Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Sofia
Position Title:
Information Assistant (Information Assistant / Photographer)
Open Period:
10/02/2019 - 10/15/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6105 7
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Sofia, BU
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 USEFM - FS is 07.  Actual FS salary 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 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 (one month) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

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


Basic Function of the Position 

The Information Assistant will serve as Embassy Photographer, accompanying the Ambassador and other high level visitors in order to take photos and shoot video. Sometimes the Photographer will be required to post digital products on social media while in the field. The Photographer will create/edit in-house video and photo products for use on Embassy social media properties. The person in this position will also serve as an Information Assistant at media events as assigned. He/She will contribute to the production of the Daily Press Report as requested.


Qualifications and Evaluations



Two years of work experience (full-time equivalent) in public relations, cultural programs, and websites/social media with a particular focus on photography.



  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of online and social media; journalistic practices and environment (Bulgarian, international, American);

  • Extensive knowledge in photography, digital editing, photo archiving and distribution.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degrees required in Political Science, International Relations, or  Journalism and Mass Communications. 




Language level will be tested.

LANGUAGE:  Excellent English and Bulgarian required (Speaking/Reading/Writing proficiency level 4).



  • Ability to operate photographic equipment and tools, and photo-editing software;

  • Ability to lift and carry photographic and other audiovisual equipment and supplies up to 30 pounds; 

  • Highly effective interpersonal skills;

  • Good organizational skills;

  • Excellent computer literacy;

  • Advanced level writing skills in English to draft correspondence, reports and other documents;

  • Ability to render clear and accurate translations between English and Bulgarian on various subjects;

  • Ability to travel within Bulgaria.

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 security and medical certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

For Locally Employed Staff, the U.S. Mission in Bulgaria provides a competitive benefits package in addition to the base pay salary.

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:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent) - for EFMs only

  • Residency and/or Work Permit for non-Bulgarian citizens

  • Degree (not transcript) Diploma

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

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • CV

  • Cover Letter

  • Short writing samples in English and Bulgarian

  • Other document

  • Other document

  • Other document

Next Steps:

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applicants who are invited to take a language or a skill/work-related 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 at Sofia_Applications@state.gov 

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