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Policy Officer – Brussels – LE5

Job Ref:511
Job Title:Policy Officer – Brussels – LE5
Location:Brussels
Salary:Gross monthly salary of between EUR 4,763 and EUR 4,956 depending on experience plus holiday pay and Christmas bonus
Closing date:15th August 2021
Job Description
Job Title: Policy Officer

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Type: Non-Ongoing

Location: Brussels

Contract: 2 year fixed term

Full-Time: 37.5 hours per week (full-time)

Classification: LE5

Starting Salary Gross monthly salary of between EUR 4,763 and EUR 4,956 depending on experience plus holiday pay and Christmas bonus

Applications are sought from persons interested in employment at the Australian Embassy in Brussels engaged on local terms and conditions of employment as a Locally Engaged Staff member. Please be advised that the Embassy does not provide relocation assistance and any costs associated with taking up the position would be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high-quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the Position

The position is based in Brussels. The Policy Officer will work within the Trade and Economic section of the Australian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union and NATO. This section covers subject matters including EU trade, economic and regulatory policy developments. Under limited direction, the Policy Officer will be responsible for researching, analysing and reporting on these areas.

This position supports the Trade and Economic Section in Brussels to strengthen the bilateral trade and economic relationship by facilitating policy discussions, monitoring changes to the policy environment and providing high level analysis, briefings and technical advice on EU trade and economic policy development, including through the European Commission, European Parliament and Member States.

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

Perform complex research and provide accurate and specialised advice to the Counsellor on matters relating to EU trade policy by collecting, monitoring, analysing and evaluating information, papers and related materials. Subject areas include but are not limited to trade in goods and services, investment, procurement, subsidies, trade remedies and defensive measures, climate change, trade and sustainable development, digital trade and associated policies, EU trade relations with third countries, and WTO policy and reform.
Monitor and report on trade and economic regulatory developments and significant developments in the EU economy (including in the European Parliament, Council and Commission).
Develop and manage relationships with relevant stakeholders including EU institutions, EU and Australian industry stakeholders across a range of sectors. This includes participating in relevant meetings and special events without the Counsellor.
Organise and facilitate programs for visiting government officials, ministers or Australian business representatives, including meetings, workshops and other events.
Provide support to the Trade and Economic Section, including but not limited to writing cables, reports of meetings, records of conversations as required.
Represent and promote the interests of Australian at a range of forums, events and meetings and provide advice on Australian participation, operational and policy issues.

Qualifications/Experience

Tertiary qualifications in European Affairs, Trade Policy, Economics, International Relations or a related field are essential.
High level analytical skills and subject matter expertise in relation to trade and economic policy and regulation. It is expected that candidates will have a minimum of three years’ work experience in this area.
Sound understanding of trade policy including demonstrated strong capacity in public policy monitoring, analysis and implementation, including in a regulatory context.
Ability to take initiative, set priorities and organise work effectively and efficiently, and to complete projects and assignments with limited supervision.
A high level of written and oral proficiency in English with a proven ability to prepare written material to document findings in a logical, succinct and persuasive manner.
Excellent team-working, interpersonal and stakeholder management skills including experience working with senior representatives of government and industry.
High level of proficiency with information technology systems, especially Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel & PowerPoint).
High degree of professionalism and discretion.

Desirable

Proficiency in French and Dutch
Previous experience with government and industry

General Requirements

Candidates must have, or able to obtain, an ability to work in Belgium.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Please address each of the selection criteria for the role in the spaces provided on the application form. Drawing on your prior experience, please provide examples of where you have demonstrated the required competencies or transferable skills.

The word limit is strictly 300 words per response. The panel will not assess responses that exceed the word limit.

A high-level of understanding of EU Trade policy including demonstrated strong capacity in public policy monitoring, analysis and implementation, including in a regulatory context.
Proven ability to undertake comprehensive independent research and provide high level analysis in relation to EU trade and economic policy and regulation
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (with proficiency in French and/or Dutch ) with a proven ability to prepare written material to document findings in a logical, succinct and persuasive manner.
The ability to build relationships for influence; to understand the interests of diverse and senior stakeholders; and from these to build reciprocal and mutually beneficial networks that deliver results.
Ability to take initiative, set priorities and organise work effectively and efficiently, and to complete projects and assignments with limited supervision.

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