Employment for Spouses, Partners and Retirees

General Resources
Inside the Mission Employment for EFMs
Outside the Mission Employment for EFMs
Employment Back in the U.S.
Career Development
Employment-Related Social Media Groups and Networking
Foreign Service Family Member Businesses
Volunteer Opportunities in the Foreign Service Community

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

FLO Family Member Employment
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/

FLO Family Member Employment Statistics
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/overseas-family-member-employment/family-member-employment-statistics/

FLO Understanding Executive Order 12721: Non-Competitive Eligibility
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/family-member-employment-in-the-d-c-area/non-competitive-eligibility-nce#NCE5

AAFSW Spouse Employment
https://www.aafsw.org/spouse-employment/

AAFSW Working Overseas Articles
https://www.aafsw.org/spouse-employment/articles/

Family Member Employment Report (FAMER)
Check OpenNet (employees) or e-mail FLO, FLOAskEmployment@state.gov, or the Overseas Briefing
Center, FSIOBCInfoCenter@state.gov

Excellent summary of the EFM employment situation, July 2016
http://www.afsa.org/taking-family-member-employment-really

**Also see useful articles on EFM employment in the Realities of Foreign Service Life books, Volumes 1 and 2.

 

INSIDE THE MISSION EMPLOYMENT FOR EFMS

FLO Overview of Family Member Work Opportunities
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/

FLO Working in a US Embassy
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/overseas-family-member-employment/family-member-employment-within-a-u-s-embassy-or-consulate/

FLO Hiring Mechanism
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/overseas-family-member-employment/family-member-employment-within-a-u-s-embassy-or-consulate/#a3

Security Clearances
https://fam.state.gov/fam/12fam/12fam0230.html

Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) for Family Members
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/overseas-family-member-employment/family-member-employment-within-a-u-s-embassy-or-consulate/expanded-professional-associates-program-epap/

Consular Affairs Job Program for Family Members
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/overseas-family-member-employment/family-member-employment-within-a-u-s-embassy-or-consulate/consular-affairs-appointment-eligible-family-member-program/

Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/family-member-employment-in-the-d-c-area/foreign-service-family-reserve-corps/

Professional Associates Program (Hard-to-Fill)

https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/overseas-family-member-employment/family-member-employment-within-a-u-s-embassy-or-consulate/professional-associates-program-hard-to-fill/

 

OUTSIDE THE MISSION EMPLOYMENT FOR EFMS

Family Member Employment – Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/family-member-employment-frequently-asked-questions/

FLO Working on the Local Economy
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/overseas-family-member-employment/family-member-employment-overseas-outside-the-mission/

FLO Global Employment Advisor Program
https://www.state.gov/family-member-employment/global-employment-initiative-gei/

Countries with Bilateral Work Agreements
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/overseas-family-member-employment/family-member-employment-overseas-outside-the-mission/bilateral-work-agreements-and-de-facto-work-arrangements/

**Also see Employment-Related Social Media Groups & Networking, Foreign Service Family Member Businesses, Groups focused on specific employment/professional interests

 

EMPLOYMENT BACK IN THE U.S.

FLO Guide for DC Area Employment
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/returning-to-US/#A1

FLO Family Member Employment in the U.S.
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/returning-to-US/

Non-Competitive Eligibility for Government Jobs
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/family-member-employment-in-the-d-c-area/non-competitive-eligibility-nce

The Network
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/family-member-employment-in-the-d-c-area/the-network/

USAJobs

https://www.usajobs.gov/

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

FLO Professional Development Fellowship
https://fsitraining.state.gov/Search?q=mq

Training Resources for Family Members
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/training-resources

 

EMPLOYMENT-RELATED SOCIAL MEDIA GROUPS AND NETWORKING

FLO’s The Network – email list for job-seekers
https://www.state.gov/family-liaison-office/family-member-employment/family-member-employment-in-the-d-c-area/the-network/

LinkedIn – PROPS – Professional Partners/Spouses of FS

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4413170/
Contact office@aafsw.org for more information.

EFM Business Owners – Facebook group
Facebook.com/groups/efmbusinessowners

EFMs Helping Other EFMs Find Employment – Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/358778958203/

EFM Entrepreneurs
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1613206695638210/

 

FOREIGN SERVICE FAMILY MEMBER BUSINESSES

AAFSW EFM Business Directory
http://efmbusiness.aafsw.org

AAFSW EFM Business Owners Reports
http://efmbusiness.aafsw.org/real-business-reports/

EFM Entrepreneurs Business Directory
http://www.aafsw.org/efm-entrepreneurs-business-directory/

From From Babies to Graduates and Everything In-Between: How EFM Education Businesses Support FS Kids at Every Stage – article by Christianna Pangalos
http://www.aafsw.org/babies-graduates-everything-efm-education-businesses-support-fs-kids-every-stage/

AAFSW’s EFM Book List
https://www.aafsw.org/efm-book-list/

*If you know of more resources, wish to list your book or business, please let us know so that we update these lists.

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FOREIGN SERVICE COMMUNITY

AAFSW, the volunteer community organization for Foreign Service family members, employees and retirees
AAFSW.org

AAFSW Art&BookFair (held each autumn in the State Department), and year-round used bookstore in the Department; e-mail office@aafsw.org

Foreign Service Youth Foundation
www.fsyf.org

J. Kirby Simon Trust: Grants to support charitable projects by Foreign Service community members overseas:
http://www.kirbysimontrust.org/

For inspiration from previous exceptional volunteers: The Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA):
http://www.aafsw.org/services/sosa/
http://www.aafsw.org/blog/2015/11/21/aafsw-celebrates-25th-anniversary-sosa-awards/

Inspiring 3-minute video featuring SOSA volunteers along with James and Susan Baker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbqk0KaH8eM