South Africa

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Pretoria
Position Title:
Senior Media Advisor - All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Open Period:
02/11/2021 - 02/25/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6105 10
ZAR R581,895
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Pretoria, SF
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 05.  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:

•    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 number of hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (12 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

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


The Senior Media Advisor is the senior locally-employed staff member in the Public Affairs Section’s Information Office and a subject matter specialist in the areas of media and communications whose primary function is to analyze South African media, oversee all media outreach, develop and maintain media contacts at the highest levels, and provide short and long-term planning under U.S. Mission goals.  Acts as Senior media advisor to the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, Public Affairs Officer, and Information Officer/Spokesperson. Liaises with senior Government of South Africa officials, the South African and international press (to include senior editors, producers, and media personalities).  Serves as the senior U.S. Mission expert for all aspects of media outreach and analysis; responsible for planning, implementing, administering and evaluating U.S. Mission media programs to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and promote a better understanding of U.S. policies and achievements among key host country audiences.  Supervises two Media and Information Assistants.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in a media outlet, think tank, university, NGO, international organization, foreign embassy, government office or corporation is required, with responsibility for public relations, public affairs, journalism, communications, marketing, managing public relations, outreach events, press conferences, and other media interactions as significant parts of the job.  At least one additional year of supervisory experience is required.


Education Requirements:

EDUCATION: A university degree in journalism, communications, international relations, political science, economics or local equivalent is required.


LANGUAGE:  Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required.  (This may be tested).   Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of any one additional of South Africa’s official language is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Develop and maintain extensive high-level contacts. Discern new developments in areas of key policy and public affairs priorities. Conceive and implement sophisticated strategic communication and information programs to promote U.S. policy and program interests.  Must possess advanced writing, editing, and analytical skills. Professional level writing and editing skills are required. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word will be tested. Proficient in social media to leverage concise and compelling content advancing USG policy, and capable of identifying – and capitalizing – on emerging trends and technology to advance Mission goals.  Demonstrated teamwork skills and multitasking ability. Must have sound intellectual, professional, and political judgment.

Familiarity with Microsoft Word is required.  (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, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Pretoria, South Africa 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. 

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

Required Documents:

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 requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Passport copy

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • 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. 

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 Pretoria, South Africa.