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Cultural Affairs Specialist (YALI)

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Nairobi-2018-29


 

Advert Details

Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Updated on: 2018-09-18 02:10:01
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: Immediately
Category: Public Sector Offer: FP-5 FSN-9

 

Introduction

NOTE: ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT KENYAN CITIZENS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR PERMANENT RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION





The U.S. Mission in Nairobi has an opening for the position of Cultural Affairs Specialist (YALI). The position will be available immediately. Closing date for this position is September 17, 2018.



 



 


 

Minimum Requirements

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education: University degree in the liberal arts, education, social sciences, or international relations is required.

EXPERIENCE: Three to five years progressively more responsible professional experience in program development, cultural activities, public affairs, teaching, or related affairs. Ability to plan, organize, and implement programs independently in a timely and cost-effective manner required.

 Evaluations:

LANGUAGE:  Level IV (Fluent, Reading/speaking /writing) English is required. (This may be tested.)

 SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Qualifications: All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.


 

Job Specification

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

Serves as principal advisor to the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO) on the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and as overall program manager for the Kenya YALI program. Incumbent is an expert on YALI and is the Office's Coordinator on YALI matters with members of the Mission on YALI institute.

Major Duties and responsibilites

ADMINISTRATION OF YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS INITIATIVE (YALI) PROGRAMS:                                 75%

Under the direction of the CAO, and in close consultation with the United States Agency for International Development in Nairobi (USAID) and all other relevant sections/agencies represented at the Mission, s/he administers all YALI programs for Kenyan participants.  S/he actively participates in the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) for YALI.

Mandela Washington Fellowship
S/he plans and executes all recruitment, selection, and pre-departure activities for Kenyans applying to and participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF).

S/he conceives and organizes recruitment outreach prior to and during the MWF application period.  S/he works closely with the PAS Information Office to use media to raise awareness of the MWF and other programs falling under the broader YALI umbrella.

In close coordination with the Mission's Alumni Coordinator and the USAID Regional Coordinator for YALI, s/he maintains relationships with MWF alumni, connecting them to professional development, funding programs, future YALI recruitment, opportunities for community engagement and other programs for alumni. S/he conceives, plans, and executes a post-MWF retreat for alumni.

Young African Leaders Initiative Network
S/he liaises with Department and USAID colleagues to publicize and facilitate broader Young African Leaders Initiative Network (YALI Network) programs available to Kenyans. This includes support for programming at the American Corners and other public venues throughout Kenya, and at the East Africa Regional Leadership Center.

S/he serves as the liaison between Mandela Washington Fellowship and the larger YALI Network.  The incumbent will participate in outreach celebrating and promoting YALI Network programming and will recruit participants.  S/he will meet regularly with YALI Network youth to develop synergies between their projects and interests and MWF alumni.  S/he will serve as the coordinator of grants offered to YALI Network members, and be the voice of Public Affairs in the development of trainings and programming offered at American Corners and the Regional Leadership Center under the YALI Network umbrella.  The incumbent will assess the efficacy of YALI Network programming and provide feedback to his/her supervisors and Washington.

S/he also establishes, maintains, and expands excellent working relations with officials in various Kenyan government departments and partner institutions in order to further the reach and reputation of YALI programs.  S/he ensures compliance with, and remains up-to-date on, guidelines and regulations regarding YALI provided by the Department of State.

S/he is responsible for all administrative, logistical, and clerical details pertaining to recruitment, selection, and pre-departure activities for all Kenyan YALI participants.

FISCAL MANAGEMENT:                                                                                                                                    20%
In consultation with the CAO and PAO, s/he drafts the annual YALI budget for recruitment, selection, and orientation activities -- keeping organized, detailed records of initial allocations and projected activities over the period of an entire fiscal year and provides regular updates to the CAO and PAO.

S/he serves as the Grants Officer Representative (GOR) for all grants awarded by PAS to YALI alumni and effectively monitors those grants in accordance with Department regulations. 

OTHER DUTIES:                                                                                                                                                      5%
S/he performs all other duties as assigned to ensure the success of YALI and to further U.S. Mission goals in Kenya.

                                                                   

Note: This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by incumbent. Incumbent will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

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** 

 

* 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.

Additional Selection Criteria:

 

To Apply:


1.  Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 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.

2. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above. The U.S. Mission in Nairobi 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.

DEFINITIONS

Appointment eligible family member (AEFM):

An individual who meets all of the following criteria is considered to be an AEFM for employment purposes:

(1) Is a U.S. citizen;

(2) Is the spouse or domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of a sponsoring employee (as defined in this section);

(3) Is listed on one of the following:

(a) Travel orders of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), or

(b) An approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report (or other agency equivalent), of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the AIT, and is residing at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment abroad;

(4) Does not receive a U.S. Government retirement annuity or pension from a career in the U.S. Foreign Service or Civil Service.

(5) Is not a Foreign Service Generalist or Specialist in Leave Without Pay (LWOP) status;

(6) Is not a Civil Service employee with re-employment rights to their agency or bureau.

Eligible family member (EFM):

 An individual who meets all of the following criteria is considered to be an EFM for employment purposes (country of citizenship is not a factor):

(1) Is the spouse or domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of a sponsoring employee (as defined in this section); or child of a sponsoring employee under 21 and unmarried, or (regardless of age) unmarried and incapable of self-support; or a parent (including step-parent or legally adoptive parent) or sibling who has been declared as 51% or more dependent on the sponsoring employee;

(2) Is listed on one of the following:

(a) The travel orders of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or

(b) An approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report (or other agency equivalent), of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the

American Institute in Taiwan, and is residing at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment.

U.S. citizen eligible family member (USEFM):

 An individual who meets all of the following criteria is considered to be a USEFM for employment purposes:

(1) U.S. citizen;

(2) The spouse or domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee (i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member); or a child of the sponsoring employee who is under 21 and unmarried, or (regardless of age) unmarried and incapable of self-support;

(3) Is listed on one of the following:

(a) Travel orders of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or

(b) Approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report (or other agency equivalent), of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan, and is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad.

(4) The following categories of employees are also considered to be USEFMs for employment purposes if they meet the definition above:

(a) Foreign Service Generalists or Specialists on approved LWOP ;

(b) Civil Service employees with re-employment rights to their agency/bureau; or

(c) Foreign Service or Civil Service annuitants.

MEMBERS OF HOUSEHOLD (MOHS)

Definition of Member of Household (MOH): An individual who accompanies or joins a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct hire employee under Chief of Mission authority, either 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. A MOH is an individual who meets the following criteria:

(1) Not an EFM and therefore not on the travel orders or approved through form OF-126 Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report of the sponsoring employee; and

(2) Officially declared by the sponsoring U.S. Government employee to the Chief of Mission (COM) as part of his or her household and approved by the COM; and

(3) Is a parent, grandparent, grandchild, unmarried partner, adult child, foreign born child in the process of being adopted, father, mother, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, or half-sister; who falls outside the Department’s current definition of Eligible Family Member 14 FAM 511.3. A MOH may or may not be a U.S. citizen. MOHs are by definition cohabitants. Therefore, if the MOH is not a U.S. citizen, employees who declare MOHs to the COM must ensure compliance with the provisions of 12 FAM 275 Reporting Cohabitation with and/or Intent to Marry a Foreign National.

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