Job Opportunities at the Embassy

The U.S. Mission to Sri Lanka and Maldives is seeking to attract the highest caliber and best qualified staff.  Interested applicants should review each position vacancy thoroughly to ensure that their qualifications meet all the requirements.

Before Applying

Please carefully read the entire vacancy announcement and make sure that you meet all of the eligibility and qualification requirements. You will need the information and documents related to your work experience, education, work or residency permits, and contact details readily available to submit the online application.

Review the ‘Eight Qualities of Embassy Employees(PDF 183 KB). These qualities are essential for being a successful member of the Mission.

Positions advertised to “All Interested Candidates” are open to all candidates who are Sri Lankan citizens or have the required residence permits for employment in Sri Lanka. If the job announcement states that the position vacancy is open to “USEFMs” or “Current Employees of the Mission, U.S. citizen EFMs, EFMs, and MOH – all agencies”, then you MUST be a current U.S. Mission employee or eligible family member (EFM) or Member of Household (MOH) to apply. Other applicants will not be considered for these positions. For an overview of the terms (EFM/MOH/OR/NOR) and their definitions, please see: Definitions (PDF 148 KB).

How to Apply

All currently available positions at U.S. Embassy Colombo are posted on the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) webpage powered by  Applications must be completed and submitted through ERA.  PAPER OR E-MAILED APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

  1. Go to the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA).
  2. Find a job vacancy.
  3. Review the vacancy announcement to see if you qualify.
  4. Click on ‘Apply to this Vacancy’ button.
  5. If you don’t have an account, click on “Create an Account” on the ERA Sign In webpage
  6. Complete the Account Creation form.
  7. After you complete these steps, you will be redirected to the log-in page.  Use your log-in e-mail and password you created to log-in to the ERA page.  After you log-in, you will see your Dashboard Page (Welcome Dashboard) then click on ‘Return to Job Search’ and click on the position title that you want to apply for.  Complete application process and submit your application.
  8. All applications and required supporting documents must be submitted through ERA to be considered.

By filling out the on-line application form, candidates commit to being trustworthy as to all the information therein provided and are aware that any false statement will result in being excluded from the selection process, or may be grounds for termination after the beginning of employment.

Current Vacancies in the U.S. Embassy

Position Title Position Description (PD) Vacancy Closing Date Open to
Senior Security Guard (Female/Male) PD : Senior Security Guard 01/28/2019 Current Employees of the Mission


The U.S. Mission in to Sri Lanka and Maldives 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. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the U.S. Mission to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Need access to a computer and internet?

The U.S. Embassy has several locations that provide computer use to the general public:

The Information Resource Center, located at 44 Galle Road, Colombo 03, has 20 computers. Members of the American Center are allowed to use these computers.  NIC/valid photo identification or the American Center Membership card is required for access.  Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am – 6 pm.

Similar services are available at the:

American Corner Kandy
D.S. Senanayke Memorial Public Library


American Corner Jaffna
No. 23, Athiyady New Road
Nallur, Jaffna