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10-24 Human Resources Assistant

Job Vacancies 2010

OPEN TO: All interested candidates
POSITION: Human Resources Assistant, FSN-7, FP-7*
OPENING DATE: May 27, 2010 
CLOSING DATE: June 10, 2010 
WORK HOURS: Full time; 40 hours/week
SALARY: **Not-Ordinarily Resident Position grade: FP-07 (is confirmed by Washington)
*Ordinarily Resident: $15,828.80 P.A. (Starting salary: BR + Allowances)


The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador is seeking an individual for a Human Resources Assistant position in the State Human Resources Office.


Incumbent serves as post’s expert on Family Member Appointment (FMA), Temporary Hire, (WAE), and Personal Services Agreement Plus (PSA PLUS) local hire employment and Summer Hire Program.  Incumbent administers the Mission’s Award Program and assist with the Mission Training Program. 

A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available in the Human Resources Office. Contact Ext. 2225.


NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

EDUCATION:  Minimum two years of college studies is required.
  Two years of progressively responsible experience in Human Resources or administrative work is required.
LANGUAGE: English: Level 4 (Fluent knowledge) speaking/written/listening is required.
Spanish: Level 4 (Fluent knowledge) speaking/written/listening is required.
This will be tested.
OTHER CRITERIA: Ability to work well with others, especially in a team working environment, resolving conflicts amicably and professionally, and able to maintain composure in stressful situations.
OTHER SKILLS: Full knowledge of MS Office suites (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook is required.


When fully qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and US Veterans are given preference.  Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.


1.  Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.  

2.  Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.

3.  Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.

4.  Currently employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.

5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.


Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered: 

1. Application for Employment Form (DS-174); or 

2. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as the DS-174; plus

3. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.

4. Any other documentation (e.g. essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the positions as listed above.


Human Resources Office
American Embassy San Salvador
Fax number: (501) 2155 or
HRO e-mail: HRO, San Salvador

Due to the volume of responses, individual acknowledgements regarding receipt of applicationscannot be made.  Only those applicants who are invited  for an interview will be notified regarding the status of their applications


1. US Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM) - For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, anEFM who meets the following criteria:

  • US Citizen; and,
  • EFM (see above) at least 18 years old; and,
  • Listed on the travel orders of a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and either:
    1. Resides at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
    2. Resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM

2. EFM:  An individual related to a US Government employee in one of the following ways:

  • Spouse;
  • Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support.  The term shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchildren and adopted children and those under legal guardianship of the employee or the spouse when such children are expected to be under such legal guardianship until they reach 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian;
  • Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or of the spouse, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support;
  • Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, or of the spouse, when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support.
3. Member of Household (MOH)-An individual who accompanies a  direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan.  An MOH is:
  • Not an EFM; and,
  • Not on the travel orders of the sponsoring employee; and,
  • Has been officially declared by the sponsoring USG employee to the COM as part of his/her household.
A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department's current legal and statutory definition of family member.  A MOH does not have to be a US Citizen.

4. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) - An individual who:
  • Is not a citizen of the host country; and,
  • Does not ordinarily reside (OR, see below) in the host country; and,
  • Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,
  • Has a US Social Security Number (SSN). 
NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP.

5. Ordinarily Resident (OR) - A Foreign National or US citizen who:
  • Is locally resident; and,
  • Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,
  • Is subject to host country employment and tax laws. 
EFMs without US Social Security Numbers are also OR.  All OR employees, including US citizens, are compensated in accordance with the LCP. 

The US Mission in El Salvador 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.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.