Federal jobs overseas

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Title: Federal jobs overseas
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Title: Federal jobs overseas
Series Title: BRE (United States Civil Service Commission) ;
Physical Description: v. : ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Creator: United States Civil Service Commission
Publisher: U.S. Govt. Print. Off.
Place of Publication: Washington, D.C


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For sale by the Superintendent of Documents
U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, D.C. 20402 (per 100 copies)
Stock No. 006-000-01033-4

United States citizens are employed by the Fed-
eral Government in Alaska, Hawaii, United States
territories, and in foreign countries. They are
found in almost every occupational field. They are
construction and maintenance workers, doctors,
nurses, teachers, technical experts, mining engi-
neers, meteorologists, clerks, stenographers, typ-
ists, geologists, skilled tradesmen, social workers,
agricultural marketing specialists, and agricultural
and other economists.
Current needs of agencies with jobs to fill are
generally limited to highly qualified and hard-to-
find professional personnel, skilled technicians,
and, in some cases, stenographers and clerical
and administrative personnel. A few agencies are
seeking experienced teachers, librarians, nurses,
and medical personnel. However, a few vacancies
occur in most fields from time to time because of
normal turnover in personnel.
This pamphlet explains how jobs are filled, dis-
cusses conditions of employment, indicates the
kinds of skills agencies use, and lists addresses to
which inquiries may be sent.

In Alaska, Hawaii, and United States territories,
most vacancies are filled by the appointment of
local eligibles who qualify in competitive civil-
service examinations which are announced and
held in the local area. Normally, there is a suffi-
cient local labor market to fill the needs and
examinations are not publicized outside the local
areas. Some positions, however, may be filled by
transferring career Government employees from
the United States mainland.
When a vacancy is to be filled in a foreign
country, determination is made whether to recruit
from among persons in the area where the job is
located or to seek qualified applicants residing in
the United States. If the position is to be filed
locally, the appointee may be a United States
citizen residing or traveling in the area, the wife or
dependent of a citizen employed or stationed in
the area, or a foreign national.
In most instances where United States installa-
tions are established in foreign countries, either
formal or informal agreements have been drawn

up assuring the host government that local nation-
als will be employed wherever possible in order to
be of maximum assistance to the economy of that
country. Furthermore, it is almost always to the
economic advantage of the United States to em-
ploy foreign nationals at local pay rates without
responsibility for travel costs and overseas cost-of-
living allowances. Positions held by foreign na-
tionals are in the excepted service and are not
subject to the competitive requirements of the
Civil Service Act and rules.

However, there are many thousands of techni-
cal, administrative, and supervisory positions in
which United States citizens are employed in for-
eign countries. These positions are usually in the
competitive service, and as vacancies occur they
are filled in most cases by transferring career
Government employees from the United States.
This is the case in the Department of Defense, the
largest employer of overseas personnel, and in
most other agencies having overseas positions.
When Government employees are not available for
transfer overseas, and qualified United States citi-
zens cannot be recruited locally, these vacancies
are filled through the regular competitive examin-
ing process.
Approximately 30 examinations now open on a
nationwide basis are being used, as recruiting
needs require, to fill overseas positions. The ex-
aminations cover a variety of business and eco-
nomics, engineering and scientific, medical, social
and educational, and trades positions. Qualified
persons interested in overseas assignments in
these fields should establish eligibility under ap-
propriate examinations. Applications and copies
of examination announcements can be obtained
from the Federal Job Information Center nearest
you (See page 13).

Some positions are excepted from the competi-
tive requirements of the civil service rules and

regulations. Included in this group are positions in
the Foreign Service of the Department of State,
dependents' schools teachers, positions in the
attache offices, and most positions of clerk-trans-
lator, translator, and interpreter. Applications for
these positions should be made directly to the
agency in which employment is desired.
A description of the .principal agencies which
employ personnel outside the United States, with
the addresses to which inquiries or applications
should be sent, begins on page 6 of this pam-


Physical Requirements
Applicants for most overseas positions must be
able to pass rigid physical examinations, since
employees may be required to serve under ex-
tremely difficult living conditions and, in some
areas, at posts where complete medical facilities
are not available. Physical standards are applied
which are suitable for the location and occupation
involved, and may include standards of mental
and emotional stability and maturity.
Any physical defect which would make the em-
ployee a hazard to himself or to others, or prevent
efficient performance of the duties of the position,
is disqualifying. Conditions which require periodic
medical care, hospitalization, special foods or
medicine may be disqualifying for some areas.
Accompanying dependents may also be re-
quired to pass rigid physical examinations.

