We’ve provided answers to those most frequently asked questions for those looking to work in our offices located in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

What if I am not a U.S. National?

Per our personnel policy regarding U.S. employment authorization, Chemonics requires that individuals offered employment in the United States provide proof of work eligibility and identification. Employees must complete a federal form as an employment contingency and are required to report any change in work authorization status to Chemonics in a timely manner.

If a foreign national has qualifications that are not easily available in the United States, Chemonics will consider sponsoring the individual for a special work visa, but may require the candidate to pay the costs of securing a work visa.

Please note that for entry-level positions, there are many qualified individuals in the United States. Therefore, U.S. immigration guidelines make it difficult to provide special visas to foreign nationals for these positions. As a result, Chemonics does not sponsor work authorization visas for entry-level positions.

Do you hire people from outside of the Washington, D.C. area?

We do. However, entry- and mid-level candidates must finance their own travel to Washington for interviewing, as well as relocation expenses if hired. Chemonics reserves the right to finance the travel to Washington for interviewing and relocation expenses for specific senior management positions.

What do you look for in candidates?

We look for people who are passionate about our mandate — to help people live healthier, more productive, and more independent lives — and have experience and an academic degree in a relevant field. Because most of the work we do is team-based, we look for people who work well in teams and have good interpersonal skills. We also look for people who take initiative and share innovative ideas. Candidates must possess cultural sensitivity as our work is international. Knowledge of a foreign language is helpful but not required for most positions. And, we look for individuals who display the characteristics of a Chemonics professional: versatility, leadership, and integrity.

How can I find out about the status of my application?

Upon submission of your application, you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt. If one of our recruitment panels wants to consider you, we will contact you either by e-mail or telephone. Otherwise, your profile will remain active for six months. Please keep in mind that hiring is driven by the needs of our departments, and we are not able to predict when there will be a position fitting your skills and qualifications. We encourage you to visit our career center periodically to see if any new openings have been posted that interest you.