The U.S. Embassy/Banjul is seeking an individual (with the required work and/or residency permit for employment in country) for the position of Public Diplomacy Assistant. This position works under the direct supervision of the Public Affairs Officer. Incumbent will mainly be responsible for writing and submitting grants, seeking grant opportunities, tracking grant budgets, and monitoring grant activities. Other duties include planning and organizing International Visitors Leadership Program recruitment and activities, developing Fulbright opportunities, supporting exchange program alumni and American Corners, and other Public Diplomacy initiatives. Incumbent will support PAO organized events and closely monitor related budgets.
Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.
EDUCATION: University degree is required.
EXPERIENCE: At least two years progressive experience in administrative, business, academia or media in NGO or international organization is required. Experience in grant application process, budgeting and report writing. Extensive experience in events planning and implementation is also required.
LANGUAGE: Level IV English (written and spoken). Fluency in one local language (Wolof or Mandinka, is required.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."