Open To: All Interested Candidates / All Sources
Position: Cultural Affairs Assistant, FSN-9; FP-05*
Full Performance Level
Opening: February 2, 2018
Closing: February 16, 2018 (Close of Business)
Work Hours: Full-Time; 40 hours/week
Salary: Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN-9 (Full Performance Level)
Basic Salary: R342,525 – R479,585 per annum
Cash Benefits: R68,603 – R80,025 per annum
Non-cash benefits include medical, pension and others where applicable
Final salary is based upon a variety of factors
*Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP-05 (Full Performance Level)
Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington
Starting base rate – $53,844 per annum
START DATE: The selected candidate must be able to start work within (12) weeks of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications, or their candidacy may not be considered.
The “Open To” category listed above refers to candidates who are eligible to apply for this position. The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.
ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
The U.S. Mission in Pretoria is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for a position of Cultural Affairs Assistant in the Public Affairs Section (PAS).
NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered. Thank you for your understanding.
Basic Function of the Position:
Incumbent serves as principal advisor and program manager to the Country Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO) and Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer (ACAO) on all youth professional and academic exchange programs and PAS-led youth programs. S/he manages all components of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Community College Initiative and other youth exchange programs. Serves as Grants Officer Representative (GOR) on at least 10 alumni and youth focused grants totaling over $500,000 annually.
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.
- University degree in international relations, communications, marketing, public relations, American Studies, or intercultural/multicultural studies is required.
2. Work Experience:
- A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in a multilingual, multicultural, or multinational work environment is required, with project management, marketing, public relations, communication, or education duties as a significant part of the job.
OR In the absence of a University degree in international relations, communications, marketing, public relations, American Studies, or intercultural/multicultural studies:
- Two years of general college studies, and
- Five years of progressively responsible experience in a multilingual, multicultural, or multinational work environment is required, with project management, marketing, public relations, communication, or education duties as a significant part of the job.
- Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required. (This will be tested.)
- Level 4 (Good Working Knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing of one additional South African official language is required.
4. Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to: work independently; determine priorities regarding work schedule and incoming requests; draft official correspondence and other written work; demonstrate excellent organizational skills, including the ability to monitor grants; develop and maintain contacts at the highest level among target audiences in government, education, cultural, and professional circles.
- Familiarity with MS Word and Excel is required. (This will be tested.)
5. Job Knowledge:
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of South African history, politics, economics, and society; in-depth knowledge of key South African personalities and institutions required, especially educational institutions, NGOs and professional organizations.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office (Linda Skhakhane on 012 431 4000).
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: When qualified, 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*
(2) AEFM / USEFM
(3) FS on LWOP**
* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.
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 local security certification.
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.