Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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The British Embassy, Israel has vacancy for a Communications Officer for Business, Tech & Science, and Grade – A2 (L).
Overview of the role:
This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, energetic and highly-motivated individual to play a key role in the Embassy’s high-profile public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and media work. Reporting to the Deputy Head of Comms, the successful candidate will assist in implementing the Embassy’s business, tech and science communications strategy, including the UK’s prosperity agenda and overall perception during the process of Brexit. He or she will also maintain responsibility for relevant Embassy’s digital presence. The individual will be responsible for securing high-profile coverage and public exposure of Embassy activities. The Comms Officer plays a leading role in driving forward an ambitious programme of public events.
Main Responsibilities:
• Actively promoting coverage of Embassy activities in business, tech and science, while initiating opportunities for press coverage and planning media activity
• Writing and disseminating press releases in English and Hebrew
• Creating and maintaining an active presence on various social media platforms, including managing a dedicated website
• Dealing with enquiries from members of the press
• Leading the planning of events of all scales, with a focus on business, tech and science
• Monitoring the Israeli media and writing regular press round-ups
• Additional tasks as required, including swift and accurate translation from Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew
Key Competencies:
• Seeing the Big Picture - Having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs. Focussing your contribution on the activities which will meet Embassy goals and deliver the greatest value.
• Leading and Communicating - Effectiveness in this area is about leading from the front and communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. It’s about supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all and a dedication to a diverse range of citizens.
• Delivering at Pace - Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
• Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgment, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.
Knowledge & Experience:
• Mother tongue level of written and verbal communication skills in Hebrew and English.
• BA required (preferably in communications or a related field)
• Proficiency in managing social media and other online platforms (at least a year of experience)
• At least two years of experience working with media in a PR company, or other related communications positions
• Creativity, flexibility and excellent communications skills
• Proven organisational and administrative skills
• Ability to work well under pressure in a fast paced environment
• Ability to work well as part of a team
• Excellent IT skills, including the ability to quickly learn new programmes
• Knowledge and contacts in the Israeli press
• Experience with website management / design or marketing
• Experience in managing medium-large scale events
• Strategic awareness of UK-Israel relations and the role of the British Embassy in delivering UK objectives
Working Hours and Remuneration:
The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including the non-negotiable salary of NIS 9,532 per month plus social benefits. The initial contract will be for one year, with a four-month probationary period. Parking facilities are not provided or paid for by the Embassy.
No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.
Working hours are Monday to Thursday 8:00-16:00 and Friday 8:00-13:30, flexibility will be required including evening events, some travel locally and occasional overseas travel. Provisional start date is end of November 2018.
If you are selected for this position, we will be able to employ you as long as you:
• Receive the appropriate level of security clearance;
• Candidates must be able to work legally in Israel.
To Apply:
Interested candidates must attach the following documents when applying online.
1. An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
2. Please provide examples of performance in each competency on the motivation section of the online application form.
3. A covering letter (no more than 1 page of A4) stating why you feel you have the necessary skills to perform well in the above role.
** (Applications that do not include the above stated information will be rejected).
All applications must be received before 23:55 (Local Time) on 30 October 2018.
Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.
Due to the large amount of applications we receive only those shortlisted for assessment/interview will be contacted.
The selection process will include a written exercise, an interview, with a possibility of additional screening process.
The start date mentioned in the advert is an assumed start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances and reference checks.
Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local labour law.
The British Embassy Tel Aviv is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
For further information on the role and application instructions, please refer to the British Embassy in Tel Aviv's website.

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British Embassy Israel, 192 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv

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State Department spokeswoman Nauert in the mix for U.N. ambassador

Eliana Johnson, Politico; see also (1) (2) (3)

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert
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Outgoing United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley made clear her value as an advocate for the administration on television—and the White House is looking for somebody telegenic to replace her.

Among the candidates President Donald Trump is considering, according to three people close to the president: former Fox News host Heather Nauert, who currently serves as the State Department’s spokeswoman and acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and Public Affairs.

