Hawkins, Jeffrey J., Jr. - Central African Republic - April 2015


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE


SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Central African Republic

CANDIDATE: Jeffrey J. Hawkins, Jr.


Jeffrey J. Hawkins, Jr., a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria, a position he has held since 2012. Mr. Hawkins’ service twice as Deputy Chief of Mission, including as Deputy Chief of Mission in Luanda, Angola, and his three assignments in Africa give him unique qualifications to serve as our Chief of Mission in the Central African Republic.

Previously, Mr. Hawkins served as Director of the Department of State’s Office of South and Central Asian Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (2010-2012), Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Luanda, Angola (2008-2010), Consul, American Presence Post Lille, France (2006-2008), and Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (2004-2006). Prior to that, Mr. Hawkins served as Political/Economic Chief, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (2003-2004), Desk Officer for Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S Department of State (2002-2003). He also served as Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (1999-2002), Consular Officer, U.S. Consulate Chennai, India (1996-1999), and as Political Officer and General Services Officer, U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (1994-1996). Before joining the Department of State, Mr. Gilmore was a Desk Officer with the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. (1990-1994). Mr. Hawkins also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 2002-2010.

Mr. Hawkins earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, and a M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990. He is the recipient of numerous Department of State awards, and the Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal Award. He speaks French and Portuguese.