Job Overview

  • Date Posted
    July 8, 2024
  • Expiration date
    July 19, 2024
  • Experience
    5 Years
  • Gender
  • Qualification
    Bachelor Degree
  • Organization
    US Embassy
  • Required Languages

Job Description



Announcement Number: FREETOWN-2024-010
Hiring Agency:                    Embassy Freetown
Position Title:                        Commercial Specialist [All Interested Candidate / All Sources]


Open Period:                         07/08/2024 -07/19/2024Format MM/DD/YYY

Vacancy Time Zone:          GMT
Series/Grade:                        LE – 1510 10
Salary:                                      SLL Le192,351 /Per Year
Work Schedule:
Full-time – 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:
For USEFM – FP is 05.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

Open to
•    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 of time (5 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:



Incumbent is responsible for research, contact and reporting assignments and promoting the commercial interests of U.S. firms in Sierra Leone. S/he provides market information and trade promotion assistance to U.S. firms in assigned industry sectors; maintains close contact with a wide range of working-level and mid-level private and public sector officials in the assigned industry sectors, and counsels visiting U.S. clients and their corresponding local representatives; is administratively responsible for providing branded commercial services including the Gold Key Service, International Partner Search, etc.); assists in research and resolution of trade complaints within the assigned industries; plans, coordinates and participates in relevant market and export promotion events; and writes standard mandatory and market reports. The position is directly supervised by the Economic Officer.

FCS Commercial Service
Engage in commercial advocacy; promote the commercial interest of U.S. firms and provide U.S. Department of Commerce branded commercial services to interested U.S. firms.

Administrative Functions
Assist with the drafting of Diplomatic Notes, Briefing Memos, biographies, cables, work orders, and response to official inquiries;

Research and Report
Monitor, research, and analyze economic developments, as well as legislative and regulatory changes relevant to business interests.

Website Maintenance and other Routine Duties
Maintain the Economic and Commercial Section’s material on the Embassy’s Internet website, with the support of the website’s

Contacts and Representation
Develop and maintain working-level contacts related to commercial, trade, and development issues with the private sector, international actors, the Sierra Leonean government, and U.S. government entities,

Serve as backup to other members of the Economic and Commercial Section, and to other sections of the Embassy as required; and to perform any other duties as assigned.
Note: “This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by incumbent. Incumbent will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the agency.”


Qualifications and Evaluations

EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of five years of private or public sector commercial, government, development, trade, or economic experience with progressively increasing responsibilities required. Experience in consulting and advising government and/or business leaders and experience in writing and research related to the commercial sector is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Position holder must have a thorough knowledge of Sierra Leonean economic, commercial and political structure, institutions and culture.

Education Requirements:
A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Marketing, International Relations, or Business Administration or related field required. Postgraduate study in any of the above fields is required.
LANGUAGE:  Fluency in speaking/reading/writing English which may include the ability to translate. This may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must be able to establish and maintain contacts with individuals in the public and private sector; be able to give objective advice most especially on intonation gathered from published sources of data whether they are reliable or incomplete; have good interpersonal and representational skills. and must be familiar with MS Office packages such as excel, word, PowerPoint etc.

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 may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

    • Housing/Rent Allowance 25% (Annual Basic salary) paid yearly.
    • Transportation Allowance 30% (annual Basic Salary) paid Bi-Weekly.
    • Leave Allowance
    • Meal Allowance
    • 13th Month Bonus
    • Miscellaneous Benefit Allowance

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*
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”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, 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:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a medical security clearance.

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


Required Documents:
To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

All Applicants:
• Residency and/or Work Permit
• Degree (not transcript)
• Degree with transcript
• Language Scores (if available)
• Driver’s License
• Certificate or License

Eligible Family Member Applicants:
• Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
• Passport copy
• DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
• SF-50 (if applicable)

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 Sierra Leone, Freetown.