Monday, May 9, 2016

Public Affairs Officer (full time) for a maternity leave replacement

Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela

Job description
As a member of a small team supporting Australian diplomatic officers, the Public Affairs and Visits Officer develops and implements the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy program.
Duties include the following:
- Promote Australia’s economic credentials and support our economic diplomacy objectives
  • promote our economic, science and innovation, cultural and education assets
  • promote Australia as an education, tourism and investment destination.
- Establish and maintain a network of contacts in order to promote Australia’s interests
  • establish and maintain an extensive network of contacts
  • influence perceptions of Australia at home and abroad
  • promote collaboration and exchange between Australian organisations and their international partners
  • act as media liaison officer during visits from Australia
  • organise press conferences and draft press releases as required.
- Manage the Embassy’s public diplomacy program in an effective and efficient manner
  • develop and implement the Embassy’s public diplomacy and media strategies
  • manage the Embassy website and social media strategy
  • respond to a broad range of information requests
  • maintain and organise public affairs resource materials.
- Organise programs for visits to Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela for Embassy staff and visitors, as well as for visits to Australia.
- Assist in planning for Embassy functions and receptions, including alumni engagement events.
- Conduct targeted research on a range of political and economic issues in
Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
- Work on the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP).
- As required, undertake translation and interpreting tasks from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.
- As required, act as the Ambassador’s Personal Assistant.

Essential requirements:
Applicants must meet the following criteria: 
  • Language: superior oral and written proficiency in Spanish and English.
  • Education: a university degree.
  • Experience: a minimum of two years’ work experience.

Desirable characteristics:
Familiarity with Australia is not essential, but may be an advantage. Experience in public affairs/international relations or a similar area may be an advantage.

Conditions of Employment:
The salary will be approximately CLP 1,300,000 per month, plus meal allowance, dependent on experience and qualifications. An offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a police check and probity assessment. Applicants must be permitted to work under Chilean law. Relocation costs will not be covered by the employer.  The position is to cover maternity leave (approximately nine months) and will include a three month probation period, starting in June 2016.

How to apply:
Candidates must send, before 12:00 noon on Friday 20 May 2016 (Santiago time), an email containing the following two attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format:
1. A covering letter, in English, of no more than 750 words, which addresses the following selection criteria, including relevant examples:
  • superior oral and written communication skills in Spanish and English
  • development and maintenance of effective interpersonal relationships with team members and external clients
  • strong organisational and administrative abilities, including management of competing priorities
  • strong research and reporting abilities, including against deadlines
  • ability to develop visit programs with attention to detail and under limited direction

2. A current resume of no more than two pages, in English, including the names and contact details of two referees. The selection committee will not contact referees prior to an interview round.
*note: your covering letter should not repeat information in your resume*

Please write in the subject line of the email:
“Vacancy Public Affairs Officer: Surname, First name” and send it to
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.  Unsuccessful candidates will not be contacted.

*There is a file size limit of 5MB per email, please make sure your email does not exceed this limitation.*

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