View Vacancy - Economic and Social Policy Officer (REF.DEU891)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity

The British Embassy in Germany is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking for an Economic and Social Policy Officer (B3L) based in Berlin. The successful applicant will become part of the British Government’s presence in Germany, supporting their work. Germany is the UK’s main economic partner in Europe. The Embassy supports this relationship by providing high quality advice on economic and social policy developments in Germany; by identifying and explaining German interests in preparation for bilateral and multilateral meetings; and by lobbying in favour of UK interests. The jobholder will contribute to this work, in particular by providing expert advice on economic and social policy, including labour market policy.

The main responsibilities of the position are as follows, although the job holder will be required to take on other tasks and roles as required. The jobholder will be required to build and maintain a wide network of relevant contacts across Germany, attend events and provide reports and analysis to colleagues in Berlin, Brussels and London. The essential objective will be to provide reporting insight which goes beyond what is available from a simple news reporting service and can explain and predict events based on knowledge of the broader economic and political issues involved. Key policy areas are likely to include developments in German benefits systems, labour market developments, and employment policy especially as regards access for foreign nationals. The incumbent will report to the 1st Secretary Economic and will need to work closely with other colleagues in the Economic Team, as well as the EU/Economic Counsellor and Ambassador. The job holder will also be called on to provide occasional specialist advice on relevant issues to others in the Germany network.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and monitor key developments in German economic and social policy with a potential impact on UK interests;
  • Provide background and identify German interests in preparation of multilateral meetings, in particular on options for the future relationship of the UK to the EU;
  • Explain British economic and social policies to German government officials;
  • Respond to specific requests on the policy and administration of German social policy (including social benefits) to strengthen UK policy-making by providing evidence from the German experience;
  • Generate and maintain a wide network of contacts across Germany in Ministries, relevant public authorities, Parliament, industry and academia;
  • Maintain professional relationships with stakeholders in London in particular the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Treasury, Bank of England; with colleagues in the Germany network, in particular colleagues in Berlin and with the UK Representation in Brussels;
  • Play an active role in the overall development of the UK network in Germany. 


  • University degree in a relevant subject or supported by equivalent professional experience in social policy, political science or economics;
  • Proficient German and English (both written and spoken);
  • Strong influencing, communicating and networking skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Ability to produce clear and concise reports for different types of audiences;
  • Capability to think strategically; sound judgement and problem solving skills;
  • Aptitude to analyse and process complex information quickly;
    Ability to work on multiple tasks under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • IT literacy (particularly MS Office tools).
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Building Capability for All, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
30 September 2016
B3 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
3,355 (salary is not negotiable)
1 November 2016

This is a full-time position of five working days 37.5 hours net per week, for an initial contract period of two years, which may be extended by mutual agreement.

The British Embassy in Berlin has a strong ethos of Learning and Development, including our Learning and Development Week. In addition, there will be many opportunities to attend external seminars and events on relevant issues. This is in addition to the induction programme offered to all Embassy staff.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to be actively involved in the corporate life of the Embassy, contributing to the wider objectives of the British Government’s Germany network and supporting the Embassy’s positive working environment.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.

All applicants should have the right to live and work in Germany. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorization for Germany in order to apply. The British Embassy does not sponsor for work permits.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Germany are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.

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.
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This opportunity is closed to applications.