At Foggy Bottom, Nauert has grown close to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with whom she was traveling in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. White House aides view her as a capable advocate for the Trump administration’s foreign policy. She is also a leading candidate to replace White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she leaves the White House, though that job may be less appealing given that the frequency of on-camera press briefings has vastly diminished over the last two months.

Neither Nauert nor the White House replied to a request for comment.

But White House officials stressed that the process for selecting Haley’s replacement is still in the early stages and that the pool of candidates, which includes ambassadors Kelly Knight Craft, Jamie McCourt, and Ric Grenell — Trump’s envoys to Canada, France, and Germany, respectively — will likely change before the president makes a final selection.

Nauert’s addition to the list, which has Fox News staffers buzzing, according to a former executive, underscores the extent to which TV chops are a key to success in an administration where the commander-in-chief is a 24-7 viewer.

Nauert did not have foreign policy credentials before joining the State Department early last year. But Trump officials believe she has capably explained and defended Trump policies in her State Department briefings, although they have been less frequent than those of her predecessors.

U.N. ambassadors typically work under little day-to-day scrutiny but are often called upon to give speeches or make television appearances on behalf of a president’s foreign policy.

That is not to say the job is all cosmetic: Haley helped to win tougher sanctions on North Korea last year that Trump has called essential to pressuring Kim Jong Un into dialogue over his nuclear program.

If she has tapped for the job, Nauert, who is now based in Washington, D.C., would have to relocate to New York City, where United Nations headquarters are located. “Her husband and kids are in NYC, FYI,” said a senior administration official.

Religious Leaders Arrive in the United States for International Visitor Leadership Program

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Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson [State Department]
Washington, DC
October 17, 2018
Last weekend, 26 community and faith leaders from around the world arrived in the United States to begin an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on interfaith dialogue and religious freedom. The participants, representing different religious and faith-based organizations, as well as secular institutions, will engage in discussions with one another and their American counterparts to promote interfaith dialogue and explore ways to ensure the rights of religious minorities are protected.
Promoting and protecting religious freedom is a key foreign policy priority for this administration.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo first announced this IVLP at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in July, highlighting how countries that respect religious freedom are more prosperous, peaceful, and secure.
The IVLP began in Washington, D.C. and participants will travel in smaller groups for meetings and events in Indiana, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin before the program closing in California. Each group will examine the impact of religion on public and political life in the United States, explore the role of religious leaders in communities, and demonstrate the U.S. tradition of separation of religion and state.
For further information, contact Follow along on Twitter at #IVLP.

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Former Fox News Host A Contender To Fill Nikki Haley's U.N. Slot [video]

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As an advocate for the Trump administration, outgoing United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley made her value known. Now, the White House is looking for somebody equally telegenic to replace her. Politico reports that President Donald Trump is considering former Fox News host Heather Nauert. In addition to her on-camera experience and media savvy, White House aides view her as a capable advocate for the Trump administration’s foreign policy. Nauert currently serves as the State Department’s spokeswoman and acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and Public Affairs. This video was produced by YT Wochit Vote It using

[Public Diplomacy Intern job in Brussels, Belgium - Global Jobs]

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Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Intern
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Sector: Government

Experience; Internship

Apply by: Oct-30-2018

Posted: Yesterday

Position description

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Public Diplomacy

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The UK Representation to the European Union (UKRep) in Brussels is part of a world-wide network of 230 Diplomatic Posts, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking for an intern for a period of 3 months.

The successful candidate will join the brand new Public Diplomacy team at the forefront of our transition to becoming a third country Mission. This internship will provide an invaluable insight into how we aim to shape the debate in Brussels, which we achieve by leading UKRep’s overall campaign, engagement and public diplomacy strategy in close cooperation with London; event planning; managing cross-cutting senior Ministerial and officials visits and engagement strategy with third countries, industry, NGOs, think tanks and other key opinion former within the Brussels bubble. This is an exciting time to be in Brussels and we all work at the coal face of communicating the UK Government’s key messages to an important range of decision makers and influences.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Business Support: Working with the Team Coordinator to provide secretarial support; diary management (arranging external and internal meetings); preparation of papers for meetings; arranging set up for external meetings; preparing briefing packs; 
  • Engagement strategy support: Working with desk officers to support the development of campaigns, events and engagement strategies, including assisting with live stakeholder maps, identifying target audiences and the means to reach them.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
  • Fluent command of English (oral and written);
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Good communications and personal skills;
  • Confident in using Microsoft Office Programs.
Required competencies: Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline: 30 October 2018
Grade: Internship
Type of Position: Full-time
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Country/Territory: Belgium
Location (City): UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, Brussels
Type of Post: UK Delegation
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 781.30.
Start Date: 7 January 2019
End Date: 7 April 2019

