View Vacancy - AUS (Canberra) - Economic and Trade Policy Officer, HEO

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity

Main purpose of job:

To support the High Commission’s economic and trade policy objectives in Australia by lobbying and influencing in support of UK objectives and providing information, analysis and policy recommendations for UK trade policy ambitions. 

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

  • Working with members of the Economic Diplomacy team, carry out proactive and reactive first hand research and analysis that informs recommendations in support of economic and trade policy goals for HMG customers.
  • Help design, deliver, monitor and evaluate projects that support the UK’s trade policy objectives including the implementation of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement and joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. 
  • Within the Economic Diplomacy team and with the Australia network support resolution of trade barriers facing UK firms. Identify opportunities to prevent market access barriers evolving and seek to develop joint systems with Australia.
  • Provide support and help oversee trade policy events and visits.
  • Working the wider team to identify and implement projects that achieve trade policy benefits for the UK, helping turn policy into practical measures.
  • Working with the wider team to identify future trends and issues that will require a trade policy response.
  • Support the Economic Diplomacy and other High Commission teams in other reactive events.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure): 

1 x B3

  • A clear understanding of trade policy practice and implementation
  • A good understanding of the UK and Australian economies.
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering policy outcomes
  • Prior experience of project management
Changing and Improving, Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Managing a Quality Service, Working Together
9 February 2023
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Permanent
Asia Pacific
British High Commission
AUD 105,485
15 March 2023

This role advertised is a Full-Time, Permanent role to be based in Canberra.

Salary is at AU$ 105,485 per annum (paid out monthly), plus 11% superannuation.

Appointment is subject to an AFP records check and UK security clearance.

Open to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and partners/ dependents of UK-based diplomatic staff currently posted in Australia.

The Australia network offers a wide range of learning and development opportunities, including job-specific training as necessary and broader learning linked to the FCO Diplomatic Academy. There are opportunities to job-shadow other staff, and the successful applicant will be encouraged to take part in broader British High Commission activities. The British High Commission is committed to providing all staff with learning and development (L&D) opportunities and we will work with you to develop your own L&D plan.

Working patterns:

Time: Flexible working hours can be agreed on a needs basis. 
Location: Staff in Canberra can work flexibly from home on an average of one day per week.

Your application must be submitted before 23:55 AEST-Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC/ GMT +10) on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”

Applications must include a current CV and kindly omit any personal information such as Name, Contact Details, Birthday and Gender.

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

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This opportunity is closed to applications.