The British Bilateral Embassy in Belgium is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking for a full time Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Attaché.
We are looking for a professional and motivated individual to join our busy Political, Economic and Public Diplomacy Team.
This is a challenging, varied and fast-moving job which requires a significant degree of independent working, contact-making and flexibility. As a key member of the Embassy team working on bilateral issues and the UK’s exit from the EU and on UK-Belgian relations, the job-holder will need to deal confidently and fluently with a variety of Justice and Home Affairs issues including illegal immigration, serious organised crime and modern slavery. An understanding of the relationship between Belgium’s operational and political objectives will be important. The job-holder will be expected to accompany the Ambassador to meetings with Belgian senior officials and Ministers, and to network confidently on his or her own.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Respond to fast moving priorities and ensure that the Ambassador, Embassy and London stakeholders are updated. Generate and deliver ideas for outreach and events to further UK and Belgian bilateral relations.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Knowledge of Belgian political system;
Previous experience of JHA and/or EU public policy;
Good interpersonal and influencing skills to be able to develop and maintain a network of key contacts (both in Belgium and the UK);
Ability to work and deliver results under pressure;
Demonstrated initiative, problem solving and judgement skills;
Strong organisational skills;
Excellent English, both spoken and the ability to draft clear written communications;
Operational French or Dutch (reading and listening);
Demonstrated ability in the following competences:
- Delivering at Pace;
- Leading and Communicating;
- Collaborating and Partnering;
- Seeing the Big Picture;
- Engaging Internationally.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
Knowledge of the UK political and economic developments;
Familiarity with EU processes and institutions, or willingness to learn.
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
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