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a full-time professional internship with the duration of 3 months, 36.25 hours net for 5 working days a week.

The indemnity for this position is €781.30 gross per month. The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium follow the Belgian minimum pay scales for paid internships as set out under local labour law.

For more details, please follow the link:

The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation. Please note that Belgian nationals will be paid their salary gross and are expected to comply with their tax obligations through completion of a tax return to the Belgian authorities. Non-Belgian nationals will receive their salary net, minus the deduction of an equivalent level of Belgian tax retained at source. Further information on this will be given to candidates during the recruitment process.

Professional Internship Requirements
  • Be a minimum of 18 years old;
  • Proof of valid medical coverage for the period of the internship (European Health Insurance Card);
  • The successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance;
  • Staff recruited locally by the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Belgian employment law.
Application instructions

Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Public Diplomacy Dilemma: Cats or Dogs as Ambassadors?

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A kind public-diplomacy [JB emphasis] colleague sent me this informative (and amusing) BBC article :
The US embassy in Australia has apologised for an email invitation featuring a cat dressed in pyjamas that was mistakenly sent out by the US state department.
The email, titled "meeting", went to an unknown number of recipients, US officials in Canberra confirmed.
It was accompanied by a photo of a cat wearing a Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of biscuits.
In a light-hearted apology, the embassy called the email a "training error".
"Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pyjama-jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," US mission to Australia spokesman Gavin Sundwall told the Australian Associated Press.
"It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform."
The US embassy in New Zealand, however, didn't miss a chance to weigh in.
Along with the words "cat pyjama-jam", the email also included words in Latin [JB - What's that? What you feed your cat? :)], and recipients were given an option to reply to the invitation.
The US has been without an ambassador to Australia for two years - the longest gap since World War Two.

In an email to my esteemed colleague (which I hope he found humorous), I could not help but note:
As I read from the BBC article you kindly sent me, "The US has been without an ambassador to Australia for two years - the longest gap since World War Two," my practical-minded inclination was but to speculate:
"Why not make the now internationally famous cat the USA ambassador Down Under"?
But there's a down-side:
Dog-lovers might get jealous/resentful (a citation from) : 
For countries where pandas are not a native species, dogs could possibly perform “dog diplomacy,” a term I have not yet seen. A U.S. pet club in the 1950s claimed, however, that “dogs make the best ambassadors” because they “are capable of hurdling the barriers of language and ideologies in the quest for peace.” Writer Lisa Loeb shares this pro-canine attitude in her [book] Ambassador Dogs, in which she writes that dogs are “ambassadors to the world and our own local communities. They come to serve and love us as only they know how.”
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So, Senators: Whom will you confirm as USA ambassadors throughout the world?
Cats or Dogs? :) 
This is the moment to decide ...

Public Diplomacy and Global Communication MA
 [University College London]

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This MA programme is designed by a senior diplomat and the teaching will draw on experts in public diplomacy [JB emphasis],  journalism and advocacy including former diplomats. It combines an innovative mix of theory and practice, inter-disciplinarity, diplomacy and communication, combining modules from different departments (Anthropology and Political Science) and engagement with both academics and practitioners.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Part-time students take the core course plus one or two optional modules in the first year followed by one or two further modules (maximum 3 overall) and the dissertation in the second year.

