U.S. Department of State
U.S. Mission Tegucigalpa
Announcement No: TGG-2019-29
Position Title: Public Engagement Assistant (Press and Media)
Opening Period: May 14, 2019 – May 29, 2019
Series/Grade: LE 6510 – 9, FS 6510 – 5
Salary: LE-9 L 402,663 (annual salary)
FS-5 $ 54,932 (steps 1 through 4) (annual salary)
For More Info: Mailing Address: Send to American Embassy, Human Resources Office, Room 335, and P.O. Box 3453, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
E-mail Address: Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who May Apply: All Interested Applicants / All Sources
For USEFM – FS is 5 (steps 1 through 4). Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
Required: Local Security Certification or Public Trust
Appointment: Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period.
Marketing Statement: We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees https://careers.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Eight-Qualities-of-Overseas-Employees.pdf before you apply.
Summary: The U.S. Mission in Tegucigalpa is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Public Engagement Assistant (Press and Media) in the Public Affairs Section (PAS).
The work schedule for this position is:
• Full Time (40 hours per week)
** Applications must include all required documentation below.
Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
Supervisory Position: No
Duties: The Press and Media Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the Strategic Content Coordination Specialist. The position has no supervisory responsibilities. Monitors host-country press and media coverage of issues of importance to the United States (U.S.). Identifies and advises Mission leadership on strategies for promoting accurate, balanced host-country press and media coverage of U.S. foreign policy and American interests; correcting misinformation; and countering disinformation. Builds productive relationships with press and media professionals in person and online.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EVALUATIONS
Education: A university degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Political Science, Economics or local equivalent is required.
Experience: A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in a media outlet, think tank, university, Non-Governmental Organization, 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.
Job Knowledge: Comprehensive understanding of host-country press/media institutions and professional journalism standards and practices, as well as trends in audience preferences for information consumption (print, TV, radio, online) is required. Must have an understanding of communication trends in the region and internationally as they affect the host-country information landscape and must be familiar with influence patterns in information flow. Knowledge of marketing techniques, market analysis and audience analytics in the host country.
Language: Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing in English is required. Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing in Spanish is required. (These will be tested)
Skills and Abilities:
Analytic skills: Ability to identify, analyze, predict and continually assess attitudes of press and media outlets and information consumers across a wide range of thematic policy areas is required. Must have strong analytic skills to match specific U.S. foreign policy objectives with relevant host-country attitudes, perceptions, and stereotypes, and the ability to conceptualize how best to use the full range of Public Diplomacy (PD) communication and program tools to move those attitudes in positive ways. Must have the ability to advise senior PD/Mission leaders of opportunities to promote Mission objectives with key audience segments and identify creative approaches to address sensitive challenges. Must be able to perceive significant changes in the host-country influence landscape, and to adjust press/media operations and products to maximize balanced coverage for priority audiences.
Communication/Interpersonal skills: Must have excellent customer relations, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. Must be able to identify influential voices in both traditional and digital information outlets, and engage them to positive effect. Must be able to communicate effectively in formal and informal situations on nuances of U.S. policy; must have excellent written and oral communication skills in order to speak publicly; write reports, press releases and other products; engage in on-line fora; and contribute to publications in English and host-country language. Must be able to tailor communications to fit formal and informal situations. Must be able to brief U.S. officers and visitors on a variety of issues and interpret between English and the host-country language for public programs.
Management skills: Strong event and management skills are required. Must be able to organize and run events such as press conferences, interviews, workshops and journalism training seminars, often on short notice or in emergencies.
Technical skills: Good keyboarding and data entry skills are required; excellent familiarity with electronic discovery tools, in particular the Internet, and standard information retrieval practices and procedures are required. Thorough, detailed knowledge of various computer software programs, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, and databases, as well as databases, and reporting tools is required. Detailed knowledge of and ability to use digital platforms, tools and products are required. Must have good numerical skills to develop budget projections and statistics for press and media analytics. Must have basic familiarity with TV and radio production skills to oversee logistics for press and television coverage. Ability to use social media and mobile platforms and photo editing software, photo and video sharing sites and to create podcasts are all required skills. (These will be tested)
Availability: Must be available to travel throughout the host country to support Mission press and media engagement activities.
Qualifications: All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications/clearances.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Benefits: Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Tegucigalpa may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:
(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2) AEFM / USEFM
(3) FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **
* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date, and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.
For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link: https://careers.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VA-Definitions-and-Additional-Employment-Considerations.pdf
How to Apply: All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance. Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on HR/OE Intranet Site and the Mission internet site.
To apply for this position, applicants should electronically submit all documents listed below:
For more information on how to apply, visit the Mission internet site: https://hn.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/
Required Documents: Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:
• Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent if applicable)
• Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)
• Passport copy (if applicable)
• University Degree
• Proof of citizenship
• For hiring preference candidates, language scores (if available)
• DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
• SF-50 (if applicable)
****Applicants must include all of the required documentation listed above. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.
What to Expect Next: Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via telephone or email.
For further information: the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office at email@example.com
Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Tegucigalpa.