The U.S. Mission is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Customs/Expeditor/Shipment Clerk

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The U.S. Mission in Yaounde, Cameroon is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Customs/Expeditor/Shipment Clerk. This position is located in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The closing date for this position is April 11, 2015, at 16:00.

Note: all “NOT ordinarily resident applicants must have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.


Under the direct supervision of the Shipping Supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for expediting travelers, managing the unit's files, preparing paperwork, and handling the import, export, customs clearances and exonerations of USG official property and American personnel personal property.


EDUCATION: Completion of High School (GCE “A” level, Baccalauréat or equivalent) is required.

EXPERIENCE: At least two years of progressively responsible work experience in the shipping, transportation or customs field in an international organization or a large local institution is required.

LANGUAGE: Level III (Good Working Knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing English and French are required. (This will be tested.)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The incumbent must be computer literate (MS Word and Excel) with a typing ability of 20 wpm; must be diplomatic and tactful, yet effective in dealing with Cameroonian customs and government officials and personnel of shipping companies; must have excellent interpersonal skills and must be able to work independently and be proactive; must possess a valid Class B driver's license and have a clean driving record. (This will be tested.)

JOB KNOWLEDGE: The applicant must have a good working knowledge of Cameroonian customs and registration procedures, including Sydonia operations; air and sea freight procedures; and procedures for verification of invoices. In addition, the applicant should have a thorough understanding of the Cameroonian customs regulations, procedures and protocol with the local government and the Ministry of External Relations.

Detailed Duties and Responsibilities for Customs/Expeditor/Shipping Clerk

A) Administrative Tasks: 30%

  • Has primary responsibility for maintaining Shipping unit files.
  • Prepares diplomatic notes for transmittal of attestations for duty-free importation and for permission to sell property. Ensures procedures are followed correctly for diplomatic notes. Follows up with External Relations Ministry, Customs offices, Ministry of Finance, etc, to ensure paperwork is processed correctly and quickly.
  • Maintains Shipment section subject files, logbooks and other records for customs clearances and diplomatic notes, so that information is available on shipments and pending requests.
  • Verifies invoices submitted by shipping, insurance and transportation companies, obtains necessary clarification or correction and recommends their approval or disapproval for processing.
  • Registers and tracks all attestations and shipping documents sent to EBO from Yaounde.
  • Coordinates shipments in ILMS and related documents for military shipment.
  • Declares and clear incoming shipments through the Sydonia system.

B) Shipments: 30%

  • Prepares and delivers to Foreign ministry requests for exoneration from customs duties for importation of personal effects, official supplies, vehicles and local purchases requested by all USG agencies. Obtains information from cables, bills of lading and other shipping notices.
  • Coordinates pack-out and shipment logistics.
  • Keeps the Douala EBO office informed of status of exonerations and other documents required to process shipment through the port of Douala. Ensures required documents are forwarded to EBO office in a timely manner to effect expeditious release of USG cargo.
  • Processes all pack outs in ILMS.

C) Expediting and customs clearance: 30%

  • Serves as Embassy's airport expeditor . Meets and greets all official USG travelers upon arrival at Nsimalen International Airport. Assists with importation of pets as needed. Coordinates with motorpool, travel and other sections for ground and air transportation, working with customs, airport, airline agents and other officials as needed. Acts as liaison between DOD and airport authorities for military aircraft clearances and fuel.
  • Assists in the preparation of all documents and helps to clear/pick up items arriving via the airport, DHL, SAGA and UPS.
  • Clears diplomatic pouches at airport ; meets and assists diplomatic courier at the airport.

D) Vehicles: 10%

  • Back up the shipping assistant/POV when s/he is on leave or absent


Interested candidates for this position must submit the following documents to the Human Resources Office, P.O. Box 817, Yaoundé OR via email at: (please, indicate the title of the position on the “subject”: line) electronic applications are strongly encouraged.

  1. Universal application for employment (DS-174) available online at; or A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information found on the DS-174
  2. Any additional documentation that supports or address the requirements listed above(e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)

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