Computer Specialist/Telephone Technician (November 20)

Vacancy Announcement

U.S. Mission Budapest
Announcement Number: Budapest – 2018-32
Position Title: Computer Specialist/Telephone Technician
Opening Period:11/6/2018 – 11/20/2018
Series/Grade: FP – 07 – FSN – 07
Salary: Not Ordinary Resident: (USD) 43,031 gross p.a.; Ordinarily Resident: (HUF) 4,534,232 gross p.a.

For More Info: Human Resources Office (POC): Zita Kovacs
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

American Embassy
Szabadság tér 12
1054 Budapest, Hungary

Who May Apply: All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Only applications submitted on the DS-174 application form will be considered!

Security Clearance Required:Local Security Certification
Duration Appointment: 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.

Summary: The U.S. Mission in Budapest is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Computer Specialist/Telephone Technician in the Information Management Office. Incumbent is part of a diverse and dynamic team of IT Professionals, including four Hungarian IT Systems Administrators, and 3 American IT System Managers, who work collaboratively to manage and maintain all network and telephone communications for the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary.

The work schedule for this position is: Full Time – 40 hours per week
Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:  No

Duties:  Incumbent responsibilities include the installation, setup, maintenance and administration of two Wide Area Networks (OpenNet Plus and Dedicated Internet WAN).  S/he is responsible for the installation, maintenance, repair, procurement, diagnostics, troubleshooting and upgrades of all unclassified LAN and computer equipment, cabling, and software applications.   The incumbent is the technician responsible for administration and maintenance duties associated with post’s non-CAA PBX (South Chancery Building), its extensions, trunks, and telephone instruments.  S/he will act as a liaison for communications vendors and telecommunication circuits into the South Chancery, and will maintain the State Department telecommunications inventory (NEPA PBX & phone set items and other non-NEPA accountable items) for the South Chancery PBX.

Qualifications and Evaluations:

Education:   University degree in Computer Science or the Hungarian Science University Diploma in the field of computer science, information systems management, or equivalent is required.


EXPERIENCE:  At least one year experience as an Information Technology professional administering computer systems, networks, and telecommunications.  Will have at a minimum one year of practical work experience in the administration of an Avaya/Nortel CS1000 PBX, or other comparable PBX is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Expert knowledge of 1) Computer hardware – PCs, Local/Wide Area Networks and servers; 2) Software – MS WIN 10 OS, Windows Server, Exchange Server, and Active Directory; 3) Internet and Telecommunications principles (TCP/IP), switch and router operations is required.  S/he will demonstrate a functional knowledge in the operation and maintenance of the PBX and infrastructure cabling standards.


LANGUAGE: Level III (Good Working Knowledge) English and Hungarian is required. ENGLISH language will be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Ability to maintain operational capability and readiness of all Information Technology systems is required.  Excellent technical skills to trouble-shoot, diagnose and resolve hardware and software problems and to maximize the capabilities of all of the American Embassy Budapest computer resources is essential.  Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with all levels of customers and management is required.

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

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.

Benefits:  Locally Employed Staff receive a 13th month bonus, a meal allowance, and a transportation reimbursement.

Other information:

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*

(2)          AEFM / USEFM

(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”), 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.

More information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.) and additional employment considerations.

How to Apply:  All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification clearance.  Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174)To apply for this position, applicants should electronically (or otherwise) submit the documents listed below.

Required Documents:  Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • DS-174
  • Degree (not transcript), if applicable
  • Language Scores (if available), if applicable
  • Driver’s License
  • Professional Certificate or License, if applicable

What to Expect Next:  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 (