Policy Officer - UKDEL NATO (BEL19.082)

FCO - Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Policy Officer - UKDEL NATO (BEL19.082)

FCO - Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Brussels, Belgium

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Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Political

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

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 and is now looking for a Policy Officer for the UK Delegation to NATO in Brussels (UKDEL).

NATO is the world’s most successful military alliance, and has been at the heart of the United Kingdom’s defence for 70 years. The United Kingdom's Joint Delegation to NATO is the link between the UK Government and the NATO. The Delegation’s principal roles are to promote British interests in NATO and to keep UK Ministers and government departments informed about NATO discussions. Its work is valued highly by FCO and MOD Ministers alike.

The job holder will work in a delegation dealing with the largest range of challenges NATO has faced since the end of the Cold War, facing threats from state and non-state actors whilst adapting to modern forms of conflict. The job holder will focus on developing NATO’s response to hybrid threats, building resilience across the Alliance and improving cooperation between NATO and the EU. This role provides an opportunity to make a mark on international policy-making in support of the UK’s long term interest on policies that are still relatively new. Success hinges on being able to apply the traditional diplomatic tools of analysis, insight and influencing to a new, fast-changing area of statecraft.

As with all jobs in the Delegation, we promote an adaptable and responsive approach, which means the job is likely to evolve over time to deal with changing circumstances and priorities. We can ensure that it will be fast moving and enjoyable, with plenty of scope for policy development and delivery.

  • Negotiation – Representing the UK Delegation at the Civil Emergency Planning Committee, the top NATO advisory board for the use of civil resources in support of NATO's objectives. Representing the UK on other Committees, as necessary;
  • Policy formulation – Building networks within HMG, with Allies, with Institutions (EU and NATO), and with think tanks and Centres of Excellence. Developing policy that supports NATO’s adaption to new security threats; including national resilience, and disinformation;
  • Policy delivery – Working with NATO and EU staffs to deliver deeper cooperation on a range of EU and NATO areas, including crisis management, response to hybrid threats, and projecting security;
  • Corporate Activity - Corporate activity to improve the Delegation’s effectiveness.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Fluent written and spoken English;
  • Strategic thinking, and the ability to come up with new, innovative ideas;
  • Previous experience in an international environment (at least 3 years preferably);
  • Experience in designing and delivering policy;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • IT/digital skills (particularly MS Office, Outlook and Word).

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Previous experience in International Relations, with a focus on international security;
  • Previous experience of Civ-Mil relations (E.g.: Knowledge of UK risk and crisis management, or building national resilience against hostile threats, would be desirable);
  • Previous experience/knowledge of NATO and/or UK Government institutions and procedures.

Required competencies

Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally

Application deadline: 22 February 2019
Grade: C4 (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: UK Delegation
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 4,984.46
Start Date: 15 March 2019

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a full-time, permanent contract for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week.

The monthly gross salary for this position is €4,984.46 C4(L) level (The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation).

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

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.

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

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

Visa/passport requirements: 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 information

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered. Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

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.

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