Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Manila
Position Title:
Information Assistant
Open Period:
01/29/2019 - 02/12/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6002 8
PHP ₱589,850 - PHP ₱589,850
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Manila, RP
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Recruitment


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
The U.S. Mission in Manila is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Information Assistant, LES-8 for the Public Affairs Section (PAS).

Who May Apply: All Interested Applicants / All Sources

For USEFM - FS is 00. Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Duration of Appointment: Definite not to exceed three (3) years.
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 number of hours per week).

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Only when needed.


Incumbent has the primary responsibility for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on Philippine news, with specific emphasis on broadcast media. Develops and maintains extensive media contacts throughout the country.  Supports implementation of public affairs programs, official events, and media engagements with the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, and other US Government officials. Assist the Information Specialist in formulating strategic plans, proposing engagements, and designing activities in support of Mission goals.  Supports Information Office grants as a grants officer representative.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of work experience in the field of communications or media as a journalist, writer, researcher, radio broadcaster, audio-visual specialist, public affairs/marketing specialist, or a combination of similar experiences is required.

Education Requirements:

Completion of a university or college degree in degree in liberal arts, political science, economics, journalism, international relations, or related college degree is required.


LANGUAGE:  Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English and Tagalog languages is required. This will 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


Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Manila may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, 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.

(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. (This will be required when an applicant is selected for the vacancy.)

All applications must be submitted through ERA to be considered.

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.

Please wait for at least 3 weeks after the closing date of the vacancy to know if you have been shortlisted for next level. Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. Follow-up is not needed.

For more information on how to apply visit the Mission Manila internet job site:


Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

• Copy of Orders/Assignment Cable (or equivalent) – For Eligible Family Members (EFMs)

• Residency and/or Work Permit - For U.S. citizen, with dual citizenship, or third-country national

• Language Scores (if available)

• SF-50 (if applicable)

• Transcript of Record 

• Diploma

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. Mission in the Philippines.