(1)(a) have a Hong Kong bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus at least 8 years of relevant work experience [Note 1] in the English-language media; OR
(b) have an accredited associate degree/higher diploma in English language studies or journalism from a Hong Kong tertiary institution, or equivalent, plus at least 8 years of relevant work experience [Note 1] in the English-language media; OR
(c) have a diploma in English language studies or journalism from a registered post-secondary college issued after the date of its registration, or equivalent, plus at least 8 years of relevant work experience [Note 1] in the English-language media; OR
(d) have Level 3 or equivalent [Note 2] or above in five subjects, including English Language, in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) [Note 3], or equivalent, or Grade E or above in two subjects at Advanced Level in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) and Level 3 [Note 4]/Grade C or above in three other subjects in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) [Note 3], one of the above subjects should include Use of English in HKALE or English Language in HKCEE (Syllabus B for HKCEE before 2007), or equivalent, plus at least 11 years of relevant work experience [Note 1] in the English-language media; OR
(e) have at least 13 years of relevant work experience [Note 1] in the English-language media;
(2) have good communication skills;
(3) have a very good understanding of current affairs;
(4) be prepared to work outside normal office hours and meet tight deadlines; AND
(5) be computer-literate, with good word processing skills.
Eligible applicants are required to sit for a test, which may cover writing and editing skills as well as transcribing competency, conducted by the Information Services Department. Only those who have passed the test will be further considered for the selection interview.
(1) Refers to full-time work experience. Work experience of part-time, internship, freelance or voluntary work will NOT be considered.
(2) “Attained with Distinction” in Applied Learning subjects (subject to a maximum of two Applied Learning subjects) and Grade C in Other Language subjects in the HKDSEE are accepted as equivalent to Level 3 in the New Senior Secondary subjects in the HKDSEE. “Attained” in Applied Learning subjects (subject to a maximum of two Applied Learning subjects) and Grade E in Other Language subjects in the HKDSEE are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the New Senior Secondary subjects in the HKDSEE.
(3) The subjects may include Chinese Language.
(4) Grade C and Grade E in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in the HKCEE before 2007 are accepted administratively as comparable to Level 3 and Level 2 respectively in Chinese Language and English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.
Duties of the English Sub-editor/Writer will include:
(i) swift editing of government press releases, captions and speeches, as well as producing transcripts of government officials at public events, under tight deadlines to ensure that they have a high English standard and are consistent in style; and
(ii) editing other government information, such as scripts for TV and radio announcements in the public interest and web videos.
Subject to the operational needs of the department, the appointee may be required to work irregular hours, or perform on-call or standby duties on rest days, statutory holidays or general holidays.
Terms of Appointment:
The successful candidate for the position will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for one year. Renewal of contract will be subject to the service needs of the department and the performance of the candidate.
Upon satisfactory completion of the contract period with a consistently satisfactory standard of performance and conduct throughout the contract, the appointee will be granted a gratuity for the period of service. Such gratuity, plus any contribution by the Government to a Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme in respect of the appointee required by the MPF Schemes Ordinance, will equal 15 per cent of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period. Rest days, statutory holidays, annual leave, maternity leave/paternity leave and sickness allowance, where appropriate, will be no less favourable than the provisions of the Employment Ordinance.
(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirements irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the civil service.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the test and/or selection interview.
(f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a candidate with a disability meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the test and/or selection interview without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau's website at http://www.csb.gov.hk under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(g) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the contact address.
(h) Towards the application deadline, the online system would likely be overloaded due to a large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your online application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible.
How to apply:
Application Forms (G.F. 340 [(Rev. 3/2013)]) are obtainable from the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of the District Offices under the Home Affairs Department and the Job Centres of the Employment Services Division of the Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website (http://www.csb.gov.hk).
Applications submitted in person or by post should reach the contact address by 25 October 2018 (the postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of submission of the application). Please specify the title of the position being applied for on the envelope. To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of an application, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage. Applicants may also apply online through the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Applications not made in the prescribed form [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)], submitted by fax or email, or which are incomplete or late will not be accepted.
For qualifications awarded by local institutions/the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, copies of the relevant transcripts/diplomas/certificates/other qualification documents are not required to be submitted at this stage of application. As for qualifications obtained from institutions outside Hong Kong, copies of the relevant transcripts/diplomas/certificates or other qualification documents should be submitted together with the completed application forms.
For applicants who apply online, they should submit copies of the required supporting documents by post to the contact address on or before 1 November 2018. The online application number should be quoted on the envelope and copies of the supporting documents.
Applicants are encouraged to provide their email addresses on the application forms. Applicants should state clearly in their application forms their academic qualifications attained, job details and number of years of work experience, especially for work experience in the English-language media.
Candidates who are selected for the test and/or selection interview will normally receive an invitation (by email or by post) within three months from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for the test and/or selection interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.
Human Resource Management Section of the Information Services Department at Room 708, 7/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
South China Morning Post (12/10/2018 and 20/10/2018) and Ming Pao (12/10/2018)