Political (Zanzibar Affairs) Specialist Job Opportunity at U.S. Embassy

Political (Zanzibar Affairs) Specialist Job Opportunity at U.S. Embassy

Political (Zanzibar Affairs) Specialist Job Opportunity at U.S. Embassy

Political (Zanzibar Affairs) Specialist Job Opportunity at U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam May 9, 2024 Embassy Jobs

Announcement Number:DaresSalaam-2024-031
Hiring Agency:Embassy Dar Es Salaam
Position Title:Political (Zanzibar Affairs) Specialist (All Interested Candidates)
Open Period:05/09/2024 – 05/23/2024

Salary:TZS TSh75,685,049 /Per Year
Work Schedule:Full-time – 40 HRS PER WEEK
Promotion Potential:LE-10
Duty Location(s):1 Vacancy in Dar Es Salaam, TZ


The U.S. Mission in Dar es Salaam is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Political (Zanzibar Affairs) Specialist at POL-ECON Section.


(25%) Contact Development: Develops, maintains contact, and facilitates meetings for embassy officers with government officials up to the level of the President of Zanzibar, civil society and religious leaders, think-tanks, academics, and international NGOs primarily involved in Zanzibar affairs. Expands and leverages contact development and meetings to assist embassy officers in gathering information, including information that is not publicly available, and to obtain current information and maintain access to key officials and contacts.

(25%) Communication, Information Gathering, and Reporting: Draft diplomatic notes to schedule official meetings or advance U.S. priorities, draft and maintain biographic data of Zanzibar government officials, interpret at official events and meetings as needed, draft and disseminate substantive notes from official meetings. Research and maintain reports from local and international organizations on Zanzibar issues and events and monitor local media and political and economic developments and trends in Zanzibar to draft regular analytical and factual updates and reports including stand-alone briefing memos, reporting cables, and short reports for inclusion in section and mission reporting products.

(20%) Representational, Travel, and Visits: Works closely with the P/E and Protocol Sections to devise appropriate guests lists for the P/E Section, Ambassador, and senior Executive and Legislative branch visitors for official events and to plan and execute official meetings and travel primarily in Zanzibar but at times to other areas of Tanzania to expose U.S. officials to contacts and substantive information on Zanzibari, Tanzanian, and East African affairs to achieve visit objectives. Represents the P/E section and mission at internal and external working groups, functions, conferences, and meetings, particularly those focused on Zanzibar affairs to ensure activities reflect and inform Post objectives and Department policy.

(10%) Advisory Functions: Briefs and advises the P/E section, Front Office, interagency, and Washington on Zanzibar issues, developments, and trends, highlighting their significance and potential impact on U.S. interests and identifying engagement and programming opportunities to advance related U.S. interests and priorities. Meets with section officers and sections across the mission on a regular basis to assess the significance and importance of current developments and inform ongoing engagement, reporting, and programmatic activities, primarily in Zanzibar.

(10%) Federal Assistance and Training/Exchange Programs: Advise on and inform the P/E section on development assistance priorities in Zanzibar and serve as a Grants Officer Representative monitoring the P/E section’s development assistance in Zanzibar. Support the embassy’s efforts to foster greater cooperation with government and civil society interlocutors in Zanzibar assisting with identifying and nominating participants for U.S. government funded training and exchange programs.

(10%) Perform other related duties as assigned: Assist other members of the section as needed and cover other section portfolios during staffing gaps, etc.

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


Minimum five (5) years of professional work experience in research, analysis, consulting, program management, communication, and reporting, in the fields of law, politics, government, academia, journalism, development organizations, and/or international affairs required.


Must have detailed knowledge of government structure and institutions, political parties, and civil society organizations in Tanzania and specifically Zanzibar is required.

Education Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations, History, or Economics is required.



Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing) of English language is required. Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing) of Kiswahili language is required. This may be tested.


Must have demonstrated ability to exercise initiative and judgment in developing and maintaining an extensive range of contacts
and to synthesize complex information, events, and trends into concise, easily-understood, written and oral reports. Must be
proficient in the use of computers, smart phones, and tablets and experienced in drafting, editing, and collating information using
Microsoft Office tools.


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.

Diversity Equality and Inclusion Statement:

The US Mission to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania values a workforce of different backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints. We strive to create a welcoming environment for all, and we invite applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


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

Agency Benefits:

The U.S. Mission in Tanzania offers compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

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:

To apply for this position, applicants MUST apply electronically via ERA.

For more information, visit this link https://tz.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/

Required Documents:

To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and 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:

• Bachelor’s Degree
• Bachelor’s Degree Transcript
• Proof Of Citizenship
• Work Permit

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 only via email.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Tanzania.


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