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U.S. EMBASSY OUAGADOUGOU : VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 13/051T

INFORMATION ASSISTANT

The U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is seeking individuals for the position of Information Assistant in the Public Diplomacy Section.

This position is located in the Public Diplomacy Section. Direct supervision is provided by the Publics Affairs Officer.

Opening Date : June 13, 2013
Closing Date : July 08, 2013
Open to : all interested candidates
Work Schedule : Full-time (40 hours/week)

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

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

The Information Assistant serves as principal advisor to the Public Affairs Office and the Ambassador's Office on all media relations, press outreach, and reporting in Burkina Faso. S/He is responsible for the planning and implementation of all media activities - press conferences, public events, and media professional development - in support of the Mission's objectives. S/He is the senior contact in charge of maintaining relationships with the leadership levels of national media.

Employee will serve in multicultural environment and in a section which is primarily responsible for the public diplomacy efforts of the Embassy through cultural and information affairs.

Required Qualifications :

NOTE : All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

o Education : A three years college degree in the liberal arts, political science, economics, communication journalism, international relations, public relations or related fields with specialized training in press and publications, writing, radio, or television is required

o Work Experience : Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the communications media as a journalist, radio broadcaster, audio-visual specialist, or a combination of similar experience

o Language Proficiency : Level IV (fluent) in written and spoken English and Level IV (fluent) in written and spoken French is required

English language skills will be tested

o Knowledge : Extensive knowledge of host country's media, political, economic, social and educational institutions. Extensive contacts within the spectrum of political parties, mass media, government, cultural, labor and business circles.

o Skills and Abilities : Ability to develop and maintain access to high-level target audience contacts amongst journalists, editors, radio and TV station managers, news directors, and government officials. Ability to foresee the need, conduct research, write, and produce informational materials on the full spectrum of Mission activities. Ability to organize, plan and implement public programs

TO APPLY

A) - Required forms : Interested applicants for this position must submit the following, or the application will not be considered :
1. New form : Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member -DS-174 completed in English (available on the Embassy Web site and at S/C.A.C west side entrance of the Embassy), and
2. A current resume or curriculum vitae in English that provides the same information as a DS-174 ; plus
3. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.

B) - Required documentation/attachments :
1). photocopies of attestations/certificates of work, service, trainings ;
2). photocopies of diplomas, degrees, awards earned that address the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

Note :

- Applicants should retain original copies of all documentation which accompanies their applications for their records.
- All applications must be submitted in English.
- Application not fully completed will not be considered.
- Applications that are not completed in English will not be considered.
- All applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
- All applications must be for an open/advertized position.
- Only short listed applicants will be contacted.
- Current Embassy employees do not need to provide the Mission Work Attestation

Submit application to :
U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou
Attn : Human Resources Office
Application for Information Assistant FSN 9 Trainee Grade
01 B.P. 35 Ouagadougou 01, Secteur 15, Ouaga 2000 /Avenue Sembene Ousmane, Rue 15.873
E-mail : [email protected] Phone : (226) 50-49-56-16

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION : JULY 8, 2013 AT 05:00 P.M.

The US Mission in Ouagadougou 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.

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