Embassy Snapshot: “Historically-Difficult-to-Fill” Post

Embassy N’Djamena continued to be a “historically difficult-to-fill” post, and six out of eight key positions were filled by first-tour officers, and temporary duty personnel, or were vacant at the time of inspection. Long gaps due to curtailments and the difficulties of staffing the Embassy result in post experiencing a series of temporary duty stopgaps or vacancies in key positions. Adequate mentoring and development of first-tour officers is difficult if not impossible when there are not enough experienced, permanent officers at post.

“Historically difficult-to-staff” posts are those where more than 50 percent of vacancies receive no more than three bids on assignments for three out of four years.

Inspection of Embassy N’Djamena, Chad

Excerpted from Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to the Congress, October 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 | PDF