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Librarian (Acquisitions)

U. S . Embassy Nairobi NAIROBI


The U.S. Mission in Nairobi is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Librarian (Acquisitions).


Reporting to Head of Acquisitions, incumbent receives, searches, and verifies accompanying financial documentation for all information materials in all formats for the Library of Congress (LOC) and approximately 30 academic institutional participants of the African Cooperative Acquisitions Program (AfriCAP). Creates Initial Bibliographic Cataloging (IBC) records for all new publications selected using the LOC Integrated Library System (ILS) according to the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. (AACR2), Resource Description and Access (RDA), as well as other cataloging metadata creation rules and LOC policies. Incumbent initiates the payment process by creating and updating Purchase Orders and holdings records, thereby authorizing fiscal processing and approval for payments


  • University degree in Library or Information Science is required.
  • Level IV English (Fluent, Writing/Reading/Speaking) is required.
  • Level III Swahili (Good Working Knowledge, Writing/ Reading/ Speaking) is required.
  • Level I (Basic, reading/writing/speaking) of French, Portuguese, or any other language used in Sub-Saharan Africa is required.
  • Knowledge of Machine Readable Cataloguing (MARC) formats, and Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. (AACR2), and database management systems required. 

More Details on Experience

  • Minimum of two years of work experience in a library setting, experience with online searching and cataloging is required. 

More Details on Skills

  • Strong computer skills including library management systems and MS Office required.
  • Basic keyboarding skills required.
  • Basic numerical skills required.
  • Ability to organize work, place priorities and manage time effectively.

Terms And Conditions

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 candidates must be able to obtain a Local Security Certification.

Interested candidates for this position must submit their application to the following for consideration:


Required Documents: Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)
  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Library or Information Science
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)