How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the Universal Application for Employment (DS-174 Form) (DOC format) or a current resume/curriculum vitae that provides the same information as the DS-174 form.
  2. Please do not fill in the date of birth and place of birth fields in the Universal Employment Application. Please note: The mandatory retirement age for security guards is 57. The mandatory retirement age for all other positions is 65.
  3. Please be advised that all certificates or documents that are required in the vacancy announcement must be included in the application package in order to move forward in the recruitment process.
  4. Applicants applying for more than one position must submit separate applications with all the necessary documents for each vacancy announcement.
  5. A valid residency with work permit is required for all non-Turkish applicants to apply for positions.
  6. All ordinary resident applicants must have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.
  7. All Turkish male applicants must have completed compulsory military service and provide discharge documents.
  8. Language proficiency tests and writing tests will be administered to non-native English speakers; all testing is done at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
  9. U.S. Embassy discourages applicants from sending photographs with their resume or application.
  10. We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.

You can submit your application via e-mail, fax, or the postal service.  The HR Offices will not accept any application delivered in person to the Embassy or Consulates.

U.S. Embassy Ankara

Fax: (90-312) 457-7322
Attn: Recruitment Assistant, Human Resources Office
Embassy of the United States of America
Atatürk Bulvarı, No. 110
Kavaklıdere  06100 Ankara

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul

Fax: (90-212) 335-9135
Recruitment Assistant, Human Resources Office
U.S. Consulate General
İstinye Mahallesi
Üçşehitler Sokak No.2
İstinye 34460 Istanbul

U.S. Consulate Adana

Fax: (90-322) 455-4141
Recruitment Assistant, Human Resources Office
Consulate of the United States
Girne Bulvari No:212 Guzelevler Mah.
Yuregir 01220 Adana

Important Note: You must submit your application before the close of business on the “Closing Date” as written in the vacancy announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be considered.

If submitting a resume/curriculum vitae instead of a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174 Form) (DOC format), your resume MUST include all of the information asked on the DS-174 Form.

In all cases, applicants must provide additional documents specified in the vacancy announcements.

Due to the large volume of applications received, the Mission regrets that it cannot acknowledge every application. If you do not hear from us within six weeks after the closing date, you may assume that your application has not been successful.

Thank you very much for your interest in employment with the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul and U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey.

When the Embassy needs to test for language abilities, this is the procedure:

  • The language test will be conducted in accordance with the minimum language level required and as appropriate for the advertised position.
  • The language test may consist of an oral test and a written test as appropriate for the position.
  • The written test may be multiple choice: grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
  • The written test may consist of a translation from English into the host country language, and from the host country language into English, or writing a summary of a text.
  • No dictionary may be used.
  • All candidates tested will be given the same tests.
  • The tests will be conducted in cooperation between the hiring section, the Human Resources Office, and if applicable the Community Liaison Office Coordinator as an observer.

Definition of Language Qualification Requirements:

Level 1 – Rudimentary Knowledge
Employee is, at most, required to have rudimentary verbal understanding of a very limited English/ Turkish vocabulary, such as might be required in understanding and following instructions.

Level 2 – Limited Knowledge
Employee needs a limited knowledge of written and spoken English/ Turkish limited to the specific occupation. An employee at this level would be expected to understand and carry put verbal instructions of a repetitive character, and to be able to prepare simple reports.

Level 3 – Good Working Knowledge
Employee is required to have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English/Turkish. The employee should be able to read and understand agency regulations, operating instructions, memoranda, and related material concerning the field of work, to prepare correspondence and standardized reports, and to communicate effectively with English speaking staff members and the general public, including both English speaking and non-English speaking persons.

Level 4 – Fluent
Employee is required to possess a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English/ Turkish, including the ability to translate the host country language into precise and correct English, and/or vice versa. On occasion, an employee at this level might be expected to act as an interpreter in situations where considerable importance is attached to the proper word meaning.

Level 5 – Professional (Translator/Interpreter or Equivalent)
Level 5 is essentially limited to professional translator and interpreters whose proficiency in written and spoken English/ Turkish vocabulary truly matches that of a well educated native speaker. This includes the ability to deal effectively with highly technical and sophisticated terminology in which fine nuances of meaning may at times assume major importance in negotiations. At this level, an employee should be capable of simultaneous translation as in the case of conference reporting. An equivalent level of difficulty and responsibility relate to those employees who are required to be fluent in one or more foreign languages, or two or more distinctly different and complex native dialects.

Appendix A

1. Eligible Family Member (EFM):  An individual related to a U.S. Government employee in one of the following ways:

• Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610);

• Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support.  The term shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchildren and adopted children and those under legal guardianship of the employee or the spouse when such children are expected to be under such legal guardianship until they reach 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian;

• Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or of the spouse, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support;

• Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, or of the spouse, when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support.

2. U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM):  For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, an EFM who meets the following criteria:

• U.S. Citizen; and,

• EFM (see above) at least 18 years old; and,

• Listed on the travel orders of a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and either:

– Resides at the sponsoring employee’s or uniformed service member’s post of assignment abroad or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or

– Resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2.

3. Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM):  EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment for purposes of Mission employment:

• Is a U.S. citizen; and

• Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) or a child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and

• Is listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and who is under chief of mission authority; and

• Is residing at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, office of the American Institute in Taiwan.

• Does not receive a Foreign Service or Civil Service annuity

4. Member of Household (MOH):  An individual who accompanies a  direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan.  An MOH is:

• Not an EFM; and,

• Not on the travel orders of the sponsoring employee; and,

• Has been officially declared by the sponsoring USG employee to the COM as part of his/her household.

A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member.  A MOH does not have to be a U.S. Citizen.

5. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR):  An individual who:

• Is not a citizen of the host country; and,

• Does not ordinarily reside in the host country; and,

• Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,

• Has a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN).

NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP.

6. Ordinarily Resident (OR):  A Foreign National or U.S. citizen who:

• Is locally resident; and,

• Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,

• Is subject to host country employment and tax laws.

EFMs without U.S. Social Security Numbers are also OR.  All OR employees, including U.S. citizens, are compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).

Appendix B

If an applicant is submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, s/he must provide the following information equal to what is found on the UAE.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.

  1.  Position Title
  2. Position Grade
  3. Vacancy Announcement Number (if known)
  4. Dates Available for Work
  5. First, Middle, & Last Names as well as any other names used
  6. Current Address, Day, Evening, and Cell phone numbers
  7. U.S. Citizenship Status (Yes or No) & status of permanent U.S. Resident (Yes or No; if yes, provide number)
  8. U.S. Social Security Number and/or Identification Number
  9. Eligibility to work in the country (Yes or No)
  10. Special Accommodations the Mission needs to provide (Yes or No; if yes, provide explanation)
  11. If applying for position that includes driving a U.S. Government vehicle, Driver’s License Class/Type
  12. Days available to work
  13. List any relatives or members of your household that work for the U.S.  Government (include their Name, Relationship, & Agency, Position, Location)
  14. U.S. Eligible Family Member and Veterans Hiring Preference
  15. Education
  16. License, Skills, Training, Membership, & Recognition
  17. Language Skills
  18. Work Experience
  19. References