GCLO remains committed to serving employees and family members as you navigate the impact of COVID-19. Whether you are continuing to adjust to a “new norm” Stateside or while posted abroad, the following resources may be useful. Feel free to reach out to the GCLO team with any questions or specific concerns.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and Resources
- Workforce COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 02/11/2021)
- CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
- MED Video – 10-Minute Talks with Dr. Martin Today’s Topic: The COVID-19 Vaccine (01/21/2021)
- Traveling During COVID-19
- Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26
Education and Youth Resources
- Virtual Learning Homeschooling
- College and Beyond
- College Admissions and COVID-19: An Evolving Landscape (Foreign Service Journal)
- Youth Mental Health – The Foreign Service Youth Foundation has an extensive list of youth mental health resources and providers for both overseas and in the U.S.
- Employee Consultation Services (ECS) Virtual Parent Support Groups – ECS provides two monthly parent support groups for children ages 4-11 and for adolescents.
Visit GCLO’s Education and Youth page for additional information and resources that may be helpful during this time.
Family Member Employment Overseas
- GCLO’s Global Employment Advisors (GEA) are available to support family members with developing federal resumes and reviewing applications. Locate your GEA, view helpful employment webinars, and learn how a GEA can assist you.
- The Federal Government is hiring across a wide range of career fields to help respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. View a list of the positions on USAJOBS.
- Security Clearance FAQs
Family Member Employment in or Returning to the U.S.:
- Connect with the U.S.-based GEA at: GEAUSA@state.gov
- Learn more about Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) and federal employment options on GCLO’s Family Members Returning to the United States webpage.
- What Kind of Teleworker are YOU? (AAFSW Newsletter Article)
- Seven Strategies for Thriving on Telework (CEFAR Webinar)
Support Services Resources
- Resources for Resilience During COVID-19 and Resilience Boosting Webinars (FSI’s Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience)
- Daily Activities and Going Out (CDC)
- MED’s Office of Employee Consultation Services (ECS)
- ECS is a completely free and confidential counseling resource for DOS direct hires and eligible family members who may need support to cope with stress relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Non-DOS direct hires and eligible family members under Chief of Mission may access ECS services if their agencies’ respective employee assistance programs are inaccessible. To schedule an appointment, please email MEDECS@state.gov or call ECS at our new telephone number: +1-202-634-4874.
- Getting Started with Long-Distance Caregiving (NIH’s National Institute on Aging)
- Unaccompanied Tours Resources
- Basics of Pre-Deployment Planning and Reintegration Podcast
- Reintegration after a Separation Recorded Webinar
- WorkLife4You (WL4Y) is the Department of State’s 24/7 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees and their family members. WL4Y provides free 24/7 counseling, education, and referral services that help Department of State employees and family members find the programs, providers, information, and resources they need to manage personal and professional responsibilities. Counselors will help determine what services are needed and available and refer to appropriate providers. Call them for 24/7 personalized assistance, read articles and educational guides on their website, order topic related kits, engage in monthly live talk, watch webinars and listen to audios or ask for a free in-person elder care assessment from a qualified Professional Care Manager. In addition, The WL4Y Emergency Backup Dependent Care provides 24/7 access to specialists to arrange care in advance or at the last minute for every member of the family as well as, aging loved ones. WL4Y provides up to
fiveten (10) days of adult backup care with a low co-pay if you use a nationwide care center or 100% reimbursement if you use friends or family members. Backup care services can only be used for care taking place within the United States and U.S. territories.Department of State, both Civil Service and Foreign Service employees and family members are eligible to use WorkLife4You .
** Employees of agencies other than the Department of State should check with their headquarters for guidance pertaining to their contracted Employee Assistance Program.
Crisis Management Resources
For crisis management resources, visit the following GCLO pages:
- Post Evacuations – Before, During, and After
- Office of Allowances – Evacuation FAQs
- List of Important Documents to Have on Hand
- Personal Preparedness Planning
- Note: Includes information on Contingency Planning for Single Parents and Tandem Couples with Children.
FSI’s Transition Center Resources
The Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) is providing support for the foreign affairs community via telework, including assistance in the areas of bidding and assignment post-specific research, preparation planning for a move overseas or a return to the United States, and resources for international relocations. Check with the OBC for updates on in-person visits.