View Vacancy - Science and Innovation Officer B3, Prague (CZE605)
The British Embassy in Prague is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Science and Innovation Network (SIN) officer.
For the duration of the UK negotiations to leave the EU, the main purpose of the job is to build and develop bilateral relationships between the Czech Republic (40%), Hungary (40%) and Croatia (20%) and the UK Ministries, academic institutions and organisations with an interest in science and innovation.
The successful candidate will also provide insight into Czech and Hungarian reactions to UK science related exit objectives and react on request on Croatian science exit objectives and contribute to ongoing UK economic growth and a strong post-negotiation bilateral relationship by initiating mutually beneficial science and innovation collaboration between the UK and the Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Bilateral - Czech Republic
- Monitor and respond to developments in science and innovation policies and programmes in the Czech Republic. Provide timely and concise reports on key developments to UK government departments and other stakeholders.
- Define future bilateral relationship in the science and innovation in the Czech Republic working with SIN Regional Manager and political team of the Embassy. Support Ministerial and senior official visits to the Czech Republic relating to bilateral science and innovation issues.
Bilateral - Hungary
- Monitor and respond to developments in science and innovation policies and programmes in Hungary. Provide timely and concise reports on key developments to UK government departments and other stakeholders.
- Support Ministerial and senior official visits to Hungary and work closely with the British Embassy in Budapest colleagues on bilateral science and innovation issues.
Building Influence – Hungary and Croatia
- Undertake a comprehensive stakeholder/sectoral mapping exercise to build a wide network of contacts in government, business, universities and public research organisations in Hungary and Croatia, establishing the UK as a favoured science and innovation partner to support the Science & Innovation Network’s overarching objectives.
Bilateral – Croatia
- Monitor and respond to developments in science and innovation policies and programmes in Croatia. In cooperation with the British Embassy in Zagreb colleagues provide timely and concise reports on key developments to UK government departments and other stakeholders.
- Support the wider work in the Embassy and SIN Central European Network Regional Manager including providing surge capacity and engaging in corporate activities.
- Masters degree, or equivalent, preferably in a science or engineering subject.
- Enthusiastic about science and knowledgeable about key Czech, Hungarian and Croatian science and innovation sector.
- Good understanding of innovation, and links between business and research.
- A solid understanding of policy making and how governments work, including the EU.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; confidence in dealing with senior contacts and colleagues, and in handling customers.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Fluent oral and written English and Czech.
- Good IT skills.
- Flexibility to travel domestically, and internationally.
- Hungarian knowledge is a bonus, not essential for the job.
This is a full-time position for a two years contract, with probation of 3 months.
The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorisation for the Czech Republic in order to apply.
Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Czech Republic are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Czech Republic employment law.
All applicants should have the right to live and work in Czech Republic. The British Embassy does not sponsor for work permits.
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.