Please note: The 2013 EPAP application season has closed and we do not yet have details on the program for 2014. Please check this site and watch for cables and announcements in your post newsletter later this fall for updated information. The 2013 EPAP application procedures (subject to change in 2014) are detailed here.
General information on the Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP):
EPAP is the newest FLO program (it was established in 2008 and moved to FLO oversight and management in 2012). EPAP provides 185 professional level Foreign Service full-time positions, funded centrally, primarily by the Department of State and some through Washington ICASS, to appointment eligible family members (AEFMs) serving overseas. Each Regional Bureau is authorized a number of these positions, as determined by the Under Secretary for Management.
The program’s positions are available in the Political, Economic, Management and Public Diplomacy cones, as well as General Services, Human Resources, Financial Management, Information Management, Office Management specialties and Medical professions, including doctors and nurses. The pay grades run from FP-07 to FP-04, and like other State Department positions, use the FMA hiring mechanism. Posts identify which positions they would like filled via EPAP and the respective Regional Bureau makes the final decision within the allotted positions available. AEFMs whose sponsoring employee has at least one year remaining on his/her tour are eligible to apply. (Expanded Professional Associates may only be employed at the same post as their sponsoring employee.) Applicants must commit to serving a minimum of one year in the position to which they are applying. It is expected that only applicants who are interested in full-time, all-year employment will apply.
For general questions regarding EPAP, e-mail FLOaskEPAP@state.gov.