Trade Policy Assistant

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Feb 03

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 Mission to the European Union (UKMIS) 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 Trade Policy Assistant. The UKMIS represents the UK’s interests in the European Union, as well as engaging with the European institutions.

Main responsibilities:

  • Work as a policy lead on a variety of geographical and horizontal trade policy dossiers. These currently include EU neighbourhood countries and trade for development;
  • Build a strong network of contacts within and outside the EU institutions in order to inform and deliver UK priorities. The job may involve supporting the team’s relations with the European Parliament;
  • Work closely with colleagues in Whitehall and UK Posts overseas. Providing timely and targeted reporting of developments in EU trade policy;
  • Support the team in organising travel, Ministerial and officials’ visits, briefings, and other ad hoc tasks.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Excellent communication skills, including fluency in English (both oral and written);
  • A self-starter, able to work autonomously and with experts in London and Brussels;
  • 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;
  • The ability to manage, analyse, summarise and present complex and technical information.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Fluency in another European Language;
  • Experience working on EU policy;
  • Solid understanding of how the EU works;
  • Strong policy skills;
  • Experience in/or knowledge of trade policy.

Required competencies

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering.

Application deadline: 12 February 2020
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Full-time, Permanent
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Location (City): UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, Brussels
Type of Post: Political Office
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 4,058.62
Start Date: 16 March 2020

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a full-time, for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week.The monthly gross salary for this position is €4,058.62 B3(L) level.

In addition, we offer an extensive salary package, which includes a 13 month, luncheon vouchers, pension scheme, hospitalisation insurance, reimbursement of public transport and a lot more. We offer more days of annual leave than the Belgian requirements.

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.

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

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

Visa/Passport requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Belgium and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary after 31st December 2020.

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