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Agricultural Clerk Messenger

the U.S. Embassy to Kenya opened in 1964. Through sixteen Ambassadors since then, the Embassy has enriched the ties between the American and Kenyan people and served the needs of Americans in and around this East African hub. Chief among the U.S. Mission’s goals are fostering the development of a sound Kenyan economy, strengthening the institutions of Kenyan democracy, helping to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and promoting U.S./Kenyan business ties

Basic function of the position

  • The incumbent provides basic administrative and clerical support for a variety of office-related activities to the Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) in Kenya. Provides transportation and office mail delivery by operating government-owned vehicles (GOVs), within the city and the surrounding areas.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Administrative/Clerical Responsibilities (60% of time)

  • Greet and assist visitors in the FAS office. Answer telephone and take messages as needed. Provide helpful response to customers’ queries, either by giving them guidance or referring them to other staff within the FAS Office.
  • Make copies of published/printed material.
  • Make appointments for the OAA.
  • Preview newspapers and prepare file clippings.
  • Maintain inventory of expendable supplies – up to $1,000.
  • Coordinate and upload GAIN reports into the system, troubleshoot uploading errors as well as tracking report numbers and checking reports after publication for formatting errors.
  • Provide logistics support to seminars, VIP visits, or other FAS events. Assist in coordinating vendors or contractors during these events.
  • Assist in escorting visitors to the OAA.
  • Assist in maintaining FAS database for the OAA.
  • Serve as a back-up to Agricultural Assistant on trade data gathering.
  • Serve as a backup to Administrative Assistant on Time & Attendance (T&A) for the OAA.

Messenger/Driving Responsibilities (40% of time)

  • Participate in planning of VIP schedules and advising the OAA on logistics and protocol.
  • Pickup and deliver various correspondence/materials (telegraphic cables, cooperator correspondence, trade publications, letters) to and from specific locations.
  • Safely operates a motor vehicle to transport the FAS staff and visitors in support of U.S. Government’s activities, within the city and the surrounding areas.
  • Maintain travel log, gas and service log, and submit to supervisor for inspection.
  • Maintain vehicle in a clean and serviceable condition, to include cleaning the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Perform basic vehicle inspection in accordance with established schedules and policies.
  • Prepare trip reports, vehicle use and fuel logs. Estimate fuel consumption for trips.
  • Safeguard U.S. Government property and use U.S. Government resources efficiently, including the fuel-efficient operation of vehicles.
  • Drive armored vehicles, as needed.
  • Position is the Point of Contact (POC) with dealership to arrange servicing for the vehicles. Value of vehicles: up to $100K.

*Note: This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by incumbent. Incumbent will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the agency.

Qualifications and Evaluations

  • Minimum two years of administrative or clerical work experience that includes at least one year of professional driving experience is required.


  • Must have general knowledge of the Mission organization, USDA procedures and regulations, and routine office functions. Oral and written instructions from supervisor, as well as FAM/FAH vehicle operation related guidelines. Safety regulations and vehicle manuals. Must be familiar with local traffic rules and regulations of the host country; knowledge of the city and its environment, including driving routes and traffic patterns.

Education Requirements:

  • Completion of high school education is required.


  • English level III (Good working knowledge) Reading/Writing/Speaking is required.
  • Kiswahili level III (Good working knowledge) Reading/Writing/Speaking is required.


  • Must have the ability to read maps and plan driving routes. Must have good communication skills, and an ability to handle all employees with professionalism and discretion. Must be able to perform basic vehicle inspection and must possess intermediate level automotive maintenance skills. Must have basic computer skills to complete data entry, maintain reports and for communication purposes. Must have basic numerical skills to estimate the fuel consumption and/or need for trips. Must hold a valid, current license for cars. Must have had a valid driver’s license for a minimum of five (5) years. Operates level C or D armored vehicle with defensive driving skills.

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.

Method of Application
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