VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT An Equal Opportunity Employer
Southern Africa Regional
The U.S, Embassy in Mbabane, Swaziland is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Information Assistant in the Public Affairs Office,
NOTE: ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
OPENING DATE: April 4, 2018
CLOSING DATE: April 18, 2018
SALARY: *Ordinarily Resident (OR): E235,841 p.a. — E239, 048 p.a. (Starting salary) (Position Grade: FSN-9) Non-cash benefits include medical and pension.
Basic Function of Position
The incumbent advises the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Public Affairs Officer (PAO), and other section heads on developments in the Swazi media and how those developments impact upon the bilateral relationship. Plans and implements Embassy media strategies designed to produce greater understanding of U.S. policies and achievements among the public. The incumbent reports directly to the PAO.
Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.
I. Education: A university degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Political Science, Economics or Public Relations is required.
2. Experience: A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in a media outlet, think tank. university, NGO, international organization, foreign embassy, government office or corporation is required, with responsibility for public relations, public affairs, journalism, communications, marketing, managing public relations, outreach events, press conferences, and other media interactions as significant parts of the job. Must have experience managing digital properties, including direct online interaction with the public, and content creation in multimedia and traditional formats,
3. Language: Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Wiiting siSwati is required.
4. Knowledge: Expert knowledge of international affairs and Swazi foreign and domestic policy issues, including democracy promotion, economic development and HIV/AIDS. High level of knowledge and understanding of U.S. policies, Swazi and international. media, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and academic institutions.
5. Skills and Abilities: Significant communication skills are required. Excellent knowledge of computers, including MS Office suite and managing website is required. Ability to work under. extreme time pressures. Ability to scan, comprehend and summarize quickly. Flexibility to adjust to shifting priorities and focuses. Ability to develop and Maintain excellent contacts and working relationships with journalists and government officials. Ability to draft and translate.