U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia Consular Assistant - Immigrant Visa (IV) - Jobs in Ethiopia

U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia Consular Assistant - Immigrant Visa (IV) - Jobs in Ethiopia


  • The Incumbent facilitates daily visa processing for Immigrant, Diversity, Asylee (Visas 92) and Refugee (Visas 93) follow-to-join, fiancée and Adoption cases.

  • Reviews consular applications according to applicable immigration laws and Department of State and Department of Homeland Security regulations, ensuring that they are complete and accurate.

  • Screens cases for fraud indicators and advises adjudicating officers. Advises the unit supervisor or Team Lead about daily/weekly/monthly priorities, case processing capacity of the unit and resource requirements.

  • Serves as a subject matter expert on consular procedures and provides guidance to Consular Support Unit staff and other members of the staff on case work.

  • Prepares periodic reports used to develop the annual Consular Package report.

  • Transfers files both physically and electronically to and from other posts. Incumbent translates or interprets for consular officers at the time of interview and whenever needed.

  • The Incumbent is directly supervised by the Immigrant Visa Unit Team Lead and indirectly supervised by the Senior Immigrant Visa Assistant.

    Qualifications and Evaluations



    Two years of progressively responsible experience in administration, providing government services or para-professional work is required.

    Note: Please upload all work experience copies of yours under "Other Document 1 or 2"

    Education Requirements:

    Completion of high school is required.

    Note: Please upload all copies of your Education under "High School Diploma or equivalent"



  • English speaking, reading and writing - Level IV (Fluent) is required

  • Amharic speaking, reading and writing - Level IV (Fluent) is required (This may be tested)

    (You are required to pass the English Placement Test (EPT) that is conducted by the Human Resources Office).

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Incumbent must be able to operate IT and consular equipment and use consular automated systems. This includes basic knowledge of word processing and Excel and Access databases.

  • Must be able to use basic consular equipment such as PCs, visa printers, photo and document scanners, wet and dry seals, and the microphone system.

  • Incumbent also uses copiers, a shredder, fax machines and telephone equipment. Basic typing skill is required.

  • Must be able to apply USG and Ethiopian Law, regulations and policies to a wide variety of applications for immigration benefits.

  • Must be able to listen effectively and inform consular clients of visa application requirements.

  • Must be patient with both clients and adjudicators.

  • Must be able to work steadily in a difficult environment and under considerable pressure from highly emotional clients.

  • Must act in an ethical manner and be confident when dealing with clients. Must be flexible and work well with all colleagues.

    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 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 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:

    For the current COVID-19 Requirements please visit the following link.

    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:

  • AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


  • FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **


    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.

    How to Apply:

  • All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public trust security clearance.

  • To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site. https://et.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/

    Required Documents:

    In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested completion of high school education 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.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification or equivalent (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Passport copy

  • Completion of high school education (Required)

  • Work Experience (Required)

  • Certificate or License

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

    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.

    For more information and job application details, see; U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia Consular Assistant - Immigrant Visa (IV) - Jobs in Ethiopia

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