View Vacancy - JKT - Development/Socio-Cultural Policy Officer, United Kingdom Mission to ASEAN, HEO

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UK Mission

Main Purpose of Job:

  • The British Embassy in Jakarta is part of a world-wide network of 270 Posts, representing British political, defence, economic, trade, and consular interests around the world. We are seeking a dynamic Policy Officer to support our work to build an enhanced bilateral relationship with ASEAN, working closely with the Development/Socio-Cultural Counsellor for ASEAN.
  • The jobholder will have an exciting opportunity to develop themselves further, working closely with the ASEAN Secretariat, Indonesian Ministries and agencies as well as UK government departments, Embassies in the 9 other capitals and Regional Hubs. The jobholder must have a professional approach, as well as the ability to communicate in English (the official language of ASEAN) with clarity, in writing and in person.
  • This is an exciting role, coming at a pivotal time for the UK, as we explore new relationships with global partners. The job has potential opportunities for regional and international travel. This is a permanent position however the successful candidate will be offered a 1-year Fixed Term Contract in the first instance with the opportunity to extend it. 

What will the Jobholder be Expected to Achieve:

  • Supporting the Development/Socio-Cultural Counsellor for ASEAN (D6) in working with the ASEAN Secretariat to build an enhanced bilateral relationship between the UK and ASEAN.
  • Lobbying ASEAN missions in Jakarta, including those representing ASEAN Dialogue Partners (e.g., US, China, Japan, EU, Australia) as well as core member states, highlighting the depth and breadth of UK engagement across the ASEAN region.
  • Working with the Embassy press and communications team on ASEAN focused communications when appropriate, including supporting inward visits by Ministers and the UK Special Envoy to ASEAN.
  • The job is likely to acquire an element of programme management, as the Embassy increasingly prioritises ASEAN-connected projects.
  • Contribute to policy development through researching and analysing issues and recommending new or amended processes and procedures.
  • Provide first drafts of policy submissions and speeches and provide responses to Ministerial correspondence and Parliamentary Questions for clearance by a more senior manager.
  • Be an expert in the policy area and represent the policy area and department at external meetings.
  • Provide technical or expert advice to more senior officers and support policy development Responding flexibly to business needs as and when necessary.
  • Fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • University graduate in relevant subjects, such as international development, Internatipnal relations
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; ability to draft a wide range of correspondence.
  • Proactive and willing to take initiative.
  • Flexibility and resilience under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to work with people of different levels and background.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications.
  • Experience of engaging with multilateral and regional organisations (e.g., World Bank, UN, ADB)
  • International development and themes included in the ASEAN Socio-Cultural pillar (e.g., Health, Education, Climate Change, Gender, Digital, Governance).
Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Seeing the Big Picture, Working Together
28 November 2022
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Fixed Term
12 months
Asia Pacific
British Embassy
1 February 2023

The British Embassy/Consulate offers a competitive remuneration package including:

  • Annual leave entitlement of 25 days per year
  • Medical benefit (medical insurance)
  • Access to extensive learning and development opportunities

FCDO provides and induction for new joiners and there are opportunities for learning and development.

Learning and Development Opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

The UK Government is passionate about developing our staff. We have a wide learning and development offer available to staff to help develop the skills they need. You will enter an environment where your development goals and interests are supported.

Training will be available on the technical aspects of UK Government programme management, including the UK Government Programme Operating Framework (PROF), but prior experience of programme management and financial management will be essential.

The Embassy has an active L&D Committee which works hard to provide a comprehensive L&D offer. There are a wide range of options available for personal development including training courses, coaching and mentoring, job-shadowing, presentations and learning sets. Staff have access to a wide variety of online resources through the Diplomatic Academy and Civil Service Learning. Staff are strongly encouraged to take advantage of all the available opportunities.

The jobholder will be required to take some specific training courses related to their role. All new staff undertake a workplace induction and there are a number of mandatory e-learning courses covering areas such as diversity, health and safety, and information management.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.  All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit. 

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy Jakarta is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law. In relation to this, the successful candidate will need to arrange for his/her own Police Certificate.

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.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.