Australian Embassy seeks Policy Officer (m/f)

Australian Embassy 2-3y Junior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 31 Okt 2016

Job Description

About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT):

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.
The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the position:

The Australian Embassy is looking for a

Policy Officer (m/f)

The position is based in Brussels. The Policy Officer will work within the Political section of the Australian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the EU and NATO. The Political section covers subject matters including EU policy and political developments, as well as matters of interest to Australia relating to NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg. Under limited direction the Policy Officer will be responsible for researching, analysing and reporting on these areas.

The key responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Research, analyse and report on EU, NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg issues/developments;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key contacts in government, think tank and private sector organisations;
  • Prepare reporting, including draft cables, on developments of interest to the Australian Government;
  • Represent post at briefings and conferences, under direction;
  • Monitor media reporting and published data;
  • Provide support for visits.


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in European or International politics or similar fields;
  • High level English written and oral communication skills;
  • Knowledge/expertise in EU as well as EU member states’ political systems and sound judgement in interpreting developments in EU politics and policy; knowledge/expertise on NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg would be an added advantage;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Good French language skills – particularly ability to translate into English – would be highly desirable;
  • Dutch language skills would be an added advantage;
  • Capacity to successfully obtain an Australian security clearance would be an added advantage.

The position is at the LE4 level on an ongoing contract basis with a gross monthly salary for this role of EUR 3,841.24 plus holiday pay and Christmas bonus.

The successful applicant’s employment will be regulated by the laws of Belgium. The Australian Fair Work Act 2009 is not intended to apply to the employment of locally engaged staff.
All applicants are welcome but ideally the successful candidate would already have the right to work in the EU (e.g. via dual nationality of any EU country). The Embassy of Australia in Brussels will not be responsible for any costs incurred associated with relocation, accommodation, work permits and visa costs, nor the return of the officer and/or family to their country of origin at the end of the contract.
Candidates should provide a two-page maximum supporting statement, a CV and the name and contact details of two referees, one of which whom should be a recent supervisor.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to undertake a short writing skills test.

Applications close at 17:00 (Brussels time) on Monday 21 November and should be sent by email to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The Australian Embassy thanks all applicants in advance for their applications and regrets it is not in a position to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

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