There are two steps to apply for qualification to the program:
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 186 professional level Foreign Service full-time positions, funded centrally, primarily by the Department of State and some through 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.
EPAP positions are available in Political, Economic, Public Affairs, Management, Financial Management, General Services, Human Resources, Information Management, Office Management or Medical (physician or nurse) areas. The pay grades run from FP-07 to FP-04.
Posts identify which positions they would like filled via EPAP and the respective Regional Bureau evaluates and creates a list of positions that HR/FLO will advertise during the open season. Note: More positions than can be filled are advertised because there is no guarantee that there will be a qualified family member available at post at the right time to apply for every position. The Regional Bureaus make all hiring decisions based on a range of factors. The bureaus may also choose not to fill an advertised position even if there are candidates who are qualified. There can only be 186 filled EPAP positions in total.
HR/FLO administers and coordinates the application cycle; convenes the Qualifications Evaluations Panels (QEP); advises candidates of the results of the QEP; and provides the Regional Bureaus with a list of qualified candidates available for consideration.