American Embassy Kinshasa: Information Assistant (Visual Diplomacy)




An Equal Opportunity Employer


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

Human Resources Office, 498 Ave Lukusa, Kinshasa

Phone 097-261-6179; e-mail: [email protected]


Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Design, or Film/Cinema studies is required. Specialized training in press and publications, radio, TV, VCR, or motion pictures is required.


OPEN TO: All interested candidates/ All Sources

POSITION: Information Assistant (Visual Diplomacy)


Two years of progressively responsible experience in the communications media as an audio-visual specialist, videographer, photographer or a combination of similar experience is required. Experience with management of social media platforms is also required.

OPENING DATE: March 1, 2017

CLOSING DATE: (March 15, 2017) March 22, 2017

WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week

SALARY: Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN-8

Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR):

*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.


Level IV (Fluent) reading, writing and speaking ability in French and Level III (Good Working Knowledge) speaking ability in English is required. Level III (Good Working Knowledge) of local languages is also required.




Demonstrated mastery of current video and photo editing programs, such as Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. Knowledge of other computer hardware and software programs such as current Windows operating system and MS Office as well as various other applications. Must be capable to self-instruct in computer applications and use. Knowledge of social media platforms, including Facebook and YouTube. Must have a good knowledge of Public Diplomacy (PD), its goals and programs.

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is seeking eligible and qualified candidates for the position of Information Assistant in the Public Diplomacy section.


Under the direct supervision of the Public Diplomacy Officer responsible for press activities, this staff member will assist with all stages of video/visual communications supporting Embassy activities. This position will also work closely with the Social Media Coordinator, and Information Specialist.

Skills and Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills. Can prioritize work schedule and competing demands of incoming requests. Demonstrated artistic sensibility and mastery of audio-visual skills. This will be tested. 2


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office at (243)97-261-6179; e-mail: [email protected].

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit via e-mail the following documents to be considered:

1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our website (, or by contacting Human Resources. (See “For Further Information” above); and


2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)

3. Only applications submitted via e-mail will be considered, and they must have announcement number and job title in subject line.

WHERE TO APPLY: Via email to [email protected].

SELECTION PROCESS: When qualified, applicants who are U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and/or preference-eligible U.S. Veterans are given a preference in hiring. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants make themselves known as having a hiring preference and specifically address the required qualifications above in their application.


(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


(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.


1. Management may consider any of 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 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.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: 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. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or 3


political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.


Eligible Family Member (EFM): An EFM for employment purposes is an individual who meets all of the following criteria:

 U.S. Citizen or not a U.S. Citizen; and

 Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610); or

 Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support; or

 Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support; or

 Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support; and

 Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan

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