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Vacancy Announcement Shipment Clerk/Expeditor (Istanbul)

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: COB March 30, Protected content

OPEN TO: Protected content Interested Candidates

POSITION: Shipment Clerk/Expeditor

Target Grade FSN-6*/FP-8** or appropriate training level

OPENING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Opening of business March 16, Protected content

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Close of business March 30, Protected content

WORK HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours per week

SALARY: *Ordinarily Resident (OR) Range: TL 42, Protected content gross annual salary)

**Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR) Range: US$ 35,753 p.a. (Starting gross annual salary)

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey is seeking an individual for the Shipment Clerk/Expeditor position in the Management Section, General Services Office.



Under the supervision of the Shipment Assistant, the incumbent is responsible for administrative/clerical work pertaining to record keeping, filing, preparing correspondence, typing customs clearance documents both in English and Turkish. Employee is also one of the three customs expeditors in the Customs and Shipping Unit responsible for expediting customs clearances for incoming and outgoing private and USG-owned property and vehicles.


Note: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

Following are the minimum qualifications for the FSN-6 (FP-8) Target level:

1. Education: Minimum two years of post high school college or university education is required.

2. Work Experience: Minimum THREE years of progressively responsible work experience in administrative/clerical fields required.

3. Language: Level IV (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English, and Level IV (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing Turkish language proficiency are required. This will be tested.

4. Other Skills: Skill in use of Microsoft Office programs and design spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel; good working knowledge of U.S. clerical practices and procedures; tactfulness in dealing with the U.S. Government staff and maintaining effective working relations between the Consulate and local shipment, packing companies and local customs officials; ability to read, understand and interpret U.S. Government and local laws/regulations pertaining to the work performed; overall knowledge of local customs procedures and international transportation procedures; organizational and time management skills and ability to work independently and organize own work in accordance with changing priorities required.


When fully qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.

USEFM and U.S. Veteran candidates generally have an equal preference in hiring; however, a U.S. Citizen EFM who is also a U.S. Veteran receives preference in hiring before all other preference candidates.


1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.

2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.

3. Current Ordinarily-Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of “Needs Improvement” or “Unsatisfactory” on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.

4. Currently employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.

5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.

6. Military Service (for Turkish male applicants): Completion of compulsory military service is required.


Interested candidates for this position must submit the following for consideration of the application:

Universal Application for Employment (UAE) as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS- Protected content can be obtained from the Consulate’s main entrance or downloaded from Protected content or

A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information found on the UAE (see Appendix B); or

A combination of both; i.e. Sections Protected content the UAE along with a listing of the applicant’s work experience attached as a separate sheet; plus

Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD Protected content their application. Candidates who claim conditional U.S. Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

Any other documentation (e.g. copies of high school diploma, ID card, military discharge document, essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above. Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered:


Human Resources Office
Attention: Recruitment Assistant
American Consulate General, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: ( Protected content ) Protected content
Fax: ( Protected content ) Protected content

Please note: Short listing and interviews are normally completed within six weeks of the closing date. Please assume that your application has been unsuccessful if you have not heard from us within six weeks of the closing date.


The U.S. Mission in Turkey 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. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

Appendix A


1. US Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM): For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, an EFM who meets the following criteria:

US Citizen; and,

The spouse or domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM Protected content the sponsoring employee, or a child of the sponsoring employee who is an unmarried child at least 18 years old; and,

Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e. a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under Chief of Mission (COM) authority in Turkey; and either:

Protected content at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad; or

Protected content at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM Protected content .

2. EFM: An individual related to a US Government employee in one of the following ways:

Spouse or same-sex domestic partner as defined in 3 FAM Protected content

Children, who are unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, are unmarried and incapable of self-support. The term “children” shall include natural offspring, step-children and adopted children and those under permanent legal guardianship (at least until age 18), or comparable permanent custody arrangement, of the employee or spouse or domestic partner as defined in 3 FAM Protected content dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian or custodial party;

Parents (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or of the spouse or of the domestic partner as defined in 3 FAM Protected content , when such parent resides with the employee for at least six of the 12 months immediately preceding the date when the employee applies for EFM status for such parent, and is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support;

Sisters and brothers (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee or of the spouse or domestic partner as defined in 3 FAM Protected content , when such sisters and brothers are at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, are incapable of self-support.

3. Domestic Partner: A domestic partner is an individual who meets all of the criteria listed below and who has been declared to be a domestic partner of an employee:

The employee and the domestic partner of the employee:

- are each other’s sole domestic partner and intend to remain committed to one another indefinitely;

- have a common residence, and intend to continue the arrangement;

- are at least 18 years of age and mentally competent to consent to contract;

- share responsibility for a significant measure of each other’s common welfare and financial obligations;

- are not married to, joined in civil union with, or domestic partners with anyone else;

- are same-sex domestic partners, and are not related in a way that would prohibit legal marriage in the State in which they reside;

- agree to inform the Department of State of any dissolution of the partnership;

- understand that the domestic partner will be held to standards of conduct in the FAM that apply to family members; and

- understand that falsification of information within the affidavit may constitute a criminal violation under 18 U.S.C. Protected content may lead to disciplinary action.

4. Member of Household (MOH): An individual who accompanies a sponsoring employee, i.e. a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under Chief of Mission (COM) authority in Turkey. An MOH is:

Not an EFM; and,

Not on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report, of the sponsoring employee; and,

Officially declared by the sponsoring USG employee to the COM as part of his/her household.

An MOH may be a parent, unmarried partner, or other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current definition of eligible family member. An MOH may or may not be a US Citizen.

5. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR): An individual who:

Is not a citizen of the host country; and,

Does not ordinarily reside (OR, see below) in the host country; and,

Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,

Has a US Social Security Number (SSN).

NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the Local Compensation Plan.

6. Ordinarily Resident (OR): A Foreign National or US citizen who:

Is locally resident; and,

Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,

Is subject to host country employment and tax laws.

EFMs without US Social Security Numbers are also OR. All OR employees, including US citizens, are compensated in accordance with the LCP.

Appendix B

If an applicant is submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, s/he must provide the following information equal to what is found on the UAE.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.

Position Title
Position Grade
Vacancy Announcement Number (if known)
Dates Available for Work
First, Middle, & Last Names as well as any other names used
Current Address, Day, Evening, and Cell phone numbers
U.S. Citizenship Status (Yes or No) & status of permanent U.S. Resident (Yes or No; if yes, provide number
U.S. Social Security Number and/or Identification Number
Eligibility to work in the country (Yes or No)
Special Accommodations the Mission needs to provide (Yes or No; if yes, provide explanation)
If applying for position that includes driving a U.S. Government vehicle, Driver’s License Class/Type
Days available to work
List any relatives or members of your household that work for the U.S. Government (include their Name, Relationship, & Agency, Position, Location)
U.S. Eligible Family Member and Veterans Hiring Preference
License, Skills, Training, Membership, & Recognition
Language Skills
Work Experience