Economic/Commercial Specialist – U.S. Embassy Mogadishu (located in Nairobi) at Embassy of The United States

The Embassy of the United States of America to Kenya, located in Nairobi, is home to the diplomatic mission of the United States to the Republic of Kenya. The embassy opened in central Nairobi on 2 March 1964, when the United States established diplomatic relations with Kenya.


Under the general supervision of the Economic and Commercial Officer, gathers information on economic and political trends, performs analysis and reporting, and represents U.S. commercial interests in Somalia.  Develops and maintains a broad network of contacts in the Federal Government of Somalia and the Federal Member States, private sector, and civil society. Periodic travel to Somalia may be required. Liaises with other U.S. government agencies such as USAID and Department of Commerce.  Reports to the Economic Officer.

Qualifications and Evaluations



At least four years of progressively responsible experience in either of the following areas – economic research, statistical analysis, international trade and marketing, government, politics, commercial affairs, education, newspaper reporting or closely related field is required.


A thorough knowledge of Somalia’s economic, political, and social structure and institutions, including clan systems, is required. Must have thorough knowledge of the economic and political relationships of key decision-makers in Somali society and government.  Must be familiar with the national priorities of the host country and familiar with existing economic and political processes and mechanisms to affect change.  Must have a comprehensive understanding of U.S. foreign policy and assistance objectives.

Education Requirements:


  • Four-year university degree in Business (Administration, Banking, Management, Finance, Marketing, Government, and International Relations), Economics, Political Science, Law or Legal Studies, or Communications is required.



English Level IV (Fluent, Reading/Speaking/Writing) (This may be tested) and Somali Level IV (Fluent, Reading/Speaking/Writing) is required.


Good communication skills and the ability to interact with people more senior in authority and status of different backgrounds are required.  Strong analytical and English language writing skills, the ability to work independently, and initiative are essential.  Must maintain an extensive range of high-level contacts with Government of Somalia representatives and important economic, political, and civil society actors.  Must provide and inform economic and political reporting with detachment and objectivity, and effectively communicate with contacts and Embassy leadership.  Ability to work with statistics required.

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.


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