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Job Description:

Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of, the Education Outreach Coordinator Coordinates Mission Public Affairs Section (PAS) education engagement with Lincoln Learning Center (LLC) audiences to reach youth, minorities and those who influence them through targeted Mission outreach to high schools and secondary schools, promotion of study in the U.S. content and curricula in institutions of higher learning, and activities and counselling offered through the Education USA advising programs now located at LLCs in 24 provinces across Afghanistan. The Education Outreach Coordinator has no supervisory responsibilities.

Job Requirements:

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in a multinational educational or cultural work environment is required, with education, communication, marketing and public outreach duties as significant parts of the job is required.


Detailed knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and American interests as they apply to Afghanistan is required.  Detailed knowledge of the U.S. higher education system, the college application process, standardized entrance exams and financial aid is required, as is knowledge of the U.S. political system, American history, literature, culture and geography.  General knowledge of the latest trends within the academic field in the United States and Afghanistan is required.  Familiarity with virtual applications and technologies and digital tools used by students, teachers, and professors, is required.  Detailed understanding of the full range of PD tactics and tools and general knowledge of cross-cultural communications and education theory and trends is required.  Full understanding of PD-specific funding authorities and their planning and reporting tools is required.  Must have general knowledge of project management, including defining project objectives, outcomes, and assessment methods. A thorough understanding of the attitudes and preferences of the Afghan audience in each province, including the regional, ethnic, social, cultural, linguistic and other factors and institutions that shape those attitudes, is required.  Detailed knowledge of host-country secondary and tertiary academic institutions, standards of instruction and curriculum relating to the U.S. and general standards and practice for education systems and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is required.

Knowledge of typical customer service standards and marketing tools designed to engage specific audience segments, particularly in Afghanistan is required.  Knowledge of latest trends in audience engagement in related public service institutions such as think tanks, museums, academic institutions, professional training institutes, as relevant for the Afghan education sector, is required.  Must have an understanding of communication trends in the region and internationally as it affects the Afghan information landscape, and must be familiar with digital practices and procedures used by or influential with the Afghan education sector.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Minimum of four-year university degree in education, international relations, communications, marketing or psychology is required.

How You will be Evaluated:

LANGUAGE: Level 4 Proficiency in English (Fluent) and Dari is required in both speaking and writing.

“This may be tested”


Analytic skills:  Must have strong analytic skills and the ability to conceptualize how best to use the PD tools to move host-country attitudes in positive ways.  Must be able to advise senior leaders of opportunities to promote Mission education outreach objectives; identify, analyze, predict and assess audience attitudes; evaluate the impact of activities and projects and modify approaches for best outcomes.  Must be able to perceive the emergence of new influencers and adjust operations and program accordingly.

Communication/Interpersonal skills:  Must have excellent customer relations, interpersonal cross-cultural communication skills, and be able to identify and engage key figures critical to shaping local educational priorities and practices.  Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking, interviewing for evaluation purposes, writing reports and contributing materials for publication in both English and host-country language.  Must be able to tailor communications to fit formal and informal situations and different ethnic, religious and linguistic cultures.  Must be able to brief U.S. officers and visitors on a variety of issues and interpret between English and the host-country language for public programs.  Must be proficient in guidance and academic counseling skills.

Management skills:  Strong management skills are required, including the ability to develop and oversee project budgets and to organize, run, and present projects such as workshops, seminars, digital and in-person conferences, panel discussions, lectures and camps.  Must be able to negotiate agreements with partner institutions and manage their fulfillment.  Must have the ability to be flexible in the face of changing circumstances.

Technical skills:  Good keyboarding and data entry skills, and excellent familiarity with electronic discovery tools, in particular the Internet, and standard information retrieval practices and procedures are required.  Thorough, detailed knowledge of various computer software programs, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, and PD-specific software, databases, and reporting tools is required.  Must be able to use social media and mobile platforms, podcast creation, and basic photo and video tools.  Must have good numerical skills to be able to develop and manage project and grant budgets; must be able to develop descriptive statistical analysis of target audience segments and impact of education activities and initiatives.

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.

Submission Guideline:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a local security clearance. To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit the documents listed below to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified. To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site (US Embassy Kabul Website)

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:


University Degree

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. Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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