View Vacancy - Consular Policy Officer (Belgium, Luxembourg) (BEL19.316)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Consular Roles)

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 highly motivated Consular Policy Officer.

As a Consular Policy Officer in the Europe network, you will be a key member of a cross-Embassy team working on the UK’s exit from the European Union. As part of the team, you will engage with local authorities to track and understand the implementation of the UK-EU Citizens’ Rights agreements. You will also help ensure that timely and accurate information is available for UK nationals, including website content, and you will support pro-active outreach to UK nationals. 

You will be based in Brussels but your job will have a regional role, which will require some travel. Your role will directly cover UK Citizens’ Rights in Belgium, but you will be expected to support the Regional Consular Policy Adviser with work on Luxembourg.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Specifically, as an integral part of the Embassy Team, you will:

  • Follow and understand host-country and regional implementation of citizens’ rights agreements as part of the UK leaving the EU, and other issues relevant to UK Nationals resident or visiting the countries in your region. Working with the Regional Consular Policy Adviser, use this understanding to produce internal analysis and policy advice to post and UK based teams;  
  • Support the Regional Consular Policy Adviser in establishing an effective network at a local authority and, where necessary, regional and central government level, in order to generate understanding, insights and awareness;
  • Use your knowledge and understanding of implementation by host-countries to support the delivery of information to UK nationals regarding their rights after the UK’s exit from the EU, including through ensuring local information is available online and providing policy support to communications and engagement campaigns;
  • Work and co-ordinate closely with other Embassy teams, supporting wider Mission and British Government objectives, as well as co-ordinate with the Regional Consular Policy Adviser and Consular Regional Operations Managers (CROM);
  • Develop close collaborative relationships with other Government Department representatives e.g. FCO London and Department for Exiting the EU (DEXEU);
  • You will need to travel regularly within your host-country and region to deliver in this role.
  • Excellent English is essential. Operational Dutch and/or French would be an advantage (written and spoken);
  • Previous experience or awareness of British and/or local country public sector policy development;
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team, and build relationships with external stakeholders;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills: written and oral, including use of digital media;
  • Aptitude to analyse and process complex information quickly:
  • Excellent organisational and information management skills;
  • Strong planning and self-management skills;
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to travel within your country/region.
  • Knowledge of local governmental structures and decision-making (local and central level);
  • Legal and EU knowledge, experience and understanding;
  • Knowledge of British consular strategy outcomes and strategy.
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally, Demonstrating Resilience
16 June 2019
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
15 July 2019

This is a full-time permanent contract for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week. Although the appointment is for an indefinite period of time, it is expected that the overall period of service will most probably not exceed March 2020. This point will be addressed during the recruitment process.

The monthly salary for this position is €4,058.62 B3 (L) level.

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.

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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This opportunity is closed to applications.