Security Investigator – All Interested Applicants at U.S. Embassy to Kenya – May 2024

Security Investigator – All Interested Applicants


Job Overview

  • The U.S. Embassy Nairobi Foreign Service National Investigator (FSNI) is responsible for conducting complex and sensitive investigations including personal suitability, fraud, and malfeasance for US Government (USG) agencies operating under the Chief of Mission (COM).
  • The FSNI maintains liaison with high level host government police, law enforcement and security organizations, customs and immigration officials, and judicial and legislative officials. The FSNI serves as the Regional Security Officer’s advisor on threats to the official U.S. Embassy community and facilities.
  • The FSNI requests and coordinates support from host nation government (HNG) agencies by leveraging relationships with senior national police and security contacts. The position ensures a variety of safety and security support functions to an Embassy community of over 2000 COM personnel to include background investigations of LE staff to determine their suitability for a security certification required for continued employment with the U.S. government. The FSNI also coordinates with the HNG to provide regular deployment of General Services Unit (GSU), Administration Police Service (APS) and Diplomatic Police Unit (DPU) officers to USG facilities and interests.
  • The FSNI routinely conducts hotel surveys in various towns for use by Chief of Mission employees on travel. The FSNI also supports the Residential Security team to conduct residential surveys, monthly radio checks, and responding to residential alarms (e.g., in Kisumu).
  • FSNI is responsible for the investigation of malfeasance, fraud, and other misconduct by LE staff as assigned by the RSO. The FSNI is responsible for compiling statistical data on crime, political violence, and terrorism throughout the country.
  • The FSNI can operate as a Deputy to the Senior FSNI, and when directed, as the Acting Senior FSNI.

Qualifications and Evaluations



  • Minimum of five years of experience in law enforcement, military, private security, or investigations is required.


  • Detailed knowledge of the external and internal structure of Kenyan law enforcement and security agencies is required. Detailed Understanding of Kenyan law is required. The nuanced relationship between the USG and GoK, requires FSNIs to be versed in the law and politics.

Education Requirements:

  • Two years of university studies in international studies, security, law enforcement, legal affairs, or related field is required



  • English: Level 4 – Fluent; written/spoken, including the ability to translate.
  • Swahili: Level 4 – Fluent; written/spoken, including the ability to translate.


  • Excellent understanding of RSO’s interaction with counterpart agencies at post.
  • Ability to maintain extensive contacts at all levels within the host country law enforcement and security agencies.
  • Ability to conduct sensitive investigations and handle evidence in accordance with prescribed procedures.
  • Ability to train and supervise others.
  • Ability to draft correspondence and written reports in English.
  • Incumbent must possess a driver license that is valid for at least five years.

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.

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