Tour of Duty
Individuals selected in the United States for
overseas employment generally are required to
sign a transportation agreement for a definite
period of service, which is usually for a minimum
of 36 months. In certain areas the minimum period
is 12 or 24 months.

All appointments are subject to satisfactory se-
curity, character, and suitability investigations. Ap-
plicants considered for appointment are carefully

screened, and only those possessing suitable
qualifications are selected for overseas employ-

Since most Federal jobs overseas are filled by
local residents or by the transfer of people
who already work for the Government, oppor-
tunities for appointment to an overseas posi-
tion are extremely limited.

Generally, the qualification requirements are the
same as those established for like positions in the
United States. Applicants may, however, be re-
quired to meet certain additional or higher stand-
ards. A foreign language capability, while not re-
quired in all, or even most, Federal jobs overseas,
would obviously be a valuable qualification.

For middle and upper-level positions in what
may be broadly termed "professional occupa-
tions," most agencies permit employees to take
their families with them. In certain other job cate-
gories, and in accordance with an established
system of priorities, it is usually possible to ar-
range for dependents to follow from several
months to a year after the employee has arrived at
the overseas post.
For most clerical and secretarial positions
abroad, agencies prefer single persons without
Appointments of both husband and wife are very
infrequent, since there rarely are simultaneous
vacancies in which their qualifications could be
appropriately utilized at the same post. However,
in foreign countries with a large American pres-
ence, both governmental and private-industrial,
qualified U.S. citizens are sometimes needed for a
variety of job openings. In the majority of cases,
dependents of U.S. Government employees over-
seas are given priority consideration for such em-


Generally, overseas white-collar workers are
paid the same base salaries as Federal employees
in the United States occupying similar positions. In
addition, where warranted by conditions at the
post, they receive a post differential or cost-of-
living allowance. In foreign areas, the wages of
blue-collar workers are based upon continental
United States rates plus, in some cases, a post
differential or cost-of-living allowance; in United
States areas overseas, their wages may be set in a
similar way or they may be based on local rates.

Quarters Allowances

In foreign areas, employees are sometimes
housed in Government quarters. If Government
housing is not provided, a quarters allowance is
paid which covers in large part the cost of rent and
utilities. In most United States areas, Government
quarters are not provided and no quarters allow-
ance is paid.

Federal Employment Benefits

In general, Federal employees are entitled to
such liberal benefits as paid vacations, sick leave
with pay, and retirement coverage. They are eligi-
ble for life insurance and health benefits partially
financed by the Government. Employees serving
overseas also normally receive special benefits
such as free travel for themselves and their de-
pendents, free transportation or storage for their
household goods, and additional paid vacations
with free travel to their homes in the United States
between tours of duty. Also, the United States
Government operates dependents' schools in
many areas and provides educational opportuni-
ties for children which are comparable to those
offered in the better schools in the United States.

Veteran Preference

Veterans must be given consideration by ap-
pointing officers in the filling of overseas positions
in accordance with the provisions of the Veterans'
Preference Act.


This section indicates the kinds of positions for
which these agencies may be recruiting and lists
addresses to which inquiries about employment
opportunities may be sent. (Persons who have
never worked for the Government should also con-
tact the Civil Service Commission for information
about competitive examinations.)
The largest employers of overseas personnel
include the Departments of State, Army, Navy, Air
Force, Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture, the
United States Information Agency, the Agency for
International Development, and the Panama Canal
Company-Canal Zone Government.

