Sri Lanka

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Colombo
Position Title:
Public Engagement Assistant (American Spaces) - Open to All Interested Applicants (Female/Male)
Open Period:
01/29/2019 - 02/12/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6510 9
LKR ₨2,011,283
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Colombo, CE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources

For applicants who are Ordinarily Resident (OR) in Sri Lanka: The proposed grade is FSN-09: Rs.2,011,283 p.a.

For applicants who are USEFMs, the proposed grade is FP - 5 (Steps 1 through 4): US $ 53,844 p.a. However, the final grade/step will be determined by Washington D.C.  
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
• Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period.
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees ( before you apply. 


The U.S. Mission in Colombo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Public Engagement Assistant (American Spaces).

The work schedule for this position is: Full Time - 40 hours per week 

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

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
50% or less

Must be available to travel throughout the host country to support American Spaces projects and activities.


Basic Function of Position:

The American Spaces Program Specialist works under the direct supervision of the Public Affairs Officer (or PAO designee).  The position supervises one LES (Outreach Assistant). Develops and maintains USG ties with the "Emerging Voices" sector through leadership and broad oversight of the countrywide network of Partner American Spaces.  Develops and recommends the Mission's strategic objectives and performance standards for American Spaces; recommends strategic locations for optimal return on investment in American Spaces and overall program development; coordinates sharing of activities and projects among the Partner American Spaces and overall program development; coordinates sharing of activities and projects among the Partner American Spaces; maintains appropriate standards of professional staffing, customer service, physical design and presentation, including branding, and maintenance of facilities, and evaluates each Partner Space’s performance.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

For further information: Please refer the complete Position Description available in the Mission internet site

Qualifications and Evaluations



A minimum of at least four years of progressively responsible experience delivering information resources, public education, public affairs, or public relations in a multilingual, multicultural, or multinational public service institution (such as a museum, think tank, American studies or cultural center, or library) is required, with communications, marketing or public relations duties as a significant part of the job is required. Candidate must attach copies of relevant service/work experience certificates. 


1) Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required (This will be tested).

2) Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing Sinhala and/or Tamil is required.


Detailed knowledge of U.S. foreign policy objectives and U.S. interests in host country, especially in the Emerging Voices (EV) sector; understanding of U.S. historical, political, economic, social and cultural forces that shape U.S. foreign policy; comprehensive knowledge of the attitudes and preferences of the emerging voices audience sector (s); understanding of regional, ethnic, socio-economic, cultural and linguistic factors and the influence of religious, cultural and educational institutions in shaping EV perceptions of the U.S. are all required. Must have general knowledge of project management, including defining project objectives, outcomes, and assessment methods.  

Knowledge of marketing techniques, market analysis and analytics, and customer service standards in the U.S. and host country; knowledge of trends in experiential learning and audience engagement; understanding of the communications/information environment in the U.S. and host country; detailed knowledge of PD engagement tools, related policies and procedures for each; and knowledge of multiple PD resource streams and regulations for their use are all required.


  • Analytic skills

  • Communication / Interpersonal skills

  • Management Skills

  • Technical Skills

  • Availability

For further information: Please refer the complete Position Description available in the Mission internet site

Education Requirements:

University degree in communications, library science, museum education, international affairs, American Studies, marketing, or local equivalent is required. Candidate must attach copies of relevant educational certificates.


Language: Level IV English Language Proficiency will be tested.


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

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), locally-resident EFMs and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo may receive a compensation package that may include health and other benefits as per the Local Compensation Plan.

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:

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.

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 Local Security Certification clearance.

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

Required Documents:

To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit copies of the documents listed below to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified.

  • Proof of citizenship [NIC/Passport/Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)]

  • University Degree (Degree Certificate)

  • Transcript (Relevant Transcript of the University Degree studies)

  • Other Document (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 2 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 3 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language/skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.