Public Engagement Specialist

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    $35,104 / Yearly
  • Job type:
    Full Time
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Communication & English
  • Deadline:
    March 7, 2020
Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Monrovia
Position Title:
Public Engagement Specialist (American Spaces) (Open to All Interested Applicants / All Sources)
Open Period:
02/06/2020 – 03/07/2020Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE – 6510 10
USD $35,104 – USD $35,104
Work Schedule:
Full-time –
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Monrovia, LI
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
 HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust – Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
•    Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period.
Marketing Statement:
We encourage you to read and understand the eight qualities of overseas employees at this link:\ before you apply.
The work schedule for this position is:

    • Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (2 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travels for training outside of host country; local trips to American Corners and grantees in host country, etc.


This position is located within the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Public Affairs Officer (DPAO), the jobholder directs and manages American Center Monrovia (ACM), as well as 4 American Corners across Liberia. Oversees the research, reference, and outreach services conducted by the ACM staff. Plans and implements outreach programs to advance U.S. Mission goals. Identifies, and develops and maintains continuing professional contact with key target audience members. Directly supervises the Public Engagement Assistant (Librarian).

Qualifications and Evaluations


This position requires a total of at least four years of experience.  Specifically:  a) Minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in a multilingual, multicultural, or multinational institution (such as a museum, public or community center, or education facility) that provides information resources or American Studies or International Relations content to the public is required, with communications, marketing or public relations duties as a significant part of the job; and b) at least an additional one year of supervisory experience is required.


Knowledge of Liberian culture and customs, as well as knowledge of the educational needs of Liberian youth required.  Knowledge of electronic retrieval and delivery tools, in particular the Internet and standard information science practices and procedures required. Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel required.

Education Requirements:
University degree in communications, library science, museum education, international affairs, American Studies, or marketing is required.

Level 4 (Fluent) writing/reading/speaking of English is required.  Incumbent must communicate effectively in English to both Liberian and U.S. audiences. This will be tested.


Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills required. Excellent written and oral communication skills required – this may be tested. Must have good interpersonal skills. The ability to work unsupervised much of the time is required. Must have the ability to lead team efforts undertake several tasks to complete programs and projects. Must have strong analytic skills and the ability to conceptualize how best to use PD tools to move Liberian attitudes in positive ways. Must be able to advise senior Mission leaders of opportunities to promote Mission objectives; identify, analyze, predict and continually assess audience attitudes; manage projects and evaluate the impact of projects and modify approaches for greatest outcomes. Attention to detail and ease with numbers required. Skills in Microsoft Office are required.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission 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.

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Liberia may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  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*
    1. AEFM / USEFM
    1. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following:

How to Apply

How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust Clearance.

To apply for this position click the “Apply for Jobs” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:
Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

    • Residency and/or Work Permit (For Non-Liberians not on the order of a US Direct Hire assigned at US Embassy in Liberia)
    • Degree copy (not transcript)
    • Language Scores (if available)
    • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
    • SF-50 (if applicable)
Next Steps:
Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

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