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US Embassy Appliance Technician Job


Under the direct supervision and guidance of a Maintenance Supervisor, incumbent is employed as a journeyman level Appliance Technician to carry out installations, preventive maintenance, and repairs of electrical and mechanical components for domestic appliances, commercial kitchen, laundry, and cleaning equipment, throughout the New Embassy Compound (NEC) functional/office buildings, on-compound ancillary support and residential buildings, recreational facilities, and other owned/leased properties.  Position requires regularly driving a GOV (more than 25% of the time) to transport tools, equipment and materials to the job site. Incumbent serves as an incidental operator of official vehicles and meets all requirements outlined in 14 FAM 433.

Qualifications and Evaluations



  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience working in the building maintenance environment as an appliance technician or related trade (electrical or HVAC) is required.

Education Requirements:

  • Completion of secondary school is required. Completion of vocational training program from an accredited institute recognized as producing journeyman level Grade 1 or equivalent Certification in the electrical or mechanical (HVAC) field is required.



  • Level III (Good working knowledge) speaking/reading/writing English is required.
  • Level III (Good working knowledge) speaking/reading/writing Kiswahili is required.


  • Ability to read and interpret electrical drawings and electronic circuit schematics, operations and maintenance manuals.
  • Must have skills and abilities in the following areas: testing electrical and electronic components and taking equipment readings with various meters, hand tools, power tools, and specialty tools to determine the root cause of a problem, and the appropriate repairs.
  • Possess skills and ability to disassemble and reassemble various appliances and associated equipment.
  • Customer care – Must possess good communication skills and have ability to interact with customers in constructive manner.
  • Must have a valid, current license for saloon cars and pick-up trucks. Must have had a valid driver’s license for a minimum of five (5) years.
  • Responding to urgent situations in an efficient and timely manner to effect immediate repairs.
  • Communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, and vendors to obtain and provide pertinent information.
  • Must be able to lift loads up to 50 lbs. Job holder must be able to move large appliances and operate small tools safely. Job holder must be able to repair residential appliances and equipment, so requires dexterity of movement.
  • Must be computer literate, able to use the Microsoft Office Suite software including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point; able to draft reports and create spreadsheets, and able to write e-mails and research information on the Internet.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission 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.


  • All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info


Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Nairobi, Kenya may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

For the current COVID-19 Requirements please visit the following link.

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 and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Police Clearance Certificate. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:

To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

All Applicants:

  • High school cetificate
  • Journeyman level Grade 1 or equivalent Certification in the electrical or mechanical (HVAC) field
  • Driver’s License
  • Certificate or License

Eligible Family Member Applicants:

  • Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • Passport copy
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Deadline: 03/18/2022

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