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Radio and Telephone Technician


CLOSING DATE OF THE POSITION: March 9, 2017
OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates/ All sources
Vacancy Announcement Number: 17/051
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week
SALARY: Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN- 6; (Step 1- TZS 18,096,450 through Step 13- 27,144,678 per annum)
Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP- 8*
*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.
The “Open To” category listed above refers to candidates who are eligible to apply for this position. The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.
ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
The US Mission in Dar es Salaam is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Radio and Telephone Technician in the Information Programs Center - IPC. 

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION 

Responsible for the maintenance and installation of Mission radio equipment, including hand-held radios, base stations, vehicular radios, and all associated equipment, such as antennas, cabling, batteries, and chargers.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
80%
Programs hand-held, mobile, and base-station VHF/UHF radios and provides end-user training to American staff and their families and Locally-engaged staff. 

Troubleshoots hardware, software, and reception/transmission problems with all radio equipment. 

Develops radio training materials and conducts formal training classes for American staff, their families and local staff. Conducts one-on-one training as needed. 

Installs mobile radios in vehicles and radio base stations in offices and residences, including the associated antennas and coaxial cabling and wiring. Maintains the radio equipment at the Zanzibar Office. 

Maintains batteries, chargers, and test and maintenance equipment, comprising several hundred individual items and the substantial documentation regarding equipment and frequencies. 

Coordinates with the Radio/Telephone Assistant to maintain an appropriate stock of spare and replacement radios, parts, and accessories and to maintain an up-to-date inventory. Plans for replacement and repair of defective equipment taking into account ordering and shipping times.
20%
Acts as primary backup to the Radio/Telephone technician. In that capacity performs minor telephone line installations and troubleshooting and assists with residential make-readies.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

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.
  1. Education: 
    Secondary School Education is required. Minimum FTC in telecommunications is required.
  2. Experience: 
    2 years of experience in installation/repair/maintenance of radios is required.
  3. Language Proficiency:
    Level IV (fluent) English and Swahili (speaking, writing and reading) is required. (This will be tested)
  4. Skills and Abilities: 
    Must be familiar with the Microsoft computer operating system in use in the radio section (currently XP) and the suite of Microsoft office applications 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.
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER: 
1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
2. AEFM / USEFM 
3. 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.
ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:
  1. Management will consider when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our website or by contacting Human Resources. (See “For Further Information” above);
  2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. resume, transcripts, degrees, etc.)
  3. Copy of University Degree
  4. 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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