Domestic Help: Madame Mireille Thina Djina (Mimi) Housekeeper

Madame Mireille Thina Djina has worked both for me and my family for the last 4 years (2015-19) and we have nothing but superlatives to describe her. She is dependable, always arriving on time and fulfilling either the routine or assigned tasks. Mimi is trustworthy and handles money in an accountable and transparent manner when asked to shop or pay bills. She is rarely absent or late but when so, she always calls to inform.  Mimi speaks, reads and writes French well although she is always trying to learn English. Not only is she a thorough cleaner of large houses and apartments, she is also a good cook and good company to kids and pets. One of the regrets in leaving Senegal is leaving Mimi behind. We have nothing but praise for her and would be happy to elaborate.

mscarlatos@yahoo.com

Mimi: T: 774196177

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HRO Note: Security Escort Vacancy 29 Nov – 13 Dec 2018

Security Escort Vacancy Announcement
U.S. Mission U.S. Embassy Dakar
Announcement Number: Dakar-2019-006
Position Title: Security Escort (USEFM)
Opening Period: November 29, 2018 – December 13, 2018
Series/Grade: FP-09
Salary: (USD) 34,390 – (USD) 34,390
For More Info: Robyn Ames, Human Resources Officer
Who May Apply: For USEFM – FP is 09. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
• U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) – All Agencies
Security Clearance Required: Top Secret
Duration Appointment: Definite Not to Exceed 5 years.
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 Dakar, Senegal is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Security Escort.
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: Escort non-cleared personnel into Controlled-Access Area (CAA) or adjacent spaces. Incumbent watches the movement of all non-cleared personnel, their tools and materials to ensure that the integrity of classified information in the Embassy is safe. Position is supervised by the Deputy Facility Manager.
Qualifications and Evaluations
EDUCATION: Completion of secondary school is required.
Requirements:
EXPERIENCE: One year of general work experience in an office, management or security related environment is required.
Evaluations:
LANGUAGE: Level 3 English (good working knowledge, reading/speaking/writing) is required. (This will be tested.)
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Basic keyboard skills and computer literacy are required. (This will be tested.)
Qualifications: All applicants under consideration will be required to pass security certification.
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:
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR 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.
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:
(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2) AEFM / USEFM
(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 re-employment 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: https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va.
Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.
How to Apply: All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Top Secret clearance.
Applicants must complete the following application process to be considered:
1. Follow this link to the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) Website at https://erajobs.state.gov/dos-era/sen/vacancysearch/searchVacancies.hms. Click on the Announcement Number DAKAR-2019-006 Security Escort (USEFM). Click on “Apply to this Vacancy” in the upper left section of the announcement. Create an account or log in as necessary, and complete the application.
2. Upload any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.) into the ERA system.
3. Review and submit the application.
Required Documents: Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:
• Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
• Resume
• Transcript
• DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
• SF-50 (if applicable)
• Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
• List of references (optional)
What to Expect Next: Applicants who are invited to take a language or 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 Dakar, Senegal.

For Sale: 2012 Hyundai Tucson Limited (AWD)

FOR SALE!! $14,000 USD or 8,200,000 CFA
2012 Garnet Red Hyundai Tucson Limited All Wheel Drive
LESS THAN 10,000 MILES / 16,000 KM!!
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
XM Satellite Radio
AM/FM/CD/MP3 Player w/USB-Aux Jacks
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Leather Seats
Rearview Camera
Panoramic Sunroof

Arrived in Senegal in 2013 as part of a Diplomatic shipment; no import taxes were paid.

If interested, please contact Donna at dchabot9@yahoo.com or 77-740-8672.

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Domestic Help: Cook/Nanny/Housekeeper – Silvie Samb

I would like to recommend our previous nanny/housekeeper and cook, Silvie Samb (we have left Dakar in 2016). Silvie worked for us from December 2014 – August 2016. After that, she continued working for another Embassy family. Silvie was highly recommended by a previous Embassy family who is still in close contact with her.

Silvie was absolutely fantastic with taking care of our son (6 years old when we left). She also fulfilled the role of a housekeeper and cooked a few times per week. Our son was often invited to Silvie’s house, and he loved spending time with her family and learning about her culture. We know that Silvie really treated our son as her own and he has learned a lot from her.

Silvie knows French cuisine well, cooks the typical dishes (lasagna, quiche, enchilada, spring rolls, paella, beef stew, chicken, etc.) and makes various seafood and fish dishes. She can make fresh juices (bissap, ginger, passion fruit, tamarind, baobab), fruit sauces, fresh peanut butter, etc.  Silvie makes all the market trips for food shopping. We had freshly-cut fruit in the fridge at all times. She was able to get Swiss-chard and tofu, which were hard to find in Dakar!

For housekeeping, Silvie was in charge of the usual chores, to include vegetable cleaning, ironing, and laundry. She was able to fulfill all her housekeeping work for a large space, while taking care of other tasks.

Silvie has limited understanding of English, but we preferred to push ourselves and communicate in French with her. Having a French speaking house-helper encouraged us to improve our language abilities without stress. She is super patient, and we were able to communicate easily with her even when our struggle to find housecleaning/cooking French terms turned into hand gestures. Our son had no French initially, but Silvie sang and told stories in French to him every morning. He left Senegal with great French – we strongly feel that this was due to Silvie’s influence and engagement with him. Silvie understands when we communicate in English with our son.

Please contact her directly at sivasamb4@gmail.com. Should you have any questions about considering Silvie for employment, I am available at ledi.bushati@gmail.com.