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Thursday, February 22, 2018

EPAP News: 2018 Spring/Summer Lists of Positions Are Online

The lists of the 2018 Spring/Summer positions for the Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) are now on FLO’s website (www.state.gov/flo/epap on the “How to Apply” page). Email FLOAskEPAP@state.gov with questions.

  • Medical positions for all bureaus outside of NEA and SCA will be added soon.
  • Position lists are subject to change; check back often for updates.
  • More positions than are available are advertised to give maximum flexibility to applicants and bureaus.
  • The USAJOBS.gov vacancy announcement is coming soon.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) provides eligible spouses with        employment opportunities in key positions at missions abroad. EPAP is distinguished from other family member employment opportunities in that it has portfolios similar to Foreign Service entry-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:

Monday, February 12, 2018

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.

Monday, February 5, 2018

FLO Global Webinar on February 7

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.

When: 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

Part One: What is the difference between a federal resume and a private sector resume?
  • 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 held.
  • Both private sector resumes and federal resumes should target the specific position for which you are applying.
  • Resources

2018 KidVid Contest

Hosted by the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF), the 23rd annual worldwide KidVid Contest is now open. Children between the ages of 10-18 can submit videos that depict life for Foreign Service youth at their post. Winners will be awarded cash prizes.

View the Prezi tutorial for tips and an interview from a previous winner, and review the full contest rules online. Email questions to FSIOBCInfoCenter@state.gov. The deadline is April 16, 2018.

FSI Webinars: Tax Seminar Series

Open to 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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

FSI Webinar: Teaching and Working in Education Overseas 

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.
  • Questions: Email FSITCTraining@state.gov.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Prepare for the 2018 Spring/Summer EPAP Vacancy Announcement 

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 qualified.

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 documents:
 Email FLOAskEPAP@state.gov for questions about EPAP or FLOAskEmployment@state.gov for general EFM employment information.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Facing the holidays during or after a divorce can be challenging. FLO provides guidance and support in the area of divorce. Email FLOAskSupportServices@state.gov with your questions and to request a copy of, "10 Ways to Survive the Holidays & Divorce," and "Helping Children of Divorce through the Holidays."
Also, check out our Divorce webpage for the Divorce and the Foreign Service guide, a list of FAQs, resources, and more.www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c23129.htm

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

FSYF Fall 2017 Youth Newsletter

Amazing Where You Are

The Fall 2017 issue of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation’s (FSYF) youth newsletter Here, There & Everywhere is available to read on the FSYF 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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

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 application; or
  • 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 the FSFRC.)
myData is the preferred application submission method. Those without access to OpenNet may download a fillable .pdf version of the application/declination form on the Internet: Application Form (DS-5137-A)  and Declination Form (DS-5137-D) (submit the completed form and any required attachments to FSFRC@state.gov). For more information, go the FSFRC webpage

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More job search tips from our Global Employment Advisors! Up next, Romeo's tips on networking.

Learn more about the Global Employment Initiative at www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c21627.htm

Monday, November 6, 2017

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. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

FLO Website Feature: Member of Household Guidance

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. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

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