View Vacancy - Policy Advisor – Business and Industrial Strategy (FRA19.536)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Global Issues Team

The UK Delegation to the OECD is currently looking for a Policy Advisor – Business and Industrial Strategy. The Delegation is part of the UK’s France Network which includes the British Embassy in Paris, with offices in Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseilles and the UK’s representation to UNESCO in Paris and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The UK Delegation to the OECD helps ensure that the UK derives maximum benefit from its membership of the leading multilateral organisation in sustainable and inclusive economic development.

As the UK leaves the EU, our relationship with the OECD will be a key element of our international engagement and profile and our support for the Rules Based International System. The international standards set by the OECD are particularly important in the area of business conduct and industrial strategy.

The jobholder will lead within the Delegation on all aspects relating to business and industrial strategy and act as the main point of contact on these issues with policy leads in the UK’s Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and with UK delegates to the relevant OECD committees and working parties. In the past, this has included coordinating Whitehall seminars for policy officials and giving presentation on the work of the OECD. The jobholder will also need to understand the UK position on regulation and competition policy and identify opportunities and risks in the work of the OECD.

A key part of the jobholder’s role on business will relate to the OECD’s work on tackling bribery and corruption, for example through the promotion of the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention. The jobholder is also expected to cover the OECD’s work on science and innovation, transport, regional development, cities and tourism, working with the relevant Whitehall departments and OECD officials.

The UK Delegation to the OECD is a small, but growing, team covering a wide range of UK policy areas. The main attributes required are an ability to create and maintain networks linking together Whitehall Departments, OECD experts and colleagues in the Delegations of the other 35 OECD members. There will also be the opportunity to contribute to the corporate objectives of the Delegation and to engage with the UK’s bilateral embassy to France. The post-holder should be a self-starter, able to work independently and able to establish good working relationships with as wide range of contacts.

  • Fluent in English and French (oral and written);
  • Experience of working in a government body and/ or multilateral organisation;
  • Experience in engaging with senior external stakeholders and building a network of contacts;
  • Great interpersonal skills, and the ability to represent a Governmental organisation;
  • Must be a proven self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills . Attention to detail, good judgment, problem-solving abilities and service delivery;
  • Good IT skills;
  • An understanding of British Government institutions and a background in some or all of the thematic areas covered would be an advantage.

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally
21 October 2019
C4 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
UK Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development, Paris
UK Delegation
2 December 2019

This is a full-time position for a permanent contract.

All appointments are subject to professional background check satisfactory security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to provide a copy of his/her passport or national identity card for all nationalities held, an up-to-date criminal record (casier judiciaire) for recent countries of residence (which can be obtained online at, two written proofs of address (utility invoices and/or bank statements) and two references.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in France are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local French employment law and FCO guidance for Local Staff. The posts we offer are not an entry point into the UK’s Diplomatic Service.

Your application will only be considered if you follow the guidance below:

  • Your application must be sent in English only.
  • Your application must clearly indicate all nationalities you hold.

Visa / Passport requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in France and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary pending EU Exit. If requirements change additional eligibility information will be shared during the recruitment process.

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.

FCO does not pay for travel related expense incurred in interviews (including Security Check) or accept any financial risk, including cancelation or reschedule costs. The FCO will not meet the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.