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Global Employment Initiative (GEI)

  • Established by the Global Community Liaison Office (GCLO) to help family members explore employment and professional development options while posted overseas and when returning to the U.S.
  • Global Employment Advisors (GEAs) provide employment coaching sessions, training workshops, and career development services at no cost to eligible family members and members of household.
  • GEAs can connect international employers with our large pool of family member professionals already overseas by sharing their organization’s Vacancy Announcements.

GEI Information:

GEI is not a job placement service; instead, it supports family members in their job search by providing resources, guidance, and facilitating skills development. Currently, there are 20 Global Employment Advisors (GEAs) covering over 200 posts, creating a worldwide network of employment coaches who understand the challenges of working overseas.

Services Available for Foreign Service Family Members

The Global Community Liaison Office’s Global Employment Initiative (GEI) helps family members explore employment and professional development options overseas and when returning to the U.S.

The following services are offered via webinars and one-on-one meetings:

  1. Preparation of private sector and federal resumes 
  2. Tips and practice for interviews 
  3. Briefings and assistance with the federal application process
  4. Networking guidance 
  5. Advice on both inside and outside the mission employment 
  6. Guidance on self-employment, telework, and strategic volunteer options 
  7. Long-term employment and strategy planning 

Global Employment Advisors (GEAs)

Global Employment Advisors (GEAs) provide job coaching sessions, training workshops, and career development services at no cost to family members of U.S. government employees who will serve, are currently serving, or have recently returned from serving overseas under Chief of Mission authority.

Region Supported Posts Contact
Africa (AF) Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep. of), Cote D’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, and Tunisia
East Asia Pacific (EAP)
Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam
Fiji, Japan, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Philippines and Taiwan
Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Timor-Leste
South Korea
China and Mongolia 
Europe (EUR) Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary,  Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Turkey
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, and Sweden
France, Italy, and Switzerland
Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom
Near East Asia (NEA) Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, and Saudi Arabia
Bahrain, Iraq, Qatar and United Arab Emirates 
South and Central Asia (SCA)
Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
United States (DC Metro Area) Supports adult family members returning to the United States and those preparing for their first/next tour overseas.
Western Hemisphere (WHA) Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico
Canada and United States (Outside the DC Metro Area)
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Suriname 
Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Netherland Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela


GEI Services for Employers

Since 2002, the Global Employment Initiative (GEI) has helped prospective employers, including Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and a wide range of other local and international organizations, to fill hundreds of job vacancies by sharing their Vacancy Announcements with our large talent pool of Foreign Service family members overseas.

Many of our candidates are highly educated and multilingual. They have extensive experience in a variety of fields and are ready to work in the countries* where you do business. Our GEAs are available to answer questions about hiring our candidates.

Advantages To Your Organization
  • Our candidates are available full-time, part-time, or contractually.
  • They do not require funding for relocation or housing as they are already in-country.
  • Our candidates can often obtain local work permits through diplomatic channels at no cost to your organization.*

* Please see Bilateral Work Agreement/de Facto Work Arrangements for a list of countries where Foreign Service family members may seek employment.


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