Economic/Commercial Specialist

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Economic/Commercial Specialist

Announcement Number: Kathmandu-2024-010
Hiring Agency: Embassy Kathmandu
Position Title: Economic/Commercial Specialist (Economic Specialist) – All Interested Applicants
Vacancy Time Zone: GMT+5.75
Series/Grade: LE – 1505 10
Salary: NPR ₨2,908,154 /Per Year
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential: LE-10
Duty Location(s): 1 Vacancy in Kathmandu, NP
Telework Eligible: No

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Hiring Path:  Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: All Interested Applicants / All Sources
For applicants who are USEFMs, the final grade/step for the position will be determined by Washington DC. The proposed grade is FP-5.
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 U.S. Mission in Kathmandu, Nepal is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Economic/Commercial Specialist. This position is open to all interested applicants.

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

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position: No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
Travel Required: Occasional Travel (Occasional travel may be required.)


The Economic/Commercial Specialist provides advanced economic analysis and essential support to advance USG economic and commercial diplomacy priorities and is the preeminent USG expert on Nepal’s economy and finances. The incumbent researches, analyzes, and presents written and oral reports on developments in the economic and commercial sectors in Nepal and proposes courses of action by Embassy officers to advance U.S. objectives. The incumbent 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 Nepal. The incumbent provides business facilitation services to U.S. companies operating in or interested in operating in Nepal.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Five years of professional experience in the field of Commerce, Economics, or International Relations is required. Experience analyzing and reporting on economic issues is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge and familiarity with Nepal’s economic and commercial structure, institutions, and key personalities is required. Familiarity with economic principles, data, and ability to find information quickly is required

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in the field of economics, finance, public administration, international relations, or political science is required.


These may be tested (Language, Skills and Abilities):

LANGUAGE: Fluent speaking/reading/writing English is required. Fluent speaking/reading/writing Nepali is required.

Please specify in your application your level of proficiency in ALL languages listed above.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to prepare reports on a wide range of economic issues is required. Ability to develop and maintain contacts across the government, private sector, and civil society is required. Ability to use the Microsoft Office suite such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook , PowerPoint etc. is required. Excellent interpersonal skills are required.

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: Benefits will be explained during job offer.

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”), 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:

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

Applications must be completed and submitted through Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA).

Applicants must address each required qualification with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so will result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

To apply, please click the “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY” button, create or log-in to your ERA account and begin the application process.

For information on ERA and detailed instructions on how to apply, please visit the ERA information page in our internet site below:

ERA information page-Internet site:

Paper or e-mailed applications are not accepted.

Required Documents:

To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

Required Documents

All Applicants

  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Education Transcript
  • Other Documents (e.g. Experience Certificates)
  • Residency Permit (If applicable)
  • List of Reference

Eligible Family Member (EFM) applicants must also submit the following documents

  • Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • 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.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Kathmandu.

Open Period: 03/07/2024 – 03/21/2024 Format MM/DD/YYYY

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