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View Vacancy - Policy Analyst (CHEB206)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Communications, Press and Media, Political

The British Embassy in Berne is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking for a Policy Analyst. This is an exciting, varied and challenging role as part of a dynamic International Policy team in the Embassy. It also comes at a particularly interesting time politically as the UK leaves the EU and reshapes its relationship with Switzerland. This is a full-time locally engaged position, advising the political and economic section of the Embassy.

Are you interested in Swiss and international policy? Do politics, the economic world and international diplomacy excite you? Do you have good communication and interpersonal skills?   Would you like to work for a government organisation that provides opportunities to develop your career skills and experience?

The role of the Policy Analyst is to monitor, analyse and report on key political and economic developments in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The jobholder will work with local interlocutors to deliver a range of reports for UK stakeholders as well as carrying out work to communicate the UK’s policy priorities. The successful candidate will also contribute to the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy activities, including through press and social media engagement.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyse and regularly report on Swiss internal policy covering finance, trade and economics and parliamentary concerns and EU/CH relations within a domestic context (i.e. immigration, ECJ etc);
  • Develop and maintain a strong network of policy contacts to support this insight;
  • Respond to lobbying requests on these topics and provide high-quality briefing and advice within given deadlines;
  • Develop and implement communication and public diplomacy strategy by identifying communication opportunities and organising events. Develop and implement press strategy during visits and events;
  • Overall lead on social media activity. Manage social media accounts of the embassy (twitter, HMA blog, flickr, facebook);
  • Timely response to public and local press enquiries promoting and supporting HMG policies;
  • Plan and implement public affairs campaigns promoting UK policies and opinions in Swiss media outlets;
  • Act as Embassy press field officer during a crisis;
  • As member of the Embassy WEF World Economic Forum team, support ministerial delegations with accommodation, transport and logistics on the ground;
  • Support arrangements for other ad hoc visits.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills;
  • Good writing skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of Swiss political system;
  • Good knowledge of Swiss culture;
  • Good understanding of Swiss media and policy landscape;
  • Experience in managing social media accounts;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Fluent in English and German;
  • Ability to develop and maintain networks with key decision makers.
  • Experience in press work;
  • French and/or Italian language skills.
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
21 May 2017
A2 (L)
Full-time, Flexible working, Permanent
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
1 July 2017

This is a full-time permanent position of 40 hours net per week, subject to a probation period of 3 months. The monthly salary for this position is CHF 6279 (gross, x13).

Working hours are flexible and staff are entitled to time-off-lieu for extra hours worked. The annual leave entitlement is 25 days per year pro rata and the Embassy also enjoys an average of 14 public holidays per year.

An individual personal development plan will be agreed with the successful candidate, which may include training in London.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background and security clearance.

All applicants should have the right to live and work in Switzerland. The British Embassy does not sponsor for work permits. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Berne are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Swiss employment law.

Please be advised that the 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.

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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.