The MFO offers a range of employment opportunities to civilians who form the backbone of our mission of peace in support of Egypt and Israel. 

Currently, we employ a total of approximately 140 direct hire international civilian staff across our offices in Rome, Tel Aviv, and Cairo and two military bases in Sinai, Egypt.  Most international employment contracts are for two-years renewable, with either single or accompanied status, and include free housing and comprehensive medical coverage.  MFO international civilian employees may also be eligible for tax reimbursement.  The base salary scale for international civilian employees is provided below.

MFO international civilian employees assigned to the Sinai also enjoy free meals, recreational facilities, and annual travel benefits.  For positions based in the Sinai, Egypt, the MFO prefers individuals with prior Middle East experience and who are self-starters with excellent communications skills. They should have the ability to live in a relatively austere environment.

The MFO Embraces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness

At the MFO, we seek candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our commitment to peace and regional stability. We are strongly committed to ensuring workforce diversity; particularly in terms of gender and ethnicity. We believe that by promoting fairness in the workplace and fostering a culture of inclusiveness, we can attract the best talent.  We strive to create a work environment in which employees feel valued and have the opportunity to excel regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.  We do not tolerate any kind of harassment, abuse, or discrimination.

The MFO regrets it cannot respond to all applicants.


MFO People Strategy 2021-25

Current positions
Mar 21, 2018

Civilian Observer

Sinai, Egypt

Experience Required

Former US military officer with a college degree as well as recent experience in a combat arms branch or similar, techniques of air/ground reconnaissance including map reading, air and ground navigation, strong computer skills, knowledge of military equipment, organization and weapons systems, and HF/VHF radio communications procedures. Ability to live and work with soldiers from twelve different countries in a relatively Spartan environment. Middle East Area Specialist experience and some Arabic/Hebrew is highly desirable.


Graduation from a US military staff college is a plus.


US citizenship is mandatory.

2-year, unaccompanied contract, attractive salary, benefits and housing, food and medical care included. May be eligible for tax free status.

This is an MFO Grade 10 position.


POSITION TITLE: Civilian Observer
DEPARTMENT: Civilian Observer Unit (COU)
CATEGORY: Grade 10
LOCATION: South Camp, Sinai
DATE: 21 March 2018
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Chief, Civilian Observer Unit (CCOU)

All MFO Personnel serving in the Sinai are under the authority of the Force Commander.


The incumbent is responsible for verifying the implementation of limits throughout all four zones as noted in the Treaty of Peace. Civilian observers in COU uniform travel by airplane, helicopter, and four-wheel drive vehicle on multiple day missions to verify and report. Observers operate in harsh terrain, often on rudimentary roads in all weather conditions, under considerable threat conditions. The COU is the only MFO element that regularly operates in all four Treaty zones. Civilian observers have specific additional duties as assigned by the CCOU and may also be assigned other duties relating to MFO mission accomplishment.


