003.
FAX: 4033-8301

Please insert HYD-14-05 (Vacancy Announcement Number) in the Subject of the E-mail Applications without the Vacancy Number or with incorrect Vacancy Number will not be accepted.


1. Eligible Family Member (EFM): An individual related to a U.S. Government employee in one of the following ways:
 Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610);
 Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support. The term shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchildren and adopted children and those under legal guardianship of the employee or the spouse when such children are expected to be under such legal guardianship until they reach 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian;
 Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or of the spouse, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support;
 Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, or of the spouse, when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support.

2. U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM): For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, an EFM who meets the following criteria:

 U.S. Citizen; and,
 EFM (see above) at least 18 years old; and,
 Listed on the travel orders of a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and either:

1. Resides at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
2. Resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2.

3. Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM): EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment for purposes of Mission employment:

 Is a U.S. citizen; and
 Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) or a child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and
 Is listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and who is under chief of mission authority; and
 Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, office of the American Institute in Taiwan.
 Does not receive a Foreign Service or Civil Service annuity

4. Member of Household (MOH): An individual who accompanies a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan. An MOH is:
 Not an EFM; and,
 Not on the travel orders of the sponsoring employee; and,
 Has been officially declared by the sponsoring USG employee to the COM as part of his/her household.

A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member. A MOH does not have to be a U.S. Citizen.

5. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who:

 Is not a citizen of the host country; and,
 Does not ordinarily reside (OR, see below) in the host country; and,
 Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,
 Has a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN).

NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP.

6. Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or U.S. citizen who:

 Is locally resident; and,
 Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,
 Is subject to host country employment and tax laws.

EFMs without U.S. Social Security Numbers are also OR. All OR employees, including U.S. citizens, are compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).

If an applicant is submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, s/he must provide the following information equal to what is found on the UAE.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.

A. Position Title B. Position Grade C. Vacancy Announcement Number D. Dates Available for Work E. First, Middle, & Last Names as well as any other names used F. Current Address, Day, Evening, and Cell phone numbers G. U.S. Citizenship Status (Yes or No) & status of permanent U.S. Resident (Yes or No; if yes, provide number) H. U.S. Social Security Number and/or Identification Number
I. Eligibility to work in the country (Yes or No) J. Special Accommodations the Mission needs to provide (Yes or No; if yes, provide explanation) K. If applying for position that includes driving a U.S. Government vehicle, Driver’s License Class / Type L. Days available to work M. List any relatives or members of your household that work for the U.S. Government (include their Name, Relationship, & Agency, Position, Location) N. U.S. Eligible Family Member and Veterans Hiring Preference O. Education P. License, Skills, Training, Membership, & Recognition Q. Language Skills R. Work Experience S. References


The U.S. Mission in Hyderabad 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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