Closing Date of The Position: February 06, 2017

Vacancy Announcement Number: 16 - 294

OPEN TO:      All Interested Applicants/ All sources

POSITION:      Security Investigator – Special Investigations

OPENING DATE: January 23, 2017

CLOSING DATE: February 06, 2017

WORK HOURS:   Full-time; 40 hours/week

SALARY: Ordinarily Resident (OR):  FSN- 8; (Step 1- TZS 28,436,883 through Step 13- 42,655,323 per annum)

Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP- 6*

*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.


The US Mission in Dar es Salaam is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Security Investigator in the Consular Section.


Under supervision of the ARSO-I, the incumbent manages a portfolio of complex criminal investigations focused on fraudulent international travel documents, alien smuggling, and terrorist travel.  Under guidance from the ARSO-I, manages the basic functions of the ARSO-I Unit.  Develops and conducts training in fraudulent document recognition and fraud prevention to Embassy, airline, and host nation personnel.  Coordinates directly with a wide range of host nation government and business officials in furtherance of ARSO-I Unit investigations.


40% Develops, conducts, and completes complex criminal investigations focused on trafficking in persons, organized crime, counterfeiting, suspected terrorist activity, and internal malfeasance involving subjects in Tanzania, the United States, and other foreign countries.  Writes comprehensive reports of investigation; makes recommendations to arrest, detain, or criminally prosecute subjects; and makes recommendations to deny, revoke, or issue U.S. visas and/or passports based on completed investigations.  Travels throughout Tanzania as required in support of investigations.  Conducts investigations alone or alongside a variety of U.S. and/or Tanzanian law enforcement agencies as circumstances dictate.  Interacts with and interviews potentially hostile and/or violent subjects.  Testifies in Tanzanian or U.S. courts in criminal proceedings as required.

20% Manages a demanding and diverse portfolio of investigations to ensure all deadlines are met, all investigations are carried out in order of priority, interrelationships between investigations are noted and analyzed, and relevant information is brought to the attention of the ARSO-I promptly.  Monitors and analyzes fraud trends and developments in Tanzania and East Africa, and applies relevant information to ongoing investigations.  Maintains a sensitive case-tracking database regarding subjects of international criminal investigations.  Engages in liaison with senior and working-level counterparts in the host government and allied embassies in furtherance of said investigations. 

20% Develops and carries out training, briefings, and presentations related to the ARSO-I program (such as recognizing fraudulent documents and fraud trends) to Consular and RSO staff, host government officials, airline representatives, and others as required.

10% Manages the use, maintenance, repair, and resupply of ARSO-I office equipment to include at least: two computers, two printers, a scanner, and office furniture for two employees.  Maintains and requests expendable supplies for the ARSO-I unit.  Manages other ARSO-I funds such as operational and travel funds and manages representational events and funding on behalf of the ARSO-I. 

10% Performs duties not otherwise specified as assigned by the ARSO-I. 

All applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

 a.       Education:

Bachelor's degree in Criminal justice, Law, or Political Science is required.

 b.       Experience:

Five years’ experience in investigations, police, military, immigration, fraud prevention, U.S. visa processing, and/or U.S. consular operations, is required. 

 c.       Language: 

Level IV (Fluent) in English and Swahili (speaking, reading, writing) is required. (This will be tested)

 d.       Skills and Abilities: 

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook is required.

A valid Tanzanian driver's license is required.

e.       Job Knowledge:

Knowledge of how to conduct a law enforcement subject interview and elicit information; how to identify security features in passports; how to identify fraudulent documents; how to document interviews, write reports of investigation in English, and collect criminal evidence in accordance with relevant rules of evidence, is required.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities can be obtained on our website and/or by contacting the Human Resources Office DarRecruitment@state.gov.  

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.


AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
FS on 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.


Management will consider when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status. 
Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance report (EPR) are not eligible to apply. 
Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Employment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our website or by contacting Human Resources.  (See “For Further Information” above);         
Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. resume, transcripts, degrees, etc.)
Copy of Degree and Driver’s License.
For Tanzanian Nationals:  Copy of Passport, or National ID, or Voters ID
5.     For Other Nationals: please attach current Resident/Work Permit and copy of valid Passport. 
WHERE TO APPLY:  Effective immediately only online applications will be accepted via DarRecruitment@state.gov 

Applicants MUST follow instructions in the notice on the website.

When sending an online application, please indicate the position title in the subject line.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.
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