Purchasing Agent (deadline: September 07, 2018)

U.S. Mission                                      Podgorica, Montenegro

Announcement Number:             Podgorica-2018-16

Position Title:                                    PURCHASING AGENT

Opening Period:                               August 29, 2018 – September 07, 2018

Grade:                                                  FSN – 6

Salary:                                                  EUR 21,371 (gross annual salary)

For More Info:                                   E-mail Address: podgoricajobs@state.gov

Who May Apply:                              All Interested Applicants / All Sources


Security Clearance Required:     Local security certification or Public Trust

Duration Appointment:                Indefinite

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 Podgorica, Montenegro is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Purchasing Agent.

The work schedule for this position is:

  • full time – 40 hours per week.

Duties and Responsibilities – Purchasing Agent

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time after the receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:  No

Duties:  Position is responsible for the procurement of goods and services for all sections and agencies at post.  Incumbent reviews requests for procurement, coordinates with requesting offices to ensure requests are complete, determines the type of action necessary, prioritizing requests as needed, especially at the end of the fiscal year.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:   Completion of secondary school is required.


EXPERIENCE:  One year of experience in purchasing and related clerical work is required.

KNOWLEDGE: Must have a good knowledge of local market practices and of the capability of local suppliers.  Must understand local pricing customs and practices.


LANGUAGE:  Level 4 (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required.  (This may be tested). Level 4 (Fluent) speaking/Reading/Writing of Montenegrin language is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must have the ability to operate standard office equipment, including use of computers, and software packages for word processing and data manipulation. Must be familiar with Internet search tools and on-line purchase practices.  Must have a local driver’s license category B.

Qualifications:  All applicants under consideration will be required to pass 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.

Benefits:  Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Podgorica Montenegro 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:

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.


(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 “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.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc?) and for additional employment considerations, 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 security certification.  Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on HR/OE Intranet Site and Mission’s website.

To apply for this position, applicants should electronically (or otherwise) submit the documents listed below to podgoricajobs@state.gov.

For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

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

  • DS-174 Application


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 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.

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