Call for Proposals for the 2020 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

Small Grants Program   The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). Deadline for submitting proposals: December 9, 2019. The AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories: CULTURAL SITE: includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological …

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Statement by the U.S. Embassy

The United States commends recent actions of the Bulgarian government to defend the country’s independence and sovereignty from malign influence. We support the long-term efforts of the agencies involved in investigating and exposing violations of Bulgarian law. Bulgaria is a strong NATO ally and EU partner and has an unalienable right to define its own future.

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New Solicitations – Provision, Delivery and Installation of New Chiller

PR8753791 (October 23, 2019 –  November 1, 2019) Provision and delivery of new chiller unit for U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria  (PDF 182 KB) PR8753927 (October 23, 2019 –  November 1, 2019) Installation of new chiller unit (provided by the Embassy) for U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria  (PDF 165 KB)

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MDAO Program

ECA’s Mission-Driven Alumni Outreach (MDAO) Program   You can apply for a special grant of up to $20,000 USD to make a difference in your community.  The U.S. Embassy invites all alumni of our programs to submit project proposals by November 10.  Budget requests cannot exceed $20,000 USD for projects in Bulgaria, or $40,000 for …

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2020 Community Solutions Program Application Now Open

Deadline: October 30th, 2019. The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, provides community leaders from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program in the United States from August to December 2020. CSP fellows gain valuable experience …

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The 2020-21 Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program is Open

The Embassy is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the next round of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. This program is one of the preeminent U.S. government-funded exchange programs and is designed to expand communication between the people of the United States and the partner countries in the interest of …

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Internship Opportunity – Student Intern in Financial Management Office

Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation  attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student Intern …

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Amgen Celebrates 10 Years of Innovation in Bulgaria

The U.S. has supported Bulgarian health care for more than 100 years.  America-based Rockefeller Foundation invested more than 100 million leva in Bulgaria in the 1920s and 1930s to build Bulgaria’s health care infrastructure. Today, American company Amgen celebrates 10 years of innovation in Bulgaria, joining the long tradition of U.S. cooperation in support of …

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Job Announcement – Administrative Clerk

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Position Title:                                    Administrative Clerk (on as needed basis up to 30 workdays/year) Opening Period:                               September 30, 2019 – October 6, 2019 Grade:                                                Grade 3 …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eric Rubin at Fourth of July Celebration

Sofia, Bulgaria July 2, 2019 Dear Madam President of the National Assembly, dear Madam Vice-President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Fellow Ambassadors, distinguished guests and friends, Thank you for coming tonight.  I’d like to start with a heartfelt thank-you to the many sponsors who made this evening possible.  Their …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates American Independence Day with Bulgaria

Free Concert July 1, 7:30 p.m., At NDK Outdoor Summer Stage U.S. Embassy Sofia is bringing the United States Army Europe Band to Sofia to celebrate America’s Independence Day by offering a free concert downtown.  All Bulgarians are invited to experience the U.S. Army’s premier music ambassadors play hits from Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, …

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The United States and Bulgaria Increase Funding for Bulgarian Fulbright Commission

The governments of Bulgaria and the United States have decided to increase funding for the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission.  The increased financial support will expand opportunities for Bulgarians and Americans to participate in academic exchange programs, including in the sciences. The annual contribution from the Bulgarian side will increase to USD 182,000 per year, which will …

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CapitaLiterature 2019

U.S. Embassy Sofia is proud to support the week long creative writing workshop  – CapitaLiterature organized by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. The workshop is organized for 11th consecutive time, focusing on the contemporary immigrant literature. The schedule of CapitaLiterature is designed to meet the needs of both young generation and professional audience.  Literary artists from …

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Official Statement by the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

Today the U.S. Embassy Sofia Office of Defense Cooperation formally delivered to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense a Letter of Offer and Acceptance encompassing a potential agreement on Bulgarian acquisition of eight F-16 Block 70 fighter aircraft, weapons systems, associated long term sustainment and support systems, as well as comprehensive training for pilots and support …

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Inauguration of a Wall of Tolerance at the Bishop’s Basilica in Plovdiv

Congratulations to the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Plovdiv Mayor Ivan Totev on yesterday’s inauguration of a Wall of Tolerance at the Bishop’s Basilica.  Ambassador Rubin chose Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words as America’s contribution to this special wall- “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”  

