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"GUATEMALA 2020-010" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
GUATEMALA 2020-010
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Guatemala City
Position Title:
Press Assistant (Fixed-Term)
Open Period:
02/14/2020 - 02/28/2020


Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6510 9
GTQ Q204,064 - GTQ Q204,064
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full time - 40 hours per week.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Guatemala City, GT
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Carolina Burbano


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 5.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

•    All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Temporary: Fixed-Term, duration of position: Not to exceed one year
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 (04 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


Position is under direct supervision of Information Officer (IO) and does not supervise other LE Staff, but provides day-to-day guidance to interns and summer hires. Incumbent is a key LE Staff liaison with the Guatemalan media, and maintains wide network of contacts within the media community, ranging from low-level reporters to owners of major outlets and senior government communications officials.

Incumbent assists the IO and the Counselor for Public Affairs (PAO) in designing, planning and carrying out complex press outreach and engagement activities, which include setting up interviews, roundtables and press conferences, and placement in the Guatemalan media of policy-related opinion articles by high-level U.S. government officials. Incumbent also assists IO in designing long-term engagement strategies designed to promote U.S. policy goals and counter disinformation. Incumbent also monitors media daily, prepares media reaction summaries and reports for the Ambassador and Washington audiences, and translates U.S. government information material for public distribution. Incumbent will occasionally prep embassy officials, to include the ambassador, for interviews, and manages live press engagement for senior U.S. officials.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  At least four (4) years of experience in a media organization (wire service, newspaper, periodical publication, or web or social media site manager) and/or public, NGO or private sector communications office are required.


Education Requirements:

A Bachelors or other local-equivalent university degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Political Science, History, or Marketing is required.



- Level IV (Fluent) in Spanish, this may be tested.

- Level IV (Fluent) in English, this may be tested. 


Ability to develop and maintain contacts with media staff, journalists, government offices and private sector organizations. Ability to write, translate, adapt, produce and place informational material in English and Spanish. High level of adaptability to meeting deadlines under the intense pressure of a press office. Good Working Knowledge (Level IV) of computer skills in MS office. Fluency in devising and posting content to social media. Ability to analyze political events or press coverage in a clear, concise manner. This may be tested.

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.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, working at the U.S. Mission in Guatemala may receive a competitive compensation package.

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.


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


  3. 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 Public Trust clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site:

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and /or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide the requested information (uploading of documents), or the information (detailed experience and education) your submission will be insufficient to verify your eligibility, and you will not be considered for this position

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)(if applicable)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

  • Proof of citizenship, DPI both sides

  • Copy of degree

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

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/telephone.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Guatemala.