Vacancy Announcement: POLITICAL/ECONOMIC ASSISTANT (Temporary Position – Replacement For Employee On Maternity Leave)

U.S. Mission                                      Podgorica, Montenegro

Announcement Number:             Podgorica-2019-23

Position Title:                                    POLITICAL/ECONOMIC ASSISTANT


Opening Period:                               October 23, 2019 – November 06, 2019

Grade:                                                  FSN – 9

Salary:                                                  EUR 36,315 (gross annual salary)

For More Info:                                   E-mail Address:

Who May Apply:                              All Interested Applicants / All Sources

 Security Clearance Required:     Local security certification or Public Trust

Duration Appointment:                Temporary

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 Political/Economic Assistant (Temporary).

The work schedule for this position is:

  • full time – 40 hours per week.


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:  Supports the advancement of U.S. Government foreign and economic policy objectives, and monitors, analyzes and reports on the political and economic situation in Montenegro with a particular focus on human rights, religious freedoms, labor issues, and the environment. Arranges meetings and accompanies U.S. Government officials. Acts as interpreter/translator and note-taker in meetings with Montenegrin officials, party leaders, NGOs and others, and is the backup protocol assistant.

VA Pol-Econ Asst TEMP duties and responsibilities (PDF, 68KB)


Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:   Must have Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in international relations, political sciences, social sciences, or related field.


EXPERIENCE:   At least three years of experience in the field of politics, journalism, education, international affairs, economic/business development is required.

KNOWLEDGE: A comprehensive knowledge of Montenegro’s political, economic, business and social structure, as well institutions, political parties, historical development and key political figures is required.


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

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must have thorough knowledge of computers. Must be able to obtain and evaluate a variety of data, and organize and present information in concise written and oral form. Must have the ability to translate in meetings.

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:

How to Apply:  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 submit the documents listed below to .

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.