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U.S. Cadets and Officers Help Renovate the “Dimcho Debelyanov” High School, Bourgas

23 American military cadets, and 3 U.S. officers, volunteered their time and effort to repaint the fence and basketball backboards at Dimcho Debelyanov High School in Burgas last weekend.  The cadets are in Bulgaria participating in a Culture and Leadership Proficiency Program supported by U.S. Embassy Sofia’s Office of Defense Cooperation.  This community volunteering project …

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U.S. Alumni Club Holds 2nd Annual Gathering

In June 2018 Bulgarian NGO Tuk-Tam and U.S. Embassy Sofia established a U.S. Alumni Club to be a community of inspiring Bulgarians who want to stay engaged in Bulgaria, regardless of their location.  Members are Bulgarians who earned a degree in the U.S.  At this second annual gathering in June 2019, U.S. Alumni Club members …

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U.S. Embassy Sofia Statement on Congressional Notification of Bulgaria F-16 Purchase

June 4, 2019 U.S. law requires the executive branch to notify Congress of potential arms transfers to NATO allies that exceed $50 million.  Bulgaria’s planned acquisition of eight F-16s falls in this category. Yesterday’s Congressional Notification was routine and we do not anticipate Congressional objections. Notifications are a matter of public record.  It is important …

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Gas Interconnector Greece – Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassy Sofia Charge d’Affaires Justin Friedman joined Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the gas Interconnector Greece – Bulgaria. We welcome this ceremony as a sign of broad commitment to the gas Interconnector Greece – Bulgaria by the Bulgarian and Greek sides. …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin on Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria

We welcome this ceremony as a sign of broad commitment to the gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria by the Bulgarian and Greek sides.  The IGB project carries the promise of energy diversification and greater energy security not only for Bulgaria but also for the region.  Energy security is a critical part of national security, as well as …

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The Legendary Ingramettes Sing at the American College Sofia

An Embassy team just enjoyed the heavenly voices of the Legendary Ingramettes with Sherman Holmes performing live at the American College in Sofia. Next they will be in Vratsa (on May 22nd, at the City Concert Hall, 6 p.m.), Pleven (May 23rd, at the Catholic Church, 7 p.m.) and Sofia (May 24th, NDK’s Lumiere Lidl …

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Internship Opportunities – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT #FCS1-2019 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                           Revised closing date Note:                                    This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no …

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Photo Exhibition – Masters of Photography – Vivian Maier “In Her Own Hands”

Opening: Tuesday, April 23, 6.30 p.m. Sofia City Art Gallery Sofia 1000, 1 “Gen. Gurko” Str. Masters of Photography – Vivian Maier “In her own hands” (April 23 – June 2, 2019) is organized by MUSIZ Foundation in partnership with Sofia Municipality, U.S. Embassy in Sofia, VIVACOM and Samsung. The exhibition is in collaboration with …

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“Dream Big: Engineering Our World” at the British Council Science Festival

Screening on Sunday, May 12th, 3:00 p.m. at A1 Arena, Sofia Tech Park Dream Big: Engineering Our World Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray explores the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels – big and small – and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world. Our World is a first film …

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Media Bootcamp for High School Students Interested in Journalism

The Association of European Journalists in Bulgaria in partnership with the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission and the US Embassy are organizing a week-long Media Bootcamp for high school students interested in journalism. The training will be held from June 30 – July 7, 2019, at the campus of the American University in Blagoevgrad. The camp will offer …

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DCM Remarks for Explore USA/SelectUSA Conference

Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov AmCham President Olivier Marquette Ladies and gentlemen Good morning, Thank you for your interest in learning how and why the United States is an excellent destination to grow your already successful Bulgarian businesses. One of our embassy’s highest priorities is strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman Participated in the Opening of Explore USA Conference

On April 9th, Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman joined Bulgarian Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov, AmCham Bulgaria President Olivier Marquette and AmCham Bulgaria members for the opening of the Explore USA conference in Sofia. The one-day forum is gathering high-level U.S. and Bulgarian government officials, regional AmCham members, representatives of the international and local …

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Romani High School Students Visit the U.S. Embassy

