Social Affairs Attaché

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    Paris, France
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 21

Position description

The British Embassy in Paris is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. It is also part of the UK’s France Network (including offices in Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseilles and representation to international organisations in Paris (OECD and UNESCO) and Strasbourg (CoE). The British Embassy is currently looking for a Social Affairs Attaché for fixed term contract to cover for a maternity leave.

The jobholder will join the Embassy at fascinating time, with the UK due to leave the European Union. Working in the Embassy’s Economics and Social Affairs team, he/she will lead on the team’s work with France on health, education and labour policy. The jobholder also acts as the France Network’s lead on G7 and G20 summits.

The wider, friendly team of 6, which sits in the European and Global issues section of the Embassy, also covers the economy, trade, financial services and customs; and leads preparation for future economic partnership negotiations. All these issues are of real importance to the UK and France and the jobholder will be expected to understand and convey UK positions to the French system and influence and seek opportunities for collaboration as appropriate.

The team, section and embassy offers an encouraging, supportive work environment and the jobholder will be able to participate in learning and development opportunities.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Understanding and influencing the French position on health, education and labour policy (and occasionally other policy issues that the team follows), seeking out opportunities in bilateral, European and multilateral contexts for collaboration with the French in pursuit of UK objectives. High quality analysis and reporting to UK contacts across government, to keep them informed of French developments and input into the UK policy-making process;
  • Developing and maintaining a network of key contacts within the French government, civil society and business community and with UK counterparts;
  • Delivering successful programmes for visiting senior officials and ministers from the UK, including accompanying and reporting;


  • Proficiency in English and French (written and spoken, minimum of C2 level for CEFR framework*);
  • Good research and analysis skills;
  • Good understanding of international affairs and French politics;
  • Experience in engaging with senior external stakeholders and building a network of contacts;
  • Self-starter with strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to show evidence of collaborating and working in a team;
  • Ability to deliver at pace and prioritise well are essential;

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