Development Attaché, UKREP

United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the European Union
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 08

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

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The UK Permanent Representation to the EU (UKRep) works within the EU and its member states to maximise British influence on issues such as trade, the single market and economic growth and is now looking for a capable and highly motivated Development Attaché to support the representation of the UK on issues relating to International Development and the External work of the European Union.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend technical meetings alongside, and sometimes in place of, Whitehall policy leads, help prepare UK positions beforehand, and follow up on issues in between meetings, providing readouts and feedback to DFID and other UK government depts. (as required);
  • Support and occasionally lead visits from senior UK staff and/or Ministers;
  • Deliver logistics; prepare briefings and helping UK colleagues navigate the Brussels institutions and network;
  • Line manage one A2 staff.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • A degree level qualification in a development or international relations related subject;
  • Knowledge of international development and foreign policy;
  • Experience of using public diplomacy to achieve a successful policy outcome in a legal and politically sensitive environment;
  • Knowledge and experience of working with European Union processes and/or government departament institutions;
  • Strong problem solving, prioritisation, communication and organisational skills;
  • Clear demonstration of interpersonal skills, resilience and team working skills;
  • Strong Networking skills;
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written);
  • Profiency in using Microsoft Office.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Knowledge of international development issues and the current key global challenges;
  • Knowledge of French (fluent spoken and excellent written comprehension);
  • Experience of working and managing social media.

Required competencies

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally.

Application deadline: 24 March 2019
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Permanent
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Country/Territory: Belgium
Location (City): UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, Brussels
Type of Post: Political Office
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (): 3,865.40
Start Date: 15 April 2019

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 salary for this position is 3,865.40, B3 (L) level (The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation).

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.

Application instructions

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