In honor of International Roma Day today U.S. Embassy Sofia hosted 2 Romani high school students participating in the Ambassador For A Day initiative.  We were honored to meet Esil -a 9th grader from the village of Blagoevo- who dreams of becoming a human rights lawyer, and Lachezar -an 8th grader at the Natural Science and Math …

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Briz and Alen Mak Kindergartens In Varna Inaugurate New Playgrounds Funded by U.S. Embassy

Both playgrounds are specifically designed for children with special educational needs. U.S. Embassy Bulgaria Invested $205,000 USD to build playgrounds for children with special needs. As Varna students ran, played, and giggled at newly opened Briz Kindergarten playground, U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin, Varna Mayor Ivan Portnih, Briz Kindergarten Director Lidia Kancheva, and U.S. Defense Attaché …

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Screening of the Documentary Film “Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity”

On March 4th, at 7 pm at the Cultural Center G8 in Sofia, the Center for Legal Aid “Voice in Bulgaria” has the pleasure to host a screening of the documentary film “Welcome to Vermont: four stories of resettled identity.” The screening will be followed by a discussion and cocktail with the film director Mira …

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New Season of the English Spelling Competition Spelling Bee 2019

Last week, we kicked off the new season of the English spelling competition Spelling Bee 2019 with a school round held at the 107th “Han Krum” Primary School in Sofia. The U.S. Embassy was represented by Cultural Affairs Officer Matt Hagengruber who was among the judges during the competition. Nineteen “little bees” from 4th through 7th grade demonstrated …

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A Ceremony for Awarding the Winners at the National Competition for Creative Writing in English

A ceremony for awarding the winners at the National Competition for Creative Writing in English took place on February 16, 2019 at the American University in Blagoevgrad. Over 4000 students from 173 schools across the country participated in the ninth National Creative Writing Competition in English held in late November 2018. The Creative Writing Competition …

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Presidents’ Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents’ Day. George Washington …

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Solicitation Announcement – Repair and Coating of the US Embassy, Sofia Underground Water Tanks

(February 1, 2019 – February 22, 2019) Repair and Coating of the U.S. Embassy, Sofia Underground Water Tanks  (PDF 910 KB) Attachment A-Statement of Work 498 KB   (PDF 498 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_1  (PDF 275 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_2  (PDF 195 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_3   (PDF 336 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_4  (PDF 381 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_5   (PDF 441 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_6  (PDF 408 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_7  (PDF 422 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_8  (PDF 366 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_9   (PDF 309 KB) AttachmentA_DWG_10  (PDF 234 KB) AttachmentA_TanksDimensions  (PDF 1.32 MB) AttachmentA_Cast-In-PlaceConcrete_Specs  (PDF 71.8 MB) AttachmentA_PkgWaterTreatmentSystems_Specs  (PDF 25.3 MB) AttachmentA_2016InspectionPhotos  (PDF 1.13 MB) …

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The Embassy Community Celebrated the Bulgarian Mummers Tradition

The Embassy community celebrated the Bulgarian mummers tradition with a kukeri (mummers) masks exhibit. Kukeri is a mixture of Christian and pagan rituals, dating back to Thracian times, where in the last days of winter male dancers dress in sheepskin garments, wear masks, and sing songs to scare away the evil spirits. Our Embassy colleagues …

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Job Announcement – Building Engineer

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2019–Sofia-02 Position Title:                                    BUILDING ENGINEER Opening Period:                               January 31, 2019 – February 6, 2019 Series/Grade:                                    LE-1105-11 For More Info:                                   Human …

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Toys for Tots

U.S. Embassy Sofia Marine Corps Detachment and Political Officer Daniela Ionova-Swider were guests at a Razhdavitsa village school Christmas party last month. The school participates in the U.S. Marine Corps program “Toys for Tots” which gifts new toys at Christmas time to thousands of economically disadvantaged children in the U.S. and around the world where …

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Job Announcement – Administrative Management Assistant

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-38 Position Title:                                    ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (Mission Program Analyst) Opening Period:                               December 21, 2018 – January 21, 2019 Series/Grade:                                    LE-710-09 (Full performance …

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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard

U.S. Mission                                    U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:               2018–Sofia-36 Position Title:                                  ACCESS CONTROL GUARD Opening Period:                             December 18, 2018 – until filled* Cut-off date every two weeks, starting January 1, 2019 Series/Grade:                                  …

