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United States Embassy Jobs - Assistant Security Investigator

Organisation: United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Vacancy Announcement Number: 37-16
Grade: FSN-7 (Ugx 39,776,655 to 57,966,365 p.a. inclusive of allowances).

About US Embassy:
Welcome to the United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda.  The United States has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi currently heads the U.S Mission to Uganda.  The Mission is composed of several offices and organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy and at the direction of the Ambassador.

Among the offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
·         United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
·         Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
·         Peace Corps (PC)

Job Summary: The United States Embassy Assistant Security Investigator will work under the guidance of the Senior Security Investigator of the Force Protection Detachment under the direction of the Special Agent in Charge (FPD SAIC) and performs all Regional Force Protection Detachment responsibilities delegated to Post's Foreign Service National Investigator's (FSNI) Program supporting Transient Department of Defense personnel and facilities within Uganda. Carries out liaison functions with working level GOU Officials, and using all available information provides security advice to Force Protection Detachment under the direction of the Special Agent in Charge (FPD SAIC). The incumbent conducts LES and Contractor background investigations, investigations related to terrorism, criminal activity, suitability and other issues in support of both DS and other USG law enforcement and security agencies. The incumbent also supports in the coordination of VIP protection operations for assigned visits including liaison activities with all GOU security elements during VIP visits such as AFRICOM CC, SOCAF CC, POTUS and CODELS.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Investigator for the Force Protection Detachment Office (30%)
·         Performs simple and complex investigations, which could involve fraud, consular cases, surveillance cases, theft, pilferage, malfeasance, fiscal irregularities and threats or security incidents and robberies involving official US personnel. Incumbent will conduct suitability for employment background investigations and maintain investigative files on the backgrounds of all national employees employed by the US Mission.
·         Through the above mentioned liaison capacity, incumbent will utilize resources of the host government security services to aid in the investigative process. The investigative success will many times be dependent upon incumbents “access” to host country information. Incumbent will utilize a number of techniques to include interviewing, researching, and compiling and accurate interpretation of facts to achieve investigative closure. Some of these investigations will be extremely sensitive and necessitate the utmost discretion and confidentiality.
·         Incumbent serves as the manager of the entire FPD FSN Investigation office and all duties and responsibilities carried out therein, under the direct supervision of the Senior Security Investigator and the FPD Special Agent In Charge (SAIC).
2. Advisor to the Force Protection Detachment SAIC (30%)
·         Serves as general security advisor to the Senior Security Advisor and the FPD SAIC. Cultivates and maintains close liaison contact with Uganda security services including police, and selected military, customs, other official. Maintains and cultivates relationships with Uganda officials in the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior as necessary. Organizes and schedules meetings and accompanies FPD SAIC to meetings with Ugandan officials, serving as translator as needed.
·         Provides protective security operations liaison services as needed. These activities includes but is not limited to arranging protective security, traveling with USG officials as liaison with local security, gathering information related to the security environment in other places in Uganda, and participating in protective liaison activities in support of VIP visits. Monitors local current events, and media, and uses liaison sources keeps FPD SAIC appraised of relevant security related matters. Uses good judgments and discretion to monitor report and suggest appropriate corrective actions to the FPD SAIC in security related matters.
·         Give technical advice on the operational procedures and capability of host government security services in order for the FPD SAIC to make sound security decisions. Incumbent will brief the FPD SAIC and other American officers, including the Chief of Mission as directed on police security and civil/criminal proceeding and other matters of interest to the security operations of the US Mission and DoD transient personnel and facilities.
·         With the FPD SAIC, the incumbent conducts diverse investigations including but not limited to personnel background investigations and re-certifications for employment suitability, visa fraud cases, and internal investigations as directed by the FPD SAIC. Investigations include, but are not limited to interviews as directed by the FPD SAIC may include sensitive matters related to theft, burglary, and other crimes involving U.S government personnel. Prepares and transports police checks to various government agencies. Advises FPD SAIC on nuances of case issue and make recommendations regarding action on cases.
3. Police and Security Liaison for the Force Protection Detachment (20%)
·         In the absence of the Senior Security Advisor and/or the FPD SAIC or American designee, incumbent is the primary liaison to the Ugandan Police and security services for the US Mission.
