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U.S. Embassy: Information Specialist (Media Advisor), 31.7.


Announcement Number: Berlin-2019-107/R
Hiring Agency: Embassy Berlin
Position Title: Information Specialist (Media Advisor) (PA)
Open Period: 05/17/2019 – 07/31/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone: GMT+1
Series/Grade: LE – 0601 10
Salary: EUR €58,934
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential: LE-10
Duty Location(s): 1 Vacancy in Berlin, GM
Telework Eligible: No
For More Info: HR Section
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Hiring Path: Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants – All SourcesFor USEFM – equivalency Grade is FS-05, step 5 through 14 (USD 51,007 – 67,484).  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Appointment Type Temporary
Appointment Type Details:
This is a temporary position for the duration of twelve months with the option for extension for up to a maximum two year period. Future permanent position/s may be added to the Public Affairs section at a later date.
Marketing Statement:
We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
The work schedule for this position is: Full-Time (40 hours per week)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
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
Travel Required: Not Required


The Information Specialist is responsible for contacts with the print and electronic media, arranging media events, and for analyzing trends in the FRG’s media. The incumbent also advises on major media events, broadcasts, and fast-breaking stories, and sensitivities affecting US-German bilateral relations. The incumbent is supervised by the Assistant Information Officer.

Qualifications and Evaluations


Prior Work Experience:
    • Three (3) years experience in public relations, public affairs, journalism, communications, marketing, managing public relations, outreach events, press conferences, and other media interactions as significant parts of the job, is required.

Required Knowledge:

    • Extensive knowledge of: major national and regional newspapers and editorial tendencies, television/radio news and current events programs.

Education Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, political science, history, communications/marketing, literature, English, public relations, American Studies, or International Relations, is required.


LANGUAGE: English and German, Level IV (fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing is required.


  • Incumbent must be able to communicate verbally and in writing with major German media representatives, editors, journalists, including in on-air interviews on important news and policy issues and developments.
  • Ability to develop and maintain contacts with key members of the media community is required.
  • Incumbent must also be able to analyze and report on current trends in the media as they reflect reaction to major bilateral political, security, and economic issues, and to prepare press releases, etc., which accurately reflect USG policies and support Mission Public Affairs objectives in the FRG.
  • Familiarity with use of electronic “New Media” platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube is required.

This may be tested


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.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits URL: Review our Benefits
Agency Benefits:
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Germany may receive a compensation package that may include health, 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.

Other Information:
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*
    1. AEFM / USEFM
    1. 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.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a non-sensitive security clearance.To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site at https://de.usembassy.gov/jobs/

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • VA Letter (Cover Letter)
  • CV
  • Residency and/or Work Permit
  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent for EFMs only)
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)
  • Additional documents (not mandatory)
  • Transcripts

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via 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.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Embassy Berlin.

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