View Vacancy - Policy Adviser, Development

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FCDO Services

Main purpose of job:

Work with the Development Counsellor, the embassy’s senior representative on international development issues, to support FCDO’s engagement with the US government, think tanks, advocacy organisations, etc. to advance the UK’s development policy objectives in the US. The postholder will be part of FCDO’s Foreign Policy and Development Section, working with a wide range of FCDO, other UK Government departments, and other donor representatives based in Washington, helping to determine priorities for UK aid and monitoring delivery of objectives.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

Track, report and help influence US policy on development (50%)

  • Support the Development Counsellor’s engagement with the US government to influence US policy in line with UK lobbying requests and FCDO priorities, including tracking changes in US development policy and the US government system (including new policy announcements, the development budget, related legislation in Congress, appointments, social media communications, etc.).  
  • Provide regular reporting, reflecting on broader strategic direction of US development policy and analysis of implications for UK, working closely with colleagues in the UK, and where relevant, those working in UN Missions in New York, and Geneva.
  • Assist the Development Counsellor in building and maintaining a network of contacts across the USgovernment, as well as across the wider think-tank, advocacy, and NGO community.
  • Respond to regular information requests from FCDO colleagues and from US contacts

Contribute to wider the Foreign Security and Development Section (FSDS) and FCDO objectives (25%)

  • Produce initial drafts of briefing for Ambassador, Deputy Ambassador and other embassy teams on development policy, working closely with FSDS colleagues and others based in the Embassy.
  • Work with the UK Delegation to the World Bank and other international institutions based in Washington, keeping up to date on relevant multilateral interests and priorities.
  • Contribute to cross-team reports across the Embassy, including contributing to senior visits planning and public diplomacy activities on foreign and security policy issues.
  • Provide support to FCDO teams, as necessary, on development issues.

Provide administrative and logistical support, including managing visits by Ministers and senior officials (25%)

  • Work with the Embassy Senior Visits Team to help plan meetings and oversee logistics for regular visits by DFID Ministers and senior officials.
  • Provide administrative support to the Development Counsellor including: coordinating meetings, maintaining a database of key contacts, and managing monthly expense claims.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science, or a related field.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a professional work environment.
  • Excellent Outlook skills

Under US State Department requirements, the UK Government in the US may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Permanent Residents or A visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at our office.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at  All selected candidates are subject to background checks and will require a security clearance prior to starting work. 
*A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defense Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Master’s Degree in international/development affairs.
  • Knowledge of US/UK development policy.
  • Knowledge of presentation graphics would be useful

    Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
    3 January 2021
    B3 (L)
    North America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
    United States
    British Embassy
    1 February 2021
    The UK Government operating in the US offers a substantial benefits package including generous leave, a choice of medical insurance, 401(k) matching up to 7%, extensive learning opportunities and a great work/life balance. 
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    Individuals who are not a US taxpaying citizen will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.
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