Job Openings at the Embassy

Local Employment in U.S. Embassy Sofia

 

Locally Employed (LE) Staff provide unique skills in support of the mission of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. LE Staff are foreign nationals and other locally resident citizens (including U.S. citizens) who are legally eligible to reside and work in the country.

LE Staff are the continuity of our Mission. They provide the institutional knowledge, local experience and professional contacts that are so important to embassy operations. LE Staff personnel perform vital mission program and support functions. All U.S. Government agencies under the Ambassador’s authority depend to a great extent on the special skills of their local staff, often delegating significant management roles and program functions.View Page

Where We Work

LE Staff work in all sections (e.g., Consular, Public Diplomacy, Human Resources) of the U.S. Department of State as well as other agencies (e.g., Foreign Agriculture Service, Foreign Commercial Service) represented at our Mission.

Who Can Apply

Individuals interested in becoming LE Staff must be legally eligible to reside and work in Bulgaria. This may mean having a work permit, residency permit, or other documentation required under the Bulgarian labor law. Employment at Mission Sofia is based upon merit, qualifications, and equal opportunity.

Application and Selection Process

Mission’s policy is to post LE Staff vacancies on the embassy website. Each announcement provides a short position description, minimum required qualifications, closing date for application submission, other recruitment terms, conditions and procedures.

Applications that fail to explicitly address all requirements specified in the vacancy announcements will not be considered.

The Embassy Human Resources Office does not maintain an applicant database and collects applications when a certain position is open for recruitment and a vacancy announcement is posted. Applications submitted before/after the job announcement dates and/or not specifying the announcement code are not subject to review.

Once the application period is over all documents are reviewed for eligibility and against the minimum qualification requirements announced. The employing office short-lists the most qualified applicants, conducts interviews, and selects the best candidate for the position. All interviewed and tested candidates are notified by mail of the final status of their application.

U.S. Mission in Sofia provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

 

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

Work Hours:                          Flexible work schedule (minimum 20 hours/week)

Section:                                  Sofia Regional Support Center/IT

Duration of Internship:         Duration to be determined on individual basis

The Regional Support Center at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is looking to recruit a student intern.

If you are a budding programmer who likes to solve tough problems;  you like working with people from different countries on a group project; you are interested in getting to know the world of embassies, international organizations and diplomacy; you are familiar with .Net, C#, CSS, JavaScript, or Git, make sure to submit your application.

Our teams use commercial cloud platforms to build innovative solutions to make government work smarter.  When you join our international team of programmers, we’ll help you build your skills on projects that power diplomacy across the continent. Take your chance and become a member of our team!

Qualification Requirements:

  • Present enrollment in a university with clear intent to continue studying through the time of the internship;
  • Good working level English language speaking/reading/writing ability;
  • Experience in a professional work environment (e.g. previous internship or clerical work) is preferred.
  • Computer programming – knowledge of one or more of the following: Microsoft .NET, C#, JavaScript, CSS, and Git source control.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to self-start and take initiative.

Eligibility criteria:  Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.  Only students who are non-U.S. citizens in Bulgaria or Bulgarian students studying abroad are eligible for the intern program, including any foreign nationals who are legal resident students in Bulgaria. Applicant must be a student in good academic standing.  Applicant must have demonstrated the potential to accomplish the type of work to be performed.  Applicant should be able to provide a certified document from the educational institution that the student is enrolled.  If selected, the student must pass a background check and receive security and medical certifications before commencement of the internship.

How to Apply:  All applicants are instructed to address each selection criterion detailed above with specific and comprehensive supporting information. Interested candidates for this position must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae in English. Only short–listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applications are collected at: Sofia_Applications@state.gov

or at mail address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office

16 Koziak Str., Lozenets, Sofia 1408 // fax: (+359) 2-937-5231

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia

Announcement Number:                 Sofia-2018-34

Position Title:                                    Chauffeur (On-Call)

Opening Period:                               September 26, 2018 – October 25, 2018

Series/Grade:                                   LE 1015 3

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

ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION. 

Security Clearance Required:     Local Security Certification

Duration Appointment:                Time-fixed contract not to exceed 30 days in a calendar year

Summary: The U.S. Embassy in Sofia is seeking individuals to serve as on-call chauffeurs.

