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:
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
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.
"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.”
Assistant Director, Analytics and Research
Human Resource Directorate
(Former First Secretary (Admin & Consular), Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, Doha)
"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."
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."
Technical Cooperation Officer, Foreign Service Officer
Technical Cooperation Directorate