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Thursday, February 22, 2018
EPAP News: 2018 Spring/Summer Lists of Positions Are
The Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) provides eligible spouses withemployment opportunities in key positions at missions abroad. EPAP is distinguished from other family member employment opportunities in that it has portfolios similar to Foreign Serviceentry-level positions. Additionally, EPAP positions are centrally funded by the Department of State and are administered by the appropriate Washington regional or functional bureau.
The regional bureaus have been authorized a total of 400 EPAP positions, and the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) has been authorized 50. In addition to these 450 positions, individual posts have the option of creating post-funded ICASS positions with prior approval from their bureau. EPAP positions include the following specialties: Construction Engineer, Economics, Facilities Management, Financial Management, General Services, Human Resources, Information Management, Medical, Management, Office Management, Political, and Public Diplomacy.
For more information and eligibility requirements, please click here:
Functional Training for Foreign Service Family Members(US-based)
The Department of State is authorized to provide functional training to family members of U.S. Government direct-hire personnel anticipating an overseas assignment (section 704 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980). Functional training for anticipated prospective employment is offered to family members on a space available basis. To be eligible for most functional training, a family member must be a U.S. citizen whose spouse has been paneled for an overseas assignment. Email FLOAskTraining@state.gov for more information.
FLO’s Global Employment Initiative
(GEI) invites you to watch the webinar, Qualify on Paper: How to
Demonstrate Your Qualifications on a Federal Resume.
Whether applying for a job at post or through USAJOBS.gov for a Civil
Service or Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) position,
this webinar will help family members create resumes that best match
their qualifications to a vacancy announcement.
Wednesday, February 7 at 9:00am ET.
RSVP by email to GEI@state.gov
with your name, current post/country and we will email you the link.
Applying for a Federal Job: Demonstrating
Qualifications on Paper
What is the difference between a federal resume and a private sector
A private sector
resume provides a brief overview of your qualifications for a
position (e.g., education, experience, etc.) whereas a federal
resume must explicitly demonstrate that you meet or exceed ALL
of the required qualifications for a position.
A private sector
resume is typically no more than two pages in length, whereas a
federal resume is much longer as it must include your entire
work history and requires specific details on each position
Both private sector
resumes and federal resumes should target the specific position
for which you are applying.
employees and family members from all Foreign Affairs agencies, this
series will cover common tax challenges for U.S. government employees
living overseas. The two-part series is presented by a Foreign
Affairs family member who is a CPA, CFP, and a Managing Member of a
CPA firm specializing in expatriate tax and financial planning.
Part One, February
14, 7:00am—8:15am and 1:00pm—2:15pm: A variety of tax
topics including domicile vs. residence, foreign earned income,
and state tax issues
Part Two, Thursday,
February 15, 7:00am—8:15am and 1:00pm - 2:15pm: Rental property tax
complexities and more
FSI Webinar: Teaching and Working in Education
Hosted by the Transition Center at the
Foreign Service Institute (FSI), this webinar will provide an overview of
teaching opportunities overseas, how to navigate the international hiring
system, and relevant licensing requirements.
When: Wednesday, March 14 8:00
a.m. – 9:15 a.m. EST and 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. EST
Who: Open to Foreign Affairs
agency employees and adult Eligible Family Members (EFMs)
How to Register: Department of State EFMs
register through the employee’s CDO/Training Officer or on FSI’s
intranet site (Course MQ709). EFMs from other agencies must submit
an SF-182 to FSIRegistrar@state.gov.
Prepare for the 2018 Spring/Summer EPAP Vacancy
In December, Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson announced an expansion of the Expanded Professional Associates
Program (EPAP). FLO anticipates that the new EPAP positions will be
advertised after posts and regional bureaus have determined which
positions will be filled. EFMs may wish to prepare their required
documentation now in anticipation of applying for positions that may open
at their post of assignment and for which they believe they are
Your application must specifically address both the education and
specialized experience requirements listed in the new EPAP Qualification
Standards. Your Global Employment Advisor (GEA) can provide
tips on preparing a federal resume; email GEI@state.gov.
