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Custom/Shipping Expeditor

OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates

POSITION:  Custom/Shipping Expeditor (FSN-06) 
OPENING DATE: Dec 10, 2009

CLOSING DATE: Dec 24, 2009

WORK HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours/week


The U.S. Embassy in Kabul is seeking an individual for the position of Custom/Shipping Expeditor with General Services Office (GSO).


The incumbent is expected to expedite incoming and outgoing official shipments through Afghan Customs. Duties include but are not limited to processing clearance for goods associated with the Embassy; preparing paperwork; obtaining shipment documentation; presenting documentation and expediting the customs clearance process through Afghan customs. Prepares and processes documentation relating to any Afghan tax exemption related to the local purchase of goods and services. 


NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

Education:  Completion of secondary (high) school is required.
Experience: Two years clerical experience or other experience related to customs, shipping and expediting is required.
Language: Level III (Good working knowledge) speaking/reading in English and Dari languages is required.
Knowledge: General knowledge of regulations governing the preparation of documentation and paperwork for the shipment of personal and U.S. Government property is require. Must have good knowledge of Afghan customs clearance regulation and procedures.
Abilities and Skills: Good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite is required. Must be able to work with local officials in a congenial manner in order to ensure expeditious handling of goods and personnel. Should have a valid driver’s license.

When fully qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference.  Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.

1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy. 
2. Current Employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
3. In-house interested candidates of this position should submit their applications through their American or FSN supervisor.
4. Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary rating of needs improvements or unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
5. Currently Employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.
6. Currently employed NORs hired under a personal Service Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their work schedule.

Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered:
1.  Application for U.S. Federal Employment (SF-171 or OF-612); or a current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as an OF-612; plus
2.  Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.
3.  Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

Human Resources Office, U.S. Embassy Kabul
Attention: Vacancy Announcement 09-120
Or through e-mail to this address:
Subject line must be: (Custom/Shipping Expeditor VA-120) or your application may not be received


1. US Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM) – For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, an EFM who meets the following criteria:

• US Citizen; and,
• EFM (see above) at least 18 years old; and,
• Listed on the travel orders of a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and either:

1. Resides at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
2. Resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2.

2. EFM:  An individual related to a US Government employee in one of the following ways:

• Spouse;
• Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support.  The term shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchildren and adopted children and those under legal guardianship of the employee or the spouse when such children are expected to be under such legal guardianship until they reach 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian;
• Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or of the spouse, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support;
• Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, or of the spouse, when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support.

3. Member of Household (MOH) – An individual who accompanies a  direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan.  An MOH is:

• Not an EFM; and,
• Not on the travel orders of the sponsoring employee; and,
• Has been officially declared by the sponsoring USG employee to the COM as part of his/her household.

A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member.  A MOH does not have to be a US Citizen.

4. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who:

• Is not a citizen of the host country; and,
• Does not ordinarily reside (OR, see below) in the host country; and,
• Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,
• Has a US Social Security Number (SSN). 

NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP.

5. Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or US citizen who:

• Is locally resident; and,
• Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,
• Is subject to host country employment and tax laws. 

EFMs without US Social Security Numbers are also OR.  All OR employees, including US citizens, are compensated in accordance with the LCP.


The US Mission in Afghanistan 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.
The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.