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    The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders.

    Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career.

    Our talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. We offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development.

    The Mission Statement of the Bureau of Medical Services (MED) in the Department of State is to safeguard and promote the health and well-being of America’s diplomatic community. The Department assigns Medical Providers (MPs), Regional Medical Officers (RMOs), Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrists (RMO/Ps) and Regional Medical Laboratory Scientists (RMLS) to select posts overseas. Many of these posts have significant health risks and local medical facilities are often inadequate to cope with them. The MP undertakes the role of primary care provider, and is responsible for administering a full range of community health care services, including preventive health education for the U.S. embassy's official community and on a regional basis when indicated.

    The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of FSS vacancies based on the needs of the Department.

    To learn more about the Department of State and a career as an FSS, please visit us at http://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/specialist/career-tracks#

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    In support of USG employees and their EFMs, MPs may work independently or in conjunction with other Foreign Service (FS) medical personnel. The MP duties include, but not limited to:

    Provides primary and preventive health care services across the lifespan: Obtains patient history, performs physical assessments to include diagnosis and treatment, emergency and other acute care services, analyzes diagnostic tests, provides routine and travel vaccinations, prescribes electronically, performs therapeutic procedures, offers mental health support, responds to child, elder and/or spousal abuse, documents protected patient information, uses electronic health records, coordinates inpatient care and monitoring, arranges and prepares for medical evacuation, emphasizes prevention of malaria and other tropical and infectious diseases, establishes healthy lifestyle programs and supports patients in adjusting to the FS, teaches CPR and first aid, ensures patient confidentiality, serves as patient advocate, consults with other health care team members, and maintains professional credentials and continuing education.

    Engages in diplomatic responsibilities: Collaborates with local healthcare officials, liaises with local and international experts, evaluates local hospitals, doctors and laboratories for types of services and standards of care, ensures safe blood supplies, reviews local pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturers, interacts with other USG agencies, advises the Ambassador on health issues affecting the Mission, attends country team, serves on Emergency Action Committee, comprehends Workman's Compensation and health insurance plans, selects post medical advisors, advises consular personnel, collaborates with Center for Disease Control, acts as occupational health advisor, monitors food and water safety, provides emergency care for those on USG property, and oversees the pre-employment or fitness for duty of local employees.

    Directs health unit (HU) administrative functions: Manages HU personnel and resources, maintains current inventory of medications and supplies, hires local employees, orients and trains new personnel, ensures universal precautions, oversees controlled substances, sets budget priorities and exercises fiscal responsibility, facilitates military access to care, maintains medical records, updates medical information booklet, maintains Medical Capabilities Information report, monitors satisfaction surveys and provides constructive feedback, contributes to post differential report, ensures appropriate security measures in the HU, organizes representational events, manages immunization program, assists RMO/P, submits statistical reports, adheres to quality assurance procedures, facilitates Emergency Visitation Travel, and monitors currency of HU staff competencies and continuing education.

    Coordinates emergency medical response: Oversees all medical aspects of post’s emergency preparedness program which includes counter-terrorism measures, responses to terrorist attacks, incidents involving chemical, nuclear or biological weapons, and natural disasters. Updates the medical section of post’s Emergency Action Plan, provides emergency medical training, manages MED's emergency response programs, coordinates post pandemic medical response, provides medical leadership in crises, provides emergency medical care, provides VIP medical coverage, and manages mass casualty evacuations.

    Accomplishes regional management duties: Performs regional travel in collaboration with RMO/Manager, supervises HU staff in region, liaises with other RMO/Managers, mentors new MPs, and communicates with MED.

    MPs are considered essential personnel and on call to provide services 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

    Functional Duties

    MPs are responsible for Department of State medical and safety policies, provision of a range of medical services, management of HU operations, supervision of subordinate staff, and the actual performance of all essential functions in addition to routine family care. Duties include, but not limited to:

    Inspect and assess the care and capability of local clinics, hospitals, laboratories, and private practices in possibly hazardous environments, and/or without special access accommodations.

    Provide patient care that may include heavy lifting, pulling, or twisting in adverse settings.

    Travel independently to regional posts utilizing air carriers and transportation that may not have special access accommodations.

    Essential emergency care MP functions include:

    Triage and management of care of injured persons in any location following an accident, natural disaster, or attack.

    Provision of emergency care in a hostile or physically challenging environment, such as buildings without elevators or areas of irregular spaces requiring kneeling, bending, lifting, and running.

    Transportation of patients via small aircraft, ambulance, helicopter, or vehicles with high floors.

    Assistance with evacuation via land, sea or air.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - An FSS generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to the Department of State’s overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Must be a U.S. citizen. Potential applicants should read the entire announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements and understand a Foreign Service (FS) career.

    Applicants may not reapply for one year after the previous application for the same positon.

    If a State Department Suitability Review Panel denied suitability in the last two years, you may not apply (except Diplomatic Security Special Agent (SA) candidates whose denial was based solely on the unique requirements for SAs.)

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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