View Vacancy - EU Policy Advisor (IRL18.291)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

The British Embassy in Dublin is part of a world-wide network, representing UK political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to recruit a EU Policy Advisor. A fascinating job has opened up at the British Embassy for a  EU Policy Advisor to provide advice on EU matters including of course Brexit. Where does Ireland stand in the debate on the future of Europe? What does Ireland want from a future UK-EU security partnership? If these are the kinds of issues that interest you, and areas in which you can bring prior knowledge, insights and contacts, then we would welcome an application from you.      

The UK is leaving the European Union, but maintaining a close economic and security relationship with the EU is vital to both UK and EU interests. Getting this right is even more important to Ireland than any other EU member state, and is critical to the UK-Irish bilateral relationship too.This role will play an important part in the UK’s efforts to achieve this.  Policy makers in No. 10 Downing Street, the Department for Exiting the EU and relevant Departments require regular insights and analysis on Irish positions and you will work with senior colleagues to provide much of the Embassy’s reporting. You will also help drive outreach and help officials in the UK build their relationships with Irish counterparts and stakeholders in business, think tanks and civil society.  

The Embassy hosts a regular flow of high profile visitors from members of the Royal Family to Ministers and Parliamentary Committees. Like most of the Embassy team you will take responsibility for elements of these visits and in some cases act as the Senior Responsible Officer for the visit.

We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills; you will be required to brief senior colleagues, provide policy analysis, draft a range of written materials including reports and be able to effectively communicate the UK’s position to external contacts. You will be used to working in a fast-paced environment, and will be able to work to deadlines. You will either already have an established network of contacts within Ireland across government, academia and civil society, or will be able to develop them quickly.

The successful candidate will join the Embassy’s Chancery team, working closely with the Ambassador, the Deputy Head of Mission and the First Secretaries working on EU Exit and Security. You will develop a close working relationship with a number of officials in London including with colleagues in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Home Office. The Embassy is a vibrant place to work, with a commitment to work-life balance and a range of excellent learning and development opportunities.

In detail, the position holder will have the following main duties and responsibilities:

  • Play a leading role in contributing to policy analysis and reporting across a range of policy portfolios within the British Embassy.
  • Develop a network of contacts across relevant organisations, academia and civil society.
  • Work with senior Embassy and Whitehall colleagues to shape and deliver engagement strategies, particularly around justice, home affairs and security issues.  
  • Organise relevant ministerial, parliamentary and senior official visits to Ireland; delivering the programme with input from various stakeholders.
  • Support the Ambassador and Deputy Head of Mission on EU engagement activity, organise and participating in relevant events.  
  • Engage across the Embassy and with external stakeholders on EU and policy matters, develop initiatives, take proposals forward, and deliver at pace.
  • Represent the Embassy in meetings with Irish Government and stakeholders.
  • Work with the Embassy’s Head of Communications to promote the Embassy’s engagement in Ireland.
  • Knowledge of how the EU operates
  • Strong networking and influencing skills
  • Excellent written skills
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Ability to grasp complex issues quickly and communicate these simply and effectively
  • Adaptability and resilience under pressure, including when juggling multiple competing priorities
  • Good IT skills, including experience of Outlook, Word and PowerPoint
  • Professional experience of the EU institutions Knowledge of UK government and political institutions and processes
  • Knowledge of Irish government and political institutions and processes
  • A degree in law, politics, economics, or international relations
Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
8 July 2018
B3 (L)
Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
€4,488.17 gross
15 October 2018
14 October 2020

This is a full-time position, initially on a two year fixed-term contract, 41 hours gross per week, with the possibility of renewal beyond this term.

There will be a requirement to undertake some travel in Ireland and in the UK. The successful candidate will also be required, on occasion, to work outside normal office hours.

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

Other benefits of this job offer:

  • Membership of Defined Contribution Pension Plan;
  • €1,000 contribution to LAYA Healthcare;
  • 22 days annual leave;
  • Learning and Development opportunities.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

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