Commercial Specialist


Announcement Number: HANOI-2020-57
Hiring Agency: Embassy Hanoi
Position Title: Commercial Specialist - All Interested Applicants
Open Period: 12/22/2020 - 01/12/2021 (Format MM/DD/YYYY)
Vacancy Time Zone: GMT+7
Series/Grade: LE - 1510 10
Salary: USD $24,500
Work Schedule: Full-time - Mon through Fri 40 hours/week
Promotion Potential: LE-10
Duty Location(s): in Hanoi, VM
Telework Eligible: No
For More Info:
 HR Section 84-24-3850-5000 ext. 5126


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FS is FP-5.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C. Open to: All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
• Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:
We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
The work schedule for this position is:
    • Full Time 40 hours per week
Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within 90 days of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The incumbent of this position will report directly to Senior Commercial Officer/Commercial Officer, and will assist U.S. firms to develop and implement market entry and expansion strategies, including complex market research, reporting vast amounts of complex information in concise, readable formats to high level executive branch and congressional decision markets, identify and create trade promotion opportunities, and bringing U.S. and Vietnam business representatives together for discussions and projects.  The incumbent will analyze market trends and evaluate market research for all industry sectors; Maintain high level contact in key sectors and in relevant segments of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV).  The incumbent will advise U.S. and local clients on U.S. and Vietnam laws as they affect trade and investment opportunities; and inform SRV officials and business organizations about U. S. legislation, regulation, and practices pertaining to foreign trade. The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of handling event management and logistics for their assigned client accounts; Identify new clients, developing scopes of work and closing fee-for-services negotiations.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EXPERIENCE:  At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in business, government or NGOs in the fields of marketing, trade promotion, economics, and international trade is required. JOB KNOWLEDGE: Thorough knowledge of Vietnam’s economy, business customs and practices, marketing channels, laws, regulation, and policies relating to assigned industry sector commercial functions. Specialized knowledge of assigned industry sectors is required.
Education Requirements:
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in economics, marketing, or business administration is required.
LANGUAGE:  Fluent in Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. (This will be tested.) Fluent in Speaking/Reading/Writing Vietnamese is required. SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must have:
    • Ability to develop and maintain an extensive range of appropriate mid-level and senior level contacts in the host government and private sector.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and execute complex commercial research project and analytic reports.
    • Ability to render advice with detachment and objectivity, employing sound professional judgment.
    • Strong project management and sales skills as well extensive experience with event planning.
    • Able to solve complex commercial and trade issues related to marketing strategies and sales of U.S. products.
    • Able to communicate with a wide range of contacts from junior staff to senior level government officials and company CEOs.
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 Vietnam 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:
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:
    1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
    1. AEFM / USEFM
    1. 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”), 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

How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local security or Public trust clearance. To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply, visit the Mission internet site at Note: The Embassy Human Resources Office is unable to acknowledge the receipt of your documents due to the high volume of applications received. If you do not receive a notification email from ERA within four weeks of the vacancy announcement’s closing day, it is likely that you did not qualify for the position or did not submit a complete package.
Required Documents:
Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application
    • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent if you are AEFM / USEFM)
    • Vietnamese ID
    • Residency and/or Work Permit (If you are not Vietnamese Citizen)
    • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
    • SF-50 (if applicable)
    • Other Document
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. Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

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