View Vacancy - Science and Innovation Officer B3, Bucharest (ROU604)
The British Embassy in Bucharest 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 UK EU exit negotiations, the main purpose of the job is to build and develop bilateral relationships between Romania and UK Ministries, academic institutions and organisations with an interest in science and innovation (S&I). Provide insight into Romanian reaction to UK science related exit objectives. In cooperation with local British Council, Department of International Trade and the British Embassy in Sofia, support and build similar engagement with Bulgaria. Upcoming EU Presidencies will be a focus in both countries and also to contribute to ongoing UK economic growth and strong post-negotiation bilateral relationships with both Romania and Bulgaria by initiating mutually beneficial S&I collaboration with the UK.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Undertake a comprehensive stakeholder / sectoral mapping exercise to build a wide network of contacts in government, business, universities and public research organisations in Romania / Bulgaria, establishing the UK as a favoured science and innovation partner to support the Science & Innovation Network’s overarching objectives.
- Develop a wide range of contacts in government, business, universities and public research organisations in the UK and Romania to support Science and Innovation Network Central & Eastern Europe team overarching objectives. Be an active and informed SIN link to British Council and DIT in Sofia, helping to harness their existing S&I contact networks in support of Her Majesty's Government S&I goals.
- Support the wider work in the Embassy and SIN CEN Regional Manager including providing surge capacity and engaging in corporate activities.
Thematic, cross-cutting and programme delivery
- Develop, deliver and contribute to a programme of projects, visits, events and other activities aimed at facilitating collaboration in specific/generic policy area between the UK and Romania, or UK and Bulgaria, and enhancing UK innovation capacity. Support Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Europe team and engage country officers as necessary to aid delivery, ensure compliance and timely reporting.
- Masters degree, or equivalent, preferably in a science or engineering subject.
- Relevant work experience in an international environment.
- Enthusiastic about science and knowledgeable about key Romanian and Bulgarian science and innovation sectors.
- Good understanding of innovation, and links between business and research.
- A solid understanding of policy making and how governments work, including the EU.
- A self-starter, with the ability to organise self and work effectively.
- 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 Romanian.
- Good IT skills.
This is a full-time position of 5 days (35 hours net per week) for a fixed term contract of 2 years.
The annual leave entitlement is 21 days per year pro rata and the Embassy also enjoys a maximum of 14 Romanian / UK public holidays per year.
Monthly salary is 5584 gross RON. In addition, staff are entitled to a 13th month salary pro rata and may receive a performance related bonus at year end. Staff also receive meal vouchers and a monthly subscription to a medical centre.
The successful candidate will be subject to confirmation of a background check and security clearance, and satisfactory completion of a probationary period of 45 days.
Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions service according to Romanian employment law.
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.