View Vacancy - Consular Policy Officer (DEU621)
The British Embassy in Berlin is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. At the moment, we are seeking to recruit a Consular Policy Officer. As a Consular Policy Officer in the Europe network, you will be a key member of a cross-Embassy team working on the UK’s exit from the European Union. As part of the team, you will engage with local authorities to track and understand the implementation of UK/EU Citizens’ Rights agreements. You will also help ensure that timely and accurate information is available for British Nationals, including website content, and you will support pro-active outreach to British Nationals.
You will be based in Berlin but your job will have a regional role, which will require some travel to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Main Roles and Responsibilities:
Specifically, as an integral part of the Embassy Team, you will:
- Follow and understand host-country and regional implementation of citizens’ rights agreements as part of the UK leaving the EU, and other issues relevant to British Nationals resident or visiting your countries of responsibility.
- Use your understanding of host-country and regional implementation to input into communications and information for British Nationals, including delivery through a range of digital resources and outreach events. You will also use this understanding to produce internal analysis and policy advice.
- Travel extensively within your region to develop an effective network at a local authority and, where necessary, central government level, and generate insights and awareness.
- Work and co-ordinate closely with other Embassy teams, supporting wider Mission and British Government objectives, as well as co-ordinate with Consular Regional Operations Managers (CROM) and the Consular Regional Director (CRD).
- Develop close collaborative relationships with other Government Department representatives e.g. Department for Exiting the EU (DEXEU), Department of Works and Pensions (DWP), Department of Health (DoH), HM Passport Office and other stakeholders.
- Fluent English and German (both written and spoken, minimum of C1 Level for CEFR framework*)
- Excellent communication, information management and presentation skills: written and oral, including use of digital media
- Knowledge of local governmental structures and decision-making (local and central level)
- Previous experience or awareness of British and local country public sector policy development
- Legal and EU knowledge, experience and understanding
- Knowledge of British consular strategy outcomes and strategy is desirable
This is a full-time position of five working days 37.5 hours per week, for an initial contract period of 18 months, which may be extended by mutual agreement.
The British Embassy in Berlin has a strong ethos of Learning and Development, including our Learning and Development Week. In addition, there will be many opportunities to attend external seminars and events on relevant issues. This is in addition to the induction programme offered to all Embassy staff.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to be actively involved in the corporate life of the Embassy, contributing to the wider objectives of the British Government’s Germany network and supporting the Embassy’s positive working environment.
The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.
All applicants should have the right to live and work in Germany. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorization for Germany in order to apply. The British Embassy does not sponsor for work permits.
Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Germany are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.
* Please note Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment indicates Level C1 as effective operational proficiency or advanced which comprehends that a person can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning; can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. For more information please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your languages skills are going to be assessed.
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.
Please be advised that the British Embassy will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.