Federal employment overseas


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The Federal Government has a variety of employment opportunities overseas. These positions may be in the competitive or excepted Federal service.

Targeted Positions for Overseas Employment include:

Agencies may advertise their job opportunities on USAJOBS or their individual agency websites. Interested individuals may also inquire directly with the agency for information on overseas employment opportunities.

Agencies with Positions Overseas include:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of the Air Force
  • Department of the Army
  • Department of the Navy
  • Department of State
  • Agency for International Development
  • Peace Corps

Individuals may also apply directly to Federal agencies for excepted service positions such as attaché office clerk-translator, translator, interpreter, and Foreign Service, Department of State positions.

Overseas professional employees are paid the same base salaries as Federal employees in the continental United States. Where warranted by conditions at the post, employees may receive a post differential or cost-of living allowance. In foreign areas, the wages of trade, craft, and labor employees are based upon continental United States rates and, in some cases, a post differential or cost-of-living allowances.

Employees Returning from Overseas Employment
If return rights were granted to an employee, prior to accepting an overseas position, then the employee can return to the stateside position he/she held prior to the overseas assignment, once the overseas assignment duration is complete.

In addition, certain former overseas employees may be eligible for non-competitive appointments to Executive Branch positions.

Local Nationals/Foreign Nationals
Also known as host-country nationals, these employees are hired for positions in foreign countries, but are employed by the U.S. Government. Interested individuals must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire. This may include obtaining a work permit, a residency permit, or, in most instances, both the work and residency permits before the candidacy may be considered.

This page was last modified on 25 July 2013, at 11:55.

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