Foreign Service Examinations Set for 2012
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The Philippine Embassy is pleased to announce that, pursuant to the Foreign Service Act of 1991 (RA 7157) and the Revised Administrative Code of 1987, the Board of Foreign Service Examinations (BFSE) will conduct the 2012 Foreign Service Examinations to recruit candidates for appointment to the position of Foreign Service Officer, Class IV.
The examination, composed of five (5) parts will be held on the following dates:
Part I: Qualifying Test - 19 February 2012
Part II: Preliminary Interview - 31 March 2012
Part III: Written Test - 04,05 &06 April 2012
Part IV: Psychological Test - 25 to 29 June 2012
Part V: Oral Test - 29, 30 & 31 August 2012
Applicants must be knowledgeable on the economic, political and social conditions of the Philippines, and must possess facility in oral communication and personality traits essential to the performance of the duties of Foreign Service Officers. They must also be willing and able to accept assignment to any post where their services may be required.
The duties of a Foreign Service Officer include gathering information, analyzing and reporting political, economic, technological, cultural and other events/developments, drafting diplomatic notes and other forms of diplomatic correspondence, preparing briefing papers and other foreign policy papers for the Department of Foreign Affairs and other offices of the government as required, assisting in the preparation and conduct of international conferences, managing and supervising staff, disseminating information, working with other government agencies and private groups and individuals in promoting Philippine interests abroad, undertaking negotiations, assisting Filipinos abroad and protecting their rights, promoting Philippine tourism, culture and trade, bringing in foreign investments, performing consular functions and representing the Philippines in various international fora.
Applicants should be Filipino citizens, less than 35 years old on the day of the Qualifying Test and should have obtained at least a four-year bachelor’s degree.
Prospective examinees are advised to visit the Department of Foreign Affairs’ website (www.dfa.gov.ph) and click on the BFSE Announcements icon for the procedure on how to apply and to download the application form for the exam.
Completed application forms must be submitted to the Embassy by 05 January 2012.