Thinking About Jordan


jordan flag, amman jordan, foreign service usaidI haven’t written much about Jordan, other than that we’re moving there. I mentioned I applied for some jobs. I also wrote about trying to learn Arabic.The truth is: I haven’t had much to update since Kail got his assignment after bidding within our first two weeks of arriving to Kabul. We were glad to get our first choice but we still had 11+ months of living and working in Kabul — and five R&Rs/RRBs to plan — so we weren’t quite focusing on Jordan just yet.Now that our final R&R is behind us and we’re down to one month left of our Afghanistan tour, I’ve been mentally preparing for another transfer season: another packout, another home leave, another move to another new country, adapting to another new job and once again, meeting and making another new set of friends. I’m rereading more closely our “Welcome to Jordan” materials — explaining everything from the arrivals and check-in process to sponsoring domestic workers.I’ve subscribed to the weekly Embassy newsletter and I’m paying more attention to vehicles for sale and upcoming events. I’ve bookmarked a fellow FS blogger’s list of Jordan favorites and reached out with random questions about fitness facilities and buying a car (thank you, Donna!).And oh, yeah: I’ve been offered and accepted a job. Not just any old Family Member Appointment (FMA) job, but a Personal Services Contractor (PSC) position with USAID. It’s similar to the job I have now, except with a lot more responsibility. My offer is contingent upon obtaining (another) security clearance so that’s all the detail I’m comfortable giving now so as not to jinx myself. It’s a two-year contract with the option to extend, so there’s a chance I could be employed the entirety of Kail’s four-year Amman tour, which is great.An important note: I am not knocking FMA jobs for Foreign Service spouses. I think Embassies have come a long way in terms of offering employment to spouses of Foreign Service Officers and also supporting spouses who choose to work on the local economy (where the opportunity exists). I also realize there’s no way I could have gotten the Jordan job without my current EFM experience in Kabul.That being said, there’s something incredibly satisfying in knowing that my employment will be completely independent of Kail’s (you know, like it is for normal married couples). Even though I’ll be on his travel orders (it’s not like we’ll get double all the the benefits, such as housing), my employment is not contingent upon his being assigned to post.Another important note: Now is a good time to remind everyone of the disclaimer located at the bottom of this and every other page on my blog. The content of my blog won’t change much, since I rarely write about work. We certainly won’t be traveling (at least not internationally) as often, and I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to keep up as regular of a posting schedule.For now, we’re focused on tying up loose ends here in Kabul and preparing for this next transition. Wish us luck!What do you have planned for the summer?

Published by La Vie Overseas

I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

11 thoughts on “Thinking About Jordan

  1. Good Luck!! Look forward to seeing you guys when you’re back in the states and congrats on the new job!! xoxo


    1. I did — contingent upon a security clearance update. So my contract is yet to be finalized. But since I have a current clearance with State I don’t think it will take AS long to get it updated/transferred to USAID. 😀


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