U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia Public Engagement Assistant (Press & Media) Jobs

U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia Public Engagement Assistant (Press & Media) Jobs


  • The Press and Media Assistant works under the direct supervision of the Public Engagement Press and Media Coordinator.
  • The position has no supervisory responsibilities.
  • Monitors Ethiopian press and media coverage of issues of importance to the U.S.
  • Identifies and advises Public Diplomacy (PD) 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.
  • Incumbent is responsible for preparation and dissemination of Mission/Section media products, logistics coordination for off-site and in-house media events, and advising on and establishing appropriate media venues for Mission messaging effectiveness.

    Qualifications and Evaluations

    A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in a media outlet, think tank, university, NGO, 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.

    Note: Please upload all work experience copies of yours under "Other Document 1 or 2"

    Education Requirements:

  • Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

    Education: A university degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Political Science, Economics or Languages/English is required.
    Note: Please upload all copies of your Education under "Degree or equivalent"

    Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing Amharic is required.

  • Level 3 (Good Working Knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. (This may be tested)

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Analytic skills: Ability to identify attitudes of press and media outlets and information consumers across a wide range of thematic policy areas is required.
  • Must have good 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 PD communication and program tools to move those attitudes in positive ways. Must have the ability to suggest 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 suggest changes to 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; must have good 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 Amharic. 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 PD-specific software, databases, and reporting tools is required. Knowledge of PD-specific funding authorities is required. 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.

    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.

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

    For more information and application details see;U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia Public Engagement Assistant (Press & Media) Jobs

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