Jones Paul W. - Republic of Poland - June 2015



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

POST: Republic of Poland

CANDIDATE: Paul Wayne Jones

Paul Wayne Jones, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, a position he has held since 2013. Mr. Jones is well known for his leadership in managing multi-agency operations and mentoring FSOs. His extensive experience working with European institutions and managing U.S. – Europe relations while serving in several key positions in Europe and the Department of State makes him well qualified to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Poland.

Mr. Jones previously served as Ambassador to Malaysia at U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur (2010-2013). Prior to that, he served in the Department as Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009-2010). He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission three times, at U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (2005-2009), at the U.S. Mission to OSCE, Vienna, Austria (2004-2005), and at U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia (1996-1999). Mr. Jones served as Director in both the Department’s Office of South Central Europe, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (2001-2003) and the Office of the Secretariat Staff (2000-2001). He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Head of Mission to the OSCE Mission to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995-1996). Prior to that, he served as the Benelux Desk Officer in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (1994-1995), and as Consular Officer at U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (1992-1994). His early assignments include Watch Officer in the Operations Center in Washington, D.C. and Political/Consular Officer in Bogota, Columbia.

Mr. Jones earned a B.A. from Cornell University in 1982, a M.A. from the University of Virginia in 1985, and a M.A. from the Naval War College in 2000. He has won numerous Department performance awards. He speaks Russian and Spanish.