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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan Visits Bulgaria

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan arrived in Bulgaria on December 14 for a two-day visit. Meeting with Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva on December 14, Deputy Secretary Sullivan advocated for NATO-interoperable U.S. systems, and emphasized the importance of developing U.S.-Bulgarian commercial ties, fostering stability and economic development …

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Fulbright Media Literacy Awards for Secondary and High-school Teachers

The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria are pleased to announce the competition for Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Media Literacy Awards.  The  brings international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week program to take academic seminars at a host university, observe and share their expertise with U.S. teachers and students, …

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U.S. Embassy Sofia Renovates Plovdiv Primary School  

November 30, 2018 U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, Eric S. Rubin and Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv Stefan Stoyanov inaugurated the renovated building of Dusho Hadjidekov Primary School during a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The United States Government invested USD 94,000 to renovate the Primary School which is one of the oldest in Plovdiv and accommodates 883 …

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U.S. Defense Attaché Visits Varna Naval Academy

U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Colonel Shannon Johnson shared his experience regarding leadership with Bulgaria’s Navy cadets at the Bulgarian Naval Academy in Varna on November 14. Colonel Johnson is the United States Senior Defense Official & Defense Attaché to Bulgaria. Over the past 25 years the U.S. government has invested over $300 million dollars in …

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The U.S. Embassy Renovates Burgas Center for Specialized Educational Assistance

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman, together with Burgas Mayor Dimitar Nikolov, inaugurated today the renovated building of the Center for Specialized Educational Assistance in Burgas, Bulgaria. The United States Government invested USD 113,000 in the renovations of the Center for Specialized Educational Assistance, formerly known as Otets Paisiy Auxiliary School. The Center provides …

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DCM Friedman Participated in an International Conference, Addressing the Issue of Disinformation

U.S. Embassy Sofia Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman participated in the international conference “Fake News of True Trolls,” addressing the issue of disinformation. In his presentation, he noted, “Societies need to build resilience that will enable them to identify and resist disinformation campaigns. We have to learn to recognize when we’re being manipulated with …

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Ambassador Rubin Visits English Language School in Burgas

Ambassador Rubin visited the Geo Milev English Language High School in Burgas. English is the global language of math, science, engineering, finance, and more. We’re proud of Bulgaria’s youth who study English – and we’re committed to supporting them as they advance in their careers.    

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Job Announcement – Student Intern in the Public Affairs Section

Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                  Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                 Student …

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Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (Revised)

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #FCS3-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                         Revised closing date. Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual.  Open to:         …

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AMB Rubin Launches Red Ribbon Day at Sofia Airport

Over 500 Bulgarian students marked Red Ribbon Day with Ambassador Rubin today.  Red Ribbon Day honors U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique ”Kiki” Camarena, who was killed standing up to drug traffickers.  Bulgaria’s National Customs Service and the U.S. DEA partnered to organize today’s event.  The 13 to 17-year-old students honored Kiki’s legacy and the …

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Statement by the U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia expresses shock and outrage regarding the murder of journalist Victoria Marinova.  We call for a thorough investigation which results in the perpetrator/s being held accountable.  We are ready to offer assistance to authorities if needed to help bring the perpetrator/s to justice.

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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF) – Revised

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #33-2018  NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                                         Revised closing date. U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-33A Position Title:                                    …

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U.S. Embassy Sofia Constructs A 3-Floor Extension For Pomorie Kindergarten Detelina

September 17, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Children are part of the heart and soul of a community.  This kindergarten – now full of laughs, love, and life – will nurture the children carrying the torch of Bulgaria’s future, bringing the light of hope and prosperity to Bulgaria’s tomorrows.  It is our sincere hope that this …

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Job Announcement – Student Intern Computer Programmer

Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student Intern Computer Programmer Opening Date:                       December 11, 2017    Closing date:                         Until filled …

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Job Announcement – Student Intern in Financial Management Office

Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student Intern in Financial Management Office Opening Date:                       September 17, 2018  Closing date:                         October 7, …

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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF)

Announcement Number:  2018–Sofia-33 Position Title:  ACCESS CONTROL GUARD (LGF) Opening Period:  September 17, 2018 – September 30, 2018 Series/Grade:   LE 710 03 (Full performance level) LE 710 02 (Trainee level) For More Info:  Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office, 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail Address:   Sofia_Applications@state.gov Who May Apply:                           All Interested Applicants /All sources …

