Local recruitment: Public Diplomacy Officer (Mekong-Australia Partnership) via DevNetJobs

Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭

AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY BANGKOK

VACANCY:Public Diplomacy Officer – Mekong-Australia Partnership (1 vacancy) 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) invites applications for a full-time position, classified at Level 5 (LE5), Public Diplomacy Officer – Mekong-Australia Partnership. The position will support Australia’s newly established Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP) initiative. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 4.30pm (Bangkok time). The merit list will be established and drawn upon to fill future vacancies. 

A Position Description (PD) which also sets out specific skills and other qualifications is attached. 

How to Apply 

For any application to be ELIGIBLE and therefore considered, it must include TWO documents; 

1.                CV (Resume) (maximum of two A4 pages) outlining previous relevant work experience and achievements in English. Please include the names and contact details (phone number and email addresses) of two referees in the CV. 

2.                A Statement of Claim (maximum of two A4 pages) addressing each of Selection Criterion. In addressing each criterion, please ensure you provide example(s) based on previous experience where available, to demonstrate your capability. Tell us why you are the right person for the job, why you are interested in working with DFAT, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to a role at this level. The Statement of Claims forms the most important part of the application, as this information, together with the CV, will be used to shortlist applicants for further consideration for the vacancy. There is no need for a covering letter. For guidelines on how to write a Statement of Claims, please visit www.thailand.embassy.gov.au under ‘Job Opportunity’ and ‘Guidelines for addressing Selection Criteria’.

Please send your application in MS Word or PDF format to [email protected]. Please name the email subject ‘Application for [specify the position that you wish to apply] – [insert first name and last name]’ For example, Application for LE5 Public Diplomacy Officer – Mekong-Australia Partnership – Claude Monet. 

Enquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Human Resources Unit at [email protected]

Selection Criteria

  • Experience working in public diplomacy, including public relations, media and/or marketing. This includes dealing with media, social media, producing communication materials and delivering well-coordinated public diplomacy events and activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Thai, including an ability to draft high-quality speeches and social media posts.
  • Experience working collaboratively in a cross-cultural team to deliver against team objectives under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain a wide range of relevant contacts and supporting databases.
  • Demonstrated competence in the use of the Microsoft suite

Contract Conditions:

Position:Public Diplomacy Officer – Mekong-Australia Partnership
Work Level Classification:LE 5
Commencement Salary:THB 66,243 per month
Department:Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Date of Commencement:As soon as possible
Employment Period:Two years and six months
Probationary Period:Three months
Place of Work:Australian Embassy, Bangkok

 Employment will be subject to satisfactory medical and police/security checks. The actual start date will be confirmed following 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 a police check in any country other than Thailand must be met by the successful candidate. 

For prospective expatriate employees, please note that all costs associated with the employee’s relocation to and stay in Thailand is the employee’s responsibility. This includes visa fees, travel to Thailand, and quarantine hotel costs on arrival and COVID-19 tests. The employee will also be responsible for organising their own residential accommodation during their period of stay. 

The Embassy can provide limited assistance to the employee and immediate family members (spouse and children) requesting Thai visa(s) and permit to stay.    

It is the employees’ responsibility to obtain the relevant documents and ensure that they comply with immigration regulations that relate to their employment with the Embassy in Thailand. Prospective applicants are advised to check their eligibility for a visa – and investigate living conditions and costs.In considering this position, Australian applicants should make themselves aware of the Australian taxation arrangements for Australian citizens working overseas. 

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.

AGENCYDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
POSITION NUMBERBK08072
POSITION TITLEPublic Diplomacy Officer – Mekong-Australia Partnership
CLASSIFICATIONLE5
SECTIONDevelopment
REPORTS TO (TITLE)First Secretary (Development)

 About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) 

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 its prosperity, delivering an effective and high-quality overseas development program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas. DFAT provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. It also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s global, regional and bilateral interests. 

About the position 

In November 2020, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP), a package of AUD232 million in funding to support economic integration and development in the Mekong region.  

With general direction, the MAP Public Diplomacy Officer promotes Australia’s increased investment in the Mekong through the MAP, with a focus on our water, energy and climate development programs. This position works as part of the Embassy’s Development Section but works closely with the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Unit to ensure complementarity with the Embassy’s broader PD agenda. 

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan, develop and implement a public diplomacy strategy for the MAP water, energy and climate development investments, in close consultation with the Embassy’s Development Section, Public Diplomacy (PD) Unit, relevant Australian Government agencies in Bangkok and other Australian Embassies in the Mekong sub-region.
  • Provide PD support for other MAP investments (including Building Human Capacity, Economic Resilience, Transnational Crime and Trade and Investment).
  • Manage relationships with media contacts to achieve work area and department goals, in close consultation with the Embassy’s PD Unit.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant regional stakeholders, including community organisations, government officials, private sector representatives, international and regional organisations.
  • Produce a range of high-quality written materials including social media, presentations, and speeches on Australia’s water, energy and climate investments in the Mekong sub-region.
  • Plan and execute public diplomacy events, including coordinating activities with other Australian Embassies in the region, to promote Australia’s increased investments in the Mekong sub-region.
  • Prepare or review press releases in English and / or Thai.

Qualifications/Experience

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field and/or at least two years’ experience working in public diplomacy, including public relations, media, and/or marketing.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Thai, including an ability to draft high-quality speeches and social media posts.
  • Demonstrated competence in the use of the Microsoft suite of software products.
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with media, including social media and the production of marketing material.
  • Experience coordinating and delivering well-organised events.
  • Experience building and maintaining a wide range of relevant contacts and supporting databases.
  • Experience with graphic design and videography would be an advantage.
  • Experience working with or knowledge / familiarity with international development would be an advantage.

Personal attributes

  • Ability to work autonomously under limited direction to resolve issues.
  • Ability to develop relationships and work collaboratively in a cross-cultural team environment to deliver against team objectives under tight deadlines.

Job Email id: bangkok.recruitment(at)dfat.gov.au


POSITION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED