View Vacancy - KL - Political Adviser, C4 (L)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

To provide high quality reporting and analysis of political developments in Malaysia, track progress and support institutional reform, and promote human rights.  The Political Adviser will have an excellent network of contacts with whom they will engage regularly, including within political parties and civil society, and will help expand the High Commission’s network of contacts.  They will also lead project work in support of UK objectives in Malaysia.

Roles and responsibilities:


  • Track key political developments in Malaysia.
  • Build and maintain relationships with a broad range of political contacts in government, parliament, and political parties, as well as analysts and opinion formers.
  • Provide quality political analysis to the High Commissioner and wider mission.
  • Write regular balanced reports to inform policy development.
  • Assist delivery of senior inward and outward visits.

Supporting Reform:

  • Track progress of the government’s reform agenda, including parliamentary, judicial and electoral reform.
  • Identify opportunities for the UK to support institutional reform.
  • Develop and implement projects that deliver impact in this area.
  • Provide analysis and reporting on progress.

Human Rights:

  • Engage a range of stakeholders including government, civil society, NGOs, youth and local community networks.
  • Support UK lobbying on human rights priorities.
  • Develop and implement human rights project work in Malaysia.
  • Coordinate efforts with international partners.
  • Provide human rights content for the High Commission’s communications channels.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure): 1 x B3 (L) Government Liaison Officer and 1 x A2 (L) Team Coordinator

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and Bahasa
  • A thorough understanding of Malaysian politics
  • At least 5 years' experiences working in a political context or civil society
  • Relevant experiences leading and developing policy advice/analysis
  • An established network of political and civil society contacts in Malaysia
  • Confidence to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Personal drive and ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Flexibility and resilience under pressure
  • Experience of working in an international context
  • Human rights experience
  • Programme experience
  • Communications experience
Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
5 May 2019
C4 (L)
Fixed Term
24 months
Asia Pacific
Kuala Lumpur
British High Commission
9,000 – 10,750
10 June 2019

The British High Commission offers a competitive remuneration package, benefits, leave entitlement of 20 days per annum (calculated on pro rata basis) and a range of learning and development opportunities including courses, access to significant on line training materials and on the job learning and development opportunities. The British High Commission works hard to provide L&D opportunities to staff. There are a wide range of options available for personal development including training courses, coaching and mentoring, job-shadowing, presentations and learning sets. Staff have access to a wide variety of online resources through the Diplomatic Academy and Civil Service Learning.  The job-holder will be required to take some specific training courses related to their role – including project management and financial management. All new staff undertake a workplace induction and there are a number of mandatory e-learning courses covering areas such as diversity, health and safety, and information management.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have or be able to obtain local work permit in Malaysia in order to apply.

Staff recruited locally by the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law. 

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. 

Please note that your application must be submitted before 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

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