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[Expired] Foreign Service Officer (Functional and Corporate)

Posted On :18 Sep 2017


Job Summary

  • Salary:   Undisclosed
  • Location: Singapore - Central
  • Work Type: Permanent / Full Time
  • Min. Education Level: Degree
  • Field of Study: Not Applicable
  • Skills: Analytical skills, Conceptual abilities, Written and oral communication skills, Planning and organisation skills

Job Descriptions

Job Description:

As a Foreign Service Officer (Functional and Corporate), you will oversee MFA's vital operations and manage a wide range of functions. As part of your career development, you may be rotated to take on a variety of portfolios as follows:

As a Consular Officer, you service the consular needs of Singaporeans abroad. This includes the loss of passports, assisting Singaporeans in distress during disasters, and responding to consular issues or requests by foreigners & foreign missions in Singapore on behalf of their nationals.

As a Protocol Officer, you organise and manage incoming and outgoing visits for Ministers and the President. You provide protocol advice in the organisation of international/regional conferences as well as organise State ceremonies and functions in Singapore. You also oversee policies on diplomatic privileges and immunities.

As a Technical Cooperation Officer, you manage and administer the Singapore Co-operation Programme (SCP) for transfer of expertise and skills to other developing countries. The provision of technical assistance will focus on avenues such as bilateral or joint training programmes, Singapore scholarships for ASEAN countries, and study visits etc.

As a Public Affairs Officer, you promote public diplomacy and project a positive image of Singapore internationally. You also manage the Ministry’s corporate communications and public relations.

Officers in Corporate Services formulate and implement corporate development policies and strategies to spearhead MFA as a vibrant and forward-looking organisation in the following areas:

As a Human Resource Officer, you deal with specialised functions ranging from talent attraction and recruitment, career development, performance evaluation and training. This includes the analysis of market conditions and trends, and assessment of the impact and implications in view of crafting and executing HR policies to leverage on opportunities and meet challenges.

As a Finance Officer, you will oversee finance matters in MFA's headquarters and Overseas Missions that include the review of finance policies, enhancement of financial processes and systems, and maintenance of the chart of accounts

During postings overseas, you perform the role of an Administrative Secretary managing a team supporting Mission's operations. Akin to the Chief Operating Officer, your challenges range from consular duties, human resource management, finance, procurement, facility development and maintenance, and office administration. You will network to cultivate and maintain close ties with people at all levels. You must also be ready to adjust to and thrive in a challenging foreign environment.

Entry Requirements:

You must be a Singaporean with a keen commitment in Public Service and have deep interest in international and domestic affairs.

We are looking for exceptional graduates with strong analytical skills and conceptual abilities, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong ability to engage people at all levels, and good planning and organisation skills. You must also be prepared to accept the challenge of working overseas.

Candidates in their final year of study may apply.

Training and Development:

Throughout your career, you will be given ample opportunities to demonstrate your potential through varied postings and challenging assignments. Training is integral to the career development of our officers. There is a wide range of options and you will be expected, in partnership with your manager, to take responsibility for your development programme.

All new officers will attend the Foreign Service Basic Programme. The induction programme, which includes a study trip to one of our Overseas Missions, is designed to introduce you to the framework and workings of the Government and Foreign Service. You will gain insights into Singapore's political and economic developments, challenges and constraints, and MFA's role in it.

In general, FSOs on the Functional and Corporate track would be rotated between 2 HQ Directorates before being posted overseas after 4 years in HQ. Training for your first overseas posting covers two areas: specific skills and languages. Spouses are also invited to attend relevant training. Promising officers will be given scholarships to do postgraduate courses at renowned institutions. In addition, you will undergo other challenging milestone programmes at various stages of your career.

Job Benefits

Salary & Benefits
Fresh graduates will be appointed as a Foreign Service Officer at entry level. Seniority of appointment and starting salary for working graduates will commensurate with qualifications and relevant work experience. The annual salary package would also include mid-year, year-end and performance bonuses.

MFA is committed to attracting and retaining the best talents. Besides a competitive remuneration package, we also offer a myriad of benefits.

Leave Entitlement
Vacation Leave - 18 working days
Marriage Leave - 3 working days
Maternity Leave - 16 weeks
Paternity Leave - 3 working days
Childcare Leave
Study Leave

Medical Benefits
Sick Leave - 14 days
Hospitalisation Leave - 60 days (inclusive of Sick Leave)
Additional 2% Medisave Contribution
Subsidised Outpatient and Dental Treatment

Other Benefits
Public Officers Group Insurance Scheme
Government Holiday Bungalows
Long Service Award
Housing Loan

Other Allowances
Representational Allowance (for Protocol Officers only)
Language Allowance (for Third Language Proficiency)

You also get to enjoy these additional tax-free allowances and benefits during overseas postings:

Overseas Cost of Living Allowance
Installation Allowance
Outfit Allowance
Education Assistance Allowance for Children

Government Paid Passages
Mid-term Return Passage to Singapore
Reunion Passage for Spouse and Children
Relief Passage for Hardship and Extreme Hardship Posts

Other Benefits
Government Paid Furnished Accommodation
Overseas Insurance Coverage
Casual Leave Before and After Posting

About This Company

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) operates worldwide with 50 Overseas Missions.  Our officers are pivotal to our success in safeguarding and advancing Singapore's interest.  We welcome self-driven individuals with a keen interest in public service to pursue a fulfilling career in MFA.


We welcome you to join the MFA family. 

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