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Overseas - Working in a US Embassy or Consulate

United States Embassies and Consulates in countries overseas often have job openings for family members of USG employees posted to that country. The availability of positions depends on the size of the Mission and the current job openings.

Contact the Human Resources Officer and the Community Liaison Office Coordinator
Family members wishing to work within the Embassy or Consulate of their assigned post should contact the Community Liaison Office coordinator (CLO) or the Human Resources Officer at post. These individuals can provide information on current vacancy announcements. The Family Liaison Office can provide contact information.

Understanding Hiring Mechanisms
Family members are hired into positions at overseas Missions in a variety of ways. Read hiring mechanisms to understand which mechanism you qualify for. When accepting a position, be sure to ask how you will be hired and for which benefits you are eligible. View the differences between the various hiring mechanisms with FLO's Employment Factors Chart for USG Foreign Service Members Overseas

Earning Non-Competitive Eligibility While Serving in Jobs Inside the Mission
Non-competitive Eligibility (NCE): Information for Employers and Family Members

The Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP)
This program gives Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) an opportunity to work in FS entry-level positions in the following cones/disciplines: Political, Economic, Public Diplomacy, Management, General Services, Human Resources, Financial Management, Office Management, Information management, Physician, and Registered Nurse. Positions offered within EPAP are professional level, full-time positions. All positions are at the FS-04 to FS-07 levels. AEFMs whose sponsoring employee has at least one year remaining on his/her tour are eligible to apply. EP Associates may only be employed at the same Mission as the sponsoring employee. General information about the Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) is available here.

Credentialing of Foreign Degrees for a United States Government Application
When applying for federal employment opportunities, education credentials from a foreign university will need to be verified for education equivalency.  More information.

Family Member Employment Report (FAMER)
Known as the FAMER, this report is an interactive web-based tool that lists job opportunities open to family members at post and reports the number of family members employed both inside and outside the Mission. The FAMER, which can only be accessed via the Family Liaison Office's Intranet web site, also serves as a research tool during the bidding season for family members interested in working. For more information, contact the Family Liaison Office.

Professional Associates Program
The regular FS assignments process invariably leaves some overseas positions without sufficient qualified Foreign Service bidders. These positions are designated Hard-To-Fill (HTF) and are routinely opened to Department of State Civil Service employees and to Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFMs). The annual Hard-to-Fill Program for Professional Associates (AEFMs) and Civil Service employees is announced each spring by Department of State Cable.  General information about the Professional Associates Program is available here.  For specific questions, email

Functional training is available for spouses interested in working inside the Mission.The Basic Consular Course is one of the functional training opportunities.

The Transition Center at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) also offers classes designed to assist family members looking for work overseas.

More Training Opportunities for Foreign Service Family Members

Overseas Employment Checklist
Here's a checklist of items you need to know when looking for a job overseas. Print out our Quick Guide to Overseas Employment.

Career Management Advice and Important Job Information
The Family Liaison Office also offers career management advice and important job information relating to posts around the world. For information or an appointment, contact the Family Liaison Office.

Overseas Seasonal Hire Program for US Foreign Service Family Members Ages 16-24
The Overseas Seasonal Hire Program provides clerical and administrative support at the time of greatest need, during the personnel gaps of summer transfers and other times during the year. If your post of assignment has an Overseas Seasonal Hire Program, job opportunities for students of USG employees are sometimes a possibility. Eligibility: U.S. citizens who are 16-24 years of age and on the travel orders of a direct-hire employee are eligible. Children traveling to post under visitation travel of separated parents' authority, traveling at USG expense, and meet the criteria of the above are also eligible.

Goverment Agencies with Offices Overseas

Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
Contact the Family Liaison Office


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