Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Officially In: Robert E. Whitehead to Lome

Map of TogoImage via WikipediaPresident Obama announced in October his intent to nominate Robert E. Whitehead to be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic.

The WH released the following brief bio:

Robert E. Whitehead, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has served at the Department of State for 27 years.  From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Whitehead served as the ChargĂ© d'Affaires in Khartoum, Sudan.  Other overseas assignments have included Deputy Chief of Mission in the Central African Republic, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Additionally, Whitehead served briefly as ChargĂ© d’Affaires ad interim in Rwanda in 1994 and as the first consul general in Juba, Southern Sudan in 2006.   His assignments in Washington have included Director of the Office of African Analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Senior Inspector in the Office of the Inspector General, and Desk Officer in the Office of West African Affairs.  Before entering the Foreign Service, he was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Zaire. 

Mr. Whitehead received a B.A. from Taylor University and an M.A. from Southern Illinois University.

If confirmed, Mr. Whitehead would succeed career diplomat, Patricia McMahon Hawkins who was appointed to the US Embassy in Lome in 2008.

Although we note that Mr. Whitehead had not served in the AIP posts (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan), he was Consul General in Juba, Southern Sudan in 2006. That's followed by another assignment in Khartoum, Sudan from 2009-2011.  Both posts are designated 25% danger post, and 25% hardship post. Cost of living in Juba and Khartoum is also high that both posts receives 25% COLA differential.  Prior to Sudan, he was in the Central African Republic and Zimbabwe, both 30% hardship posts. 

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