Department of Agriculture
The Foreign Agricultural Service assigns agri-
cultural attaches and secretaries to staff its offices
at foreign posts. These personnel analyze and
report on production, trade and consumption of
agricultural commodities and work to develop for-
eign markets for U.S. farm products. Professional
positions normally are filled by Department of
Agriculture employees trained in agricultural mar-
keting and agricultural economics. Appointments
are initially made from the Professional and Ad-
ministrative Career Examination and examinations
for Agricultural Economist and Agricultural Mar-
keting Specialist. Secretarial positions are gener-
ally filled by transferring persons already em-
ployed by the Department of Agriculture; other-
wise, vacancies are filled by appointment from the
Civil Service Commission's list of eligibles in the
clerk-stenographer examination, followed by a
training program in Washington, D.C. Additional
information may be obtained from the Personnel
Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, Department
of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

Department of the Air Force
The Air Force uses the Department of Defense
Overseas Employment Program (OEP) as the pri-
mary source of candidates in filling its overseas
positions. Although first consideration is given to

qualified employees currently serving at Air Force
installations in the United States, employees of
other Federal agencies are also considered if suffi-
cient well-qualified candidates are not available
within the Air Force. Government employees or
former employees having reinstatement eligibility
and interested in registering in the OEP should
contact the Civilian Personnel Officer at the near-
est Department of Defense installation. When well-
qualified employees are not available through the
OEP, vacancies are filled from the appropriate civil
service register through the regular competitive
examining process.

Department of the Army,
Overseas positions are normally filled through
the reassignment of Army career employees from
the United States. Information about positions
with the Department of the Army overseas, which
require highly unusual or scarce skills, may be
obtained from the Department of the Army, Civil-
ian Management Field Agency, Attention PECM,
Forrestal Building, Washington, D.C. 20314.

Department of the Navy
Vacancies are principally filled through the as-
signment of well-qualified Navy and Marine Corps
career employees desiring to serve overseas. Pri-
mary recruitment sources are Department of the
Navy career programs and the Department of De-
fense Overseas Employment Program (OEP).
When recruitment from other sources is neces-
sary, it is mainly for positions in engineering,
science, skilled trades, accounting and auditing,
and administration.
For information about appointment or assign-
ment to overseas positions, see the Civilian Per-
sonnel Officer at the nearest Navy or Marine Corps

Department of Defense
Employment opportunities are available for edu-
cators with the Department of Defense Overseas
Dependents Schools.
The Department of Defense maintains a school
system from kindergarten through grade 12 for the
dependent children of military and civilian person-
nel stationed abroad. School year salaries for

educators are comparable to the average rates for
similar positions in school systems in U.S. Districts
having a population of 100,000 or more. Transpor-
tation and housing or a housing allowance are
also provided. Qualification requirements include
completion of a baccalaureate degree with a mini-
mum of 18 semester hours in the field of profes-
sional teacher education and 2 years of actual
teaching experience within the last 5 years. For
information about teaching positions overseas,
write to the Department of Defense, Office of
Overseas Dependent Schools, 2461 Eisenhower Ave-
nue, Alexandria, Va. 22331.
The Department of Defense also maintains a
central registry of individuals interested in over-
seas employment. This program covers most posi-
tions for which overseas recruitment is conducted,
by any branch of the Department of Defense.
Individuals with Civil Service status should contact
the civilian personnel office of the nearest Depart-
ment of Defense installation for further information
and registration in this program. Those without
Civil Service status should apply under appropri-
ate examinations, as indicated in this pamphlet.

U.S. Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra-
tion-Overseas positions are available for persons
with meteorological or electronics backgrounds at
weather stations maintained in Alaska, Puerto
Rico, Mexico, Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam, John-
son Island, American Samoa, the Trust Territories,
and Antarctica. Positions exist for persons with
appropriate education or experience in geophys-
ics at observatories located in Alaska, Puerto Rico,
Hawaii, and Guam. There are a few research posi-
tions available in the Antarctic for scientists with
specialized experience or background in aeron-
omy, radio sciences and upper atmosphere-ionos-
pheric physics. Qualified persons interested in any
of these positions should address inquiries to the
Personnel Officer, National Oceanic and Atmos-
pheric Administration, Washington, D.C. 20852.
The United States Travel Service (USTS), is the
national government tourist office of the United
States. Its mission is to develop travel to the United
States from foreign countries. It works with the travel
industry: international agencies; city, State and
foreign governments; and other Federal agencies to
encourage and facilitate inbound passenger traffic.

