Information Specialist (PA) M 18-17


Vacancy Number: M18-17

Date: January 23, 2017 


Position Title Information Specialist
Location U.S. Consulate General, Munich, Public Affairs
Open To All Interested Candidates – All Agencies
Salary and Grade OR

Ordinarily Resident (OR)

–   € 56,410  per year starting salary

Position Grade: FSN-10


Salary and Grade NOR

Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR)

– US  $ 49,804  per year starting salary (Base Salary Scale)

Position Grade: FP-05, (steps 5 through 14) or highest previous rate within grade

Note: this position may be Overseas Comparability Pay (OCP) eligible

Final grade/step to be confirmed by Washington.


Work Hours Full-time, 40 hours
Opening Date January 23 , 2017
Closing Date Until filled
Security Requirement Candidate must be able to obtain and hold a non-sensitive security clearance.




LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT: This position is temporary will not exceed 6 months from hire date.








The U.S. Consulate General in Munich is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Information Specialist in the Public Affairs Office.








(A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available upon request.  Send your request to with identification of vacancy number.)




The incumbent serves as the senior locally hired media affairs advisor to the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and the Consul General. S/he plans media strategies and organizes and administers wide-ranging information and program activities throughout Bavaria after broad consultation with the PAO and with minimum supervision. Incumbent serves as both PAO’s senior media advisor and is also responsible for a full range of public affairs programs focusing on Mission priority issues. S/he is directly supervised by the PAO.








Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in determination that the applicant is not qualified.




EDUCATION: A master’s degree or equivalent in journalism, public relations, business or project management, history, political science, economics, American Studies or related fields is required.




EXPERIENCE: Seven years’ experience as a journalist, project manager, public-relations or crisis communications manager, advertising developer, or private sector or government spokesperson or media advisor is required.




LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluent) English and German language skills are required (speak, write, and read).








  • Must be able to research complex issues without supervision and under severe time constraints to speedily produce, for example, speeches for the Consul General on such topics as international security,    trade policies, and other sophisticated aspects of American society.
  • Must be able to exercise independent criticism of media and academic works.
  • Must demonstrate initiative and ingenuity and be capable of overseeing, coordinating, and implementing high-level media programming, as well as developing and maintaining close personal high-level media contacts.
  • Must be a thorough organizer and an excellent bilingual writer.








  • Incumbent must have in-depth knowledge of German and American political, economic, societal and cultural realities and trends.


  • Incumbent must have a solid understanding of the media landscape in Bavarian and be able to successfully leverage media relationships for successful placement of interviews, op-eds, and articles about U.S. foreign policy.
  • Must be knowledgeable about how to target specific messages to discrete audiences and use data-driven analysis and metrics to evaluate results.




The Human Resources Office will conduct standard language assessment tests and may test for other required skills as part of the selection process. Testing is conducted equitably and is administered in the same way to all applicants for the particular recruitment.










  • Hiring Preference Selection Process:When qualified, applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.










(1)     AEFM / USEFM who is a  preference-eligible U.S. Veteran


(2)     AEFM / USEFM*


(3)     FS on LWOP**




*IMPORTANT:Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process.  Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.


** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.






  • Additional Selection Criteria:


  1. The U.S. Mission will consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  2. Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) of the U.S. Mission Germany having served less than 12 months in their current position are not eligible to apply.
  3. Current Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) with an overall summary rating of ‘Needs Improvement’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
  4. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first ninety (90) calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.






  • How To Apply:  Interested applicants for this position must submit their application and pertinent supporting documentation by the closing date using the U.S. Mission’s electronic application process:




Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.


  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE), Form DS-174, which is available on the internet for OpenNet users by clicking here: DS-174 OpenNet; or for external users on the internet by clicking here: DS-174 External.
  2. Additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. cover letter, resume / curriculum vitae, reference letters, transcripts, essays, certificates, copies of degrees earned, etc.) should be attached with the application.


  1. Application language is English, i.e. application for employment, CV or resume should be in English.  Certificates, awards or degrees in English or German do not need to be translated.
  2. Note that the U.S. Mission does not/not refund travel expenses incurred by the interviewee.




For a complete list of terms such as US citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM), Eligible Family Member (EFM), Member of Household (MOH), Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR), Ordinarily Resident (OR) and their definitions, see the definitions list on the website




The U.S. Mission in Germany provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.




The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliations.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.






Approved:    HR: EKaleta


Cleared:        PA: MirandaA


Drafted:       HR: JISzafermann