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     Reference No. Circular No. HR/MFEA/01/2022

    Public Service and Sector Employees  

    Expression of Interest  

    Administrative and Managerial
    Published Date: 14/01/2022 12:00
    Closing Date: 28/01/2022 17:15

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1.1 The Director for Corporate Services of the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, invites public officers and public sector employees to express their interest to be considered to perform the duties  of Attaché at a diplomatic mission abroad which falls under the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs.

1.2 The purpose of this call is to establish a pool of public officers and public sector employees that are willing to be posted to Malta`s missions abroad such that when a vacancy arises, they could be deployed, withn three (3) to six (6) months from notification. The length of the period will be  proportionate to the duration of the posting.

1.3 Malta`s missions abroad contribte towards the implementation of Malta`s Foreign Policy, the provision of consular services to Maltese communities overseas and the promotion of Malta, amongst other functions. Missions Abroad are generally headed by an Ambassador, assisted by a Malta Based Officer and supported by Locally Engaged Employees. Selected officers/employees are to assist the staff at missions abroad to undertake their core functions. Working at missions abroad provides the opportunity to serve Malta overseas and to experience interaction with people of different nationalities, cultures and beliefs, in a manner that is not comparable to many other openings in the Malta Public Service.

3.1 Selected officers will continue to receive their Malta Salary as per their current substantive grade/indefinite status. In additon to their Malta Salary, selected officers will receive a Post Adjustment Allowance when they are posted at a mission abroad.

3.2  For the duration of the Agreement, the Attaché shall abide by the 'Conditions of Service for Officers Serving  Overseas' (MFA 9/2015; CONDSER June 2015 V1.1) which may be updated from time to time.


4. The job duties for the position of Attaché may be viewed in Annex A attached to this Circular.


5.1 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:

(i)    Citizens of Malta

(ii)  Public Officers in a substantive grade/indefinite status on salary scales 6 to 11 and Public Sector employees in a comparable salary scale and status. Public officers/employees who are currently engaged on a contract for a definite period cannot apply.

(iii)  Public Officers in the Malta Public Service on loan/detailed with/deployed with/on attachment to Public Sector Organisations or Public Sector employees performing duties in the Public Service or RSSL employees are eligible to apply.


(iv)  Proficient in the Maltese and English language. Knowledge of other foreign languanges are considered an asset;

(v)   In possession of a reognised Bachelor`s qualification at MQF Level 6 (subject to a minimum of 180 ECTS/ECVET credits, or equivalent)* in areas that would enable them to effectively discharge their duties as Attaché at a mission abroad, plus three (3) years relevant work experience. Bachelor`s qualification in International Affairs, European Affairs or Diplomacy will be considered an asset.

*In the  absence of documentary evidence as to the ECTS/ECVET credits or other system of measuring the course content, the selection board is to evaluate the submitted programme of study and determine that is comparable to 60/180 ECTS/ECVET credits. The advice of the MQRIC may be sought. 

5.2  Public officers and Public Sector employees applying for this position must be confirmed in their current appointment.

5.3 To determine the comparable level of responsibility of Public Sector employees and RSSL employees to the level of responsibility required of public officers required of public officers applying for this position, the Selection Board should invariably and formally consult the Director/HR Manager responsible for the respective Public Sector entity.

5.4  The current arrangement, whereby Public Sector employees performing duties in the Public Service remain on the books of the respective entity, shall continue to apply in the case of Public Sector employees who are selected for the position, subject to the consent of the entity. RSSL employees will remain on the books of the company.

5.5 Qualifications at a level higher than that specified above will be accepted for eligibility purposes.

5.6  Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the above-mentined qualifications will still be considered, provided that they submit evidence that they have been approved for the award of the qualifications in question, or successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVET credits, or equivalent, taken as part of a recognised higher MQF level programme of study, as required in the afore-mentioned eligibility criteria, by the closing time and date of the call for applications.

5.7  Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 5.1 to 5.5 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.

5.8  Public Officers are obliged to immediately inform the Selection Board (if result has not yet been published, in which case the application should be withdrawn by the applicant) or the HR Unit within the issuing ministry/ department (if result has been published) upon any change in the status of their appointment as a result, of this call for application, as the case may be. Non-observance of this intruction may lead to disciplinary action. On its part, at the start of the interview, the selection Board will request the candidate to declare any changes in status of his/her current appointment from the date of submission of application.

5.9  Prospective applicants should note the requirement to produce MQRIC recognition statements in respect of their qualificatons from MQRIC, or other designated authorities, as applicable, as per provisions applicable to this call for applications (see link below).

5.10   Applications from a serving Malta Based Officer currently serving at a Mission Abroad will only be considered if by the closing date of this call for applications, s/he served a minimum of at least two years in the current posting. Furthermore, cross postings will be subject to the provisions of the Conditions of Service.


Ministry / Department :

 Minsitry for Foreign and European Affairs

Contact Persons :

Christian Sgandurra

Address :

 331,Allied House, St Paul`s Street, Valletta

Telephone :

 2204 2249

Email address :

  • Note

  • In case of conflict in interpretation of any part/s of a call for applications, the final interpretation should be that of the published Maltese version of the call for applications.