Security Investigator Job Vacancy at the US Embassy South Africa

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Cape Town
  • (ZAR) R697,691 Per Year USD / Year
  • Salary: (ZAR) R697,691 Per Year

Website US Embassy South Africa

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in South Africa

Security Investigator Job Vacancy at the US Embassy South Africa


Announcement Number:
Cape Town-2022-091
Hiring Agency:
Consulate Cape Town
Position Title:
Security Investigator – All Interested Applicants/All Sources
Open Period:
11/01/2022 – 11/15/2022 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE – 0705 10
ZAR R697,691
Work Schedule:
Full-time –
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section
Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM – FP is 05.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
Only one Open-to category should remain:All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust – Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:
We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
The work schedule for this position is:

    • Full Time (40 number of hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (12 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The Criminal Fraud Investigator (CFI) is embedded in the Consular Section and works under the direct supervision of the Assistant Regional Security Officer- Investigator (ARSO-I).  The incumbent conducts sensitive, routine, and complex criminal investigations of counterfeit/forged travel documents, human trafficking, and smuggling, U.S. fugitive extraditions, identity theft, bribery, extortion, conspiracy, misrepresentation, malfeasance, and terrorist travel.  To facilitate these investigations, the incumbent builds relationships with contacts of all levels throughout the region to include but not limited to relationships with the respective police forces, immigration agencies, airport security, and prosecutors’ offices, etc.  The incumbent is also responsible for working level liaison with U.S. law enforcement agencies and U.S. attorney’s offices throughout the United States and its territories.  Incumbent may also manage non-RSO Locally Engaged Staff (LE Staff) when they are involved in supporting criminal investigations within the DSS purview as well as fulfilling interagency requests for investigative support that perpetuate national security interests.  Incumbent can also work under the direction of the Senior Regional Security Officer (RSO) with concurrence from the ARSO-I.  The CFI is managed by the ARSO-I who is supported by the Overseas Criminal Investigations Division (DS/INV/OCI) in Washington DC.

Security Investigator Job Vacancy at the US Embassy South Africa

Qualifications and Evaluations

EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of five (5) years working in a professional capacity in a related criminal or investigative field within the local government or experience working in conjunction with the U.S. or government in the field(s) of criminal justice, security, or administrative investigations, or court processes with emphasis on technical, analytical or procedural investigations and/or applied operations with a concept of needs focused on identification, interception, interruption, or denial of criminal activities is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  A good working knowledge of documentary sources of information and familiarity with pertinent local laws such as invasion of privacy, marriage, divorce, etc. is necessary.  Knowledge about criminal activities and modus operandi of criminal organizations within the AOR.  The work requires a comprehensive command of local criminal law, judicial proceedings, analytical and legal research, as well as the ability to produce reports of investigations based on investigative efforts.  The incumbent must be able to rapidly coordinate large scale, high profile investigations for both host nation and U.S. law enforcement and maintain a cadre of key contacts with a like interest in program goals.  Basic knowledge of U.S. travel document concerns, objective ideas in respect to the overall fraud trends, methods, and strategies in visa and passport fraud.

Education Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree
LANGUAGE: Level IV Fluent speaking/reading/writing English is required. Level IV Fluent in at least one other South African language is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Critical and independent thinker; self-starter, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work as a team toward a common goal. Strong computer skills, (word processing, spreadsheet management, presentations software) are required. Incumbent will use analytical computer software such as i2 link analysis, or open source internet investigative tools to secure digital evidence and should be able to manipulate data exports from DOS databases for analytical review/import. Must have skills to speak in public and do public presentations on a regular basis. The incumbent must be able to write detailed and accurate reports in English that require little to no correction. A valid driver’s license valid for the last five (5) years.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission 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.

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in South Africa may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:
For the current COVID-19 Requirements please visit the following link.

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  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*
3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link

Security Investigator Job Vacancy at the US Embassy South Africa

How to Apply

How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site

Required Documents:
To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

All Applicants:
• Residency and/or Work Permit
• Degree (not transcript)
• Degree with transcript
• Language Scores (if available)
• Driver’s License
• Certificate or License

Eligible Family Member Applicants:
• Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
• Passport copy
• DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
• SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:
Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in South Africa.

The Deadline for Submitting Applications is 15 November 2022.
How to Apply:


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