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GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SERVICE POSITIONS AND RANKS

 

United Nations (UN)

Secretary General

Under Secretary General

Assistant Secretary General

Director, Division/Office

Chief, Section

 

European Union (EU)/European Commission (EC)

President

Vice President

 

Commissioner

Director General, Department

Deputy Director General

Director, Directorate

 

Brazil

Minister

Secretary General

Under Secretary General

Department

Division

 

Civil Service: Level 1-6 (highest)

 

Canada (Public Service of Canada)

Minister

Deputy Minister

Assistant Deputy Minister

 

Director General

Director/Assistant Director, Branch

Chief/Assistant Chief, Division

 

China

Rank

1-3       Premier

4-6       Vice Premier, State Councilor

7-8       Minister, Provincial Governor

9-10     Vice Minister, Provincial Vice Governor

11-12   Director, Bureau

13-14   Deputy Director, Bureau

15-16   Head, Division

17-18   Deputy Head, Division

19-20   Head, Section

21-22   Deputy Head, Section

23-24   Section staff

25-27   Clerical staff

Source: EAI Background Brief No. 494, by Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard and Chen Gang. Singapore: National University of Singapore, East Asian Institute, 16 December 2009.

 

France

Minister of State (Ministre d’Etat)

Secretary General (Secrétaire Général)

Director General (Directeur Général)

Director (Directeur)

Assistant Director (Directeur Adjoint)

Sub Director (Sous-Directeur)

 

Germany

            Federal Minister (Bundesminister)

 

Pay Grade

B 11     State Secretary

B10      Ministerial Director

B 9       Ministerial Director

B 6       Assistant Secretary     (Ministerialdirigent)

B 3       Ministerial Counselor  (Ministerialrat)

A 16     Ministerial Counselor  (Ministerialrat)

A 15     Director                       (Regierungsdirektor)

A 14     Counselor                    (Regierungsrat)

A 13     Counselor                    (Regierungsrat)

A 13     Higher Administrator   (Oberamtsrat)

A 12     Administrative Officer (Amtsrat)

A 11     Senior Clerk                (Regierungsamtmann)

A 10     Government Inspector (Regierungsinspektor)

A 9       Government Inspector (Regierungsinspektor)

A 8       Chief Secretary           (Regierungshauptsekretär)

A 7       Higher Secretary         (Regierungsobersekretär)

A 6       Secretary                     (Regierungssekretär)

A 5       Administrative Assistant (Regierungsassistent)

A 4       Senior Assistant          (Amtsmeister)

A 3       Higher Assistant          (Hauptamtsgehilfe)

A 2       Higher Assistant          (Oberamtsgehilfe)

A 1       Assistant                     (Amtsgehilfe)

Note: The English equivalent of the German rank is approximate.                                                     

 

India

Minister

Minister of State

Secretary

 

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Under Secretary

Deputy Secretary

Director General

Additional Director General

Director

Joint Secretary

Additional Secretary

Secretary

 

Indian Foreign Service

Ambassador/High Commissioner

Minister

Counsellor

First Secretary

Second Secretary

 

Japan

Minister

Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister

Parliamentary Vice Minister

Vice Minister

Deputy Minister

 

Director General, Bureau

Deputy Director General

Department

Director, Division

Chief

 

Russia

Minister

First Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister

 

Chief, Department (Otdel)

Chief, Main Administration (Glavnoye Upravleniye)

Chief, Administration (Upravleniye)

First Deputy Chief

Chief

 

United Kingdom (UK)

Secretary of State

Minister of State

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (not part of civil service)

Parliamentary Secretary (not part of civil service)

 

Senior Civil Service (SCS)

            Cabinet Secretary

            Permanent Secretary

3          Director General

2          Director, Department/Division/Directorate

1          Deputy Director

 

            Assistant Director

            Head, Department/Branch

            Head of Unit

 

United States of America (USA)

 

Executive Level

I           Secretary (of Department, ministerial level) and selected others

II          Deputy Secretary/Under Secretary and selected others

II          Administrator/Director, Agency

II          Administrator, Administration

III         Under Secretary and selected others

III         Administrator/Administration

III         Deputy Administrator, Administration

III         Director, Service

III         Chairman, Commission

IV         Assistant Secretary

IV         Associate Administrator

IV         Deputy Under Secretary

V          Assistant Director

V          Deputy Associate Administrator

V          Director, Bureau

 

Senior Executive Service (SES)

General Service (GS): GS-1 through GS-15 (highest)

 

Director, Directorate/Office

Deputy Director

Chief, Division

Chief/Head, Branch

Chief/Head, Section/Unit

 

US Foreign Service

 

Senior Foreign Service (SFS)

FE-CA Career Ambassador

FE-CM Career Minister

FE-MC Minister-Counselor

FE-OC Counselor

 

Foreign Service Officers (FSO): Class 1 through Class 8 (highest)

 

Foreign Service Staff Officers (FSS): Class 1 through Class 10 (highest)

 

Source: Titles and Positions, Global Survey No. 8I, December 2012.