The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi engulfed in flames during the Sept. 11, 2012, attack. (Esam Omran Aa-Fetori/Reuters)

Jones, a veteran career diplomat, will fill the post that was left vacant when Chris Stevens was killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate. Jones’ resume includes a stint as the ambassador to Kuwait, as well as postings in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Ethiopia, and Syria.

And in other tough-assignment embassy news, Obama also named career Foreign Service officer James Knight as ambassador to Chad.