Through its eight regional offices abroad, USTS pro-
vides information and assistance to the foreign travel
trade segments which sell travel to the U.S. It carries
out extensive publicity and advertising campaigns in
foreign media to stimulate interest in U.S. travel de-
Positions exist for persons with appropriate in-
ternational sales and promotional work experience
in the field of travel and tourism. Academic back-
ground: Marketing, advertising, international eco-
nomics, business administration, marketing re-
search, and public relations and mass media com-
munications. Positions abroad require fluency in
language of country to which assigned.
Job locations abroad are London, England;
Paris, France; Frankfurt, Germany; Mexico City,
Mexico; Toronto, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argen-
tina; Sydney, Australia; and Tokyo, Japan.
Send inquiries to:
Personnel Officer, Operations Division, Office
of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Com-
merce, Washington, D.C. 20230

Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration-Highway de-
sign, planning, construction, maintenance, and
bridge engineers and specialists with experience
in the administration and supervision of the opera-
tion and repair of highway construction equipment
provide technical assistance to countries in con-
nection with the Government's overseas technical
aid program. Experienced persons interested in
overseas employment should send inquiries to the
Office of Personnel and Training, Federal Highway
Administration, Washington, D.C. 20590.

Department of the Interior
Most of the positions are in Alaska. Almost all of
these positions have been brought into the com-
petitive service. Vacancies occur from time to time
in engineering, metallurgy, geology, forestry, and
teaching (elementary) positions. The jobs are usu-
ally filled through competitive examinations an-
nounced by the U.S. Civil Service Commission.
Preference in appointment, however, is given to
local residents. For more information about em-
ployment opportunities, address inquiries to the
Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Department of State
The Foreign Service of the United States, admin-
istered by the Department of State, recruits per-
sonnel for the career Foreign Service Officer
Corps. Career Foreign Service Officers fill virtually
all professional positions in the over 300 embas-
sies and consulates maintained by the United
States in more than 100 countries throughout the
world. Officers serve primarily in one of the four
functional specializations within the Department
of State: Administration, consular affairs, eco-
nomic/commercial, or political work. The Depart-
ment of State is interested in personnel with train-
ing in diverse fields including political science,
economics, public and business administration as
well as experience in business, government and
organizations involved in international activities.
Appointments are made from among those who
take competitive Foreign Service Officer examina-
tions. Candidates for these examinations must be
at least 21 years of age, except that candidates
may apply at 20 years of age if they have a
bachelor's degree or have completed successfully
their junior year in college. Inquiries regarding
these examinations should be addressed to the
Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service, De-
partment of State, Washington, D.C. 20520.
There is a continuing need for secretaries and
communications and records assistants in the For-
eign Service to staff the embassies and consulates
throughout the world. Requests for information
regarding opportunities and qualifications for em-
ployment in positions other than those filled
through the competitive Foreign Service Officer
examinations should be addressed to the Recruit-
ment Branch, Employment Division, U.S. Depart-
ment of State, Washington, D.C. 20520.

Agency for International Development
This Agency is the principal administrator of
U.S. economic and technical assistance to the
developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin
To administer these development programs,
A.I.D. relies upon a staff of skilled, experienced
men and women from a number of technical and
professional disciplines. While employment oppor-
tunities vary from country to country and from
time to time, the most frequent needs are for
economists (MA required, Ph. D preferred), finan-

cial analysts, staff attorneys, auditors and accoun-
tants to work in Washington, D.C. and the
Agency's overseas missions.
The majority of appointees join the A.I.D. staff in
mid-level or senior-level positions, but the Agency
also has intern positions for accountants, manage-
ment auditors, economists and financial man-
agers. These are open to young men and women
who have majored in the relevant disciplines (and,
preferably, have graduate degrees) but have not
yet started their professional careers. Training is
given in Washington and at overseas missions.
Most appointments are for 2-year tours overseas
plus preliminary training and transportation time.
Appropriate education and experience are the de-
cisive criteria in the selection of candidates for
both professional and intern positions. U.S. citi-
zenship is a requirement.
Requests for information should be addressed
to Chief, Recruitment Branch, Agency for Interna-
tional Development, Washington, D.C. 20523.

