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Economic/Commercial Specialist

Announcement Number: Nouakchott-2024-007

Hiring Agency: Embassy Nouakchott

Position Title: Economic/Commercial Specialist

Open Period: 06/03/2024 - 06/17/2024

Vacancy Time Zone: GMT

Series/Grade: LE - 1505 10

Salary: MRU UM 1,309,063- MRU UM 1,309,063/Per Year

For USEFM -FSN-10 is FP-5 (steps 1 through steps 14). Actual FP salary will be determined by Washington D.C.

Work Schedule: Full-time - Monday-Thursday 0800-1800 Friday 0800-1200

Promotion Potential: LE-10

Duty Location(s): 1 in Nouakchott, MR

Telework Eligible: No

For More Info:  HR Section
                            Human Resources Office


Hiring Path:  Open to the public

Who May Apply/Clarification from the Agency:

•    All interested candidates/All sources

Security Clearance Required: Public Trust - Background Investigation

Appointment Type: Permanent

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

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within, two weeks of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position: No

Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No

Travel Required: No


Job overview
Under the supervision of the embassy's Deputy Political/Economic Chief, the incumbent provides cable reporting, economic and commercial analysis, background and data research while developing contacts among Mauritanian government officials, business and corporate executives, civil society, and U.S. interagency government officials. The incumbent also provides economic and commercial advice to senior embassy officials to assist in keeping the Department of State and other U.S. foreign agencies informed on economic and commercial trends, as well as business and private sector developments taking place throughout Mauritania. The incumbent is also responsible for advising U.S companies and investors interested in doing business in Mauritania and Mauritanian companies interested in doing business in the United States. The incumbent will also be the primary point of contact for the Political/Economic Section's work on issues involving fisheries, child labor, banking/finance, SMEs, and agriculture, among others.

Major duties and responsibilities

  • Research, Analysis and Reporting

Monitor Mauritania's business climate and keep Post informed of local, national, and international economic trends and events as they relate to Mauritania's economic growth and development, diversification of the economy's sectors, and fulfillment of requirements to participate in U.S. initiatives such as Africa Growth and Opportunity Act preferential trade provisions. The incumbent assists in drafting reporting cables and other required reports for the Pol/Econ Section and Embassy's interagency Country Team and Department on economic trends and developments. He/she proactively monitors new developments and brings it to the attention of the Front Office and Economic Officer. Accomplishing these tasks requires the job holder to review Mauritanian, American and international media and provide analytical reports and websites that cover Mauritania's economic, trade and investment issues.

  • Advocacy and Commercial Development 

The incumbent will need to develop and maintain contacts with members of Mauritania's government, non-profit, and private sectors. He/she will also need to develop effective relationships with other diplomatic missions and international organizations (like the World Bank and IMF) that can provide insights on microeconomic, sector, and company-level issues. The incumbent will need to take the initiative to identify new sources of information to effectively monitor economic, commercial, trade and investment trends and opportunities taking place in Mauritania's emerging economy. Finally, he/she will need to work effectively with officials from the U.S. government promoting U.S. trade and investment in Mauritania, as well as representatives from of U.S. companies seeking investment opportunities in Mauritania in partnership with the U.S.-Mauritanian Business Council.

  • Admin duties 

The incumbent will provide support to the Political-Economic section and be ready to serve as control officer and/or provide administrative support to VIP delegations and serve in other supportive duties as assigned when required.

*Note:  This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by incumbent. Incumbent will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the agency.

Qualifications and Evaluations


Experience: Five years of progressively responsible experience in economics, development, and/or commercial work required. 

Education Requirements:

Mandatory: Bachelor’s degree in economics, Development, Environmental Science, or Public Administration is required



  • Fluent (speaking/reading/writing) English is required.
  • Fluent (speaking/reading/writing) French is required.
  • Good working knowledge (speaking/reading/writing) Arabic is required.
  • Good working knowledge (speaking/reading/writing) Hassaniya is required.

Language skills may be tested.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  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.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info:


Agency Benefits: Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Nouakchott-Mauritania 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 with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active-duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

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

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply: To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a public trust clearance. 

Required Documents:

To qualify based on education and work experience, you MUST submit the requested justifications by the closing date of this announcement:

  • For education: degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement.
  • For work experience: work attestation, work certificate, letter of recommendation as proof of past or current work experience requirement.

Failure to provide requested information, or providing insufficient information to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

All Applicants:

  • Work Attestation
  • Degree (not transcript)
  • Degree with transcript
  • Work Certificates
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Certificate or License

Eligible Family Member Applicants:

  • Copy of Sponsor's Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • Passport copy
  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

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

For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you in advance for application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Nouakchott-Mauritania.

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