View Vacancy - Policy Officer – Business and Digital (POL21.160)

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

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.

The British Embassy in Poland is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to recruit a Policy Officer – Business and Digital.

This job combines policy expertise and outreach to business, creating opportunities for co-operation between the UK and Poland, and influencing to deliver positive results for the UK. It is primarily about engagement with Polish government, business, and stakeholders, and providing advice for the UK government, especially in tech and the digital economy, business services and agriculture. A flexible and enthusiastic approach is essential, along with a good understanding of EU policy, business and economic issues.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Analysis, reporting and advice to senior Embassy colleagues and UK government on the Polish business environment, including tech and digital, business services and agriculture;
  • Lead on promoting links between UK and Poland on tech and the digital economy, encouraging new partnerships in tech, and influencing government and stakeholders to support regulations and standards that promote digital trade;
  • Engage with government, business and stakeholders (including organising policy seminars/webinars) to develop relations under the new trading framework, especially in the business services, agri-food and transport industries, including tackling trade barriers in these sectors between UK and Poland;
  • Engage with business, including through public diplomacy and events, to encourage them to make net zero commitments on climate change;
  • Lead on organising an annual business forum with the Polish government;
  • Pro-actively build a network of contacts in the Polish government, in business and in civil society, and also with officials and stakeholders in the UK, with a view to promoting UK thinking to Polish interlocutors;
  • Work flexibly with other embassy teams, including in support of commercial aims (export and investment) with Department for International Trade (DIT), and also with counterparts in British Embassies in Central Europe and beyond;
  • If the Covid-19 situation allows, there may be future opportunities to travel in Warsaw and occasionally regionally or to the UK for official meetings; or occasional evening work;
  • Provide cover and support for other colleagues as necessary.
  • Fluency in Polish and English (both oral and written, minimum C1 level*);
  • Masters degree, or equivalent;
  • Experience/Good understanding of economic and business issues, EU economic policy and how the EU works;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong Networking Skills: confidence in dealing with senior contacts; colleagues and in handling customers.
  • Ability to work at pace, independently and as part of a team and to use initiative.  
  • Knowledge of the Polish and UK tech sectors;
  • Proven ability to deliver results under pressure in a challenging, dynamic environment;
  • Proven flexibility and adaptability to multi-task and perform other duties when required.
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
1 June 2021
B3 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
37.5 net
24 months
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
8,462 gross
5 July 2021

This is a full-time fixed-term position of 5 days (37.5 net per week) for 24 months.

The gross salary for this position is PLN 8,462 gross per month. Working hours are flexible and staff are entitled to time-off-in-lieu for agreed extra hours worked. The annual leave entitlement is 20 or 26 days per year pro rata and the Embassy also enjoys a maximum of 14 Polish / UK public holidays per year.

Please note that staff members are responsible for paying any income tax required by the local law.

The successful candidate will be subject to the Polish references check and satisfactory completion of a probationary period of three months.

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

Visa / Passport requirements:

Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Poland and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.

Working patterns

BE Warsaw has a strong commitment to work/life balance. Office hours are 8:30 – 16:30, staff are encouraged to leave on time. Flexi-hours are also possible within the Embassy building’s opening hours (0800-1800).

We have mobile technology and most staff in the team work from home one day a week in normal circumstances.

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 Embassy 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.

* Please note Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment  indicates Level C2 as Mastery or proficiency Level which comprehends that a person can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations. For more information please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your languages skills are going to be assessed.

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.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.