Security Investigator (RSO) (FRA 7-17)

For Public Dissemination

Vacancy Number: FRA 7-17

Date: January 12, 2017


Position Title Security Investigator
Location American Consulate General, Frankfurt am Main, Regional Security Office (RSO)
Open To All Interested Candidates
Salary and Grade

Not Ordinarily Resident:–          US $ 35,718 per year starting salary (*)

Position Grade: FP-07

Note: This position may be Overseas Comparability Pay (OCP) eligible


Ordinarily Resident:

–          € 41,703 per year starting salary (*)

Position Grade: FSN-07


Work Hours Full-Time, 40 hrs/week
Opening Date January 12, 2017
Closing Date January 26, 2017
Security Requirement U.S. Mission issued medical/non-sensitive security clearance


The American Consulate General in Frankfurt is seeking an individual for the position of Security Investigator in the Regional Security Office (RSO). Filling of the position is subject to availability of funds.



(A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available upon request. Send your request to with identification of vacancy number.)


Incumbent performs a wide range of personnel, criminal and special investigations assigned by the Senior FSN Security Investigator. Maintains liaison with German and U.S. law enforcement agencies, airport authorities, and airline representatives. Serves as primary contact with state and federal agencies as well as airline contacts at Frankfurt airport to facilitate expeditious handling of VIPs, armed agents and others as required, who are transiting.




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


EDUCATION: Completion of Secondary School (Germany: Realschule, USA: American High School Diploma or GED, for all other: 10 years of schooling) is required.


EXPERIENCE: Three years of progressively responsible experience in investigative work with a military, police or U.S. Government organization. Of this experience a minimum of one year with a U.S. government organization is required.


LANGUAGE: Level III (good working knowledge) English and German language skills are required. (speak/write and read).




  • Incumbent must be willing to work irregular hours.
  • Ability to maintain contacts with officials of various local agencies and airport/airline representatives is required.
  • Initiative and resourcefulness in obtaining information or evidence is required.
  • Incumbent must be a good communicator (oral and writing), with the ability to determine case-relative facts and to report facts in a concise manner.
  • Incumbent must be detail-oriented and reliable with minimum supervision.
  • Incumbent must be familiar with automated office equipment i.e. MS office.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.




  • Incumbent must possess a good working knowledge of the principles and techniques of investigations, of pertinent U.S. and German civil and criminal law, and of documentary sources of information.
  • Must have a good working knowledge of German law enforcement, judicial and security authorities to advise post officials on their degree to support for protective operations and investigative assistance.The Human Resources Office will conduct standard language assessment tests and may test for other required skills as part of the selection process. Testing is conducted equitably and is administered in the same way to all applicants for the particular recruitment.





  • Hiring Preference Selection Process:When qualified, 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.



  1. AEFM / USEFM who is a  preference-eligible U.S. Veteran
  2. AEFM / USEFM*
  3. FS on LWOP**


*IMPORTANT:Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process.  Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.



  • Additional Selection Criteria:
  1. The U.S. Mission will consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  2. Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) of the U.S. Mission Germany having served less than 12 months in their current position are not eligible to apply.
  3. Current Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) with an overall summary rating of ‘Needs Improvement’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
  4. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first ninety (90) calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.


  • How To Apply:Interested applicants for this position must submit their application and pertinent supporting documentation by the closing date using the U.S. Mission’s electronic application process:

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE), Form DS-174, which is available on the internet for OpenNet users by clicking here: DS-174 OpenNet; or for external users on the internet by clicking here: DS-174 External.
  2. Additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. cover letter, resume / curriculum vitae, reference letters, transcripts, essays, certificates, copies of degrees earned, etc.) should be attached with the application.
  1. Application language is English, i.e. application for employment, CV or resume should be in English. Certificates, awards or degrees in English or German do not need to be translated.
  2. Note that the U.S. Mission does not/not refund travel expenses incurred by the interviewee.


For a complete list of terms such as US citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM), Eligible Family Member (EFM), Member of Household (MOH), Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR), Ordinarily Resident (OR) and their definitions, see the definitions list on the website


The U.S. Mission in Germany 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 affiliations. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.


Approved: RSO: MDeddens

Cleared: MGT/HR: EKaleta

Drafted: MGT/HR: HGralka