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Useful Information for Job Applicants
June 5, 2023

How to Apply

The Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) allows you to apply from anywhere, you only need to have a reliable internet connection and create an account using your email address. Once your ERA account is created you will have the opportunity to request vacancies quickly and easily.

All applications must be submitted through ERA to be considered.

Please find all information related to walk you through your application process:

About the Evaluation Process

Applicants will receive notifications to their email account via the Online Recruitment Platform (ERA) to indicate the status of their application; be sure to provide correct and updated contact information.

The evaluation process is determined according to the needs and minimum requirements of the vacant position:

  1. Job applications are reviewed and considered for the next step of evaluation, if they meet the minimum requirements requested by the vacant position. For this, the applicant must ensure to include information and supporting documentation related to their educational background, work experience, knowledge, and skills.
  2. If the position requires English and Spanish language skills, evaluations are conducted prior to the interview.
  3. Only applicants who meet the language requirement are called for an interview.
  4. If the position requires a driver’s license of a certain category, the driving test is scheduled to the pre-selected applicants.
  5. Once an individual has been pre-selected for a position and has satisfactorily completed the evaluation process, the Human Resources Office proceeds to issue a tentative offer letter, subject to security clearances and pre-employment medical evaluations.

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications before you can begin work with the Embassy. Pre-employment clearance checks can take around three or four months to complete, therefore we would always recommend not handing in your notice to your current employer before you have received full clearances.

  1. Once the applicant obtains the security and medical certifications, the Human Resources Office contacts the applicant again and proceeds to issue a formal employment offer letter.

General Recommendations for Applicants

When applying online, we share the following recommendations with you:

  • The vacancy announcement includes all minimum job requirements, application deadline, support documents required to upload in the application and additional information about the evaluation, selection and hiring process.
  • The resume is not considered a valid document and is not requested for any of our open positions.
  • The account on the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) is managed by each applicant and must choose a personal email, username, password, create security questions and answers to log back in. The Office of Human Resources does not manage applicant accounts.
  • All vacancy announcements indicate the audience to which they are directed, you can identify it with the keywords “Open to…”. For example: Positions advertised to “Current Mission Employees” are intended for mission employees. If you are not a current Mission employee; your application will not be considered.
  • All of our vacancies are “open to the public”, as there are several U.S. Embassies around the world. However, eligibility requirements and qualifications vary according to the needs of each position. For more information on these categories, please visit https://lnkd.in/gnPgutDE .
  • Scheduled maintenance dates for the online platform (ERA) are listed on our website. This usually happens in the early morning hours and should not affect your application process.
  • Vacancy announcements usually have a 2-week period to receive applications. This period allows the applicant to make changes to modify their application.

Work Environment

Working for the State Department

The United States Embassy in Managua offers a multicultural work environment, and we serve diverse team members around the world. For this reason, the level of English and Spanish required varies between positions according to duties and responsibilities. This ability may be tested in the process.

The U.S. 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.

Conditions, Benefits, and Work Environment

Work Hours: All full-time employees are required by United States law to work at least 40 hours per week. Official work hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:15 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 7:15 am to 2:00 pm with a forty-five-minute lunch break.

Some employees have different work hours, depending on which position, section, or agency they work for. The exact days and hours of work for those who work more than forty hours vary depending on the need for their services.

Holidays: Locally hired employees are entitled to Nicaraguan and U.S. holidays.

Special leave: The U.S. Mission in Managua offers locally hired employees different leave options, including sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, special leave for marriage, special leave for death of a close family member, among others.

Temporary Retirement Plan.

Funeral Expense Benefit: The U.S. Mission in Managua offers its locally hired employees a funeral benefit in cash in the event of the death of the employee, spouse or common-law partner, children, father and mother of the employee.

FUSE Program: This program provides the opportunity to participate in a fitness, health and wellness plan for up to 3 hours during the regular work week.  Its goal is to facilitate fitness and help employees become healthier and more health conscious.

Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM) Hiring Preference

In accordance with State Department policy, U.S. citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) are given preference in the selection process. If these individuals meet all the essential criteria as outlined on the job advertisement, they will be selected for assessment. If the USEFM demonstrates that they meet the essential requirements for the position during the assessment, they will be selected for that position.

U.S. citizen eligible family member (USEFM):  An individual who meets all of the following criteria is considered to be a USEFM for employment purposes:

  1. U.S. citizen;
  2. The spouse or domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee (i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member); or a child of the sponsoring employee who is under 21 and unmarried, or (regardless of age) unmarried and incapable of self-support;
  3. Is listed on one of the following:
    (a)  Travel orders of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
    (b)  Approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report (or other agency equivalent), of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan, and is residing at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment abroad.
  4. The following categories of employees are also considered to be USEFMs for employment purposes if they meet the definition above:
    (a)  Foreign Service Generalists or Specialists on approved LWOP;
    (b)  Civil Service employees with re-employment rights to their agency/bureau; or
    (c)  Foreign Service or Civil Service annuitants.

If you have not yet arrived at Post

Please note, an application from an USEFM or Same Sex Domestic Partner (SSDP) who has yet to arrive at Post, will be considered for a vacant position only if the applicant is scheduled to arrive at Post and be available to start work in the position within a reasonable period of time (normally three months) of the closing date of the applicable job advertisement.

Recruitment Advisor

  • Focus on the essential requirements of the job.
  • Ensure your application is accurate.
  • The ERA account is managed by each applicant and you must choose a username, password, define security questions and answers to re-enter. The Human Resources Office does not manage applicants’ accounts.
  • Positions advertised to “Current Employees of the Mission” (this includes Embassy contractors) are only for mission employees. If you are not a current employee of the Mission; your application will not be considered.

Please send any questions to Managuajobs@state.gov