View Vacancy - HK - Economic Diplomacy and Chevening Officer B3(L)
Main purpose of job:
This is a busy, double-hatted role that will place the job-holder at the heart of decision-making on two priority areas for HMG’s work in Hong Kong.
Chevening is the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s global scholarship programme. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018/19, Chevening identifies future leaders and key influencers across 160 countries and territories, providing them with an opportunity to study a postgraduate degree in the UK. Chevening has a 50,000 strong global alumni network.
As the Consulate’s lead on the Chevening programme, you will play a key role in achieving UK objectives through effective running of the UK’s flagship scholarship scheme. You will be supported by the Chevening Secretariat in London and will work closely with staff from across the Consulate.
On the economic diplomacy side of this role, the job-holder will be responsible for providing high quality reporting and impartial analysis on developments related to Modern Slavery and Trafficking in Persons. You will also have the opportunity to shape UK thinking and policy direction on a number of economic diplomacy issues, including beneficial ownership, anti-corruption and transparency.
The successful candidate for this challenging role will be required to build a wide network of contacts in government, civil society, academia, and the private sector to understand and advise on developments. S/he will need to be proactive, organised and able to use their initiative and judgement.
Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:
- Managing the Chevening application process, including downloading applications, assisting with shortlisting, arranging interviews, updating the Chevening online application system with short-lists and interview results and organising pre-departure briefings.
- Liaising with the relevant Programme Officer International at the Chevening Secretariat to coordinate the application and selection process.
Programme Outreach and Marketing
- Generating written and visual content for social media, press and radio.
- Identifying other ways to promote Chevening, such as attending university fairs and other outreach events.
- Monitoring the Chevening marketing budget, keeping records of promotional material, contacting suppliers for quotations and following up that new orders are produced according to the Chevening branding guidelines.
Alumni Engagement and partnerships:
- Updating and maintaining the database of Chevening alumni. Promoting and actively using Chevening Connect to engage with alumni.
- Establishing and developing an effective Chevening alumni network, organising a series of alumni events from concept to delivery and an annual welcome-home event.
- Successfully bidding for alumni engagement funding opportunities and managing budgets associated with these.
Economic Diplomacy (50%):
Modern Slavery/Trafficking in Persons:
- Monitor and analyse developments and trends on Modern Slavery issues in Hong Kong, providing in-depth, high quality written and oral reporting in English.
- Accompanying and supporting senior staff on visits and meetings within Hong Kong and producing records as required.
- Lead on the development of events and conferences supporting the UK’s objectives to tackle Modern Slavery, from initial concept right through to delivery.
- Monitor key developments relating to anti-corruption and bribery, within both Hong Kong and the wider region, to inform our thinking and policy direction.
- Support the Economic Diplomacy Team, by engaging with key partners to identify opportunities to share UK expertise and experience in the areas of Beneficial Ownership and transparency
- Develop and maintain a diverse and strong network of external contacts to inform understanding in these areas and identify emerging issues of importance. Produce ideas and initiatives that help to promote HMG’s objectives in Hong Kong, including through public diplomacy and visits.
This is a part- time role with a 50% job- share with another part- time employee.
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- Well organised and able to plan and organise resources to deliver objectives;
- Track record of problem solving ability and sound judgement;
- Self-starter: ability to work independently and confident in making decisions;
- Effective oral and written communication skills; excellent spoken and written English;
- Team player: ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders;
- Must have the appropriate residence status or a valid working visa in Hong Kong
- Cantonese would be an advantage
This position is open to Hong Kong citizens, permanent residents, and partners/dependents of UK-based diplomatic staff currently posted in Hong Kong. Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. Candidates must have or be able to obtain work authorisation for Hong Kong in order to apply.
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities in FCO e-learning and opportunities for on-the-job learning and mentoring.
Working at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong presents an exciting opportunity to be part of a dedicated team working to deliver UK objectives in Hong Kong. The job-holder will have access to a lively community of colleagues and Consulate facilities.
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.
The start date mentioned in the job advert is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.
This opportunity is closed to applications.