View Vacancy - HK - Press Officer B3(L)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Communications, Press and Media

Main purpose of job:

This is an exciting role in the British Consulate General’s busy and dynamic Communications Section. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the British Consulate-General’s media communications strategy and plans, and coordinating broader communications activity at post (in particular with colleagues in the Department of International Trade and the British Council).  Press handling experience and media strategic planning and analysis skills will be central to this role to ensure the UK government communications are effective, efficient and evaluated. The successful candidate will also be intimately involved in assisting political news research work, and acting as a back-up to do digital updates of the UK Government’s website and social media channels in Hong Kong.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

Press Reporting (20%): Produce the morning media summary for the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong, focusing on UK Government priorities, which reflects the full range of key news, commentary and opinion from local and international English and Chinese language news and social media reports, as well as any other stories of interest to colleagues in the Consulate-General. The UK Government priorities refer to the basic rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Sino British Joint Declaration, rule of law, constitutional developments, and equalities issues, which form the basic groundwork for the Six Monthly Report to the UK Parliament on Hong Kong. 

Media Publicity (30%): Act as the official Cantonese-speaking media contact for the UK Government in Hong Kong handling media interest for the consulate. Develop, implement and lead media strategies and plans for Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s VIPs and public diplomacy activities, and oversee cross-departmental media communications efforts across the Consulate-General. The scope of work includes pitching interviews and opinion articles, arranging press conferences and briefings, reviewing and translating press and communications materials, developing media relationships with Cantonese language and international media contacts, and answering media enquiries. Assist with the Consulate-General’s media response to crisis or emergency (a natural disaster, for example). The ability to work under pressure, and experience of meeting tight deadlines is essential, as is experience of working with journalists.  Experience of working in a busy press office is desirable.

Media insight, analysis and evaluation (20%): Monitor, analyse and evaluate effectively outcomes of media communications activities to ensure right audiences are targeted with right messages to support efforts to enhance the UK’s political and economic reputation. 

Political News Research (20%): Assist Line Manager to use open source materials to conduct political news research and produce brief reports to contribute to wider political reporting and engagement. 

Digital (10%): Act as a back-up in managing social media platforms and doing digital updates of GOV.UK platform independently in digital editor’s absence, to build sufficient resilience as a member of the Communications Team.  In the absence of colleagues, or during periods of busy work elsewhere in the section, you might be asked to help assist in this function. Flexibility will be key.


This position is open to Hong Kong citizens, permanent residents, and partners/dependants of UK-based diplomatic staff currently posted in Hong Kong. Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. Candidates must have or be able to obtain work authorisation for Hong Kong in order to apply.

  • A standard of written and spoken English equivalent to or near the level of a native speaker with the ability to produce and edit high quality written English. The successful candidate will need to be able to draft press releases, communication plans and, occasionally website and social media content in English, often to tight deadlines. 
  • Fluent speaker of Cantonese (C2 level for non-native speakers) and proficient Mandarin (B2-C1 level) reading and writing skills. The successful candidate will need to be able to monitor Chinese language press and produce media coverage in English, and to translate occasional press materials from English to Chinese. 
  • High self-motivation, a flexible and resilient attitude, with a strong track record of delivering multiple tasks often under pressure, within tight deadlines, without supervision, demonstrating flexibility and a keen eye for detail. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The successful candidate will need to work effectively with teams across the Consulate-General and the UK’s diplomatic and government network; and develop excellent working partnerships with external media partners as well. 
  • Previous experience working in or with media organisations or PR agencies in Hong Kong or the UK.
  • Experience of working with digital media, in a press office and/or within a public sector organisation.
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service
28 October 2019
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
41
Asia Pacific
Hong Kong SAR
Hong Kong SAR
British Consulate General
1
26,780
9 December 2019

This position is open to Hong Kong citizens, permanent residents, and partners/dependants of UK-based diplomatic staff currently posted in Hong Kong. Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. Candidates must have or be able to obtain work authorisation for Hong Kong in order to apply.

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities in FCO e-learning and opportunities for on-the-job learning and mentoring. 

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

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