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Job Announcement – BUILDING ENGINEER

NOTE:   APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #17-2018 NEED NOT APPLY  AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-31 Position Title:                                    Building Engineer Opening Period:                               …

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Job Announcement – Heating,Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanic (Revised)

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #23-2018  NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                                         Revised closing date. U.S. Mission:                                     U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-23 Position Title:                                    HEATING, …

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Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #FCS2-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:   Revised closing date. Note: This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign …

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Job Announcement – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanic

Position Title:                                   HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) MECHANIC Opening Period:                               July 27, 2018 – August 9, 2018 Series/Grade:                                   LE 1210 06 For More Info:                                   Facility Management Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail Address:   Sofia_Applications@state.gov Who May Apply:                              All Interested Applicants /All Sources For USEFM actual FS salary determined …

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The Eight-day Program of the “Balkan Youth Forum” Wraps Up

The Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Samantha Smith congratulated students as they completed an 8-day Balkan Youth Forum, which ended last Friday with a final presentation of project ideas. Students interested in working together on Western Balkan political and social issues came from 11 countries to the American University in Bulgaria. The closing …

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U.S. Donation to Bulgaria’s Cyber Investigation Unit Greatly Increases Investigation Capabilities

“We move forward together to combat transnational cyber-crime.” – Attaché Jason Clickner, U.S. Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge Yesterday, June 12, Bulgaria’s General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime Cyber Unit received from the United States Secret Service advanced computer equipment and storage media that will greatly increase the Cyber Unit’s investigative capabilities.   The new …

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Job Announcement – Building Engineer

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 17 – 2018 U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-17 Position Title:                                    BUILDING ENGINEER| Opening Period:                               June 11, 2018 – June 24, 2018 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office, 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail …

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Sofia Pride 2018

The U.S. Embassy supports Sofia Pride event on June 9.  Embassy officers officially represented the U.S. Embassy at the event and joined Embassy employees, friends, and families participating in the parade. Secretary of State Pompeo recently said: “Dignity and equality are core American values underpinned by our Constitution. We will continue to stand up for …

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Roundtable Discussion “Cultural Bridge – Talking About Landscape Photography”

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin and Nicole Simmons hosted a roundtable discussion at their residence in Sofia today titled “Cultural Bridge – Talking About Landscape Photography.”   Guests of honor photographers Deborah Bright (USA) and Alexander Ivanov (Bulgaria), as well as other well-known Bulgarian photographers, discussed their thoughts and experiences photographing the world around us. The discussion …

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Job Announcement – Custodian (On-Call)

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 16 – 2018 U.S. Embassy Sofia    U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 Sofia-2018-16 Position Title:                                    Custodian (On-Call) Opening Period:                               May 25, 2018 – June 9, 2018 Series/Grade:                                   LE 1305 1 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing …

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady Visits Bulgaria

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady toured the Bulgarian National Museum of History yesterday where she marveled at renowned artifacts depicting centuries of Bulgarian history. Bulgaria’s Minister of Interior Valentin Radev added personal insight into the fascinating tour. Deputy Secretary Grady is in Bulgaria to participate in an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs …

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Ambassador Rubin Speaking at the 2018 Graduating Class of American College of Sofia

You are the backbone of Bulgaria’s National Debate Team, you won a national cyber security competition, you earned awards from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for computer science, you were awarded Presidential medals by two presidents, and you are admitted to some of the world’s top universities, such as Dartmouth, NYC, Tufts, Columbia, Brown, Yale, …

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Millard in Bulgaria

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Millard participated in the conference “Democracy That Delivers: Unlocking the Potential of the Western Balkans,” organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy. “We value our relationship with Bulgaria and see your country as a leader, including in ensuring European energy security and in contributing to collective …

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New Build and Renovation of the Chief of Mission Residence – U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria

The requirement is for works and construction activities including furnishing all labor, material, and equipment required for the alterations, improvements and additions to the residential building in order to accommodate requirements for the residence to serve as the new Chief of Mission Residence (CMR) for U.S. Embassy Sofia. Pre-Solicitation Notice (PDF 30.4 KB)

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“Space” Food?

