Bodyguard Vacancy Notice – Closing Date: September 14, 2018

U.S. Mission Bridgetown

Announcement Number: Bridgetown-2018-036

Position Title: Bodyguard

Opening Period: August 31, 2018- September 14, 2018

Series/Grade: LE 0701/05

Salary: BDS$43,955

For More Info: Human Resources Office

E-mail Address:

Who May Apply: All Interested Candidates/All Sources – For USEFM – FS is FP-9/1, USD$28,945 Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

Security Clearance Required: Local Security Certification or Public Trust

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 Bridgetown is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Bodyguard, RSO.

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: Perform protective security functions to Department of State protective security standards. Ensure the safety of the US Ambassador to Barbados while in Barbados and while travelling to the six other CARICOM islands. Bodyguard is responsible for advance planning, liaison with the various local police components and corporate representatives, accompanying and performing bodyguard functions for the Ambassador/Charge’, and driving a Fully Armored Vehicle (FAV) as a driver for the Ambassador as needed.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION: High School diploma is required.


EXPERIENCE: Three years of previous police, military, armored vehicle operation, or security work is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must already possess basic knowledge of security procedures and protective functions and/or basics of protective driving of a fully armored vehicle and basic knowledge of the local threat environment and be well versed in ways to effectively mitigate threats in the diplomatic environment. Position holder must have a working knowledge of police and close protection operations in Barbados, or Eastern Caribbean.


LANGUAGE: Level IV English- (Speaking, Writing, and Reading) is required.

Must be competent in standard office productivity computer applications. Must have demonstrated skills in using good judgment in immediate and challenging circumstances. Must obtain and maintain a local driver license. Must be able to work effectively and interact with senior Barbadian government, corporate, members of the public, and local and federal level police. Rudimentary self-defense skills and close protective operations/bodyguard experience is required. (This may be tested)

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, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Bridgetown may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

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*
  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 reemployment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link:

How to Apply: All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance. Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on our Embassy’s internet site at The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may also be obtained on our website.

To apply for this position, applicants should electronically submit the documents listed below:

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

  • DS-174
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)
  • List of references
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Residency and/or Work Permit – to be eligible for consideration

What to Expect Next: Applicants who are invited to take a 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.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Bridgetown.