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Economic Specialist at United States Embassy

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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United States Embassy


Announcement Number: LILOGNWE-2024-018

Hiring Agency: Embassy Lilongwe

Position Title: Economic Specialist (All Interested Applicants/All Sources)

Open Period:05/28/2024 – 06/11/2024


Vacancy Time Zone: GMT+2Series/Grade:

LE – 1505 10Salary: USD $34,808 /Per YearWork Schedule:

Full-time – N/APromotion Potential: LE-10

Duty Location(s):1 Vacancy in

Lilongwe, MI

Telework Eligible:NoFor More Info: HR Section
[email protected]


Hiring Path:• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:All Interested Applicants/ All SourcesSecurity Clearance Required:Public Trust – Background InvestigationAppointment TypeTerm appt, NTE 4 yrsAppointment Type Details:Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period.Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees ( before you apply.


The U.S. Mission Lilongwe, Malawi is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Economic Specialist.


The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 hours per week)

Supervisory Position:NoRelocation Expenses Reimbursed:NoTravel Required:Not Required



The incumbent is an Economic and Commercial Specialist in the Economic Section, providing advanced economic analysis and essential support to advance USG economic and commercial diplomacy priorities.  Researches, analyzes, and reports on developments in the economic and commercial sectors in Malawi.  Develops and maintains contacts across the spectrum of economic policy makers, business leaders, and civil society to inform the USG about relevant economic activity and the investment climate in Malawi.  Provides business facilitation services to U.S. companies operating in or interested in operating in Malawi.

Monitor all aspects of the Malawian economy in order to provide in-depth analysis to a range of interested parties in the United States Government on policies and trends impacting USG interests in Malawi, including the investment climate, transparency, reform plans, trade, finance, macroeconomics, agriculture, intellectual property rights, infrastructure, labor rights, child labor, and gender equality.  Coordinate with other USG agencies to both obtain and share relevant information. (25%)

Cultivate existing and develop new contacts at all levels of government, private sector, academia, and civil society.  Use these contacts to provide information, broad-based analysis, and effective evaluation of economic trends and policy implications, as well as assist in developing guest lists for Embassy events.  Facilitate introductions to contacts for other Embassy employees.  Maintain a reliable contact database.  Serve as back-up to the Protocol Assistant in maintaining computer-based contact database for the Front Office.  Serve as back-up to the Protocol Assistant, assisting the Front Office with official events, preparing invitations, advising on protocol matters, translating and preparing correspondence, and maintaining the contact database.  (25%)


Draft reports and cables on policies and trends impacting USG interests in Malawi.  Draft required USG reports including the Country Commercial Guide, the Investment Climate Statement, the Fiscal Transparency Report, the annual Report on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, and the AGOA eligibility report.  Contribute to other Embassy reporting as appropriate. (20%)


Compile and maintain an extensive range of data covering key areas of the economy.  Analyze data and prepare insightful presentations of data to inform policy and interested parties.  Keep abreast of a variety of published and unpublished materials and data sources to inform analysis.  (10%)


Provide market facilitation services to U.S. companies.  Brief U.S. companies on market opportunities and the investment climate; monitor and report on local laws and regulations impacting U.S. commercial interests; and monitor and share trade, procurement, and investment opportunities.  Provide services in compliance with the partner post agreement with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service.  Support advocacy for approved U.S. companies. (10%)


Support the travel of USG personnel (Embassy personnel and visitors) through logistical arrangements, scheduling meetings, and providing briefings.  Support the Economic and Commercial Officer with administrative and logistical tasks and other duties as assigned.  Perform own logistical, administrative, and clerical work. (10%)

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: At least five years of progressively responsible experience in following, analyzing, and reporting on economic issues is required

Education Requirements:

Bachelors’ degree in economics, finance, or business is required.




Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing) in English is required.




Ability to prepare precise, accurate, and informed analysis and reports on a wide range of economic issues


Ability to develop and maintain senior level contacts across the government, private sector, and civil society


Ability to execute complex research projects and render advice with detachment and objectivity, employing sound judgement


Ability to use the Microsoft Office suite with ease


Excellent interpersonal skills


Qualifications: All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications and complete a mandatory probationary period for LE Staff.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Mission 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.


Benefits and Other Info


Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs) and locally-resident EFMs working at the U.S. Mission Lilongwe, Malawi may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


(3) FS on LWOP and CS in LWOP **

* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS in LWOP status with re-employment or reinstatement rights back to their agency or bureau.

What is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc? (


1. The Mission may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

2. Current employees of the Mission who have not successfully completed their initial probationary periods are not eligible to apply. Current employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory or MBC score of 100 points or less, on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.

3. Current employees of the Mission hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment. This does not apply for employees on a PSA (Temp), or those are hired on a When Actually Employed (WAE) or intermittent work schedule.

4. Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.

Method Of Application

To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit the documents listed below to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified.

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Required Documents:

Malawian Citizen identification  or  the Residency and/or Work Permit (for non-Malawians).


University degree





Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language, skills, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission Lilongwe, Malawi.

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