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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States maintains an office in the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua. The DEA office in Managua is under the responsibility of the DEA Country Attaché who reports to the U.S. Ambassador. DEA works in Nicaragua with the support of the Nicaraguan National Police and other government entities involved in counter-narcotic operations.

In general, the DEA works to dismantle drug trafficking organizations through investigations related to illicit drug trafficking, money laundering, and precursor chemical control. DEA also provides training in counter-narcotics operations and financial investigations related to drug trafficking.

Nicaragua remains a major trans-shipment point for the movement of narcotics from the origin countries to the United States and Europe. The presence of drug traffickers in Nicaragua is not only a threat to Nicaragua but also to the United States. Not less damaging is the threat of money launderers who prefer to move illicit proceeds to countries outside the United States which in many instances affects said countries banking systems and leads to corruption.

The DEA office is always interested in receiving first-hand information about the activities of individuals and organizations involved in large-scale international drug trafficking. In cases where the information or collaboration leads to seizures and/or arrests, rewards might be given. Call (505) 2252-7217.

Counselor, Economic and Commercial Affairs
      Traver Gudie

Commercial Attaché
      Borchien Lai

Agricultural Counselor
      Evan Mangino

Important Links

The US Mission in Nicaragua 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 also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

Please refer to the application instructions and closing dates contained in the job listings above.  Interested candidates should send their application and proof of qualifications to the following email address: Paper applications will not be accepted.

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.

The Management Section is in charge of all administrative functions associated with the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua to include the following offices:

  • Human Resource Office
  • Information Management Center
  • General Services Office
  • Health Unit
  • Financial Management Center
  • Community Liaison Office
  • Facililties Maintenance

There are 177 Volunteers in Nicaragua working with their communities on projects in community economic development, English education, the environment, and health. During their service in Nicaragua, Volunteers learn to speak Spanish. More than 2,445 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Nicaragua since the program was established in 1968.

  • For more information about Peace Corps projects in Nicaragua visit their website

The Embassy’s Political Section advances U.S. interests by expanding and deepening our engagement with civil society; empowering marginalized groups such as youth and women; encouraging democratic practices and inclusiveness among political actors; and through insightful reporting and analysis of political developments to ensure decision makers are well informed as they formulate U.S. policy towards Nicaragua and the broader region.

Working with the Political Section, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Nicaragua has since 2013 furthered U.S. interest by partnering with local civil society organizations, universities, and U.S.-based organizations operating in Nicaragua.  INL programming directed towards marginalized groups has focused on citizen security; improving reporting on crime and corruption; training local actors on rule of law principles; and implementing drug and violence prevention programs.

The Public Diplomacy Section handles all aspects of press, information and cultural services for the United States Embassy in Managua. It is headed by the Public Affairs Officer, and is assisted by the Cultural Attaché (Cultural Affairs Officer) and the Press Attaché (Information Officer), as well as Nicaraguan national staff.

The Public Diplomacy Section works to strengthen and develop U.S.-Nicaraguan relations by:

  • Enunciating and explaining U.S. foreign policy, while presenting the North American society in all its complexity so the Nicaraguan people can gain a better comprehension of the United States.
  • Creating, promoting and administering educational and cultural exchange programs which improve relations and increase understanding between the people of Nicaragua and the United States.

To better accomplish these goals, the Office is divided in two sections:

  1. The Press Section handles all relations between the Embassy and the Nicaraguan, U.S., and international media, responding to questions from the press, and providing information on U.S. foreign policy and current issues. They arrange interviews with U.S. government officials, and publicize all U.S. government activities and programs in Nicaragua.
  2. The Cultural Section administers a variety of educational exchange programs, including the International Visitor Program, the U.S. Speakers and Specialists Program, and the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Section:

Public Diplomacy Section
U.S. Embassy
Managua, Nicaragua
KM 5 1/2 Carretera Sur

Phone: (505) 2252-7100 EXT 7458
Fax: (505) 2252-7108

Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation

This program has the purpose to support projects to protect and preserve the Nicaraguan culture and patrimony.  The funds to preserve the cultural heritage range from $10,000 to $200,000.00 USD to support projects from 12 to 18 months.

Study and Exchange Opportunities

For more information on study and exchange opportunities, please visit the Education section

USAID’s development program in Nicaragua, focuses on democracy, education, and security. For more information visit USAID’s webpage or their Facebook or Twitter page.

Contact Information

American Embassy/USAID/Managua
Unit #2712, Box 9
Phone: 505-2252-7100
Fax: 505-2252-7324

The USDA has offices in Nicaragua for the Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), both located at the Embassy in Managua.

The Foreign Agricultural Service

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to promote foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.  The Managua office works closely with the government and private sector to ensure proper administration of the Food for Progress / Food for Education Programs and reduce barriers to trade while monitoring implementation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement / Dominican Republic (CAFTA/DR).

Contact us:

Tel. (505) 2252-7100, ext. 7621 and 7153
Information on programs can be also obtained at

U.S Embassy,
Managua, Nicaragua
001 (505) 2252-7100 Ext 7491

The mission of the United States Military Group in Nicaragua is to execute Security Cooperation programs of benefit to the U.S. Government and the Nicaraguan Government and its people that are in line with the mission priorities of the Department of Defense, other U.S. Government Agencies and the Commander of the United States Southern Command to foster cooperation on matters of mutual concern.


  • Professional development of the Nicaraguan Military Forces.
  • Improve military to military relations by maintaining an open, professional dialogue with the leadership of the Nicaraguan Military.
  • Reinforce the role of the military in a democracy with respect to the rule of law and subordination to civil authority.
  • Conduct humanitarian and civic assistance activities in needed regions of Nicaragua.
  • Support efforts to enhance regional cooperation on common threats, working with the region’s militaries, non-governmental organizations, and multi-national agencies.
  • Develop basic interoperability between the Nicaraguan Military and U.S.
  • Armed Forces to cooperatively conduct joint endeavors.
  • Supports other U.S. agencies in Countering Transnational Organized Crime; coordinate support for both search and rescue and emergency disaster relief.

The Office of Personnel Management deals with payments for annuitants covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). The Office of Personnel Management website offers information about federal employee benefits such as retirement programs, thrift saving plans and health insurance.

Our Federal Benefits Unit in Managua can provide forms and general information and can forward your claims to OPM.  We also can assist with direct deposit issues and follow up with Office of Personnel Management about individual cases, when necessary.

Telephone Number: (202) 606-0500

E-mail address:

Mailing address:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Retirement Operations Center
P. O. Box 45
Boyers, PA 16017

OPM Publications of Interest:

The Department of Labor website offers information on benefits programs such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and workers’ compensation programs.

The Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation adjudicates new claims for benefits and manages ongoing cases; pays medical expenses and compensation benefits to injured workers and survivors; and helps injured employees return to work when they are medically able to do so.

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers comprehensive retirement/survivor and unemployment/sickness benefit programs for the nation’s railroad workers and their families. The RRB also administers certain Social Security benefit payments and railroad workers’ Medicare coverage. Visit the RRB website for more information.

For General Inquiries: 1-877-772-5772 (English only)