U.S. Embassy in South Africa Political / Economic Specialist Jobs

U.S. Embassy in South Africa Political / Economic Specialist Jobs


  • Must understand and explain the political and economic climate in KwaZulu Natal and broader South Africa (SA) as the sole Locally Employed Staff in the Political-Economic Section (Pol/Econ).

  • Must be able to independently cultivate a broad range of contacts to gather information for analytical reporting, promote, and further USG priorities in SA.

  • Manages the Consulate's outreach to critical Pol/Econ contacts.

  • Writes cables and analytical reports for interagency audience.

  • Provides briefs on a wide range of Pol/Econ issues to Pol/Econ Officer, Consul General, senior Mission SA, and Washington visitors.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


  • Minimum of five (5) years of work experience in social science research, a South African political party, in local government, civil society, journalism, or academics related to politics/economics, or related to the political/economic arena is required. Prior private sector experience that would yield knowledge of policy making and the economic climate of KwaZulu Natal is required.

    Job Knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of host country and province's political and economic realities, political/economic institutions, government structures, political parties, organizations, and historical development.

  • Must also have the ability to develop an in-depth knowledge of the U.S. Government and State Department goals and objectives as well as an in-depth knowledge of the South African government
    at both executive and department levels.

    Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or host country equivalent in political science, economics, business administration, sociology, or history is required.



  • Level 4 (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing may include the ability to translate.

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to analyze continually changing South African government political and economic developments as well as leadership and policy making of the ruling party (ANC).

  • Develop contacts within the decision-making circles.

  • Obtain relevant information from sound contact work which will feed into important reporting that will keep Mission South Africa and Washington updated on all critical issues related to KZN's political/economic landscape.

  • Familiarity with MS Word & Excel is required.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; U.S. Embassy in South Africa Political / Economic Specialist Jobs

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