EU Institutions Officer

United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the European Union
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 29

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: UKREP (UK Representation to the EU)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The UK Representation to the European Union (UKREP) in Brussels is part of a worldwide network of 230 Diplomatic Posts, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. It is now looking for a EU Institutions Officer, to cover a temporary vacancy.

You will lead for the political team on observing political developments in the EU institutions as they go through major changes to top jobs and strategic direction in 2019. With the First Secretary Head of Political, you will weave your insights into quality reporting – to help wider UKREP, London and the Europe network understand what is happening. You will help the team build and maintain its network of stakeholders in Brussels and across Europe.

This is a fascinating job at the heart of the UK Representation at a time when the organisation is undergoing substantial changes. The applicant will need to prove they have political acumen, outstanding written communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively at pace.

A solid understanding of the EU institutions will be essential to contribute from day one, and previous experience of EU work would be a real asset.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Lead UKREP monitoring of EU institutions and their decision-making processes:

  • Develop specific expertise on the Commission, the Council and the European Council;
  • Monitor and advise on the new Commission’s make-up post European Parliament elections, and candidates for other major positions in EU institutions;
  • Monitor developments in the EU’s strategic direction and future legislative programming.

Draft strategies, briefings and reporting at pace:

  • Lead and contribute to reporting on political developments;
  • Prepare senior colleagues through accurate, incisive briefing;
  • Ensure our stakeholders are kept up to date through timely notes and readouts.

Engage our internal and external stakeholders:

  • Build and manage networks of contacts, in Brussels and across the EU;
  • Engage the whole of UKREP on relevant issues, ensuring they are kept;
  • Monitor and advise on impact of UK exit on interpretation regime in the Council.

Ad hoc policy support to the Political and Engagement Counsellor and First Secretary Head of Political:

  • Support analysis and briefings on 2019 new EU institutional set-up;
  • Monitor and advise on Commission multi-annual legislative programming.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Education to University level;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent interpersonal and network building skills;
  • Experience of working on EU affairs and knowledge of the EU institutions and the EU legislative process;
  • Ability to manage conflicting deadlines under pressure and demonstrate resilience;
  • A self-starter able to show initiative and operate with autonomy.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience working for EU institutions or a national administration dealing directly with EU policy dossiers;
  • Knowledge of other EU languages, notably French;
  • University degree in EU law or EU politics;
  • Understanding of UK politics.

Required competencies

Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace.

Application deadline: 14 April 2019
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Full-time, Temporary
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): 4,058.62
Start Date: 20 May 2019

Application instructions

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