Public Affairs Specialist (Trainee Level) – deadline to apply: August 26, 2016

Vacancy Announcement Number: POA2016/24T

Open to:                   All Interested Candidates / All Sources

The “Open To” category listed above refers to candidates who are eligible to apply for this position. The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.

 Position:                  Public Affairs Specialist, FSN-9; FP-5 (steps 1 through 4), A70-6002-520 – Trainee Level

Opening Date:          Monday, August 15, 2016

Closing Date:            Friday, August 26, 2016

Work Hours:             Full-time, 40 hours/week

Work Location:         New U.S. Consulate in Porto Alegre

Salary:                       Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN-9* – R$ 95.288,00 per year
Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP-5 (steps 1 through 4)**- US$ 51,560.00 per year

**Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington

Start Date:                 The estimated start date for this position is February 2017.

* This position is being advertised simultaneously with the Full Performance Level, FSN-10, FP-5 (steps 5 through 14). Applicants applying for VA 2016/24 and VA 2016/24T will be considered for both processes. Therefore, applicants need only apply for one of these two vacancy announcements to be considered.

All ordinarily resident (OR) applicants (See Appendix A for definition) must have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.

The U.S. Mission in Brazil is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Public Affairs Specialist in the Public Affairs Section.

Basic Function of Position

This is the single training level established to provide time and opportunity for the incumbent to acquire the knowledge, training and experience necessary to perform the functions of the position at the full performance level.

Incumbent is the senior advisor to the Principal Officer (PO) and the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) in Porto Alegre on all public affairs matters and programs in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. Incumbent will be involved both with media and cultural programs and contacts advancing Mission objectives.

Qualifications Required

Note: Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Applicants are required to submit their applications in English using the DS-174 form. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  1. Education: University degree in International Relations, Communications, Journalism, Business Administration, Education, or English is required.
  2. Experience: Progressively responsible experience either in public relations, cultural or information programming is required.
  3. Language (This will be tested):
    • Level 4 (Fluent) in Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required.
    • Level 4 (Fluent) in Speaking/Reading/Writing of Portuguese is required.
  4. Job Knowledge (This will be tested):
    • Knowledge of Brazil’s political, social, and economic realities, as well as good command of U.S. society, institutions and history is required.
  5. Skills and Abilities (This will be tested):
    • Ability to write and communicate effectively in Portuguese and English is required.
    • Ability to work with computers and software programs of common use is required.

For further information:

The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office – Sheila Mirandela at (61) 3312-7227.

Hiring Preference Selection Process:

When qualified, 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.

Hiring Preference Order: 

  • AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
  • FS on LWOP**

* Important: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP. 

Additional Selection Criteria:

  1. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
  3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
  4. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold the following: local security certification.
  5. Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.
  6. Current Ordinarily Resident employees of the Mission may only apply for positions at or above their current grade level.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:

  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our website or by contacting Human Resources. (See “For Further Information” above); Plus
  2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.) 

Where to Apply: 

Human Resources Office: Sheila S. de Souza Mirandela
Submit with vacancy title:   Public Affairs Specialist
E-mail Address:        

Closing date for this position: Friday, August 26, 2016