Foreign Service Officer (Functional and Corporate)

Job Scope

As a Foreign Service Officer (Functional and Corporate), you formulate, review and implement policies that impact MFA's vital operations. You are rotated to manage core functions in the following:

  • Consular: Provide assistance to overseas Singaporeans in distress
  • Protocol: Facilitate State formalities and courtesies
  • Human Resource: Attract and develop human capital
  • Corporate Affairs: Oversee organisational and resource management
  • Technical Cooperation: Collaborate with local and international partners to design, organise and showcase capacity-building courses and training programmes under the Singapore Cooperation Programme to share Singapore's expertise and developmental experience with foreign government officials

Overseas, you serve as Administrative Secretary. You manage a team to ensure the smooth functioning of the Mission. Your challenges range from consular duties, human resource management, finance, procurement, facility development and maintenance, to office administration.


"My career in MFA has given me the opportunity to gain a broad range of experience. As the Administrative Secretary in the Singapore Embassy in Ankara, I oversee the day-to-day operations of the Embassy. This includes managing local staff, and maintaining and improving the Chancery's infrastructure, facilities and security. I also assist overseas Singaporeans requiring consular assistance, as well as make logistical arrangements for visits by Singaporean officials. Previously in HQ, I was in the Human Resource Directorate where I handled recruitment matters. I was also in the Technical Cooperation Directorate which develops and coordinates programmes to share Singapore's development experience with government officials from fellow developing countries."

Koh Ling Ying 
First Secretary (Admin & Consular) 
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, Turkey

Selection Process


  • Singapore citizens with the commitment to serve in the Public Service and can adapt to the challenges of working overseas.
  • Applicants 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.

Development Opportunities

You will be equipped with essential knowledge, skills and diplomatic tradecraft through structured programmes, courses and on-the-job training. As you progress within the Ministry, a series of varied and enriching assignments and milestone programmes will groom you for future leadership roles.

Contact Us

If you have any queries, please contact us at To apply, click hereAll applicants will be notified on whether they are shortlisted or not within 4 weeks of application.

Hear From Our Officers

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"FSOs need to be flexible and quick on their feet to respond to dynamic situations. It is also important to be calm and empathetic, particularly when somebody is in a tough situation and requires Consular assistance.”

Ignatius Tan
Assistant Director, Analytics and Research 
Human Resource Directorate
(Former First Secretary (Admin & Consular), Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, Doha)


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"Going on posting is an essential part of the FSO experience and career. It is also an honour and a privilege. You are not just working overseas, you are a diplomat representing Singapore."


Sherry Lim
Assistant Director, Foreign Service Officer Recruitment 
Human Resource Directorate
(Former First Secretary (Admin & Consular), Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, Thailand)


"Beyond collaborating closely with domestic and international agencies to review policies, curate programmes and procure training vendors, I had the chance to interact with foreign government officials from all corners of the world as well as participate in enriching programme learning journeys."


Ernest Tay
Technical Cooperation Officer, Foreign Service Officer
Technical Cooperation Directorate


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