An official website of the United States government

April 7, 2023

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT For Chef/Cook at the Chief of Mission’s Residence (Announcement Number: CMR ORE-23-001)

OPEN TO:                       UAE Resident Applicants Only

POSITION:                       Chef/Cook

OPENING DATE:           April 07, 2023

CLOSING DATE:            Open Until Filled

WORK HOURS:              Full-Time; 54 hours/week

SALARY:                          AED 60,000.00 per annum

Benefits are paid in addition to base salary – benefits include:

  • Annual Miscellaneous Benefits/Food Allowance: AED 6,300.00.
  • Annual Gratuities: 1/3 of base monthly salary for either Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha, or

For Christmas and Easter Holidays.

  • Annual Housing Allowance: AED 35,000 or for employee who is single, a single room accommodation will be provided by employer.
  • Annual Uniform Allowance: AED 1,470.00.
  • Annual round trip homeward passage ticket/allowance (employee, spouse and up to three children).
  • Medical insurance (employee, spouse, and children).
  • Annual leave (30 days) paid sick leave (13 days) and paid Maternity leave (45 days).
  • Severance Pay in accordance with UAE labor law.
  • Repatriation ticket (if applicable).

This is a vacancy announcement for an Official Residence Expense (ORE) designated position at the Official Residence of U.S. Ambassador to the UAE. (NOTE: ORE employees are neither U.S. government employees nor employees of the U.S. Embassy. They are employees of the principal representative in whose home they work).



  • Prepare meals for the Ambassador and his/her family. Prepare sit-down meals for up to 40 guests.  Prepare food for larger buffets and cocktail parties serving up to 120 people or more.
  • Plan menus for parties and weekly meals.
  • Must be familiar with different styles of cooking (e.g., American, Arabic, European, Asian etc.), including seafood preparation.
  • Responsible for the purchase and accounting of groceries, kitchen supplies, and cleaning supplies required for kitchen operation.
  • Maintain accurate records of expenditures and record expenses for representational events.
  • Responsible for kitchen operations, such as cleanliness (e.g., washing dishes, cleaning stoves, cabinets, floors, refrigerators, etc.) as well as for the proper maintenance of kitchen equipment.
  • Assist in polishing all brass, copper, and silver, including silver services in the representational areas of the residence.
  • Assists with general house cleaning when the housemaid is on leave (housemaid has back-up responsibility to help in kitchen during large parties and when the cook is on vacation).
  • When necessary, meet and escort all service staff (i.e., maintenance, catering, etc.) while service staff is in the residence perform repairs and service.
  • Perform small maintenance tasks such a replacing interior light bulbs and exterior security lights within reach.
  • As needed, work overtime in the evening and on weekends.



Note: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.


Education: Completion of secondary school is required.  Professional training is required (hotel school, vocational restaurant training majoring in restaurant operations, etc.).


Work Experience: 5 to 10 years of experience as a Cook with a history of progressively responsible restaurant work with recognized culinary reputation, including seafood meals preparation.


Language: Good working knowledge of English is required.


Abilities and Skills: Must be familiar with different styles of cooking (e.g., American, Arabic, European, Asian, etc.), including seafood preparation; must be inventive and flexible; must be able to respect a budget; must be able to adapt or “upgrade” a private meal to an official representational meal with little notice.



  • Hiring is subject to funds availability.
  • Hiring is subject to customary medical clearance, security certification, and ability to maintain (and/or re-obtain) requisite UAE residency and work permit.



Interested applicants for this position should submit the following:

  • Applicants must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae in a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
  • Applications exceeding 1 MB will not be accepted.
  • Unless specified above, do not provide us with certifications, photographs, or scans of any documentation at this time. Additional documentation may be requested only if the applicant is selected for an interview.
  • Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Applicants must attach copy of their UAE residency visa.


The subject line of the application email should read as: “Chef/Cook CMR ORE-23-001” – Name of Applicant”

Closing Date for this Vacancy Announcement is: 

Open Until Filled