Political Officer

United Kingdom Joint Delegation to NATO
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Dec 23

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, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Political

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

Note: Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption.

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.

The United Kingdom’s Joint Delegation to NATO is the vital link between the UK Government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Its principal roles are to promote British interests in NATO and to keep UK Ministers and Government Departments informed about NATO discussions. The UK Delegation (UKDEL) is now looking for a Political Officer.

Main Purpose of Job

Delivering UK objectives in the world’s most successful political-military alliance.

Working within the Political Section, the jobholder will deliver UK objectives in a range of areas. Key focuses will likely include maximising the value of NATO’s partnerships with 40 countries; and advancing the Women, Peace and Security agenda at NATO. This will require the ability to build relations with a wide range of stakeholders, to persuade and influence when problems arise, and confidently to represent the UK in committee discussions and negotiations. The jobholder will work in collaboration with 29 other Allies, partner delegations and NATO’s International Staff, and represent the UK in Committee, in order to advance UK objectives.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is the bedrock of the UK’s defence and security. It is undergoing its most significant changes since the Cold War to meet new and more assertive threats in an increasingly complex and uncertain world; and has recently moved into a new headquarters. The UK plays a highly respected leadership role in the Alliance. The growing threat to the international order, and NATO’s increasing political weight and breadth of engagement, is also strengthening the Alliance’s importance to the UK’s foreign policy.

The pace and range of work at the UK Delegation are increasing. The delegation is a busy team, a mixed community of UK diplomats, Ministry of Defence civilians, military officers and locally-hired employees, operating at a high tempo in a challenging multilateral environment. But it is also a supportive workplace, with a strong focus on learning and development and upholding values of respect, integrity, fairness and inclusivity.

As with all jobs in the Delegation, we promote an adaptable and responsive approach, which means the jobholder will need to be ready to adapt their focus to deal with changing circumstances and priorities. The jobholder will be a strong team player. Working in a large and diverse mission, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in cross-team issues, and the job holder will be expected to make an active contribution to supporting the effectiveness and wellbeing of the UK delegation and its people, based on their particular interests and experience. We can ensure that it will be fast moving and enjoyable, with plenty of scope for policy development and delivery.

As with all jobs in the Delegation, we promote an adaptable and responsive approach, which means the jobholder will need to be ready to adapt their focus to deal with changing circumstances and priorities. The jobholder will be a strong team player. We can ensure that it will be fast moving and enjoyable, with plenty of scope for policy development and delivery.

Further terms and conditions will be sent to candidates that are invited to interview.

Please note: Due to COVID restrictions, the successful candidate may be required to work some of the time from home, though this may vary dependent on local conditions in Brussels.

The UK government is an equal opportunities employer. However, due to security requirements, electronic devices are not permitted in NATO workspaces and certain assistive technologies and IT therefore may not be suitable for this role. We will consider requests on a case-by-case basis and make every effort to accommodate reasonable adjustments.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Policy development: Analysing issues, understanding other countries’ positions and formulating policy;
  • Briefing: Provide succinct, targeted advice and briefing to the UK Permanent Representative, Military Representative and other colleagues as required. Contribute to the Team’s political analysis;
  • Negotiation: preparing for and representing the UK in working-level Committee and informal discussions, negotiating with Allies and partners to help achieve UK objectives;
  • Political reporting: Draft timely, accurate reports of committee meetings, sessions of the North Atlantic Council, Ministerial meetings and other events as necessary;
  • Networking: Establish and maintain contact with stakeholders in NATO, Allies’ and partners’ delegations, UK Government departments and the UK’s network of embassies;
  • Wider support: Providing support and advice across Political Team and the UK Delegation, in advance of Foreign Ministers' or Leaders Meetings, flexing according to changing priorities;
  • Corporate Activity to improve the Delegation’s effectiveness.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Full professional proficiency in English, including excellent writing skills*;
  • Experience of working with a wide network of contacts demonstrating negotiation and influencing skills;
  • Good communication skills (written and oral);
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills;
  • Ability to grasp complex issues quickly and communicate them simply and effectively;
  • Excellent drafting skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and contribute to its outputs;
  • Good organisational skills;
  • Adaptability and resilience under pressure.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Knowledge of NATO and UK Government institutions and procedures;
  • Knowledge of global strategic and security issues;
  • Knowledge of Women, Peace and Security issues;
  • Programme management experience;
  • DV security clearance.

Required competencies

Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace.

Application deadline: 12 January 2021
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Full-time, Permanent
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Location (City): UK Joint Delegation to NATO, Brussels
Type of Post: British Embassy
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): € 4,243.29
Start Date: 1 February 2021

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a permanent full-time contract for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week. The monthly gross salary for this position is € 4,243.29, B3 level. In addition, we offer an extensive salary package, which includes a 13 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.

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.

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.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.


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