The U.S. Mission in Phnom Penh is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Information Specialist for the Public Affairs Section (PAS), Department of State.
The incumbent serves as the principal expert and advisor to the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and Information Officer (IO) on all aspects of the U.S. Mission’s relations with the media in Cambodia. S/he advises the PAO, IO, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) and the Ambassador on developments and trends in the Cambodian media, tracks and analyzes media coverage of the United States (US) and United States Government (USG) activities in Cambodia for Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) reporting purposes and keeps Mission personnel abreast of coverage issues. S/he serves as the first line of contact for media inquiries, drafts press releases and advisories, organizes press conferences, and places texts such as opinion editorial (OpEd) columns in the Cambodian press, both in English and Khmer. S/he supervises one PAS Translator/Interpreter and is responsible for the quality and accuracy of all PAS translated material, arranges training programs for journalists and coordinates press participation in US Speaker and Specialist programs, conducts daily press briefing for PAO/IO and drafts daily press summary for distribution to Mission and Washington personnel, manages and coordinates press tours for Ambassador/DCM to visit U.S. funded projects in Cambodia, and serves as a Grant Officer Representative (GOR) for programs related to media.
Salary: The annual salary range for this position is USD 22,511 – 34,887.
1. EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in Media, Communications, International Relations, Politics or Political Science, English or Foreign Languages, Public Relations, Marketing, Education, History, Social Science, Natural Sciences, Economics, or Law is required.
2. EXPERIENCE: Three years of progressively responsible experience in communications and media-related work as a journalist, researcher or writer, two years of experience in translation work, and one year of supervisory experience are required.
3. LANGUAGE: Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English and Khmer are required. (This will be tested.)
4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must be able to work under extreme time pressure, to scan, comprehend and summarize quickly. Must be flexible to adjust in shifting priorities and focus. Ability to exercise discretion on sensitive matters and to develop and maintain extensive high level contacts in media, information and governmental circles is required. Must be able to plan, arrange and execute one or more major press events simultaneously. Must have excellent writing and oral communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to draft reports and program materials in both Khmer and English. Ability to use office machines and Microsoft suite of programs (Work, Excel, Powerpoint) and audio visual equipment.
5. JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have expert knowledge of Cambodian media institutions, including the personnel and operations of Cambodian newspapers, television and radio, the Directors General of National Television of Cambodia (TVK), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Information, and the Independent Journalism Foundation. Must understand the relationship between the media and the ministries, and how those relationships affect the content and spin of Cambodian news. Must understand how to get placement of Embassy articles and releases, and how to get press coverage of Embassy events.
The application deadline is April 18, 2018. Interested candidates must submit applications by email to [email protected] using the “Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174)” form. The application form and complete details on this position can be found at https://kh.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs.
Note: All Ordinarily Resident (OR) applicants must have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.