Yesterday, May 10, we were visited in the Embassy by the Bulgarian Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technology which develops contemporary technologies for cryopreservation of biologic materials. Bulgaria is one of the biggest manufacturers of “space” food, with the Bulgarian “space” menu being currently in use by many space programs across the world. Not only …

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NASA Astronaut Richard “Rick” Linnehan Will Visit Bulgaria

NASA Astronaut Richard “Rick” Linnehan will visit Bulgaria May 9-14, 2018.  He will spend time in Sofia and Plovdiv, and will talk about his life as an astronaut.  He will also talk about following dreams, the importance of STEM education, and the opportunities available to those who work hard and are willing to try new …

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Participants in the National English Spelling Bee Contest Visit the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia was honored to host more than 30 high school students and their teachers on April 27, just one day before the CorPlus National English Spelling Bee. These students were from all parts of Bulgaria, and advanced to the national finals due to their hard work, determination and spelling skills. During …

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Ambassador Eric Rubin Visits Razgrad

Ambassador Eric Rubin travelled to the town of Razgrad where he met with Razgrad mayor Valentin Vassilev, visited poultry production company “Ameta,” joined Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov, DPM Donchev, Minister of Agriculture Porozhanov, ADM President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa Pierre Duprat, and local Razgrad officials in a ceremony marking the groundbreaking of an …

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3rd Southeastern Europe Virtual Education Fair at the U.S. Embassy

Seven U.S. higher education institutions “met” with Bulgarian students, university and high school representatives, educators, international education advisors, and journalists at the 3rd Southeastern Europe Virtual Education Fair at the U.S. Embassy. Cultural Affairs Officer Matt Hagengruber noted the U.S. Embassy commitment to supporting STEM education projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Commercial Attaché Maria Galindo …

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Fully Renovated Math and Science Classrooms in Sofia’s #18 High School

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined Bulgarian Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev, America for Bulgaria (ABF) President Nancy Schiller, and other ABF representatives during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for fully renovated math and science classrooms in Sofia’s William Gladstone #18 High School. Jointly financed by America for Bulgaria Foundation and the school’s state-delegated budget, the project includes five …

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Ambassador Rubin Visits Nessebar

Ambassador Rubin, Nessebar Mayor Nikolay Dimitrov and Mrs. Nicole Simmons inspected the reconstruction of the historic John Aliturgetos Church in Nessebar. U.S. Embassy Sofia is financing reconstruction of this important historic treasure through the Ambassador’s Fund For Cultural Preservation. “I’m impressed with Nessebar and looking forward to visiting again for the official opening of the …

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Job Announcement – Computer Programmer (Revised)

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #13-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED  REVISION:                 Revised closing date.  OPEN TO:                  All Interested Candidates/All sources POSITION:                  COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, FSN-10 ERR*, FP-5** (Applications Development and Support …

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Job Announcement – Human Resources Clerk

Position Title:                                    Human Resources Clerk Opening Period:                               April 18, 2018 – May 7, 2018 Series/Grade:                                    LE 305 6 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, 16 Kozyak St., 1408 Sofia E-mail …

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20 BulgarianTeenagers Who Are Studying English Visit the Embassy

On April 17 the Embassy was visited by 20 teenagers from across Bulgaria who are studying English through the project “A Step Toward Success.” Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Bulgarian NGO Trust for Social Achievement, “A Step Toward Success” offers English language and leadership development classes and camps to …

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Celebrating the 25th Fulbright Commission Anniversary

On April 13 Ambassador Rubin joined Bulgarian and American Fulbright alumni, representatives of partner organizations, official guests, and Fulbright friends at a gala marking the 25th anniversary of the Fulbright Commission in Bulgaria. Ambassador Rubin expressed gratitude to the Fulbright Commission, Board and staff, as well as long-standing partners such as the America for Bulgaria …

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Job Announcement – Computer Programmer

OPEN TO:                  All Interested Candidates/All sources POSITION:                COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, FSN-10 ERR*, FP-5** (Applications Development and Support Specialist) OPENING DATE:      March 29, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      April 18, 2018 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE …

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Job Announcement – Legal Advisor

OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates POSITION:                LEGAL ADVISOR, FSN-11, FP-4* OPENING DATE:      March 27, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      April 9, 201 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week   ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.  The U.S. Mission in …

