View Vacancy - TW - Science and Innovation Officer, AO

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Programme Roles)
Science and Innovation

Main purpose of job:

The British Office Taipei is recruiting a Science and Innovation Officer to join the local Science and Innovation team. The role offers an exciting opportunity to support collaboration between the UK and Taiwan at a time when the relationship is growing quickly. You will be working on projects related to a range of innovative, future-defining technologies such as Semiconductors, Low Carbon Technologies, Smart Cities, Digital Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing.

A key function of your role will be to work with team members and external stakeholders as well as helping to build networks, staying up to speed on developments in the tech sector, supporting reporting and analysis work and spotting opportunities for projects and events.

You will also be responsible for providing a range of administrative support to the Science and Innovation Network team.  In particular you will support the team’s work focused on programmes, events and research to deepen UK-Taiwan collaboration in our areas of focus.  You will help keep projects and events on schedule and liaise with delivery partners for project coordination.

The British Office is an exciting and rewarding place to work, where your work can make a real impact. The working environment is supportive and friendly and there are lots of opportunities for learning and development.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

Project creation and management

  • Working with the team to identify potential programmes or projects of value to existing and new stakeholders.
  • Early involvement with programmes and projects run by the team within the British Office and helping to plan ambitious outcomes with effective delivery.
  • Facilitate communications between delivery partners and other stakeholders, providing support where appropriate to help keep projects on track such as arranging meetings, keeping action lists and following these up. Projects will include already specified UK delegations covering Smart Cities and Offshore Renewable Energy as part of Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme. We will also be initiating other exciting programmes in the coming months that will cover the full spectrum of the UK’s technology interests.
  • Work with local and UK based Science and Innovation Network partners to help prepare the way for ambitious future UK-Taiwan collaboration programmes.

Building and maintaining networks

  • Understand both the UK and Taiwan tech landscapes and use this knowledge to reach out to new contacts of relevance to the team’s future work.
  • Engage with local and UK-based stakeholders to understand their needs and hopes and work with the team to use this knowledge to identify mutually beneficial areas of collaboration that are in line with the UK’s priorities.

Support to Senior Science and Innovation Officer and wider team support

  • Research work on science and tech related issues as they become relevant to the UK’s relationship with Taiwan guided by the Senior Science and Innovation Officer or other team members as appropriate.
  • Support on Science and Tech related programme work, including on Smart Cities and Future Manufacturing, subject to project funding.

Language requirements:

Language: English and Mandarin

Level of language required: Fluent in one, advanced in the other (written and spoken)

  • Project management skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders and to take initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience using MS Project or other project management tools
  • Experience with and interest in Science and Tech
Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together
17 August 2022
Administrative Officer (AO)
Full-time, Permanent
Asia Pacific
British Office
TWD 63,514
24 October 2022

The British Office offers a competitive remuneration package with a gross salary of NT$63,514 per month x 13.5, benefits, leave entitlement and training package. The British Office Taipei has a strong commitment to developing staff and supports staff who wish to pro-actively develop their talents and abilities. With a dedicated Learning and Development Committee and opportunities to undertake training including self-study, in-house online training programmes as well as classroom-based training; the British Office is a great place to work for those committed to self-development.

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

Jobholder is entitled to access all learning and development opportunities available for Executive Officer which includes Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) International Academy as well as behaviour-based trainings at post.  

  • Gain experience working on international issues;
  • Strengthen strategic and project management skills;
  • Develop regular contact with senior figures in UK and Taiwanese business and government;
  • A modern, environmentally aware working environment in the centre of Taipei;
  • Core and job-related training and development;
  • A senior management team committed to a healthy work-life balance for its employees.

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. Staff recruited locally by the British Office are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Taiwan employment law. Candidates must have the correct permit to work in Taiwan in order to apply.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have or be able to obtain correct permit to work or work authorisation in Taiwan in order to apply. Any costs related to obtaining or renewing permits and visas are the responsibility of the successful applicant.

Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.

Your application must be submitted before 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”

Applications must include a current CV.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen. 

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. Only shortlisted candidates for interview will be contacted. Interviewees will be assessed on the core competencies listed above. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified via the system in due time.

Indicated start date is provisional and subject to successful completion of reference and security checks.

To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.