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American Embassy

Information Assistant

U.S. Mission to the EU

Brussels, Belgium

The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of INFORMATION ASSISTANT.

Open to: All Interested Applicants. Click here to see the list of definition

Closing Date: July 2, 2017

Work Hours: Full-time

Salary Range: Ordinarily resident (OR): (FSN-8): EURO 3,428 – 4,530 gross/month
                           Not-Ordinarily resident (NOR): FP-06* – USD 31,931 – 55,361 gross/p.a.

*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.

ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Monitors media reporting and establishes relationships with the individuals covering those U.S.-EU issues through active personal contact and outreach. Plans and implements media events and briefings. Prepares regular early-morning electronic publications of media reporting. Advises and prepares the Ambassador and other senior officials for media engagements.

A. Explain U.S. Policy to journalists

Plans and implements press briefings and press conferences. Manages on-site and off-site press facilities, and responds to various administrative requests from the media. Engages members of the EU press corps to disseminate and clarify important U.S. Government messages with sensitivity to security, Privacy Act, and other legal requirements that may apply. Responds to press inquiries and takes steps to enhance understanding personally, or refers members of the press to Mission or Washington officials who may be able to provide additional expertise on the subject.

B. Monitors and reports on press coverage

Gathers information from a wide range of multi-lingual European media to prepare regular early-morning electronic publications with media reporting on various transatlantic and sectoral issues affecting U.S. interests. Produces in-depth media reports and analyses reports as tasked, including tracking of media coverage and public opinion polls on key U.S.-EU issues. Updates database for press activities and media results, along with other relevant internal databases and documents.

C. Outreach and media relations

Advises the Ambassador, Mission officials, and visitors regarding engagement with the media. Participates in preparatory meetings for public engagement by senior officials. Identifies and forwards relevant guidance, speeches, statements and official texts to help Mission officers to respond appropriately to queries from their official contacts and the media. Highlights media issues which may require immediate attention from the Ambassador or Washington, and drafts guidance and talking points as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

1. EDUCATION: University level background in liberal arts, political science, international relations, public relations, journalism, communications, or a related field.

2. EXPERIENCE: Minimum two years of experience with EU-related institutions, think tanks, or non- governmental organizations; as a journalist covering EU issues; or in a public affairs office dedicated to EU issues.

3. LANGUAGE: Speaking, reading, and writing: fluency (Level IV) in English and French.

4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Skill in written communication to draft complex documents for use by senior officials. Ability to develop and sustain productive working relationships. Strong organizational skills, the ability to work independently, to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, to set priorities, and to produce a large volume of work accurately and occasionally under pressure. Needs flexibility and team spirit, to be able to work with often changing schedules and sometimes conflicting priorities in a large Mission. Must stay abreast of breaking news and issues affecting the U.S.-EU relationship in a complex global environment. Must be able to make sound recommendations to management that result in effectively promoting U.S. policies to those with opposing point of views. .

5. JOB KNOWLEDGE: A solid knowledge of current policy issues in the U.S.-EU relationship and a wide variety of communications strategies, techniques, and dissemination methods. Must quickly become familiar with Department of State guidelines, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to public affairs initiatives. Must be able to take initiative and work independently and under pressure. Must know the European media scene in Brussels. Must keep updated on U.S. societal and political developments and their impact on the work of the Mission.

SELECTION PROCESS

When qualified, applicants who are U.S. citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) are given preference in hiring. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants make themselves known as having a hiring preference and specifically address the required qualifications above in their application.

Hiring Preference Order:

(1) U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (AEFM) who is also a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran;
(2) U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (AEFM);
(3) Foreign Service Officer on Leave Without Pay.

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status;
  2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply;
  3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule;
  4. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a Sensitive but Unclassified (SBU) security clearance;
  5. Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMS, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:

PREFERRED OPTION:

Form DS-174 – Universal Application for Employment (UAE) as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member - can be downloaded from the website; or

TO BE USED ONLY IF FORM DS-174 IS NOT ACCESSIBLE

A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) with the dates of employment (month/year of start and end dates), work schedule (including average hours per week for part-time or intermittent work), and detailed descriptions of duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments for each prior position; or combination of both; i.e. Sections 1 -24 of the UAE along with a listing of the applicant’s work experience attached as a separate sheet; or

A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1 -24 of the Form DS-174 along with a current resume or CV;

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU MAY BE ASKED TO COMPLETE THE DS-174 AT ANY STAGE DURING THE HIRING PROCESS.

PLUS

Eligible Family Member candidates who claim US Veterans preference must submit written documentation confirming eligibility (e.g. Member Copy 4 of form DD-214, Letter from the Veteran’s Administration, or certification documenting eligibility under the VOW Act with an expected discharge no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted) by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veteran’s preference will not be considered in the application process. Specific criteria for receiving a U.S. Veteran’s preference may be found in HR/OE’s Family

Member Employment Policy (FMEP).

Family members may apply for vacant positions 90 days prior to their arrival at post (counting from the closing date of the vacancy) provided that they are in possession of travel orders. A copy of the travel orders must be included in the application package.

Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above must be included in the application package.

WHERE TO APPLY:

https://be.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs

CLOSING DATE OF THIS POSITION: JULY 2, 2017

The three U.S. Missions in Belgium provide 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. The Department of State also strives to achieve Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

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