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March Music Days International Festival

(With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria) March Music Days International Festival is one of the oldest and most reputed festival stages in Bulgaria, a festival of modern program strategy and high public rating. Founded in 1961 and organized by Ruse Municipality, every year the festival turns the city of Ruse – the biggest and …

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75th Anniversary of the Salvation of Bulgarian Jews During World War II

Bulgarians celebrate March 10 as the Day of Salvation, by which they honor and remember the actions taken by Bulgarian leaders and civilians that ensured no Jewish Bulgarians were deported to Nazi concentration camps during WWII.  Ambassador Rubin joined many others in this year’s ceremony at the Monument of Salvation in Sofia recognizing the 75th …

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2018 Fall Residency with the International Writing Program

Are you an aspiring writer who would like to attend a special 12-week residency program in America? Consider applying for the International Writing Program Fall Residency at the University of Iowa. This program brings 35 writers together from around the world for an intensive 12-week program designed to spur creativity, support professional development, and promote freedom …

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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF) (Revised)

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #08-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                 Revised closing date. OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates / All sources POSITION:                 Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level: FSN-03 Trainee level:               FSN-02 OPENING DATE:         March 7, …

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22nd International Sofia Film Fest

SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is the biggest film festival in Bulgaria. It began in 1997 and attracts more than 85 000 spectators annually. The festival aims to present the best of the contemporary cinema to local audiences and regional Bulgarian and Balkan cinema to international audiences, as well as to encourage cooperation between local and …

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Job Announcement – Student Intern in Financial Management Office

Note:   This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student Intern in Financial Management Office Opening Date:                       February 23, 2018     Closing …

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Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF)

 OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates / All sources POSITION:                Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level:           FSN-03 Trainee level:                          FSN-02 OPENING DATE:      February 21, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      March 6, 2018 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix …

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Job Announcement

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #06-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                Revised closing date. OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent …

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Statement from the United States Mission to Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassy to Bulgaria is saddened and troubled to see the display of intolerance represented by the Lukov March.  General Hristo Lukov was a Nazi supporter who promoted hate and injustice, and is not someone deserving of veneration. We reiterate our appreciation for the dedicated efforts of the Government of Bulgaria and Sofia Mayor …

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Chess Event at the Embassy

U.S. Embassy Sofia was delighted to welcome Bulgarian Grand Master Veselin Topalov for friendly chess games with 14 lucky embassy employees and foundation members. The Embassy proudly works closely with Topalov Foundation to promote and support young, talented Bulgarian and American chess players.   One employee managed to play our Grand Master to a draw!

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Job Announcement

OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent Embassy position when his/her limited-duration contract expires. POSITION:                Voucher Examiner ( (Accounts Payable Specialist) OPENING DATE:      February 6, 2018 CLOSING …

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Solicitation Announcement

The Employee Association at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is offering a solicitation for a Concessionaire Agreement to operate the cafeteria at the Embassy compound, located in the Lozenets neighborhood. Experienced companies are invited to register by calling Val Petrov at +359 2 937-5129 or emailing PetrovVI@state.gov   by  February 7, 2018, 4:00 pm, if interested …

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Ambassador Rubin Attends the 2nd Annual America for Bulgaria Foundation All-Grantee Forum

(As prepared) “Good morning. I am delighted to join you this morning for this second ABF All-Grantee Forum, and it is wonderful to see this fantastic turnout. I am consistently inspired and impressed by all that you are accomplishing here in Bulgaria, all of you working together, and it is an honor for me to …

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On December 22, 1914, Stefan Panaretov Presented His Credentials as Bulgaria’s First Minister to the U.S.

“His Majesty, the King of the Bulgarians, has deigned to appoint me his representative near the Government of the United States.” Dr. Stefan Panaterov, first Bulgarian Special Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States, to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on Dec. 22, 1914.  

