Vacancy Announcement: Economic/Political Assistant

U.S. Mission: Bern, Switzerland
Announcement Number: Bern-2018-06
Position Title: Economic/Political Assistant
Opening Period: June 12 – July 3, 2018
Series/Grade: LE-1605 9
Salary: paid in Swiss Francs
For More Info: Human Resources Office
U.S. Embassy
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern
E-mail: BernHRJobs@state.gov
Website: U.S. Embassy Bern
Who May Apply: All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required: Local Security Certification or Public Trust
Duration of appointment: 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.
Summary: The U.S. Mission in Bern, Switzerland is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political/Economist 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 of time of receipt of clearance or their candidacy may end.
Supervisory Position: No
Duties: The incumbent performs as the Economic/Commercial Specialist in the Embassy’s Political/Economic Section. Reports directly to the Economic/Commercial Officer and supports the Executive Office and other American Officers as needed in briefing and reporting on economic, commercial, and political issues and developments related to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Qualifications and Evaluations
Education: University degree in economics, business administration, political science, international relations, or journalism, or other university degree with extensive relevant experience.

Requirements:

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two years of experience in a position involving economic or political analysis, for which postgraduate education can be substituted is required.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Thorough knowledge of Swiss economic policy, business, politics, domestic and foreign policy, society, culture, history and economic policy are required.

Evaluations:
LANGUAGE: Level 4 (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of German is required. Level 4 (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required. Level 4 (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of French is required. (Language skills may be tested.)
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Develop and maintain working level contacts in the Swiss and Liechtenstein governments and private sectors. Proficiency in operating word/data processing and presentation software, including use of internet. Draft effectively, concisely, and persuasively in English, German, and French. Strong research and analytical skills are required.
Qualifications: All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.
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.

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.
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:
(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2) AEFM / USEFM
(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 “certificate” 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 consideration, please visit the following link:
https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va

How to Apply: All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification clearance. Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on our website or by contacting Human Resources (See “For more Info” above).
To apply for this position, applicants should electronically or by mail submit the documents listed below.
Required Documents: Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:
 DS-174
 A current resume or curriculum vitae
 A motivation letter describing your reasons for applying
 Residency and work permit
 Passport copy
 A statement from the debt collection office and an excerpt from the criminal record
 Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned, letter(s) of recommendation)
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 e-mail.
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 at BernHRjobs@state.gov.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Bern, Switzerland