EU Policy Officer

Welsh Government
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 04

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: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Job Subcategory: The Welsh Government

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, employing over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. We work with international organisations to promote UK interests and global security, including the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth. Our daily work relies on the input of dedicated individuals who engage on many different topics and activities. We seek to employ a diverse range of candidates who bring their own talents and perspectives to the role. We have a strong corporate agenda that ensures we create a positive and inclusive working environment where everyone is valued for their contribution. Currently, we’re looking for an EU Policy Officer to join our team for 18 months for the Welsh Government in Wales House Brussels.

The Welsh Government remains committed to a strong presence in Brussels through its Office there, as the UK moves to a new relationship with the EU. The post-holder will be part of the Office’s EU policy team, representing Wales’ interests in our interactions with EU institutions and European stakeholders and supporting delivery of the WG International Strategy. Taking account of the new EU-UK relationship, the Office will also evolve its current role in monitoring EU developments, and seeking to influence them. The Office will undertake a more significant public-facing role in the development of policy focussed events to raise the profile of Wales in Brussels with key partners.

The post-holder will work as part of a small team in the Welsh Government’s office in Brussels, which leads and coordinates WG’s approach to the UK’s future relationship with the EU. They will spend a certain amount of time out of the office at, for example: meetings organised by EU regional networks, think tanks, NGOs or business organisations; public meetings of the European Institutions and at meetings with other stakeholders.

About Welsh Government Brussels Office:

The Brussels Office is responsible for leading and coordinating the interests of Welsh Government to Member States of the European Union, international networks and the European Institutions. It co-ordinates Welsh Government’s work in Brussels on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, Wales’ partnerships and networks with other nations and regions, and supports trade and investment. It assists in providing support to Welsh Ministers and senior officials travelling to Brussels to participate in events and other programmes of engagement. It monitors European policy developments and actively engages with representatives from the EU institutions, UK counterparts and stakeholders in priority policy areas.

The Office undertakes a number of events to promote Wales’ interests and reputation. These focus on sharing Welsh expertise, good practice and innovation, on learning from partners to improve policy-making and governance in Wales, and on showcasing and sharing our excellent Welsh culture, food and drink with friends and partners.

The role of the Office will evolve in response to the UK’s new relationship with the EU, in order to support Welsh Government interests.

The Welsh Government Brussels Office sits within Wales House Brussels that also includes a team representing Welsh Higher Education, and an office for the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Effectively present and proactively promote Welsh best practice, priorities and policy developments to a Brussels audience and where appropriate further afield;
  • Promote the Welsh Government’s interests through developing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders including: the EU institutions, the UK Mission to the EU, the offices of the other Devolved Administrations, relevant networks and organisations;
  • Analyse the implications of EU related proposals/initiatives on Wales in this period of change and contribute to the development of Welsh Government policy accordingly in a range of areas including social inclusion, health, education, skills, culture, sport, digital and minority languages;
  • Support the wider policy team and Head of Office in covering the UK’s future relationship with the EU and act as lead for the Office on covering the process and ongoing evolution of this;
  • Assist in arrangements for visits by Ministers and officials, including briefing and accompanying visitors as required;
  • Input to development and delivery of a Policy Events Programme;
  • Contribute as required to management and corporate activities in the Brussels office including public communications of office activity;
  • Support the Head of Office on Future Development of WG Brussels Office;
  • Where required, deputise and provide support in policy areas led by the Head of Economic Development (Research, Innovation, Cohesion, Trade, Competitiveness, Industry, Transport);
  • Given the context of the changing EU-UK relationship, and the implications of Covid-19, they are likely to evolve, so this is an indicative list. The jobholder will be expected to undertake other appropriate tasks as necessary; and to work with others on the above.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • University Degree (or equivalent professional experience);
  • Fluency level of English language both oral and written (written and spoken, minimum of C2 level for CEFR framework*);
  • A keen interest in EU/European policy and an understanding of the EU institutions and processes;
  • A good knowledge of Welsh affairs and interest in promoting Wales’ reputation internationally;
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and team working skills;
  • Relevant academic/work/voluntary experience;
  • Proven research, writing and strong IT skills demonstrated in a professional context, including use of Microsoft Office and social media.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Some knowledge of Welsh language would be desirable.

Required competencies

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally.

Application deadline: 22 November 2020
Grade: C4 (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): 5,471.76
Start Date: 4 January 2021

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a 18 month, full-time contract for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week. The monthly gross salary for this position is € 5,471.76, C4 level. In addition, we offer an extensive salary package, which includes a 13th month, luncheon vouchers, pension scheme , optional hospitalisation insurance (subject to monthly employee contribution), 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.

Application instructions

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