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India

Entrepreneur Liubov Kirilova represented Bulgaria at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in November 2017.   The United States and India co-hosted the 2017 GES with the theme Women First, Prosperity for All focusing on support for women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.   Liubov Kirilova is a C-Level professional working in the financial-tech tech industry, telecommunications, payments industry …

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Job Announcement

Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student Intern Computer Programmer Opening Date:                       December 11, 2017    Closing date:                         …

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Call for Proposals for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is currently accepting proposals for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories: CULTURAL SITE:  includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological sites. Restoration of a historic building, an archaeological survey as a component …

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Job Announcement

Vacancy Announcement #14-2017 U.S. Embassy OPEN TO:                 All interested candidates / All sources        POSITION:                Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level:          FSN-03 Trainee level:                         FSN-02 OPENING DATE:     December 4, 2017 CLOSING DATE:     December 17, 2017 WORK HOURS:       Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See …

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Job Announcement

U.S. Embassy Sofia Foreign National Student Intern Program # FCS 3 – 2017    Note:     This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual.  Open to:                                Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                …

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14th Annual AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Dinner

November 21 –  Ambassador Rubin spoke at the 14th annual American Chamber of Commerce in Sofia Thanksgiving Charity Dinner.  The dinner raises funds for the “Get Ready To Succeed” and “We Can” funds of the BCause Foundation.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, the “Get Ready To Succeed” fund awarded 100 scholarships to outstanding students who …

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Job Announcement

 Voucher Examiner (Temp)   VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 12A- 2017 U.S. Embassy Sofia   E X T E N D E D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT #12-2017 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED OPEN TO:                 All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately …

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The Embassy Opens New e-Auction of Used Property

The U.S. Embassy would like to announce that another e-Auction of surplus property (office and residential furniture, equipment, appliances, etc.) has started. The e-Auction will end on Sunday, October 8. To access the auction site on the Internet, please follow this link: https://online-auction.state.gov/en-US The on-line auction is open to the public. You must be 18 years …

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Amalipe Open Heart Festival

From June 9th to 11th U.S. Embassy Political Officer Daniela Ionova-Swider attended the 14th Annual Children’s Roma Festival “Open Heart” in Veliko Tarnovo, organized by the Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance “Amalipe.” More than 2,000 children of different ethnic groups from over 250 schools participated in the festival, which featured a “United in Diversity …

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Job Announcement

Information Assistant/ Photographer – FSN-7 OPENING DATE:  June 12, 2017; CLOSING DATE: June 25, 2017. This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent Embassy position when his/her limited-duration contract expires.

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Sofia Pride 2017

On June 10 Acting Deputy Chief of Mission David McCormick attended the 10th Annual Sofia Pride Parade, standing onstage with other Ambassadors as a Statement of Support to Sofia Pride was read to the crowd.  This year the Statement was signed by an unprecedented 19 Chiefs of Mission, along with UNICEF and UNHCR. As part …

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Statement of Support to Sofia Pride 2017

We would like to convey our support to all participants of this year’s Sofia Pride on 10 June 2017. Promoting equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is an important aspect of a tolerant and respectful civil society. For ten years now, Sofia Pride has promoted essential democratic values such as …

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Ambassador Eric Rubin in Pazardzhik

February 2 – Ambassador Eric Rubin just launched a $153,000 U.S.-funded project in Pazardzhik. The U.S. State Department is financing the English language education for 200 students in underserved areas of Bulgaria. The project aims to give these children access to better opportunities. Ambassador Rubin, U.S. Embassy officials, and America for Bulgaria Foundation representatives wished …

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Statement by the U.S. Embassy on Bulgarian Presidential Election

The U.S. Embassy congratulates President-elect Rumen Radev and looks forward to working with him to advance the goals Bulgaria and the United States share, including increased prosperity for our people, transatlantic ties and values, NATO engagement and solidarity, defense modernization, and border security. The United States is committed to continuing to strengthen and deepen the …

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U.S. Embassy Joins Bulgaria in Celebrating Completion of Nuclear Detection Architecture

Today the United States Embassy in Bulgaria, representatives of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and the Bulgarian government celebrated the completion of Bulgaria’s nuclear detection architecture.  To mark the occasion, Ambassador Eric Rubin, Deputy Interior Minister Philip Gunev, and other dignitaries gathered at Sofia airport to …

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U. S. Embassy Statement on Lukov March

The U.S. Embassy is aware of plans for a public event this weekend to recall the assassination of General Hristo Lukov, who was known for his nationalist and pro-Nazi views.  This controversial event has sometimes been used to spread messages of xenophobia and intolerance.  While the Embassy fully supports the democratic principle of free speech …

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