Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Media Officer - Australian Embassy

*The Embassy will accept the application through the Embassy's recruitment email address only*
**For any application to be ELIGIBLE and therefore considered, it must include TWO required documents;**
  1. CV (Resume) - A maximum of two pages CV outlining previous relevant work experience in English language. Please include the names and contact details (phone number and email addresses) of two referees in the CV.
  2. A Statement of Claimaddressing each selection criterion (no more than three pages altogether). For guidelines on how to write a Statement of Claims, please visit under ‘About Us’, ‘Job Opportunity’ and ‘Guidelines for addressing Selection Criteria’.
***For the Embassy's recruitment email address, please visit, under 'About Us' and 'Job Opportunity'***
****Applications close on Monday, 17 July 2017, 4.30 pm (Bangkok Time)****

A full time position for Media Officer has become vacant in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for suitably qualified applicants on a contractual basis. The Media Officer plays an important role in devising and implementing media strategies in support of embassy activities and Australian Government Policies and initiatives.
Selection Criteria
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Applicants must provide a written Statement of Claims of no more than three pages to show their suitability under each of the following Selection Criteria. The Statement of Claims forms the most important part of the application, as this information, together with a resume of no more than two pages, will be used to shortlist applicants for further consideration for the vacancy. There is no need for a covering letter.
In addressing each criteria please ensure that you provide example(s) based on previous experience where available, to demonstrate your capability.
  1. Previous work experience in relevant field with demonstrated understanding of the Thai media industry.
  2. Proven strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to liaise with contacts at all levels in both private and government sectors. Strong networking skills, including making and retaining contacts.
  3. Demonstrated high level organisation and prioritisation skills. Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team. Demonstrated experience working under pressure and the ability to meet deadlines.
  4. Superior written and oral communication skills in English and Thai.
  5. At least a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum of five years employment experience. Knowledge of Australia is highly desirable.
A Job Description which also sets out specific skills and other specifications is attached.
Contract Conditions:
Media Officer
Work Level Classification:
Commencement Salary:
64,013 Baht per month
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Date of Commencement:
August 2017, subject to the Thai Police Check Process which can take up to six weeks
Employment Period:
Two Years and Six Months
Probationary Period:
Three Months
Place of Work:
Australian Embassy, Bangkok

Employment will be subject to a satisfactory medical and police/security checks. The actual start date will be confirmed after advice has been received in regards to the outcome of the police checks which will be carried out in Thailand, Australia, any country where the successful candidate is a citizen, and any country where the successful candidate has resided for 6 months or more in the past 5 years. Please note that costs for police check in any country other than Thailand will be met by the successful candidate.
For expatriate prospective employees, please note that all costs associated with the employee’s relocation to and stay in Thailand, including visa fees, are the employee’s responsibility. The Embassy can provide limited assistance to the employee requesting a Thai visa and permit to stay. It is the employees’ responsibility to obtain the relevant documents and ensure that they are in compliance with immigration regulations that relate to their employment with the Embassy in Thailand. The Embassy is unable to assist with Thai Visa matters in relation to the spouse or partner or family members of an employee. Prospective applicants are advised to check their eligibility for a visa - and investigate living conditions and costs.
Enquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Human Resources Unit at 02 344 6346-7.
Please note that only ELIGIBLE applications will be considered, and only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview and provided with feedback on the selection process, on request. 


Job Description - Australian Embassy, Bangkok

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Position number
Media Officer
Public Diplomacy
Reports to (title)
First Secretary (Trade and Public Affairs)

About the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.
The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.
 About the position
The Media Officer has a critical role in supporting the Public Diplomacy section on a full-time basis. Alongside A-based staff members, devise and implement media strategies in support of Embassy activities and Australian Government policies and initiatives. Manage the embassy’s Facebook page and discrete public diplomacy activities as required. Monitor, disseminate and, where necessary, respond to local media reporting on Australia or Australian Government policies. The Media Officer must maintain and develop a network of key local Thai and English-language journalists.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • Alongside First Secretary (political/economic) and Director Public and Cultural Diplomacy, develop and implement public relations and media strategies for Embassy activities.
  • Manage the Embassy’s Facebook page alongside Second Secretary (political).
  • Manage with limited supervision discrete public diplomacy activities in support of the Embassy’s public diplomacy objectives.
  • Build, maintain and extend the Embassy’s contacts among key local journalists and in media organisations (i.e. Thai, Australian and other journalists / media based in Thailand). Principally responsible for International Media Visits.
  • Monitor local and international news for articles relevant to Embassy work, compile/summarise press clippings and keep Embassy staff informed of media coverage of relevant issues.
  • Organise attendance of local media and photographers at press conferences and Embassy functions, including outside Bangkok.
  • Prepare or review press releases for Embassy activities in English and / or Thai.
  • Provide advice on the Thai media to senior staff and all agencies at the Embassy to assist in their dealings with the media.
  • Act as interpreter at press conferences, interviews or other engagements attended by the local media as well as interpret at high-level meetings for Ambassador/visiting ministers as required.
  • Conduct research on specific political and economic issues under direction from A-based staff.
  • Provide back up to other public diplomacy staff members.
  • Possess high-level interpersonal, organisational and prioritization skills
  • Have the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines and work outside office hours if required.
  • Be outgoing, action-oriented and interested in seeking innovative solutions.
  • Have the ability to develop and maintain contacts.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative as well as perform as part of a team.
  • Be willing to travel, internationally and domestically, for work purposes, if required.
  • Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline and good knowledge of the Thai media industry. At least five years work experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Thai.
  • Experience in public relations and liaising with the media.
  • Knowledge of Australia, including the Australian media industry highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated competence in the use of the Microsoft suite of software products, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access and social media. Experience with new media and film production desirable.

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    Australian Embassy

    Career Level

    Middle level

    Yr(s) of Exp

    5 years experience


    Job Function

    Salary negotiable

    Salary provided 

    Employment Type

    Contract, Full Time


    Recent Graduate will be considered


    Dental insurance
    Education allowance
    Five-day work week
    Flexible working hours
    Medical insurance
    Overtime pay
    Performance bonus
    Travel allowance

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