·         The incumbent must be capable of maintaining contact within the highest levels of the Ugandan security services, up to and including the Inspector General of the National Police and Commissioner of Immigration. By maintaining daily contact with mid-level/operational commanders, to include Emergency response, Criminal Investigation, Special Branch, Internal Security Organization Protection Unit and Military Police, incumbent insures quick police/security response for the US Mission.
·         In this liaison capacity incumbent is responsible for insuring the immediate flow of critical, security-related information from the security services to the FPD SAIC through the investigator, by maintaining multilevel and active liaisons. Due to the severe nature of the threats against the US Mission, the level, diversity, relative importance and extent to which the incumbent is required to develop and maintain outside contacts is critical to the continued security of the US Mission.
·         The incumbent is the primary link between the FPD SAIC and (individually) the 450 managed local Guard Force with regard to operational/investigative issues that arise outside of the FPD SAIC'S contractor relationship.
·         The job bearer is the primary link between that FPD SAIC and the host country provided Bodyguard Detail for the Chief of Mission. Incumbent is the primary link between the FPD SAIC and the host country provided 60 man, armed police platoon provided for facility security. Due to the ongoing threat situation, the embassy security program is reflective of a much larger (“Large”) post.
4. Background Investigations (10%)
·         The job holder initiates background investigation cases, which include new cases and revalidation cases of FSNs, PSCs, and contractors.
·         The incumbent follows up these cases with the investigators to ensure that all requirements are full filled and cases are then closed. Other cases are also reviewed for completion, such as accidents, suspected persons, suspected vehicles, fraud, and other cases assigned to the office.
5. Making ID Cards (10%)
·         The incumbent is responsible for making ID cards for DH Americans, American FMs, FSN, Contractors, domestic staff and any clearance pass as need arises. Incumbent must be capable of using digital cameras and the ID program; he must be able to produce a desired design for any pass required.
·         He / she must ensure that cards are only given to personnel that are entitled to have them and that they have a security clearance.
·         The incumbent is also responsible for keeping ID card materials secure and request for materials as the supplies run low.
·         The incumbent takes digital photos of all contractors, artisans, daily wage employees, domestic staff, FSN and PSC employees as necessary and loads these photos on appropriate databases.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
·         The ideal candidate for the US Embassy CDC Data Management Specialist Assistant Security Investigator Career opportunity should have completed secondary school (both O' and A' levels).
·         A minimum of  three years progressively responsible experience in law enforcement, counterterrorism, investigation, or surveillance with a military or police is required.
·         Additional Training in Administrative investigative procedures.
·         The applicants should have working knowledge of the GOU security service structure with an ability to develop and maintain close relationships with working level officers within the GOU security services; must also be familiar with host government criminal and civil procedures, judicial systems, as well as, customs and culture; must be familiar with basic physical and procedural security concepts and must be familiar with local traffic laws and area traffic patterns is required.
·         Possess excellent judgment, decisiveness, honesty, trustworthiness, flexibility and
·         Persistence; must have strong interpersonal and communication skills and have the ability to work long hours under high stress conditions; must be resourceful, possess initiative and know how to solve, independently, many complex problems involving several different entities
·         simultaneously and familiar with investigative procedures/applications and proficient in use of personal computer, must have a valid local driver’s license and must qualify to carry and use a firearm and maintain proficiency is required.
·         Language Proficiency: List both English and host country language(s) by level and specialization. Level III English ability and Level II knowledge of at least two local languages is required

How to Apply:
All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications and strictly adhere to the following:
  • Download a completed and signed Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff, Download it Here.
  • Application letter clearly specifying the position for which you are applying;
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume;
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts;
  • Names, contact numbers, and addresses of three (3) professional references.

Submit Application To:

Human Resources Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov



NB: Your application will be reviewed if you have fulfilled all the requirements including submission of standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) in a single attachment (No Zipped files, Links or Multiple Attachments) and should not exceed 10MB. Please clearly indicate the position number and title you are applying for on the DS-174 form.

Deadline: 15th May, 2016

The US Mission in Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

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