4/21/15 – Foreign Service Information Management Specialist
US Foreign Service, Worldwide
Sarah P’s comments: For US librarians with IT skills and/or a degree this position could be a good entrance into the foreign service. Librarians are generally hired as Information Resource Officers but there are only about 30 of those positions worldwide whereas there are IT management positions everywhere thus both the chance of being hired and the upward mobility is better. (For example, this position was posted twice last year whereas the Info Resource Officer was last posted in 2012). For more information see Chapter 6 in my book and/or the Book Resources section of the blog.
The US government is currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Management Specialist positions.
Read the vacancy announcement for more information, and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is May 7, 2015.
Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) are responsible for the Department’s Information Resource Management programs and Information Technology systems world-wide. At overseas posts, IMS manage both staff supporting these programs and perform hands-on duties themselves. IMS provide customer support, knowledge management, application support, and manage a world-wide telecommunications network, computer networks, telephone systems, radio networks, and the Diplomatic Pouch and Mail program.
All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and at least 20 years old to apply. They must be at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.
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