View Vacancy - Trade Policy Adviser, Grade - EO, New Delhi

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

Note: All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, experience segment and the behaviour-based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the application forms only for all the required details. Forms that are incomplete in any respect will not be considered while shortlisting for the next stage.

Main purpose of job:

To support the British High Commission’s Trade Policy team on policy and administration related tasks. You will be a crucial part of friendly and growing team at a critical time for the UK and India’s trading relationship.

The Trade Policy Team leads on the UK-India bilateral trade relationship, providing analysis, direction and reporting, as well as engaging with key stakeholders in business, the UK government and the Government of India. The job holder will need to be flexible in responding to changes in scope and priorities of the trade policy team.

We reserve the right to review, revise or amend the roles and responsibilities from time to time reflecting the changing needs of business.

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

Reporting & Analysis (30%):

  • Produce high-quality quarterly Trade Performance Report, the team’s flagship analysis of trade and trade policy developments in India. The Report is a key document that is shared at a cross-HMG level to inform advice and action across the trade policy network at Post and HQ in the UK and to inform senior UK government engagement in India.
  • Produce the weekly Trade News Summary, the team’s flagship flash-alert capturing the latest news updates on Indian trade and trade policy. This a key product that is shared with our UK-India negotiations teams at Post and HQ in the UK to provide real-time information.
  • Support the senior members of the team and colleagues in HQ on their strategic policy-making by providing analysis for policy papers, when requested, ad-hoc reporting/alerts on policy updates and readouts of external seminars/conferences in relevant areas of UK interest.

Trade Statistics (30%):

  • Be the point of contact in the team for trade statistics analysis and reporting. This will include producing timely monthly, quarterly and annual updates analysing the India’s foreign trade performance and UK-India bilateral trade performance, as and when data is released by the respective official sources.
  • Maintain, on a common platform, up-to-date information on key UK-India trade statistics. This database will include trends and comparative analysis on bilateral trade and investment statistics from official India, UK and international sources.
  • Lead on maintaining the trade policy team’s top lines on bilateral trade performance, which will involve updating and communicating across the network on a timely basis. This document feeds into briefings for Ministers and HQ in the UK and for external messaging.

Stakeholder Management (20%):

  • Support engagement with key internal and external stakeholders. Working with all members of the trade policy team, contribute to a database based on a comprehensive stakeholder mapping.
  • Be responsible for maintaining the trade policy team’s internal stakeholder reporting distribution lists as well as ensure the core internal database containing all trade policy reporting products is updated.

 Events & Visits (20%):

  • Provide organisational assistance for UK-India bilateral forums on trade-related areas like the Joint Economic and Trade Committee, among others and provide inputs for briefings for Ministers and senior officials, particularly with respect to UK-India bilateral trade & investment statistics.
  • Provide support to ongoing Free Trade Agreement negotiations between the UK and India.
  • Lead the organisation of the bi-annual trade policy seminar, a flagship panel discussion for internal Post and HQ network, bringing together key trade experts in India on topics of particular relevance to UK priorities in India and international trade.
  • Support with the organisation of bilateral visits of senior officials from the UK to India and vice versa. It will also mean liaising with the relevant Government of India departments, where appropriate. Jobholder will also work with colleagues and/or lead the organisation of internal events such as team receptions, among others.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):


Language requirements:

Language: English

Level of language required:  Fluent in English; Strong written and verbal English communication skills required. 

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

The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office offers training and development opportunities to its staff. The current role requires constant learning as the context and priorities evolve fast. We expect the candidate to be open to learning new skills.

Essential on arrival:

Qualifications: Graduate Degree in Economics


  • Candidate should have 1-3 years of relevant work experience
  • Strong understanding of economics required in particular international trade
  • Prior experience in writing reports combined with experience in working with Indian and international databases/statistics
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical and communication skills with ability to absorb and relay information efficiently
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a good track record as a team player
  • Excellent ability to deliver on tight deadlines and turn around requests efficiently
  • Candidate should be proactive, a self-starter and have the ability to adapt to changes


Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Economics


  • Experience in interacting with a variety of stakeholders and working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Some experience in programme management would be a plus
  • Prior experience in providing organisation support to policy teams preferable
  • Experience in working with Indian and international trade statistics databases
Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Managing a Quality Service, Working Together
18 March 2024
Executive Officer (EO)
South Asia & Afghanistan
New Delhi
British High Commission
INR 75,359 per month plus 12% Provident Fund and 6% Superannuation Fund
15 April 2024

For British High Commission candidates, the Country Based Staff BHC Terms & Conditions will apply.

For other than BHC Candidates, salary will be all-inclusive of INR 75,359 month plus 12% Provident Fund and 6% Superannuation Fund.

Additionally, the BHC offers a great benefits package that includes annual domiciliary medical cover, plus a Group Hospitalisation Scheme with INR 500,000 floater cover for your immediate family.

No relocation or any other related costs or assistance will be provided.

Please note - BHC does not deduct tax at source and employees are required to ensure that any requirements of local income-tax law are complied with in full. Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, eg. some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.    

The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system linked to increments and staff bonuses. We have a 5-day working week, plus annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave provision, special leave, paid sick leave provision; ample development opportunities, travel opportunities, a good organisational culture, and excellent work/life balance. 

Around half of our work forces are women.  We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment. 

This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCDO has anywhere across the globe. We are aiming to make it the best.

Note: All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, experience segment and the behaviour-based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the application forms only for all the required details. Forms that are incomplete in any respect will not be considered while shortlisting for the next stage.

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders will need have, or be able to obtain, a valid special work permit issued from Government of India (GOI) to work in the British High Commission (BHC). BHC will not be able to sponsor work visas or obtain/ assist with the special work permit from GOI. Offers of employment made to OCI card holders will be conditional upon candidates obtaining a special work permit.

Note: For requisite special permission to take up employment in any foreign Diplomatic Missions in India, OCI Cardholder must visit

Please note – successful applicants will be offered employment on Country Based Staff (CBS) terms and conditions. This is not a permanent UK Civil Service position and does not attract diplomatic immunities and privileges (other than what an individual may already hold if they are a recognised partner/family member of a serving diplomat).

To Apply: 

Please note applications without (a) and (b) will not be considered.

  1. Complete the Online Application Form
  2. Complete the Experience, Professional Skills and Behaviour based Segments in the Online Application Form
  3. Applicants need to answer the questions based on your professional experience. Refrain from use of AI based tools to avoid application from getting rejected/disqualified.

Internal candidates applying for this position need to inform their current line managers, else the applications will not be considered.

We will accept only online applications by 18th March 2024 (latest by 23:55 hours IST).

Please note that all the applicants will be required to strictly adhere to the security guidelines for British High Commission.

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 - Provident Fund Transfer in and out from EPFO is not possible as BHC PF is managed by a private PF trust governed by Indian Income Tax Act, 1961. The staff still has the option to transfer out and in from a privately held PF trust which are not governed by EPFO.

Applicants who do not have the required qualification & experience should kindly abstain from applying, as their applications will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and no telephone enquires will be dealt with. Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’.  If during the reserve period of 6 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.

The appointment will be subject to Police Verification and other checks including references, medical, educational and professional.

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.