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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Cultural Affairs Assistant

Closing Date of The Position: April 30, 2015


The US Embassy is seeking an individual for the position of Cultural Affairs Assistant in Public Affairs Section.


Under the supervision of the Deputy Public Affairs Officer, the Alumni and Fulbright Program Coordinator is responsible for Embassy Dar es Salaam's outreach to and coordination with Tanzanian alumni of U.S.-government sponsored exchange programs, and the management of specific components of Embassy Dar es Salaam’s Fulbright program.



In close cooperation with Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and Deputy Public Affairs Develops (DPAO) and implements a comprehensive strategic plan for alumni outreach activities. Organizes alumni events, such as receptions, conferences, seminars, and workshops. Identifies and realizes opportunities to integrate alumni into Mission public affairs programming and activities.



Tracks, compiles, and communicates contact information for Tanzanian alumni of USG-sponsored exchange programs. In coordination with ECA colleagues in Washington, develops program-specific communities of Tanzanian alumni, and promotes ongoing Mission public diplomacy programs within those communities to encourage alumni participation.



Oversees all day-to-day administration of the core Fulbright Award programs for U.S. citizens coming to the United Republic of Tanzania. This includes program design and planning, promotion and recruitment, liaising with Fulbright's US-based cooperating agencies (IIE, CIES), grant administration, logistics (including visa, resident permit and related guidance), scholar support, coordination of arrivals, orientations and other enrichment activities including the Fulbright Reflection Series Presentations. Also be the main point of contact and support for US citizens applying for and in receipt of a Fulbright Award to study, research and/or lecture in the United Republic of Tanzania.



Coordinates the recruitment, selection and U.S. travel logistics for Tanzanian scholars, researchers and students participating in the Fulbright Award. Also plays part in internal and external communication by responding to enquires from the general public about the U.S. Fulbright Award, eligibility, procedures etc.

Maintain regular communication with current Tanzania and US scholars, maintain regular communication with Tanzania-based university partners and other award sponsors throughout the year seeking to demonstrate and enhance the value of their relationship with Fulbright, assist with the annual updating and adding to the Awards Department's policies and procedures and give presentations about the Fulbright Award to external audiences.





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

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or public administration, or related field is required.

  2. Prior Work Experience: At least one year of progressively responsible experience in cultural activities or related fields is required.

  3. Language proficiency: Level IV (fluent) written, reading and spoken English and Kiswahili is required.

  4. Knowledge: Knowledge of statutes, regulations, and work processes governing the execution of the Fulbright program in Tanzania in the United States. familiarity with a wide variety of Tanzanian institutions from which PAS can recruit prospective participants for the Fulbright program, and which might also host American Fulbright scholars and students. Familiarity with the structure and purpose of all USG exchange and cultural programs is required.

  5. Skills and Abilities: Strong interpersonal skills. Computer skills – Microsoft software applications (Word, Excel, etc.). Ability to develop and maintain access to target contacts, government, educational and cultural circles; to plan and carry our assigned projects and logistical support to cultural programs according to schedule; to draft correspondence and reports in English and Kiswahili is required.



When fully qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and US 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.


Interested candidates for this position must submit the following for consideration of the application:

  1. Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174). A hard copy of the application form (DS-174) is also available at the American Embassy, gate 3; or

  2. A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1 -24 of the UAE along with a listing of the applicant’s work experience attached as a separate sheet; or

  3. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information found on the UAE (see section 3A below for more information); plus

  4. Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application. Candidates who claim conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

  5. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.


3A. If an applicant is submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, s/he must provide the following information equal to what is found on the UAE.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.

    A. Position Title
    B. Position Grade
    C. Vacancy Announcement Number (if known)
    D. Dates Available for Work
    E. First, Middle, & Last Names as well as any other names used
    F. Date and Place of Birth
    G. Current Address, Day, Evening, and Cell phone numbers
    H. U.S. Citizenship Status (Yes or No) & status of permanent U.S. Resident (Yes or No; if yes, provide number)
    I. U.S. Social Security Number and/or Identification Number
    J. Eligibility to work in the country (Yes or No)
    K. Special Accommodations the Mission needs to provide
    L. If applying for position that includes driving a U.S. Government vehicle, Driver’s License Class / Type
    M. Days available to work
    N. List any relatives or members of your household that work for the U.S. Government (include their Name, Relationship, & Agency, Position, Location)
    O. U.S. Eligible Family Member and Veterans Hiring Preference
    P. Education
    Q. License, Skills, Training, Membership, & Recognition
    R. Language Skills
    S. Work Experience
    T. References


American Embassy
Human Resources Office
P.O. Box 9123
Dar es Salaam


Telephone: (255-22)229 4000, Ext: 4137/4148/4233/4024
Fax: (255-22)229 4726



An Equal Opportunity Employer.


The US Mission in Tanzania 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 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.

Application Form

  • Click here to download application form (DS-174) (PDF 640KB)

    (Required Application Form to be completed for all vacancies)