View Vacancy - Science and Innovation Officer

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Science and Innovation

The British Embassy Tel Aviv is recruiting a Science and Innovation Officer who will drive forward the UK-Israel Science and Innovation relationship.

Science and Innovation is one of the most important bilateral issues between the UK and Israel. This is a vital role in the British Embassy, working closely with British Council colleagues. It attracts strong interest from UK senior officials and Ministers who will visit from time to time to advance the agenda.

The jobholder will have much autonomy to devise and deliver priority projects and activities under the supervision of the Ambassador. It is an ideal role to develop skills in working internationally and delivering real world results with impact.

The job holder will lead on Science and Innovation for the UK in Israel, increasing collaboration and strengthening the bilateral relationship. He/ She will promote the UK’s excellence in science and innovation in Israel, including:

  • Prosperity: Enhancing UK growth and exports; connecting UK innovative industries and science and innovation expertise to Israeli counterparts;
  • Security: Delivering solutions to global and UK challenges via UK-Israel collaboration, including in health, energy, and global resilience;
  • Influence: Strengthening UK foreign policy influence in Israel through science and innovation;
  • Development: Supporting international development goals via UK-Israel collaboration.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Identifying, devising, and implementing campaigns to drive forward the Science and Innovation Israel strategy, focussing on promoting UK innovation and science excellence in Israel. 
  • Build innovation bridges between UK and Israeli R&D and Innovation centres of excellence, in support of the UK's Industrial Strategy.
  • Informing policy development in science and innovation between the UK and Israel.
  • Serve as Secretariat for the UK-Israel Science Council.
  • Providing strategic input to British Council-led science programmes and researcher mobility.
  • Regularly reporting to London on policy developments in the region.
  • Managing one member of staff.

Key competencies required:

  • Seeing the Big Picture – This is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs.
  • Delivering at Pace – Effectiveness in this area means focussing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Collaborating and Partnering – People skilled in this area are team players who create and maintain positive, professional, and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done.
  • Engaging Internationally – Effectiveness in this area is about leading internationally, engaging our staff, contacts, and international partners to help deliver UK Government objectives while living the Civil Service values and serving the UK public.
  • Ability to develop and then implement an ambitious strategy. 
  • Proven project management experience and delivery. 
  • Credibility in the innovation and science communities in Israel. 
  • Experience of working internationally. 
  • Experience of working with and managing teams. 
  • Excellent people and communication skills.
  • Language: Fluent English.
  • Experience of working on innovation and science issues with the UK
  • Fluent Hebrew a strong advantage. Arabic language skills also an advantage.
Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
16 January 2018
C4 (L)
Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Middle East & North Africa
Tel Aviv
British Embassy
1 March 2018

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including the non negotiable salary of ILS 14,550 per month, plus social benefits.

Contract duration is for one (1) year with a possibility of renewal.

Working hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:00–16:00 and Friday 8:00–13:30, flexibility will be required including occasional evening events.

Parking facilities will not be provided or paid for by the Embassy.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

The position is available immediately.

The appointment will be subject to security clearance and a probationary period of six months.

A full induction will be offered, which will include familiarisation and subsequent visits to the UK. The full range of the British Embassy’s learning & development programme, including the pioneering Diplomatic Academy programme, will be available.


Candidates must be able to work legally in Israel.

Application Process:

The closing date for applications is at 23:55 (local time) on 16 January 2018. Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Interested candidates must attach the following documents when applying online:

  1. A Statement of Suitability (no more than 1 page, A4 size) setting out why you are the suitable person for this role. Your statement should include clear examples of how you meet each Key Competency.
  2. An updated Curriculum Vitae.

***Your application must include examples in your cover letter of when you have demonstrated the key competencies outlined above. Applications that do not include this information will be rejected.

Due to the large amount of applications we receive, only those shortlisted for assessment will be contacted. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

The selection process will include an interview and a written exercise.

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.

The British Embassy Tel Aviv is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce, and valuing difference.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.