Vacancy Announcement 

U.S. Mission Ulaanbaatar
Announcement Number: UB-2020-08
Position Title: Political Specialist
Opening Period: October 8, 2020 – October 21, 2020
Series/Grade: LE 1605/10
For More Info: Human Resources Office:
Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy
Human Resources Office
P.O. Box 20-341


Who May Apply: For USEFM – FP is 5.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C. 

All Interested Applicants / All Sources


Security Clearance Required: Local Security Certification

Duration Appointment:   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. 

Summary: The U.S. Embassy in Mongolia is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political Specialist. 

The work schedule for this position is:  Full Time Shift work (number of hours per week – 40 hours)


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

Supervisory Position:  No

Duties:  Position requires strong relations with well-informed political and social actors at all levels of government, parliament, academia, civil society, and society.  Routine duties include gathering and interpreting critical information on political trends and developments in Mongolia and providing advice to Political Section officers, the Deputy Chief of Mission, and the Ambassador.  Prepares and delivers written and oral reports and analysis on political trends, events, and personalities; supports State Department and other U.S. government visitors; and provides expert-level background and context for the implementation of policy on key bilateral issues.  Serves as expert on domestic and foreign affairs.  Coordinates with contacts on a wide range of activities including organizing events.  Serves as interpreter and translator for the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, Political Officers, and other U.S. government officials and visitors as needed.  Must exercise excellent judgment and discretion on highly sensitive issues.

Qualifications and Evaluations: 

EDUCATION:  Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in political science, comparative politics, diplomacy, international relations, history, international law, or journalism fields is required.


EXPERIENCE:  Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political or social research and analysis, newspaper or online reporting of political matters with a leading media organization, university teaching, government service, or a closely related field are required.  Experience providing English-language interpretation in high-level meetings is required.   

JOB KNOWLEDGEConsiderable knowledge of Mongolia’s history, political systems and parties, institutions, international relationships, political and economic situation, and legal and regulatory framework is required.  Thorough knowledge of reporting requirements is necessary.  



LANGUAGE:  Level 5 (Translator) Mongolian and Level 4 (Fluent) English are required in order to work professionally with highly sophisticated terminology, in which fine nuances of meaning can significantly affect the bilateral relationship and public perception of U.S. policies and strategies.   (This will be tested.)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Analyzing and reporting impartially on political and social developments, Building excellent interpersonal relationships, Communicating skillfully both orally and in writing, Establish and cultivate public and private working contacts; Obtain material from varied sources and prepare accurate reports; Handle sensitive issues; Anticipate the needs of the section and the Embassy; and Establish priorities quickly and in line with Post’s needs. 

Qualifications:  All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Embassy 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.  

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) Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM) / U.S. citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM) who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


(3) Foreign Service on Leave Without Pay (LWOP) and Civil Service (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:  All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification clearance.  Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on Embassy Website. 

To apply for this position, applicants should submit the documents listed below by mail.

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

  • DS-174
  • Residency and/or Work Permit
  • Copy of Degree Diploma with transcript
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation


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 phone.  

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. Embassy in Mongolia.