Jobs at the Embassy

Human Resources Office (HRO)

The Human Resources Office is responsible for providing a full range of personnel services for American and Locally Employed Staff (LES) members. The HRO is responsible for implementing HR policies and procedures for the American diplomatic Mission in Sierra Leone. The HRO provides guidance on all HR related programs.

Job Openings

Listed below are current job opportunities at the United States Embassy in Sierra Leone.

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Notice: Employment opportunities which are open only to currently employed Embassy local staff or the family members of Americans assigned to the U.S. Mission in Sierra Leone are listed on the Embassy’s internal website, available through the U.S. State Department’s OPENNET system.


An Equal Opportunity Employer

The U.S. Mission in Sierra Leone 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.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.



The United States Embassy in Sierra Leone is seeking qualified individuals for the position listed below:


Facilities Maintenance Coordinator                         January 31, 2021


Basic Function of the Position – Under the general supervisor of the Facility Manager, coordinates, inspects and guides the activities of special maintenance, repair and construction projects for the Embassy, including Embassy residences.  Ensures conformance with specifications and code compliance when applicable; provides quality assurance on housing make-ready projects, special repairs, maintenance, and construction projects at Post.  Has overall supervisory responsibility for the timely completion of all make ready activities conducted under Facilities.

To apply for this position click: Facilities Maintenance Coordinator to login or create an account.

The closing date for receipt of applications is listed above.


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Sierra Leone

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Freetown -2021-01
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Freetown
Position Title:
Public Health Specialist – Infection Prevention Control (IPC) FSN 550 (550)
Open Period:
01/20/2021 – 02/03/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE – 0550 10
SLL Le140,693,905 – SLL Le140,693,905
Work Schedule:
Full-time – Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 17:15 Friday 08:00 13:00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Freetown, SL
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust – Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
•    Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:
We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
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 after the receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Personnel will be required to travel on job related matters.


Technical Assistance                                                                                                       50%                                                        

Provide scientific advice and technical assistance to various public, private, and/or nonprofit health and/ or health- related agencies and organizations for IPC related activities. Develop and coordinate the sharing of health-related educational or informational materials on IPC (e.g. education of healthcare workers regarding infection control protocols and policies and practices). Respond to requests from NGOs, health care organizations and medical professionals for information and technical assistance on IPC strategies for Ebola-related and other infectious diseases programs.

Recommend, oversee and conduct training sessions for staff and collaborators on issues related to IPC. Develop training programs for staff, epidemiology/clinical trainees and other personnel from MoHS and partners. Support implementation of IPC Quality Improvement (QI) activities at healthcare facilities. As an extension of the QI efforts, the incumbent will assist with the implementation of clinical QI projects and development of a national QI plan and policy.

In close collaboration with the Medical Officer, promote the implementation of an IPC monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan, and provide on-going technical support for IPC data collection and analysis. Interact with public health officials and provide feedback to key stakeholders to demonstrate infection control successes or improvement opportunities. Work closely with host country MoHS and implementing partner staff NGOs, and with health care personnel, government officials and collaborators to assure that USG CDC-funded activities are carried out correctly and in a timely manner.

Participate in surveillance activities to ensure data are submitted to external agencies within required timeframes. Collaborate closely with CDC Sierra Leone Medical Officer and senior CDC scientists on the evaluation of programmatic activities. Provide support for work performed in a variety of the Global Health Security (GHS) programs and related research studies.

Workforce Development

Provide technical support to the Community Health Officer (CHO) Management and Leadership Training Program (MLTP). Provide day-to-day technical and administrative support to CDC in managing the course. Communicate and collaborate with the mentors and partners that support the course‎ on a weekly basis. Participate in field mentorship of the CHOs as needed. Participate in facilitating sessions at workshops as needed. Liaise with MoHS and Njala University to keep them updated on and involved in the CHO MLTP. Assist with the evaluation of the CHO management course and assist with finding synergy between the CHO MLTP and other CDC activities such as QI activities.

Support development and implementation of the national IPC Certification Course in collaboration with MoHS, ICAP, WHO, CDC-HQ, ICAN and other stakeholders by attending planning and stakeholder meetings and supporting workshops and field work as needed.

Program Management                                                                                                       40%

Oversee performance of cooperating partners/contractors, carry out technical reviews, review progress, identify potential issues and inform supervisor, recommend actions for amelioration. Conduct regular monitoring site visits to ensure IPC activities funded by CDC are correctly implemented and are achieving results.

Prepare sites for Congressional and Executive delegations, industry leaders and other high-level visitors, participate in making arrangements for visits and serve as spokesperson as required. Serve as site officer for special visits for agency. Site officer duties include working closely with partners to plan and execute event at site and ensure that schedule, bios, and background materials are provided in advance.

Working closely with the supervisor and colleagues, the incumbent will provide technical assistance for program evaluation activities that focus on priority issues. In coordination with other program offices, develop innovative monitoring tools, where needed and appropriate. Monitor and evaluate progress of IPC and WFD projects, detecting scientific, personnel, logistical and implementation problems and making revisions as necessary to overcome obstacles and constraints. Independently summarize, and write-up the findings of program interventions and other program finding to be used for reports of record, proposals, publications, and for presentations.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible work in nursing or public health of which at least 2 years must be with working with MoH, the Sierra Leone public health system, and/or NGOs.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: A thorough knowledge of EVD and other infectious diseases is required, as is knowledge of EVD-related counseling infection prevention and control, and public health surveillance and information systems. Ensure maintenance of knowledge and professional practice by regularly reviewing infection control and related published research. A good knowledge of computers, including Windows, Word Processing and e-mail is required. The incumbent must possess knowledge of host country specific health delivery systems. Working knowledge of the objectives of the objectives and operations of the USG, or the program activities of other international donor organizations, is required. In-depth specialist knowledge of USG public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop implement and evaluate results of public health disease programs is required. Good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of contracts/ corporative agreements/ grants/ purchase requisitions is desirable.

Education Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree, or host country equivalent, in public health, nursing, health policy, public administration or social sciences is required.
LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluency – read/write/speak) in English is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Ability to perform common office-based surgical procedures, primary care procedures, have emergency response skills such as incubation of patients, IV insertion, ability to perform CPR, etc. Ability to work with standard medical equipment and is expected to know how to operate basic laboratory equipment. Proficient in use of computer including Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet functions including medical literature searches and use of common computer-based applications/programs. Must be sensitive to needs and feelings of the patients and be approachable and personable in order to obtain and maintain the trust and confidence of employees and dependents

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 Freetown, Sierra Leone 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*
    1. AEFM / USEFM
    1. 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

How to Apply:
To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

All candidates must be able to obtain a Medical and Security clearance.

Required Documents:
Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application including updated resume and birth certificate on the other document as listed below:

    • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)
    • Certificate or Driver’s License
    • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
    • SF-50 (if applicable)
    • Bio copy of passport
    • Birth Certificate
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.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Freetown, Sierra Leone