Political/Economic Assistant

U.S. Embassy to Belgium
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 26

Position description

Responsible for the coverage of domestic and EU-related political/economic activities in Luxembourg as they relate to U.S. interests. This includes conducting research and offering independent analysis and interacting with a range of contacts in the public and private sector to contribute to the Embassy’s understanding of the host country situation and the Embassy’s effort to explain and advocate U.S. interests.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: a) Written Analysis and Reporting

Compiles a daily news summary and disseminates it to Embassy staff and the Luxembourg Desk in Washington. Drafts briefing materials for Embassy officials, using judgement and background knowledge to predict issues that interlocutors might raise and incorporates the necessary background information to prepare principals. Provides Embassy Luxembourg, neighboring Embassies and the Department with succinct factual and analytic written briefings on political and economic developments germane to U.S. interests. Drafts analytical reporting on a range of topics, including Luxembourg’s intergovernmental and party dynamics, multilateral relations, domestic elections, defense policy and expenditures, and legislative developments. Backs up the economic specialist,tracking and reporting on economic trends and providing analysis on issues with a political and economic nexus.

Oral and written advice

Recommends official strategies to Embassy officials based on information gathered from contacts and research. Responds to requests for information or answers questions from contacts about U.S. policies and requests from Embassy officials on Luxembourg policies. Provides periodic briefings to the Ambassador, Embassy officials and official USG visitors on political developments.


Researches issues to gather background information for reports on political topics relevant to U.S. Government interests. Drafts annual reports mandated by the U.S. Congress, including the Human Rights Report, the International Religious Freedom Report, and the Trafficking in Persons Report. Stays informed about Luxembourg policies and objectives, as well as on world issues of importance to the U.S. government. 


Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  1. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in liberal arts, political science, government, economics, journalism or international relations.

  2. EXPERIENCE: At least one year of progressively responsible experience in government or non- governmental organizations.

  3. LANGUAGE: Speaking, reading, and writing: Level IV (fluency) in English, French, German and Luxembourgish.

  4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledgeable of Luxembourg’s political, social, and economic Post-WWII history; Luxembourg’s constitutional, electoral and bureaucratic procedures as well its political, economic and cultural institutions, EU institutions, and processes; and the political, economic and social forces and dynamics at work in the country. Sound grasp of U.S. policy objectives, specifically the U.S. policies germane to U.S. Luxembourg and U.S.-E.U. relations.

  5. JOB KNOWLEDGE: Ability to develop and maintain an extensive network of contacts at the senior staff level in the public and private sector. Must be able to recognize emerging political and economic developments, discern those of significance to U.S. interests and to provide timely notification of significant events. Ability to organize and draft concise, focused, factually-accurate reports in clear English on issues relevant to U.S. interests.


When qualified, applicants who are U.S. citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) are given preference in hiring. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants make themselves known as having a hiring preference and specifically address the required qualifications above in their application.

Hiring Preference Order:
(1) U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (AEFM) who is also a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran (2) U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (AEFM)
(3) Foreign Service Officer on Leave Without Pay 

Application instructions

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