Tuition fees (2019/20)

£16,420 (FT) £8,350 (PT)
£26,110 (FT) £13,340 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 26 July 2019
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:

About this degree

The MA offers students opportunities to learn about how different political actors and agencies influence opinion, as well as developing practical skills in advocacy and communication. Soft power, 'digital diplomacy', information and disinformation and other themes from this rapidly evolving area of the social sciences are considered alongside training in global public engagement (eg. podcast, film, journalistic skills, social media usage).
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of the core module in Public Diplomacy & Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice (45 credits),  three optional/elective modules (15 credits each) and the final Research Project / Dissertation (90 credits). 

Compulsory module

Students will undertake one core module over the course of the first two terms in Public Diplomacy & Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice. From April they will work on their Research Projects / Dissertation.
  • Public Diplomacy & Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice
  • Research Project and Dissertation

Optional modules

Students choose three modules totalling 45 credits. The following is a representative selection of optional modules from Anthropology and Political Science. (Please note we cannot guarantee that all of them will be offered in 2019/20). Other UCL modules may be taken by agreement with the programme tutor and the host department. 
  • Issues in Power and Culture (15 Credits)
  • An Introduction to Social Theory - a foundation course (15 Credits)
  • Documentary Radio and Audio Podcasts - a practice based introduction (15 Credits)
  • Practical Documentary Film making (15 Credits)
  • The European Union in the World (15 credits)
  • International Political Economy (15 credits)
  • Theories of International Relations (15 credits)
  • Democratic Political Institutions (15 credits)
  • Globalisation (15 credits)
  • Leadership and Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Policy Making and Regulation in Europe (15 credits)
  • Rebellion (15 Credits)
  • The Social Forms of Revolution (15 Credits)
  • The Anthropology of Social Media (15 Credits)
  • Anthropology of Ethics and Morality (15 Credits)
  • Anthropology of Development (15 Credits)
  • Risk, Power and Uncertainty (15 Credits)
  • The Anthropology of Islam in Diaspora (15 Credits)
  • Writing Well about International Affairs (15 Credits)
  • Anthropology of Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies through Film and Text (15 Credits)
A new module in Journalistic Skills for a Multi-Platform World will be available in 2018. Further modules may be available in Anthropology and in other departments.

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake an independent research project culminating in a dissertation (90 credits). 

Teaching and learning

The MA will require extensive independent research and be taught in classes and seminars plus practical skills training.  Occasional training sessions may be held on weekends. Assessment will take multiple forms including the production of critical essays with literature review and sustained, argued analysis, and of practitioner types materials and short written briefs. 
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


This programme is both theoretically and vocationally oriented. It aims to equip you to understand and be effective in the field of public diplomacy and global communication today, and to have the critical skills and awareness to flex your practice as the landscape continues to evolve. 
The increasingly interconnected nature of the world and the growing importance of non state actors and social media to international affairs mean this domain, writ large, is likely to be an area of growing recruitment. 
This MA launched in 2018 and as yet there are no alumni. 


Acquiring key employment skills in the field of Public Diplomacy and Global Communication will help equip graduates to work in government, in NGOs, international development and aid, the media, data and digitally related roles and in other fields involving influence with an international dimension.  

Why study this degree at UCL?

Working with academics and practitioners you will learn key skills and knowledge involved in making effective public diplomacy and communication interventions. You will learn to understand the usage of concepts such as hard and soft power, public diplomacy and StratComms and their differences, overlaps and challenges, as well as building practical skills in communication. 
UCL Anthropology is one of the largest Anthropology Departments in the UK and offers an exceptional breadth of expertise. Our excellent results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework indicate that we are the leading broad-based Anthropology Department in the UK.
The programme is linked to and offers options from UCL's Political Science Department / School of Public Policy. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework shows this is one of the UK's leading centres for research in Political Science. 
You will have access to a wide breadth of research across UCL drawing on disciplines including Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, Philosophy, Law and Computer Science from this world-class university. 
Department: Anthropology

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for recent graduates plus mid-career professionals including civil servants, NGO staff, international organisations and the private sector seeking the chance to broaden their expertise and expand their employability in this increasingly important area of public life.

Application deadlines

All applicants
26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.
Apply now

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Public Diplomacy and Global Communication MA at graduate level
  • why you want to study Public Diplomacy and Global Communication MA at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportuntity to illustrate how your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme offers.

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