Program Assistant at the U.S. Consulate


The U.S. Mission to Nigeria comprises of the Embassy in Abuja, FCT, and the Consulate General in Lagos. U.S. Consulate General Lagos is the Mission’s representative to the Nigerian people in the southern region.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Program Assistant – All Interested Candidates

Announcement Number: Lagos-2023-013
Location: Lagos
Hiring Agency: Consulate General Lagos
Series/Grade: LE – 1510 9
Promotion Potential: LE-9
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week


  • Hiring Path: Open to the public
  • Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
    • For USEFM – FP is 05/Step 1. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
    • All Interested Applicants / All Sources
  • Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
  • Appointment Type: Permanent
  • Appointment Type Details: Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period


  • The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 number of hours per week)
  • Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (6 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
  • Supervisory Position: No
  • Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
  • Travel Required: Not Required


  • The position supports the operations of the office of the International Narcotics & law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
  • The job holder will manage and monitor INL assistance to host government, implemented by international organizations and implementing partners, draft reports, talking points and be the main point of contact for program and administrative issues to support the Counter Narcotics (CN) Advisor.
  • The position will review resource requests and proposals, performs reporting, monitor and evaluate counter-narcotics and other rule of law/criminal justice programs and activities in the South of Nigeria.
  • The job holder will draft routine correspondence, schedule and plan meetings, organize and maintain files and the shared office calendar, among other duties. The position holder will also serve as occasional money holder.

Qualifications and Evaluations
Education Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Law, International Development, Criminology, Business Administration, International Relations, Economics, Criminal Justice, Political Science or Journalism is required.
  • Note: NYSC Certificate or Exemption document is required.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience coordinating and managing programs/projects and maintaining a database within an international donor organization, private entity or government organization is required.

Job Knowledge:

  • Thorough knowledge of Nigerian Law enforcement, rule of law or related sectors and organization is required.
  • General understanding of budgeting practices and procedures, practical knowledge of business correspondence, database management and project management is required.
  • Knowledge of issues related to counter narcotics, other law enforcement and rule of law interventions in Nigeria is required.


  • This may be tested. Please specify your level of proficiency in the language listed.
  • Language:  Fluent in speaking/reading/writing of English is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to handle multiple requirements and deadlines independently and perform at high level with minimal supervision is required. Numerical skills are required to understand budgets and data collection.
  • Ability to learn technology tools including MS Word, Excel, Access and Outlook; ability to use the keyboard to type, use teleworking tools is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively as part of a multicultural team is required.
  • Strong communication skills, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of contacts is required.
  • Drafting, writing and reporting skills is required. A speed test will be conducted.  The job holder must have a valid Nigerian drivers license and must have had it for at least 5 years.

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 Lagos, Nigeria 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.

Hiring Preference Order:

  • 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.

Marketing Statement:

NGN 12,160,694 (USD 50,662) / Annum.

Application Closing Date
8th February, 2023.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Instruction

  • All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.
  • To apply for this position click the “Apply To This Vacancy” button at the top of the page. Click on the “Submit Application” button to complete your application process.  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:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit
  • Degree (not transcript)
  • NYSC Certificate or exemption document
  • Valid Nigerian Driver’s License

Eligible Family Member Applicants:

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

Important Information and Notice

  • 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.
  • Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Lagos, Nigeria.


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