U.S. Embassy Malabo is recruiting Citizen Liaison Volunteers (CLVs) to participate in the American Liaison Network. Formerly known as the “Consular Warden Program,” the American Liaison Network is a key component of the U.S. Embassy’s efforts to ensure the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Equatorial Guinea.
U.S. Embassies around the world rely heavily on these networks to share information with and render aid to U.S. citizens in need. As a CLV, you would have an important role in helping us keep the U.S. citizen community in Equatorial Guinea informed and, in extraordinary circumstances, helping us deliver emergency services to U.S. citizens in need. This unpaid volunteer program emphasizes two-way communication during both emergencies and non-crisis periods.
We are looking to recruit new Citizen Liaison Volunteers from all locations in the Equatorial Guinea. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a Citizen Liaison Volunteer or learning more about the requirements of the program. Once you notify us of your interest, we’ll get back to you with more information and further instructions.
Who is a Citizen Liaison Volunteer
- A private American citizen resident in a foreign country who volunteers to assist consular sections in disaster preparedness, welfare & whereabouts, and alerting fellow Americans to emergency situations.
- Citizen Liaison Volunteers often have close ties to the U.S. expat community; therefore they are often the fastest and most effective route to distributing information to Americans and are essential when normal communication channels fail.
- They facilitate distribution of routine administrative information (changes in section work hours, procedures, embassy closures, and voting information) of interest to the U.S. private community.
Citizen Liaison Volunteers provide important, timely safety and security information, which might include the times and locations of upcoming local demonstrations, areas of potential unrest due to local celebrations or elections, or information about a specific medical issue.
American Liaison Network Communication
- The U.S. State Department is constantly looking for new ways to distribute information to
the public, so we are open to suggestions. U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide rely on
different communication methods to disseminate information to wardens and stay in touch with them:
- Email/ text messages (SMS) are the most commonly used.
- Telephone, radios and faxes: in distant locations that lack the infrastructure and communication technology.
- Community online blogs and social networks (e.g., within your housing community or employee
association, and sharing from our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
Beyond the Call of Duty
- Providing updates about situations in their district
- Assisting/encouraging the registration of newcomers in STEP
- Assisting in crisis: natural disasters, civil unrest, etc.
- Alerting American citizens without immediate e-mail or internet access to emergency
- Disseminating information about routine topics such as voter registration, income taxes, etc. If you are interested in serving as a Citizen Liaison Volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.