Home2022 Certificates of Competency for Nominees to be Chiefs of Mission ...FitzGibbon, Kathleen A. – Republic of Niger – August 2022 hide FitzGibbon, Kathleen A. – Republic of Niger – August 2022 Certificate of Competency August 31, 2022 UNITED STATES SENATE SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4) POST: Republic of Niger CANDIDATE: Kathleen A. FitzGibbon Kathleen FitzGibbon is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. She most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. Prior to that, Ms. FitzGibbon was first the Division Chief, West and Southern Africa, and then the Director of the Office of Africa Analysis, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. Her extensive experience in Africa includes service as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassies in Sierra Leone and Gabon and as the chief of the Political and Economic section of the U.S. Embassy in Uganda. Her demonstrated skill as a leader, coupled with her over two decades of engagement on African issues in Washington and in the field, make her a well-qualified candidate for Ambassador to the Republic of Niger. Among her other assignments, Ms. FitzGibbon served at the U.S. Embassy in Chad and had an earlier posting in Nigeria as well. She also worked in the Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons in the State Department. Prior to joining the State Department, she was as a lecturer at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Ms. FitzGibbon earned her bachelor’s degree from Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York in 1985 and a master’s degree from the University of California, Davis in 1988. She is the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award and multiple State Department performance awards, including James A. Baker Award for Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission and the Hero of U.S. Diplomacy Award for leadership during the West Africa Ebola crisis. She speaks French.