The work schedule for this position is intermittent – on as needed basis up to 30 days in a calendar year.

Start date: On call (on as needed basis)

Supervisory Position:  No

Duties:  Drives an official vehicle in Sofia and its environs and, on occasion, to distant points in Bulgaria.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:   Completion of high school is required.

Requirements:

EXPERIENCE:  Minimum two years of professional driving experience in Sofia area is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must be familiar with safe-driving techniques. Must have an understanding of Embassy operations as they relate to diplomatic customs. Must have total familiarity with Sofia streets.

Evaluations:

LANGUAGE:

Level 2 (limited) speaking English is required.

Level 4 (fluent) speaking/reading/writing Bulgarian is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Clean and valid Bulgarian professional driving license category “D”.
  • Ability to read maps.

Qualifications:

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

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.

Benefits:  The US Mission does not provide benefits package for this appointment.

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.

HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

(1)          AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*

(2)          AEFM / USEFM

(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”), 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:

https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va

How to Apply:  All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a local security certification. Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on U.S. Embassy Sofia website ( https://bg.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/ ).

To apply for this position, applicants should electronically or via mail submit the documents listed below.

Only applications received in the Human Resources Office before the closing date of this job notice will be considered. Only short–listed candidates will be contacted for testing and interview.

 

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

  • DS-174 or a current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information on DS-174
  • Residency and/or Work Permit for non-Bulgarian citizens
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation

(if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation if available
  • List of references

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 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 Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

U.S. Embassy Sofia
Foreign National Student Intern Program # FCS 3 – 2018

 

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 the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

 Opening Date:                       October 12, 2018

Closing date:                          October 25, 2018

Work Hours:                          Minimum 20-25 hours per week

Agency/Section:                     U.S. Department of Commerce/Foreign Commercial Service, Sofia, Bulgaria

Duration of Internship:        Minimum four months as of December 2018

The U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service Office at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is looking to recruit student interns to support office day-to-day activities. Upon successful completion of the internship, a certificate and a reference letter will be provided.

The Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce assists U.S. companies with their efforts to enter the Bulgarian market through representation, direct sales, licensing agreements, or joint ventures. FCS assists Bulgarian companies in forming business relationships with U.S. companies by representing U.S. products, importing U.S. goods or services, or through joint venture and licensing arrangements, to name a few. FCS analyzes information about the Bulgarian market, facilitates contacts with local businesses, promotes U.S. products in the Bulgarian marketplace, and advocates for U.S. business interests. It assists trade missions to Bulgaria and provides logistical support to U.S. companies holding product launches and exhibitions. The Sofia office works in a close cooperation with four other countries in Southeast Europe – Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Greece.

Interns will be collecting, analyzing and drafting/writing market intelligent reports, assisting with the timely and informative response to inquiries from U.S. companies and from our 100 U.S. Export Assistance Center offices, assisting with a wide range of tasks and responsibilities in preparation of trade events and trade missions; assisting with USDOC/Commercial Service fee-based programs, assisting in preparing presentations, PPTs and other marketing pieces.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.export.gov/bulgaria.

Skills and Abilities: Applicants must have strong interest in international trade, be knowledgeable in Microsoft Office 2007, have good customer service skills, have excellent English language command (speaking, reading and writing) and be fluent in Bulgarian. Applicants must demonstrate the potential to accomplish the type of work to be performed.

Eligibility criteria: Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment. Only students who are non-U.S. citizens in Bulgaria or Bulgarian students studying abroad are eligible for the intern program, including any foreign nationals who are legal resident students in Bulgaria. Applicant must be a student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university (returning to education after the internship ends) and in good academic standing, able to work minimum 20 – 25 hours per week.

Applicants should be able to provide 2 (two) letters of recommendation and a certified document from the educational institution that the student is enrolled. If selected, the student must pass a background check and receive security and medical certifications before commencement of the internship.

How to Apply:  All applicants are instructed to address each selection criterion detailed above with specific and comprehensive supporting information. Interested candidates for this position must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae in English and 2 (two) letters of recommendation. Only applications received in the U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office before the closing date of this announcement will be considered and only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applications will be collected by the end of the day October 25, 2018 at:

Mail address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office

16 Koziak Str., Lozenets, Sofia 1408 // fax: (+359) 2-937-5231

E-mail: Sofia_Applications@state.gov