  • Learn Treaty limitations on personnel and equipment in the respective zones. Become expert in the COU mission and knowledgeable with how it pertains to and is part of the overall MFO mission by becoming familiar with MFO guidance and historical summaries pertinent to the COU mission.
  • Develop and maintain skills in: map reading, aerial and ground navigation in the desert by aircraft and vehicle; proper radio communication procedures; first aid; recognition of accountable military equipment and weapons of both parties; off-road driving in the desert; cross-cultural communication; and individual counter-terrorism measures.
  • Become familiar with all aspects of COU mission areas, including geography, infrastructure development, disposition of equipment and units (military, border guard and police) and changes that may impact on the COU or MFO missions. COU members should develop, maintain and hand-off area knowledge that otherwise would be lost with personnel rotations.
  • Observers must be prepared to provide expert opinion and terrain knowledge of the Area of Operations (AO), and of accountable items and party training regimes to other members of the Force and operations and command staff.
  • Act as a team leader or team member of twice-monthly reconnaissance missions conducted by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft in all four treaty zones. Act as a team leader or team member of twice-monthly verification missions. When assigned as team leader for a specific mission, the incumbent is responsible for successful mission accomplishment in coordination with the other observer and must continually display good judgement in all situations dealing with host nation representatives, government officials and citizens. When assigned as team leader for new COU personnel, the incumbent is responsible for training and evaluating the new observer in all aspects of reconnaissance and verification duties and in the specific aspects of each mission area. All mission teams include a liaison officer from the receiving state.
  • Present oral reports on mission results to fellow members of the COU and as necessary to the Force Commander and senior staff.
  • Submit written reports on mission results and any special developments, events and incidents to the Operations Officer, CCOU and as necessary to the Force Commander and senior staff.
  • Serve as COU Reporting Officer or Mission Control Coordinator, keeping the CCOU apprised of actions requiring the attention of the CCOU and taking appropriate action as necessary.
  • Undergo Duty Investigator training and lead Duty Investigation teams as required.
  • If required, serve as the COU Operations Officer on a rotational basis.
  • If required, serve as an Investigation Officer within the Force as directed by the Force Commander.
  • Perform additional duties in direct support of the Unit or the Force, as assigned by CCOU including those relating to MFO mission accomplishment. These duties may include but are not limited to: COU Supply Officer; Ground Transportation Officer; Communications Officer; Guidance Training Officer; and others, on a rotational basis, as designated by the CCOU.



Diplomatic or senior military experience. Ability to learn quickly, adapt to new surroundings and different cultures, work collegially and diplomatically in a multinational environment. Willingness to work odd hours and intensely for moderate periods. For those with contracts longer than one year, teaching skills are essential -- the ability to convey complex information in a comprehensible manner. Ability to work in a desert climate, adaptability to a hardship assignment with regional leave travel subject to Force Protection measures. Previous experience in the region is helpful but not a requirement. A Driving License is essential, a heavy vehicle license is preferred and the ability to drive in a rough desert environment. Competence in the use of information technology software is required, including proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite. Proficiency in the use of database and mapping software is desired.


Knowledge of Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish and/or French is useful but not required.


International Civilian Employee Base Annual Salaries (in USD)


GRADE Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
14 155,012 157,643 160,288 162,943 165,607 168,284 170,967 173,659 176,358 179,064
13 138,063


141,170 142,724 144,277 145,832 147,384 148,937 150,491 152,044
12 114,470 117,092 119,713 122,334 124,955 127,578 130,199 132,820 135,441 138,063
11 99,615 101,849 104,081 106,316 108,547 110,781 113,013 115,248 117,481 119,713
10 82,139 85,051 87,964 90,877 93,789 96,703 99,615 102,528 105,440 108,354
9 70,780 73,401 76,022 78,644 81,264 83,887 86,509 89,129 91,751 94,372
8 62,042 64,177 66,314 68,449 70,586 72,721 74,857 76,993 79,129 81,264
7 54,177 56,022 57,865 59,711 61,555 63,400 65,246 67,089 68,934 70,780
6 46,312 48,060 49,808 51,556 53,302 55,050 56,798 58,546 60,293 62,042
5 40,195 41,748 43,303 44,856 46,410 47,963 49,516 51,070 52,623 54,177


Additional Information

  • All MFO international civilian employees receive a retirement premium which is 7% of base salary.
  • Sinai, Egypt: MFO international civilian employees based in the Sinai receive a Sinai Service Premium which is 20% of base salary.
  • Other MFO locations: MFO international civilian employees based in Rome, Cairo or Tel Aviv receive a location specific post-allowance which takes into account U.S. Dept. of State post location allowances and average family sizes.
  • The Director General’s salary is set based on U.S. Government and international organization comparators. The Force Commander’s salary is set using an Assistant Secretary General level comparator for regional UN peacekeeping Force Commander positions.