Panama Canal Company-
Canal Zone Government
The efficient operation of the Panama Canal is
of vital importance to world trade. Applications are
accepted from qualified medical officers, regis-
tered nurses, medical technologists, teachers, me-
chanical and electrical engineers, ship pilots, ma-
chinists and electricians. Airmail SF-171 or inqui-
ries to Deputy Personnel Director (Operations),
Panama Canal Company, Box 2012, Balboa
Heights, Canal Zone.

The Peace Corps (ACTION)
The Peace Corps provides opportunities for
skilled Americans to serve in developing nations
overseas. Its purpose is threefold: to give help
where help is needed, to promote a better under-
standing of the American abroad, and to sharpen
the American's image of other peoples.
Tours of duty are approximately 2 years, includ-
ing several weeks of training received before over-
seas departure. Volunteers receive a living allow-
ance to provide for food, housing, clothing and
incidentals, and a readjustment allowance.
While most of the volunteers work in educa-
tional and community development programs,
there are positions available in more than 300

separate skill areas. A college degree is not re-
quired. Beyond teaching and community develop-
ment, demands are greatest for volunteers experi-
enced in the fields of public health, agriculture,
home economics, mechanics, construction, and
social work.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and
American citizens. Married couples are eligible if
they have no dependents under 18. There is no
upper age limit.
For further information on opportunities for
service, and instructions for application, contact
the ACTION office in your state or write the Office
of Recruitment and Communications, Peace
Corps, Washington, D.C. 20525.

United States
Information Agency
Generally, all but a few specialized positions are
filled from within the ranks of USIA's career For-
eign Service. Entry into the Foreign Service Infor-
mation Officer corps is open to individuals over 21
years of age under the Junior Officer Program.
Candidates must participate in a competitive proc-
ess involving both comprehensive written and oral
examinations. Information about the next exami-
nation can be obtained from the Board of Exam-
iners for the Foreign Service, Department of State,
Washington, D.C. 20520.
As needed, the Agency may recruit experienced
professionals for information and cultural work
overseas. They are appointed as Foreign Service
Limited Reserve Officers for a maximum of 5
years. They are eligible to apply for career status
(FSIO) after 3 years in the Limited Reserve.
Candidates for the Foreign Service must have a
knowledge of American foreign policy and interna-
tional relations, and a solid background in the
historical, political, economic and cultural devel-
opment of the United States. They must possess
an ability to communicate convincingly and tact-
fully, both orally and in writing. A good working
command of a foreign language and an ability to
learn foreign languages are useful. Candidates
must be willing to serve in any country and at any
Opportunities for serving overseas also exist for
secretaries. Applicants must be at least 21 years of
age, be able to take shorthand at 80 words per
minute, type at 50 words per minute, and have 3

years secretarial or stenographic experience or 2
years of business school or college.
For additional information, write to the Recruit-
ment and Examining Division, United States Infor-
mation Agency, 1776 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wash-
ington, D.C. 20547. Standard Form 171 (Personal
Qualifications Statement) should be submitted to
this address when applying for a position with
USIA (except for the Junior Officer Program; see

The Civil Service Commission offers Federal
employment information through a nationwide
network of Federal Job Information Centers. A
number for your area should be listed under "U.S.
Government" in the white pages of most metro-
politan phone directories. Or you can get the toll-
free number of a Job Information Center in your
State by dialing 800-555-1212.
A call can save you time and unnecessary effort
if you want to obtain application forms, announce-
ments and other general types of information.
For specific information on possible openings in
overseas areas, you should write:

For Pacific areas:

Honolulu Area Office
U.S. Civil Service Commission
1000 Bishop Street, Suite 1500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
For Atlantic area:
Washington Area Office
U.S. Civil Service Commission
1900 E Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20415


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