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Maintenance Mechanic
 

JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates

POSITION: Maintenance Mechanic

OPENING DATE: April 18, 2011

CLOSING DATE: May 2, 2011

STARTING DATE: July 1, 2011

WORK HOURS: Full Time, 40 hours/week

POSITION GRADE: Ordinarily Resident, LES: LCP-04 (full performance level; entry grade depending on qualifications and experience) EFM: FP-AA (subject to confirmation by Washington)

ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT APPLICANTS MUST HAVE PERMANENT WORK AND RESIDENT STATUS WITHIN SWITZERLAND AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

The U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland is seeking an individual for the position of a Maintenance Mechanic.

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

Service and maintain all Government-owned properties, equipment and appliances.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Service and maintain all Government-owned, long term lease, and short term lease residences.  Perform preventive maintenance and repair work in areas of plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, masonry, and welding. Transport tools and equipment to various sites, and perform minor electrical work and repairs. Service fire-warning and fire-fighting equipment and perform security/safety related projects including lock/equipment installation. Inform Maintenance Supervisor if extensive repairs are required. In addition incumbent performs other duties as directed by Supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

1.  Completion of elementary school plus a completed apprenticeship in a related field or trade school required.

2.  Minimum three years experience in building maintenance mechanics. Must have experience in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and welding. Must have experience in minor HVAC repairs and applications

3.  Knowledge of building maintenance including support areas, is required (HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, minor electrical, masonry and proper usage of power tools and equipment and fundamental shop safety.

4.  German level III, English level III. (Good working knowledge)

5.  Drivers license required.

SELECTION PROCESS

When fully qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and US Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.  

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA

1.  Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy. 

2.  Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.

3.  Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.

4.  Currently employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.

5.  Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.

TO APPLY

Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered:

1.  A current resume or curriculum vitae; or universal application for US Federal Employment (DS-174).

2.  Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.

3.  Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO:

Human Resources Office
American Embassy
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern

e-mail: BernHRJobs@state.gov

If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks after the closing date you can assume that your application was not successful.

DEFINITIONS

1.    Eligible Family Member (EFM): Family members at least age 18 on the travel orders of a Foreign or Civil Service or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed to a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority and who do not meet the definition of AEFM below.

2.    Appointment-Eligible Family Member (AEFM): An EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment (FMA) for purposes of Mission employment:

·         Is a U.S. Citizen;

·         Is a spouse, same-sex domestic partner, or child of the sponsoring employee if unmarried and at least 18 years old;

·         Is listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at an agency that is under COM authority, and who is under Chief of Mission authority; and

·         Is residing at the sponsoring employee’s or uniform service member’s post of assignment abroad, approved safe haven abroad, or alternate safe haven abroad; and

·         Does not receive a USG annuity or pension based on a career in the U.S. Civil or Foreign services.

    3.     Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who:

·         Is not a citizen of the host country; and,

·         Does not ordinarily reside (OR, see below) in the host country; and,

·         Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,

·         Has a US Social Security Number (SSN). 

NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP.

    4.    Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or US citizen who:

·         Is locally resident; and,

·         Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,

·         Is subject to host country employment and tax laws. 

EFMs without US Social Security Numbers are also OR.  All OR employees, including US citizens, are compensated in accordance with the LCP.

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION:  May 2, 2011 

The U.S. Embassy in Berne, Switzerland 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.The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.