Embassy Kuala Lumpur: Latest Vacancy Announcement – Economic Specialist

The U.S Embassy Kuala Lumpur is searching for an Economic Specialist. This job is open to the public. Should you be interested in employment with the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, please click here  to view the details and/or apply. Below are the details

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:

For USEFM – Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required:

Public Trust – Background Investigation

Appointment Type


Appointment Type Details:

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.


The work schedule for this position is

  • Full Time (40 number of hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (12 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:


Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Travel Required:

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel within Malaysia


Basic Function of the Position – The Economic Specialist prepares reports, performs research and analysis, maintains contacts, requests and attends meetings, organizes events, and advises on macroeconomic, financial, trade, infrastructure, ICT, cybersecurity, and other economic developments in Malaysia on behalf of Embassy and visiting U.S. officials.  This position backs up, as needed, the Economic Assistant who covers energy, health, environment, and intellectual property issues.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political or economic research and analysis; reporting on social, political, or economic developments; financial or investment analysis; or business journalism in either the public or private sector.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Candidates must be familiar with economic and business practices in the United States and Malaysia.  Qualified candidates should possess a strong understanding of Malaysia’s economic fundamentals, including primary business sectors, governing institutions, and foreign and domestic policies.  Candidates should also understand the role of foreign investment and trade in the Malaysian economy.

Education Requirements:

Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance, Political Science, International Relations or Development or Affairs, Public Policy, Business Administration or Journalism.


LANGUAGE:  English Level 4 (Advanced Proficiency) spoken and written AND Bahasa Malaysia Level 4 (Advanced Proficiency) in spoken and written (this may be tested).

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must possess working knowledge of economic trends, conditions, and principles.  Must maintain awareness of economic developments and policy changes within Malaysia.  Must develop and maintain working relationships with a wide range of contacts from the private and public sectors, including federal and state ministries, academia, NGOs, business councils, and U.S. and Malaysian companies.  Must possess strong analytical and English writing skills.  Must demonstrate high degree of ability to organize, plan, and execute events, written reports, spreadsheets, and other special projects.  Applicants should be punctual, flexible, collaborative, and team-oriented.


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.