Job in Paris - Financial Management Specialist


POSITION: N-100184 – Supervisory Financial Management Specialist, FSN-10, FP-05/5**

OPENING DATE: March 21 2013

CLOSING DATE: April 11, 2013

WORK HOURS: Full-time: 40 hours/week for Not Ordinarily Resident

Full-time: 35 hours/week for Ordinarily Resident:

SALARY: Not Ordinarily Resident: $48,338.00 gross p.a. (starting salary)***

Ordinarily Resident: €52.060,00 gross p.a. (starting salary)

* This position is being advertised simultaneously with the Full Performance Level, FSN-11, FP-04.

** Actual grade and salary will be based on the qualifications of the applicant

*** Overseas Comparability Pay will apply if an FMA appointment.

The Financial Management Center (FMC) at the U.S. Embassy in Paris seeks a Supervisory Financial Management Specialist.


The incumbent provides advice and counsel to the Director/Deputy Director of the FMC on continuity issues that arise regarding operations such as accounting, vouchering, cashiering, budgeting, or human capital matters. The incumbent is responsible for day-to-day FMC operations in support of the Tri-Mission France, including two Consulates General, four American Presence Posts, and a variety of other U.S. Government agencies operating throughout France. In the absence of the FMO and D/FMO, the incumbent is in charge of the section.

Because of the unique nature of USG Financial Management, the incumbent will be required to successfully complete a post entry course offered by the Department of State within the first year of employment.

A copy of the full position description is available from the Human Resources Office.


Note: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Items 1-5 are all required.

1. Education:

A University degree in finance or accounting is required.

Substitution of Experience for education: 2 years of college study in accounting, finance, or closely related field and an equivalent of at least 7 years of experience in the finance or accounting field.

2. Prior Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years experience in the area of Financial Management is required with an extensive experience in at least four (4) of the following areas: financial management systems, budgeting, accounting, vouchering, or cashiering plus

  • A minimum of 1 year of supervisory experience is required.

3. Language proficiency: (These may be tested)

English (W-R-S), Level-4 – Fluency is required.

French (W-R-S), Level-4 – Fluency is required.

4. Knowledge: (This may be tested)

Thorough understanding of the principles of budgeting, accounting, vouchering and cashiering.

5. Skills and abilities: (These may be tested)

Ability to produce comprehensive, cohesive financial management analyses and recommendations involving one or more of the financial management functions (accounting/budgeting/cashiering/disbursing/vouchering)

Must have excellent leadership and supervisory skills.

Must be able to multi-task and to work under pressure.

Must be able to provide direction, guidance and counsel to a large team.

Must have excellent interpersonal skills.

Must be able to understand sophisticated mathematical techniques.

Must be able to use specialized softwares.

Selection Process:

When equally qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) and U.S. Veterans will be given preference. Qualified USEFM applicants who are also U.S. Veterans will receive the highest preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate address the required qualifications above in the application.

Additional Selection Criteria (see definitions):

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. Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold an FMA appointment are ineligible to apply within the first 90 days of their employment.

4. Current employees with an “Unsatisfactory” or “Needs Improvement” rating are ineligible to apply.

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

To apply:

Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application package will not be considered.

1. Applicants who claim EFM or MOH status must include in the cover letter accompanying their application that they are claiming EFM/MOH status, their present nationality, and name and employing section/agency of their sponsoring family member.

2. Application for U.S. Federal Employment: DS-174 (available from the Embassy web site employment page), or

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae in English that provides the same information as an DS-174; plus

4. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans Preference must provide a copy of their

DD-214 form with their application;

5. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

Submit application only by Email to:

No paper applications will be accepted.

Point of contact:

TEL: 01-43-12-26-52

FAX: 01-43-12-24-36


1. Eligible Family Member (EFM): An individual related to a U.S. Government employee in one of the following ways:

- Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610);

- Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support. The term shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchildren and adopted children and those under legal guardianship of the employee or the spouse when such children are expected to be under such legal guardianship until they reach 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian;

- Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or of the spouse, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support;

- Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, or of the spouse, when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support.

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

- U.S. Citizen; and

- EFM (see above) at least 18 years old; and

- Listed on the travel orders of a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority; and either:

  1. Resides at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad, or

  2. Resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2.

3. Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM): EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment for purposes of Mission employment:

- Is a U.S. citizen; and

- Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) or a child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and

- Is 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 Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, and who is under chief of mission authority; and

- Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad; and

- Does not receive a Foreign Service or Civil Service annuity.

4. Member of Household (MOH): An individual who accompanies a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan. An MOH is:

- Not an EFM; and

- Not on the travel orders of the sponsoring employee; and

- Has been officially declared by the sponsoring USG employee to the COM as part of his/her household.

A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member. A MOH does not have to be a U.S. 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 U.S. Social Security Number (SSN).

NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP.

6. Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or U.S. 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 U.S. Social Security Numbers are also OR. All OR employees, including U.S. citizens, are compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).