Security Specialist at U.S. Embassy, Maseru


U.S. Mission                                     Maseru

Announcement Number:             Maseru-2019-02

Position Title:                                  Security Specialist

Opening Period:                             February 8, 2019 to February 22, 2019

Series/Grade:                                  FSN-05

Salary:                                               M116, 875.00 – M187, 000.00 pa

For More Info:                                 Human Resources Office: (Tsepang Mohale/Mzwandile Sopeng)

Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 333, Maseru 100

E-mail Address:  [email protected]

Phone number: (00266) 22312666 Ext 4160/4217

Who May Apply:                            All Interested Applicants / All Sources

FSN-05 is FP-09.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

Security Clearance Required:      After selection, before beginning employment.

Duration Appointment:                Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period.

Marketing Statement:  We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.

Summary: The U.S. Mission in Maseru, Lesotho is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Security Specialist.

The work schedule for this position is:

•             Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date:  Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:  No

Duties:  The incumbent serves as the Protective Security Specialist in the execution of protective security operations for the U.S. Ambassador/Chief of Mission, Deputy Chief of Mission when acting in the capacity of the Chargé, and other designated or visiting U.S. government officials as directed.  Under the supervision of a Security Supervisor and the Regional Security Officer, the incumbent serves as a security specialist, providing close protection and site advance services to the U.S. Chief of Mission
(COM) to Lesotho in order to protect him/her from harm or embarrassment.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:  High school certificate is required. Requirements:

EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of three years’ experience in the commercial security guard business, civilian or government police or military is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  A thorough knowledge of defense measures to be used in the event of a terrorist attack, such as that learned in the military or law enforcement training.  Knowledge in medical, fire, hostile attack, defensive and emergency driving procedures.  Must be familiar with Lesotho Mounted Police Service, military, security and other government offices to ensure effective liaison and to facilitate effective protective operations including advance and motorcade operations.


LANGUAGE:  Level 3 (good working knowledge) in English is required.
                         Level 3 (good working knowledge) in Sesotho is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must have initiative and resourcefulness in accomplishing tasks.  Must be able to deal effectively with people of other cultures to obtain cooperation and reach common goals.  Possesses
good leadership and interpersonal skills.  Must have valid driver license.  Must be able to demonstrate judgment and basis safe driving skills in both oral and practical examination.  Must be able to operate an armored vehicle and pass the defensive driving training.  Good working computer skills are required.

Must be able to work variable shifts, 24 hour on-call schedule, and able to travel outside capital city on an as needed basis.  Proficient in first aid and use of an AED.  Must physically fit and be able to endure frequent travel, long working hours, and a stressful working environment while maintaining the above standards.

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:  Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Maseru may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The HR Office assigns the pay plan at the time of the conditional offer letter.

How to Apply:  Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on the Embassy internet site at

To apply for this position, applicants should electronically or hand-deliver the documents listed below. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

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

    DS-174

    Resume/Curriculum Vitae

    Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

    Passport copy

    Qualification certificates

    Language Scores (if available)

    Letter(s) of recommendation

    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.

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 Maseru, Lesotho.