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Political Specialist

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is seeking an individual for the Political Specialist position for the Political and Economic Office.

The incumbent serves as a political assistant with responsibility for providing indirect support to the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), and providing direct support to the Political and Economic section, reporting to the Political Officer. S/he is responsible for data collection and initial drafting of congressionally mandated reports such as the Human Rights Annual Report, the Trafficking in Persons Annual Report, and the International Religious Freedom report, among others. The incumbent is also required to prepare the quarterly reports and reporting cables to Washington and regional posts on human rights, gender issues, and human trafficking issues to keep Washington readers apprised of on-going developments in Cambodia. S/he must be able to effectively develop and maintain contact with donors, local and international NGOs, inter-governmental organizations, and government officials of related ministries, and collaborate with the staff of other USG agencies in Phnom Penh. The incumbent is required to arrange itineraries for official visitors, accompany officers and visitors on trips, provide interpretation in meetings, and review periodicals for articles of interest. The incumbent also occasionally translates documents and provides interpretation from English to Khmer and vice versa in meetings with high-level and working level government officials as needed.

- FSN-10; FP-5 (Steps 5 through 14)
USD 19,168–29,711 annually (full-performance level),
- FSN-9; FP-5 (Steps 1 through 4)
USD 14,618–22,652 annually (training level)

Required Qualifications
1. Master’s degree in the field of Political Science, International Relations, International Political-Economy, Journalism or Law is required.
2. Full performance level: Five (5) years of experience working in government or non-government organizations with responsibilities for political analysis and reporting, or issues relating to human rights, gender, and human trafficking.
3. Training level: Four (4) years of experience working in government or non-government organizations with responsibilities for political analysis and reporting, or issues relating to human rights, gender, and human trafficking.
4. Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English and Khmer are required. Language proficiency will be tested.
5. Must have knowledge of the concept of human rights and human trafficking. Must understand the Cambodian government structures and personalities, and have an in-depth understanding of the current political and economic situation.
6. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be flexible and resourceful in order to establish and maintain contacts at all level of the government and with stakeholders in the non-governmental arena. Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in typing, word processing, database and other computer applications.

Application Procedure
The application deadline is March 5, 2015. Interested candidates must submit applications by email to using the “Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174)” form. The application form and complete details on this position can be found at

Note: All Ordinarily Resident (OR) applicants must have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.

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