Political Support Officer

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Apr-15-2018
  • Posted
    Mar 28

Position description

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Political

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The UK Representation to the European Union (UKREP) in Brussels is part of a world-wide network of 230 Diplomatic Posts, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking for a Political Support Officer.

This is an interesting and varied role that is likely to evolve significantly over the coming period as the UK proceeds through the Article 50 process. It will therefore require an individual who is prepared to be flexible and adjust their responsibilities as required. Currently there are two main elements to the role: political support - including arranging visit programmes for visiting Ministers, Parliamentary Committees and senior HMG officials; and administrative support to, where the jobholder’s responsibilities will including leading on supporting UK Government secondees to the EU External Action Service as well as managing UKREP’s relationship with British permanent EU officials.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Political: Supporting the team’s political work, including planning and coordinating visits by Parliamentary Committees, MPs, Ministers and senior officials, and drafting briefings for the Permanent and Deputy Permanent Representatives;
  • Engagement: The jobholder will be responsible for arranging networking events for key EU contacts with the UKRep Ambassadors and providing policy support on issues related to British staff working in the Institutions;
  • Coordinating UKRep’s engagement with the European Economic & Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Proven skills in delivering results under pressure, excellent organisational ability and a proactive results-driven approach to problem solving;
  • Knowledge of the EU institutions;
  • Strong track record in delivering customer service;
  • High-quality communications and drafting skills;
  • A self-starter, able to work autonomously;
  • Excellent networking and organisational skills, and the ability to work under pressure;
  • The ability to manage and prioritise workload, drive agendas forward and deliver results;
  • Demonstrate initiative, problem solving and judgement skills;
  • Proven ability to operate in a small team and handle sometimes sensitive personal data;
  • Fluent command of English (oral and written).

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Previous work experience and/or evidence of working in teams and projects;
  • Ability to think strategically to spot opportunities;
  • Ability to communicate in French both written and orally would be an advantage but is not essential.

Required competencies

Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace.

Application deadline: 15 April 2018
Grade:  A2 (L)
Type of Position: Full-time, Permanent
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Type of Post: British Embassy
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 3,175.72
Start Date: 15 May 2018

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a full-time permanent position for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week.

The monthly gross salary for this position is € 3,175.72, A2 (L) level (The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation).

Please note that Belgian nationals will be paid their salary gross and are expected to comply with their tax obligations through completion of a tax return to the Belgian authorities. Non-Belgian nationals will receive their salary net, minus the deduction of an equivalent level of Belgian tax retained at source. Further information on this will be given to candidates during the recruitment process.

The successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance.

Staff recruited locally by the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Belgian employment law.

Additional information

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered. Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Diplomatic Missions will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

Application instructions

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