Sri Lanka

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Colombo
Position Title:
Press & Media Assistant - Print Media (Female/Male) - Open to All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
08/02/2019 - 08/16/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6510 9
LKR ₨2,049,867
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
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 9 Step 01: Rs. 2,049,867/- p.a. Final salary would be determined based on qualifications and experience of the candidate.

*For applicants who are USEFMs, the proposed grade is FP – 5 (Steps 1 through 4): US $ 54,932/- 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 Press & Media Assistant in the Public Affairs Section.

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

In coordination with all Mission sections and agencies, assists Ambassador and other Mission personnel on visits and trips by engaging with local and regional press/media, arranging interviews, overseeing media invitations, and coordinating with appropriate counterparts.  Drafts postings for Embassy digital platforms to amplify the visit/trip activities.


Basic Function of Position:  

Is responsible for monitoring Sri Lankan media primarily, but not limited to, Sinhala and English language broadcast and local/regional media with monitoring of print media. Also, developing media contacts, and supporting press and media coverage of issues of importance to the United States. Compiles regular summaries of press and media coverage with a focus on broadcast outlets, including its impact; provides verbal and written reports on broadcast media to Mission leadership and, as required, to Department of State (DOS) on Mission media engagement.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

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


Qualifications and Evaluations



A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in a media outlet, , 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. 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 is required.


Detailed knowledge of U.S. foreign policy objectives and American interests in Sri Lanka, especially as they apply to press and media professionals, outlets and online publications is required. Comprehensive understanding of Sri Lankan press/media institutions and professional journalism standards and practices, as well as trends in audience preferences for information consumption (print, TV, radio, online) is required.


Ability to identify, analyze, predict and continually assess attitudes of press and media outlets and information consumers across a wide range of thematic policy areas is required. Must have strong analytic skills to match specific U.S. foreign policy objectives with relevant Sri Lankan attitudes. Must have excellent customer relations, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.


Education Requirements:

A minimum of a three-year university degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Library Science 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 web site:

Required Documents:

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

• University Degree (Degree Certificate)
• Transcript (Relevant Transcript of the 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)
• Proof of citizenship [NIC/Passport/Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)]


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.