To learn more, go to the EPAP webpage and refer to the following
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Director of the Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs
One of my favorite
active problem solving skills is staying within my Sphere of Control. By
identifying whether we can control or influence an outcome and choosing not to
spend energy or time on items outside of our control, we are more resilient
even when negative events occur.
author Massimo Pigluicci,
philosophers have written about the connection between control and happiness
for thousands of years. Stoic philosopher Epictetus argued that “in life
our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories:
externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do
control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices.” American
theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote the Serenity Prayer around 1934, asking that
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to
change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Pigliucci tells the
story of James Stockdale, a fighter-jet pilot during the Vietnam War, who was
shot down and spent seven and a half years in Hoa Lo prison, where he was
tortured and often put in isolation. Stockdale credits Epictetus for surviving
the ordeal by immediately applying Epictetus’s dichotomy of control to his
extreme situation as a captive, which not only saved his life, but also allowed
him to coordinate the resistance from inside the prison. Most of us don’t find
ourselves in Stockdale’s predicament, but once you begin paying attention, the
dichotomy of control has countless applications to everyday life, and all of
them have to do with one crucial move: shifting our goals from external
outcomes to internal achievements.
that this does not mean we should passively accept whatever happens. Instead,
we should recognize that things don’t always go the way we wish. If they
don’t, the best counsel is to pick up the pieces, attempt to understand what is
really in our sphere of control, and then move forward. It is unhelpful and
unproductive to “stay stuck” at trying to influence what is often beyond our
control. Do we want to win that tennis match? It is outside of our control. But
to play the best game we can is under our control. Do we want our partner to
love us? It is outside of our control. But there are plenty of ways we can
choose to show our love to our partner – and that is under our control. Do we
want to get promoted? It is outside of our control. But we do control whether
we do the best work we can and make the best possible case for promotion.
The Fall 2017 issue of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation’s (FSYF)
youth newsletter Here, There & Everywhere is available to read on the
website. Foreign Service youth tell about their experiences
living overseas and the adventures of returning home. For parents there
are road trip tips and resources for getting to know the community after
transitioning back to the U.S. To learn more about FSYF and to become a
member, go to FSYF.org.
Reminder: Call for Third Wave of Applications
for the FSFRC
Don’t forget to submit your application for the Foreign Service Family Reserve
Corps (FSFRC) if you meet the following requirements:
Employed at post under a Family
Member Appointment (FMA) or Temporary (TEMP) Appointment at the time of
Currently in an Intermittent No
Work Scheduled (INWS) status at the time of application, with a Not To
Exceed (NTE) date between now and 2021; or
Currently working in a
Department of State Civil Service (CS) position domestically and are on
your sponsoring employee’s travel orders (or other agency equivalent) to a
post abroad with an upcoming transfer date within the next six months. The
application will not be fully adjudicated until you depart your CS
position. (Note: CS employees who are currently working under a DETO
agreement or who have been placed in Leave Without Pay status and intend
to return to their current CS position are not eligible for membership in
EFM Job Opportunities in Afghanistan,
Iraq and Pakistan
The Near Eastern Affairs and South and Central Asian Affairs Executive Office
(NEA-SCA/EX) is pleased to announce the opening of NOW and Summer 2018 Eligible
Family Member (EFM) job opportunities in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan
(Islamabad and Karachi) – Priority Staffing Posts (PSP).
Questions? Email Honeylee Temblador, TembladorHY@state.gov or Karen Foulks, FoulksKR1@State.
If interested, apply
before November 13, 2017. After this date, all unfilled
positions will be re-advertised on a rolling basis until filled.
Visit the Family Liaison Office (FLO) website for guidance for
Members of Household (family members not on employee's official
travel orders). Find information on the specific definition of those eligible
for MOH status, host country authority, work permits, education, travel
expenses, housing, access to embassy services, evacuations, and more. Email FLOAskSupportServices@state.gov
with your questions.