View Vacancy - Senior Economic Policy Officer - Maternity cover (HUN20.182)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)

Note: due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.

The British Embassy in Budapest is part of the United Kingdom’s world-wide diplomatic network, and represents British political, economic and consular interests in Hungary and is now looking to recruit a Senior Economic Policy Officer. As part of the Embassy’s Policy Team, the Senior Economic Policy Officer will lead economic policy work to support the UK’s interests and prosperity, and deliver the Embassy’s Country Business Plan economic policy objectives.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Lead policy work in support of UK interests in economic policy, including all areas impacting the business environment and more widely the economy;
  • Monitor and report economic policy related developments, spotting opportunities for engagement and providing policy analysis that adds value for colleagues in Budapest and London;
  • Develop and maintain contacts both in the UK and in Hungary, including in the public administration, think tanks, the National Banks and relevant business associations, trade unions and when necessary, individual businesses, targeting key decision-makers and influencers with a strategic approach. Represent the UK’s position, including executing lobbying requests in a timely fashion;
  • Deliver policy projects in support of economic policy objectives, sometimes in close co-operation with colleagues from other British Embassies in Central Europe;
  • Prepare the Ambassador and the Deputy Ambassador for external events by providing lines to take and draft speeches;
  • Represent the Embassy at lectures, conferences and participate in the network of Economic Policy Officers in British Embassies around the world;
  • Lead work on organising inward & outward official visits and assisting in organising meetings and events;
  • Contribute to the Senior Europe Policy Officer’s work on economic policy aspects of the UK’s new relationship with the EU, for example trade policy, transport policy and borders;
  • Work with the Embassy’s commercial team to provide economic policy related support and work on joint projects in order to contribute to the UK’s prosperity. Work with colleagues across the Embassy and contribute to the design and implementation of existing and new policy plans.
  • Fluent (written and spoken) English and Hungarian with excellent communication skills;
  • Degree in Economics and/or International Relations;
  • At least 4 years of work experience in a similar role;
  • Deep understanding of global and local economic trends and developments;
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills, able to work autonomously as well as a member of a team;
  • Ability to develop network of contacts and work with contacts and colleagues at all levels;
  • Confident user of Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, MS Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Good time management skills and the ability to prioritise and multi-task
  • Strong organisational and planning skills;
  • Attention to detail and good problem solving skills.
  • Experience in working in an international environment, public administration or diplomatic mission;
  • Familiarity with project work and delivery, including experience in delivering regional projects.
Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
11 May 2020
B3 (L)
Full-time, Temporary
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
1 July 2020

This is a full-time position of 5 days (35 hours net per week) for a fixed-term contract (maternity cover) until 15 June 2022.

The successful candidate will be subject to confirmation of a background check and security clearance. You must have pre-existing work authorisation for Hungary in order to apply.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions service according to Hungarian employment law.

Visa/Passport requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Hungary and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary after 31st December 2020.

Additional Information (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;
  • Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action;
  • Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.

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 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 position.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.